Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett


Troy Bennett takes photos and video for the BDN in Portland and beyond. Before joining the BDN in February 2012, Troy worked for the Times Record of Brunswick.

Painter’s final works kept hidden in downtown Portland for 77 years

on Aug. 18, 2017, at 8:05 a.m.
Mostly forgotten Harry Cochrane’s last major works have been hidden in plain sight for the better part of a century.
PORTLAND, MAINE -- 07/20/17 -- Atop scaffolding, embers of the Maine Project for Fine Art Conservation work on cleaning and restoring two paintings by Harry Cochrane in the Portland Masonic Temple on Congress Street last month. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Harry Cochrane’s hidden paintings

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 18, 2017, at 8:05 a.m.
for video

This is not a lighthouse

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 14, 2017, at 9:02 a.m.

This lighthouse-shaped building is definitely not a lighthouse

on Aug. 14, 2017, at 9:02 a.m.
Portland trivia: There are no lighthouses anywhere in the city.

Protestors return after court ruling

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 12, 2017, at 1 a.m.

Warm water and warm memories at this easy paddling spot close to Portland

on Aug. 09, 2017, at 9:13 a.m.
We watched double-flippers come off a long rope swing as they plunged into the water over and over.

When a woman making coffee saved a family from drowning

on Aug. 07, 2017, at 12:36 p.m.
When the 20 million gallon Munjoy Hill reservoir burst, the ensuing torrent destroyed two houses and killed four people.

‘Yooouuuk’ comes back to Portland

on Aug. 01, 2017, at 11:07 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs hall-of-famer, and former Boston Red Sox first baseman, Kevin Youkilis returned to Hadlock Field Tuesday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

This Portland music teacher carried snakes in his pockets

on July 31, 2017, at 8:09 a.m.
He had hundreds of them crawling around the studio where he gave music lessons.

These sad songs were making people happy today

on July 26, 2017, at 1:39 p.m.
One wailed on a plaintive harmonica and sang about his woes. The other fella kept his head down, playing guitar with his hands and a percussion rig with his feet.

Remembering a friend who had ‘a heart as big as Portland’

on July 25, 2017, at 7:49 a.m.
As gentrification gobbles up whole neighborhoods, his passing can’t help but feel like a punctuation mark at the end of golden time for this city.
for a video

Kahill’s lobsterman statue

By Troy R. Bennett on July 24, 2017, at 6:22 a.m.

An ‘enemy alien’ from the Middle East created these iconic Maine statues

on July 24, 2017, at 6:08 a.m.
The sculptures can be seen in Portland, Harpswell and Washington, D.C.
for video

John Poor’s railway

By Troy R. Bennett on July 17, 2017, at 8:55 a.m.

This frostbitten man brought Canadian railroad wealth to Portland

on July 17, 2017, at 8:51 a.m.
John Alfred Poor got frostbite and pneumonia on his grueling trek to bring trains from Canada to Portland.

Meet a Maine man who can shuck 1,000 pounds of lobsters in a day

on July 13, 2017, at 7:34 a.m.
He can turn a steaming, red-shelled carcass into a mound of mouthwatering meat in just a few seconds.
for video

Lobster shucker

By Troy R. Bennett on July 13, 2017, at 6:38 a.m.
for video

Portland’s last cannon shot

By Troy R. Bennett on July 10, 2017, at 11:41 a.m.

How Portland’s last ‘whorehouse riot’ got started

on July 10, 2017, at 8:59 a.m.
The sailors came back one night, three weeks later, with a 6-pound cannon. They fired it into King’s house.
PORTLAND, MAINE -- 07/05/17 -- Fort Gorges, named for an early English proprietor of the area, sits on Hog Island Ledge in Portland Harbor on Wednesday. Begun in 1858, it was finished in 1864 but never garrisoned. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Portland’s Fort Gorges

By Troy R. Bennett on July 06, 2017, at 6:37 a.m.