Articles by Anthony Ronzio


NRA buys TV ads in Bangor for Trump, but Trump does not

By Anthony Ronzio on June 29, 2016, at 4:27 p.m.
The National Rifle Association has made a significant purchase of television airtime in the Bangor market for a new campaign supporting presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. An analysis by NBC news pegged the total spending in Maine as $51,000.  Mike Young, the general manager of WABI-TV in Bangor, said …

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on Feb. 19, 2016, at 8:07 a.m.
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For 2016, here are 10 questions facing Maine

on Jan. 01, 2016, at 7:38 a.m.
From our parks, real and proposed, to our policies, politics and prominent people, Maine faces some serious — and whimsical — questions in 2016.

Maine’s top 15 stories of 2015

on Dec. 25, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.
It’s been a year of extremes: weather, achievements and tragedies. Here are the 15 stories that show the highs, and lows, of Maine’s remarkable 2015.
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In new section, Next, BDN will address Maine’s generational change

By Anthony Ronzio on Sept. 21, 2015, at 6:10 a.m.
Award-winning journalist Meg Haskell has rejoined the Bangor Daily News to chronicle the experiences, challenges and issues facing Maine’s baby boomers, who are authoring the next chapter in their lives.

Apartment building burns in Gardiner

By Anthony Ronzio on July 16, 2015, at 7:16 p.m.
Firefighters douse a burning apartment building in Gardiner on Thursday evening.
A postcard depicting buildings on the Augusta Mental Health Institute campus around 1900.

How one paragraph, deep in the state budget, could change the face of Maine’s capital

By Anthony Ronzio on April 25, 2015, at 9:42 a.m.
On the east bank of the Kennebec River in downtown Augusta are the grounds of the former Augusta Mental Health Institute. The most imposing structure is the spooky, silent Stone building, carved from sturdy Hallowell granite, which has weathered some 175-odd years in the shadow of Maine’s State House across …

More people are celebrating Maine’s sense of place

By Anthony Ronzio and Erin Rhoda on Feb. 05, 2015, at 3:15 p.m.
It’s always a pleasure to hear how a particular Maine Focus piece prompts someone to do something. You might remember the project we did in mid-January called My Maine Culture where people across the state sent in images and descriptions of what Maine means to them. We published 50 of them. It turns out the …

The heartwarming story behind that excited Canadian weatherman

on Jan. 26, 2015, at 12:13 p.m.
This post originally ran in January of 2015. We’re re-sharing it to accompany a new post on Frankie MacDonald and provide more information on his background.  An amateur Canadian weatherman’s excited selfie video forecast has been making the rounds on social media in advance of the upcoming east coast snowstorm. The …

The 10 key questions for 2015

on Dec. 31, 2014, at 6 a.m.
Disclosure: Journalists aren’t great at prognostication. So, instead of predicting what storylines to watch in 2015, we offer the following questions to answer over the next 12 months. From new faces in Washington to drug epidemics at home, the coming year offers a fair share of promises to fulfill and challenges to overcome. Our resolution? To keep you informed all the way through. We wish you a safe and happy new year.

2014: Maine’s top stories of the year

on Dec. 29, 2014, at 5:45 a.m.
The top stories of 2014 have two dominant themes: the accomplishments of individuals and turmoil in our institutions. The year was memorable for the people who shaped it: Kaci Hickox, Nicole Maines, Paul LePage and, yes, the Duck of Justice. But the steady decline of Maine’s paper industry should give pause, as should the difficulties within the University of Maine system, where tensions are high among students, faculty and administration. What’s known is that these storylines will continue into 2015; what’s unknown, and exciting, is who will emerge as Maine’s newsmakers along the way.

And the most stolen vehicles in Maine in 2013 were …

on Nov. 18, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
In a state where Subarus are seemingly everywhere, and where a mythical boundary —  reportedly somewhere along I-295N — called the “Volvo Line” may exist, pickup trucks remain the vehicle of choice for most Mainers. Ford pickups, specifically. They are the top selling vehicle in the country, the most registered vehicle …

Winless ex-Bapst QB writes, “I was the worst HS quarterback ever”

on Aug. 27, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
Over at Slate, former John Bapst quarterback Josh Keefe has written a stirring, thoughtful essay on his wholly unsuccessful career leading the Crusaders. With Keefe under center, his teams went 0-23 and were, in his words, the “sacrificial lambs” of eastern Maine high school football in the early 2000s, right …

Mugshot of Maine man wearing T-shirt with his mugshot goes viral

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 7:36 p.m.
File this under “Awkward Family Photos.” Robert Burt of Pittsfield showed up to serve a two-day sentence at the Somerset County Jail recently wearing a novelty T-shirt that featured his mugshot from a previous arrest. The theme for the shirt? “Burt Family Reunion,” sponsored cheekily by Bud Light beer and the Somerset …

The Good Life: The movement that changed Maine

By Anthony Ronzio on April 21, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
Update: Click here for The Good Life. Sixty years ago, two rebellious homesteaders in Brooksville published their story of living closer to the land. Their notions of a more purposeful life inspired thousands to visit them at their Forest Farm, and a generation of idealists to move to Maine to …

Big-time Democratic donor stays on the sidelines for Bellows … so far

on March 25, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Early Money Is Like Yeast. That’s where the powerful political action committee EMILY’s List gets its name – and they’ve proven to be a powerful force in congressional politics for many, if not most, of the pro-choice, Democratic women they back. By providing early funds, long shots can be contenders, …

And Maine’s next reality TV sensation is …

on March 01, 2014, at 8:09 a.m.
It looks like American Pickers, crossed with Antiques Roadshow, with a dash of Storage Wars and topped with a dollop of Cold River Cash. Meet Down East Dickering. The reality show, to be shown on History Channel, follows Mainers as they make their way through Uncle Henry’s in search of …

Video: A meteor over Maine?

on Feb. 10, 2014, at 12:13 p.m.
This is either a meteor, or the Painted Mermaid gallery in South Paris has the most clever viral advertising campaign on the planet. Either way, the Internet is buzzing about what Bruce York captured in the sky above Oxford County on Saturday, Feb. 8. Did you see it?Story continues below advertisement. …

On the world stage, Maine’s peers are … Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates?

on Feb. 04, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
Two maps that put Maine’s place on the world stage into perspective, and offers some assurance that we live very well here, despite a smallish-by-comparison economy. The first, above, was compiled by Atlantic writer Olga Khazan and puts Maine’s average life expectancy — 79.2 years — squarely equal to that of the much …
Zach Gilpin will be among the key players for Hampden Academy during Tuesday night's boys basketball game against Messalonskee High School of Oakland.

Live! Final: Hampden boys 78, Messalonskee 48

on Jan. 28, 2014, at 4:34 p.m.
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