Articles by Linda Coan O'Kresik


Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie studies botany in Acadia National Park

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on July 13, 2016, at 11:23 a.m.
Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie is studying plants at different elevations of mountains in Acadia National Park, including Cadillac Mountain, to understand how climate change will affect the flowering and leaf-out process.

Cooking tip for home brewers

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on July 11, 2016, at 3:07 p.m.
Cooking tip for home brewers from Forrest Brown of Mason’s Brewery in Brewer, Maine.
Maine Master Naturalist Merrie Eley, a Blue Hill Heritage Trust volunteer, gives Nayeli Monahan (center), 6, a taste of Indian cucumber on the “Secrets and Surprises of the Forest at Kingdom Woods” hiking event Friday morning. Far left is Finn Monahan and right in red is Hank Harp. The Blue Hill Heritage Trust is a local land trust on the peninsula consisting of more than 7,200 acres of conserved land. Their outreach committee plans free, year-round, public events, such as hikes, environmental education, nature walks and much more.

Blue Hill nature walk teaches kids smells, tastes of outdoors

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on July 11, 2016, at 12:25 p.m.
Kids and adults followed Maine Master Naturalist Merrie Eley, a Blue Hill Heritage Trust volunteer, along the trails as she pointed out plants to smell and taste along the way.

Jody Johnstone potter

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on June 30, 2016, at 6:20 a.m.
Woodfire potter Jody Johnstone feeds the fire of her wood burning anagama tunnel kiln at her home in Swansville. The kiln, which is firing nearly 1,000 pieces of her work and several other potters, is stoked with wood twenty-four hours a day by a small crew for eight days. Jody …

Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound a smorgasbord for the senses

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on June 28, 2016, at 3:51 p.m.
“I think [my goal] originally was to just create a place where people can come and have a really good meal and just be happy,” Charlotte Gill said. “To be close to the park and do something at a reasonable price with quality food and just really offer an experience.”

Patriot’s Day Rally

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on April 19, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
Don Christen of Starks smokes marijuana outside the Somerset County Courthouse during the 26th annual Patriot’s Day Rally, which he organizes every year to educate and bring awareness to the benefits of marijuana.

Bangor historian talks about Pickering Square over the years

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on April 05, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
Bangor historian Richard Shaw talks about Pickering Square over the years. City councilors will get their first look at plans for the proposed overhaul Pickering Square during a meeting Tuesday night.

Search continues for missing Maine Maritime student

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Feb. 29, 2016, at 2:46 p.m.
Search and Rescue volunteers do a grid search Monday morning off of Penobscot Street in Orono. Sixty search and rescue workers are looking for missing 21-year-old Maine Maritime Academy student David Breunig. Breunig went missing late Friday night.

Otis woman talks about pursuing college degree later in life

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Feb. 12, 2016, at 10:14 a.m.
Lynn Pollard, 51, of Otis is attending the University of Maine to pursue a degree in anthropology.

Students offer donations, smiles during Catholic Schools Week

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Feb. 02, 2016, at 7:57 a.m.
The theme for Catholic Schools Week is faith, community and service. Fourth- through eighth-graders from All Saints Catholic School in Bangor collected donations to deliver to Phillips-Strickland House residents and then spent time visiting with them.

Cribbage group still meets after closing of Bangor senior center

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Jan. 30, 2016, at 12:59 p.m.
Several seniors continue to play cribbage with the group from the Hammond Street Senior Center at the Brewer Housing Authority’s Community Room since the closing of the senior center. The group plays twice a week and enjoys their continued social time. The senior center is planning to reopen in the …

Pollarding with Shana Hanson in Belfast

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Jan. 22, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
Shana Hanson, 52, is a homesteader who keeps goats and practices an old-style of tree pruning, called pollarding, on her 39-acres in Belfast. Her fodder forest feeds her six saanen goats, which are high milk producers. Shana sets up a ladder to prune some tress in her woods on Wednesday …

Susan Collins talks priorities, plans for committee on aging

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Jan. 08, 2016, at 6:38 a.m.
Sen. Susan Collins, 63, discusses the priorities of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging recently at her home in Bangor.

State liquor contract

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Jan. 06, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.
Jeff Seney, general manager at Burby & Bates in Orono, says that the only difficulty with the state’s new liquor contract is changing the prices on nearly 1,000 products. According to Seney, the price changes won’t really affect customers’ purchases. “People are coming here to buy the items regardless of …

Freese’s Assisted Living

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Dec. 24, 2015, at 6:46 a.m.
Waneta Booker, 86, lives in the Freese’s Assisted Living facility on Water Street in Bangor. Her apartment is on the fifth floor, where she remembers the toy department being in the old Freese’s department store.

Warming Hearts in Mattawamkeag

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Dec. 11, 2015, at 7:22 a.m.
Warming Hearts Soup offers a homemade meal and a chance for the community to gather at 11 a.m. every Friday at the Mattawamkeag municipal building. Through the generosity of organizers and contributors, the lunch is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Katherine Bowen’s robot

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Nov. 13, 2015, at 6:57 a.m.
Katherine Bowen, 13, was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia on March 16. Although she is absent from school, she is not missing class. Communicating with her class through a laptop computer on her end and a VGo robot at the school, Katherine is able to be a part of …

Wood duck banding

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Sept. 23, 2015, at 1:39 p.m.
Kelsey Sullivan, game bird biologist with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, talks about banding wood ducks.

Former horse barn home to fast growing micro brewery

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Aug. 30, 2015, at 8:03 a.m.
The 15-year-old barn on Bigelow Hill embodies a family’s evolution. Built as a stable to house their horses, it went up in three weeks. But for the past year and a half, the Powers family’s backyard barn has housed one of the fastest growing micro breweries in central Maine: Bigelow Brewing Co.

Father of Ellsworth murder victim speaks after her husband’s sentencing

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Aug. 21, 2015, at 7:55 p.m.
Christopher Saenz was sentenced to 47 years for the murder of his wife, Hilary Saenz, on Christmas Day 2013.