Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent

Jake Theriault (left) and his wife, Christina Theriault, demonstrate basic waltz steps during a recent ballroom dance class in New Sweden.

Couples in northern Maine get into swing of ballroom dance

By Julia Bayly on May 09, 2016, at 3:18 p.m.
“We always wanted to do ballroom dance and jumped at it when we saw a chance.”

Couples take ballroom dance lessons in northern Maine

By Julia Bayly on May 09, 2016, at 3:14 p.m.
Couples take ballroom dance lessons in northern Maine.
Look for a deep, “U”-shaped groove on the inside of the fiddlehead stem, as well as brown, papery scales covering newly emerging fiddleheads.

These entrepreneurs want you to get a taste of northern Maine fiddleheads

By Julia Bayly on May 06, 2016, at 7:29 a.m.
“We are trying to elevate our market presence,” Marada Cook said. “We are looking to really ‘brand’ the Aroostook County fiddlehead.”
More than 800 varieties of seeds line shelves in a cooler at the Medomak Valley High School. The school's Heirloom Seed Project is the oldest and one of the largest high school-based seed saving programs in the country.

How a high school program is preserving seeds of the past for future generations

By Julia Bayly on May 01, 2016, at 7:26 a.m.
With more than 800 varieties in its seed bank, the Medomak Valley High School Heirloom Seed Project is the oldest and one of the largest high school-based seed-saving programs in the country.

Aroostook Fiber Works

By Julia Bayly on April 30, 2016, at 7:51 a.m.
Custom fiber mill in Aroostook County
A curious alpaca waits for treats from Andy Tardie at Aroostook Fiber works in Ashland. Tardie and his wife, Roxanne, turn the alpacas' fiber and fiber from clients into yarn, roving and felt at their Ashland mill.

Aroostook couple weaves love of alpacas into cottage business

By Julia Bayly on April 30, 2016, at 7:51 a.m.
The Tardies run Aroostook Fiber Works, where they practice textile alchemy, spinning alpaca and other natural fibers into roving, yarn and felt.
A Rusty Metal Farm fashion statement.

Who knew rust could create fiber art?

By Julia Bayly on April 28, 2016, at 11:46 a.m.
Julia Bayly: After spending 24 hours with rusty items laying on top of them, each of the three scarves had become something wonderful with their own unique patterns and whimsical designs. Rustomized, if you will.
Citizen scientists Will Reid and Barbara Wyman take part in a past loon count for Maine Audubon on Wesserunsett Lake.

From bugs to bats, Maine’s ‘citizen scientists’ help advance research

By Julia Bayly on April 22, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“Having people work as citizen scientists is a great way for us to meet that mission by helping them become involved by getting off the couch and doing something that makes a difference,” Susan Gallo, wildlife biologist for Maine Audubon, said.

When the pig board is out, just follow your snout

By Julia Bayly on April 19, 2016, at 7 a.m.
The Rib Truck travels around Aroostook County keeping hungry residents happy.
Ribs, pulled pork and baked beans from The Rib Truck.

Hungry for ribs? Maine barbecue food truck could be headed your way

By Julia Bayly on April 19, 2016, at 6:54 a.m.
John and Mary Freeman go from town to town in a modified van complete with open-pit barbecue cooker, warming oven and vats of their secret barbecue sauce on tap.

Random encounters and chance meetings around every Reykjavik corner

on April 16, 2016, at 11:56 a.m.
I’ve always been a big fan of wandering. Maybe it’s because whenever I try to actually get from point A to point B on purpose, I end up hitting just about every point from C to Z along the way thanks to getting lost or simply distracted by something shiny. Or …
Maine mud season 2016 is being hailed as among the worst in years according to those who live on dirt roads.

Stuck in the muck? Maine mud season is here

By Julia Bayly on April 14, 2016, at 4:43 p.m.
One resident said his road was so bad, his four-wheel-drive pickup was getting stuck and he worried emergency vehicles would not be able to get to his home, if needed.

Lincoln County farm must pay $120,000, enact policies in sexual harassment case

By Julia Bayly on April 13, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
A Lincoln County farmer must pay $120,000 to compensate female seasonal workers sexually harassed for years by male supervisors, according to a consent decree approved in federal district court in Portland last week.

Love foreign movies? Six to be screened at Fort Kent film fest

By Julia Bayly on April 13, 2016, at 1:09 p.m.
“I love that [film] is a great way to explore different cultures and language [and] that it gives you a window not only into the filmmaker’s point of view but also into a culture different from our own.”
Mike Bendzela of Standish, a volunteer gardener with Maine Harvest for Hunger, holds up a heart-shaped potato harvested from his crop. Thanks to volunteers like Bendzela, Maine Harvest for Hunger donated more than 318,000 pounds of fresh produce to Maine food distribution sites last year.

Maine farmers, gardeners, educators join forces to reduce food insecurity

By Julia Bayly on April 10, 2016, at 7:36 a.m.
For the last 15 years, Maine Harvest for Hunger has organized gardeners, farmers, businesses, schools and civic groups to grow and donate produce to food pantries, shelters and other food distribution points in the state.
A basement or attic is no place to store treasured family items. “If it’s not important enough to keep out in the open and display, you are not keeping your memory the best way,” according to Deborah McLean of Maine Senior Guide. “The notion of keeping memories in the cellar or attic is really kind of creepy and uses up psychic space in your life.”

When it’s time to deal with generations of stuff, call in the pros

By Julia Bayly on April 08, 2016, at 10:01 p.m.
When it comes to dealing with years of accumulated belongings, many people put it off until they are forced into action.
A visit from Corky the Shusky brightens the day of Michael Bayly in December 2014 at the skilled care facility in Borderview Manor in Van Buren. This past week, BDN reporter Julia Bayly brought her dad’s ashes to his final resting place in his native Portland, Oregon.

Taking my dad home for the last time

By Julia Bayly on March 31, 2016, at 4:17 p.m.
This past week, I took my dad home for the last time, on his final trip from “the middle of oblivion” in Fort Kent back to Portland, Oregon.
Dan Tierney, a farmer at Cornerstone Farm in Palmyra, stacks vegetables at the Bangor Farmers Market. It has been a number of years since Fort Fairfield had ready access to locally grown and produced food, but a group of fresh-food lovers is working to change that with what they hope will be Aroostook County’s newest farmers market.

Aroostook County volunteers want to start new farmers market

By Julia Bayly on March 23, 2016, at 8:45 a.m.
“So many people in town are saying they would like to get farm fresh food again.”
Dave Prentiss demonstrates the hand crank once used to open and close the air ducts leading into the former Nike missile silo on his Limestone property.

Worried about zombies, end of days? Former Maine missile silo for sale

By Julia Bayly on March 21, 2016, at 6:19 a.m.
“Some of these sites are the strongest structures ever built on the planet.”

Cold War-era missile site for sale in The County

By Julia Bayly on March 21, 2016, at 6:19 a.m.
Dave Prentiss gives a tour of a former Nike missile site for sale in northern Maine.