Aimee Thibodeau

Editor, The Weekly

Slightly sour and spicy, Hunter’s Stew is a hearty, beloved dish served at Polish family gatherings.

When Polish Food Became Polished Food

By Aimee Thibodeau on Jan. 15, 2013, at 3:35 p.m.
A mushy white sandwich roll, melted cheese and a squeeze of ketchup. When I first moved to Warsaw to work as a journalist, in the autumn of 1988, a zapiekanka was the most common form of street food. The zapiekanka (za-pyeh-KAN-kah) predated the hamburger, and it certainly wasn’t pizza — …

Dave Small’s favorite nature photos from 2012

By Dave Small, Photos by Chance on Jan. 02, 2013, at 1:52 p.m.
The new year brings a time for reflection to me. It seems like there are so many goals unrealized, some achieved, and some postponed. After my HP computer crashed in October, I was forced to achieve a goal I’d procrastinated for two years…an upgrade to a more powerful system, more conducive to photography. …

Not quite a partridge in a pear tree…but close enough

By Dave Small, Photos By Chance on Dec. 26, 2012, at 11:09 a.m.
Last week, or so, while following fox tracks down an old trail that I had not traveled for several years, my thoughts shifted from fox tracking back to photography. I’ve missed many, maybe, good critter images because of mind wanderings, like following fox tracks. My thoughts began with,”These are fairly fresh, maybe I’ll see …
Photos by Chance
A Yellow Rumped Warbler photographed on a road off a road off the Stud Mill Road.

Nature shots abound on Stud Mill Road

By Dave Small on Oct. 02, 2012, at 9:17 a.m.
Beginning in Milford and ending in Princeton, the Stud Mill Road offers a myriad of logging roads. Roads off roads and roads off roads off roads, twitching trails off roads that are off roads. Roads that cross brooks and streams. Roads that seem to go on forever and others that end abruptly. Some end at …
A pied-billed grebe feeding its young only a few yards from shore.

Mama pied-billed grebe gives babies a fishing lesson

By Dave Small on Sept. 11, 2012, at 8:31 a.m.
Not often, but every once in a while a wild critter will be so intent on feeding or breeding that it will dismiss my presence and continue it’s activity as though I was just part of the landscape. While being cautious not to interfere with nature’s ways, I feel somewhat …
A magnolia warbler captured during a hike from Frazer Point picnic area in Acadia National Park.

Birds abound on Acadia hike

By Dave Small on Aug. 29, 2012, at 12 p.m.
Deb and I revisit several areas multiple times during the year. Seasonal changes plus day-to-day weather differences often paint such diverse appearances from nature, that it’s almost like a totally different hike. One of those often visited areas is Acadia National Park Schoodic Peninsula. Our hike usually begins at Frazer Point …
A juvenile broad-winged hawk at Sunkkaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Up close with a broad-winged hawk

By Dave Small on Aug. 22, 2012, at 3:02 p.m.
I recently photographed this juvenile broad-winged hawk at Sunkkaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. While leaving the Johnson Brook Trail area, I noticed the hawk swoop down into the ditch. I stopped my vehicle and rolled down the window and prepared the camera. Usually I turn the CD player sound down …
"Baby dirdie No. 1" after its first fall from the nest.

Saving baby ‘dirdies’ from demise teaches life lesson

By Aimee Thibodeau on July 18, 2012, at 4:13 p.m.
For the past couple of months, my family and I have enjoyed watching the birds that annually build their nest on the beams of our porch. This year, the nest relocated to the opposite side of the porch, providing us an excellent view of the birdly goings on from our …

Bone Marrow Drive Thursday at NTI

By Aimee Thibodeau on July 12, 2012, at 11:37 a.m.
Thursday, July 12, 2012 10:27 a.m. to 2:27 p.m. Location: Northeast Technical Institute, 1012 Stillwater Ave., Bangor, Maine For more information: Nicole Bouchard; 848-3888; Northeast Technical Institute is holding a bone marrow registration drive 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, July 12. We are welcoming everyone to come in and give …

Welcome Outdoors

By Aimee Thibodeau on May 29, 2012, at 1:46 p.m.
The Bangor Daily News is pleased to present the second edition of its newest custom publication, BDN Maine Outdoors, where you’ll find updates for outdoors enthusiasts, ideas of what to do in the great outdoors, and where to go explore Maine’s beauty, whether alone or with family and friends. A …
Country singer-songwriter Corey Smith perfroms on stage at the Bangor Waterfront during the Country Throw Down Tour on Sunday, May 27, 2012.

Country Throwdown on the Bangor Waterfront

By Aimee Thibodeau on May 27, 2012, at 7:56 p.m.
Gary Allan was the headliner Sunday night at the Country Throwdown Concert on the Bangor Waterfront. He performed with up-and-coming country stars Justin Moore, Josh Thompson, Sunny Sweeney and Eric Paslay. Allan’s music career has spawned nine platinum albums, two No. 1 spots on the Billboard charts and countless sold-out …
Sarah Smiley

BDN columnist featured on CNN website

By Aimee Thibodeau on May 17, 2012, at 1:41 p.m.
Maine author and columnist Sarah Smiley, who writes a syndicated weekly for the Bangor Daily News and other publications across the country, was featured Thursday on CNN’s website. Smiley and her husband, Dustin, live with their three sons in Bangor. Dustin currently is deployed for 13 months in the Navy. …
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Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, dies at 63

By Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press on May 17, 2012, at 1:07 p.m.
NEW YORK — Disco queen Donna Summer, whose pulsing anthems such as “Last Dance,” ”Love to Love You Baby” and “Bad Girls” became the soundtrack for a glittery age of sex, drugs, dance and flashy clothes, has died. She was 63. Her family released a statement, saying Summer died Thursday …

Things to remember for tonight’s waterfront concert

on May 09, 2012, at 11:06 a.m.
Wednesday night (tonight) is the first concert of the season for the Bangor Waterfront Concert series. The weather forecast calls for things to be a little soggy, and traffic could be tricky, so here are some things to remember if you’re attending the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s first-ever outdoor concert: Gates open …

Couple on a 12,000-mile kayak expedition, connecting with students as they go

By Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune, Minn. on May 07, 2012, at 11:15 a.m.
The West Coast and the Canadian wilderness are behind them. The next leg of Dave and Amy Freeman’s North American Odyssey will be more civilized. The Grand Marais couple leaves Wednesday from Grand Portage on a 4,900-mile sea-kayak trip to the East Coast and down to Key West, Fla. “We’ll …
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Girl with deformed face learns to navigate world

By Martha Irvine, The Associated Press on May 03, 2012, at 11:17 a.m.
WINNETKA, Ill. — What if you knew, even before your child was born, that she wouldn’t look like everyone else? Clara Beatty’s parents knew. They were living in Belgium at the time, a decade ago. Prenatal screening was extensive, probably more than would have been done in the United States. …

New Maine After Hours feature will showcase your events, photos

By Aimee Thibodeau on April 11, 2012, at 9:52 a.m.

19th annual Chefs’ Gala in Ellsworth

By Aimee Thibodeau on April 10, 2012, at 3:08 p.m.
The 19th annual Chefs’ Gala was held Saturday, April 7, at the Ellsworth Ramada. The event benefited Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. Chris Facchini and Audry Amann of WLBZ2 served as hosts, and The Tony Boffa Band provided music for dancing. Chefs from the Crocker House Raw Bar, Nostrano, Chow Maine, …

Cute critters from an Acadia hike

By Aimee Thibodeau on March 20, 2012, at 12:22 p.m.
The woods and trails are drying up nicely, and Dave and Deb Small took advantage with a hike Sunday, March 18, at Gorham Mountain in Acadia National Park, capturing some great nature shots along the way.
John Mayer poses with his two awards at the 47th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

John Mayer cancels tour, Orono concert

By Aimee Thibodeau on March 09, 2012, at 1:16 p.m.
John Mayer, who was scheduled to play at the University of Maine in Orono on April 17, has canceled his tour, according to several online media outlets. “John Mayer has been forced to take an indefinite break from live performance after learning that a granuloma on his vocal cords has …
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