Maine Frame

It's (s)no fun when you push a toboggan through the fresh snow of the Penobscot Country Club as Jeanette Estey, left, could attest Jan. 16, 1960. Reaping the benefits of her efforts are, left to right, Frances and Thomas Sheehan and Carol Ewen. All are of Bangor.

Uphill, both ways: 20 photos of Maine blizzards of yesteryear

By Jeanne Luetjen on Dec. 06, 2014, at 5:54 a.m.
A snowstorm blasted Maine before it was even winter on the calendar. On Nov. 1, nearly two feet of snow fell and power was knocked out to thousands across the state. That storm was reminiscent of past storms to paralyze Maine. In February 1969, for example, we were hit with …
The summit marker atop 768-foot-tall South Bubble mountain is lit by an off-camera flash, and the rocks at its base are "painted" with a red-filtered headlamp in a 30-second exposure made at dusk in Acadia National Park.

Shining the spotlight on Acadia at night

By Robert F. Bukaty on Dec. 05, 2014, at 6:42 a.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | The headlamp I use when I’m stargazing has a red filter, similar to the safelights photographers once used in darkrooms. The dim red light is just bright enough to let you what you’re doing without ruining your night vision. I used that headlamp on a …
Brian Brown, a Brewer High School student, ties a black woolly booger Thursday morning in the school's lecture hall. Brown's grandfather was a fly fisherman and he hopes to take up the sport. Student's received lessons from the Penobscot Fly Fishers as part of their outdoors education class.

Penobscot Fly Fishers give Brewer students a lesson in fly tying

By Brian Feulner on Dec. 04, 2014, at 1:40 p.m.
When in Maine, tie flies. That’s what Brewer high school students have been doing over the last few sessions of their outdoors education classes. As Penobscot Fly Fishers member Hank Metcalf demonstrated how to tie flies, about 20 students listened carefully along, while also watching an overhead …
The nationally ranked 1970 Brewer Witches are considered one of the top teams in Maine high school football history. Ten veterans led the Witches to their second state title in three years: (front row from left) John Robichaud, Bobby VanPeursem, Bruce Whitten, Ralph Payne, Dana Goodard; (back, from left) Fred Olsen, Robin Holyoke, Donny McGlauflin, Dick Coffin and Steve Campbell.

Maine high school football championships through the years

By Jeanne Luetjen on Nov. 14, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
The regional playoffs for Maine’s top high school football teams begin on Friday, Nov. 14 with the Class B Lawrence Bulldogs playing at the Brunswick Dragons. Saturday, Nov. 15, hosts a number of Class A, B, C and D games. You can find the full schedule here at the Maine …
Democratic candidate for governor U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (right) makes a point about incumbent Gov. Paul LePage at a televised debate in Augusta on Oct. 15.

Say cheese: Humorous photos from the 2014 Maine election season

By Brian Feulner on Nov. 05, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
Throughout the Bangor Daily News’ 2014 election coverage, our photographers have visited countless campaign events, covered debates and the issues that brought voters to the polls on Tuesday. With hundreds of election-related photos from over the past few months, there were bound to be some images of candidates that made …
A child poses for a portrait Saturday in downtown Bangor. Downtown businesses opened their doors to young trick or treaters and children were able to grab a spooky bag in West Market Square with a map of participating locations and make their way around downtown collecting candy and puzzle pieces.

From superheroes to princesses, children go trick-or-treating during Halloween Bangor event

By Ashley Conti on Oct. 28, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
Downtown Bangor businesses opened their doors to young trick or treaters Saturday. Children were able to grab a spooky bag in West Market Square with a map of participating locations and make their way around collecting candy and puzzle pieces. Here is a collection of images captured …
Justin Davis body surfs down the Kenduskeag Stream Thursday in Bangor. "We go out whenever the water comes up," said Davis. "When the water comes up, it brings the magic."

Thrill seekers enjoy body boarding Kenduskeag Stream after heavy rain

By Ashley Conti on Oct. 24, 2014, at 2:45 p.m.
BANGOR | The threat of a Nor’easter kept many Mainers inside the last few days. But two thrill seekers braved the elements to enjoy a ride down the Kenduskeag Stream Thursday in Bangor, on a body board. Dressed in wet suits and protected with whitewater gear, Justin Davis and …
Chris Henderson of Hampden took this photo at his home Oct. 14, 2014. He says his kids love the dummy set up on the porch each year.

BDN seeks readers’ Halloween photos for slideshow

By Julie Harris on Oct. 15, 2014, at 2:20 p.m.
The season of costumes and candy is here: Halloween! Who are you going to be this year? Are you choosing frightening or furry, scary or sweet? Let’s see your costume! Perhaps your house glows eerily in the night, or your yard sends chills across the spines of those who pass …
This picture is of Jeff Neimi and his father Bob from Wareham, Massachusetts.  Mt. Oscar is a fictious
locale because my wife and I named this side hill of Kelly Mountain after our Golden Labrador retriever (Oscar)
who got ‘kinda lost’ on the side of the mountain.  Bob did not hunt last year and will no longer hunt
because he has Alzheimers. Bob made a trip to Maine this weekend to his hunting camp in Morrill. His two sons still hunt in Maine and will carry on the tradition and now have sons who will come to hunt Maine for a brief spell this fall.  Nani Paradis took this photo on Nov. 20, 2004. The deer was shot and killed with one shot but a long drag from the truck. Bob would have been 63 when the photo was taken. The photo was submitted by Richard Paradis of Farmingdale.

Readers share photos from hunting experiences

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 13, 2014, at 4:13 p.m.
Hunting has long been a tradition in Maine. With its vast woodlands and its pioneering history, Maine has attracted sports from near and far to harvest its bounty in the fall. Deer, moose, duck, geese, pheasant, woodcock, grouse and bear are some of the animals that lure hunters into the …
The 95er Restaurant

A look at iconic Bangor restaurants of the past

By Jeanne Luetjen on Oct. 11, 2014, at 7:34 a.m.
Savor the past as the Bangor Daily News remembers some of the Bangor area’s iconic restaurants: Pilots Grill was established in 1939 by Paul Zoidis and in 1940 officially opened for business, becoming a Bangor icon. In November 2002, Bill Zoidis reported the restaurant would be closing. A dance studio …
Autumn Clair, 16, says goodbye to her steer Pedro at the 4-H auction at the Fryeburg Fair on Friday.  "It's always hard," said Clair, who raises two or three steers every year.

From steer to horses, farm animals are heart of the Fryeburg Fair

By Troy R. Bennett on Oct. 05, 2014, at 5:30 a.m.
You’ll find live music, thrill rides, games of skill and chance and more fried dough than anyone could eat at the 163rd annual Fryeburg Fair this week. But the heart of the eight day affair remains the farm animals lining the stalls and sheds. Towering draft horses, …
Bucksport's Champion paper mill is seen on Nov. 26, 1990.

A look back at closed paper mills in Maine

By Jeanne Luetjen on Oct. 04, 2014, at 6:10 a.m.
Another Maine paper mill to close … With the announcement this week that the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport will close at the end of this year and 570 people will lose their jobs, it reminds us of other towns in Maine that have been affected by mill closures. Eastern …
Picking potatoes, circa 1994

The potato harvest tradition in Maine

By Jeanne Luetjen on Sept. 27, 2014, at 7:16 a.m.
It’s potato harvest time in Maine. Warm days and cool nights make for perfect harvesting weather. The daily temperature swings help produce a good crop. Farmers have been getting equipment and storage areas ready, and although the tractors and harvesters have changed over the years, the results remain the same: …
This photo was taken Sept. 28, 2014, at Tumbledown Mountain by Amber Wotton.

These photos from BDN readers show the breathtaking fall foliage of Maine

on Sept. 24, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
STATEWIDE | One of Maine’s finest attractions is its annual fall foliage, and residents and visitors alike enjoy the autumn displays of colors. “Don’t delay in planning your fall foliage trip for this upcoming weekend as we are starting to see the colors of fall come alive along the …
A helicopter whirligig that was given as a gift from a friend is part of the collection of lawn ornaments at Darrell Flanderss home.

‘For the fun of it,’ Lincoln man constructs aeronautical lawn ornaments

By Robert F. Bukaty on Sept. 24, 2014, at 6:53 a.m.
When most people think of a lawn ornament, they usually have an image of something small — a whimsical whirligig or perhaps a little statue. But not Darrell Flanders. When he finished building his first lawn ornament, it turned out to be big enough to seat his …
PanikSwitch Cycles' Scott Marasco marks where the handle bars need cut on of a Honda CL450 that the crew is working on restoring in Hermon Wednesday. PanikSwitch Cycles restores, builds and maintains all types of motorcycles.

Hermon motorcycle shop gets ‘old-school’ bikes back out on the road

By Ashley Conti on Sept. 22, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
Pinups, blueprints and a “Wall of Shame” line the walls at PanikSwitch Cycles, at 2010A Hammond St. in Hermon. The old-school-style motorcycle shop specializes in servicing and maintaining all types of motorcycles, but shop owner JD Blaine explained their favorites are older bike restorations. “What we like …
Wildlife biologist Lindsay Tudor extracts tooth from bull moose.

A look at Maine moose hunts over the years

By Jeanne Luetjen on Sept. 21, 2014, at 5:42 a.m.
It’s that time of year: the season in which hunters pull out their orange hunting clothes, polish their rifles and head for the woods. Monday starts the 34th annual Maine moose hunt. There are three weeklong moose hunts during September, October and November. More than 53,000 people applied for permits …

Common Ground Country Fair from old to new

By Jeanne Luetjen on Sept. 20, 2014, at 5:41 a.m.
Every fall, upwards of 60,000 people descend on Unity for the Common Ground Country Fair in the spirit of celebrating agriculture in Maine. The fair reawakens the back-to-the-land movement in Waldo County with organic food enthusiasts, craftsman, wool spinners, sheep herding demonstrations and more. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners …
Main Street Bangor, circa 1964

Ride in style through Bangor’s past

By Jeanne Luetjen on Sept. 13, 2014, at 5:49 a.m.
When the mass production of automobiles began in the 1920s, the carriage wheel ruts in Maine’s dirt roads gradually gave way to painted lanes of pavement. Cars made the city streets of Bangor bustle like a metropolis, as these photos from the Bangor Daily News archives depict. From classic 1950s …
Participants plunge into the cold water of the Atlantic Ocean at the start of the 24th Bar Island swim from Bar Island to  the College of the Atlantic on Wednesday in Bar Harbor.

85 people brave frigid water for 24th annual Bar Island swim

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 12, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
BAR HARBOR | Eighty-five people waded into the frigid water of the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday to start the 24th annual Bar Island swim between Bar Island and the College of the Atlantic. The shouts of joy quickly were replaced by remarks about the cold water as participants took …