Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett

Photographer

Troy Bennett takes photos and video for the BDN in Portland and beyond. Before joining the BDN in February 2012, Troy worked for the Times Record of Brunswick.
 

Baby sleep consultant really helps, says mom

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 25, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
Katie Bilodeau and her husband Chad follow napping advice from child sleep consultant Jessica Begley for their 11-month-old son and say it has really made a difference in their lives.

Startup beer distributor offers fixed-length contracts

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 22, 2014, at 8:35 a.m.
Unlike larger companies, startup Vacationland Distributors offers craft brewers fixed-length contracts without expensive buyouts.

Eyewitness account of body going downriver in Westbrook

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
Jim Peterson of Portland was having coffee by the Presumpscot River on Thursday morning and saw firefighters miss the body of a man floating downstream by a few feet.

Rescue operation turns to recovery operation in Westbrook

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 21, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
Andrew Turcotte of the Westbrook Fire Department says the rescue operation in the Presumpscot River is now a recovery operation.

Eves announces KeepME Home

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:26 p.m.
Maine House Speaker Mark Eves on Wednesday announced a series of proposals designed to build more affordable housing for seniors and otherwise help them remain in their homes as they age.

Biddeford Ball fashion show to feature Angelrox

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 20, 2014, at 12:55 p.m.
Clothing designer Roxi Suger talks about her Angelrox collection in Biddeford on Tuesday. Sugar’s creations will grace the catwalk at the Biddeford Ball this weekend.

Portland’s hidden ballroom to open again

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 18, 2014, at 12:51 p.m.
The Maine Charitable Mechanics Association, the non-profit organization that owns and operates Mechanics Hall, is partnering with Acorn Productions in completing renovations to the third floor ballroom space so the venue can be licensed for public performances.

The Woodlands Club’s four ‘coffins’

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 18, 2014, at 8:45 a.m.
Golf pro Doug Van Wickler explains how the four bunkers that stand between the tee and the green on hole no. 4 at The Woodlands Club in Falmouth — known locally as the “coffins” — make it one of the toughest golf holes in Maine.
A bee buzzes a flower in my yard in Portland last year. There's an incredible variety of bees that hang around these plants at my house -- big, small, fuzzy, smooth, yellow and green.

Bugging out: Photos of spiders, beetles and dragonflies all over Maine

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 13, 2014, at 7:16 a.m.
Bugs are everywhere. My cellar is full of spiders and my yard is full of bees. Dragonflies swoop around the pond where my dog likes to swim. Stag beetles, with their frightening-but-harmless horns, waddle out of the mulch around my cucumbers. I see lots of bugs I can’t name, such …

Cape Elizabeth comic artist creates five new books via subscription

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 12, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
Comic book artist and creator Ray Dillon has worked on major comics for big companies in the past, and is now crowdsourcing five original books of his own through the website Patreon.

Researcher studies the positive effect of circus arts for kids

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 11, 2014, at 1:25 p.m.
Researcher Jackie Davis thinks the circus arts provide mental, as well as physical, benefits for children.

Songo Lock still going strong after 184 years of service

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 10, 2014, at 6:16 a.m.
The hand-operated Songo Lock at Sebago Lake State Park in Naples has been in operation, allowing boats to travel back and forth between Sebago and Long Lakes, since 1830.
VIDEO
Assistant Park Ranger Lauren Hiller opens a gate by hand, letting water into the Songo Lock from upriver on Tuesday in Naples.

Hand-operated wooden doors, cast-iron sluice gears keep history alive at Songo Lock

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 10, 2014, at 6:13 a.m.
NAPLES, Maine — When the Songo Lock at Sebago Lake State Park in Naples opened for business on June 1, 1830, it catered to 65-foot canal boats laden with lumber, apples and stoves bound from Portland to Harrison. Now, 184 years later, it’s mostly party boats hauling lotion-slathered sunbathers, fishermen …

Wounded Warrior softball teammates talk about their ‘new normal’

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 08, 2014, at 8:44 a.m.
Josh Wege, 24, and Rick Wilk, 23, of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team talk about their “new normal” on Thursday night in Old Orchard Beach. Their team, comprised of military single and double amputees, will play a pair of games on Friday and Saturday in Maine.

Cutler slams Michaud, LePage for skipping debates

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 04, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler slammed rivals Paul LePage and Mike Michaud on Monday in Portland for not agreeing to more debates before the fall election. Cutler said the party candidates are scared the forums could hurt their efforts to get out early, absentee votes.

Maine classic car book to raise funds for liver transplant

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 04, 2014, at 7:05 a.m.
Ann Day sits on the hood of a 1967 Chevy Camaro in Freeport on Sunday, wearing the poodle skirt and matching horned-rim glasses she wears when visiting vintage car shows. Day needs a new liver and her mother is putting together a picture book of vintage cars to help raise …

Candlelight vigil in Saco

By Troy R. Bennett on July 29, 2014, at 10:08 p.m.
Mourners gather at candlelight vigil Tuesday night outside the Saco apartment where police say 33-year-old Joel Smith shot and killed his wife and three children before killing himself on Saturday night.

Maine Heritage Policy Center gives award to Mary Mayhew

By Troy R. Bennett on July 29, 2014, at 6:56 p.m.
Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, speaks in Portland on Tuesday where she was honored by the state’s pre-eminent conservative think tank, the Maine Heritage Policy Center.

Police say father shot family, then himself

By Troy R. Bennett on July 28, 2014, at 4:26 p.m.
Sgt. Chris Harriman of the Maine State Police confirms the identities of the victims found slain in Saco on Sunday at a press conference Monday afternoon. He said 33-year-old Joel Smith shot and killed his wife and three children before killing himself on Saturday night in their apartment on Water …

Neighbor heard “fireworks” inside slain family’s apartment

By Troy R. Bennett on July 28, 2014, at 11:51 a.m.
Aaron Petrin speaks outside his apartment in Saco on Monday. He said he heard something that sounded like fireworks inside his neighbor’s apartment on Saturday. The family of five was found shot to death inside on Sunday.
 
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