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Maine Story Tellers and Poets Wanted

Freeport, Maine:  The Harraseeket Inn, in conjunction with the Maine Mountain Heritage Project, is currently seeking submissions for a publication tentatively titled "Voices From Maine's Mountains".  Stories, poems and essays must be limited to 1,700 words and can involve outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, skiing, hiking, living or vacationing in or near the mountains of Maine.  "We're looking for year round and seasonal Mainers, young and old, who have a story to tell about the mountains they love," says Penny Gray, co-owner of the Harraseeket Inn and published author of nine books.  "We want to create a lasting legacy that honors our mountain heritage and the important role these special landscapes have played in our lives."  The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2011.  All submissions will be published on-line, and the best will be compiled in book form and released to the public.  Chosen essays will be announced i

Starting A New Business In Maine Is As Easy As Cake!

Starting A New Business In Maine Is As Easy As Cake!

Emily Adams of “Dirt on a Cake” Utilizes Non-profit, Government and Community Resources To Launch New Maine Business
 
Maine may be listed by Forbes Magazine as the worst state in the nation for business, but don’t tell that to Emily Woodman Adams who recently launched Dirt on a Cake. Emily credits the successful launch of her business to the support that she has received from various private and public organizations, including the Maine Department of Economic and Community (DECD), the Maine Women’s Fund, and The Prep Kitchen.
 
“I have not met one person that has not supported this project. There have been roadblocks, but the community – including competitors – have helped me every step of the way,” says Emily.
 
When Emily, 33, left her 50-hour-a-week job to spend more time with her two young children, she never imagined that she would start a business making gourmet ice cream cakes.

New book explores the rich history of North Bath, Maine

New book explores the rich history of North Bath, Maine

Yarmouth, Maine (MARCH 23, 2011)—Islandport Press is pleased to announce the March 29, 2011, release of “The Road to Down Street: The History of North Bath, Maine,” written by Nancy Lovetere. The book looks at the glorious past of this rural area, from its early settlement by those with land grants from the king of England, to its days of trading posts, seafaring residents, ferries, and dairies.

        Lovetere, a North Bath native, had an abiding passion for this pristine peninsula between the Androscoggin and Kennebec rivers and was dedicated to researching and compiling compelling facts and tales about the area. Sadly, Lovetere died unexpectedly in 2009.

        The book, which includes historic photographs, examines in detail the five areas of North Bath: Whiskeag, The North Bath Road, Ireland, Merrymeeting Bay, and Bayshore Road to New Meadows. U.S.

Jim Mayer returns to Maine to spread Anti-Bullying message

Uncle Jim, better known to adults as Jim Mayer of Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band, returns to Maine to help spread his anti-bullying message through song and fun activities.  He calls these rallies IM4U.  The rallies build awareness and educate children the following principles:

* Empowerment through RESPONSIBILITY
* Empowerment through OBSERVATION
* Empowerment through CHOICE
* Empowerment through KNOWLEDGE

He will take kids through the steps of dealing with bullies, which he calls the three R’s: recognize, refuse, and report. “Each of us is empowered today if we only behave like a baby trying to walk,” he explains. “When we fall, we get up.

HOW’S YOUR PRESSURE?

HOW’S YOUR PRESSURE?

I’m a car guy! I enjoy the drive, the mechanics and everything to do with cars. But like most other owners and drivers, I sometimes fall short when it comes to the more tedious aspects of cars, namely maintenance. I am diligent when it comes to the important things like oil changes, tire rotations and the latest recalls. On the other hand, when it comes to checking tire pressure, I tend to drop the ball.

I have no excuse for this failure. It’s not that it’s a hard thing to do; just take the cap off of the stem, apply the gauge and read the pressure. You don’t even have to dig out the owner’s manual. Manufacturers make it easy and convenient to get the pressure right by posting the figures on the door saddle. The driver just needs to take the time and do it.

The experts say to check your tire pressure monthly. I imagine few people are that conscientious. Quarterly seems much more realistic, but I have been guilty of only checking mine with the change of the seasons.

Maine Eastern Railroad has announced that it will operate two special Bunny Trains

Maine Eastern Railroad has announced that it will operate two special Bunny Trains

To celebrate the arrival of spring, Maine Eastern Railroad has announced that it will operate two special Bunny Trains on Saturday, April 23rd.

The current schedule calls for two separate round trip trains on that day, both departing from the historic downtown passenger depot in Rockland. The first train will leave the station at 11:00AM; and the second train will leave the station at 12:15PM. Each trip
will last approximately 35 minutes.

Called the Spring Bunny Special, and complete with a cute and cuddly costumed bunny, the event is designed for children of all ages. Be sure to bring your cameras.

According to a railroad spokesperson, this event is the result of several inquiries and requests over the years.

Maine Maple Sunday Celebration in Poland

Maine Maple Sunday Celebration in Poland

A sure sign of spring is the coming of Maine Maple Sunday, celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday in March. This year it falls on Sunday, March 27th.

One of the more eventful local Maple Sunday celebrations is held annually at the Megquier Hill Farm at 260 Megquier Hill Road in Poland. The farm is the home of Peter and Kathie Bolduc and their 4 children. Nestled in the lower back field of this historic 1791 farmstead is their maple sugar house. Each year they welcome the public to come and experience the delight of the sap boiling down into its most perfect state: pure maple syrup.

Their celebration starts at 9am and runs until about 3pm. Visitors are treated to a hay wagon ride down to the sugarhouse.