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Holidae House Bed and Breakfast


My first time staying. Innkeepers were charming and very hospitable. Complimentary cordials and baked goods out every night. Gourmet breakfast and great coffee. Bed was very comfortable. Walking distance to downtown attractions. Just 6 miles to Sunday River…you can actually get sleep here as it’s quiet and a step back in time. I’d definitely stay here again. Guest from Middleton, Massachusetts

Holidae House, rated the #1 B&B out of 16 in the Bethel area by Trip Advisor, has seven comfortable and well-appointed guest rooms, all with private baths and a shower (premium rooms have a full tub/shower). Other amenities found in all rooms include free high speed Wi-Fi, air conditioning in season, Egyptian cotton luxury sheets and towels, flat screen TV with cable and Blu-Ray players (with a library of over 130 titles to choose from). Room rates include free parking and a full hot breakfast with freshly ground coffee, fresh baked goods made by Jeanette, and complimentary drinks available at any time. Food allergies or dietary restrictions can be accommodated if the innkeepers are notified of them in advance. Pets and smoking are not permitted. The price for a double occupancy room begins at $125. There is a special walk-in rate of $109 plus tax per night, based on availability. Reservations can be made online or by contacting the Holidae House.

In addition to hosting visitors to the area, the Holidae House helps plan and organize your special event—birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations, making sure that everything is perfect! For guests who are staying for at least two nights and wish to spend a day exploring the area, the Holidae House will prepare a picnic lunch with delicious homemade food, plus a picnic blanket, and recommend several scenic spots for enjoying this meal. For additional information please visit the website.

The innkeepers, John and Jeanette Poole, relocated from Tennessee after visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park and falling in love with Maine. Buying the Holidae House was a dream come true for them! They re-opened the Holidae House on June 1, 2015 and have enjoyed their new life in Bethel and managing a Bed and Breakfast.

85 Main Street
PO Box 475
Bethel, ME 04217
Phone: 207-824-3400 / 1-877-224-3400

Email: stay@holidaehouse.com / holidaehousebandb@gmail.com
Website: www.holidaehouse.com
Owners: John and Jeanette Poole


News & Notes

Community Concepts earns honor

November 25, 2015

Waterville — In an event put on by the Small Business Administration in Waterville, Tuesday, Community Concepts Finance Corps., 240 Bates St., Lewiston, was name top producing micro lender in Maine. The corporation produced 18 micro loans (loans under $50,000) to earn the award — the first time they have done so.

Others receiving recognition included Granite State Economic Development Corp. as the top 504 lender with 24 loans; Eastern Maine Development Corp. as the top Community Advantage lender; and Penobscot County Federal Credit Union as the top credit union.

The top performing third party lender in Maine was Kennebunk Savings Bank. The award for the overall SBA Lender award went to Bangor Savings Bank for a combined total of 96 loans made through the SBA.


‘Sensible Smiles’ rejuvenates Hanover’s former general store

June 12, 2015

Joann and Bob Moulton attended Community Concepts Finance Corporation’s fall 2014 Quick Start workshop series for entrepreneurs.

Sensible Smiles

Maria Holloway

HANOVER — A long-time vacant landmark is now abuzz with activity since Joann and Bob Moulton’s fledging company, Sensible Smiles, moved in.

The former Gordie Howe’s Store on Main Street was given an extensive interior rehab, refurbishment and cleaning. With the first product shipment delivered this past March, Sensible Smiles is now making its mark in Western Maine.

Joann Moulton is passionate about healthy teeth. “In our snacking society our teeth never have a break,” says Moulton of Hanover, a Registered Dental Hygienist by profession currently working with Dr. Mason in Bethel. Of great concern to Moulton is the fact that our country’s number one childhood disease is chronic tooth decay. So Moulton decided to take action and do something about it.

Moulton holds a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She taught dental hygiene at the University of Maine and has also traveled to elementary schools bringing classes to children. An inspiration came to her one day, when, after teaching a dental care class, a young girl came to her holding her 10 o’clock snack — a package of sugary donuts. From that day on, Moulton was determined and set out to research and develop healthy snacks, with a couple of unique add-ons that would not only satisfy appetites but would actually promote healthy teeth.

This past March, Joann Moulton, President of Sensible Smiles Corporation, with her husband Bob Moulton, Director of Operations, officially opened the doors at 2082 Main Street in Hanover and the business has taken off.

Incorporated in 2012, Joann began building Sensible Smiles by conducting extensive scientific research and development concerning the impact of foods and lifestyles on tooth decay. During her research, Moulton learned another interesting fact — not only do children suffer from tooth decay due to their oftentimes poor choices of snacks, but runners and other high-endurance athletes who often experience dehydration, are also subject to increased tooth decay due to dry mouth and lack of saliva. Saliva is required to combat the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Combined with the consumption of high-carb, sugary gels and drinks for boosting energy, these types of athletes may also benefit from her healthy, smile-friendly snacks.

In June of 2014, Sensible Smiles began leasing the former general store in Hanover and the Moultons went to work with renovations. All but the original counter and stools have been removed from the store and the space has been scrubbed and cleaned to a sparkle. Gleaming stainless steel work tables fill the front room and a machine for sealing snack bags stands at the ready. The large walk-in cooler flanking one wall has been rehabbed and is fully stocked with an attractive array of Sensible Smiles snack packages ready for shipment.

Last fall, Bob Moulton and his brother-in-law built a sturdy loading dock at the front of the store to facilitate large deliveries of perishables with convenient access to the refrigeration. Sensible Smiles’ production is now in full swing and the company is distributing their trademarked and patent pending healthy snacks for wholesale. The first successful delivery was made on March 31, 2015.

Sensible Smiles currently has six delicious snack offerings with a total of 23 different varieties in development. Currently being sold are Cheese Sticks, Yogurt and Carrots, Almonds and Cheese, Carrots and Sun Butter, Fit Popcorn and Movie Theater Popcorn. The fresh, wholesome snacks are packaged in fun, brightly-colored re-sealable zip top bags, and all contain a bottle of spring water, dental flosser, and Xylitol gum and mints.

The water in Sensible Smiles’ snacks offers a “rinse” after snacks as well as hydration. The single-use flosser and xylitol gum and mints, when used after snacking, aid in the reduction of bacteria in the mouth.

All foods in Sensible Smiles snacks are low to no acid, contain no high fructose corn syrup or trans fats, are low-carb/low-sugar, and most of their products pass the USDA Smart Snacks Product Calculator guidelines. But most of all, Sensible Smiles snacks taste great!

Sensible Smiles is available now in local retail outlets including The Local Hub, Hungry Hollow Store, West Paris General Store, Stony Brook Campground Store, Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Kiddos in Lewiston. Moulton is working to distribute to a major supermarket chain the area and also in airports, vending machines and other retail outlets. Sensible Smiles snacks will be found in the refrigerated sections near the lunchables.

“I am extremely thankful for all the generous help and guidance I received from the Small Business Administration, SCORE, the Business Development Center, and from Diane Jackson of the State of Maine Economic and Community Development Office,” says Moulton. They all have been very helpful. She proudly added that 99.8% of dentists that she surveyed would recommend the product to their patients.