Staying Busy in Bangor this Summer

By Erinne Magee Ready to get out and about this summer? Downtown Bangor is bustling and packed with activities, shopping, dining and more. Come explore! Sidewalk Art Festival After a two year hiatus, the Downtown Bangor Partnership is thrilled to bring back the always-popular Downtown Bangor Sidewalk Art Festival Saturday, July 9.  “One phrase I…

Experience Maine Summer

Add some whimsy to your Maine summer fun at home

By Sarah Cottrell  If your summer plans are shaping up to look a lot like last year’s — canceled vacations, too much time at home, feeling bored, then you’ll love this list of ways to create some whimsy in your own backyard. Maine summers are magical for many reasons; even if you’re limited in where…

Kids & Family

Owls Head Transportation Museum – Owls Head If you’ve got a youngster that can’t get enough of vehicles, be it trucks, cars, motorcycles or planes, then a visit to the Owls Head Transportation Museum is a must. Located in Knox County near Thomaston, the OHTM is open year round, Wednesday to Sunday. At this time,…

Maine, by way of accommodations

By Erinne Magee Closer-to-home travel is still on the agenda for many Mainers this summer. While some travelers are going beyond state borders, advance data is showing bookings for staycations still remain high. Exploring Maine is easy, but with so many overnight accommodation options, it can be hard to nail down the right place to…

On the Move

Trucking for a Cure

Courtesy of Northern Light Health Spend some time on the road and you might spot a truck painted with a giant pink ribbon, the words “Trucking for a Cure,” and a Pottle’s Transportation logo. Every mile that this truck has racked up hauling loads throughout the Northeast has raised awareness and supported local cancer care.…

America’s Road Team

By Sarah Cottrell Two Maine truck drivers have been tapped to serve as captains on America’s Road Team!  The American Trucking Association’s America’s Road Team (ART) is a nationwide outreach program represented by some of the best drivers in the business. Together, ART captains serve as ambassadors of the trucking industry to help spread the…

Truck Driving Championships are Back!

By Sarah Cottrell The Truck Driving Championships are back! 2022 will be the first in-person Truck Driving Championship competition since the pandemic started, and many in the Maine trucking industry are very excited. This competition has been a bright spot for professional truckers since 1937, when it was then known as the National Truck Rodeo. …

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Local Universities Are Helping To Ensure The Future Of Nursing

By Crystal Sands Nursing has always been a difficult and important job, but in the last two years, as our nation has grappled with a pandemic, our country has seen just how valuable nurses are at saving lives and keeping our healthcare system functioning. But, according to recent studies, our nurses are struggling. According to…

Heart of Gold

By Sarah Cottrell You might be surprised to know that within the busy halls of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, miracle workers are blending in with their plain uniforms and schedules that stretch out for miles. We got a chance to catch up with Nancy Aylward, RN Nurse Case Manager from Grant 6 Oncology/Respiratory…

Saving Lives One Patient At A Time

By Emily Morrison As the oldest child growing up in Wisconsin during the 80s, Mary Elsa Theobald contemplated going to Middlebury College and becoming a Spanish teacher. Her father, a university professor, had a different idea. When the family moved to Kentucky during Theobald’s junior year of high school, he suggested Mary Elsa become a…

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Outdoors & Adventure

River of Dreams

By Genie Jennings From a very young age, Megan Hess fished with her father. She grew up with a love of the outdoors and all its creatures, particularly aquatic life. After earning her bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology at the University of Wisconsin, she decided to study for her master’s at the University of Maine…

All Hands on Deck

By Wanda Curtis One business sector seeing a boom during the pandemic is the boat building industry. Contrary to what some boat builders expected, sales skyrocketed nationwide during the past two years. Maine’s “largest builder of small wooden boats” is Cottrell Boatbuilding, a company that has seen an increase in sales during the pandemic which…

Campfire Eats

By Amy Allen Nutella and Banana Squares I tapped my best friend Jaime Madore, an avid camper who always has what we need (like a full-sized propane-powered coffee maker) and treats us to tasty recipes like this one, that’s great for breakfast or dessert. Ingredients Pillsbury crescent dough, Grands biscuit dough or buttered white breadNutellaBananas…

Celebrations & Observances

Orono State-of-the-Art Engineering Education and Design Center Opening Soon

By Wanda Curtis The new $78 million Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center at the University of Maine in Orono is rapidly approaching completion. Dean of the College of Engineering Dana Humphrey said they will start moving into the state-of-the-art facility in July. A grand opening is tentatively scheduled for August 24, 2022. He said…

Building the Foundation for Future Engineers

By Sarah Cottrell What do design, problem-solving and robots have in common? Well, if you’re a high school student in Bangor, you would say engineering! Students at John Bapst High School have been learning about the fascinating world of engineering through a competitive and impressive Engineering and Technology program that aims to give kids the…

Finding Their Fur-ever Homes

By Katie Smith Pets can bring such joy into your life. Now more than ever, people are looking into adopting pets and it’s no surprise there are many heartwarming stories about cats and dogs finding their forever homes. However, there are still many pets who need good homes and for Bangor Humane Society, it hasn’t…

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Home

6 Ways To Freshen Up Your Home For Spring

By Katie Smith Many of us come alive in the spring and have the urge to start fresh. It’s nice to have a change of scenery, and this time of year is the perfect time to do some rearranging, decluttering and give your home a facelift. Keep in mind you don’t have to make a…

2022 Real Estate Trends

By Erinne Magee It’s no secret that the pandemic has caused chaos in the real estate market. Housing prices have skyrocketed, supply cannot keep up and an influx of new Mainers have all been trending over the past couple of years.  Local experts are expecting much of the same in 2022. We spoke to Hilary…

Should I Buy or Should I Renovate?

By Crystal Sands My husband and I have lived in our home outside of the Bangor area for 10 years, and during this time, we have turned our little place into a homestead. My husband has built fences for ducks and chickens, constructed raised beds for strawberries, converted sheds to coops and rehabilitated our soil.…

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Outdoors

Happy Little Campers

By Emily Morrison Growing up, my family’s idea of camping meant staying in a hotel with no pool. After we hit the mall and the movies, we’d go back to our air conditioned room, flip through the pay-per-view channel and say, “Next time, let’s make sure there’s a hot tub at least.”  Like most Mainers,…

Hunting Tales: The Family Bearskin Rug

By Sarah Cottrell When you live in a state as beautiful and rural as Maine it doesn’t take long before you hear a good ol’ hunting tale. And while many stories are full of moose as tall as buildings and that one fish big enough to feed an army that got away, there is always…

Hit the Trails All Winter on a Fat Tire Bike

By Katie Smith Fat tire biking has become increasingly popular, especially in the Northeast as it’s a sport that can be enjoyed year round. Whether you love biking in the snow, on mountain bike trails, through mud or even on pavement, a fat tire bike can give you a smooth ride over almost any terrain.…

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Seniors

Railroad Enthusiasts Rebuild History

By Anne Gabbianelli I’m glad to be associated with the steam engine once more.  That’s what I was brought up on and used to. I like the music of them better than the music, or somebody said the noise, of the diesel.    Archie Towle, Engineer on the 470, June 13, 1954 These words were shared…

Maine Seniors & Food Insecurity

By Wanda Curtis Approximately 5.3 million people 60 years of age and older in the U.S. experience food insecurity, according to feedingamerica.org. The nonprofit reports that poor health can be both a cause and also a consequence of food insecurity, which is defined by the USDA as “access by all people at all times to…

Winterport Clockmaker Keeps Time

Story and Photos by Anne Gabbianelli  “The pleasure you get from owning and using a mechanical clock and watch is abundant. The sound of it ticking and striking, as well as the timekeeping it offers creates a personal interaction each time you wind it and set it,” says Peter Rioux, who is clearly passionate about…

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Business

Spilling the Tea: Winterport Business Gets Creative to Keep Things Going

By Sarah Cottrell Winter in Maine brings to mind many things, among them just how frigidly cold it can get. Thankfully, my cupboard is fully-stocked with lovely teas from around the world, each one making me feel warmed and inspired. There is something magical about a cup of finely brewed tea. And luckily for me,…

Keeping It Local: Brewer Store Finds Success with Maine’s Local Food Supply Chain

By Crystal Sands As everyone who shops at a grocery store can attest, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a myriad of supply chain shortages that have impacted everything from eggs and cream cheese to beef and flour. Many times, grocery stores struggle with empty shelves, but Tiller & Rye, a local grocery store…

Maine Businesses Slowly Rebounding From Devastating Effects of Pandemic

By Wanda Curtis When the stay-at-home order was in effect at the beginning of the pandemic, many businesses closed. Maine Department of Labor’s Deputy Director for the Center for Workforce Research Glenn Mills reports that nearly 95,000 jobs were lost during March and April 2020, but about 68,000 jobs have been gained since then. However,…

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A Millinocket Staple Changes Hands

By: Katie Smith If you’ve been to Millinockete, chances are you’ve heard rave reviews about the Appalachian Trail Cafe. New owner Leah Macolm was a waitress at the Appalachian Trail Cafe for many years before she took ownership of the popular spot located at 210 Penobscot Ave.  “I opened the cafe on July 1 of…

Things to Do in the Katahdin Region

Located in the eastern central portion of Maine and nestled next to Mount Katahdin, the Katahdin Region is a truly unique all-season vacation destination. Whether you consider yourself a rugged outdoorsman, fan of extreme sports, an arts and culture buff, or just enjoy taking in the sights, a visit to the area won’t disappoint. While…

Katahdin Region Looking Towards The Future

By Wanda Curtis While much of Maine is busy dealing with challenges created by the pandemic, the Katahdin region is looking toward the future. No strangers to adversity, hundreds of area residents found themselves in dire circumstances after the 2008 closure of the Great Northern Paper Mill in Millinocket. Since that time, they’ve been taking…

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Sports

Tournament workers embracing return after COVID-19-forced hiatus last year

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff The return of the regional and state basketball tournaments after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been embraced statewide. There’s nothing like the energy and excitement generated by playing at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, the Augusta Civic Center and the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.…

Ellsworth boys chasing a championship on heels of abbreviated 2021 season

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff The cancellation of the 2021 high school basketball tournament represented an opportunity lost for all those who look forward to the annual Maine rite of winter. For many schools it was the loss of players who opted not to return to the sport during the pandemic for myriad reasons, ranging…

These top girls teams regrouped this season after tourney-less campaign

 By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff There probably wasn’t anyone as heartbroken as Dexter High School girls basketball coach Jody Grant when the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out last year’s tournament. It was his daughter Peyton’s last shot at a Class C state championship. In 2020, the Tigers were upset by eventual state champion Central Aroostook of…

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