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Old 08-14-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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Default What is a "good" Neighbor in Maine?

To Mainers, what makes a neighbor a "good" neighbor?

A lot of posters refer to the "live and let live" attitude in Maine and that when you need them in a pinch, like after a storm, Mainers can count on one another for help.

To me, aside from live and let live, a good neighbor:

1- Knows where the correct property lines are and doesn't finagle them. But, he feels comfortable when coming to my house or onto my property and doesn't consider it a crime or intrusion when I come onto his property for normal reasons.

2 - Doesn't gossip or lie about me to other neighbors and poison my pond, especially if I am new and haven't had sufficient time to show the true quality of my character, good, bad or otherwise.

3 - Is cordial and will say hello or wave in passing but circumspect enough to stay out of my business and not tell me what to do, or not do, on my own property (like the kind of neighbor who mows their lawn every week and gripes if you just mow yours once or twice a month).

So, what constitutes being a good neighbor in your neck of the woods in Maine and to you?
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I think that you list about covers it.
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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I'm with Forest... not a native Mainer, but a recent transplant and that is the kind of neighbor I try to be, and that I have around me.
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:43 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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To Mainers, what makes a neighbor a "good" neighbor?

A lot of posters refer to the "live and let live" attitude in Maine and that when you need them in a pinch, like after a storm, Mainers can count on one another for help.

To me, aside from live and let live, a good neighbor:

1- Knows where the correct property lines are and doesn't finagle them. But, he feels comfortable when coming to my house or onto my property and doesn't consider it a crime or intrusion when I come onto his property for normal reasons.

2 - Doesn't gossip or lie about me to other neighbors and poison my pond, especially if I am new and haven't had sufficient time to show the true quality of my character, good, bad or otherwise.

3 - Is cordial and will say hello or wave in passing but circumspect enough to stay out of my business and not tell me what to do, or not do, on my own property (like the kind of neighbor who mows their lawn every week and gripes if you just mow yours once or twice a month).


So, what constitutes being a good neighbor in your neck of the woods in Maine and to you?
1 My neighbors and I don't worry about the propoerty lines. We know we own just what the deed says andnot a bit more or less. Sometimes they mow my side of the line and sometimes I mow on theirs. No problems.


2 People will gossip especially in a small town. I have been known to start one on myself just to see how far it wuld go (wound up making 25% instead of the 10% I said). Nothing is better than a good story, true or otherwise. A good neighbor will back you up if it gets too intense.


3 Yup, we all wave, even if we can't remember the new neighbors name. But we will offer advice, especially if it will cost next door time and/or money. We won't gripe too much if you don't mow your lawn and the neighborhood starts to look bad. But we'll most likely offer to help you with it. You buy the gas though!

And I am a native Mainer , if it matters

Last edited by retiredtinbender; 08-15-2010 at 04:45 AM.. Reason: Way too early for me I guess.
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Saratoga Springs and Copake Lake.
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poisoning your pond? a bit extreme no? I got Downeast ( Lubeck) every Year, super nice people, always helpfull. Hang out at Annabels have a great time with the locals, never felt otherwise.
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