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Assistant Park Ranger Lauren Hiller opens a gate by hand, letting water into the Songo Lock from upriver on Tuesday in Naples.

Hand-operated wooden doors, cast-iron sluice gears keep history alive at Songo Lock

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 10, 2014, at 6:13 a.m.
NAPLES | When the Songo Lock at Sebago Lake State Park in Naples opened for business on June 1, 1830, it catered to 65-foot canal boats laden with lumber, apples and stoves bound from Portland to Harrison. Now, 184 years later, it’s mostly party boats hauling lotion-slathered sunbathers, fishermen …
A 1951 International bulldozer spends another day on Rose Minott's property in Brunswick, Maine.

Rusty relics: Former workhorses rest, rust

By Robert F. Bukaty on Aug. 08, 2014, at 5:51 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine – It worked well for 59 years, but time was taking its toll during the final days of the 1951 International bulldozer’s working life in Brunswick. “It was going at a snail’s pace,” Rose Minott recalls, thinking back to the fateful day in November 2010 when the tractor …
A boy runs the crate race at the Maine Lobster Festival on Aug. 5, 1990, in Rockland.

A glimpse into the past: Check out the Maine Lobster Festival over the years

By Brian Feulner on Aug. 03, 2014, at 10:25 a.m.
When you think of Maine, you think of lobster. The shellfish has been synonymous with the state since the fishery took well over a century ago. For 67 years, the Maine Lobster Festival has brought thousands of pounds of lobster, parades, crate races and sea goddesses to Rockland. Here are …
The well-known Miss Piggy mailbox was dressed up for the Fishermen's Festival earlier this year in Boothbay, Maine.

Wait a minute, Mr. Postman: Mainers’ unusual mailboxes

By Robert F. Bukaty on Aug. 02, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.
WELD | Either it’s a joke or the mailman here brings a ladder when he delivers the mail to the Jacksons’ place. How else would he get the mail into the box mounted on a tree limb more than 10 feet above the ground? For some Mainers, an ordinary, …
 People ride the swings at the Bangor State Fair

Blast from the past — a glimpse at the history of the Bangor State Fair

By Brian Feulner on Aug. 01, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
In its 166th year, the Bangor State Fair is one of the oldest state fairs in the country. Although the fair has changed through the decades, the rides, food and entertainment prompt nostalgia of fairs of the past. Here is a selection of archive images throughout the years of the …
Flight crew members wipe oil of the underside of the Sentimental Journey, a fully restored B-17 Flying Fortress, after a trip over Bar Harbor Tuesday at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Bar Harbor.

WWII Flying Fortress visits Bar Harbor airport, offers flights in historic bomber

By Ashley Conti on July 30, 2014, at 6:13 a.m.
TRENTON | Around 20 airplane enthusiasts lined the fence at Scenic Flights of Acadia at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton to watch the return of a piece of American history. With blue skies and calm winds, one of the last remaining airworthy WWII Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress …
A surfer catches a wave in the fog at Higgins Beach in Scarborough on Wednesday.

Surfing through the storm

By Troy R. Bennett on July 17, 2014, at 5:53 a.m.
Whistler, entered by Isaac Dworsky, races against Chris Page's Abigail and Carter during the 2014 lobster boat races on Sunday in Stonington.

‘Like NASCAR and tractor pulling all wrapped into one’: Lobster boats race in Stonington Harbor

By Brian Feulner on July 14, 2014, at 1:05 p.m.
STONINGTON, MAINE — On Stonington’s idyllic coastline, the sounds of gulls were drowned out by the roar of 750 horsepower engines on Sunday. Race fans lined the liquid drag strip with dozens of boats and hundreds of people to watch the 2014 Stonington Lobster Boat Races in the fishing town’s …
The Tin Man, a lawn decoration made from welded propane tanks, holds a hose on Peggy Riley's lawn in Canaan, Maine.

Get on my lawn: Creative decorations adorn Maine yards

By Brian Feulner on July 12, 2014, at 10:04 a.m.
CANAAN, Maine – The tin man had been amusing passers-by on Route 2 for nearly five decades, but he disappeared from Peggy Riley’s front lawn in Canaan a few years ago. It wasn’t long before a neighbor stopped by to find out what happened. “His head fell off,” Riley said. …
Daniel Peterson, 28, a Dallas, Texas, resident, goes over the score before it was his turn to take the podium to conduct at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians. When not conducting, Peterson plays the piano, and this is his first year attending the six-week-long course in Hancock.

Symphony conductors learn their trade at Pierre Monteux School in Hancock

By Gabor Degre on July 07, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
When we hear about symphonic music, concerts and conductors, we all think of large cities with crowded streets. Few of us would expect to find these things in the tiny town of Hancock, Maine. In fact, the town has been home to the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra …

Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians

By Gabor Degre on July 07, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians.
Pre-K teacher Crystal Folsom gets a hug from first-graders on the last day of school in Monticello.

Due to shrinking funding, Monticello’s Wellington School’s out forever

By Robert F. Bukaty on June 30, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
Across the state, school is now out for summer. At the Wellington School, school is out forever. With shrinking funding from the state and taxpayers unwilling or unable to make up the difference, the Regional School Unit 29 board decided in April that it would be best …
Lumberjacks Eric Goode (left) and Jack Weeks practice speed climbing at The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton.  The participants of "Timber" Tina Scheer's show agree that climbing up the approximately 50-foot-tall poles can be unnerving.

Lumberjack show offers amazing feats of strength, dexterity in Trenton

By Gabor Degre on June 18, 2014, at 6:15 a.m.
It’s often said that the old ways of living and entertainment are gone, giving way to constant electronic updates from known and unknown people, worlds away. The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton offers visitors the sight of skilled lumbermen and lumberwomen wielding old-fashioned, sharp tools, and …
Robbie Giles raises his hand to answer a question from Miss Patty, who was portraying a 19th century schoolteacher.  Third-graders from Bangor Christian School took a field trip to the one-room schoolhouse at the Page Farm & Home Museum on Tuesday.

Bangor students take trip back in time to 19th century schoolhouse

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on June 13, 2014, at 5:43 a.m.
“Make your manners,” a woman’s voice says as children come into the one-room schoolhouse through two doors — boys on the left side, girls on the right. Make your manners? Miss Patty Henner, portraying a 19th century teacher, explains that children are expected to bow and curtsy to their teacher …
Kevin Slater (center), a Master Maine Guide, directs paddlers around a gravel bar in the rips below the Mattaseunk Dam on Penobscot River Thursday.  Slater was the lead guide of the Thoreau-Wabanaki 150th Anniversary Tour that started on Moosehead Lake in Greenville and is following the route Henry David Thoreau took with his guide Joe Polis in 1857.

16-day canoe trip retraces Thoreau’s 1857 trek, celebrates 150th anniversary of ‘The Maine Woods’

By Gabor Degre on June 01, 2014, at 6:08 a.m.
Sixteen people in eight canoes made their way down the Penobscot River a few miles south of Medway on Thursday, with some paddlers looking weary, trying to find a comfortable position in their boats. It was the 13th day of a 16-day commemorative trek, retracing the 1857 trip taken by …
Gina Snow gets a big kiss from Dory, one of her Jack Russell terriers, after completing the 5K Canicross race.

Hot dog! Dogs, owners participated in the 5K Canicross Race in New Gloucester

By Robert F. Bukaty on May 26, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine – The canine athletes came in all shapes and sizes. There were big ones and little ones. Some had very long hair and others had very short legs. Some were built for speed and others, well, made you wonder if they could cover the entire 5-kilometer course …
Charles Norman Shay views the murals painted on the interior walls of his teepee on Indian Island. He is depicted as a young boy at lower left.

Princess Watahwaso’s Teepee, a longtime Indian Island landmark

By Robert F. Bukaty on May 23, 2014, at 5:51 a.m.
You can’t help but notice the large red and white wooden teepee just after you cross the bridge over the Penobscot River onto Indian Island. It’s been a landmark since 1947. But by 1988, when Charles Norman Shay acquired the property which includes the house he …
An Amherst player lays out but can't get reach a pass during an Ultimate game against Fryeburg Academy on Saturday in South Portland.

High school teams battle for Ultimate frisbee victory in South Portland

By Robert F. Bukaty on May 13, 2014, at 5:50 a.m.
Teams from 19 high schools from as far away as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, traveled to the Wainwright Recreation Complex last weekend for High School Northeastern Championships of the sport called Ultimate. The beautifully simple game — all you need to play is a flying disc and an …
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Josie Barth (left) and Abby Donnelly of Cape Elizabeth dance to the sounds of the Maine Marimba Ensemble at an early Cinco de Mayo celebration at El Rayo Taqueria in Portland on Sunday. Intermittent hail and rain showers did little to dampen the spirits of those on hand.

Cinco de Mayo: ‘It’s about fun, partying and good Mexican food’

By Troy R. Bennett on May 05, 2014, at 5:27 a.m.
PORTLAND | Not everyone celebrating Cinco de Mayo a day early at El Rayo Taqueria in Portland on Sunday knew what the Mexican holiday was all about, but most had a good time eating, drinking and dancing to the vibrant sounds of the Maine Marimba Ensemble without the particulars. …
Simon Labbe negotiates one of the drops at Smalls Falls on the Sandy river during the Smalls to the Wall steep creek kayak race in Township E on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Kayak racers brave waterfalls in search of best time

By Gabor Degre on April 30, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
It does not take much to start a kayak race. Select a body of water, pick a start and finish line and see who’s fastest. However, if you pick a course that includes several Class 5 waterfalls surrounded by sheer cliff — no matter how short the race — the …
 
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