May 28, 2018
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Bangor Daily launches expanded Outdoors coverage

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
By Jeff Strout, BDN Staff

Welcome! Now that you’re here, please sit down, have a sip of coffee and let us tell you a little about ourselves. As of today, the Bangor Daily News begins expanded coverage of the outdoors we all call home. We’re packaging this coverage in a new way for your convenience and enjoyment both in newsprint and online.

You’ll notice a different look in the paper, some new features and a calendar of outdoor events. For readers accustomed to looking in this print locale every Thursday for arts and entertainment events, fear not. In addition to the Thursday and Saturday Outdoors calendar, the Lifestyle section will continue to provide calendar listings throughout the week in print based on subject matter: Monday is literature, Tuesday is arts and crafts, Wednesday is food, Thursday is health and family, Friday is arts and entertainment and Saturday is home and garden.

This new format will allow us to include even more calendar items in print, in addition to our extensive online calendar under “Things to do” at We invite you to submit your upcoming events by going to our website and clicking “Send us your news” at the upper right in the green bar and following the simple directions. As many items as space allows will appear in print, but everything will be included in the online version of the Outdoors calendar.

While you’re on our site, click on the Outdoors tab and check out our newly improved pages. There will be new content added regularly, so keep coming back to see what’s new in the outdoors.

There’s also a Facebook page — Bangor Daily News Outdoors — so be sure to “Like” us and share your outdoor experiences.

In fact, we’ll be looking to our readers to help us do more than just post events to the calendar. There’s places on the website for you to submit press releases you want to share and lots of room online for you to share pictures of your outdoor experiences.

Speaking of pictures, you’ll be seeing some good nature photography like that above from an old friend and former employee of the BDN, Dave Small, who’s now able to spend lots of time out there enjoying our natural resources. He’s been successful at bringing back images to prove it. Keep an eye out for more of Dave’s pixels in print and online.

Another offering you’ll see weekly is the Gear Box, where you’ll find a picture and a brief description of a piece of outdoor equipment you just can’t live without. The staff at Epic Sports has volunteered to help us out, at least for a while, with this.

The staff here at the paper has offered a hand as well. They’ll be providing descriptions of some of their favorite places to visit in Maine through pictures and words, along with some “how to get there” instruction.

If your weekends involve the ocean, we’re working on including tide charts so you’ll know whether your launch involves mud or water and ditto on the retrieval.

We’ve also dug into the archives to bring you some blasts from the past — what we’ll call the Best of Bud Leavitt. Weekly you’ll get a compilation of some of the advice and recipes gathered by the late Ralph W. “Bud” Leavitt, who retired as the BDN’s executive sports editor and outdoor editor in the fall of 1988. He continued to write a weekly column for the paper until his death on Dec. 20, 1994. Check out the website under Outdoors for a handful of offerings. We’ll be adding more.

During his nearly half century as the BDN’s outdoor columnist he penned more than 13,000 columns and one book, Twelve Months in Maine. He starred in his own TV program, The Bud Leavitt Show, that aired on the Hildreth Network for 20 years and the nationally acclaimed Woods and Waters outdoor program on the Public Broadcasting System. While some of the folks Bud interviewed have since died, their contributions and memories remain with us — and with some of you, too, no doubt.

And don’t forget John Holyoke. He’ll continue to keep us entertained and abreast of all things feathered, finned and more. He’s pitched his tent here on Thursday’s Outdoors page and he’ll also be staying on the Outdoors pages in the weekend paper.

Finally, out of respect to his wisdom and experience, is Tom Hennessey who will use his artist’s touch and seasoned writing skills to illustrate Maine’s heritage of hunting and fishing on the first weekend of every month.

It’s kind of like a wedding, isn’t it? Something old, something new, something borrowed …

Enjoy! And let us know what you think.

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