Articles by Jeanne Luetjen



By Jeanne Luetjen on Sept. 22, 2016, at 2:04 p.m.
Join the BDN & Good Shepherd Food Bank for NewsFEED, a unique event at Good Shepherd’s new Hampden Distribution Center (old BDN printing plant!). Featuring tastings stations from Maine restaurants, farms & businesses, a cooking competition with local chefs and recognition of Metro Magazine’s best restaurant winners from across Maine, …
Nate Hicks (left) of the Bangor High School ROTC distributes flags Wednesday afternoon on the gravestones of veterans around Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Bangor. Raymond Willins (right), a World War II veteran and a member of American Legion Post 12 in Bangor, was the leader of Hicks’ group. American Legion Post 12, the Bangor High School ROTC, Bangor Boy Scout Troops 301 and 10, and community volunteers gathered at the cemetery for a brief ceremony and the placement of flags for Memorial Day.

Maine Frame: Remembrances from Maine Memorial Days

By Jeanne Luetjen on May 23, 2015, at 5:58 a.m.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday to remember the men and women who died while serving our country in the military. Many people visit cemeteries and watch parades as an opportunity to pause and remember the men and women of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. …

K-Cups for the Keurig

By Jeanne Luetjen on May 20, 2015, at 10:18 a.m.
For those who use the Keurig on a regular basis, we have purchased a reusable coffee filter and liners for use with regular coffee. Thank you
The Pie Moms of Rockland, seen here in this 2011 file photo.

The incredible women we call mom

By Jeanne Luetjen on May 09, 2015, at 6:21 a.m.
Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day. A day to honor the incredible women in our lives that we call Mom. Mother’s Day was originated by two women, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Marie Jarvis. Howe sponsored Mother’s Day each year in Boston around 1870, which lasted about 10 years. Jarvis …
The 1947 Patten Academy boys basketball team was honored at a banquet hosted by the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad at the Penobscot Hotel in Bangor after beating Boston Latin 35-32 at the Boston Garden in the New England Basketball Tournament. From left are Carroll Hatt, manager Jack Seely, Thurston Townsend, captain Lloyd Wilson, coach Willis Phair, Donna Phair, Harley Dow, Howard Cunningham, Hollis Bates, Gilman Rossignol and Kenneth McCourt. Team member Lynn Vickery did not return with the team.

Tourney time in Maine

By Jeanne Luetjen on Feb. 14, 2015, at 5:50 a.m.
Since the 1920s, February vacation week in Maine has featured high school basketball tournaments. Tourney Week 2015 has begun with Eastern Maine Class A teams playing at the Augusta Civic Center and B, C and D teams playing at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. In Western Maine, action is …
The ice saw is dragged by people as they make the initial cuts on the ice at Cobb's Pierce Pond Camps during the 2013 ice harvest. The harvest was restarted by Gary Cobb in the mid-1970s as a novelty and to provide some additional refrigeration for food and drinks at the camp.

The ice harvest: A Maine tradition

By Jeanne Luetjen on Feb. 07, 2015, at 5:47 a.m.
In the days before modern refrigeration, there was ice harvesting. Ice harvesting was started on the Kennebec River in 1860 by New York retailer James L. Cheeseman. In its heyday, between 1870 and 1890, more than 25,000 men converged on the Kennebec River to cut and store ice. By the …
Alicia Lofton (from left), 11, Jessie Lofton, 13, and Lily Cooper, 10, crest the hill of the tubing run at Hermon Mountain in February 2003.

Best way to curb cabin fever? Get outside and play

By Jeanne Luetjen on Jan. 17, 2015, at 5:52 a.m.
We all know how difficult the cold, dark days of winter can be. Winter activities can help thwart the seasonal blues. Fun activities, such as cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating, ice fishing, snowboarding and careening down an icy hill on a toboggan, can chase off the winter doldrums. The Bangor …
Bangor Daily News carriers deliver the newspaper by pony in this 1959 file photo.

Bangor Daily News carriers deliver to Maine customers throughout the years

By Jeanne Luetjen on Jan. 10, 2015, at 6:42 a.m.
Bangor Daily News carriers have been delivering the newspaper to homes across Maine for more than 125 years. Motor route drivers have been delivering your paper since 1979. The first area to receive this service was Essex Street in Bangor, and the first driver was John Graves who had only …
Three sleepy puppies "in the sack" are being cared for in one of Santa's sub-precincts, awaiting Christmas day and a permanent home as a gift from Santa in this December 1956 file photo. They are part of a litter of five at the Bangor Humane Society's shelter on Howard Street. Ernest F. Crowell, humane society agent, said they are a mixture of spaniel, collie and shepherd. Also at the shelter and anxious to find an owner are two cute boxer pups.

Happy holidays: The spirit of Christmas past across Maine

By Jeanne Luetjen on Dec. 20, 2014, at 6:04 a.m.
It has been known as “the most wonderful time of year,” and Bangor Daily News photographers have been capturing that Christmas spirit in Maine. Our photographers took photos of puppies in stockings, replica New England villages and Christmas baskets topped with Maine potatoes among others. Check out the images of …
Pausing between takes listening to children recite their Christmas lists, Santa Claus offers a wave inside his hut at the Aroostook Centre Mall.

‘Tis the season

By Jeanne Luetjen on Dec. 13, 2014, at 6:05 a.m.
Have you finished your holiday gift shopping? For millions of people, Black Friday is the biggest holiday shopping day of the year. There’s no doubt some of those folks are well organized and complete their gift lists long before heading home for the day and begin wrapping. But many shoppers …
It's (s)no fun when you push a toboggan through the fresh snow of the Penobscot Country Club as Jeanette Estey, left, could attest Jan. 16, 1960. Reaping the benefits of her efforts are, left to right, Frances and Thomas Sheehan and Carol Ewen. All are of Bangor.

Uphill, both ways: 20 photos of Maine blizzards of yesteryear

By Jeanne Luetjen on Dec. 06, 2014, at 5:54 a.m.
A snowstorm blasted Maine before it was even winter on the calendar. On Nov. 1, nearly two feet of snow fell and power was knocked out to thousands across the state. That storm was reminiscent of past storms to paralyze Maine. In February 1969, for example, we were hit with …
The nationally ranked 1970 Brewer Witches are considered one of the top teams in Maine high school football history. Ten veterans led the Witches to their second state title in three years: (front row from left) John Robichaud, Bobby VanPeursem, Bruce Whitten, Ralph Payne, Dana Goodard; (back, from left) Fred Olsen, Robin Holyoke, Donny McGlauflin, Dick Coffin and Steve Campbell.

Maine high school football championships through the years

By Jeanne Luetjen on Nov. 14, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
The regional playoffs for Maine’s top high school football teams begin on Friday, Nov. 14 with the Class B Lawrence Bulldogs playing at the Brunswick Dragons. Saturday, Nov. 15, hosts a number of Class A, B, C and D games. You can find the full schedule here at the Maine …
Stephen King opens the new gates to his bat-guarded Victorian home in this November 1982 photograph.

Stephen King through the years

By Jeanne Luetjen on Nov. 10, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
Many of best-selling author Stephen King’s stories are set in Maine. He has published 55 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and six non-fiction books. He has written nearly 200 short stories, most of which have been published as collections. Stephen and his wife Tabitha King, who …
From left to right, former Govs. John R. McKernan Jr. (1987-95); Angus King (1995-2003); Joseph E. Brennan (1979-87); and Gov. John Baldacci (2003-11) listen to former Gov. John H. Reed (1959-67) recall his time living in the Blaine House in this August 2008 file photo. The governors were gathered to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Blaine House in Augusta.

Maine governors through the years

By Jeanne Luetjen on Nov. 02, 2014, at 5:31 a.m.
With only a few days left until the 2014 gubernatorial election, voters are making up their minds about who they want to lead Maine for the next four years. Republican Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud have been debating and campaigning. Eliot Cutler, an independent, remains in the race but …
Loring AFB Visitors Center and gate

Remembering Loring Air Force Base 20 years after it closed

By Jeanne Luetjen on Oct. 18, 2014, at 5:43 a.m.
Loring Air Force Base near Limestone was one of the largest bases in the Air Force’s Strategic Air Command. Since it closed 20 years ago, the 8-square-mile base has hosted everything from a Phish concert to land speed racing. The base was originally named Limestone Army Airfield. In 1947, the …
The 95er Restaurant

A look at iconic Bangor restaurants of the past

By Jeanne Luetjen on Oct. 11, 2014, at 7:34 a.m.
Savor the past as the Bangor Daily News remembers some of the Bangor area’s iconic restaurants: Pilots Grill was established in 1939 by Paul Zoidis and in 1940 officially opened for business, becoming a Bangor icon. In November 2002, Bill Zoidis reported the restaurant would be closing. A dance studio …
Bucksport's Champion paper mill is seen on Nov. 26, 1990.

A look back at closed paper mills in Maine

By Jeanne Luetjen on Oct. 04, 2014, at 6:10 a.m.
Another Maine paper mill to close … With the announcement this week that the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport will close at the end of this year and 570 people will lose their jobs, it reminds us of other towns in Maine that have been affected by mill closures. Eastern …
Picking potatoes, circa 1994

The potato harvest tradition in Maine

By Jeanne Luetjen on Sept. 27, 2014, at 7:16 a.m.
It’s potato harvest time in Maine. Warm days and cool nights make for perfect harvesting weather. The daily temperature swings help produce a good crop. Farmers have been getting equipment and storage areas ready, and although the tractors and harvesters have changed over the years, the results remain the same: …
Wildlife biologist Lindsay Tudor extracts tooth from bull moose.

A look at Maine moose hunts over the years

By Jeanne Luetjen on Sept. 21, 2014, at 5:42 a.m.
It’s that time of year: the season in which hunters pull out their orange hunting clothes, polish their rifles and head for the woods. Monday starts the 34th annual Maine moose hunt. There are three weeklong moose hunts during September, October and November. More than 53,000 people applied for permits …

Common Ground Country Fair from old to new

By Jeanne Luetjen on Sept. 20, 2014, at 5:41 a.m.
Every fall, upwards of 60,000 people descend on Unity for the Common Ground Country Fair in the spirit of celebrating agriculture in Maine. The fair reawakens the back-to-the-land movement in Waldo County with organic food enthusiasts, craftsman, wool spinners, sheep herding demonstrations and more. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners …