Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett


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.

VIDEO: Trying to crack the Ural National Rally top 10, again

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
My bike was out of gas. I can’t remember where I was, exactly. Maybe somewhere south of Andover. I ran it out of gas on purpose, for 100 rally points. I poured fuel, from my spare can, down a funnel and into the tank. That’s when I smelled it.Something was …

Bellows says Collins should vote to overturn Citizens United

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 08, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.
Democratic Senate candidate Shenna Bellows speaks at a press conference in Portland on Monday where she criticized U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, for not supporting a constitutional amendment that would give Congress and state legislatures the authority to regulate money in politics, as well as the ability to distinguish between …

$72.5 million man plays ball in Portland

on Sept. 05, 2014, at 10:30 p.m.
I was at Hadlock Field in Portland on Friday night to catch Rusney Castillo, who just inked seven-year, $72.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, play some ball with the Portland Sea Dogs. Portland beat the Binghamton Mets, taking a 2-1 game lead in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division Championship Series.

Hotdog on a stick tattoo reminds Portland woman of good times

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 04, 2014, at 6 p.m.
Mariah Pisha Duffly of Portland sports a unique tattoo on the back of her right calf: a red hot dog on a double-pronged stick. It’s a reminder of a camping trip on her first wedding anniversary.

Wicked Joe expands, moves to former Navy commissary

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 04, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
Wicked Joe coffee in Topsham doubled their space and gained energy efficiency by moving into the former Navy commissary building.

VIDEO: A Portland woman’s perfect hotdog stick and tattoo

on Sept. 04, 2014, at 5:02 p.m.
Tattoos are commonplace in Portland. When the warm temperatures of summer reign and skin is revealed in abundance, you see them everywhere. Full sleeves of intricate imagery creep from shoulders to elbows. Skirts hover above decorated legs and sweetheart’s names blaze across many a sternum for the world to see. …

Manufacturing incubator to open in Brunswick

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 04, 2014, at 4:35 p.m.
Officials celebrated the start of construction of TechPlace, a manufacturing incubator in Brunswick, by smashing sledgehammers into a ceremonial wall Thursday.

Vice President Joe Biden calls for growing the middle class in Kittery

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 03, 2014, at 2:31 p.m.
Vice President Joe Biden called for growing the middle class while speaking at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery on Wednesday.

Bill Clinton stumps for Mike Michaud in Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 02, 2014, at 10:40 p.m.
Former President Bill Clinton and Maine gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud hit the stage at the Portland Expo on Tuesday night in Portland.

Goodbye Hello Newman

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 29, 2014, at 1:18 p.m.
Popular 90′s cover band Hello Newman calls an end to their weekly show in Portland after nearly five years. But they’re not breaking up, band members say.

VIDEO: Hello Newman says goodbye

on Aug. 29, 2014, at 3:25 a.m.
The wooden, beer-soaked floor bounced like a trampoline upstairs at Bull Feeney’s under the weight of over a hundred dancers Thursday night while Hello Newman belted hits from the 90s one last time. The popular, and unapologetic cover band has packed sweaty bodies into the historic building at the corner …

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 …
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