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MAINE AT WAR (blog)

Meet the Heroes of Evergreen Cemetery: Part I

on Aug. 28, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
  Nowhere else in Maine can people meet so many Civil War veterans than at Evergreen Cemetery, located at 672 Stevens Ave., in Portland — — and through its well-organized docent tours, the Friends of Evergreen are anxious to make the introductions. Through the mid-19th century, burials gradually filled Eastern …
KATHRYN OLMSTEAD
A sculpture by Pohenegamook artist Francois Maltais in the Parc Clair Soleil in Cabano, Quebec, forms a backdrop for Alexis Ruest of Edmundston, New Brunswick, the boy pictured on promotional materials of the 2014 World Acadian Congress, during Aug. 24 closing ceremonies.

End of World Acadian Congress focused on future for the region

By Kathryn Olmstead on Aug. 28, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
The end was a beginning on the closing day of the World Acadian Congress, hosted by northwestern New Brunswick, the Temiscouata region of Quebec and the St. John Valley of Maine. In Aug. 24 ceremonies at Parc Clair Soleil in Temiscouata sur-le-Lac, Quebec, the focus was on the future. Communities …
HOUSEWIFE PLUS (blog)

The moment I stopped caring about my weight

on Aug. 27, 2014, at 9:54 p.m.
The Moment I Stopped Caring About My Weight Click To Tweet Powered By CoSchedule photo credit: mod as hell via photopin cc In college I was a svelte 130 pounds. I could wear anything and look like a waif. I could eat buckets of ice cream or live on black …
MORE BANG(OR) FOR YOUR BUCK (blog)

Getting more bang for your buck just got harder.

on Aug. 27, 2014, at 8:08 p.m.
So, I’ve touched on this before.  Couponing is getting harder.  This last year that I’ve been couponing has seen some pretty mild changes to store’s coupon policies as well as the coupons that have been made available.  Maybe not so many great deals, maybe a few less identical coupons accepted …
URBAN EYE (blog)

Travel and Leisure picks Maine’s top lobster shacks

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 1:25 p.m.
It’s fun to poke fun at listicles. Especially when they are so off the mark you know the “author” conducted their “research” from a wifi cafe in Austin. So we have to hand it to TravelandLeisure.com for getting it right with its 10 best lobster shacks in Maine web spread this …
COASTAL COLLAGE (blog)

Mary Trotochaud open house and garden tour

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 10:03 a.m.
Everyday Pottery is the work of Mary Trotochaud.  She forms functional stoneware pottery on the wheel, created for everyday use. “Every day I look out my studio windows to the colors of Maine. The blue of the summer and winter skies, the green of the deep woods and the riot …
MORE BANG(OR) FOR YOUR BUCK (blog)

Wait, I’m not ready!

on Aug. 25, 2014, at 9:13 a.m.
The last week of summer vacation.  Facebook is fillled with staged photos of parents jumping for joy when the little terrors darlings climb back aboard the yellow-bus-of-freedom once more.  Now typically, I’d be cackling and counting down the days with the rest of the over-tired, had enough Mamas out there, …
HOUSEWIFE PLUS (blog)

4 things about childhood that have changed forever

on Aug. 25, 2014, at 6:45 a.m.
4 Things About Childhood That Have Changed Forever Click To Tweet Powered By CoSchedule HOUSE GUEST: Lauren Cormier of Oh, Honestly! I am giddy this week because I snagged one of my FAVORITE Bangor Daily News Mom Bloggers to guest post for Housewife Plus this week! Please, seriously, grab a …
SARAH SMILEY
Sarah Smiley's son learns to ride a bike.

When a parent lets go of the bike

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 24, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
The second-biggest secret parents keep from their children is this: Training wheels in no way truly prepare you for riding a bike alone. They just don’t. This is what makes learning to ride a bike so unforgettable. The entire process is unnatural. There is no way to ease into it, …
FAMILY TIES
Roxanne Moore Saucier

Camden cemetery book offers stories, photos, ancestry

By Roxanne Saucier on Aug. 24, 2014, at 11:22 a.m.
Barbara F. Dyer does not take lightly the title of Camden town historian. She has been hard at work on “Who’s Who at Mountain View II,” another fine collection of stories and photos that bring to life those interred in the Camden cemetery. You say you don’t have any people …
ERIN DONOVAN
Erin Donovan

What really makes a house a home

By Erin Donovan on Aug. 24, 2014, at 9:28 a.m.
I have lived in 20 homes thus far in my life. The count would ring higher if I counted every way station that bookended those 20 homes, but I’ll stop at 20 because that feels sufficiently nomadic on its own. Of the lot, there were houses that really mattered and …
FAMILY ALMANAC

How to help a teen with low self-esteem

By Marguerite Kelly on Aug. 23, 2014, at 9:42 a.m.
Q. My daughter gets so angry and frustrated with her 13-year-old that she sometimes has to walk away from her. Neither she nor her husband knows how to help their daughter, a child who has no real goals, no desires and no close friends either. Her parents first fostered and …
RENEE ORDWAY
Renee Ordway

Pain of taking a child to college will be eased by sweet sounds, tastes of the American Folk Festival

By Renee Ordway on Aug. 22, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
I promise this. I will make my son’s bed on Saturday morning. I may put away his clothes and I will survey his room and discuss a possible organizational plan for his belongings. I will make polite conversation with his roommate while trying to get a bead on his personality. …
COASTAL COLLAGE (blog)

I’d rather be in Paris!

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 7:06 a.m.
“It’s the art, it’s the food, it’s the architecture! I’d rather be in Paris ’cause I don’t understand the language. It makes life simpler.” Dona Bergen of Mars Hall Gallery just can’t get enough of Paris. It’s the place to be for an artist and gallery owner, like no other …
HOUSEWIFE PLUS (blog)

How to clean your house in ­­­­10 easy steps

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 9:32 p.m.
How To Clean Your House In 10 Snarky Steps Click To Tweet Powered By CoSchedule My mother-in-law once told me that trying to clean a house as a mother is like trying to clean in a hurricane: it’s kind of pointless. She was right. Cleaning my house these days requires …
MAINE AT WAR (blog)

Fifth Maine museum connects past and present

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 5:04 p.m.
  When the 5th Maine Infantry boys decided to party after the Civil War, they figured that Portland was the obvious place … … but to keep their poignant reunions private and give their weary comrades a quiet place to “get away from it all,” the 5th Maine’s surviving members …
JULIA BAYLY
People enjoy chicken stew and ployes Friday during the 2014 Acadian World Congress in Edmundston. Chicken stew and ployes are traditional Acadian dishs.

World Acadian Congress the stuff of which memories are made

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 21, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — I remember sitting on my couch five years ago on a Sunday afternoon when Lise Pelletier, director of the Acadian Archives in Fort Kent, called to tell me the St. John Valley had just been chosen to join New Brunswick and Quebec in hosting the 2014 …
COASTAL COLLAGE (blog)

Outsider Art in Tenants Harbor

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
Art created outside the boundaries of official culture.* No contact with art institutions or the mainstream art world. Extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, elaborate fantasy worlds. First coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972, the term ‘outsider art’ now has diverse meanings. A synonym for art brut (French for …
COASTAL COLLAGE (blog)

Outsider Art in Tenants Harbor

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
Art created outside the boundaries of official culture.* No contact with art institutions or the mainstream art world. Extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, elaborate fantasy worlds. First coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972, the term ‘outsider art’ now has diverse meanings. A synonym for art brut (French for …
URBAN EYE (blog)

Portland is home to the 6th best restaurant in the country (No, not Fore Street)

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
Take a bow Central Provisions. You’ve only been open six months and Bon Appetit just declared you the sixth best bistro in the country. We like the symmetry this Old Port restaurant imparts and are kicking ourselves that our plans to dine here last week fell through. The foodie publication …
 
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