Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent

 
JULIA BAYLY
Rusty Metal Farm visitor Tempeste Boivin, 6, shares some leftover pizza with the resident flock of hens.

Yes, the Rusty Metal Farm hens are junk food junkies

By Julia Bayly on July 20, 2017, at 6 p.m.
To hear my friends tell it, the Rusty Metal Farm chickens are among the most spoiled and pampered on the planet.
Kurt and Louise Wickenheiser have constructed a defense perimeter around their Madawaska above-ground pool to deter a local moose that has twice drained close to 500 gallons of water from the pool.

Hard-drinking Maine moose has a pool party

By Julia Bayly on July 19, 2017, at 11:24 a.m.
“I’ve told my friends that hunt if they see a moose this fall with a rubber duckie pool floatie stuck in his antlers, shoot that bastard.”
A pensioner sits down in a residential home for the elderly in Marseille, France.

Loss is common for elder Mainers, and it shouldn’t be ignored

By Julia Bayly on July 08, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“There has been quite a bit of research that tells us if people are not able to adapt and deal with loss in a healthy way, their own risk of death goes up.”
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On Rusty Metal Farm, there is no such thing as ever having too many coffee makers.

Confessions of a caffeine addict

By Julia Bayly on July 06, 2017, at 5:17 p.m.
What I am — to borrow a phrase from one of my favorite mugs — is “instant person, just add coffee.”
Old posters, playbills and photos document the 100-years of history behind going to the movies in Fort Kent.

From talkies to modern superhero flicks: Fort Kent movie theater celebrates 100 years

By Julia Bayly on July 05, 2017, at 2:50 p.m.
This summer, what is now The Century Theater celebrates 100 years of going to the movies.
A cow grazes on a farm.

Maine’s new food sovereignty law puts local control over local foods

By Julia Bayly on June 30, 2017, at 9:43 a.m.
“It’s to rejuvenate traditional local foodways where communities provided for themselves in an atmosphere of trust, not unlike having friends over to share a meal.”
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Dottie Ham, 80 of Bangor, looks over her delivery from the Meals on Wheels program, administered in the Bangor area by Eastern Area Agency on Aging in a February photo. The meals are prepared locally, frozen and delivered by volunteers, who also check up on clients' welfare.

A shutdown of state government could have dire consequences for elderly Mainers

By Julia Bayly on June 29, 2017, at 4:27 p.m.
Those dollars fund Meals on Wheels, MaineCare reimbursements, adult day care centers, elder counseling, nutritional programs, educational programs and transportation services across the state.
Aroostook Beef Company will have a fixed storefront as of this weekend when the northern Maine farm opens its store Saturday. In addition to its locally raised beef, the store will carry a number of made in Maine products.

Northern Maine beef farmers want to get their meat on local dinner plates

By Julia Bayly on June 24, 2017, at 6 a.m.
For the last three years the couple — former Nebraska ranchers — has been growing a herd of prime black angus cattle on their New Canada Aroostook Beef Company farm just south of Fort Kent.
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No matter how many times we saw them, it was hard to not be impressed by reindeer sporting a full, velvety rack.

Forget moose — when you’re above the Arctic Circle, it’s time for reindeer games

By Julia Bayly on June 22, 2017, at 4:36 p.m.
“When a driver hits and kills a reindeer, they are responsible for compensating the animal’s owner for the cost of that reindeer. So we are a bit happy when one gets hit.”
One of the 84 Great Danes rescued from an alleged puppy mill in New Hampshire awaits transport. Christina Fay, who operated an unlicensed breeding kennel in Auburn in 2015, has been charged in connection with operating the mill.

Alleged NH puppy mill operator was investigated for unlicensed kennel in Maine

By Julia Bayly on June 22, 2017, at 2:59 p.m.
Christina Fay was arrested last week on two misdemeanor charges of neglect after multiple agencies raided her Wolfeboro, NH, home and rescued 84 Great Danes.
Anne Weinberg of Chase Stream Farm in Monroe smiles next to some of the produce she was selling recently at the new United Farmers Market of Maine in Belfast. Thanks to recently enacted food sovereignty legislation, small producers like Weinberg will have an easier time selling their products locally.

LePage signs food sovereignty law, the first of its kind in the nation

By Julia Bayly on June 20, 2017, at 6:02 a.m.
Supporters of food sovereignty want local food producers to be exempt from state licensing and inspections governing the selling of food as long as the transactions are between the producers and the customers for home consumption.
Few things are cuter than a fuzzy baby chick, but there can be disease and bacteria hiding in those feathers. Poultry scientists recommend practicing biosecurity at all times when interacting with birds.

Don’t let chickens get too neighborly with wild birds

By Julia Bayly on June 16, 2017, at 12:43 p.m.
When it comes to raising poultry for food, cleanliness is key for human and animal safety, according to state agriculture officials who deal in biosecurity.
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It’s spring in Maine and that means black flies

By Julia Bayly on June 08, 2017, at 3:17 p.m.
maybe they do have a role in Mother Nature’s scheme, but it’s kind of hard to appreciate when you are picking them out of your teeth.
Steve Rusnak, owner of Full Bloom Cannabis in Fort Kent, carries several varieties of marijuana along with a selection of cannabis edibles, tinctures, salves and oils for his medical marijuana customers.

Baby boomers taking up pot again may be surprised how much it’s changed

By Julia Bayly on June 06, 2017, at 5:45 a.m.
Things have changed a bit since the days when marijuana was an illicit drug sold on the black market.

Food sovereignty bill passes in Maine House, Senate

By Julia Bayly on June 03, 2017, at 11:23 a.m.
“Food is life. If you can feed yourself, then no one else can push you around or tell you what to do.”
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Fiddleheads are popping up on menus around the state this spring. At The Grand Isle General Store they are the topping on the cafe's newest pizza offering.

Fried, sauteed, in eggs or on a pizza: It’s fiddlehead season in Maine

By Julia Bayly on May 29, 2017, at 10:01 a.m.
The wild edible green can be sauteed, deep fried and so much more.
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Carol Santora wants to make sure her beloved dogs Biscuit (right) and Dixie are well taken care of if they should outlive her. She and her husband Dave Santora included the dogs in their estate planning.

A trust fund for a pooch? How some Mainers are including their pets in estate planning

By Julia Bayly on May 28, 2017, at 8:02 a.m.
For some Mainers, funds of $10,000 per dog are there for a new owner to buy food, provide medical care or whatever the dogs need.
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Jumpers reached terminal velocity -- or 120 mph -- skydiving over Presque Isle last weekend.

On Rusty Metal Farm we fear the mundane and embrace the risky

By Julia Bayly on May 25, 2017, at 3:33 p.m.
On Sunday, I survived jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.
Tylor Kelly, right, shares a laugh with longtime friend Mike Kelly at Two Rivers Lunch where Tylor Kelly had his first-ever birthday party - at age 80 - on Wednesday. "I'll never turn 80 again," Tylor Kelly said. "Why not have a party?"

Northern Maine legend celebrates first birthday party — at 80

By Julia Bayly on May 23, 2017, at 6:23 a.m.
“I’m only going to turn 80 once,” he said. “So why not have a party?”

Northern Maine library selected for new NASA-sponsored program

By Julia Bayly on May 17, 2017, at 1:29 p.m.
The northern Maine library was among 75 nationwide — and the only one in the state — selected from 5,000 applicants to participate in the NASA@MyLibrary Program.