Tuesday, 15 December 2015 21:43

Honoring veterans with Wreaths Across America

WASHINGTON, D.C. On an unseasonably warm December Friday in our nation's capital, an annual caravan intended to remember our country's military veterans concluded its week-long journey

Wreaths Across America, the organization that executed this many-stopped trip from Harrington, Maine to Arlington, Virginia, was first born as an idea in 1992. Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company, decided that the best way to deal with his season-ending surplus of wreaths was an opportunity to pay tribute to military veterans. Arrangements were made for those wreaths to be placed in one of the older sections of Arlington National Cemetery. With help from a number of businesses and individual volunteers, the tradition carried forward for years.

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Wednesday, 02 December 2015 20:35

Effing Worms Xmas'

If you haven't played the 'Effing Worms' series, it's a viciously fun way to waste your time and there's a holiday edition! You play the earth-dwelling, murderous worm that attacks and devours surface dwellers.

In this case, those above ground are Santa's helpers, elves, reindeer, little white bunnies and the occasional abominable snowman and you eat them.

Published in Time Waster Weekly

MADISON - Lori Finney of Madison is spending quite a bit of time this Christmas reliving one of her favorite childhood memories while helping to sweeten the holiday season for those around her. Finney learned at a young age how to make candy wreaths thanks to a family friend. Now over 20 years later she's back at it again, only this time she's assembling them as gifts for others to give to their loved ones.

"I was trying to raise money for the Trek Across Maine last year, so I decided to make them and see if I could raise [any] funds. I sold them for $10 and there was a huge interest," said Finney. "I am not doing the Trek this year, but I figured I would see if people wanted any because they make great gifts."
It didn't take long for orders to start rolling in. Finney made 10 candy wreaths just during a Sunday snowstorm.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 14:06

Out and about in the Maine wild

Wreath season and the Rise and Shine Caf

This week I thought about the wreath season that just passed. It is amazing the work that is required to make a balsam fir holiday wreath. I had an opportunity to go with Mike and his wife Emily early in the season to follow the process in a multi-million dollar income producing industry in Maine.

We left my home around 8 a.m. on Nov. 3, 2012. The day was going to be perfect - we were heading out in the woods! Mike drove about 15 minutes and turned onto an old dirt logging road. As we worked our way into the woods, Emily explained to me that written landowner permission is required in Maine to harvest fir tips; she showed me the permission slip.

Published in Adventure

AUGUSTA As part of its commitment to supporting the state's farm- and forest-based businesses, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF) has established a website outlining other states' restrictions on importing cut trees and wreaths.

Maine decorative-plant shippers who are sending Christmas trees and wreaths around the country for the holiday season can save money and lost products by noting important regulations enforced by other states.

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