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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 …
Five-year-old leukemia survivor Miles dressed as "Batkid" and a man dressed as Batman are escorted by police officers back to their Batmobile after they apprehended the "Riddler" as part of a day arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Francisco, Calif., Nov. 15, 2013.

5-year-old leukemia survivor gets wish to be ‘Batkid,’ solve crimes in San Francisco

By Evan Wagstaff, Chris O'Brien and Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times on Nov. 15, 2013, at 5:19 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — To be an aspiring superhero these days, most 5-year-olds must enlist clueless younger siblings, restless parents, backyard shrubs, fire hydrants and all manner of pets to serve as their foils and damsels in distress. Not Miles Scott, for whom much of San Francisco morphed in Gotham City …
Team Beachbums races down Cottage Street during the sixth annual Bed Races in Bar Harbor Saturday morning. Each team has five members and one has to stay on the bed during the race, while the others propel the contraption. Ten teams participated in the race this year. It was organized by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce as a lighthearted closing event of the Early Bird Pajama Sale. Team Wicked Whippers won the race, setting a new course record of 32.75 seconds.

Bar Harbor’s Bed Races enter sixth year

By Gabor Degre on Nov. 11, 2013, at 3:09 p.m.
Ian Pottle places his hand on a 1984 Volkswagen Westfalia while giving a tour of The Beetle Shop in Belfast that focuses on repairing Volkswagens especially VW buses and camper vans. The shop has been open since 1977 and was recently handed down to Pottle by his father Allen Pottle.

Classic Volkswagen vans live on at Belfast’s Beetle Shop

By Brian Feulner on Nov. 05, 2013, at 5:32 a.m.
A rainbow of color in the form of Volkswagen vans lined the parking lot of The Beetle Shop on a recent weekday in Belfast. Shaped like toaster ovens and retrofitted for multiday excursions, many of the VWs are camper-style vans. Crammed inside are a sink, stove, removable table, multiple beds …
Musicians joke around during break in the rehearsal of the Philharmonic Orchestra.  The two age groups meet once a week to rehearse but play in concerts together in the winter and the spring.  The musicians in the youth symphony range from age 7-18.

Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras embrace classical music

By Brian Feulner on Nov. 01, 2013, at 9:46 a.m.
Challenges come in many forms, and a group of young people chose the one that has been daunting musicians for centuries — classical music. The perfect place for students to hone their teamwork and instrumentals is through the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras. The children, ages 7-18, are divided into three …
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) celebrates with teammates after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Red Sox won 6-1.

Red Sox, Boston celebrate World Series win

on Oct. 31, 2013, at 11:28 a.m.

Beetle Shop serves Belfast since 1977

By Brian Feulner on Oct. 30, 2013, at 5:14 p.m.
Ian Pottle talks about the history of The Beetle Shop in Belfast that his father Allen Pottle started in 1977. Over the last two years Pottle has noticed a rise in Volkswagen Bus repairs at the shop he’s taken over from his father.
BDN Director of News and Audience Anthony Ronzio (right) moderates a panel at MaineFocus: Solutions for Maine’s Economy at USM in Portland Wednesday. Speaking were former Maine Gov. John Baldacci (from left), Cliff Ginn, Greg Mitchell and Zeynep Turk.

Scenes from MaineFocus: Solutions for Maine’s Economy

on Oct. 30, 2013, at 10:47 a.m.
Michael Fitzpatrick performs on stage as Fitz and the Tantrums at the State Theatre in Portland on Saturday.

Fitz and the Tantrums bring neo soul/indie pop music to Portland

By Kevin Bennett on Oct. 30, 2013, at 6:27 a.m.
Neo soul/indie pop swirled through the State Theatre like autumn leaves blowing down Congress Street as Fitz and the Tantrums brought their unique style of music to Portland on Saturday night. Breana Hodgkins drove up from Newtown, Mass., to join her two sisters from Portland for the show. “Fitz is …
Garrett Brown (left) listens to Paul Fazzi rap a song that he wrote while performing for him in Bangor. Fazzi says he uses his life experiences and struggle with addiction for musical inspiration.

Augusta man, former addict, finds new drug in rap

By Erin Rhoda on Oct. 24, 2013, at 2:59 p.m.
Paul Fazzi, 21, of Augusta started rapping when he was 9. “I’m still never givin’ up on my dreams. I’m a feen for this music like I need it to breathe,” he raps in his original “Don’t worry.” Fazzi doesn’t like talking about his past, which has involved jail and …
Musicians wearing Rastafarian headwear appear to take notice of a pedestrian on Cedar Street outside the Lewiston Pawn Shop.

Pawn shop murals showcase Lewiston diversity

By Robert F. Bukaty on Oct. 21, 2013, at 8:54 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — It started a few years ago with a painting of a dollar bill on the front and a mural featuring reggae musicians on the side. As the business expanded into adjacent buildings, so did murals. If you make a left turn from Lisbon Street onto Cedar Street, …
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