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Burnin' and Learnin'

Did you know that the big bronze woman with the sword in Monument Square is called Our Lady of Victories, also Soldiers and Sailors Monument? Or that the sculptor, a man born in Webster in the 19th century named Franklin Simmons, also has a statue of Ulysses S. Grant in the United States Capitol Rotunda? How would you like to learn tidbits like these about the Square and other areas in and around the Old…

A Mile of Smiles

Everyone knows what social media is. But have you heard of social fitness? It’s a thing. The original definition of the term, referring to the effectiveness and ease with which a person is able to use social skills, is gradually being usurped by a new meaning, combining the ‘social’ part of social media (meeting people, staying in touch with friends and family, and networking) with actual physical fitness. Think flash mob with an emphasis on…

One Festival Your Body Should Attend

There are some things you can do in life that turn out to be transformative. For many Mainers, the practice of yoga is one of them. As daunting as the discipline can seem for newcomers, chances are that it has already deeply touched the life of someone you know, who will tell you that the transition between knowing next to nothing and the time when you look back and say, “What was I waiting for,”…

The Running Season Continues...

Army Captain Christopher Scott Cash died on June 24, 2004, when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle came under attack in Baqubah, Iraq by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. The Old Orchard Beach native left behind a wife and two sons that day. With the help of Veterans Count Maine, the philanthropic arm of Easter Seals Military and Veterans Services, they eventually translated their grievous loss into something their running-enthusiast father and husband would have loved.  …

The Start of Summer Sailing

If you’ve ever sailed, you know the sense of freedom the open water brings. Hand on the rudder, or in larger vessels the wheel, keeping the boat true by sight or by compass, the scent of the ocean, the sound of splashing of water on your hull and the billow and snap of your sails as you bring the boom around, a seaman’s faith in the wind in your heart, you are truly a captain,…

Big Bike Week Next Door

Let it never be said that the Phoenix neglects our readers who are bikers. Some of our own contributors know the joy of twisting that throttle, picking up your feet and flying off on top of that rumbling four-stroke. And, after a number of false starts, it looks like this weekend is going to bring the first few days of primo riding weather. So if you’re a fan of the freedom and exhilaration that few…

From Calais To Key West: Russian Globetrotter Cycles Through Maine During A 2,100 Mile Journey

Lena Faber is on the first part of an epic journey from Calais, Maine to Key West Florida depending on nothing but the power of her legs and the hospitality of strangers. Her route on the East Coast Greenway Alliance (a bicycle friendly network of roads and trails) is over 2,100 miles long and would take her 180 hours of non-stop cycling to complete. Although this trek would prove too daunting for many, this isn’t…

Celebrate National Trails Day

Imagine yourself hiking, running, or cycling on a brand new trail in the area. Maybe it’s the morning after a cleansing rain, and your thoughts are with the sweet, fresh smell of the air as you breathe it deep, rhythmically, striving forward, your mind and body merging. Or you may think of the trees and plants and natural life around you, how incredible it feels to observe its beauty, and you may contemplate its sustainability,…

Time for a New Sport?

Everybody’s had a windfall at some time or another in their adult lives. Did you ever decide to take that change burning a hole in your pocket and invest in the equipment to begin playing a new sport? Did that gear end up taking up space in the back of your closet for months or even years, until you finally bit the bullet and went to unload it at Play It Again? There’s a way…

A Running Family's Memorial Day

Think back to that series of roots you had to remember, or get tripped up, on that one part of your old high school’s cross-country running trail. The silent whoosh of the trees and tall grass slipping by as you run. Wet socks, from the dew on the grass. Ducking a stray sapling branch as you speed by, or leaning into it to save a fraction of a second on the turn. It’s the best…
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