In the ‘hood.

Deering Center is filled with interesting and talented neighbors and local businesses. If you would like us to highlight you and yours, please contact us and we’ll post it here.



Dianne Ballon, Artist in Residence, Shenandoah National Park, 2016. 

Dianne Ballon is a sound artist who lives in Deering Center. This summer she was the artist-in-residence at Shenandoah National Park where she created a sound installation in celebration of the National Parks Centennial.

 Dianne has a degree in Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art, has been working with sound since the 1980s and handles all aspects of sound: recording, mixing, editing and production.

Read the interview with her in the latest issue of The Deering Squirrel

Listen to this  WMRA Public Radio piece,  on her work at Shenandoah. 

Locally,  Dianne created a GPS driven audio walk on the Eastern Prom that can be downloaded via the VoiceMap App. Go to VoiceMap’s Homepage for instructions on downloading the App.  You can also preview the walk by clicking on Explore, and then Portland, Maine. 



Deering Center Neighborhood Assn online business card

Nancy Keast is a Portland Maine native who has extensive market knowledge of Greater Portland Maine and specializes in the Deering/Rosemont neighborhoods. She is a respected local realtor with superb negotiation skills, exceptional marketing strategies and professional excellence. It’s no wonder that the majority of her clients are referrals and repeat business. With her warm personality and positive energy, clients continue to call Nancy to buy and sell multiple properties and rely on her as a trusted advisor. Nancy knows that a successful move depends on building relationships—not just selling someone a house. She works with relocation clients, first time home buyers, sellers in the Greater Portland area, investors, and seniors finding a new place to call home.

She is a mom to three wonderful children and addition to her love for real estate, her passions are spending time with her friends and family, hiking, boating and reading.  She would love to be your Deering/Rosemont real estate resource.



161 Clinton Street, Portland ME
207-541-4266 or

Roots-n- Shoots

A Nature-Based Preschool in Deering Center

  • Clean, comfortable, safe, bright and sunny, newly painted and well organized Home-Based Preschool.  Natural and sustainable foods and materials
  • Balanced and Engaging – inquiry, observation, problem solving, social interactions, quiet reflections, active movement, creative play & lots of fun
  • Time spent outdoors – creating forts under hemlock boughs, digging for worms in the garden, loading wheelbarrows, climbing on logs, steering sandbox ships, peddling bikes, pulling wagons, and running around the secured yards as well as expeditions to Baxter Woods & the neighborhood
  • Developmentally appropriate, child-centered, theme-based curriculum,  compassionate teaching strategies, within a  stimulating environment

Roots-n-Shoots is on Facebook!

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(2 or 4 days)      9a.m.-3p.m.  (after care hours available $12 an hour)
2 days     Mon/ Wed  or Tue/Thur  $84 weekly
4 days     Mon, Tue, Wed, & Thur    $168 weekly

Schedule follows the Portland school calendar (no charge for week long vacations)

Lynn Rutter, 30yrs teaching experience Preschool, k-4 University of New Hampshire -M.A. Environmental Education 2010, M.A. Teaching 1983, B.A. Child Development 1982

Studies show a good preschool is the best investment in a child’s future!

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PCR CardRealtor: Kathy Dyer has lived in the Deering area for 30 years. Her can do attitude, attention to detail, marketing experience and passion for the Real Estate Industry make her the perfect partner for your successful home buying/selling experience.  Contact her by email:

From Solo Motion CD, Annegret Baier

Percussionist Annegret Baier Annegret grew up in Germany and received her classical music training in violin, voice and piano from the University of Music in Stuttgart. She has studied with master drummers from Guinea, Ghana, Cuba and Brazil.

She maintains a busy performance schedule throughout Maine and New England, performing solo and with the bands: Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm, The Zulu Leprechauns, and the newest band Loopin’. When she is not touring or giving school residencies for all age students, she teaches individual and group drumming classes and gives workshops throughout New England.