Time to Unplug and Play Outside

Cell phones have taken the place of tree climbing and kick ball

     In an age where technology rules the world, some vital components of everyday living are at risk. While it is clear that technology is here to stay, people are beginning to question, how much screen time is too much?  According to a study done by Common Sense Media, 59 percent of the parents said that their children were addicted to technology.  Sixty-six percent said that their children spend too much time on screen.  According to the same study, teens spend an average of six hours and 40 minutes per day on a screen.  Continue reading “Time to Unplug and Play Outside”

North Maine Woods Working to Increase Usage Among Young People

     North Maine Woods is a land management company that oversees the recreational use of more than 3.5 million acres of forestlands.  Private individuals, as well as private industrial companies, own these forestlands.  There are roughly 155 townships within the boundaries of the North Maine Woods. Continue reading “North Maine Woods Working to Increase Usage Among Young People”

Everyone Loves a Good Scandal

The 1970s were best known for two things: hippies and the Watergate. It is likely that most everyone has heard the story of the president who was involved in the scandal of the century. But, even more interesting than the scandal, was how the story unraveled.

Bob Woodward was a young journalist working for the Washington Post. He had been working at the Post for less than a year when the news broke about a botched break-in at the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office complex in D.C.  Soon after, Woodward was teamed up with veteran journalist Carl Bernstein.  Continue reading “Everyone Loves a Good Scandal”

Winter Storms Spark Massive Protest

     Late winter snowstorms are hammering much of the country. Now, protesters are gearing up their signs to take to the streets of a small Pennsylvania town. As one storm ends, more are due in the coming weeks.  People are outraged with Punxsutawney Phil.  One student said, “It just isn’t fair.  Why do we have to pay because he is lazy?”  Continue reading “Winter Storms Spark Massive Protest”

Take a Hike!

Steps at the Trail head of Deboullie Mountain

     The warm weather is just around the corner.  It is time to start planning spring and summer activities. Make sure to add Deboullie Public Lands to that list. The Deboullie Public Reserved Lands sit in the northeast corner of the North Maine Woods. With 23,000 acres (roughly 36 square miles), there is some of the most beautiful scenery in northern Maine.  Marc Deschene, a forester for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Division of Public Lands, said, “Many changes and improvements have been done to the area in the last seven or eight years.” Continue reading “Take a Hike!”

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

boston fire stanley forman

    In the world of journalism, the story is told with words.  With photojournalism, however, the pictures tell the story.  The highest award given in journalism is the Pulitzer Prize. Not every person will run into dangerous situations to capture what is truly taking place. Nor can anyone plan to be in the right place at the right time.  There is a vast amount of luck and perseverance required to capture one of these perfect, real-life moments. The effects of such photos span far beyond the picture itself. When you have seen a photograph that touches, you can never un-see it.  That image stays forever etched in your mind. That photo can move you to that exact moment that shutter snaps closed and that image becomes part of history. The sights, the sounds, the smells, in that image, become a part of you. Continue reading “A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words”

Trains to the Past

The trains have maintained their majesty and beauty, despite exposure to the elements for 85 years.

    The people in the logging industry called him the “Paul Bunyan of the North Woods.” Edouard Lacroix was born on Jan. 6, 1889, in St. Marie, Quebec.  Lacroix, at the age of 14, left his hometown and moved to Nashua, N.H.  While there, he began working in a textile mill.  Lacroix felt that the textile field was not a good fit for him, so he went to work in a logging camp. Continue reading “Trains to the Past”