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Praying Mantis

Look What We Found!

Moving to the new house in Clinton, I've seen just about everything in our yard. Skunks, deer, groundhogs, snakes, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, dogs, cats, and bats. Yes, bats...

The kids have brought catepillars in the house, mice, frogs, worms, moths...you name it, we have had it. Kids are very curious! But this time it wasn't found by a kid. Well, maybe a big kid.

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Model T Ford
Getty Images, photo by Dan Kitwood

Great Business Decisions

Some of the greatest business decisions go unnoticed much of the time, things we know as ‘normal’ today, had a beginning somewhere. Home mortgages, auto loans, and other forms of consumer credit started during the great San Francisco earthquake. A.P. Gianni, the son of Italian immigrants, was able to load, on to horse drawn carts, $80,000 worth of gold from his Bank of Italy deposit vaults after the quake hit, when other banks failed to do so. Since he had the money, he offered loans of$10 to $300 loans to anyone who had a job. He backed unproven businesses too, he loaned $2 million to a guy named Walt Disney for the making of Snow White.

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Save Money…Bake Bread!

It's Fall. Time to get baking! And what better thing to bake than bread?

My brother, Ray, makes a great loaf of bread. Every year around Christmastime, he bakes loaves for family and friends. I know I love receiving mine! He deemed us worthy of his recipe. It's called

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Chad Foxwoods 2
Photo by Sharon Buck

How Did Hood Do?

Bright lights! Big city! Big chance! Was this Chad Hood's big day?

Hood, from Clinton, Maine, was chosen to compete on Community Auditions Star of the Day being filmed at the Hard Rock Cafe at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut on Sunday.  He would be up against two very talented performers. Was he up for the challenge?

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Sharon Finish
Photo by Sharon Buck

I Finished! I Finished! Best Time Ever!

I DID IT!! I DID IT!! I can't believe it went by so fast!

The Rise 'N Shine 5K Road Race was really over before it began. As we waited at the Walgreens on the opposite side of the circle from Kennebec Savings Bank, we were all cold. Some were stretching, some looping the rotary to prepare. Me, I was just trying to stay warm. It was 38 degrees. Then the airhorn went off!

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Sharon Running

Run Away, Sharon!

It's TOMORROW!!! The Rise 'N Shine 19th Annual 5K Road Race happens tomorrow morning! It starts at Kennebec Saving Bank in Augusta and it benefits the KV YMCA.

It all comes down to this! The training, the working out, the treadmill, the salads...All the training I've don

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Stack of Wood
Getty Inages, phot by Sandra Mu

Wood Splitting for Winter

I was with talking to an elderly gentleman from Texas the other day who was on his first visit to Maine. The question he asked me was kind of surprising until I realized it’s always warm in Texas. He wanted to know what the big piles of wood are people have in their yards. He was referring to firewood stacked and piled as we get ready for winter. Naturally, they don’t have to burn wood to stay warm in Texas, so it’s understandable why he didn’t know. I have a big stack of wood on the side of my house too as I burn wood for heat in the winter.

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Anderson and Puppy
Photo by Sharon Buck

Coolest Dad Ever!

Sometimes when you read stories, you're like "Why didn't I think of that?" This is one such story and...it can be done!

Every child has their favorite toy. Anderson's is Beanie, the stuffed cat we made at The Fun Park in Benton over a year ago. Not an afternoon goes by when he doesn't run up the stairs when we get home from school and he finds her. He brings her downstairs and we do homework with Beanie, we cook with Beanie. Beanie is even a character on our Wii gaming system. I don't think I could use Beanie for this project but anything else would be cool!

THIS child's favorite toy is a train named Stanley. And you'll NEVER guess where Stanley goes!

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Anderson Oak
Photo by Sharon Buck

Sharon’s Son Anderson Has a Big Idea!

It's not unusual for kids to have ideas. They come up with some doozies, don't they? At a recent trip to a campground Anderson had an idea and he won't let go of it because he brought them home. And, as a mom, you try to indulge your child. But THIS idea had merit...and make him money in the future!

Anderson wants to grow

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LL BEAN

LL Bean Has a Giant Boot?

I must have been living under a rock but I literally had no idea that when I went to Freeport I would see something that is an icon in the state of Maine.

Oh, sure, I knew LL Bean made the best boots in the world but I didn't know they made the BIGGEST!

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