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.
BRUNSWICK, MAINE -- 03/16/17 -- John Moulton, 65, of Harpswell punches trainer Zach Hartman's glove during a Rock Steady Boxing class in Brunswick. Rock Steady Boxing is an exercise program adapted to people with Parkinson

This boxing class is designed to help Parkinson’s patients

By Troy R. Bennett on March 24, 2017, at 6:28 a.m.

Charles Dickens did not love Portland

on March 23, 2017, at 4:14 p.m.
Dickens called the food “bad and disgusting.” He even complained about the size of the dishes. They were too small.

A working mom’s dilemma

By Troy R. Bennett on March 20, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.

The Portland mayor who got a boulevard named after him

By Troy R. Bennett on March 20, 2017, at 6:16 a.m.

The six-time Portland mayor who got his own boulevard

on March 20, 2017, at 6:14 a.m.
Percival’s father presented the Portland with its first public library.

Portland’s hand cream king

By Troy R. Bennett on March 13, 2017, at 6:07 a.m.

How a Portland druggist built an empire on hand cream

on March 13, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
Aurelius Hinds’ legacy includes a grave in Evergreen Cemetery, a couple of old factories in Portland and an obscure, Mexican skin cream label — not to mention a 90-year-old Boy Scout camp built on ladies’ hand cream.

A storm tore the bow off this ship. The captain still managed to steer it to safety.

on March 06, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
A massive wave lifted the ship clean out of the water. The forward third broke off and sank to the bottom.

Winter ‘glamping’ on a motorcycle

By Troy R. Bennett on March 03, 2017, at 6:44 a.m.

I rode my motorcycle halfway across the state to go ‘glamping’

on March 03, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
It happened. I’m not proud of it. But I can’t deny it. Don’t judge me, OK?

New EMT class for new Mainers

By Troy R. Bennett on Feb. 28, 2017, at 10:24 a.m.
Students Sindy Godoy Escobar (left) and Stephan Tchoupou work with instructor Paul Froman at a Southern Maine Community College EMT training course designed especially for new Mainers in South Portland on Thursday. The class is designed to give immigrants an opportunity to learn English language interpreting skills while becoming state-certified emergency medical technicians.

How immigrants are learning to save lives in Maine

By Troy R. Bennett on Feb. 28, 2017, at 9:53 a.m.
The course teaches students to be language interpreters and state-certified EMTs. It also gives special language support as the students take the class in English.

They paid for Longfellow’s statue with pocket change

By Troy R. Bennett on Feb. 27, 2017, at 6:27 a.m.

When he died, kids paid for his statue with pocket change

on Feb. 27, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
School children all over New England collected $17,000 in pennies, nickels and dimes. Their names are in a sealed box, somewhere within the pedestal.

‘Just because it’s beautiful’

By Troy R. Bennett on Feb. 21, 2017, at 9:09 a.m.

Cancer took her breasts away. This tattoo artist helped her accept it.

on Feb. 21, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
Modern medical science saved Andrea’s life and put her body back together. But I’m convinced it’s Mary’s art that protects her spirit.

The famous Mainer who was the last man to die of Civil War wounds

on Feb. 20, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
The bullet mangled his guts beyond repair — but it took 50 agonizing years before he finally succumbed to his injuries.

Racism, fake news and war over a hundred years ago

By Troy R. Bennett on Feb. 14, 2017, at 7:47 a.m.

Fake news, racism and an unfinished bridge: A Portland soldier’s story

on Feb. 14, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
By April, inflamed by fake newsmakers of the day at the New York Journal and the New York World, the United States was at war with Spain.

Snow rider sees the city

By Troy R. Bennett on Feb. 13, 2017, at 2:20 p.m.