Special Sections

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

 
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 …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development

An entrepreneur’s guide to starting a business

By Debra Bell, Special to the BDN on March 13, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.
Entrepreneurs work hard, very hard. And that’s just to get a business started. For the Mainer wanting to turn a great idea into a business, following these steps will make the process easier. Develop a business plan A business plan is a tool to organize your thinking, develop your identity, …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development
Oxford Networks Data Center in Brunswick

High-tech data center brings the future to Maine

on March 13, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
Are you worried about the security of your business IT infrastructure? Is your IT staff pulled in too many directions? If so, you just might be a prime candidate for the 52,000-square-foot Oxford Networks Data Center. The Oxford Networks Data Center is a high security cloud computing environment that provides …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development
 Representing three generations of the Cross family at the Cross Insurance office in Bangor are (from left) Jonathan Cross, Royce Cross, Brent Cross, Woodrow Cross, and Woodrow Cross II.

Successful insurance agency expands across New England

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 13, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
BANGOR — When Woodrow Cross launched his family-owned insurance agency 60 years ago, Ted Williams was hitting .345 for the Boston Red Sox. Cross could not imagine that one day the Cross Insurance Agency would insure the Red Sox — or the Boston (and future New England) Patriots, a professional …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development
James Donnelly is the Machias Savings Bank executive president.

Business bankers work with every sector of Maine economy

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 13, 2014, at 1:23 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

Economy could receive $2.02 billion shot in the arm

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 13, 2014, at 1:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA — If all funding sources coalesce during the next three years, the Maine economy will experience a $2.02 billion shot in the arm through late 2016. In the MaineDOT Work Plan released last January, Maine Department of Transportation Commission David Bernhardt unveiled an ambitious schedule of 1,600-plus projects to …
Funeral & Estate Planning

Estate planning necessitates certain legal documents

By AARP.org on March 05, 2014, at 10:02 a.m.
People don’t want to think that an accident or illness would prevent them from saying what they want — or don’t want — when it comes to their future medical care. We tell ourselves: I have plenty of time to take care of those things later … if I get …
Funeral & Estate Planning
Stephen Burrill has been the superintendent at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor since 1992. He is the third generation of his family to serve in this position; his father, Harold S. Burrill Jr., was the superintendent from 1969-1992, and his grandfather, Harold S. Burrill Sr., was superintendent at Mount Hope Cemetery from circa 1930 to 1946.

A place called Mount Hope

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 05, 2014, at 10:01 a.m.
BANGOR — Tucked into the Queen City’s east corner, Mount Hope Cemetery provides a quiet oasis for the living — and the dead, naturally — about 2 miles from the traffic-humming Bangor Mall. The cemetery has sheltered Bangor’s famous and obscure residents since the 1830s — and visitors mistakenly believe …
Funeral & Estate Planning
Tracy J. Roberts is an attorney with Rudman Winchell.

Buyer beware of national online legal document services

By Tracy J. Roberts on March 05, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.
As a working mother, I completely understand how busy life can get. You realize that you need an estate plan to manage your affairs if something happens to you, but finding the time to actually think about and develop a plan gets lost in the whirlwind of a day. Of …
Funeral & Estate Planning
For many Mainers, a beloved pet becomes an important part of the family; for people living alone, a cat or dog represents interaction with another living creature and helps fill the avoid when no one else is around.

Loss of a pet can profoundly affect its owners

By Debra Bell, Special to BDN Maine on March 05, 2014, at 9:53 a.m.
The loss of a pet can be traumatic. The Humane Society of the United States reports that pet ownership has tripled from the 1970s and that approximately 62 percent of American households have at least one pet. So it’s natural to think that the loss of a pet can affect …