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In this Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, photo, a variety of products that use seaweed are displayed at the Royal River Natural Foods store in Freeport, Maine. The products are, from left, ready-to-use sea lettuce, kelp tablets, popcorn flavored with seaweed, pet foods, and an energy snack containing dried kelp. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

“Maine is excited about seaweed, and the world is excited about seaweed,” said Hillary Krapf, founder of the Maine Seaweed Festival, whose second year drew more than 3,000 people last month in South Portland, more than twice the first year. “It’s totally piqued right now.”


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In this photo provided by Zazzle, English artist Louis Wain's (1860-1939) Christmas party full of festive cats makes a fun and fitting wrapping paper for a feline lover by Zazzle designer Anthro Animals. (Zazzle via AP)

“There’s wonderful visual tension right now in design that has a masculine slant,” Rossbund says. For instance, The Container Store’s got a repeating deer print on a blue background, and a handsome gold antler print on black; both have a menswear vibe, great for wrapping guy gifts. (www.containerstore.com )


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PicoBrew offers that system in two parts, sold separately. The Zymatic aims to simplify brewing by circulating water through grains and hops at just the right temperature and time. KegSmarts is a refrigerator and dispenser meant to take you the rest of the way from grain to glass.


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First lady Michelle Obama, with dog Bo, looks to the media as she is surrounded by children in the State Dining Room of  the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, where they made holiday crafts and treats during a preview of the 2015 White House holiday decor. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

“We do this because of everything that you all do every day to make our country great,” she said. Mrs. Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, started a nationwide campaign in 2011 to generate more public support for active-duty and retired service members and their families.


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In this Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, photo, fried nori compliments a dish of lobster with black trumpet emulsion at Vinland, an avant-garde restaurant in Portland, Maine. The harvest of Maine seaweed is growing in recent years as interest grows in the varied uses of marine algae. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

“Maine is excited about seaweed, and the world is excited about seaweed,” said Hillary Krapf, founder of the Maine Seaweed Festival, whose second year drew more than 3,000 people in August in South Portland, more than twice the first year. “It’s totally piqued right now.”


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