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.

‘Smeltin’ This Saturday Night’

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

Wrestling with squirrels … part 1

on Jan. 15, 2017, at 9:46 a.m.

Michael Laverriere named Gatorade Player of the Year

on Jan. 10, 2017, at 11:13 a.m.
SACO – In some ways, Thornton Academy’s Michael Laverriere hopes 2016 lasts a bit longer. After leading his football team all year in hopes of another Class A state championship title, Laverriere ended his career short of the goal he set for himself and the team, but for his efforts and talent, he was singled out for several post-season awards.

What is the anatomy of the perfect blog post?

on Jan. 10, 2017, at 10:57 a.m.
Follow this simple template to create the perfect blog posts.

Celebrations and regrets

on Jan. 08, 2017, at 9:34 a.m.

A writer’s best friend – the local library

on Jan. 03, 2017, at 3:03 p.m.

Meet the BDN Audience Manager and learn about blogging

on Jan. 03, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
Come meet our blog whisperer, Sarah Cottrell, who will be talking about blogging at the Social Media Breakfast Bangor event on Friday.

Day two – A writing resolution for the year

on Jan. 02, 2017, at 11:22 a.m.
Normally, I am not one for resolutions, but this one seemed only natural. I am going to write every day for the next year. Now, before you start yelling in my direction, let me explain. For me, writing is far more than sitting at my desk in front of my notebook or computer screen and trying to scratch out a few profound words. I am working on my second novel and as my wife may attest, that means at times my mind tends to wander ….

My after Christmas trees….

on Dec. 31, 2016, at 7:43 p.m.

2016 – Another year filled with good reading material.

on Dec. 31, 2016, at 12:52 p.m.
The books I have chosen for this post might not appear on the NY Times bestseller list, or come from an author who has sold millions of copies, but for me, they are significant and important. They’ve made me think, dream, and hope. The stories shown here have stayed with me for some time. In more than a few instances, I have shared these stories with my students, friends, and family. And in other cases, I kept them for myself the way you sometimes hoard the last chocolate-chip cookie in the jar. (Don’t you do that?)