Conversations With Maine

Lauren Jacobs (second from left), instructor for the Maine Winter Sports Center, checks in participants for a cross-country ski class on the Bangor Municipal Golf Course last week.

Organization builds grit through Maine’s great outdoors

By Robin Clifford Wood on Feb. 10, 2015, at 5:32 p.m.
Most Mainers appreciate New England’s four-season lifestyle. Even so, I’ve heard a lot of locals crying “enough already” regarding this winter’s snowfall. Many of us have resorted to hibernating indoors, waiting for the snow to go away. As an antidote to the mid-winter doldrums, I decided to talk to several …
Jennifer and her cat, Smoke.

Penobscot woman weaves a life in balance

By Robin Clifford Wood on May 05, 2011, at 2:35 p.m.
Some people discover the allure of Maine later in life; some have family histories that go back for generations. Then there are those who trace their ancestry back to a period just after the ice age, about 12,000 years ago. Jennifer Sapiel Neptune, 41, is a member of the Penobscot …
Holly Twining at home with her cat, Lulu.

Creative naturalist leads eclectic life

By Robin Clifford Wood on April 21, 2011, at 10:40 p.m.
Even her name evokes an image of nature in action: Holly Twining. It wasn’t until about seven years ago that life led Holly from New York City to Maine. Then this urban artiste opened her doors to fields and fresh air, and it felt like the most natural thing in …

A man who serves dogs and their people

By Robin Clifford Wood on Feb. 17, 2011, at 8:05 p.m.
A Scottish deerhound named Hickory won “best in show” Tuesday night at the Westminster Kennel Club’s 135th annual dog show. It was quite an exhibition of furry friends. Not all dog lovers aspire to such fame, but that doesn’t diminish our deep attachment to canine companionship. In honor of dogs …
Eunice Kullick Loredo in her home (photo by Robin Wood)

Embracing two cultures turned Maine into home

By Renee Ordway on Jan. 20, 2011, at 6:11 p.m.
During the 18 years that Eunice (Ay-oo-NEE-say) Kullick Loredo has lived in the United States, she has been a graduate student, business administrator, mother, Spanish teacher and neighborhood chef.

The parents heard around the world

By Renee Ordway on Jan. 13, 2011, at 6:13 p.m.
Charlie and Nancy Grant of Orono have four children, six grandchildren, and … let’s see … somewhere around 400 surrogate children.

World Cup venues to charge $5 admission this year for first time

on Jan. 10, 2011, at 10:23 a.m.
FORT KENT — For the first time ever since biathlon competition has come to Aroostook County, there will be an admission fee to the competitions of the IBU World Cup at Fort Kent and Presque Isle in February.

Brutal winter trek tests canoe artisan’s skills

By Renee Ordway on Jan. 06, 2011, at 6:25 p.m.
Like many a frugal Mainer, I have the heat turned down to save money on oil, so I was feeling kind of chilly in my living room when I turned on Rollin Thurlow’s documentary film “Winter Walk 2003 …

Exercise teacher stays true to the core

By Robin Clifford Wood on Dec. 30, 2010, at 6:18 p.m.
On the eve of the new year, when so many of us are considering self-improvement resolutions for 2011, I thought I would tell the story of a remarkable woman. For nearly four decades she has been …

Christmas tree tales from Piper Mountain

By Robin Clifford Wood on Dec. 23, 2010, at 6:23 p.m.
Jim Corliss chatted on television with Martha Stewart, shook hands with the president at the White House, and did a live phone interview on California public radio — all because of Christmas trees.

Ellen’s hands have sewn much history

By Robin Clifford Wood on Dec. 16, 2010, at 5:11 p.m.
When you meet someone for the first time in their room at an assisted living facility, you are missing most of the visible clues to their history. There were two things in Ellen Gifford’s room at …

Engineering doesn’t end with retirement

By Robin Clifford Wood on Dec. 09, 2010, at 5:56 p.m.
There could be no greater spokesperson for engineers and their field than Stan Marshall. He entered the world of engineering more than 50 years ago as an undergraduate at the University of Maine …

A computer match made in Maine

By Robin Clifford Wood on Dec. 03, 2010, at 12:26 a.m.
It was pitch-dark at 5 p.m. Nov. 23, the appointed time for pickup at the back of a parking lot in Bangor. Slowly, cars trickled in, and a small group gathered behind the open back door of a small …

He bops to the beat of his own drum

By Robin Clifford Wood on Nov. 25, 2010, at 10:24 p.m.
Ever since the age of 1, when his enthusiastic drumming with spoons broke one of his mother’s plates, Andrew Clifford has been someone who crosses the boundaries of expectation.
Walter Skold (left)  of Freeport, reads a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem while  in Eastern Cemetery in Portland last week. Skold has kicked off a 22-state tour to make Oct. 7 Dead Poets Remembrance Day.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Day of remembrance to honor Maine poets

By Robin Clifford Wood on Oct. 05, 2010, at 7:13 p.m.
A daylong odyssey of poetry along the coast of Maine will take place Thursday, Oct. 7. Walter Skold, founder of the Dead Poets Society of America, has spent six months planning Maine’s day of …