Articles by Robert F. Bukaty

A chipping sparrow gathering nest building materials tugs on loose threads from strips of clothing hung on a garden pole in Freeport, Maine.

Freeport backyard a bird watcher’s paradise

By Robert F. Bukaty on July 12, 2013, at 5:34 a.m.
Christy Gardner practices shooting a hockey puck in her driveway as her service dog, Moxie, looks on Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Lewiston, Maine.

Lewiston veteran earns USA Hockey’s Disabled Athlete of the Year award after doctors said she’d never play sports again

By Robert F. Bukaty on June 28, 2013, at 5:23 a.m.
Dan Seymour, of Standish, and his son, Daniel, 11, pose in traditional Indian dress at the Metis of Maine annual pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton.

Mixed blood pow wow in Dayton celebrates native American heritage

By Robert F. Bukaty on June 18, 2013, at 6:11 a.m.
Lester Noyes travels down Route 88 in his 1929 Model A Ford station wagon, commonly known as a Woody, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Falmouth, Maine. Noyes is part of a group of antique car enthusiasts who assemble for outings most Sundays, leaving Skillins Nursery in Falmouth, at 8 a.m.

Sunday drive with antique car lovers and a Model T reunion

By Robert F. Bukaty on June 11, 2013, at 5:38 a.m.
A robin prepares to feed its chicks in Freeport, Maine.

Making friends with the robins in my backyard

By Robert F. Bukaty on June 07, 2013, at 5:38 a.m.
Veteran deckhand Jenny Baxter, 24, waits for the signal to start lowering a sailing on the schooner Mary Day, off the coast of Rockport, Maine.

Schooner Mary Day sports all-female crew

By Robert F. Bukaty on May 31, 2013, at 5:49 a.m.
Racers trudge through "Got Mud," one of more than 20 obstacles in the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.

Into The Mud Challenge good, dirty fun for racers

By Robert F. Bukaty on May 03, 2013, at 5:29 a.m.
Tony Ricciardi, of Yarmouth, Maine, dressed as a Yeti, skims successfully across the pond to win the annual pond skimming competition, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.

Thrills, spills and chills at Sunday River

By Robert F. Bukaty on April 09, 2013, at 5:30 a.m.
Rock Coast Roller Erin Darnell, aka "Iron Orchid," of Rockland, wears war paint for a bout against the Port Authorities, Saturday, March, 9, 2013, in Portland. "I wear it because it gives me strength and power when I need it most," she said.

Hell on eight wheels: Roller derby bout combines endurance, balance and mayhem

By Robert F. Bukaty on March 15, 2013, at 5:41 a.m.
Emil Husson of the Stratton Mountain School of Vermont slams a gate in the Eastern Cup Super G, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2012, at Sugarloaf.

Steep, fast and long — Sugarloaf’s Narrow Gauge putting Olympic hopeful skiers to the test

By Robert F. Bukaty on Feb. 08, 2013, at 5:28 a.m.
The tip jar at Market House in Portland.

Tip jars: Message in the bottle

By Robert F. Bukaty on Feb. 01, 2013, at 5:38 a.m.
Josh Turner uses the tip of his chain saw to add detail to a bear sculpted from a pine log Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Topsham.

Topsham artist carves out his living — with a chain saw

By Robert F. Bukaty on Jan. 22, 2013, at 6:26 a.m.
Lil Stewart's excited sled dogs are restrained from taking off early as the team moves into position at the start of a race held by the New England Sled Dog Club at Sunset Ridge Golf Course in Westbrook on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.

Sled dog season kicks off with howling start in Westbrook

By Robert F. Bukaty on Jan. 08, 2013, at 9:32 a.m.
Iman Lizarazu — a world-class entertainer, juggler, physical comedian and visual artist — performs during a Phyzkidz show, on Thursday, Dec. 27. 2012, at Space Gallery in Portland.

For Phyzgig Vaudeville, the show must go on

By Robert F. Bukaty on Dec. 30, 2012, at 7:34 p.m.
Marty the Pint-Sized Party goes airborne just as the Bronx Thug rolls safely out of the way during a match Saturday, Dec. 15, at Club Texas in Auburn.

30 years later, ‘still having fun’ as midget wrestling referee

By Robert F. Bukaty on Dec. 22, 2012, at 11:18 a.m.

Commune with nature at Robinson Woods preserve

By Robert F. Bukaty on Dec. 06, 2012, at 6:06 a.m.
At Longfellow Square a tree wrapped in blue lights frames a statue of the poet Thursday morning, Nov. 29, 2012, in Portland.

Stop and look at the Christmas lights in Portland

By Robert F. Bukaty on Nov. 30, 2012, at 6:10 a.m.
Eighth-graders (from left) Kiana Letourneau, Emma King and Cassidy Quint cheer the Bulldogs at the state championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

School spirit strong at state championship football game

By Robert F. Bukaty on Nov. 19, 2012, at 7:17 p.m.
Brian Adams, 42, stands on the corner of State Street and Park Avenue. Adams, who lives with his fiancee and their three children on Munjoy Hill, lost his job as mason. "I went and filled out all the applications that I could everywhere [for work] and it's just to the point now where everything is off the bus line, so I have to supplement my searching for a job with actually bringing in some money, so this is the only way that I could do it without feeling like I'€™m hurting anybody or violating anybody's space. I choose the non-aggressive approach. I like to stand here, just asking for Christian help. No where on my sign does it say give me money, it just says 'need help' and it's up to that individual person on whether they want to stop and give me any money or not. So as far as that goes I believe I'€™m covered under my civil rights because I'€™m not aggressively hurting anybody, going at anybody in any way. I'm just standing here asking for help which is the free speech through the written word."

Asking for help on a street corner

By Robert F. Bukaty on Nov. 08, 2012, at 3:08 p.m.
A full moon rises over a house of jack-o'-lanterns glowing during the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport. Organizers had set a goal of 10,000 jack-o'-lanterns to raise money for Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Casco for kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Freeport illuminated with light from thousands of jack-o’-lanterns

By Robert F. Bukaty on Oct. 29, 2012, at 11:51 a.m.