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I bet you didn’t know that last week was…

on Sept. 25, 2016, at 9:27 a.m.
  I bet you didn’t know that last week was a special week. Yup, it was the EPA’s National Septic Smart Week. Now if you live in a city or live in a town with a sewer system, you probably could care less. You might even care less if you …

King Memphis still rocking at 25

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 21, 2016, at 6:47 p.m.
Portland’s original rockabilly revival band, King memphis, is celebrating 25 years together at shows this weekend both in town and out-of-state.
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You owe it to yourself…..

on Sept. 18, 2016, at 9:42 a.m.
I love the beach at this time of year. Gone are the flocks of tourists, vying for parking, for the best place for their beach tent, their cooler and ample supplies, a campsite in itself. Gone is the summer heat, the layers of suntan lotion, that sticky feeling of the …
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on Sept. 18, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.
You owe it to yourself I love the beach at this time of year. Gone are the flocks of tourists, vying for parking, for the best place for their beach tent, their cooler and ample supplies, a campsite in itself. Gone is the summer heat, the layers of suntan lotion, …
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Authors: Never Leave Home Without This in the Trunk of your Car

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.
SACO – Not unlike many other fall seasons, this year has been very busy. Each year as school  starts and I frantically try to learn about more than 100 new students, figure out a routine for the work day and family life, and continue to pursue my dream of writing …
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Eeeuuuu!

on Sept. 10, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
  If you walk your dog on a beach, I hope you are one of the many responsible dog owners with one of the best behaved dogs you’re ever seen, but it seems it only takes one or two to give dog owners a bad name. Who are few dog …
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Fair skies, warm temperatures, and a 32-mile ride to the Donut Hole

on Sept. 06, 2016, at 9:37 a.m.
Buxton – After four weeks sitting on the shelf (cracked clavicle and separated shoulder) it was time to ride again. The weather was beautiful. The air was cool and crisp and there was a hint of autumn as the temperatures hovered around 50 degrees. As we were leaving, we knew …
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Mau mauing your garden stranglers!

on Sept. 04, 2016, at 4:31 p.m.
Black Swallow Wort is as hard to get rid of as black flies in spring. You want to make sure none of its seed pods burst open and shower creation with zillions of possible black swallow wort babies. Those pods ripen and burst open around mid to late August here. …

Writing prompts for bloggers

on Sept. 02, 2016, at 3:09 p.m.
Hello! Welcome back to the Writers Room where we like to talk shop so that you can improve your skills and grow your blog’s audience. Now that Septemeber is here there is a lot of talk about fall and feeling inspired to write new and interesting content. So, this week …
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When the ‘think system’ fails, it’s time to get real about fitness

By Meg Haskell on Sept. 02, 2016, at 12:35 p.m.
Meg Haskell: “A positive attitude is a good starting point, the think system doesn’t actually work. So, this week I cut my losses and invested in a more substantive approach.”
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I grabbed this pic during one of McMurtry’s warm ups before the concert. Even before the concert, the stands begin to fill, and I’m sure it’s because people like to see McMurtry’s warm up as well.

Making Maine traditions at the Blue Hill Fair this weekend

By Crystal Sands on Aug. 31, 2016, at 9:51 a.m.
“When my husband and I moved to Maine and I discovered all the fairs every summer, I was insistent. I had to go to one,” Crystal Sands writes in her blog.
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A killer may be lurking in your garden!

on Aug. 28, 2016, at 10:09 a.m.
A killer may be lurking in your garden! This is no mole, vole, fungus, mold, beetle or bug. Its skinny vines can strangle your flowers, and when its pods burst open and shower your flower bed with its seeds, seize control of your garden. It’s an invasion of a plant …

3 simple ways to boost your page views

on Aug. 26, 2016, at 11:01 a.m.
Growing an audience doesn’t have to be a time-consuming chore if you implement a few simple strategies that can work for you.

A surprising use for beeswax: Paint.

By Micky Bedell on Aug. 23, 2016, at 9:20 a.m.
Helene Farrar paints and carves beeswax on wood panels with a variety of different inspirations, including more straightforward subjects like owls and fields of poppies as well as more philosophical ideas such as “what we carry,” all from her studio in Manchester. The art style is called encaustic painting.
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Congratulations South Portland!

on Aug. 21, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.
Congratulations South Portland! Have you heard? South Portland’s city council approved a first reading of a pesticide ordinance that has been debated for months by concerned South Portland citizens. Casco Bay water sampling has demonstrated that excess fertilizer and pesticide use is causing algae blooms that kill aquatic life and …

Headlines 101: how to write them and why they matter

on Aug. 19, 2016, at 12:39 p.m.
Hello! Welcome to the brand new BDN blog newsletter, the Writers Room, where we can talk shop and improve our blogging practices from writing strategies to headlines to boosting readership and everything in between! Got some coffee brewing? Great. Let’s get started.Story continues below advertisement. Headlines 101 Creating a solid …
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Caring cyclists ride along beautiful Maine coast for MS150

on Aug. 18, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
BIDDEFORD — Nearly 400 cyclists gathered at the Biddeford campus of the University of New England Saturday, August 13, 2016 to ride their bikes for two days along the southern coast of Maine on behalf of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “This year, there are riders from 20 different states …

See where you can grow desert plants in Maine

By Micky Bedell on Aug. 15, 2016, at 6:36 p.m.
Hannah Todd of Brickhouse Succulents in Etna says she found her “soulmate” when she discovered succulents, and now runs a year-round greenhouse containing over 90 species of the plant. Everything is a potential planter to Todd, who enjoys potting the hardy plants in unusual objects. (Micky Bedell | BDN )
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Faster than a speeding bullet, able to chomp your bulbs in a couple of weeks!

on Aug. 14, 2016, at 9:47 a.m.
I had never seen anything like it – a mouse size brown blur zipping between the house and the flowers growing along its edge. And then we saw one again, another near blur disappearing into the Pachysandra. Soon our Hostas began to die. Something was eating them; not their leaves, …
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What silent but rash causing danger is hiding around the fringes of your yard?

on Aug. 07, 2016, at 11:52 a.m.
Why was poison sumac named after the sumac family?  Does it look like sumac to you? It doesn’t to me, and perhaps like you, I grew up with my dad combating sumac in the woodsy fringes around our yard and field, but poison sumac?  I never knew what it looked …