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Susan Patten

I have been covering Maine people and stories of public interest for more than 25 years. With genuine interest, I provide news and public affairs information to the people of Maine utilizing both radio and online media platforms. My other passions include my family and music. I am the founder of The Gifts of Music and also volunteer for the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure.
Evergreen boughs harvested downeast without landowners permission.  Photo, Maine Forest Service
Evergreen boughs harvested downeast without landowners permission. Photo, Maine Forest Service

Maine Evergreen Boughs in High Demand

'Tis the season and that means Mainers looking to make some money are out in the woods harvesting Balsam Fir boughs.

The process is called tipping, and Maine landowners are generous enough to give tippers written permission to harvest the evergreen off their property.

But, when someone doesn't get that permission in writing, that's when the Maine Forest Service steps in to enforce Maine's timberland laws.

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Got Gas? The Ethanol Battle Continues

Have you started up your snow blower yet this season?

In the summer it’s your lawnmower, leaf blower, or chainsaw, but all of these tools are powered by small engines that run on gas.

Chances are, that gas has caused you some trouble and additional expense.  Jim Williamson of Jim’s Small Engines in Orrington sees it all the time.

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Thrills and Chills Await You [Slide Show]

"Ladies and Gentlemen! Children of all ages!"

From knife throwing acts to clowns, camels to dogs, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus is performing in Bangor.

Known throughout the world as "The Greatest Show on Earth" the circus will have performances at the Cross Insurance Center.

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I received my flu shot as part of Walgreen's Traveling Flu Shot program for area businesses. Photo, Townsquare Media
I received my flu shot as part of Walgreen's Traveling Flu Shot program for area businesses. Photo, Townsquare Media

Traveling Pharmacist Helps Businesses Prevent Spread of Flu

If you're a business owner you can probably address the issue of lost productivity when your workers go down from an illness.

Well, it's cold and flu season, and business owners in the greater Bangor region can help themselves and the greater community by making it easy for their employees to get their flu shots.

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Got Power? Maine Doesn’t Wait for Washington to Respond-Should You? [Videos]

As a great statement of pride, it's often been said, "As Maine goes, so goes the Nation."

Many people throughout the country, right now, are sincerely hoping Maine continues its push to do the right thing.

These people are holding Maine's efforts up to others, as a positive model of assuming responsibility and being proactive, to protect the well being of its citizens in the face of a very real and grave threat.

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A New Thrift Store is Coming to Bangor

It's a perfect model for success in a troubled economy, when a nonprofit organization makes the effort to create a for-profit business, with the returns from that business going directly back to the nonprofit entity serving community needs.

That's what Manna is doing in Bangor by opening The Home Thrift Store.

"It's going to blow you away with what you see when you come in through the door," says the ever-motivated Bill Rae.

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Category: Articles, Local News, Maine, News

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