Maine Frame

Nate Hicks (left) of the Bangor High School ROTC distributes flags Wednesday afternoon on the gravestones of veterans around Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Bangor. Raymond Willins (right), a World War II veteran and a member of American Legion Post 12 in Bangor, was the leader of Hicks’ group. American Legion Post 12, the Bangor High School ROTC, Bangor Boy Scout Troops 301 and 10, and community volunteers gathered at the cemetery for a brief ceremony and the placement of flags for Memorial Day.

Maine Frame: Remembrances from Maine Memorial Days

By Jeanne Luetjen on May 23, 2015, at 5:58 a.m.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday to remember the men and women who died while serving our country in the military. Many people visit cemeteries and watch parades as an opportunity to pause and remember the men and women of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. …
The Pie Moms of Rockland, seen here in this 2011 file photo.

The incredible women we call mom

By Jeanne Luetjen on May 09, 2015, at 6:21 a.m.
Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day. A day to honor the incredible women in our lives that we call Mom. Mother’s Day was originated by two women, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Marie Jarvis. Howe sponsored Mother’s Day each year in Boston around 1870, which lasted about 10 years. Jarvis …
The Louisburg, Bar Harbor, Maine.

Stunning images of Bar Harbor, MDI in early 1900s

By Brian Feulner on March 31, 2015, at 4:02 p.m.
This slideshow of photos from the Library of Congress showcases images of Mount Desert Island in the early 1900s. Tourism has been prevalent on the island since the mid-19th century. What now would be a line of cars in the bustling main streets of Bar Harbor used to be horse-drawn …
The 1947 Patten Academy boys basketball team was honored at a banquet hosted by the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad at the Penobscot Hotel in Bangor after beating Boston Latin 35-32 at the Boston Garden in the New England Basketball Tournament. From left are Carroll Hatt, manager Jack Seely, Thurston Townsend, captain Lloyd Wilson, coach Willis Phair, Donna Phair, Harley Dow, Howard Cunningham, Hollis Bates, Gilman Rossignol and Kenneth McCourt. Team member Lynn Vickery did not return with the team.

Tourney time in Maine

By Jeanne Luetjen on Feb. 14, 2015, at 5:50 a.m.
Since the 1920s, February vacation week in Maine has featured high school basketball tournaments. Tourney Week 2015 has begun with Eastern Maine Class A teams playing at the Augusta Civic Center and B, C and D teams playing at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. In Western Maine, action is …
The ice saw is dragged by people as they make the initial cuts on the ice at Cobb's Pierce Pond Camps during the 2013 ice harvest. The harvest was restarted by Gary Cobb in the mid-1970s as a novelty and to provide some additional refrigeration for food and drinks at the camp.

The ice harvest: A Maine tradition

By Jeanne Luetjen on Feb. 07, 2015, at 5:47 a.m.
In the days before modern refrigeration, there was ice harvesting. Ice harvesting was started on the Kennebec River in 1860 by New York retailer James L. Cheeseman. In its heyday, between 1870 and 1890, more than 25,000 men converged on the Kennebec River to cut and store ice. By the …
Fishermen on the coast of Vinalhaven in 1936. From Richard Burton's Flickr collection, rich701.

Remembering Vinalhaven’s past

By Brian Feulner on Jan. 31, 2015, at 5:51 a.m.
About five years ago, while in New Jersey, Richard Burton stumbled upon hundreds of images of Vinalhaven, Maine. “There were 50 rolls of 35mm film in two metal boxes,” Burton said. “One box was marked ‘Vinal.’” The dealer at the flea market who sold the photos to Burton said he …
Ben Cantara of Biddeford was one of a handful of racers who competed in shorts despite a temperature in the 20s.

Racing in snowshoes

By Robert F. Bukaty on Jan. 26, 2015, at 5:24 a.m.
POWNAL | Saturday’s snowstorm only dumped a few inches of snow in southern Maine, but it was enough to make more than 90 snowshoe racers happy on Sunday morning, as they competed in the 3.3-mile Bradbury Squall. Racers ranged in age from 12 to 77 years old. The event …
Jamie Poitras of Old Orchard Beach grinds across a rail during Rail Jam, the kickoff event of the inaugural Winterfest in Portland. Snowboarders sponsored by Long’s Board Shop will performs jumps and tricks on the Shawnee Peak rail course.

Snowboarders, skiers catch some air at Winterfest in Portland

By Robert F. Bukaty on Jan. 23, 2015, at 8:37 p.m.
Snowboarders and a skier took turns dropping off an 11-foot-high mound of snow, quickly gaining enough speed to catch some air and then grind across rails and other obstacles during Rail Jam. The event kicked off the inaugural Winterfest weekend in downtown Portland. The city provided about …
Painter and musician Peter Dugovic plays a newly finished cigar box guitar made by his friend Max Jones of Saco. Jones creates singular instruments under the moniker Suspect Device.

Saco man crafts instruments from film canisters, cigar boxes, yardsticks and more

By Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 21, 2015, at 5:48 a.m.
The Methodists are gone, but music still graces the stained glass windows and red-carpeted altar of the church on School Street in Saco that Max Jones calls home. No organ preludes or angelic choirs are heard. Instead, amplified twangs and distorted blue notes slash the air. Down …
Alicia Lofton (from left), 11, Jessie Lofton, 13, and Lily Cooper, 10, crest the hill of the tubing run at Hermon Mountain in February 2003.

Best way to curb cabin fever? Get outside and play

By Jeanne Luetjen on Jan. 17, 2015, at 5:52 a.m.
We all know how difficult the cold, dark days of winter can be. Winter activities can help thwart the seasonal blues. Fun activities, such as cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating, ice fishing, snowboarding and careening down an icy hill on a toboggan, can chase off the winter doldrums. The Bangor …
Winter takes hold at Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island.

Frozen Acadia

By Gabor Degre on Jan. 13, 2015, at 6:53 p.m.
BDN photographer Gabor Degre shoots Acadia National Park on one of the coldest days of the year.
Bangor Daily News carriers deliver the newspaper by pony in this 1959 file photo.

Bangor Daily News carriers deliver to Maine customers throughout the years

By Jeanne Luetjen on Jan. 10, 2015, at 6:42 a.m.
Bangor Daily News carriers have been delivering the newspaper to homes across Maine for more than 125 years. Motor route drivers have been delivering your paper since 1979. The first area to receive this service was Essex Street in Bangor, and the first driver was John Graves who had only …
Bangor-based violin maker Nathan Slobodkin works on fitting the neck of a cello at his shop.  This is one of the last major steps in making an instrument like this.  Slobodkin worked with extreme caution to make a perfect fit and also to ensure the neck will line up perfectly with the body of the instrument.

Bangor violin maker uses old techniques to create unique new instruments

By Gabor Degre on Jan. 02, 2015, at 8:12 a.m.
Did you know that the sound of a violin can take you back 400 years as soon as the bow starts to slide across the strings? Violins, cellos and and similar instruments are made much like they were about four centuries ago. Violin maker Nathan Slobodkin uses …
Holiday lights are seen in the Gettysburg Avenue neighborhood in Brewer on Friday.

Brightening the season: Brewer neighborhood lets Christmas lights shine

By Ashley Conti on Dec. 23, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
Donna Martin helps answer letters to Santa at the Forest Avenue Post Office in Portland on Monday. This year, volunteers will answer about 800 letters.

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas…: Postal Service employees bring the cheer and answer kids letters to Santa

By Troy R. Bennett on Dec. 23, 2014, at 5:47 a.m.
PORTLAND | An ear pressed to the frosted glass window of the postmaster’s office door on Forest Avenue today you can hear the sounds of Christmas. It doesn’t resemble jingling bells or belly laughs from the man in red. It sounds like tearing envelopes and shuffling paper. Four volunteers …
Three sleepy puppies "in the sack" are being cared for in one of Santa's sub-precincts, awaiting Christmas day and a permanent home as a gift from Santa in this December 1956 file photo. They are part of a litter of five at the Bangor Humane Society's shelter on Howard Street. Ernest F. Crowell, humane society agent, said they are a mixture of spaniel, collie and shepherd. Also at the shelter and anxious to find an owner are two cute boxer pups.

Happy holidays: The spirit of Christmas past across Maine

By Jeanne Luetjen on Dec. 20, 2014, at 6:04 a.m.
It has been known as “the most wonderful time of year,” and Bangor Daily News photographers have been capturing that Christmas spirit in Maine. Our photographers took photos of puppies in stockings, replica New England villages and Christmas baskets topped with Maine potatoes among others. Check out the images of …
Jen Bailey, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, wheels her "hamper" of letters and packages out of the sorting facility deep beneath the post office on Forest Avenue in Portland on Thursday -- the busiest day of the year.

Maine letter carriers deliver packages, mail on US Postal Service’s busiest day of the year

By Troy R. Bennett on Dec. 18, 2014, at 1:17 p.m.
PORTLAND | With Christmas closing in fast, Thursday marks the U.S. Postal Service’s busiest day of the year, according to Portland postmaster Jim Thornton. He expected his facility on Forest Avenue to handle 160,000 letters and 12,000 packages on Dec. 18 alone as his letter carriers set out on …
Pausing between takes listening to children recite their Christmas lists, Santa Claus offers a wave inside his hut at the Aroostook Centre Mall.

‘Tis the season

By Jeanne Luetjen on Dec. 13, 2014, at 6:05 a.m.
Have you finished your holiday gift shopping? For millions of people, Black Friday is the biggest holiday shopping day of the year. There’s no doubt some of those folks are well organized and complete their gift lists long before heading home for the day and begin wrapping. But many shoppers …
Belfast Curling Club members sweep the ice to help curl their rock during a league game at the Belfast Curling Club in Belfast Thursday.

Belfast Curling Club finds competition, camaraderie in the winter cold

By Ashley Conti on Dec. 08, 2014, at 8 a.m.
The sounds of granite hitting granite, sweeping instructions and “good job” can be heard as you enter a “warm room” at a large, barnlike building off Route 3. A glass viewing area overlooks three curling sheets with two teams of four. The Belfast Curling Club, the only …
Santa Claus greets children shortly after arriving at Hadlock Field in Portland for the fourth annual Holiday at Hadlock on Saturday in Portland. Claus was originally scheduled to arrive at the baseball diamond by helicopter, but a wintry mix of precipitation cancelled his flight. Instead, Claus arrived by fire truck.

Santa, Sea Dogs’ Slugger highlight holiday event at Hadlock Field in Portland

By Ben McCanna on Dec. 07, 2014, at 9:45 a.m.
‘Tis the season for Slugger, Santa Claus and festive holiday fun. The fourth annual Holiday at Hadlock brought many to the Saturday event in Portland, which featured reindeer, ornament-making, free cookies and cocoa, a visit from Santa Claus and more. Despite the weather, about 2,000 people came out to the …