Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent

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.”
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.”