Blogs and Columns

Saying goodbye to Corky, my friend and constant companion for 12 years was among the hardest things I have ever had to do.

Final words on Corky, the Rusty Metal Farm shusky

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 27, 2016, at 11:27 a.m.
Julia Bayly: According to an online BDN linked search engine, I’ve written about Corky 125 times in the 12 years she lived on Rusty Metal Farm. This column is the 126th and quite likely last time I will do so.

A local doughnut company is moving into a former Tim Hortons

on Oct. 26, 2016, at 10:50 a.m.
Sarah Smiley

A 9-to-5 schoolday is not the answer

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 25, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
Eight hours of school? Can your 10-year-old self even imagine the awfulness?

Portland coffee trucks plan rally

on Oct. 25, 2016, at 3:51 p.m.

War on mice escalates at Cobb Manor

By Emmet Meara on Oct. 24, 2016, at 12:23 p.m.
Cobb Manor has always been a mice hostel, especially when those chilly nights arrive.
Wayne E. Reilly

Bangor cheered when Johnny came marching home

By Wayne E. Reilly on Oct. 23, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
Crowds assembled throughout Bangor to welcome home the National Guard troops who were returning from a stint defending the U.S.-Mexico border.
The classic Stewart's Farm photo that has been taken by hundreds of visitors to the Houlton Road farm stand and seen in publications around the world.

County pumpkin grower pleased to see new farm owners continue tradition

By Kathryn Olmstead on Oct. 20, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
Selling pumpkins for Halloween is more than a business for those who grow them in Aroostook County.
Sarah Smiley

About that trip to Quebec

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 19, 2016, at 6:50 a.m.
“There are so many stories of Dustin cheerfully believing he has a ‘better way’ to get to our destination, only to end up taking us on a ‘scenic route’ that, in his words, ‘we would have missed otherwise,'” Sarah Smiley writes.
Emmet Meara

Rolling Stone’s top 100 TV shows list doesn’t square with Cobb Manor Index

By Emmet Meara on Oct. 17, 2016, at 11:44 a.m.
Emmet Meara: Alright. I’m 75, and I am still reading Rolling Stone. Sue me.
Julia Bayly

Fighting the hobgoblins of consistency on Rusty Metal Farm

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 13, 2016, at 1:01 p.m.
People who know me, know my resistance to change. Call it “being in a rut,” if you will, but here on Rusty Metal Farm, it’s been all about consistency.

Portland food truck turns bricks-and-mortar

on Oct. 12, 2016, at 5:50 p.m.
Sarah Smiley

Learning French isn’t as easy as it sounds

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 11, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
It might surprise you that although I’ve been a military dependent for 39 years, the only foreign country I’ve visited is Canada.

Chef Cara Stadler announces new Portland wine restaurant

on Oct. 10, 2016, at 12:19 p.m.
Allagash Falls

After falling 40 feet over Allagash Falls, this man has a story to tell

By Emmet Meara on Oct. 10, 2016, at 12:07 p.m.
Walter Mastropietro is the luckiest SOB alive. Or maybe the unluckiest man alive. You decide.
Bangor’s harbor was once crowded with sailing ships as this scene at the mouth of the Kenduskeag Stream in the 1880s shows. The railroad drawbridge enabled vessels to sail up the stream to pick up and deliver cargo at warehouses.

What happened to Bangor’s ‘forest of masts’?

By Wayne E. Reilly on Oct. 09, 2016, at 12:01 p.m.
Of all the changes to Bangor in the past 150 years, none seems more dramatic today than the decline of maritime commerce in the city’s harbor.

A new study says birth control pills may make you depressed, but that’s not news to many women

By Diane Atwood, Catching Health on Oct. 07, 2016, at 1:12 p.m.
“It confirms what we’ve known for a long time.”

Terrifying Trump portrait featured at Portland’s First Friday Artwalk

on Oct. 07, 2016, at 8:40 a.m.
The walls of Patty LeBlanc's home office in Presque Isle are covered with memorabilia recognizing the success of one of the first businesses in Aroostook County to operate online.

Online lobster stew business based out of Presque Isle was ahead of its time

By Kathryn Olmstead on Oct. 06, 2016, at 12:06 p.m.
“When they say it can’t be done, you look for a way to do it.”

‘Gilmore Girls’ fans came all the way from New Hampshire to hang out at a Luke’s Cafe popup

on Oct. 05, 2016, at 4:13 p.m.
Sarah Smiley

How long will you wait to turn on the heat?

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 04, 2016, at 3:19 p.m.
This extreme sport, if you will, involves waiting until the last possible moment to turn on the furnace and avoiding one more month of heating costs.