Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent

It's not at all uncommon when driving on the North Maine Woods' private roads to come across a loaded logging truck. Recreational drivers need to be aware and respectful of those working in the woods, say the landowners.

Never forget, all roads are private in the North Maine Woods

By Julia Bayly on May 13, 2017, at 6 a.m.
“People going in need to follow the rules of those roads. They are private roads. It is quite unusual in the U.S. to have 3.5 million acres of private land open for people to drive around. If people abuse it, those roads could become closed and private.”
This working scale model locomotive is an exact replica of a Bangor & Aroostook engine from the early part of the last century. George Roy of Fort Kent spent an estimated 5,000 hours fabricating the model in 1961. Last week, it was gifted to the Fort Kent Historical Society.

Decades later, 800-pound model train finds its way home to Fort Kent

By Julia Bayly on May 12, 2017, at 9:29 a.m.
The working steam engine was designed and built by one of Fort Kent’s true “petanteurs” George Roy in 1961.
If faux-mud splattered pants are now high fashion, just spend some time in northern Maine working outdoors during mud season.

Since when did mud become high fashion?

By Julia Bayly on May 11, 2017, at 1:19 p.m.
“I’ll totally admit to spending probably too much on a pair of shoes or shirt that really caught my eye a time or two. But I draw the line at forking over hundreds to look like I just walked out of a St. John Valley potato field at the end of a long day of picking rocks.”
Humans around the world are planning to shed their clothes and dig into the earth on Saturday for World Naked Gardening Day.

Gardening this weekend? Time to get naked

By Julia Bayly on May 05, 2017, at 11:08 a.m.
That desire to feel the earth and wind is a comment sentiment among avid gardeners, even the ones who keep their clothes on.
Greg Zielinski (center) leads a yoga class for seniors at the Bangor Y Wednesday morning. Also pictured are Gretchen Dyer-Gagnon (left) and Rick Alexander.

This mind and body practice helps seniors ‘show up for life’

By Julia Bayly on April 28, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
“Yoga is very gentle and holistic,” Sandy Cyrus, owner of Full Circle Yoga in Orono, said. “It’s like taking your car in for a tuneup, but yoga is a tuneup for the whole body.”
Chiclet amused herself for a time during a long layover in Montreal watching planes take off and land. The Rusty Metal Farm house dog is well on her way to becoming a savvy traveler.

Now that she’s seen Winnipeg, how do I keep Chiclet down on the farm?

By Julia Bayly on April 27, 2017, at 4:15 p.m.
In my travels I had seen numerous people on planes with their tiny dogs. How difficult could this be?
The old, abandoned locomotives on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is the destination of a driving convoy this summer. So far, more than 50 people are planning to take part in the 90-mile drive into the Maine woods in August.

How to see ‘Ghost Trains’ deep in the Maine woods

By Julia Bayly on April 21, 2017, at 7:32 a.m.
The backroad trip into the North Maine Woods in the First Ghost Train Convoy will visit the abandoned steam engines and tramway between Eagle and Chamberlain lakes.
A sure sign of spring in Maine is the annual appearance of bump or frost heave warning signs.

Spring in Maine means frost heaves in the roads

By Julia Bayly on April 15, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Call them what you want, “frost heaves,” are the seasonal bane of every Maine driver.
The woods around Rusty Metal Farm look like something out of a novel set on the British moors these days. But optimism is running high -- spring is on the way.

The horror that is spring in northern Maine

By Julia Bayly on April 14, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Were I to post photos of the current conditions surrounding my house they would be monochromatic images of mud, giant snow banks and trees with nary a leaf bud in sight.
The Rusty Metal Farm ermine pops out from his below the garage den looking for his daily tribute.

When wildlife resorts to extortion

By Julia Bayly on March 30, 2017, at 12:43 p.m.
“I have the distinct impression my forest friends have started regarding me not so much as their benign landlord but as their lackey.”
Clearing up around and pruning old apple trees can help make them productive and fruit-bearing again, according to John O'Meara, who travels northern Maine helping landowners rehabilitate trees.

‘Definitely worth saving’: Maine farmer helps give old apple trees new life

By Julia Bayly on March 30, 2017, at 6:32 a.m.
“If a tree has been around a long time, it has weathered a lot of fluctuations and deserves a chance.”
Andre Landry begins to apply cedar strips on what will be a 22-foot old style, square-sterned canoe taking shape in his garage.

Old style freight canoe taking shape in Fort Kent garage

By Julia Bayly on March 24, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Married 36 years, the couple say there are few places they would rather be than on a river or lake together.
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.