Special Sections

The following are BDN advertising supplements written by our advertising staff. Download the special sections as they appeared in print.

Installing a stylish, well-built, and insulated main entry door can improve a home's curbside appeal and reduce energy costs.

Installing a new main entry door can reduce energy costs

By StatePoint on April 11, 2014, at 9:01 a.m.
Homeowners looking to save on energy bills can start right at the front door. Evaluating your main entry door at least once annually for its operational capabilities and energy efficiency features is good practice, say experts. “Most homeowners can get years of service out of their front doors, but there …

Cost-effective renovations can improve kitchen’s functionality

By StatePoint on April 11, 2014, at 8:59 a.m.
The kitchen is perhaps the most functional room of any home, but often it doesn’t feel large enough or flexible enough. And great cooking starts with a comfortable kitchen. While renovating your kitchen may not always be practical, there are steps you can take to improve it without breaking the …
 Young plants grow inside pots in a greenhouse nursery. Starting plants from seed is a good way to "jump start" a vegetable garden in Maine.

Sowing the seeds of spring: How to start your garden indoors

By Brandpoint on April 11, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
While cooler temperatures slowly fade, gardeners across the country eagerly await the arrival of spring and the chance to get outdoors and grow something. If gardening is your passion, you don’t have to wait until the weather is perfect to get started. In fact, working ahead by growing your own …
Skip Doodson of Circle D Sprayfoam maneuvers into some tight spaces to insulate an existing building with sprayfoam.

Insulate with sprayfoam technology

By Greg "Skip" Doodson, Circle D Sprayfoam on April 11, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
With today’s rising cost of energy and increasing code requirements, it only makes “cents” to insulate with the best material available. Sprayfoam insulation is the highest R-value per inch of thickness of any insulating material available. It also provides an air and moisture barrier, as well as a Class II …
A volunteer with the EZ Fix program offered by the Eastern Area Agency on Aging moves from curbside to the front steps a mailbox for an elderly homeowner who encountered great difficulty in reaching the end of her driveway to get her mail. This simple project meant the woman could get her mail safely.

Easy fixes help seniors ‘age in place’

By Ardeana Hamlin, Special to BDN Maine on April 11, 2014, at 8:50 a.m.
There’s no place like home. For seniors who want to “age in place” in their own houses, the Eastern Area Agency on Aging has hands available through its EZ Fix program to help make that easier to do. Small modifications — such as removing hazards around the house — or …
This chart placed into insulation blown into an attic by a crew from Keith Trembley Home Solutions indicates that the attic has been insulated to R-19.

Dr. Energy Saver can help reduce energy costs

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on April 11, 2014, at 8:48 a.m.
MILFORD — When Dr. Energy Saver comes calling, homeowners save energy and money. And the savings can be significant. In 2012, Milford-based contractor Keith Trembley acquired the Dr. Energy Saver Home Services franchise for Maine. Based in Connecticut, Dr. Energy Saver “is the largest [energy] retrofit company in the country …
The Maine Construction Group recently constructed this executive ranch on Stetson Drive in Hampden.

Hampden contractors see uptick in new housing construction

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on April 11, 2014, at 8:42 a.m.
If inquiries indicate an uptick in housing construction, then spring 2014 could see more new homes being built in central Maine. “We’re slammed,” said Ryan Francis, who along with his father, Ron, owns Maine Construction Group in Hampden. “We are currently working on five houses,” and Ryan senses that housing …
Inadequate ventilation has caused moisture to collect and freeze on the roof sheating accessible for the attic in a Glenburn house. The moisture is evident in the white-colored frost; the darker color on the roof beam is mold that has started to grow in the damp environment.

Look for wintertime damage in the spring

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on April 11, 2014, at 8:32 a.m.
ORONO — The unseen damage caused by winter can wreak havoc by spring. “When it finally starts to get warm, take a look at the damage around your property that could happen as a result of winter,” recommends Howard Whelden Sr., who owns One Stop Home Repair at 90 Stillwater …
Snow removed from a metal roof lies piled beside a house in Hampden on New Year's Day 2014. Although pricey, metal roofing offers some advantages to traditional asphalt-shingle roofing; a metal roof tends to shed snow sooner, especially when temperatures warm toward 30 degrees, and last longer than a shingle roof.

The ins and outs of choosing a new roof

By David M. Fitzpatrick, BDN Maine Special Sections on April 11, 2014, at 8:25 a.m.
It’s time to reroof the house. Do you go with asphalt shingles, metal roofing, or something else? Asphalt Shingles For a balance of effectiveness, durability, and aesthetic appeal, asphalt shingles are an excellent choice. Gone are the days when they come only in black or gray; now, you can put …
Frost tinges a young balsam fir growing in Franklin. Balsam fir, like trees native to Maine, are excellent candidates for planting in a yard as part of a natural landscape; already adapted to the state’s frigid winters and tough growing conditions, native trees can thrive where imported species struggle to survive.

Natural landscaping avoids many plant-related issues

By David Ffrench on April 11, 2014, at 8:23 a.m.
There seems to be no end in sight for the natural landscaping trend, which has numerous benefits to homeowners, including less time and monetary investments. Natural landscaping is usually synonymous with sustainability because it incorporates the use of native plants that are indigenous to the geographic area being landscaped. Native …
Among the initial DIY home-improvement projects that Mainers can undertake in spring is changing a home's decor by painting new color schemes on interior walls.

Undertake DIY home-improvement projects this spring

By Brandpoint on April 11, 2014, at 8:19 a.m.
It’s time to start dreaming of a spring home makeover. Sources of design inspiration, like Pinterest, are plentiful and can help make your home decor and renovation projects easy and fun. In fact, now is the season to gather ideas and get started. Warm up to color A fresh coat …

Business bankers work with every sector of Maine economy

By Brian Swartz, on March 17, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.
More Maine business owners than ever are relying on Machias Savings Bank to provide the banking services they need. “Our focus is the state of Maine,” said Executive Vice President James Donnelly. “We are invested in the business community in Maine and are committed to helping our customers be successful.” …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development
In late October 2011, Paige Case, a chemical engineering undergraduate student at the University of Maine, holds a container filled with biofuel oil made from cellulose in waste wood. The new process of creating biofuel was developed by UMaine professor Clayton Wheeler and his students.

Home-grown engineers key to Maine’s economy

By David M. Fitzpatrick, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 13, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
Whether we’re building roads, repairing bridges, erecting buildings, upgrading rail lines, constructing ports, designing mechanical or technical products, or replacing antiquated water and sewer systems, it all starts with engineers. In the United States, trillions of dollars in infrastructure improvements alone are looming. In Maine, we have plenty to do; …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development
Eric Furry is the proprietor of Pro Libris, 10 Third St., Bangor.

Independent bookstores develop niches in changing times

By Dale McGarrigle, Special to the BDN on March 13, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.
BANGOR – It’s like taking a step back to a more genteel time. Shelf after shelf of books, full of new people and new worlds waiting to be discovered, with a familiar face ready to serve as a guide — and time and space for a leisurely perusal. This wonderland …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development

Going green and saving green with cloud-based business phone systems

By Trevor Jones, GWI on March 13, 2014, at 2:07 p.m.
Can your business go green by going virtual? According to a Huffington Post article by Jared Seeger, if more companies pushed telecommuting, Americans would use 625 million fewer barrels of oil annually, reduce greenhouse emissions by 107 million tons, and save $43 billion on gas. The combination of reduced costs …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development
Angelisa Levesque, a realtor with Better Homes and Gardens/The Masiello Group, is the 2014 president of the Maine Association of Realtors.

Real estate career involves education, hard work

By Wanda Curtis, Special to the BDN on March 13, 2014, at 2:04 p.m.
One of the fast-growing career fields today is the real estate profession. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted, several years ago, that 38,000 vacancies would exist in the real estate profession between 2012 and 2022. The bureau also predicted an 11.1 percent job growth for real estate agents. The …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development
Statistics indicate that sales of homes in Maine have risen in the last year.

Sales of existing family homes in Maine rose 13.6 percent last year

By Wanda Curtis, Special to the BDN on March 13, 2014, at 2:02 p.m.
The Maine Association of Realtors reports that Maine real estate sales took a positive turn last year. The association’s January 2014 press release revealed that annual sales of existing family homes were up 13.6 percent in 2013. The press release also stated that Maine Listings data showed 13,088 homes changed …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development
The Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co. (MEMIC) is located at 261 Commercial St., Portland. MEMIC provides workers' compensation insurance coverage for many Maine employers.

MEMIC makes workplace safety pay

on March 13, 2014, at 1:59 p.m.
Financial strength, safety resources, and compassionate claims service are just a few of the reasons why Maine employers choose Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC) for their workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Another big reason is dividends. In November 2013, MEMIC returned a record dividend of $16 million that was paid …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development
A construction worker installs an insulated concrete form at the new medical office building under construction for St. Joseph's Healthcare in Bangor. Consigli Construction introduced the innovative ICFs for the new 22,000-square-foot building.

Consigli Construction utilizes Insulated Concrete Forms for Bangor project

on March 13, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
Great energy efficiency and cost savings arrived at the new medical office building under construction for St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Bangor in the unusual shape of insulated concrete forms. The use of these sandwich-like forms made of polystyrene foam and concrete will save St. Joseph’s $10,000 annually on heating and …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development
Lisa Giulianelli of Palmyra showcases her healthy oat tarts, among the various nutritional foods that she prepares for her business, Oats Any Time. Giulianelli graduated from the New Ventures Entrepreneurship Training offered by Women, Work and Community.

Embarking on New Ventures in business development

By Debra Bell, Special to the BDN on March 13, 2014, at 1:51 p.m.
Since 1978, the Women, Work and Community program has helped approximately 1,000 Mainers to succeed in their workplaces or businesses. Based in the University of Maine at Augusta and UMS System, WWC provides free classes and training to help people meet their personal and professional goals. According to M. Jane …
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