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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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. Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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,… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More