Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent

Among the poutine-of-the-week selections at The Voyageur Lounge in Madawaska is beef stew poutine, a combination of chunks of beef, carrots and peas in gravy over cheese curds and steak fries, seen Feb. 16, 2016.

Cheese, fries, gravy: Poutine Palooza coming to The County

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 09, 2016, at 1:24 p.m.
An homage to all things poutine — the traditional Quebecois delicacy of french-fried potatoes covered in gravy and cheese curds — Poutine Palooza is taking place around Madawaska, with organizers hoping it boosts festival attendance.
Fort Kent woodlot owner Larry Guimond prepares for a day tending his land.

Small woodlot owners a powerful force for future of Maine’s forests

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 05, 2016, at 6:22 a.m.
“For me it’s not about how many trees I’ve cut or what kind of profit I see when I’m done [but] what the land looks like when I am finished on it,” small woodlot owner Larry Guimond said.
The flock of Golden Campines on Rusty Metal Farm know there is safety in numbers.

Increased chicken tensions a sign of the times on Rusty Metal Farm

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 04, 2016, at 3:31 p.m.
Whatever chicken chaos is coming, the signs are there.

How a federal soil bank program in Maine helped preserve farmland for decades

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 02, 2016, at 5:40 p.m.
Thanks to the Conservation Reserve Program the land that was in the program is not only available to current and future farmers, it’s a lot healthier after laying fallow for 10 to 15 years, the life of the average CRP contract.

Couple gambles on beef cattle in northern Maine

on Aug. 02, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Erin Parisien and her husband Richard Nielsen have gone all in, raising and selling beef cattle in northern Maine, and they’re betting the area’s appetite for locally produced beef will pay off.
Undercover footage shows alleged inhumane treatment of animals and food safety concerns at Hillandale Farms, New England’s largest egg producer, which operates a facility in Turner, Maine.

Maine egg production facility not among those going cage-free

By Julia Bayly on July 28, 2016, at 11:03 a.m.
While one of the country’s leading egg suppliers has announced a plan to transition to “cage-free” systems, the company won’t be making changes to its facility in Maine — the same facility that was the focus of an undercover filming operation alleging animal cruelty there.
Erin Parisien looks over her herd of Black Angus beef cattle at Aroostook Beef Co. with some on the ground help from one of her chickens.

Couple gambles on beef cattle in northern Maine

By Julia Bayly on July 26, 2016, at 6:16 a.m.
Erin Parisien has the heart and soul of a gambler. Now she and her husband, Richard Nielsen, have gone all in, raising and selling beef cattle in northern Maine, and they’re betting the area’s appetite for locally produced beef will pay off.
Julia Bayly

Phaser set on stun cleared my vision

By Julia Bayly on July 21, 2016, at 4:29 p.m.
Julia Bayly: I’ll be the first to admit the idea of someone firing a laser in my eyes like Captain Kirk shooting a phaser at a Romulan gave me the chills, but after talking to numerous people who have had it done, I talked to my own eye doctor in Fort Kent about it.
People ride their bicycles along Route 1 in Stockton Springs on Monday.

When it comes to sharing the road, cyclists and motorists can be at odds

By Julia Bayly on July 21, 2016, at 11:20 a.m.
Bicycle shop owner John Grenier believes there is a perception on the part of some drivers that cyclists are out on the road “playing” on their “toys,” when in fact many are using their bikes as a major form of transportation to and from work or school.
Penobscot artist Christiana Becker leafs through her portfolio of wood block prints.

UMaine student uses art to highlight cultural history, issues

By Julia Bayly on July 20, 2016, at 6:25 a.m.
“I want people to understand the meaning behind the art.”

Fort Kent Squares still dancing

By Julia Bayly on July 14, 2016, at 12:33 p.m.
Fort Kent Historical Society unveils exhibit on northern Maine square dancers.
Costumes and other items used in the St. John Valley's Square Dance heyday are on display at the Fort Kent Historical Society. The exhibit officially opens Saturday with a reception.

Hip to be square: Maine dancers do-si-do through history in exhibit

By Julia Bayly on July 14, 2016, at 12:27 p.m.
The squares were well-organized, with manuals describing the dance steps, a regular newsletter and a series of badges awarded for various square dancing feats and accomplishments.
Living in a small space forces one to ask a lot of questions before acquiring more possessions, according to Sonya Connelly. Connelly is among a group of people who have taken to tiny house living and hope to establish a tiny house village in southern Maine.

Would you live in a tiny house commune? You might have the chance

By Julia Bayly on July 12, 2016, at 3:35 p.m.
“By living simply, each member of the community would be helping our environment on a personal level, by living each day simply and responsibly.”
Founded by the late Richard Corbin, Mizpah is a place for all.

Maine family carries on founder’s Mizpah vision for those touched by cancer

By Julia Bayly on July 08, 2016, at 6:22 a.m.
“It’s really a place for cancer victims and survivors to come to just relax,” Mike Corbin said.
Julia Bayly

I’ve gotten lost on my own Maine farm

By Julia Bayly on July 07, 2016, at 5:02 p.m.
I am somewhat “directionally challenged” and, when coupled with a tendency to become distracted and wander, let’s just say it can be a challenge to stay on track and not get lost.
Members of the 1976 Allagash Ladies Bobcat championship teams got together for a reunion of the July 4 weekend in Allagash.

40 years later, state champs Bobcat ladies still draw hometown crowd

By Julia Bayly on July 07, 2016, at 6:54 a.m.
Described in media reports of the day as “plucky” and “scrappy,” the Bobcats achieved near folk hero status in Maine.

State Champs Allagash Lady Bobcats 40 years later

By Julia Bayly on July 07, 2016, at 6:52 a.m.
The Allagash lady Bobcats were state champions 40 years ago. Over the July 4 weekend they held a team reunion in Allagash.
Fiddlehead ferns are popular seasonal items in New York City fresh produce markets, and they command prices far above what they get in northern Maine, where they have been traditional forage food for generations.

Foodies are swarming to get these Maine ‘swamp weeds,’ ‘poor man’s foods’ on their plates

By Julia Bayly on July 01, 2016, at 7:18 a.m.
“It’s pretty ironic,” she said. “Sometimes people look at northern Maine like we are almost rednecks, and now food that was considered ‘poor man’s food’ is now a delicacy.”
Artist Monica Brooke Taney consults a digital image of her model recently at her studio in Fort Kent. Taney said the digital age has made it much easier for artists to quickly record a subject or a scene with an electronic image for later inspiration in the studio.

Forget Paris: NY artist finds inspiration, paints in northern Maine

By Julia Bayly on June 27, 2016, at 2:33 p.m.
“I find constant inspiration from nature here , and I can live an independent life here half the year, [and] that is wonderful.”
Julia Bayly.

Critter-sitting at Rusty Metal Farm is not for the faint of heart

By Julia Bayly on June 23, 2016, at 1:27 p.m.
Anyone with pets or livestock knows the planning involved when leaving them for any period of time.