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.
 
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Record heat hits Portland

on May 18, 2017, at 3:40 p.m.
How hot was it in Portland today? Hot enough to break an 82 degree record set in 1949. It was almost 90 by noon.
PORTLAND, MAINE -- 05/09/17 -- Nursing student Courtney Wilson checks a patient's blood pressure under the watchful eye of nurse practitioner Gretchen Speed at the Greater Portland Health clinic on Tuesday.  Wilson is graduating this month from the University of New England's accelerated nursing program. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Nursing shortage in Maine

By Troy R. Bennett on May 18, 2017, at 6:03 a.m.
VIDEO
Portland comedian Connor McGrath stands on the leafy street in Deering he's called home for most of his life. McGrath's Asperger's syndrome doesn't hinder his comedy, he said, "It's just like being left handed." Troy R. Bennett | BDN

This Portland comedian finds humor in his Asperger’s syndrome

By Troy R. Bennett on May 17, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
Connor McGrath, a stand-up comedian from Deering Center, has Asperger’s syndrome. But it’s no handicap.

Making fun with Asperger’s

By Troy R. Bennett on May 16, 2017, at 5:29 p.m.
for video

Battle of Fort Loyal

By Troy R. Bennett on May 15, 2017, at 8 a.m.
BDN PORTLAND

After this massacre, Portland was abandoned for 26 years

on May 15, 2017, at 6 a.m.
The English surrendered and a carnival of death ensued. The French and Natives bludgeoned, shot and stabbed almost everyone. Neither women, children or the wounded men were spared.
BIG SIX TOWNSHIP, MAINE -- 04/17/17 -- Alcide (left) and Benoit Giroux stand outside their sugar house in Big Six Township on Monday. They tap 80,000 trees each year but say they may have to close down if the landowner doesn't agree to a more fair contract. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

The nation’s largest sugarbush is in Maine

By Troy R. Bennett on May 14, 2017, at 1:51 p.m.
VIDEO
A member of the VFW Deering Memorial Post color guard stands over William Brown's new headstone in Portland's Eastern Cemetery on Saturday morning following a dedication ceremony. Brown served as a powder boy on a warship during the Quazi War with France.

A disabled, nearly forgotten veteran finally got a headstone 163 years after he died

By Troy R. Bennett on May 13, 2017, at 4:32 p.m.
BDN PORTLAND

These tulips want some sun and so do I

on May 08, 2017, at 4:08 p.m.
Grabbing my cameras, I took a stroll around my neighborhood and beyond. The tulips were there to greet me. Thank goodness.
BDN PORTLAND

This is why the British burned Portland

on May 08, 2017, at 6:23 a.m.
Thompson reportedly said, “F-f-fire away. F-f-fire away. For every gun you fire, I will cut off a joint.”
BDN PORTLAND

How the Flop Sox saved baseball in New England

on May 05, 2017, at 1:27 p.m.
Boston sports were different then. There was no Red Sox Nation. The Patriots were a sideshow act in a soon-to-be-defunct league.
for video

Maine’s first capital

By Troy R. Bennett on May 01, 2017, at 6:44 a.m.
BDN PORTLAND

Maine’s first capital city was only a town

on May 01, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Maine’s first capital city was Portland — only Portland wasn’t actually a city at all. That didn’t happen until a dozen years later and, by that time, Augusta held the seat of power.
Christian "Junior" Stevens, 32, plays Irish-style concertina with his student Tim Ebersold in Portland. The Maine Arts Commission named Stevens a master of his art and awarded Ebersold a traditional arts apprenticeship grant to study concertina with him.

Freeport man named master of an instrument many haven’t heard of

By Troy R. Bennett on April 27, 2017, at 9:02 a.m.
“I was a bit shocked that we got the award,” said Stevens of Freeport. “I’m flattered.”
PORTLAND, MAINE -- 04/18/17 -- Christian "Junior" Stevens, 32, plays Irish-style concertina with his student Tim Ebersold in Portland on Tuesday. The Maine Arts Commission named Stevens a master of his art and awarded Ebersold a traditional arts apprenticeship grant to study concertina with him. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

A master of his instrument

By Troy R. Bennett on April 27, 2017, at 8:57 a.m.
for video only

The hero of Two Lights

By Troy R. Bennett on April 25, 2017, at 9:33 a.m.
BDN PORTLAND

The Maine lighthouse keeper who earned the nation’s two highest awards for bravery

on April 25, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
Hanna is the only American to win both the nation’s highest military, and civilian, honors for bravery.

Free pot in Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on April 20, 2017, at 4:55 p.m.
POLL QUESTION
Crash Barry, a pot activist from western Maine, hands out free marijuana and copies of his books in Portland's Monument Square on Thursday, 4/20.

Free marijuana draws hundreds to downtown Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on April 20, 2017, at 2:58 p.m.
To get the free sample, all you had to do was prove you were over 21 and say the magic, not-so-secret password “cannabis liberation.”

The statue Portland’s public art committee didn’t want turns 10

By Troy R. Bennett on April 17, 2017, at 6:15 a.m.