Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent

An Irish Setter lies on its bench during the Crufts Dog Show in March 2017. A new study found that dogs are capable of great manipulation.

Proof that dogs are the world’s greatest con artists

By Julia Bayly on March 16, 2017, at 1:57 p.m.
Dogs may be man’s best friend. But they are also manipulative, deceitful and willful creatures.
Cheryle Matowitz, right, owner of Bread of Life Bulk Food in Presque Isle, bags up some pure maple water for customer Diane Andrews of Hamlin. The raw sap contains numerous nutrients and vitamins and is becoming a popular beverage.

Forget coconut water, maple sap water is the latest craze

By Julia Bayly on March 16, 2017, at 7:27 a.m.
“It’s kind of following the coconut water craze.”
The Orono seed library is seen in old card catalog bins at the Orono Public Library in Orono. The seed library is a central location where community members can store, trade, and get free seeds.

Public libraries in Maine adding seeds to their stacks

By Julia Bayly on March 15, 2017, at 11:17 a.m.
“Libraries are adding new formats all the time and [seeds] are just another thing people can borrow.”

Elderly Mainers are having unprotected sex, and that’s a problem

By Julia Bayly on March 10, 2017, at 9:05 a.m.
“In the last 10 years, sexually transmitted diseases have doubled in that age group because of that false sense of security.”
Can-Am Crown WJC 100 musher Ward Wallin's sled dogs make their way to the Allagash checkpoint during the race, March 5, 2016.

25 years of Can-Am sled dog event memories come racing back

By Julia Bayly on March 03, 2017, at 1:34 p.m.
A quarter-century of racing has produced a lot of stories, tall tales and memories.
Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, has sponsored LD 725, An Act to recognize local control regarding food and water systems.

Proposed bill could advance food sovereignty movement in Maine

By Julia Bayly on March 03, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
A northern Maine senator has thrown support to the food sovereignty movement.
Chiclet, the Rusty Metal Farm house dog takes one last wistful look at new harnesses before leaving PetSmart in Bangor. Thanks to a lost wallet, no purchases were made that day.

Lost and found wallet restores some faith in humanity

By Julia Bayly on March 02, 2017, at 11:28 a.m.
“Every so often, a series of events unfolds to reinforce my somewhat Pollyannaish world view.”
A trio of well-dressed dogs sport jackets made by critter seamstress Sandi Rowe Umble.

How this crafty retiree is keeping Maine’s neediest dogs warm in winter

By Julia Bayly on March 01, 2017, at 3:17 p.m.
Retired nurse Sandi Rowe Umble donates custom-made coats and blankets to shelters, rescues and animal orphanages in central Maine.
Bethan Malcolm, regional ombudsman with the Maine Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, works the phone on behalf of one of her clients.

Maine’s long-term care ombudsman a tireless advocate

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 23, 2017, at 6:33 a.m.
Anyone with questions or concerns about long-term care in Maine needs Brenda Gallant’s phone number on speed dial.

Rockland city council stops short of passing food sovereignty ordinance

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 16, 2017, at 2:12 p.m.
Eighteen municipalities across Maine have already adopted food sovereignty ordinances.

Got grammar? You better have a good editor

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 16, 2017, at 11:57 a.m.
We get down on our knees on a regular basis to give thanks to all copy editors.
Can-Am Crown 250 musher Martin Massicotte makes his way down Main Street in Fort Kent at the start of the 2016 race. Massicotte went on to win and will be back to defend his title on March 4.

After 25 years, Can Am Crown Sled Dog Race still running strong

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 16, 2017, at 7:55 a.m.
“The longevity of the Can Am Sled Dog Race says it all for the quality of the event for mushers, dogs and spectators alike.”
An unending stream of solicitations and requests for donations can be overwhelming and budget stressing for some of Maine's elderly residents.

Legitimate solicitations for funds can be just as dangerous to seniors as scams

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 14, 2017, at 12:49 p.m.
“If you start to notice your parent or elderly loved one sending out a lot of checks, it may be time to start the conversation about sharing financial responsibilities.”
Dr. Amanda Bisol, co-owner of The Animal Medical Clinic in Skowhegan, examines Gretchen Rinaldi's cat Tucker during his yearly checkup Wednesday in Skowhegan.

Maine veterinarians newest members in fighting opiate abuse

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 09, 2017, at 7:55 a.m.
Thanks to a new law that went into effect at the start of the year, whenever veterinarians write an opiate-type painkiller prescription for one of their patients, they first have to run a background check on its owner.

Calling all cyclists: Roadkill counters needed

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 02, 2017, at 12:48 p.m.
The study wants cyclists to document sightings of animal roadkill spotted on rides.
The latest in snowmobile gear rests on a table in front of historic photos of the Allagash region at Two Rivers Lunch. The small, northern Maine community is becoming a popular destination for sledders thanks to consistent snow cover.

For some sledders, once they reach the end of the road, the fun is just beginning

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 02, 2017, at 12:22 p.m.
Allagash is among Maine’s smallest towns and while there is no official tally, its population soars those days when the snowmobiling conditions are at their best.
A German shepherd, which was found living under the Presque Isle Fish & Game Club's porch, can be seen recently at the Central Aroostook Humane Society in Presque Isle. The dog, named Charlie after one of his rescuers, will be getting a new home.

Lost dog found living under Aroostook County porch will soon be getting a new home

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 30, 2017, at 2:46 p.m.
“The tracks went around the building and under the porch,” Don McAllister said. “We started checking around if someone had lost a dog and then discovered the dog was living under the porch.”
In tracing family trees, genealogist Kathryn Kelly combines 21st Century information technology with old fashioned paper trail research. In doing so, she cautions fellow researchers to always take steps to keep online information secure.

Genealogists warn of the thin line between research, invasion of privacy

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 26, 2017, at 2:17 p.m.
“You would be amazed at how much of your personal information is out there regardless of what you think you have kept private.”
Coming to Rusty Metal Farm from Louisiana in January has been a bit of an adjustment for Chiclet, a chihuahua-Yorkie mix rescue dog.

The newest resident on Rusty Metal Farm is also the tiniest

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 19, 2017, at 2:08 p.m.
“Ladies and gentlemen, may I take the opportunity to introduce Rusty Metal Farm’s newest and tiniest resident: Chiclet.”
Judy Kahrl, founder of Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights, poses recently outside her home in Arrowsic.

For these Maine activists, there is no sitting on the sidelines

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 19, 2017, at 12:53 p.m.
“We have to hold our ground,” Patricia Ryan, 72, said. “I think there is a complacency among girls and women who grew up under the protections we fought for [and] a belief those protections were always there.”