Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent

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.”
Dale Christensen, who is selling off $13,000 worth of sports cards and other memorabilia, shows off some of his cards recently in Fort Kent.

Maine dad selling massive trading card collection to fund sexual assault recovery book

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 14, 2017, at 8:52 a.m.
“My daughter was sexually assaulted when she was 6 years old,” Dale Christensen said. “I’ve written a book to help families who are going through what we went through.”

State clears Turner egg facility of all animal cruelty charges

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 13, 2017, at 7:50 a.m.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has cleared an out-of-state egg processor of all allegations of animal cruelty at its Turner facility.

Rockland one step closer to declaring food sovereignty with close council vote

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 10, 2017, at 5 p.m.
Eighteen municipalities across Maine have already adopted food sovereignty ordinances, but if successful, Rockland will be the largest community to do so.
Former United States Navy SEAL Robert Foley, who runs Operation Veteran Wellness, which uses horses to help military veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues after they leave the military, is one of 15 farming veterans featured in the new Maine series "Growing Home."

‘Some really inspiring stories’: New Maine series looks at veterans down on the farms

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 06, 2017, at 4:56 p.m.
“Growing Home” will air the first of 13 30-minute episodes at 11 a.m. Sunday
The snow is really piling up on Rusty Metal Farm. Could 2017 be another record-breaking year?

How to survive a Maine winter? With plenty of friends

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 05, 2017, at 1:22 p.m.
“Welcome to winter 2017 on Rusty Metal Farm, where it’s shaping up to be a banner season and the only reason I am not filing a change-of-address form to The Bahamas is — as so often the case — thanks to my neighbors and friends.”
Thanks to diet, exercise and cosmetic surgery to remove loose skin, David Mouland is leading a much healthier and active lifestyle.

How cosmetic surgery can be part of a healthy life for aging Mainers

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 27, 2016, at 12 p.m.
“It does not always have to do with looks. It has to do with functionality and having an improvement of functionality.”
Musicians and carolers are still a big part of the holidays in Portland, Oregon.

Home for the holidays

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 22, 2016, at 3:43 p.m.

Limestone missile silo gets plenty of media attention, but no buyers

on Dec. 21, 2016, at 6:53 a.m.
“I’m really surprised,” Dave Prentiss said. “Not even the crazies have asked about it.”
Pointing out it needs work, Dave and Sue Prentiss say the old Nike missile silo on their Limestone property has great potential for everything from living space to an underground organic garden.

Limestone missile silo gets plenty of media attention, but no buyers

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 21, 2016, at 6:40 a.m.
“I’m really surprised,” Dave Prentiss said. “Not even the crazies have asked about it.”
Tucker, a 15-year-old beagle-Lab mix at Bangor Humane Society, is available for adoption. Tucker's adoption fee is $50.

Why adopting a senior animal might be right for you

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 17, 2016, at 10:38 a.m.
Maine’s aging population and the number of senior pets looking for a new home could be the perfect match.
With a proper fit and confidence, comes style, according to Meagan Anderson, designer with LL Bean. “It should not follow any rules based on age, but instead a person should look for high quality items that flatter their body image and makes them confident [because] you have to feel good to look good," says Anderson.

Maine designers talk the ridiculousness of fashion ‘rules’

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 14, 2016, at 1:55 p.m.
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I regret waiting so long to get breast reduction surgery

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 08, 2016, at 2:44 p.m.
Plastic surgery? That was something only Kardashians and over-the-hill starlets did, right?
Gail Hagelstein (right) and her daughter Jaime Hagelstein bungee jump during a trip last year in New Zealand. For the elder Hagelstein, age should never be a limit or obstacle when it comes to adventure.

Mainers prove you’re never too old for adventure

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 07, 2016, at 6:34 a.m.
“I’m not going to die peacefully, I want to go sliding into home base with a glass of wine in my hand. I mean, why not?”
Norma, 77 years old, makes her bed in what used to be a closet at the Maine Correctional Center where photographer Jessica Earnshaw spent several days shadowing Maine's oldest female inmate as part of the Aging in Prison photo documentary project.

New York photographer points lens at aging Maine inmates

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 05, 2016, at 8:43 a.m.
“Everybody I talked to was like anyone I would meet on the outside.”
Fresh brewed fancy Starbucks coffee is now available daily at the University of Maine at Fort Kent's Bengal Lair

Get your coffee on at state’s northernmost Starbucks counter

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 29, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.

Depression does not have to be part of the ‘normal’ aging process

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 25, 2016, at 1:04 p.m.
Depression is a real and often misdiagnosed condition among Maine’s aging population, according to those who work with the state’s elderly population.
Who knew so much personality and joy could come in such a small package? Lil Bean, the rescue senior Chihuahua, brightens the day of anyone she meets.

With dogs, there is a lot of love in small packages

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 24, 2016, at 1:33 p.m.
Julia Bayly: For a week I played, snuggled and became totally smitten with that pint-sized canine.

Valley reporter tries to help homeless man, has rental van stolen

on Nov. 24, 2016, at 1:15 a.m.
All Jessica Potila of Fort Kent wanted to do was help a homeless man get home in time for Thanksgiving. Instead, she is spending the day before the holiday talking to police in two counties, dealing with her insurance company and wondering how she is going to get her rental van out of an impound lot in Calais.

Residents, camp owners on Irving leased lots still waiting on development plans

on Nov. 24, 2016, at 1:06 a.m.
(From the BDN) More than 400 seasonal camp and year-round homeowners remain in limbo waiting for the state and J.D. Irving to reach an agreement on a development plan for 51,000 acres in Aroostook County.