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Lupine belong in Maine

On a trip back home to Aroostook County, I have been enjoying a state jewel growing along the coast, in the fields, and now around lakes near Houlton. This jewel, of course, is the lupine. The writer of the June 21 letter, “Leave lupine alone,” surely spoke for a multitude …

Lupine festival enters into its 10th year

STONINGTON, Maine — Lupines are popping up all over the Deer Isle-Stonington area, a sure sign that not only summer is on its way, but also the annual island Lupine Festival. The festival, sponsored by the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce, celebrates its 10th year this weekend, June 17-19. The decade …

Lupine from a botanist’s viewpoint

Your editorial, “Lessons from Lupines” (June 25-26), made some good points but for me it ended with a clang when you expressed hope that Acadia National Park will find a way to coexist with lupine. I have conducted research on some of the invasive plants in Acadia National Park as …

LESSONS FROM LUPINES

Every Maine school child is likely familiar with Miss Rumphius. Wanting to emulate her grandfather, Miss Rumphius travels the world and returns to live by the sea. The one task she has trouble with is fulfilling his charge to make the world more beautiful, until, with the help of birds …

Lupine Crossing New festival blossoms in Deer Isle, Stonington

The lupines were beginning to blossom around Deer Isle and Stonington last week, ensuring that there will be plenty of flowers for viewing this weekend, June 14-16, during the island’s first Lupine Festival. The festival offers “more than something for everybody,” according to organizers Kyra Alex and Nancy Knowlton, and …
Jodi Clayton, fiber artist and owner of One Lupine Fiber Arts, dyes wool roving in her basement studio in downtown Bangor on June 26, 2012. Clayton was named Artist of the Year for the 17th Annual Arts in the Park in Belfast, scheduled for July 7-8 in Heritage Park.

Bangor fiber artist named Artist of the Year for annual Belfast event

A splash of water and the chatter of two employees met Jodi Clayton’s ears as she descended the stairs connecting her art-filled boutique and basement studio. Hovering over a long table, Hannah Todd and Sally Gilbert were hard at work, pouring water over merino wool dragonflies on a silk chiffon …

Lupine lovers halt Acadia effort to eradicate ‘non-native’ plants

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – The purple, blue and pink lupine that brighten the state each June are as much a part of the coastal Maine landscape as lighthouses, rocky cliffs and shore dinners. Lupine that take root within the boundaries of Acadia National Park, however, might not be welcome much …
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Jodi Clayton, owner of One Lupine in Bangor, unpacks a box of Peace Fleece yarn in the studio area of her newly expanded business which now offers space where knitters and fiber artists can gather to share their interests.

Fiber artist takes her business to a new level

Fiber artists and knitters now have a new place to practice their craft and learn new skills. One Lupine at 170 Park St., Bangor, recently has undergone an expansion that puts the business on a whole new level — literally. After five years of occupying studio space in the daylight …
Christy Greer (from left) of the Badger Cafe and Pub in Union holds the Badger Cup as judges Michael Greer, Keri Lupine and Sarah Greer pause from their judging duties as they decided which blueberry wines will take the prize.

Blueberry wine makers win contest

UNION — Bartlett Estate Winery’s Blueberry Oak Dry, and Savage Oakes’ Blueberry Pi won the third annual Blueberry Wine Competition, held at the Badger Cafe and Pub in Union, owned and operated by chef Michael and Christy Greer. Six Maine wineries entered 13 different wines in the competition. The judges …

The wild ones

Editor?s Note: Early this summer, a spotted touch-me-not growing wild in a weed patch caught veteran NEWS photographer Bob DeLong?s eye. Using his Nikon-D-1 digital camera equipped with a 105 mm lens and an extension tube, he caught morning dewdrops on the orange flower. In between shooting news and sports …

Sebec Village Shops to offer felting lesson

SEBEC – Sebec Village Shops will offer a lesson in wool felting from 3 to 5 p.m. today. One Lupine Fiber-Arts will present the lesson and will offer a variety of kits, ranging from $20 to $32 in cost.

One man’s dream Perry woman continues partner’s scythe business after tragedy changes her life

This is about a man and a woman from Perry. Their story has terrible sorrow, but within it are also great love, powerful memories and an abiding wisdom. Near the end of our conversation in late June, the woman, Carol Bryan, mentioned a line from a movie they had gone …

Downtown Bangor: Last 2009 art walk tonight

Diversification is one of the goals at the Downtown Bangor Art Walk, set for 5 to 9 tonight (Friday), the fourth event of its kind this year and the final Art Walk for 2009. More …

Jackson Gillman sets Deer Isle performance

DEER ISLE – Entertainer Jackson Gillman will be performing his act of singing, storytelling and interacting with the audience of adults and children as one of his eccentric characters at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Reach Performing Arts Center. Gillman’s act is only one part of this year’s …

A Gardener’s Eden Boothbays’ Coastal Maine Botanical Garden sets out to be one of the top attractions in Maine, as the staff prepares for its June 13 grand opening

The feeling that you’ve arrived someplace special starts before you even turn into the driveway of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. Sure, the daffodils poking up from chocolate-brown mulch are lovely. So, too, are the rambling rock walls. But if you look closely at the roadside plantings, you’ll notice …
 A 6-inch "Where's Waldo" figurine is hidden in a hiking shoe in Epic Sports in Bangor on July 13, 2012. The figurine is one 20 Waldos hidden throughout downtown Bangor for the community search "Find Waldo in Bangor," in celebration of Waldo's 25th birthday.

Where’s Waldo?: Bangor celebrates famous childhood figure

He started out hiding in book illustrations in 1987, and today, he also exists in online games and has his very own iPhone app. Waldo — a traveler with circular eyeglasses, a pompom hat and a red-and-white striped shirt — has long challenged people to find him in scenes around …
Kelley Tingley demonstrates one of her handcrafted hula hoops for shoppers at the Bangor Mall on Saturday. Tingley of Hardcore Hoops was among the 10 small businesses that were represented in the Maine Marketplace. The event was organized by Incubator Without Walls, a federally funded program that helps very small businesses.

Local micro-businesses peddle their wares at Maine Marketplace in Bangor Mall

Turns out, the hula hoop is not all that tricky to master. “Hold it up against your back and give it a good, hard spin,” said Kelly Tingley, maker of Hardcore Hoops, coaching a skeptical middle-aged shopper. “After that, you just rock back and forth to keep …
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Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, a graduate student at Boston University, jots down notes Wednesday while checking on one of three raised garden beds she has built to study plant life in Acadia National Park. Researchers and park officials believe climate change is affecting the profile of plant species found in the park.

Scientists: Climate change pushing shift in Acadia vegetation

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | Out with the orchids, in with the deadly nightshade. The profile of plants found in Acadia National Park has been shifting over the past century, with some species declining and others on the rise, and researchers believe climate change is mainly to blame. Some of …
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Photo by Annadeene K. Fowler
This scene will be one of many to greet at Roger and Letha Wood’s garden and Carriage Shop Antiques, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, June 14, at 580 Castine Road, Orland, a destination of the Belfast Garden Club's Open Garden Tour Series

Orland garden featuring unusual plants, rock work and clematis collection next stop for garden club’s Open Garden Days

by Annadeene K. Fowler ORLAND, Maine — Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Days will return to a favorite stop, Roger and Letha Wood’s garden and Carriage Shop Antiques, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, June 14, at 580 Castine Road.  Tickets may be purchased at the garden on the day of the tour …
Taking advantage of Plaid Friday sales at Valentine Footwear on Main Street in Bangor, Morgan Cashwell (center) of Linthicum, Md. checks out a Born Sabrina black comfort pump while talking with store employees Emily Hanna (left) and Meg Gipson on Nov. 29.

Many gift-givers are shopping in downtown Bangor

Downtown Bangor offers the quintessential shopping experience. Cozy stores, delightful local dining spots, and cleverly decorated storefronts greet holiday shoppers taking them back in time to small town USA. Summer Allen owns Valentine Footwear at 115 Main St., next to the Penobscot Theatre. Her store specializes in women’s footwear, but …