Articles by Erin Rhoda


See one of the coolest maps of Maine (before we knew where the state really was)

on March 19, 2016, at 11 a.m.
It depicts Maine with its disputed boundaries in 1820, the year it became the country’s 23rd state.

The story of a husband and wife who froze to death at a pivotal point in Maine history — and became poetry

on March 15, 2016, at 2:17 p.m.
A real story from “those days of material and political struggle” as Maine became a state.

How a special bond formed between a Maine coon cat and a girl with autism

on March 15, 2016, at 7:16 a.m.
“From the very start, they just seemed to connect.”
Ed and Pat Jillson, of Sabattus.

Longtime Maine couple combine love of one another, and the land, in short film

By Erin Rhoda on March 14, 2016, at 2:59 p.m.
“You have to have it in your blood, or you wouldn’t last.”

See the surprising discovery researchers made about female and male brains

on March 13, 2016, at 7:51 a.m.
Researchers analyzed more than 1,400 brain specimens searching for a real difference between male and female noggins.

See a compilation of bad drivers in Portland

on March 12, 2016, at 8:01 a.m.

See how the mental health system in Maine collapsed, in one map

By Erin Rhoda on March 10, 2016, at 9:36 a.m.
The criminal justice system has become the de facto mental health system.

Watch this remarkable 1954 video narrated by E.B. White of a Deer Isle lobsterman

on March 09, 2016, at 3:58 p.m.
It shows a day in the life of Eugene Eaton — when lobster traps were made of wood, and fresh lobsters were stored in a bushel basket.
 U.S. Sen. Angus King talks to the media after hosting a round table to get input from federal and local law enforcement about terrorist attacks on Friday in Bangor.

Collins, King share Garrett Brown’s story to gain support for bill to fight heroin epidemic

By Erin Rhoda on March 02, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
Garrett Brown at Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston on June 28, 2013.

We were moved by your responses to Garrett’s story. Here are some of our favorites

By Erin Rhoda on Feb. 27, 2016, at 9:11 a.m.
We received hundreds of comments in response to our story.
Garrett Brown hugs his mother, Traci, before entering the Augusta courthouse June 30, 2015.

See how Garrett Brown’s life and heroin addiction unfolded

By Erin Rhoda and Gabor Degre on Feb. 26, 2016, at 4:02 p.m.
Garrett’s life illuminates the human toll of a heroin addiction left untreated.
Garrett Brown is pictured in his room at the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston on June 28, 2013.

Inside the life and fall of a young Maine man addicted to heroin

on Feb. 24, 2016, at 6 a.m.
Garrett let me document his life for more than two years because he wanted his story to matter.

These Maine towns are renowned around the world for their singular contributions to society

on Feb. 06, 2016, at 7:09 a.m.
Check out Maine’s most surprising capitals.

‘It’s hard to hate up close’: How a Portland man went from prison to the national spotlight

on Feb. 02, 2016, at 3:16 p.m.
“Never believe anyone who tells you you can’t go somewhere because of where you have been or that you can’t do something because of what you have done,” said Christopher Poulos.
Children walk as the sun sets in Kabul city December 9, 2012.

Quiz: How much do you know about the cultures of Maine immigrants?

By Erin Rhoda on Jan. 28, 2016, at 5:39 p.m.
Let’s see if you are familiar with these cultural aspects of Somalia, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Afghanistan and Iran.

A 9-year-old girl from Newport can’t contain her enthusiasm for Donald Trump, goes viral

on Jan. 27, 2016, at 11 a.m.
“I love you, Trump!” she says through her tears.

Bangor police told out-of-staters how to survive the blizzard — and they loved it

on Jan. 23, 2016, at 9 a.m.
Their snow survival tips are so entertaining, you won’t even realize you’re learning something, too.
Mary McQueen, 33, of Charleston, holds a Celtic cross with a crystal in the middle. She has been a volunteer at Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance for a year and a half. Gabor Degre | BDN

How volunteers work to end domestic violence in Maine

on Jan. 21, 2016, at 1:12 p.m.
Many of the people working with survivors of domestic abuse are not paid professionals. They are trained volunteers.

Magazine names Maine inn one of world’s best boutique hotels

on Jan. 16, 2016, at 7:55 a.m.
It’s not so often that we see Maine establishments making best-in-the-world lists.

See how your concern about climate change compares with people around the world

By Erin Rhoda on Jan. 06, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
What’s your “climate change concern” score?