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    June 14, 2012

    Land for Maine’s Future program continues to evolve

    Next year I will turn 50 years old, eek! In that half century, much of the land ownership in Maine has changed dramatically. Paper companies once owned most of the property in the north. In central Maine there were vast stretches of working dairy farms and in the south fishermen of all types worked the ocean from small villages up and down the coast. As a child I remember watching endless rafts of pulpwood as it …

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    June 7, 2012

    The RSU 13 budget for 2012-2013

    The RSU 13 School Board wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the citizens who attended the Regional Budget Adoption Meeting at Oceanside High School East on May 29. With the able assistance of moderator Michael Mayo, the citizens attending this important meeting overwhelmingly approved all 19 warrant articles making up the budget that will support educational services for the communities of Cushing, Owls …

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    May 31, 2012

    Youthlinks in transition

    For over thirty years, Youthlinks has provided a wide range of programming that empowers local youths to commit to themselves and their community. Through focused enrichment activities and meaningful volunteer work, youths gain knowledge and skills that serve as a foundation for a lifetime of success. This year, Youthlinks provided over 600 Midcoast youths (age 11-17) with service learning, skills building, arts …

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    May 24, 2012

    Enjoy yoga, safely

    Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India, that involves a series of stretching, posing and breathing exercises. When done correctly and in moderation, yoga can provide excellent conditioning and exercise; reduce stress; maintain joint and musculoskeletal health; and in some individuals, relieve joint or muscle pain.However, some of the more strenuous and complicated poses …

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    May 17, 2012

    Insecticide alert for home gardeners, lawn keepers and yardscapers

    There have been several reports over the past months about the harm that a certain kind of pesticide called neonicotinoids does to honey bees and bumble bees and another one has been previewed prior to its publication in a June issue of Insectology. What many people might not realize is that these chemicals are found in common home lawn and garden products easily found on the shelves of greenhouses and nurseries, …

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    May 4, 2012

    What’s in your garbage?

    At the invitation of our Midcoast Solid Waste manager, Jim Guerra, I recently attended the 19th annual Recycling & Solid Waste Conference at Point Lookout. Though some friends looked askance when I announced I couldn’t attend a meeting because I was going to a Solid Waste Management conference, little did they know of the hours of fascinating information that they, too, could have enjoyed.As a member of the Maine …

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    May 2, 2012

    History of 2 Bay View St.

    The 2 Bay View St. building in Camden was built in 1833 and opened as a bank with the original “teller windows” still in place today. Known for it’s iconic curved front and curved windows, the building housed a safe that is long gone but the heart of the space remains. Just a short period later, the building was owned by Joseph W. Bowers and called the “J.W. Bowers” Plumbing Co. The shop was known locally for …

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    April 28, 2012

    Reminiscing about Hope roads

    When I was younger than I am today, the roads in the town of Hope were considerably different than they are now. In a lot of cases the roads were low; sometimes lower than the surrounding countryside, and the water tend to run off in the roads, as there were no ditches. Given that the town of Hope has no natural gravel supply, the only material in the roads were either rocks or clay dirt. With the spring came the …

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    April 27, 2012

    With a stroke, time lost is brain lost

    Stroke is the number four cause of death in this country and the leading cause of adult disability. Stroke claims more than 137,000 lives each year and accounts for one of every 18 deaths in this country. According to the American Stroke Association, on average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke about every three to four minutes.Stroke awarenessKnow the …

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    April 27, 2012

    Shortness of breath? Breathlessness? A few tips to help you improve your breathing

    Normally we do not think about our breathing, but when we become short of breath we can’t think of anything else. The uncomfortable sensation of feeling like you are not getting enough air to function normally or comfortably is limiting and frightening. You may experience shortness of breath at rest and with all levels of physical activity. The causes are many, can be complex and should be evaluated by your …

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