Ireland – like Maine, a land of writers, artists and poets

on Feb. 24, 2017, at 6:19 p.m.
Today was rainy, cold and often too windy for any outdoor activities, but as teachers and hardy travelers, we found some interesting and amazing sights only minutes from where we are staying in Adare. Best of all, in my mind, the place we planned to see was directly connected to writing and history.

Ireland – like Maine, a land of stoic, resilient, and hardworking people

on Feb. 22, 2017, at 5:27 p.m.

Ireland – a land for sweaters, scarves, and all things woolen

on Feb. 22, 2017, at 3:34 a.m.
When we tell people we meet that we are from Maine, in the United States, they often look at us and within seconds say, “that’s cold.” They’re right of course, but Ireland also seems to be a land that understands the benefits of layering and a good dose of wool, not to mention a solid pair of walking shoes or boots.

‘Just because it’s beautiful’

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

Ireland – a land filled with connections to Maine

on Feb. 20, 2017, at 5:51 p.m.
Welcome to the land of perpetual green fields, misty conditions, and driving on the ‘other’ side of the road. Like many people, my wife and I traveled with two close friends from Boston to Dublin (via Heathrow) to spend a week away from the stress and confusion that often fills our daily lives. For the next six days, as we wander through the countryside, we’ll try to find a connection every day to snowy and cold shores we just left. Here’s day one.

Planning your garden? Why not go organic?

on Feb. 18, 2017, at 2:47 p.m.

School Vacation – A week of chasing stories, ghosts, and a land not forgotten

on Feb. 18, 2017, at 9:16 a.m.
For the next seven days, my wife and I are going to travel through the countryside of Ireland and try to recharge the batteries. For my students who might be reading this, yes, that’s considered a euphemism for the infirmities of passing well into the fifth decade of life.

A skilled blogger knows to read other blogs

on Feb. 17, 2017, at 12:44 p.m.
You will never be a skilled blogger if you’re not also reading other blogs.

Racism, fake news and war over a hundred years ago

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

Mary’s Walk dedicated to longtime volunteer – Ken Janson

on Feb. 13, 2017, at 3:12 p.m.

Snow rider sees the city

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

Tired of snow? Your garden isn’t!

on Feb. 11, 2017, at 7:14 p.m.

Tick Tock Sidewalk

By Troy R. Bennett on Feb. 10, 2017, at 6:38 a.m.

Squirrel proof?

on Feb. 04, 2017, at 7:42 p.m.

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.

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.

Squirrel problem? No problem!

on Jan. 29, 2017, at 9:33 a.m.

My dad vs. the squirrels

on Jan. 21, 2017, at 2:44 p.m.

Teaching Trump – Day 1

on Jan. 20, 2017, at 11:08 a.m.
For many reasons, this past year has been memorable and as a teacher, I have never had more questions or discussions in class about current events and politics. As a class experiment, we have decided to document the next 365 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, to create a journal of sorts that identifies the issues and topics that come up in class. We’ll simply label them “Teaching Trump.” I’ll place them in a separate category here on and I hope readers will be respectful of the opinions of others.

TA football player to finish high school with highest honor

on Jan. 19, 2017, at 8:07 p.m.
The 2016 football season finally came to an end this past weekend for Thornton Academy’s Michael Laverriere when he was named as the 46th recipient of the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy.