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Leslie Cummins and Tim Seabrook own Five-Star Nursery and Orchard in Brooklin, but they are considering selling the farm where they grow apples, pears and make apple cider. They would like to sell their land to someone who would continue using it as a farm instead of developing the property.

Maine farmers ready to retire wrestle with succession planning

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 18, 2016, at 11:03 a.m.
“We are really ready to do the next part of our lives,” Leslie Cummins said. Now, they’re trying to find an appropriate buyer for the farm. And it’s not easy.
Wood fired sourdough Neapolitan pizza at Meanwhile in Belfast.

Belfast eatery’s Neapolitan-style pizza is a different sort of pie

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 17, 2016, at 10:21 a.m.
“Ours is Neapolitan style, so it’s very thin, it’s soft, and it’s highly digestible. You can fold it.”
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump talks to a crowd at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Saturday afternoon.

Trump blasts ‘rigged system’ amid misconduct allegations threatening his campaign

By Michael Shepherd on Oct. 15, 2016, at 4:43 p.m.
The Republican nominee looked like the prohibitive favorite to win Maine’s 2nd District in September, but his standing here is uncertain now amid a wider drop in the polls.
Fail Better Farm owner Clayton Carter said the yield of several vegetables was significantly lower because of the drought in Maine. The dry weather greatly reduced the size and volume of some vegetables such as the carrots and potatoes this season. Carter said that other vegetables did well, and it helped to offset some of the low yields of the growing season. The farm has a small irrigation system that is good enough to get through a short dry spell, but they were not able irrigate enough to make up for the lack of rain this year.

Worsening drought leaves Maine farms, wells in bad shape

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 14, 2016, at 12:18 p.m.
“I’ve never seen it this dry, ever,” Ann Carter said. “Without water, you’re thinking, ‘Oh my God, what are we going to do?”
Chelsea Clinton talks to members of the community at Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine in Orono Thursday. Clinton made a stop in Orono to campaign for her mom, U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Chelsea Clinton stumps for mom at UMaine

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 13, 2016, at 1:24 p.m.
“This is now a battle for our democracy,” Rep. Ryan Tipping-Spitz, D-Orono, told the crowd.
Gabrielle Giffords (center), a former Arizona congresswoman who recovered after being shot in the head in 2011, spoke about supporting a ballot measure that would extend background checks to private gun sales on Wednesday in Portland.

Gabrielle Giffords, Portland police chief stump for tighter gun control

By Jake Bleiberg on Oct. 12, 2016, at 4:25 p.m.
“Stopping gun violence takes courage. … I’ve seen great courage when my life was on the line.”
Twelve-year-old Donn Fendler (left) grew up to marry and serve 28 years in the U.S. Army. He is paired with the childhood photo in a 2009 BDN photo illustration.

Donn Fendler remembered as ‘true American hero,’ legend to generations of Mainers

By John Holyoke on Oct. 11, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
“He wanted to pay it forward [for the efforts of Mainers who tried to find him].”
Donn Fendler reflects on the 75th anniversary of his being "Lost on a Mountain in Maine" in July 2014 at his camp in Newport.

Donn Fendler, once a boy ‘lost on a mountain in Maine,’ dies at 90

By Tony Reaves on Oct. 11, 2016, at 6:56 a.m.
“Donn Fendler’s legacy will live on forever in the state of Maine.”
A fresh panini is seen at Verona Wine and Design in Bucksport on Wednesday. Mike and Colleen Gross opened the store and tapas restaurant in June.

Tapas and wine bar joins Bucksport’s downtown renaissance

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 10, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
Offering tapas-style small plates, desserts and a carefully selected wine and beer menu, as well as wine and gifts for purchase, Verona Wine & Design is an intimate, laid-back eatery that’s a welcome addition to the growing, diversifying Bucksport downtown.
Visitors take a hayride on Sept. 29 at Treworgy Family Orchard in Levant.

Two years after fatal crash, safe hayrides still hinge on common sense

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 08, 2016, at 7:32 a.m.
Concerns about the safety of hayrides were raised when Cassidy Charette, 17, of Oakland died after a trailer she was riding on overturned.
A group of older Mainers play ice hockey on Monday at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport.

Why hockey is the lifetime sport of choice for these older Maine men

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 07, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
“I always said I was going to skate until I was 80, but now I guess I’m going to keep at it a while longer.”

Report: Maine woman pulls out her gun on threatening clown

By Tony Reaves on Oct. 06, 2016, at 11:49 a.m.
“I picked up my 9 mm … and said, ‘Back at ya, clown.'”
Maine hockey coach Red Gendron gets emphatic with his players during a break in the first period of their game against UMass Lowell in November 2015.

How UMaine men’s hockey team could surprise fans this season

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 05, 2016, at 12:25 p.m.
The team appears quicker overall and limits the opponents’ time and space with the puck.
The new Amigos West Coast Taqueria opened on June 25 in downtown Winterport. Small-batch cooking and family recipes are what owner Isaiah Smith specializes in.

New Mexican taqueria in Winterport keeps it fast, fresh and simple

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 04, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
“We knew if we could just get the flavors out there, we’d start bringing more people in,” Mark Smith said. “So far, so good.”
The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument has attracted 605 vehicles since President Barack Obama created it in mid-August, according to a vehicle counter installed on Katahdin Loop Road. Some residents of Patten have noticed an increase in visitors to their town.

Some Katahdin region businesses see uptick from monument visitors

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 03, 2016, at 6:58 a.m.
“The town is busier. They come and look around. Some purchase things but their just being in the area is good for it. It makes the town a more bustling place,” Nathan Richardson of Richardson’s Hardware said.
This house on Rankin Street in Rockland is one of the properties abandoned and left to deterioate.

Rockland may require owners of vacant homes to maintain them

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 01, 2016, at 7:26 a.m.
“I want to make these owners uncomfortable for allowing these properties to crumble, especially when we have such a need for housing.”
If farmers don't irrigate this season, corn fields, like this patch at Harris Farm, are drying up in the drought.

USDA declares five Maine counties a ‘disaster area’

By CBS 13 on Sept. 30, 2016, at 9:39 a.m.
Farmers in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin and Oxford counties are now eligible for emergency loans.
A picnic table sits undisturbed earlier this summer at an oceanside camp site at the defunct Ocean Wood Campground, which closed in 2009. Philanthropist Roxanne Quimby bought the campground last week at auction and plans to reopen it.

Quimby buys oceanside campground to reopen it

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 28, 2016, at 5:16 p.m.
A month after she donated 87,000 acres in northern Penobscot County to the National Park Service to create Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, philanthropist Roxanne Quimby has bought an oceanside campground near here that she plans to reopen.
The city of Bangor is exploring either a ban or fee on plastic shopping bags and polystyrene containers.

Belfast locals float effort to ban plastic bags

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 28, 2016, at 6:33 a.m.
“Anything plastic that gets degraded to this tiny amount is still plastic. It’s still petrochemicals. These chemicals don’t biodegrade.”
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Sept. 26, 2016.

Attacks fly in first presidential debate as Clinton’s jabs put Trump on defensive

By Philip Rucker and Anne Gearan, Washington Post on Sept. 27, 2016, at 7:40 a.m.
After circling each other for months, Clinton and Trump finally took the stage together for the first time, and each tried in a series of combative, acrimonious exchanges to discredit the other.