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Monson No. 4 takes her last runs on Saturday at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum on Fore Street in Portland. The locomotive, built in 1918, needs a new boiler and museum officials don't know when it might be back in service.

Rail enthusiasts in Portland say goodbye to Monson No. 4

By Troy R. Bennett on April 01, 2014, at 5:31 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Smoke and steam billowed from the gleaming black locomotive as it clacked its way around the curve on Saturday. A crowd of people lined the two-foot track, snapping hundreds of pictures while the train chugged around the city’s eastern shore. Children on a nearby walking path waved. …
A geranium blossoms at Ledgewood Gardens and Greenhouses in Orrington on Tuesday.

Greenhouse owners ready to help Mainers forget winter, embrace spring

By Kevin Bennett on March 26, 2014, at 5:37 a.m.
Pull off that winter jacket, throw the snow shovel in the back of the garage and dig your fingers deep into a pot of fresh, earthy soil. Let it get under your nails and fill your nostrils with the scent of spring. Inhale deeply. Smell it? That’s the scent that’s …
A competitor skims across a man-made pond during the 30th annual Slush Cup on Saturday, at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton.

Defying gravity: Skiers, snowboarders skim the water for victory at Shawnee Peak

By Robert F. Bukaty on March 25, 2014, at 5:50 a.m.
BRIDGTON, Maine – While the snow conditions on the slopes of Shawnee Peak were about as good as they get on Saturday, it was the attempt to skim across a 100-foot-long man-made pond that was the highlight. About 75 skiers and snowboarders competed, but only a small percentage of the …
Balancing rocks appear to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month at Acadia National Park in Maine.

Acadia’s balancing rocks

By Robert F. Bukaty on March 21, 2014, at 7:37 a.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Like a group of yogis who have found the ideal place to meditate, more than two dozen carefully balanced rocks populate a quiet cove just north of Otter Cliffs. They appear to have emerged from the round rock beach to take their place amongst the …
Raymond Hill wraps a chain around a log while his Belgian draft horses Bill (left) and Sam wait patiently while working in a Lincolnville woodlot. Horse logging is preferred by landowners who want very low-impact logging done on their property.

Low-impact logging uses real horsepower

By Gabor Degre on March 08, 2014, at 6:46 a.m.
Raymond Hill’s trailer thundered under the heavy hooves of Belgian draft horses Bill and Sam as Hill got ready to work on a cold morning in Lincolnville. Hill owns Second Draught Farm in Washington and offers farm work and logging done by real horsepower. “If someone told me 15 years …
Stars surround Robinson Point Lighthouse Station on Isle au Haut during a winter evening on the island.

Isle au Haut: Portraits of an island community in winter

By Brian Feulner on March 06, 2014, at 10:34 a.m.
A dozen people join in unison as Michael Bennett leads them in a West African drumming workshop at Common Good Soup Kitchen in Southwest Harbor on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014.

Hancock County man learns West African music ‘about the whole, not the sum of the parts’

By Kevin Bennett on Feb. 18, 2014, at 9:53 a.m.
With a suitcase packed with drumsticks, guitar strings and all the things needed to survive the West African heat, Michael Bennett of Lamoine Beach boarded a plane headed for Gambia in December 2013. That was his 12th journey to the land he has come to love, where you sleep under …
<a href="">An old man</a> makes his way up a snow covered Center Street in downtown Bangor on Sunday morning.

Snow and sports

on Feb. 17, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
Asiah Hinckley (foreground) and Nich Dow look for bouquets of flowers in one of the coolers at Bangor Floral on Thursday. Phil Fredrick, owner of the shop, said that Valentine's Day is by far the busiest day for the shop. He hires 12 extra people and said they do about three months' work in three days.

Valentine’s Day, February storm and Tourney Time

Bangor Daily News on Feb. 14, 2014, at 9:35 a.m.
Margaret Thurlow, 15, of Hampden, learns how to skate with the help of her friend Mary Priesing of Bangor on Jan. 30, 2014, at the outdoor ice rink at Broadway Park in Bangor.

Greater Bangor skaters hitting the ice

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 05, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
Sometimes, I just have to get out of the office. Fortunately, I’m an “outdoor reporter,” so I can usually come up with some reason to do just that. Recently, as a break from staring at my computer screen, I grabbed my camera and headed out to capture candid images of …
Gymnast Patrick Hapworth works on his technique at the Old Town YMCA on Friday.

Self-taught gymnast finds inspiration in YouTube videos

By Kevin Bennett on Jan. 29, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
“I’ve never seriously injured myself, but I occasionally twist and sprain my ankle,” said Patrick Hapworth, a University of Maine student with an off-beat hobby. Hapworth is a self-taught gymnast who spends hours trying to master tricks that he has seen others perform successfully. As a high school wrestler at …
<a href="">Phillipa Gilmore</a> (center) talks with Lt. Frank Coombs about the fire in the house at 40 Main Road South in Hampden where she escaped along with her 13-year-old daughter on Monday afternoon. Listening in is neighbor Allyson Mitchell (left). A pet guinea pig was saved, but an exotic bird did not survive and a cat is still missing.

Fires, forensics and Martin Luther King Jr.

on Jan. 21, 2014, at 11:39 a.m.
Lucus Temple (left) of Orono and John Mountford of Mount Desert Island celebrate a polar dip in the waters off Sand Beach in Acadia National Park on Jan 1, 2014.

Hardy souls take a dip on MDI’s Sand Beach

By Kevin Bennett on Jan. 01, 2014, at 12:42 p.m.
Revelers watch fireworks on the sand in Old Orchard Beach Tuesday night as temperatures plunged into single digits. Community and business group OOB365 sponsored the New Year's Eve event.

Bonfires, ball drops and weddings: How Mainers rung in 2014

By Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 01, 2014, at 2:19 a.m.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — New Year’s revelers dragged their Christmas trees down slick sidewalks toward the beach as the sun set on 2013 for the last time. A trail of spills littering the bricks and telltale marks in the sand led to a pile of evergreens, all of whom …
ced-over cross-country skiing tracks pass through the Bangor Municipal Golf Course on Saturday evening after meteorologists predicted up to three-quarters of an inch of ice accumulation late Saturday into Sunday.

Bangor glazed in ice

By Brian Feulner on Dec. 22, 2013, at 4:48 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Rain came down as mist at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course on Saturday evening and the now frozen trees made crackling noises as a light wind blew during the storm. A popular city recreational area, the course was criss-crossed with ski grooves and snowshoe post-holes, now frozen …
A man turns into a streak of blue bustling by an orange window at the Maine College of Art on Congress Street.

‘A certain slant of light’

By Troy R. Bennett on Dec. 07, 2013, at 3:36 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Emily Dickinson wrote: There’s a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons – That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes – I think she was onto something. There’s a weight to the long shadows of late fall and winter. The sun never gets high, so they stay …
Nelson Mandela raises his fist as he walks on stage at Wembley Arena in London in this April 16, 1990 file photo. Mandela has passed away on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95.

Memorializing Mandela

on Dec. 06, 2013, at 10:28 a.m.
<a href="">Thomas Abbot</a>, a dean at the University of Maine at Augusta, gets screened by corrections officer Angela Smith at the Maine State Prison Nov. 4 before graduation ceremonies for 14 inmates earning degrees from UMA.

Images of the Month: November

on Dec. 02, 2013, at 11:15 a.m.
Annette Dodd, co-owner of the Rock and Art Shop in Bangor, hangs owl ornaments on a recycled wood tree Wednesday afternoon in downtown Bangor. The shop is planning to participate in the second annual Plaid Friday in Bangor, which is a more laid back alternative to the sometimes crazy early morning shopping day, Black Friday.

Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Black Friday

on Nov. 29, 2013, at 11:33 a.m.
City Hall is seen at dusk, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Portland, Maine.

November light illuminates beauty in Portland

By Robert F. Bukaty on Nov. 22, 2013, at 6:44 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — There’s something about the quality of light in November that is unlike any other time of the year. The sun, shining at a low angle to earth through the crisp, clear air, seems to spotlight anything in its path while casting everything else in dark shadows. Although …
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