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Let’s Create Pesticide Free Green Belts in Our Communities

on July 24, 2016, at 10:40 a.m.
Here in Ogunquit we have a bee, butterfly and bird garden, a gift to the town, on the Marginal Way. The idea is that this garden, planted with sweet fern, butterfly weed and cone flowers among other plants, will attract these insects and birds, a noble plan. However, are pesticides …

This is the best time to publish a blog post

on July 20, 2016, at 1:13 p.m.
Not long after most bloggers launch their first post, this question will inevitably arise: when is the best time to publish a blog post? The answers to this relatively simple question may surprise you.
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Forget Chemical AND Organic Pesticides! Leave it to Mom Nature Instead!

on July 17, 2016, at 10:57 a.m.
  If you read last week’s blog about Doug Tallamy, that University of Delaware professor who advocates planting native trees and shrubs, you might have realized that there were a few key ideas missing. You might have thought that letting bugs and caterpillars chow down on your shrubs and trees …
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Native Plants and Trees Are for the Birds!

on July 10, 2016, at 8:45 a.m.
Have you heard of Doug Tallamy?  He’s chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He’s visiting Maine this summer, lecturing as he moves up the coast, and recently he spoke here about the necessity of planting native trees and plants. Why? What’s wrong …
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Time to Write Your Town’s Pesticide Ordinance?

on July 03, 2016, at 10:28 a.m.
If you think you have done enough to educate yourselves and your town about the dangers of chemical pesticides, it is time to take a look at three pesticide ordinances already in existence. Here is Takoma Park, Maryland’s, the first to be passed: http://www.codepublishing.com/MD/TakomaPark/#!/TakomaPark14/TakomaPark1428.html Ogunquit’s, the second passed (click ordinances …
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Banning Dangerous Chemical Pesticides in Your Town – part 2

on June 26, 2016, at 10:40 a.m.
  Did you find if your town already has some sort of ordinance against using chemical pesticides?  If so, you may wish to do as we did – revise that ordinance so it now includes all those areas you wish to save from chemical pesticide use. We had already had …

How to add video content to your blog

on June 24, 2016, at 11:57 a.m.
Adding video content to your blog is a simple way to make your blog posts dynamic and shareable for readers. Did you know that one minute of video is the equivalent of 1.8 million words? Imagine what you can share with your audience by incorporating video content. In this post, we won’t get into how to make a video, but rather we will focus on how to use YouTube to curate video content that will resonate with your audience.
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Time Your Town Was All Organic Too?

on June 19, 2016, at 7:49 a.m.
Why not have your town be all organic like ours?  Oh, I know some rail about how they won’t have ‘government’ telling them what to do on their property, but what if it’s for the health and safety of your family and your neighbors? Let’s face it. Most towns have …
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How to find the most commonly used search term for your blog

on June 17, 2016, at 3:20 p.m.
Even if you have a niche topic that you exclusively blog about, there will always be a post that doesn’t resonate with your readers. Of the many different strategies that you can use to help figure out exactly what kind of content your readers want to see, we’re going to show you one of the coolest and simplest today: finding your most commonly used search term for your blog.
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Stinky and leaking melon juice started it all for us…

on June 12, 2016, at 11:15 a.m.
Our real composting began in earnest after many summer trips to the transfer station. We love the local summer melons, but there are few messes worse than melon rinds and seeds that have been sitting in your trash in the summer heat waiting for a transfer station trip. They quickly …
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Tributes pour in for honored WWII veteran

on June 11, 2016, at 8 p.m.
Editors Note: For more than a week, I knew this day was coming. The day when my wife would tell me that one of the most impressive men I’ve ever met has died. John ‘Ben’ Woodbury was a 92-year-old veteran who lived quietly in a modest home on Pleasant street in …
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Deering Lumber celebrates 150 years in business

on June 11, 2016, at 7:09 p.m.
BIDDEFORD – For nearly as long as people have lived along the shores of the Saco River, they have been pulling logs from its cold waters to provide timbers and building material for homes, businesses and many other buildings that form the landscape of Biddeford and Saco. This past week, …
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River Tree Arts Center finds itself at the crossroads

on June 08, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
KENNEBUNK — As late spring turns to summer, the River Tree Center for the Arts in Kennebunk finds itself in a period of transition as well. As recently as last fall, Maureen DiGiovanni, the president of the board of directors, wasn’t sure the nonprofit community arts center would be able …
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Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, Trenches – Beat the Puddle Park Lawn After the Rain

on June 05, 2016, at 10:48 a.m.
Have a lawn or yard that usually puddles up when it rains?  Here are a some easy solutions. One is the simple, old fashioned rain barrel. We had one in back of the house I grew up in. A downspout from the gutter directed the rainwater into the barrel. My …
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Going Whole Hog to Make Your Lawn Safe for All…

on May 27, 2016, at 1:35 p.m.
As you might know, our town, Ogunquit, went all organic about a year and a half ago.  This was not some ‘government order’ – our voters wished for this.  We are a small seaside town; anything someone puts on their lawn ends up eventually, through run off or groundwater, in …
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One small Maine town sparking an organic revolution

on May 20, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
Ogunquit’s ordinance banning chemical pesticides has been used as a model for other towns and cities in Maine to follow suit and adopt their own ordinances banning in whole or in part chemical pesticides on town land and on some private lands as well. Portland and South Portland, sizable cities …
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BDN blog topics that tend to trend

on May 19, 2016, at 11:33 a.m.
Hands down the most popular blog questions we get is, “what should I write about?” The answer, of course, depends on your blog theme and category, but generally speaking topics that connect to the Maine experience perform well and draw a wide readership. This week on Maine on the Blogs we thought we would share with you topics that tend to trend.
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Saco Sculptor Shares Art Space

on May 17, 2016, at 2:07 p.m.
SACO — As Patrick Pierce stands on the land surrounding his home on Hearn Road, he is almost a living echo to the hundreds of pieces of his art that seem to sprout from the four acres of former farmland. Pierce, a sculptor, poet and artist, and his wife Kathleen, …
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Biddeford businessman shares insight about Asperger’s syndrome

on May 16, 2016, at 3:42 p.m.
BIDDEFORD — For the past year, Derek Volk, president of Volk Packaging Corp., has spent nights, weekends and even days away from his manufacturing business to focus on what has become one of the most important parts of his life: discussing the book he wrote about his 24-year-old son Dylan …
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How to write a Homestead blog

on May 13, 2016, at 2:59 p.m.
In 2015 the Bangor Daily News asked itself, what makes Maine different? Some of the answers were obvious and pointed to a long history of a deep love for the outdoors. But some of the answers were more nuanced and pointed to something else, something more personal.