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Loud Child Wants A Bullhorn For Christmas

on Dec. 16, 2013, at 2:09 a.m.
I have a real dilemma on my hands this holiday gift-giving season. You see, my loud child wants a bullhorn. He wants something to throw his voice at people to scare the shit right out of them. He wants to scream the words “BOO!” and “SURPRISE!” at completely inappropriate times …

Solve holiday gift giving troubles with a historical society membership

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Dec. 15, 2013, at 12:09 p.m.
Do you have relatives or friends who don’t really “need” anything as a gift for Christmas or some other holiday, but you’d like to give them a little something that won’t break the bank? Membership in a historical society or genealogical group may be just the thing. How about giving …

Dear Baby

on Dec. 14, 2013, at 2:39 p.m.
Dear Baby, We had a rough night last night, you and I. You had two vaccination shots, one in each chubby thigh, and you were left feeling miserable and sore. You cried nearly all night long. I am almost sure that you blame me. There was a moment when you …

10 Christmas Traditions That Get Better Every Year

on Dec. 13, 2013, at 1:42 p.m.
At our house Christmas is about singing loudly to cheesy holiday songs. It’s about eating lots and lots of comfort foods with your favorite people. It’s about spending slow and uncalculated time together for the simple pleasure of company. Christmas comes to our house in the form of small traditions …

I am Average Mom, hear me ROAR!

on Dec. 09, 2013, at 4:16 a.m.
My parental style is located somewhere between strict micromanagement and hippy-dippy-anything-goes-iness. As a result, my child is a very polite and well-mannered, wild heathen with a vocabulary slightly bigger than you expect. He has almost no impulse control and will try anything twice. He is also thoughtful, inquisitive, genuinely concerned …
Roxanne Moore Saucier

Bangor-Brewer directory listed who died, who moved

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Dec. 08, 2013, at 2:52 p.m.
So if we know the town or city of residence, the street address and the year the family lived there, why do we need to bother with looking at the city or town directory for that year? Let’s think about death records for a minute. Picton Press in 2003 published …

Lies I’ve Told My Child: Part ONE

on Dec. 04, 2013, at 4:28 a.m.
I’ve told my child a ton of lies. I mean, really, it is damn near pathological at this point. Most of my lies are silly and tend toward keeping whatever funny game we’re playing going. But some of the lies are more about keeping my son safe and healthy. If …

New Year Resolution

on Dec. 03, 2013, at 1:13 p.m.
I’m starting my New Year Resolution List early this year. I want to feel like I have some traction when the ball drops and I have to actually put effort behind my words. I’m going to keep it simple too. And do-able. No saving puppies and oceans for me, no …

Yogi The Magnificent

on Dec. 02, 2013, at 12:32 p.m.
Our living room couch looks like a giant beige marshmallow. Our two dogs think it is their bed, despite every effort made to train them to sleep on their actual dog bed. Our son thinks it is his superhero layer. He “flies” from one end to the other wearing his …
Roxanne Moore Saucier

County histories often a helpful resource on Maine towns, families

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Dec. 01, 2013, at 9:05 a.m.
Born in Dover-Foxcroft, raised in Sangerville and Abbot, I certainly identify with Piscataquis County even though I’ve lived two-thirds of my life in the Bangor area. Of course, I have a strong connection to Penobscot County, too, and not just by residence. Great-great-great-grandparents Alfred Hart and Olive Nason married in …


on Nov. 28, 2013, at 4:31 a.m.
Thanksgiving is a few hours away and I am staying up late to cook and bake into the wee hours of the morn. I’m taking a break for a few minutes to have a much-deserved glass of wine and to reflect on the things that I am most grateful for …

Yelling. Screaming. Shouting. Stomping.

on Nov. 25, 2013, at 5:43 p.m.
I just love those smarmy judgy moms out there who pretend that they don’t ever freak out and yell at their kids. They live in some magical world where patience and control rein strong while their polite and beautiful children skip through golden fields of good behavior. Meanwhile, back at …
Roxanne Moore Saucier

Living history from Enfield to Plimoth Plantation

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Nov. 24, 2013, at 9:11 a.m.
A recent visit to Enfield Station School brought the opportunity to peek into some of the classrooms where youngsters in pre-kindergarten through grade five were learning about the 1620 arrival of the Mayflower and the Thanksgiving that was celebrated the next year. Several first-graders gathered around their teacher to watch …

A Sex Life After Pregnancy And Other Tall Tales

on Nov. 23, 2013, at 3:48 p.m.
Here is something no one will tell you about having kids: Your child will likely be in the same room with you when you finally get around to doing it. That’s right, you have an audience. And yes, it is really weird. You wonder things like “Holy hell, will this …

10 Things No One Tells You About A Postpartum Body

on Nov. 20, 2013, at 1:58 a.m.
1) It’s Squishy Not Svelt No matter how great your intentions are for keeping fit during pregnancy, your body will look and feel like a Mac Truck drove through your abdomen after birth. But fear not, it’s really supposed to look like that.  A pregnant body gains on average 30 …

Mayflower ancestry to be topic at genealogy meeting

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Nov. 17, 2013, at 9:38 a.m.
The Penobscot County Genealogical Society has an interesting meeting planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Lecture Hall on the third floor at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. Dana Murch of Belfast will discuss “Finding Mayflower Ancestries,” sure to be popular with Thanksgiving just a week away. …

Michigan lieutenant left his mark on Maine

on Nov. 10, 2013, at 12:42 p.m.
The enumeration of Hank Stevens’ family in the 1930 Census of Saginaw, Mich., is a great example of how much information may be gleaned from such listings. Because the censuses for 1880-1930 ask not only the birthplace of each person named in the census, but also both parents of the …
Louis Sockalexis of Indian Island appears in a team photo with the Lowell (Mass.) baseball club in the New England League in 1902.

Free census records help find Penobscots, Mi’kmaqs

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Nov. 03, 2013, at 9:07 a.m.
Eight years ago, I started off a column about Native American genealogy by recalling the time I took four young boys to Indian Island to see the gravestone of Louis Sockalexis, the Penobscot for whom the Cleveland Indians may have been named. I knew the youngsters would like to see …
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Did Stephen King’s ancestor suffer ‘death by canoe oar!’?

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Oct. 27, 2013, at 1:42 p.m.
Holidays, elections, royal weddings and other occasions give the opportunity to pitch genealogy stories to editors far and wide. Earlier this month, a PR rep for Ancestry sought to make hay out of Halloween by offering information about a creepy happening that may be part of the family history …

Michaud family to meet in St. Agatha during World Acadian Congress

on Oct. 20, 2013, at 2:39 p.m.
Less than a year from now, more than 120 Franco-American families will hold reunions for one or more days Aug. 8-24 in northern Maine or parts of Quebec or New Brunswick as part of World Acadian Congress 2014. Many of the families who have signed up are Acadian, having come …
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