Seasons of Smiles Dental Hygienist, Dara Taylor

Meet our Hygienist – Dara Taylor

Dara Taylor joined our team in 2009 and has worked in the dental field for over 16 years. She is a registered dental hygienist and a certified orthodontic assistant. Dara earned Associates of Science degrees in Dental Hygiene and Medical Laboratory Science through the University of Maine systems. Her fun-loving and easy going spirit allows her to give special attention to each patient to make their visit a comfortable, rewarding experience.

When she is not in the office, Dara spends time with her husband and two sweet girls who are involved in girl scouts, painting, music and multiple sports teams.

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Jefferson, Maine

Jefferson, Maine

What it lacks in size, Damariscotta Lake State Park in Jefferson, Maine, makes up for with amenities. One of Maine’s most popular day-use parks, it is only a short drive from the state capitol of Augusta. Beachgoers enjoy relaxing on the sandy shores of Damariscotta Lake, and taking in a picnic lunch in one of the many picnic table and grill areas. The parkland encompasses only 17 acres, but there is an abundance of activities to choose from! The natural surroundings make it an ideal place for crowd-free swimming,boating, canoeing and fishing. Damariscotta Lake State Park invites guests to hang out a little longer with its ample picnic facilities: tables, grills, shelters equipped with electricity and running water, and an old-fashioned playground for kids. And … Continue reading →

Maine Wild Blueberry Festival

Union Fair - Blue Berry Festival 2013

The Maine Wild Blueberry Festival at Union Fair was born in 1960 as a method of promoting the industry in Maine. The secondary goal of the festival was to find the best blueberry pie maker in the coastal area. Mrs. George Cole won that competition. Another feature of that original festival day was the junior pie eating contest won by Willard Pease. Choosing a Blueberry Queen became an added feature in 1961. Each contestant had to be sponsored by a blueberry packer or processor and would be chosen to represent the industry for a year. There were 13 contestants and Monalee Smith became Union Fair’s first queen. Union Fair was so committed to the festival that it petitioned legislature which … Continue reading →

Thomaston, Maine

Thomaston, Maine

Thomaston is an old seaport, popular with tourists and noted for its antique architecture. The population was 2,781 at the 2010 census.Thomaston is an old seaport, popular with tourists and noted for its antique architecture. The population was 2,781 at the 2010 census. As early as 1630, trading post was established on the eastern bank of the St. Georges River, which was considered the boundary between New England and New France. In 1704, Thomas LeFebvre from Quebec bought a large tract of land along the Weskeag River on which he built a gristmill, with a house on the shoreline at what is now South Thomaston. The area became known as Thomas’ Town. Mason Wheaton was the first permanent settler in 1763. Located … Continue reading →

Rockland, Maine

Rockland, Maine

Rockland, Maine Rockland is home to the Maine Lobster Festival, a celebration held annually in honor of the town’s primary export: lobster. In the first week of August, thousands of people come from all over the world to participate in this five-day event. Rockland also is home to the Farnsworth Art Museum, a world famous art gallery containing paintings by Andrew Wyeth and other well-known New England artists. Rockland’s main street also features numerous small shops and businesses including coffee shops, book stores, art supply stores, restaurants, and toy stores. Penobscot Bay, which Rockland borders, is known internationally as one of the best recreational sailing grounds in the world. The city’s breakwater, built in the 19th century, also draws tourists. … Continue reading →

Rockport, Maine

Post Office in W. Rockport, Maine

Rockport, Maine was the home of Andre the Seal, a seal adopted by the Goodridge family in the 1970s, and who entertained guests in Rockport Harbor until his death in 1986. The seal’s owner Harry Goodridge co-wrote a book about Andre, titled A Seal Called Andre. The 1994 film Andre was adapted from the book, although in the movie Andre is actually played by a sea lion, not a seal. A statue of Andre sits beside the harbor in his honor. Rockport is also known for its Belted Galloway cattle. The cattle are raised at the 136-year-old Aldermere Farm, which is owned and operated by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization. The Belted Galloways remain one of … Continue reading →

Appleton, Maine

overlooking Senebec Lake in Appleton, Maine

Appleton is a town in Knox County, Maine,  incorporated on January 28, 1829 from the former Appleton Plantation.  Also in 1843 it annexed land from Hope to complete its boundaries which have not changed since then. Samuel Appleton, for whom the town is named, migrated from New Hampshire to become one of the first settlers in the 1770’s. Burkettville is a small village in Appleton at the crossroads of Route 105 and the Collinstown Road in the north west corner of the town.   The old Medomak Valley Grange No. 75 is located on Route 105 south of Burkettville. The Sennebec Pond straddles Union and Appleton.  This view, from Morang Corner on Route 105, is shared by the nearby Appleton Village School … Continue reading →

Washington, Maine

Washington Village, Washington, Maine

Washington is arural town located in the Mid-Coast area of Knox County, Maine with a population of about 1,400 people. It has vintage working farms, beautiful forested areas and two pristine lakes. The town is the 2009 winner of the Spirit of America Award for its high level of volunteerism. Some of the town organizations include: Gibbs Library, Mt. Olivet Lodge Masons, Evening Star Grange, the Village Church, Washington Historical Society, Washington Lakes Association, Hill & Gully Snowmobile Club, Washington Fire Department & Auxiliary, the Downtown Art Gallery, the Ladies’ Guild, VFW, Washington Food Bank, Union Area Chamber of Commerce, the Washington Manor Home, Prescott Memorial School. The Gibbs Free Library was originally established in 1915 as the result of … Continue reading →

Warren, Maine

Beth's Farm Market at White Oak Farms in Warren, Maine

Warren was settled in 1736 at the head of the tidewaters of the St. George River. The settlement was about 30,000 acres. On Nov. 7th 1776 the settlement was incorporated as the Town of Warren. In the “Annals of Warren” we read, “the difficulty in raising the minister’s salary and assessing taxes, together with the desire of participating with other towns in the measures of the revolution, induced the inhabitants of the Upper town on St. Georges’s to petition to be incorporated. Their petition was granted; and on the 7th of November, 1776, the said plantation was incorporated into a town, and, in honor of Dr. Joseph Warren, who had the preceding year fallen so gloriously on Bunker Hill, was … Continue reading →

Hope, Maine

It's blueberry time in Hope, Maine

Blueberries in Hope, Maine The low-bush blueberry  is native to Hope. Maine’s Amerindians gathered these wild berries. They used them in their pemmican, the high-energy, not-so-perishable food that hunters and warriors took on their expeditions. No doubt, Hope’s early settlers gathered and ate them too. There have been many steps between the early blueberry gathering and Hope’s wild blueberry growing in 2000. Blueberries have become Hope’s biggest crop. Not counting home consumption, About 20 Hope families and another dozen or so non-resident landowners produce about 900 tons of wild blueberries a year for sale. These have an ex-farm value of about $700,000-900,000. There are major variations in yield and in price. They sell to the Knox County Growers, a co-operative … Continue reading →

Union, Maine

Union Fair in Union, Maine: pig scramble, tractor pulls, thrill rides, demolition derby, bluberry pie eating contest, and MOXIE!!

Union, Maine Union is a rural community located in a countryside of rolling fields and woods, well watered with lakes and rivers. It situated at the junction of Routes 17, 131 and 235 about 15 miles inland from Rockland.  Present population is about 2,300. Farming (dairy, vegetable and blueberry) and service businesses form the basis of the economy. Union is home to the Union Fair and Maine Blueberry Festival as well as the Maine Antiques Festival; both events are held at the Union Fairgroundsduring August. Many residents commute to work in the coastal towns or in the state capitol of Augusta. Union village is centered around Union Common, reputed to be the one of the oldest existing public greens in … Continue reading →

Camden, Maine

Camden, Maine

Camden, located in mid-coast Maine has been called the prettiest spot in Maine.  It is one of only two places on the Atlantic seaboard where the mountains meet the sea. Settlers were here as early as 1768, and it was known as Cambden Plantation unofficially known as Megunticook, a Native American name meaning “big mountain harbor”.  When the population reached 331, a town government was needed so they could build roads, bridges, schools, etc.  Camden at that time included Rockport, West Rockport, Rockville and Glen Cove.  A petition was sent to the General Court of Massachusetts at Boston and approved.  Prior to statehood in 1820, the District of Maine was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For two hundred years, … Continue reading →