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How to Eliminate Back Pain from Gardening or Yard Work

How to Eliminate Back Pain from Gardening or Yard Work

Summer yard work and gardening are great ways to spruce up your home, grow your own food, and spend time outdoors. The trouble is, while gardening or working in the yard, we usually work in bent over, unusual positions for prolonged periods of time and can wind up with back, neck, and shoulder pain when we are done. Dr. MacArthur and Dr. McNally of Portland Chiropractic Neurology offer these tips to help keep your body safe before planting and pulling weeds:

  • Stretch your muscles.

A Grand and Green opening at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

G is for Gardens, and for going green. Trumping all its previous successful efforts at environmental stewardship, on Friday, July 15, at 11 a.m., Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay will open its newest addition - the Bosarge Family Education Center, the greenest building in Maine.

Admission to the building is free on opening day. After opening ceremonies, everyone will be invited to plant seedlings in a sun-patterned "flower tower," take tours of the building, and view a slide show of native plants using the building's new technology. Refreshments, too, will follow a sun theme.

Tours for visitors and environment-related activities for children will go on all weekend.

Explore the Hidden Gardens of Munjoy Hill

The Hidden Gardens of Munjoy Hill offers an opportunity to explore a dozen lush city gardens tucked away in this charming Portland neighborhood.

The self-guided garden tour, held between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10, will feature a dozen unique urban retreats scattered throughout Munjoy Hill. Members of the Society for East End Arts (SEA) will also open their studios for visitors. The tour is presented by Friends of the Eastern Promenade.

Visitors can stroll through a delightful English Victorian garden, a tranquil Japanese garden and a “wild” flower garden that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Some gardens are brand new, with others tended by gardeners for several generations. All of the gardens highlight the creativity of gardening in the city.

One garden abounds with bonsai created from rescued plants from local nurseries, some straight from the compost heaps.

Bishop’s Residence for Sale

Bishop Richard Malone’s residence on the Western Promenade in Portland will soon be up for sale.  In consultation with his advisors, the bishop has decided to sell the home in order to save on heating costs, maintenance and taxes.  The residence has been the property of the Portland Diocese for about 80 years.  It was used as the residence for the bishops, together with a number of priests in the past, and more recently as the residence of Bishop Malone and a location for many diocesan functions.

In anticipation of the sale, another home has been purchased for the use of the current bishop and his successors.   The new residence in West Falmouth is substantially smaller, of newer construction and more cost efficient.  The proceeds from the future sale of the Western Promenade property will pay for the purchase and ongoing maintenance of the new residence.

The asking price on the older residence is still being determined through appraisal

Official Art of Breakfast book launch!

Official Art of Breakfast book launch!

Sunday, June 12 · 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Danforth Inn, Portland ME

More Info Sample food from the cookbook and Mimosas! Breakfast any time of day :)

Held at: http://danforthmaine.com/

Brought to you by Down East Publications

2011 Opening of the Falmouth Heritage Museum this Saturday, June 11, from 10 am to 3 pm

2011 Opening of the Falmouth Heritage Museum this Saturday, June 11, from 10 am to 3 pm




This saturday, June 11, the Falmouth Historical Society will be opening its museum at 60 Woods Road in Falmouth for the 2011 season. The opening program is focused on Sustainable Living (reducing our use of the earth’s natural resources) and will include a fun filled and learning experience day of sheep shearing, Alpaca petting, wool spinning, herb gardening and special displays of 1800’s cooking utensils, period glassware and Baker’s Chocolate memorabilia. Baked goods and herb plants will also be for sale. Visit the gift shop for history books, cook books, maps, coverlets and other Falmouth items.