Articles by Ashley Conti

BANGOR, Maine -- 06/20/2017 - Megan Morin gets kisses from Harper, one of the dogs from a Mississippi shelter up for adoption at the Bangor Humane Society in Bangor Tuesday. Morin and her mother took Harper home. All sixteen dogs that came up from overcrowded shelters in Mississippi were adopted in an hour and a half. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

16 dogs saved from southern kill shelter find forever homes in Bangor

By Ashley Conti on June 20, 2017, at 6:14 p.m.
TOPSHAM, Maine -- 06/13/2017 - Wynter Przybylski, 9, looks over her shoulder to see where her nurse, Stephanie Shapiro, is while making their way home after school in Topsham Tuesday. Przybylski will spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair due to a misdiagnosis in February 2014. Przybylski was suffering from a common type of childhood leukemia in when she was misdiagnosed with severe constipation. Wynter has been treated successfully for the leukemia but because treatment was delayed, she developed a white blood cell clot on her spine that caused permanent paralysis. She has been awarded $1.9 million in a legal settlement. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Misdiagnosis leads to paralysis, $1.9 million settlement for Maine girl

By Ashley Conti on June 19, 2017, at 6:06 p.m.
KATAHDIN WOODS AND WATERS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Maine -- 06/14/2017 - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (right) looks out at Katahdin during a tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Tuesday. The visit was the start of a four-day visit to New England. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is currently under  review via President Trump's Executive Order 13792, issued April 26, 2017. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Zinke visits Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

By Ashley Conti on June 14, 2017, at 8:02 p.m.
BREWER, Maine -- 05/19/2017 - Perry Drew was drafted into World War II when he was 18 years old. He was placed in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard, who's units were established during WWII in an attempt to provide defensive firepower to merchant ships in convoy or merchant ships traveling alone. The unit no longer exists. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Brewer millworker part of forgotten Navy Armed Guard

By Ashley Conti on May 29, 2017, at 1 a.m.
MONSON, Maine -- 05/04/2017 - Workers, contracted by the Libra Foundation, work on the old general store in downtown Monson Thursday. The Libra Foundation has purchased a farm and close to 12 buildings for $500K. They want to grow hay at the farm for their Pineland Farms dairy products and turn the buildings into artists residences, thus combining arts/tourism and agriculture to revitalize the town. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Libra Foundation hoping to revitalize Monson

By Ashley Conti on May 25, 2017, at 8:52 a.m.
NASH ISLAND, Maine -- 05/17/2017 - Evie Wakeman, 15, holds an abandoned lamb her father, Alfie, found on Little Nash Island Wednesday. The pair brought the lamb to Big Nash Island to start the process of nursing it back to health. The family takes care of approximately 150 sheep spread between Little and Big Nash Islands. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

These offshore Maine islands are populated only by sheep

By Ashley Conti on May 21, 2017, at 8:53 a.m.
ALTON, Maine -- 05/19/2017 - Emergency responders work to reconstruct the scene where a one-year old male was fatally hit by a vehicle at Alton Elementary School Friday. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

1-year-old killed in car accident at Alton Elementary

By Ashley Conti on May 19, 2017, at 8:58 p.m.
ORRINGTON, Maine -- 05/10/2017 - Former Verso worker Ryan Pickoski of Bucksport grabs his gear to do a gear drill at Orrington Fire Department Wednesday. Pickoski is beginning a new life as a firefighter, thanks in large part to Rapid Response and an internship created for him at Orrington Fire Department. At 39, he's at an age when many firefighters are retiring. He is graduating on Friday with a 4.0 and as student of the year. He was a fourth generation mill worker when Verso closed a few years ago. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Life after Verso: Former paper mill worker embarking on new career in firefighting

By Ashley Conti on May 13, 2017, at 1 a.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine -- 05/03/2017 - A Biofine workers makes notes of the machinery during at the University of Maine Technology Research Center in Old Town Wednesday. The Massachusetts company Biofine demonstrated its pilot biorefinery project in the former Old Town Fuel and Fiber mill. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Biorefinery firm eyes plant in new industrial complex at former Old Town mill

By Ashley Conti on May 03, 2017, at 9:15 p.m.
The annual Epic Sports' Rabbit Run race winds through the Bangor City Forest. The 5.25 mile course saw over 100 runners Saturday. Proceeds went to benefit the Bangor Humane Society and the Clifton Climbers Association.

More than 100 runners participate in the annual Epic Sports Rabbit Run

By Ashley Conti on April 29, 2017, at 2:16 p.m.
Proceeds went to benefit the Bangor Humane Society and the Clifton Climbers Association.
BANGOR, Maine -- 04/18/2017 - Mattanawcook Academy's Cameron Fournier throws to first to try to get a Katahdin player out during their baseball scrimmage at Mansfield Stadium in  Bangor Tuesday. Three years ago Fournier was involved in a shop class accident, severing several fingers on his left hand. After numerous surgeries, they were able to save all but part of his pinkie finger. Now the senior is back on the mound pitching for his Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Mattanawcook baseball pitcher back on mound after accident

By Ashley Conti on April 22, 2017, at 1 a.m.
BELFAST, Maine -- 04/06/2017 --  Tyler Yentes (left), North Branch Farm, delivers a bag of beets and rutabagas to Robert Coombs, kitchen supervisor at Waldo County General Hospital, at the Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast Thursday. The kitchen staff at the hospital is working to bring the locavore, farm-to-table movement to an unusual place: the hospital cafeteria. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Waldo County hospital keeping it fresh with local produce

By Ashley Conti on April 17, 2017, at 11:50 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine -- 04/15/2017 -- A member of the minion canoe celebrates after successfully navigating Six Miles Falls during the 51st annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race Saturday. The 16-mile race starts in Kenduskeag and ends in downtown Bangor.  Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Paddlers take on the 51st Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

By Ashley Conti on April 16, 2017, at 8:29 a.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine -- 04/11/2017 -- Linda Janeski of Winslow, who adopted Dakota three days before the kill order was issued, wipes a tear from her face after hearing that the motion to spare the life of Dakota the dog, who was pardoned by Gov. LePage, was denied in Waterville District Court Tuesday.  Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Judge refuses to spare life of Dakota, dog pardoned by LePage

By Ashley Conti on April 11, 2017, at 4:48 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine -- 03/30/2017 -- Susan Cutting (right) adds water to a bucket of acorns so Molly Katz-Christy and Jim Merkel can agitate the acorns to remove the skins while Steve Byers washes out an agitated bucket of acorn at their home in Belfast Thursday. The group expects to make around 20 pounds of acorn flour when they are done. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Turning acorns into flour

By Ashley Conti on April 10, 2017, at 10:45 a.m.
FRANKFORT, Maine -- 03/24/2017 -- Sonja Twombly pour her goat's milk soap mixture into moulds at Lally Broch Farm in Frankfort Friday. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

How to make goat’s milk soap

By Ashley Conti on April 07, 2017, at 6:53 a.m.
GRAND LAKE STREAM, Maine -- 04/01/2017 -- James Elliott III holds up a landlocked salmon that his father, James Elliott Jr., caught in Grand Lake Stream to enjoy opening day of open water fishing season at Grand Lake Stream Saturday. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Anglers flock to popular fishing spot for opening day

By Ashley Conti on April 05, 2017, at 7:44 p.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine -- 03/29/2017 -- Sara Jenkins makes a pasta dish at her restaurant Nina June in Rockport Wednesday. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Making the perfect pasta dish

By Ashley Conti on April 04, 2017, at 2:55 p.m.
BANGOR, MAINE -- 04/06/2016 - Jade Socoby deadlifts during a training session at Union Street Athletics in Bangor Wednesday.  Socoby used powerlifting to lose over 130 pounds. "I've never been good at anything. My brother shined in high school with basketball. He was tall and skinny and I was fat and tall," said Socoby. "I was over 320 pounds about three and a half, four years ago.... I want to help women lose weight, I want to help women know it's okay to be strong. You're not going to look like the Hulk if you touch a weight. It's just going to accentuate the frame you have, the curves you have. Every women should at least try it." Ashley L. Conti | BDN

‘Being strong is OK’: Using powerlifting to find a better self

By Ashley Conti on March 31, 2017, at 9:19 a.m.
Jade Socoby takes a moment to regain composer before doing a squat workout at Union Street Athletics in Bangor Thursday. Socoby used powerlifting to lose over 130 pounds.

The workout that helped one woman lose 130 pounds

By Ashley Conti on March 31, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
“Every woman should at least try it.”