All posts by Alex Steed

Alex Steed

About Alex Steed

Alex Steed has written about and engaged in politics since he was an insufferable teenager. He has run for the Statehouse and produced a successful web series. He now runs a content firm called Knack Factory with two guys who are a lot more talented than himself.

We can all agree that habitual marijuana use isn’t the best, right?

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I have been a part of and observed a handful of conversations about marijuana, and in each of them, there has been a bit of fibbing on each side of the debate over legalization. The anti-legalization skeptic will imply that legalization will lead to unfettered access of marijuana to children and the legalization proponent will […]

GrandyOats opening a production facility in Hiram is great news

Last week this paper reported that local granola maker GrandyOats is “rehabbing the former Hiram Elementary School, which will triple their production space and include a line for their first gluten-free products.” This is great news for several reasons. (Note: I am from and currently reside in Cornish, a neighboring town of Hiram.) Hiram Elementary […]

Farm-to-Festival at the Ossipee Valley Music Fest

You may have noticed that I was (surprise!) quiet for the past week and a half. My wife Jaime and I were at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival, where we serve as food vendors for both their string camp and the festival itself. In all, last week was one that filled me with a great […]

The 5 most embarrassing memories from my adolescence

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This evening I began considering some of the most embarrassing events of my teenage and adolescence after engaging in an exchange with Kabang Arts Director Meg Shorette and BDN Reporter Mario Moretto about the 1996 film The Craft. With a hint of embarrassment, Moretto admitted that seeing that movie in the 90s sparked his young […]

Born in the U.S.A., one of the most sophisticated anti-war songs, turns 30 this year

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Sunset Hearts leader and mastermind Casey McCurry weighs in on Born in the U.S.A. on the iconic Springsteen song’s 30th anniversary.   “Born in the U.S.A.” turns 30 this year. It’s got to be the one of the most sophisticated anti-war songs. I know the arrangement is cheesy for some, but take the time to […]

[Video + Photo] Spose, The Mallett Brothers Band, The Wrecking + More at State of the State II

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As you may have already seen on the fabulous Emily Burnham’s Culture Shock blog, my company Knack Factory produced a video about the recent State of the State II event for this newspaper. The video features Spose, Sly-Chi, The Mallett Brothers Band, The Other Bones, The Kenya Hall Band, Model Airplane, The Wrecking, and Maine Youth […]

Japanese beetle orgies, people who leave their pets in hot cars, and damning the weather in all of its extremes

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Jeremy Smith is a USM alumnist and he works at his family’s antique store. He is also a friend of mine from the Cornish area. We attended the same high school, and now that I have a house back in town, we occasionally get together, drink beers and shoot the breeze about the real, the […]

Let’s talk about 80s horror. Also, the original Jason Vorhees is in Portsmouth tonight.

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The original Jason Vorhees, the supernatural killing machine from the Friday the 13th movies, will be in Portsmouth tonight. Ari Lehman will be appearing at Let’s “B” Reel, a monthly movie series that showcases b-movies and features guests, props and other extra goodies. Lehman’s appearance was made possible by Coast City Comics!, who hosted him […]

A Mainer in Palestine: Amos Libby discusses conflict, kidnappings, and besiegement in the West Bank

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Amos Libby is an American volunteering as an English teacher at a school in the West Bank of the Palestinian Territories. Shortly after he arrived there, the region exploded into chaos both figuratively and literally after Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrah, three teenage Israeli settlers, were kidnapped while hitchhiking. Two and a half […]