Special Sections

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


Don’t forget the reindeer!

By Aimee Thibodeau on Nov. 04, 2014, at 12:03 p.m.
We always remember milk and cookies for Santa, but what about the reindeer? The team of four-legged, hoofed creatures who fly through the night, carrying a heavy sleigh, the Jolly Big Man, and piles of presents. We might think to leave them some carrots, but they deserve more. After all, …

Gifts for Foodies

on Nov. 04, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
Let them eat…whatever they want. For the foodies on your list, check out these personal, palate-pleasing gifts this holiday season.

Holiday Shipping 101

By Family Features on Nov. 04, 2014, at 10:11 a.m.
If one of your holiday tasks is shipping gifts to family and friends across the nation, knowing a few tips and tricks will ensure your packages get to them in time for the festivities. From shipping deadlines to packaging, there are many factors to consider when sending gifts, especially during …

Gifts for the Home

on Nov. 04, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.
Whether you’ve got a new homeowner on your holiday shopping list, or that hard to buy for person, these home gifts are sure to make anyone smile.

Holiday gift idea for grandparents

By Family Features on Nov. 04, 2014, at 9:50 a.m.
Protect your grandchild’s future with life insurance (Family Features) Tired of purchasing toys that break or that her grandchildren will outgrow, 62-year-old Barbara Carlson* decided the holidays were a perfect time to purchase a gift that will continue to protect both of her grandchildren well into their futures. “I just …
A perfect set: Enhance her boho chic style with the healing gemstone power of a Zen Rudraksha and Gem necklace, with matching earrings and bracelet.
	Buy It: Zen Rudraksha and Gem necklace, $16;Tree of Life earrings, $7; Tree of Life bracelet, $6.
Mexicali Blues
		1 West Market Square

Gifts for Her

on Nov. 04, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
Make her smile this holiday season with the perfect gift.
Letters to create monogrammed coasters.

Celebrate and Create: Tips for a DIY holiday

By Family Features on Nov. 03, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
This season, let your creative side shinewith thoughtful gifts that are fun to create and add cheer to the lives of those you love. Turning everyday items from ordinary to extraordinary, Erica Domesek, creator of the lifestyle site “P.S. – I made this,” offers these affordable, on-trend projects and tips …
Toe Pick!: Whether she’s a pro or just starting out, figure skating is a fun way to enjoy a chilly Maine winter.
Buy It: Jackson Ultima Figure Skates, $69.99	
Gunn’s Sport Shop
		32 Green Point Road

Gifts for Sports Fans

on Nov. 03, 2014, at 1:21 p.m.
Find just what every sports fan on your list will want this holiday season.
Bottom’s Up!: Everything you need for the beer enthusiast (or master brewer) in your life. 
	Buy It: 64 oz. stainless steel growler, $44.95; beerME coozie, $4.95; The STARR “X” bottle opener, $8.50; homebrew box, $25; Central Street Farmhouse glass, $??; “33 Bottles of Beer” book, $4.50; “The Portable Beer Expert” book, $16.95.
		Central Street Farmhouse
30 Central St.

Gifts for Him

on Nov. 03, 2014, at 1:12 p.m.
Find the perfect gift for the man on your list this holiday season.
3-2-1 Takeoff: Take your tyke on a plane ride with this aircraft swing from HABA. 
	Buy It: HABA aircraft swing, $139.99 
		Central Street Farmhouse
30 Central St.

Gifts for Kids

on Nov. 03, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.
Make the little ones on your list smile this Christmas when they open these local finds under the tree.

Taking care of 36,000 acres no easy task

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 17, 2014, at 8:39 a.m.
“I don’t know what that is,” said Julie Winzler, eyeing a charred piece of trash before dropping it in a bag. Leaning over a fire pit, she continued to pluck out bits of tinfoil and beer cans. It may not be glamorous, but as environmental steward of Bigelow Preserve, it’s …
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 …
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