Loggers’ Expo Coming to Bangor

By Wanda Curtis The Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Exposition, also known as the Loggers’ Expo, is coming to Bangor. The Expo’s scheduled to be held at the Cross Insurance Center on Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25. The doors will open at 9 a.m. each day. The Expo alternates between Bangor during the odd…

Senior Living

Winterport Clockmaker Keeps Time

Story and Photos by Anne Gabbianelli  “The pleasure you get from owning and using a mechanical clock and watch is abundant. The sound of it ticking and striking, as well as the timekeeping it offers creates a personal interaction each time you wind it and set it,” says Peter Rioux, who is clearly passionate about…

Tales from my Family Tree

Story and Photos By Anne Gabbianelli Napoleon Bonaparte bankrupted my family in 1814 by convincing them that paper money had no value so they switched to silver coins. I also have an ancestor who built the Catholic Church resting on a hill in Winn, Maine. Oh, and my great grandmother was kidnapped by the Gypsies…

Sculpting a Healthy and Fit Homebody

By Wendy Watkins Looking to kickstart your fitness routine but aren’t quite ready to join a studio or gym? You don’t need a lot of equipment or space to get into great shape at home. It just takes a little ingenuity, motivation and planning. Plus, thanks to technology, you can enjoy many gym features –…

NorthEast Forest Products

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…

Maine loggers applaud COVID-19 Relief Package

Courtesy of The Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine The Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine cheered the announcement July 20 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that $200 million in aid for timber harvesters and haulers included in a bipartisan $900 billion COVID-19 relief package approved months earlier would finally be released and…

Fall Home Improvement

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…

Outdoors Fall/Winter

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…

Getting Ready to Hit the Slopes

By Genie Jennings, PSIA Master Teacher, Alpine Level 2 One might think that it is early to be preparing to ski, but one would be wrong. Skiing is a physically demanding activity, whether you’re a professional racer or an occasional slider. The Professional Skier Association of America identifies four areas of physical preparedness: (1) Cardiac…

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Aquaculture in Maine

Meet the Family Behind Acadia Aqua Farms

Courtesy of Acadia Aqua Farms In 1776 there was a riot in the Netherlands, and it started because of mussels. The local Land Baron had to intervene and the spokesperson for the mussel men was an ancestor of ours; Theun de Koning. Theun explained that people were poaching mussels from land where mussels were being…

Supporting Maine’s Aquatic Growers

Courtesy of Maine Aquaculture Association Now more than ever, people are discovering the way life should be and making the move to Maine. When daily commutes and office life came to a screeching halt last year, many people took the opportunity to connect with nature and spend more time outdoors. Across the U.S., a mass…

Using Innovation and Technology to Improve Salmon Farming

Courtesy of Cooke Aquaculture For centuries, Maine’s seawater and coastal rivers had an abundance of Atlantic Salmon. The region’s history speaks of fabulous salmon runs, the Wabanaki and early settlers relied on these salmon runs for their prosperity. Atlantic Salmon, often referred to as the “King of Fish”, were a prized catch for their flavorful…

Discover Belfast

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. …

Experience Maine Summer

Add some whimsy to your Maine summer fun at home

By Sarah Cottrell  If your summer plans are shaping up to look a lot like last year’s — canceled vacations, too much time at home, feeling bored, then you’ll love this list of ways to create some whimsy in your own backyard. Maine summers are magical for many reasons; even if you’re limited in where…

Kids & Family

Owls Head Transportation Museum – Owls Head If you’ve got a youngster that can’t get enough of vehicles, be it trucks, cars, motorcycles or planes, then a visit to the Owls Head Transportation Museum is a must. Located in Knox County near Thomaston, the OHTM is open year round, Wednesday to Sunday. At this time,…

Maine, by way of accommodations

By Erinne Magee Closer-to-home travel is still on the agenda for many Mainers this summer. While some travelers are going beyond state borders, advance data is showing bookings for staycations still remain high. Exploring Maine is easy, but with so many overnight accommodation options, it can be hard to nail down the right place to…

Celebrations & Observances

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…

New Nurses in Maine: Hope During a Pandemic

By Crystal Sands The COVID pandemic has done much to emphasize to Americans just how important our frontline workers are to our society. Our grocery store workers have made it possible for us to get food, even during times of crisis. Our delivery drivers and mail carriers have ensured we received important goods and medicines…

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Home

Create a Backyard Oasis

By Sarah Cottrell As spring and summer inch closer during this pandemic, many Mainers are planning yet another set of warm months at home. But after a long winter, who wants to stay inside? The good news is that now is a great time to make some outdoor home improvements to help turn your backyard…

Preventing Ice Build Up

By Josh Deakin Winter time in Maine can be a beautiful time of year. The snow hangs on surrounding trees with such grace it at times appears to defy gravity itself. Unfortunately, winter also brings a variety of potential problems for homeowners. One particularly pesky and persistent problem that comes with cold weather is snow…

13 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

By Janelle Dianne Jundt It has never been more important to take care of our planet and find ways to save money. As we try to navigate new normals, a struggling economy, and an uncertain climate, reducing our  utility bills and carbon footprint can help bring a feeling of accomplishment and security in a difficult…

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Outdoors

Dark Skies and Beautiful Stars

By Crystal Sands In May of 2020, the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in northern Maine was designated as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary. As one of only about a dozen such places in the world, this designation is a valuable one for our state, as it honors the importance of dark skies and…

The Golden Road

By Josh Deakin If you’re from the Pine Tree State, chances are you’ve heard of the infamous logging road known as The Golden Road – a 96-mile stretch of road leading from St. Zacharie Border Crossing and ending in Millinocket, Maine. The road was constructed by Great Northern Paper Company in the late 1960s and…

Paddling the East Branch of the Penobscot

By Wanda Curtis One very popular hobby for outdoor enthusiasts today is paddling. Whether canoeing or kayaking, paddling is a fun way to explore the landscape and waterways in any geographic area. It also provides a great opportunity to get away from it all for a day or two. The East Branch of the Penobscot…

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Business

Speed Bumps and Roadblocks:

By Josh Deakin The trucking industry has met a wide variety of challenges during the past year with great thought and careful planning, ensuring the safety and health of both drivers and recipients of goods. Throughout the pandemic, the industry has continued to find creative solutions to keep the country’s supply chain moving. One year…

How Maine Businesses Have Adapted to Keep Going

By Josh Deakin In the last year, businesses have adapted and readapted to stay up-to-date with ever-changing rules and precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Restaurants in particular have kept on their toes, many evolving from primarily dine-in business to order ahead/pick up outside and adding outdoor seating for all types of weather. The…

Riding the Wave of the Pandemic

By Wanda Curtis As the New Year unfolds, many are wondering what the future holds for Maine’s business community. President/CEO of Eastern Maine Development Corporation Lee Umphrey said the general health of Maine’s businesses during the current pandemic is uncertain. The prognosis, he said, depends upon successfully curtailing the pandemic and ensuring the continuation of…

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Discover…

A Creative Boost for the Katahdin Region

By Josh Deakin Ktaadn Arts has grown significantly since their early beginnings in 2019. The organization had to regroup quickly after realizing that their initial plans would require too great a deal of time, money and manpower to open their doors. The group bounced back, finding a space in the basement of DesignLab in downtown…

6 Things To Do in the Katahdin Region

By Josh Deakin The Katahdin Region is known for its nature-fueled economy. Attractions blanket the area for outdoorsmen. The sights alone on the roads leading to the area can be breathtaking, especially when a view of the snow-capped Katahdin pokes through the trees. The majestic structure of the mountain is enough to take your breath…

The Future of the Katahdin Region’s Economy

By Katie Smith From mill closures to the pandemic, economic stressors have forced the Katahdin region to get creative in its efforts to rebuild and redefine itself, coming up with new ways to keep and attract people and businesses to the area. However, it’s a slow burn that doesn’t happen overnight. “Industrial redevelopment takes time,…

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