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.
 
Shadow, a therapy dog in her 12th week of training, looks up at her owner, Bob Laidlaw, during a class last week at North Edge K-9 on Bishop Street in Portland. Laidlaw is a Vietnam combat veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and Shadow is learning to help him with his condition.

After 40 years of nightmares, a dog has helped a Maine veteran find peace

By Troy R. Bennett on Feb. 07, 2017, at 6:18 a.m.
“It doesn’t cure you, but it helps you.”
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The time that Portland swallowed a neighboring city to steal its voters

on Feb. 06, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
On a winter’s day in 1899, the city of Deering vanished from the map of Maine. It was eaten up by its hungry neighbor to the east that wanted its land and its Republican voters.
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This son of an immigrant Portland bartender won six Oscars

on Feb. 01, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
A statue of him now sits in a director’s chair at the corner of York, Pleasant and Center Streets.
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This son of an immigrant Portland bartender won six Oscars

on Feb. 01, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
A statue of him now sits in a director’s chair at the corner of York, Pleasant and Center Streets.

A night on the ice, above the water and under the stars

By Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 31, 2017, at 9:42 a.m.
BENNETT THERE DONE THAT

What it’s like trying to sleep in the middle of an ice fishing derby

on Jan. 30, 2017, at 6:34 p.m.
Though a foot of ice held me suspended over 30 feet of water, it felt just like winter camping on snow. I snuggled into my toasty bag and fell asleep quickly. Not long afterward, the parade started.

First deaf mascot at Portland High ‘not that special of a story’

By Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 30, 2017, at 6:13 a.m.
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This teen is the first deaf student to play the part of the Portland High mascot

on Jan. 30, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
“You know, I’m a deaf person first, but I want to be the first deaf person to be a mascot for Portland High School,” Kamron King said. “That’s kind of cool.”

Maine woman worries Trump executive order might stop her father from coming home

By Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 26, 2017, at 11:25 a.m.

Watch the surf pound the rocks at Portland Head Light

By Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 24, 2017, at 1:35 p.m.
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Watch the waves pound the rocks at Portland Head Light

on Jan. 24, 2017, at 1:31 p.m.
Offshore wind gusts of almost 40 mph drove waves against the rocks at the foot of Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth this morning.

Thousands of Mainers attend women’s marches in Portland and Augusta to demonstrate against President Donald Trump

By Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 21, 2017, at 3:40 p.m.
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Here’s some pictures in the snow

on Jan. 18, 2017, at 12:31 p.m.
Eddie Walsh of Portland’s Parks and Recreation Department clears the white stiff from City Hall Plaza on Wednesday. Walsh said laughingly that he was, “One of the city’s finest snow fighters.”

These singers raise their voices together in protest

By Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 17, 2017, at 2:08 p.m.

‘Smeltin’ This Saturday Night’

By Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 16, 2017, at 8:47 a.m.
BENNETT THERE DONE THAT

What really goes on in a Maine smelt shack

on Jan. 16, 2017, at 3:24 a.m.
Tim Cason whirls Grace Glynn at the weekly Portland Intown Contra Dance on Thursday night at the State Street Church. After a 20 year break, contra dancing has come back to the city.

After 20 years gone, a rural tradition has twirled back into town

By Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 09, 2017, at 12:45 p.m.
Portland has a regular contra dance again — and this time around, the organizers have thrown out the gender roles.

After 20 years, Portland gets its contradance back

By Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 09, 2017, at 12:38 p.m.
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The 5 craziest things I did on my motorcycle this year

on Dec. 31, 2016, at 6 a.m.
BENNETT THERE DONE THAT

These Mainers opened up to tell their stories on video in 2016

on Dec. 30, 2016, at 8:37 a.m.
There’s something about each one that I’m still proud of, months after making them.