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Blog :: 2013

Living in Manchester, Maine

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When Manchester was incorporated as a town in 1850, it was originally named Kennebec, but mail addressed there often went to Kennebunk, Maine instead. After part of its land was given to Winthrop, Augusta, Litchfield, Hallowell, and Readfield in 1854, it was renamed Manchester to honor Manchester, Massachusetts, the hometown of some of its [...]

Living in China, Maine


The town of China is in eastern Kennebec County, on the western branch of the Sheepscot River.

The towns of Winslow and Albion neighbor China to the north, as do Vassalboro to the west, Windsor to the south, and Palermo to the east.  Ten miles southwest is the state capital, [...]

Living in Farmingdale, Maine


Farmingdale was incorporated as a town in 1852 from parts of South Hallowell and North, East, and West Gardiner.

It borders Hallowell to the north, Gardiner to the south, and Manchester and West Gardiner to the west, with the Kennebec River forming its eastern boundary.

The first settlers, the Abenaki Indians, had a permanent settlement at Cushnoc, on the east bank of the Kennebec River, near the falls, in what is now [...]

Living in Vassalboro, Maine

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Known for its rich farmlands and its vibrant mill town past, Vassalboro sits between the banks of the Kennebec River and the West Basin of China Lake.  It borders the city of Augusta to the south, and the towns of China to the east, Winslow to the north, and across the Kennebec River, Sidney to the west.  Before Sidney became a town in 1792, [...]

5 Trick or Treat Safety Tips

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Whether you're going trick or treating with the kids, or you're giving away candy, here are some ways to stay safe and avoid a real scare on Halloween night.

Trick or Treating Securely

A safe journey begins before you hit the street.

1. Costumes

What everyone wears and how they wear it affects their comfort and their safety.

  • Costumes shouldn't be too big or too small.  To avoid trips and rips, they also shouldn't be too
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How to Properly Close up Your Camp

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If you do it right, closing your camp and preparing it for winter will make your life easier when you return in the spring. Here's how.

Utilities: Water, Electricity, Phone, Gas, and Heat

Water: To prevent pipes from freezing, drain them instead of using antifreeze, which is toxic to ground and surface water and to pets. Adding antifreeze [...]

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