Category Archives: DIY

Ratchet straps, cargo hooks and fence posts: Not your typical ice fishing gear

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I have this buddy who claims to LOVE fishing…But apparently he doesn’t consider ice fishing to be in the same category, so after a poor night’s sleep a few years back he decided to stand me up for a planned day out on the ice…Instead, he suggested we do something more amusing…like some mid-winter yard […]

A WISE man would NEVER tempt karma, and Mother Nature!

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I’ve lived in an elderly mobile home since 2009. I have learned LOTS of things in that period of time! Things like how to bleed my own furnace line. As many times as my furnace has gelled for not using a winter blend, stalled because of frozen water built up in the filter, or simply […]

I thought I was all ready for ice fishing season. Then I discovered I had been sabotaged!

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Without a doubt, ice fishing is one of my all-time favorite activities, because it is SO MUCH more than just fishing! I mean there are SO many things you can do while you are ice fishing: Hang out on the ice with friends, cooking, listen to music, ride snowmobiles/ATVs, sit in a comfy chair and […]

Free, or low cost substitutes for whole wheat foods (wink)

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So recently I was informed that I’ve got what the old timers used to refer to as “The Sugar Diabetes”. As a result, in an effort to cut down on my carbs, or as we call them in our house carbonhydrates…because it is fun…I have totally eliminated white bread and other white flour products from […]

A reader shares his view on Question 3

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Now and then I will come across something from a reader that I feel compelled to share. Today I want to share something with you that I feel follows the opinion of a lot of Mainers. In our state, we have always prided ourselves on hard work and doing things our own way. We don’t […]

Getting up close and personal with your food

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I believe that¬†everybody should get up close and personal with their food at least once. It is something I have always tried to teach my son. We have grown food in a garden and collected eggs from our hens, and we have caught fish.               Most recently, my son […]

How to change a tire (humor)

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You are driving down the road. You hear a popping sound, and your vehicle begins to behave like it is being buffeted by heavy winds. It takes a moment for you to process things before you realize you have a flat tire. The important thing is, you have NOT lost controlled and crashed! That is […]

Lost a dog? Found one? Contact Maine Lost Dog Recovery

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If you own a dog, it is going to run off. It happens. And with particular breeds, it can happen often! Thankfully, you have an entire network of searchers at your fingertips, as well as a template for “LOST DOG” flyers, and a wealth of information on ways to help bring your canine family members […]

Helping turtles on “World Turtle Day”

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It’s May 23, and it is World Turtle Day! And in my neighborhood anyway, the turtles are crossing the road! My wife and I helped our first one of the season on Saturday afternoon. It was an Eastern painted turtle, and like many more of its kind, it was a female who had either just […]

Rented apartments and guns…Whose rights do you trample?

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Ever since August of 2015 when wheelchair bound Harvey Lembo shot an intruder in his Rockland, Maine¬†apartment there has been a lot of talk concerning renters who want guns, and landlords who want gun free properties. It turns out that Mr. Lembo’s rental agreement included a rule that weapons were not allowed in his apartment, […]