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Maine's Logging History

Maine's Logging History

Lumber and paper products is the largest industry in Maine. Its history dates back all the way to the early 1600s when the English settlers came to Maine and noticed the tall white pine trees on Monhegan Island. They started cutting down trees on the island and soon on the mainland as a resource to build ships. They found the trees so valuable that they began marking them for ship building, claiming them for the king. The need for these trees soon increased after the Revolutionary War for building ships and infrastructure, which were much needed in the new American economy. The trees that were...

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Spring Footwear Essentials Part 1

Spring Footwear Essentials Part 1
Spring is a season of variable conditions from cold and rainy to warm and dry to so it’s vital that your footwear can suit you for all conditions.. These are the styles that are essential for anyone to have in their repertoire for the upcoming season.

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Our Favorite Maine (Insider) Destinations for Spring

Our Favorite Maine (Insider) Destinations for Spring
Spring in Maine is a perfect time to visit some of our beautiful natural attractions, when traffic is low and you can find peace and quiet while communing with nature.  Here are a few of our lesser-known favorite destinations.

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Kudu - The Grey Ghost of Southwestern Africa

Kudu - The Grey Ghost of Southwestern Africa

Here at Rancourt & Co, Kudu suede is one of the most beautiful and durable leathers we offer. Its soft and supple qualities make the leather instantly comfortable without compromising its durability. This leather is tough as nails and comes from an animal that can withstand the harshest of environments in southern Africa. So what is Kudu?  Kudu is a type of wild African antelope native to the southwestern regions of the continent. Its preferred territory is made up of thick thorn brush and tall vegetation, causing the animal to acquire deep scratches and scrapes throughout its life. Oddly enough, they like to...

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