Articles by Robert F. Bukaty

Bryan House of Fayette, Maine, celebrates after hearing his name called during his first entry in the Maine Moose Hunting Permit Lottery, Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Bethel, Maine.

2,740 permits awarded to hunt moose in Maine

By Robert F. Bukaty on June 13, 2015, at 7:28 p.m.
BETHEL | A 34-year wait finally ended Saturday afternoon when Joseph K. Bowman heard his name called at the Maine Moose Hunting Permit Lottery at the Moose Festival. Even though his name and hometown of Dresden appeared on the TV screens set up throughout the big tent at the …
Ben Cantara of Biddeford was one of a handful of racers who competed in shorts despite a temperature in the 20s.

Racing in snowshoes

By Robert F. Bukaty on Jan. 26, 2015, at 5:24 a.m.
POWNAL | Saturday’s snowstorm only dumped a few inches of snow in southern Maine, but it was enough to make more than 90 snowshoe racers happy on Sunday morning, as they competed in the 3.3-mile Bradbury Squall. Racers ranged in age from 12 to 77 years old. The event …
Jamie Poitras of Old Orchard Beach grinds across a rail during Rail Jam, the kickoff event of the inaugural Winterfest in Portland. Snowboarders sponsored by Long’s Board Shop will performs jumps and tricks on the Shawnee Peak rail course.

Snowboarders, skiers catch some air at Winterfest in Portland

By Robert F. Bukaty on Jan. 23, 2015, at 8:37 p.m.
Snowboarders and a skier took turns dropping off an 11-foot-high mound of snow, quickly gaining enough speed to catch some air and then grind across rails and other obstacles during Rail Jam. The event kicked off the inaugural Winterfest weekend in downtown Portland. The city provided about …
The summit marker atop 768-foot-tall South Bubble mountain is lit by an off-camera flash, and the rocks at its base are "painted" with a red-filtered headlamp in a 30-second exposure made at dusk in Acadia National Park.

Shining the spotlight on Acadia at night

By Robert F. Bukaty on Dec. 05, 2014, at 6:42 a.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | The headlamp I use when I’m stargazing has a red filter, similar to the safelights photographers once used in darkrooms. The dim red light is just bright enough to let you what you’re doing without ruining your night vision. I used that headlamp on a …
A helicopter whirligig that was given as a gift from a friend is part of the collection of lawn ornaments at Darrell Flanderss home.

‘For the fun of it,’ Lincoln man constructs aeronautical lawn ornaments

By Robert F. Bukaty on Sept. 24, 2014, at 6:53 a.m.
When most people think of a lawn ornament, they usually have an image of something small — a whimsical whirligig or perhaps a little statue. But not Darrell Flanders. When he finished building his first lawn ornament, it turned out to be big enough to seat his …
Hannah Semler, gleaning coordinator for Healthy Acadia, picks kale at Pat and Mike's Garden, a small farm in Ellsworth.

Gleaning program puts garden surplus on tables, helps fight food insecurity in Hancock County

By Robert F. Bukaty on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT, Maine – The sun sets at the Beech Hill Farm as Hannah Semler carries the last crate of vegetables to her van. The summer squash, cucumbers, parsley and chard she carries may have been destined for the compost. Instead, it will help feed those in need in Hancock …
A 1951 International bulldozer spends another day on Rose Minott's property in Brunswick, Maine.

Rusty relics: Former workhorses rest, rust

By Robert F. Bukaty on Aug. 08, 2014, at 5:51 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine – It worked well for 59 years, but time was taking its toll during the final days of the 1951 International bulldozer’s working life in Brunswick. “It was going at a snail’s pace,” Rose Minott recalls, thinking back to the fateful day in November 2010 when the tractor …
The well-known Miss Piggy mailbox was dressed up for the Fishermen's Festival earlier this year in Boothbay, Maine.

Wait a minute, Mr. Postman: Mainers’ unusual mailboxes

By Robert F. Bukaty on Aug. 02, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.
WELD | Either it’s a joke or the mailman here brings a ladder when he delivers the mail to the Jacksons’ place. How else would he get the mail into the box mounted on a tree limb more than 10 feet above the ground? For some Mainers, an ordinary, …
Pre-K teacher Crystal Folsom gets a hug from first-graders on the last day of school in Monticello.

Due to shrinking funding, Monticello’s Wellington School’s out forever

By Robert F. Bukaty on June 30, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
Across the state, school is now out for summer. At the Wellington School, school is out forever. With shrinking funding from the state and taxpayers unwilling or unable to make up the difference, the Regional School Unit 29 board decided in April that it would be best …
Gina Snow gets a big kiss from Dory, one of her Jack Russell terriers, after completing the 5K Canicross race.

Hot dog! Dogs, owners participated in the 5K Canicross Race in New Gloucester

By Robert F. Bukaty on May 26, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine – The canine athletes came in all shapes and sizes. There were big ones and little ones. Some had very long hair and others had very short legs. Some were built for speed and others, well, made you wonder if they could cover the entire 5-kilometer course …
Charles Norman Shay views the murals painted on the interior walls of his teepee on Indian Island. He is depicted as a young boy at lower left.

Princess Watahwaso’s Teepee, a longtime Indian Island landmark

By Robert F. Bukaty on May 23, 2014, at 5:51 a.m.
You can’t help but notice the large red and white wooden teepee just after you cross the bridge over the Penobscot River onto Indian Island. It’s been a landmark since 1947. But by 1988, when Charles Norman Shay acquired the property which includes the house he …
Former roller derby stars Amy Martin (front) and Donna Hickey skate on Baxter Boulevard on Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Portland, Maine.

Baxter Boulevard — An ‘urban oasis’ in Portland

By Robert F. Bukaty on May 20, 2014, at 6:59 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – The gravel path that circles scenic Baxter Boulevard has long been a great place to stroll or jog. When a major construction project last year shut down a section of the boulevard to automobiles, folks discovered the extra space on the car-free paved road was an even …
An Amherst player lays out but can't get reach a pass during an Ultimate game against Fryeburg Academy on Saturday in South Portland.

High school teams battle for Ultimate frisbee victory in South Portland

By Robert F. Bukaty on May 13, 2014, at 5:50 a.m.
Teams from 19 high schools from as far away as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, traveled to the Wainwright Recreation Complex last weekend for High School Northeastern Championships of the sport called Ultimate. The beautifully simple game — all you need to play is a flying disc and an …
Rev. Frank J. Murray, pastor of All Saints parish, blesses commercial fishing boats at Boothbay Harbor on Sunday.

Remembering those lost at Fishermen’s Memorial

By Robert F. Bukaty on April 28, 2014, at 3:34 p.m.
BOOTHBAY HARBOR | As the bell tolled at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, more than 200 local fishermen who perished at sea were remembered at the annual Fishermen’s Memorial service on Sunday. About 75 people gathered at the memorial park overlooking the harbor. Local clergy, standing next …
A competitor skims across a man-made pond during the 30th annual Slush Cup on Saturday, at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton.

Defying gravity: Skiers, snowboarders skim the water for victory at Shawnee Peak

By Robert F. Bukaty on March 25, 2014, at 5:50 a.m.
BRIDGTON, Maine – While the snow conditions on the slopes of Shawnee Peak were about as good as they get on Saturday, it was the attempt to skim across a 100-foot-long man-made pond that was the highlight. About 75 skiers and snowboarders competed, but only a small percentage of the …
Balancing rocks appear to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month at Acadia National Park in Maine.

Acadia’s balancing rocks

By Robert F. Bukaty on March 21, 2014, at 7:37 a.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | Like a group of yogis who have found the ideal place to meditate, more than two dozen carefully balanced rocks populate a quiet cove just north of Otter Cliffs. They appear to have emerged from the round rock beach to take their place amongst the …
City Hall is seen at dusk, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Portland, Maine.

November light illuminates beauty in Portland

By Robert F. Bukaty on Nov. 22, 2013, at 6:44 a.m.
There’s something about the quality of light in November that is unlike any other time of the year. The sun, shining at a low angle to earth through the crisp, clear air, seems to spotlight anything in its path while casting everything else in dark shadows. Although …
Musicians wearing Rastafarian headwear appear to take notice of a pedestrian on Cedar Street outside the Lewiston Pawn Shop.

Pawn shop murals showcase Lewiston diversity

By Robert F. Bukaty on Oct. 21, 2013, at 8:54 a.m.
It started a few years ago with a painting of a dollar bill on the front and a mural featuring reggae musicians on the side. As the business expanded into adjacent buildings, so did murals. If you make a left turn from Lisbon Street onto Cedar Street, …
A pigeon joins its flock below a whale weather vane on top of the United Church of Christ in Freeport.

Maine’s vanes as fickle as its rains

By Robert Bukaty on Sept. 27, 2013, at 5:29 a.m.
UNION | At his age, Malcolm Wadsworth wants nothing to do with climbing on his roof. But that hasn’t prevented the 82-year-old from displaying his latest weather vane, a rifle he made from wood and modeled after his favorite Winchester. He simply pounded a pole in the ground next …
Kaitlyn Nafziger, 20, a junior at Unity College, checks on the condition of a feisty black guillemot chick on Eastern Egg Rock, Maine.

‘Bird nerds’ live on remote island to watch over Maine’s puffin population

By Robert F. Bukaty on July 18, 2013, at 6:10 a.m.
EASTERN EGG ROCK, Maine — Aspen Ellis suddenly springs from the dinner table, grabs her binoculars and bolts out of the cabin. A small flock of flying shorebirds has caught her eye. “Dowitchers!” she calls out. In a moment her three colleagues grab their own field glasses and rush to …