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It's Been Too Long...

...since I've written a post up here, and I wanted to take a moment to apologize.

My daughter is part of a pilot Astrobiology Science program at Brunswick Junior High School and her class has been invited by NASA to watch a space shuttle launch.  So, parents of the students have been busy planning the trip, getting thr necessary approvals, and now we're into fundraising.

I don't typically use this forum for personal messages, but this really IS A once in a lifetime opportunity for these kids and we really need to get the word out about this trip as we ask the community for help in supporting us as we try to raise an additional $13,000+ in the next 10 weeks or so.  If you live in the Brunswick area, please consider dropping by one of our fundraiser events and/or donating if you can to help send the kids to watch Maine's Astronaut launch into space in June.

And even if you're not, feel free to stop by the web site I've put up for the kids and parents to keep an eye on how fundraising is going and some interesting information about the trip and space in general.  (Don't forget to tell all your friends...) 

And now that my advertisement is over, I'm planning some additions and changes to the site coming soon, but in the interim, expect to see my posts ramp up again on this site as well.  There are a lot of things to talk about as we discuss Maine's History and our own family histories, and we have yet begun to scratch the surface!  

- Brian

Last Updated (Thursday, 26 March 2009 12:30)


Norlands' Ice Harvest Cancelled....

If you were planning a trip to the Norlands Ice Harvest on February 14th, you'll be disappointed to here the event has been cancelled.


According to the :

Due to five inches water underlying the snowpack, with more water likely to come up when we cut, and no likely prospect of it all freezing by Saturday, we are regretfully cancelling the Ice Harvest for 2009. Please join us next year!


Not to worry, though, the folks at Norlands Living History Center have some great upcoming plans.

 June 6th and 7th will be a Civil War reenactment weekend, and they are still taking reservations for school programs and groups of all ages.

 For more information about Norlands and how they are continuing to bring history to life, visit their website at



Last Updated (Sunday, 15 February 2009 06:03)


2008 Year In Review

Each January I try to take a few minutes to look back on what was accomplishged on the previous year, and look ahead at plans for the new year.  The year's review is broken up into 3 sections.  Site Statistics are more for my benefit than anyone else as it helps give an indication of the site's overall usefullness and how much traffic we're actually getting.  Operating Highlights is my attempt to outline some of the accomplishments we've made over the past year.  I report Financials just as if this was a corporation.  There is nothing requiring me to post that information, but I think it's nice to let people know where money is going and why they have to look at the sometimes annoying ads on these pages :)

107 New Registered Users (263 total)
51 Blog Posts
16,500 Page Views (45 per day)
Average Time Spent On The Site Each Visit: 3 minutes

- 3rd full year of operation
- Lunch of Death Records Project and addition of 168 new names
- Launch of Land Records Collection and addition of 5 new documents added
- Launch of UMaine Prism Senior Index and addition of 12,000 names (1893-1951)
- Added more than 2,500 Gravestone Records (currently at 3,200 total)
- Received Honoring Our Ancestors Grant for perpetuation of the Letters Collection


-110.00 Site Hosting Fees
+ 50.29 Google Ad Revenue
- 59.71 (paid out of pocket)

Project Specific - Letters Collection
+200.00 Honoring Our Ancestors Grant
- 37.50 Purchase of new letters to post online
+162.50 Rolled into 2009 budget for this project

- Continue Blog Posting at the rate of 1 entry per week or greater
- Complete Phase 1 of UMaine Prism Senior Index (1952-1997)
- Post 12 or more new items to the Letters Collection
- Post 500 or more new Gravestone Photo Records online
- Site Redesign work based on user feedback if needed

If you have ideas or suggestions about what you would like to see in 2009, please email me ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Last Updated (Saturday, 31 January 2009 15:14)