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My antique Gravely tractor is restored!

It is RUNNING!  I buttoned up my 1960 Gravely Model Li restoration just about a week ago!  I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  This tractor is NOT meant to be a show piece.  I intend to use this as a working tractor.  There are several things about this tractor that are different from my other model, a 5260.  First of all there is no governor mechanizm that carefully adds throttle when needed.  That job falls to the operator!  If you need a little more power, like when cutting through thick grass, you have to add throttle yourself.  It takes a little getting used to.  The directional control levers are reversed which is very....

Grain field progress - High Summer!

The grain field has really exploded these past few weeks.  The corn really liked all that heat we had!  It went from about knee high to taller than me right now!  The ears of corn are just beginning to form and swell.  The barley has "headed out" meaning that the heads of grain are emerging from the stalks.  The small needle like shoots that are attached to each grain are called "awns".  Awns are pretty interesting.  In barley they aide in photosynthesis.  In some strains of wheat such as "emmer" the awns actually have little hairs on them that contract and move with humidity.  This is important because if the grains were to ever hit ground these little hairs would contract and help to push the little grain into the soil!  Very cool!

Summer Season Guided Tours of the Dr. Moses Mason House

Summer Season Guided Tours of the Dr. Moses Mason House

Friday, July 1, 2011 to Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Begun in 1813 and opened to the public in 1974, the Bethel Historical Society's Dr. Moses Mason House is one of the few period house museums in northern New England available for tours year round.

Discover life as it was lived in the highlands of western Maine during the first half of the nineteenth century as you join one of our trained guides in a tour of nine rooms filled with fine examples of the decorative arts, many of which are original to the house.

During your tour, you will see portraits of Dr. and Mrs. Mason painted by Chester Harding of Boston, and view their entrance hall with its exceptional circa 1835 Rufus Porter School wall murals attributed to the itinerant artist Jonathan D.

Open Farm Day 2011

Open Farm Day 2011

 

Open Farm Day 2011 is a wholesome family adventure that offers a hayride of fun. On Sunday, July 24, farms throughout all 16 counties will open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture.

Open Farm Day gives you and your family the chance to visit local farms throughout the state.  Visiting hours are generally from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Music Man Starring Peter Scolari to Open at the Ogunquit Playhouse July 20th!

The Music Man Starring Peter Scolari to Open at the Ogunquit Playhouse July 20th!

For Immediate Release:
July 9, 2011

The Music Man Starring Peter Scolari to Open at the Ogunquit Playhouse July 20th!

 

There’s Trouble in River City… Yes, the critically acclaimed Broadway classic, The Music Man marches onto the Ogunquit Playhouse stage July 20 through August 20. Starring Emmy Award winner Peter Scolari as Harold Hill, Meredith Willson’s all-American favorite follows the fast-talking traveling salesman as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a town band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef!

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.

Northern New England Home, Garden and Flower Show - Fryeburg

Northern New England Home, Garden and Flower Show - Fryeburg

The Northern New England Home, Garden and Flower Show will be held on Friday, May 13th through Sunday, May 15th on Ballard Road, Fryeburg, Maine.  For more information, call 207-935-2845.