Articles by Ashley Conti

 

Glenburn youth says charter school helped him like learning again

By Ashley Conti on April 24, 2015, at 3:18 p.m.
Erik Wickett is a seventh-grade student at Maine Connections Academy, a  virtual charter school, who said that he enjoys school since starting the virtual classes.
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Photographing while on skates

on April 24, 2015, at 5 a.m.
Sometimes you have to gear up to get a photo. That’s what I did to cover the announcement of Great Skates Entertainment Center closing in a year. For the first time in about ten or so years I put on roller skates. I was a little nervous at first, since …

After nearly 20 years, Great Skates plans to hold final skate

By Ashley Conti on April 22, 2015, at 8:22 p.m.
After nearly 20 years, Great Skates announced it would be closing in June 2016.
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Paddles are seen at Old Town Canoe Co. in Old Town recently.

Gear bag: Picking the right canoe and kayak paddles

By Ashley Conti on April 22, 2015, at 5:46 a.m.
Each week the BDN Maine Outdoors team takes a look at different gear you might need for your next outdoor adventure. For this week’s Gear Bag, we looked at the paddles from Old Town Canoe Co. What is it? Choosing the right paddle for your kayak or canoe will make …

Gear Bag: Picking a paddle that meets your needs

By Ashley Conti on April 21, 2015, at 3:58 p.m.
Luke LaBree, marketing communications manager of Johnson Outdoors Watercraft Inc., explained that getting the right paddle that fits your needs will help you get the performance you want out of it.
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Teams compete in Zimmerman Memorial Fitness Challenge in Orono

on April 20, 2015, at 5 a.m.
ORONO, Maine — Just after noon on Saturday more than 40 teams of four set out to compete in a test that would push them physically and mentally. The fifth annual 1st Lt. James R. Zimmerman Memorial Fitness Challenge at the University of Maine campus in Orono had teams competing through …

Man found guilty of MDI identify theft murder

By Ashley Conti on April 17, 2015, at 7:37 p.m.
William Morse was found guilty of murdering Richard Bellittieri. Bellittieri’s family and friends react to the verdict.
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Pushing past your comfort: Running “Bridge the Gap”

on April 16, 2015, at 5 a.m.
Text by Ashley L. Conti Photos by Nick Sambides, Rachelle Bourgoin and Matthew Moore Last Sunday morning I woke up a little nervous. Why? Because in a few hours I was going to be running a 10-mile race. The Bridge the Gap race had runners travel over the Penobscot Narrows Bridge …
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Pushing past your comfort: Running “Bridge the Gap”

on April 16, 2015, at 5 a.m.
Text by Ashley L. Conti Photos by Nick Sambides, Rachelle Bourgoin and Matthew Moore Last Sunday morning I woke up a little nervous. Why? Because in a few hours I was going to be running a 10-mile race. The Bridge the Gap race had runners travel over the Penobscot Narrows Bridge …

Old Town Canoe Co.’s Next canoe a must-have for summer

By Ashley Conti on April 15, 2015, at 8 p.m.
The Next canoe from Old Town Canoe Co. is in its second year of production. Luke LaBree, marketing communications manager of Johnson Outdoors Watercraft Inc., says it has been featured in several publications as the gear to have this summer.
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The Next canoe is seen Tuesday at Old Town Canoe Company in Old Town.

Gear bag: A canoe with the performance of a kayak

By Ashley Conti on April 15, 2015, at 4:10 p.m.
Each week the BDN Maine Outdoors team takes a look at different gear you might need for your next outdoor adventure. For this week’s Gear Bag, we looked at the Next canoe from Old Town Canoe Company. What is it? The Next canoe from Old Town Canoe Company is in …
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Can you identify these animals just by their calls?

By Ashley Conti on April 15, 2015, at 2:03 p.m.
Hear the sound of the call and test your hunting skills.

UFC middleweight Tim Boetsch readies for fight

By Ashley Conti on April 15, 2015, at 12:57 p.m.
UFC middleweight Tim Boetsch prepares for his upcoming fight by training close to home with coach Marcus Davis at Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy in Brewer.

Racers navigate St. George River

By Ashley Conti on April 11, 2015, at 6:11 p.m.
Around 90 kayakers and canoeists navigated the St. George River during the 36th annual St. George River Race.

Making custom animal calls

By Ashley Conti on April 11, 2015, at 4:42 p.m.
Mark Buzzell started making custom animal calls after he was disappointed with what he bought from a big-box store.

Mainer shares dad’s role in liberation of concentration camp

By Ashley Conti on April 11, 2015, at 6:37 a.m.
Noel March and his sister Micaela March-Zwick are traveling to Germany where the pair will speak at the 70th anniversary of the liberation of a concentration camp, a camp their father helped free
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Various Petzl headlamps are seen on March 10 at Epic Sports in Bangor.

How to keep your outdoor adventure going into the night

By Ashley Conti on April 08, 2015, at 4:09 p.m.
Each week the BDN Maine Outdoors team takes a look at different gear you might need for your next outdoor adventure. For this week’s Gear Bag, we looked at headlamps. What is it? Headlamps are an essential that Matt Bishop, hard goods buyer at Epic Sports in Bangor, recommends having …

Gear Bag: Headlamps

By Ashley Conti on April 08, 2015, at 4:09 p.m.
Matt Bishop, hard goods buyer at Epic Sports in Bangor, explains the importance of having a headlamp handy.

Liberty Tools looking for buyer

By Ashley Conti on April 07, 2015, at 12:37 p.m.
Last year Skip Brack created waves that reverberated beyond Maine’s borders — among people who love tools — when he put Liberty Tool up for sale. No buyer has been found yet.

Nigerian priest serving in Maine

By Ashley Conti on April 02, 2015, at 5:41 a.m.
Originally from Nigeria, Rev. Olusola H. Adewole is the vicar for Stella Maris Parish, which includes St. Vincent de Paul Church in Bucksport.
 
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