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New York Giants great Pat Summerall kicks the ball as Anthony Rogera of P. Ballantine Inc. holds in the pregame workout on Sept. 4, 1959, in Bangor. Ed McInnis of the Bangor Jaycees witnesses Summerall's boot into the uprights.

55 years ago: NFL game played in Bangor

By Jeanne Luetjen on Sept. 04, 2014, at 5:38 a.m.
Thursday night is the official start of the 2014 National Football League season, featuring the Green Bay Packers at the Seattle Seahawks. In September 1959, the Green Bay Packers played an exhibition game in Bangor against the New York Giants. The game was part of Bangor’s 125th …
Tom Booth of Pittsfield drives his draft horses Ted and Shorty during one of the pulling events at the 2009 Blue Hill Fair. The team took first place in the 3200 class.

Photos of the Blue Hill Fair through the years

By Jeanne Luetjen on Aug. 27, 2014, at 1:29 p.m.
At more than 100-years-old, the Blue Hill Fair is an end of summer tradition for many people throughout the state of Maine. Held every year over Labor Day weekend, the festival has something for everyone, from rides to food to animal exhibits. Here are some of the many sights of …
Mark Stodolski prepares to land Destination Unknown during the 11th annual Crown of Maine Balloon Fest in Presque Isle.

Photographer captures bird’s eye view of Crown of Maine Balloon Fest

By Brian Feulner on Aug. 23, 2014, at 5:27 a.m.
Brightly colored hot air balloons painted Aroostook County skies Friday during Presque Isle’s 11th annual Crown of Maine Balloon Fest. The festival runs Aug. 21-24 and features ballooners from across the U.S. and Canada. Presque Isle photographer Dave Allen took a ride in one of the balloons to see a …
Hannah Semler, gleaning coordinator for Healthy Acadia, picks kale at Pat and Mike's Garden, a small farm in Ellsworth.

Gleaning program puts garden surplus on tables, helps fight food insecurity in Hancock County

By Robert F. Bukaty on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT, Maine – The sun sets at the Beech Hill Farm as Hannah Semler carries the last crate of vegetables to her van. The summer squash, cucumbers, parsley and chard she carries may have been destined for the compost. Instead, it will help feed those in need in Hancock …
Luke Cushman planes the edge, or rail, of a wooden surfboard at his shop in Old Town. By day Cushman is a carpenter usually working long hours on MDI. By night he builds cedar surfboards in a shop next to his home on Pushaw Lake.

Old Town carpenter channels love of surfing into his own custom boards

By Brian Feulner on Aug. 14, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
Luke Cushman of Old Town knows his way around a wood shop. Cushman’s father was a carpenter and passed the trade to him, and he hopes to pass woodworking on to his 13-year-old son Jonah. Cushman, who is soft-spoken and has a shy demeanor, wears a necklace made with a …
A bee buzzes a flower in my yard in Portland last year. There's an incredible variety of bees that hang around these plants at my house -- big, small, fuzzy, smooth, yellow and green.

Bugging out: Photos of spiders, beetles and dragonflies all over Maine

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 13, 2014, at 7:16 a.m.
Bugs are everywhere. My cellar is full of spiders and my yard is full of bees. Dragonflies swoop around the pond where my dog likes to swim. Stag beetles, with their frightening-but-harmless horns, waddle out of the mulch around my cucumbers. I see lots of bugs I can’t name, such …
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 …