Aimee Thibodeau

Managing Editor: Special Sections, Bangor Metro & The Weekly

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Emily Yoffe

My husband won’t cuddle. Is it cheating if I meet another man for hugs?

By Emily Yoffe, Slate on June 08, 2013, at 7:57 p.m.
My co-worker and I meet for hugs — and that’s all.

Doe a deer, a female deer

By Aimee Thibodeau on June 07, 2013, at 11:45 a.m.
This lovely lady stopped by my parent’s house in western Maine Friday morning.
Once out in the open bog of Bangor's Roland F. Perry City Forest, birders are likely to hear the singing of resident Lincoln's sparrows.

Habitat helps birders identify migrants

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on June 04, 2013, at 11:24 a.m.
There is no better time to go birding than June. The migrants are back, they’re on their breeding territories, and they spend every morning telling you where they are. They sing with the sunrise and continue the tunes through much of the day. Songbirds are easy to find this time …

Maine historical atlas a prime example of the importance of humanities to the state

By Aimee Thibodeau on May 07, 2013, at 2:09 p.m.
What began as a desire to showcase the University of Maine’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a model of its faculty and students working together has grown into a statewide initiative to highlight the importance of the state’s economic, cultural and political strengths. The first project in the …
Ford Stevenson captured these images of a bear at his mother Priscilla Stevenson's, home in Wayne, Maine earlier this month.

Wayne man captures bear images on trail cam

By Aimee Thibodeau on April 21, 2013, at 12:23 p.m.
Ford Stevenson recently shared these photos with the BDN which were taken with a trail camera that he has set up at the home of his mother, Priscilla Stevenson. In an email to his niece, which he shared with the BDN, Ford Stevenson reported that the bear …

Daughtry, 3 Doors Down announced for Bangor Waterfront

By Aimee Thibodeau on April 17, 2013, at 9:14 a.m.
Daughtry and 3 Doors Down were announced Wednesday as the newest summer concert at Darlings Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor. The concert is set for Wednesday, July 10, with special guest Halestorm. Daughtry is fronted by former “American Idol” contestant Chris Daughtry and known for their hit “Feels Like Tonight.” The …
Maine State Police photo shows a makeshift camp site of Christopher Knight for 27 years in Rome, Maine taken following his arrest on April 4, 2013.

Former property owner had no idea ‘North Pond Hermit’ was living on his land

By Aimee Thibodeau on April 12, 2013, at 12:19 p.m.
Paul Salvas says he never knew there was anyone living on the property he previously owned in the woods of Rome, Maine. In fact, when asked on Friday morning, he said he hadn’t heard anything about the man who has become known as the “North Woods Hermit,” accused of committing …

I can’t stand her mustache — can I tell her to wax?

By Emily Yoffe on April 07, 2013, at 11:37 a.m.
Dear Prudence, I’m a man who can’t ask this question of my women friends, mostly because it’s something that some of them deal with and I don’t want to come across as a jerk. It’s the mustache question. Twice now I’ve found myself dating women who have a slight ‘stache. …

Seeing Maine Through Cianbro Colored Glasses

on April 05, 2013, at 3:23 p.m.
It was suit and tie versus jeans and work shirts Tuesday at the Penobscot County Courthouse as Peter Vigue, of Cianbro Corporation, presented his East West Highway Project, and Maine citizens made comments and asked questions. Mr Vigue has a power point sales pitch worked up, and he doesn’t stray …

What should you do when your child’s teacher is a bully?

By Aimee Thibodeau on April 01, 2013, at 4:38 p.m.
Q. Nursery school was a happy experience for my son, but he is now in kindergarten at the same small school and things aren’t going so well. The teacher says that he has unprovoked bursts of anger — a complaint that confounded us. Our son has never acted this way …
Jenna Eagleton and Caroline Currie of Portland react on Sunday to being named the winners of the 2013 Real Maine Wedding of the Year Contest.

Portland same-sex couple wins Real Maine Wedding of the Year Contest

By Aimee Thibodeau on March 25, 2013, at 9:12 a.m.
FREEPORT, Maine – Jenna Eagleton and Caroline Currie have been selected as winners of the 2013 Real Maine Wedding of the Year Contest. They are the first same-sex couple to enter the contest. As grand prize winners, the Portland couple has won their dream wedding, which will be valued at …
Chef Meghan Woodbury, center, and her team , Brett Settle, left and Hillary Herrick prepare the first course during the Maine Chef Challenge at Eastern Maine Community College on Friday, March 25, 2012.

Video of Eastern Maine Community College Chef Challenge

By Aimee Thibodeau on March 22, 2013, at 6:04 p.m.
Didn’t get a ticket to the Eastern Maine Community College Chef Challenge? No worries! You can view the challenge live here as three of Maine’s prestigious chefs battle for the title of “Maine’s Chef.” BDN Maine is the presenting sponsor of the event, in addition to Bronson Audio, Visual & …

Stretch marks: Frustrating, embarrassing, and for some an issue that’s more than skin deep

By Angela Hill, Oakland Tribune on March 18, 2013, at 12:38 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — For many women, they’re the red, white or sometimes brown badges of bearing children. But while pregnant women are the group with whom we most frequently associate stretch marks, a larger percentage of the population is not immune. Weight gain can bring on stretch marks, too — …

The worst foods to feed your children: Are they in your house?

By Kris Hey, Orlando Sentinel on March 18, 2013, at 12:33 p.m.
Ever since our son was a baby, we have tried to get him to gain weight. For years, he always ranked in the lowest percentile for weight. His father was that way, too, and so were many other boys in our family, so we weren’t too concerned. The struggle for …

How to burn fat and get stronger

By Wina Sturgeon, Adventure Sports Weekly, on March 18, 2013, at 12:10 p.m.
It doesn’t cost a thing. You don’t have to give up decadent foods. Best of all, it’s foolproof — and really works. The problem? It works very slowly. But that’s a good thing. First, an important translation. When people say they want to lose weight, what they usually mean is …
 Ted Williams (right) admires a painting by Tom Hennessey of the Bangor Daily News. The painting depicts Williams on one of his Atlantic salmon fishing trips to Canada's Miramichi River. Hennessey presented the work to Williams in Bangor on Sept. 4, 1965.

Tom Hennessey: Decades of loving the outdoors captured in art

By Aimee Thibodeau on March 01, 2013, at 12:19 p.m.
After 54 years with the BDN, Tom Hennessey is marking the official end of his career, which began in 1959 as an apprentice printer. We will miss Tom’s regular visits to the newsroom to ensure his art was properly scanned, that his column had successfully arrived to our computers through …

Flu remains at epidemic proportions in Maine

By Aimee Thibodeau on Jan. 16, 2013, at 12:42 p.m.
The flu remains at epidemic proportions in Maine, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. As of the end of the day Tuesday, 90 long-term care facilities and 24 schools were reporting influenza outbreaks, Sheila Pinette, the agency’s director, said. Schools are required to report an outbreak …
Slightly sour and spicy, Hunter’s Stew is a hearty, beloved dish served at Polish family gatherings.

When Polish Food Became Polished Food

By Aimee Thibodeau on Jan. 15, 2013, at 3:35 p.m.
A mushy white sandwich roll, melted cheese and a squeeze of ketchup. When I first moved to Warsaw to work as a journalist, in the autumn of 1988, a zapiekanka was the most common form of street food. The zapiekanka (za-pyeh-KAN-kah) predated the hamburger, and it certainly wasn’t pizza — …

Dave Small’s favorite nature photos from 2012

By Dave Small, Photos by Chance on Jan. 02, 2013, at 1:52 p.m.
The new year brings a time for reflection to me. It seems like there are so many goals unrealized, some achieved, and some postponed. After my HP computer crashed in October, I was forced to achieve a goal I’d procrastinated for two years…an upgrade to a more powerful system, more conducive to photography. …

Not quite a partridge in a pear tree…but close enough

By Dave Small, Photos By Chance on Dec. 26, 2012, at 11:09 a.m.
Last week, or so, while following fox tracks down an old trail that I had not traveled for several years, my thoughts shifted from fox tracking back to photography. I’ve missed many, maybe, good critter images because of mind wanderings, like following fox tracks. My thoughts began with,”These are fairly fresh, maybe I’ll see …