Maine Businesses Slowly Rebounding From Devastating Effects of Pandemic

Maine Businesses Slowly Rebounding From Devastating Effects of Pandemic

By Wanda Curtis When the stay-at-home order was in effect at the beginning of the pandemic, many businesses closed. Maine Department of Labor’s Deputy Director for the Center for Workforce Research Glenn Mills reports that nearly 95,000 jobs were lost during March and April 2020, but about 68,000 jobs have been gained since then. However,…

Maine: A Place of Business

Spilling the Tea: Winterport Business Gets Creative to Keep Things Going

Spilling the Tea: Winterport Business Gets Creative to Keep Things Going

By Sarah Cottrell Winter in Maine brings to mind many things, among them just how frigidly cold it can get. Thankfully, my cupboard is fully-stocked with lovely teas from around the world, each one making me feel warmed and inspired. There is something magical about a cup of finely brewed tea. And luckily for me,…

Keeping It Local: Brewer Store Finds Success with Maine’s Local Food Supply Chain

Keeping It Local: Brewer Store Finds Success with Maine’s Local Food Supply Chain

By Crystal Sands As everyone who shops at a grocery store can attest, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a myriad of supply chain shortages that have impacted everything from eggs and cream cheese to beef and flour. Many times, grocery stores struggle with empty shelves, but Tiller & Rye, a local grocery store…

High Apple Pie In The Sky Hopes

High Apple Pie In The Sky Hopes

By Emily Morrison It’s that time of year when most teens are making Christmas wish lists and checking them twice, but one Hampden Academy junior has been busy checking another list, counting up the number of meals she’s helped provide for those battling food insecurity. While taking a dual-enrollment psychology course at UMA and participating…

Beer and preservation: The ultimate partnership to save a trio of Maine Islands

Beer and preservation: The ultimate partnership to save a trio of Maine Islands

By Erinne Magee Maine Beer Company may be known for brewing tasty sips, but the company was also founded upon the principle of giving back, and right now, the focus is on fundraising to preserve a trio of Maine islands in Casco Bay called Little Whaleboat. In partnership with Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the goal…

Healing and Helping Through Music

Healing and Helping Through Music

By Crystal Sands After more than a year without live music due to the pandemic, in 2021 the Bangor Symphony Orchestra brought live orchestra music back to our community. Being able to attend a live performance is good for the body and the soul, with research showing that live music helps reduce our stress levels,…

Basketball Outlook 2021

2021-22: AA Boys Basketball

2021-22: AA Boys Basketball

Courtesy of BDN Sports Two reigning state champions will be part of the nine-school Class AA North boys basketball field this winter. Edward Little High School of Auburn won the 2020 Class AA state title, outlasting Thornton Academy of Saco to earn its second gold ball in three seasons. The other champion in the Class…

2021-22: AA Girls Basketball

2021-22: AA Girls Basketball

Courtesy of BDN Sports If Hampden Academy had two fewer students, coach Nick Winchester and his Broncos girls basketball team would be gearing up to defend their three consecutive Class A North championships. But they didn’t, so the Maine Principals Association’s enrollment number for Hampden Academy of 801 elevated the Broncos to Class AA for…

2021-22: A Boys Basketball

2021-22: A Boys Basketball

Courtesy of BDN Sports The last two winters have seen the Brewer boys basketball team at its best at the most important time of the season. But two years ago the Witches were outlasted in the final seconds of their Class A North semifinal by Hampden Academy, which went on to win the 2020 state…

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Celebrations & Observances

Quilts of Valor Bring Comfort to Active and Retired Military Personnel

By Wanda Curtis Quilts are a source of comfort. From the cradle to the grave, wrapping oneself in    a quilt can have a calming effect. The founder of the nonprofit Quilts of Valor® Catherine Roberts thought that quilts can also be healing. Roberts initiated the idea of awarding handmade quilts, referred to as Quilts…

Hospice Nurse Receives High Honor

By Anne Gabbianelli “I still can’t believe I was chosen, and I am very humbled and honored,” says Laura Osborne, a registered nurse with Beacon Hospice of Bangor. “This really was a nice ending to 2020.”  Osborne was honored with the 2020 Nurse of the Year — Spirit of Excellence Award from Amedisys, Inc. for…

Nurses Battle Covid-19 on the Front Line

By Wanda Curtis When Maine healthcare workers across the state began battling Covid-19 last year, the most difficult thing for many was working with the unknown. No one knew exactly how the virus would progress or which treatments would work. There was no FDA-approved drug available to treat the killer virus. Northern Light Mercy Hospital…

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Home

Should I Buy or Should I Renovate?

By Crystal Sands My husband and I have lived in our home outside of the Bangor area for 10 years, and during this time, we have turned our little place into a homestead. My husband has built fences for ducks and chickens, constructed raised beds for strawberries, converted sheds to coops and rehabilitated our soil.…

Houseplants 101

By Sarah Cottrell This year may go down in history as the time that houseplants finally got the glow-up they deserve. In pre-pandemic days, houseplants were akin to a decor garnish, but in 2020 when many Americans were tallying the days they spent in lockdown, houseplant sales exploded. Consumers purchased $8.5 billion more houseplants in…

How To Make Your Bedroom Feel Like A Sanctuary This Winter

By Katie Smith We all need a retreat in our home. Whether it’s a small corner or an entire room, it can make all the difference when you have a place you can go to and completely unwind. Why not make that place your bedroom? After all, rest is one of the most important things…

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Outdoors

Hunting Tales: The Family Bearskin Rug

By Sarah Cottrell When you live in a state as beautiful and rural as Maine it doesn’t take long before you hear a good ol’ hunting tale. And while many stories are full of moose as tall as buildings and that one fish big enough to feed an army that got away, there is always…

Hit the Trails All Winter on a Fat Tire Bike

By Katie Smith Fat tire biking has become increasingly popular, especially in the Northeast as it’s a sport that can be enjoyed year round. Whether you love biking in the snow, on mountain bike trails, through mud or even on pavement, a fat tire bike can give you a smooth ride over almost any terrain.…

Take a Hike this Winter

By Josh Deakin The state of Maine offers some of the most gorgeous hiking experiences across the east coast. From the Northern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail all the way to the coastal trails on Mount Desert Island, the state has a lot to offer for hikers just starting out to the well-seasoned. Hiking is…

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Business

Get to Know Maine’s Logging & Forestry Professionals

iTraveling through our great state, it’s easy to understand why the forestry industry is so vitally linked to Maine’s economy. In a 2017 study conducted by the University of Maine and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, it was noted that logging supports more than 9,000 Maine jobs either directly or indirectly. Which is why…

Grant Invests in Logger Certification to Support Green Economy

Courtesy of The Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine The Future Forest Economy Initiative is investing $250,000 to enhance markets for certified wood and to strengthen the supply chain for wood in the Northern Forest region through a grant to the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands (TCNEF).  “Only a fraction of the forestland in our…

Mechanized Logging Operations Program Underway for Summer 2021

Courtesy of The Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine Classes are now underway for students in the Mechanized Logging Operations Program (MLOP), which began its fifth year of classes June 28 in the woods northeast of Old Town.  Students enrolled in the college program at Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) will spend weeks harvesting timber…

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Discover…

8 things not to miss in Belfast

By Sarah Cottrell This little coastal town of around 7,000 sits in the heart of Waldo county on the ocean and offers an impressive list of things to do, places to see and did we mention the incredible food? Check out these 8 spots around town that help give Belfast its unforgettable seaside charm.  United…

Meet Midcoast Photographer Lynn Karlin

By Josh Deakin The State of Maine conceals many talented artists within its borders. Among these artists is Lynn Karlin, a photographer who’s made a name for herself photographing for publications such as the New York Times Magazine, House Beautiful and Country Living. In the early 80s, she left her metropolitan photography for the rural…

More Than a Soup Kitchen

By Crystal Sands During difficult times, feeding the hungry is one of the most important and noblest jobs, but the Belfast Soup Kitchen does that and more. More than a soup kitchen, this important resource in our state provides meals for approximately 410 adults and children a day, including dining room guests and meal deliveries. …

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Sports

2021-22: A Girls Basketball

Courtesy of BDN Sports Skowhegan’s Jaycie Christopher was the only sophomore on the 2019-20 Bangor Daily News All-Maine Schoolgirl basketball team in 2019-20. She was a first team selection. Gardiner’s Lizzy Gruber was the only freshman. She was chosen to the second team. So it should come as no surprise when Skowhegan coach Mike LeBlanc…

2021-22: B Boys Basketball

Courtesy of BDN Sports The Ellsworth boys basketball team made the most of its 2020-21 season, capturing the Penobscot Valley Conference Class B pod championship as COVID-19 denied teams around the state traditional tournament play. The 2021-22 season begins with the Eagles hoping to return to postseason normalcy and their pursuit of a more widespread…

2021-22: B Girls Basketball

Courtesy of BDN Sports Old Town High School’s girls basketball team beat Hermon in the Big East Class B pod championship game during the COVID-19-abbreviated 2020-21 season, 36-32. The teams could be squaring off again in a title game this season, only with much more at stake. Old Town and Hermon are two of the…

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