Monthly Archives: August 2015

New book on Roxanne Quimby, warts and all, is illuminating

In parts of rural Maine, Roxanne Quimby has achieved that iconic status usually reserved for entertainers and athletes: Utter her first name — just her first name — and nearly everyone will know who you’re talking about. “Roxanne’s land,” people will say, describing the acreage the millionaire has purchased in the Maine woods. “Roxanne’s park,” […]

Clubs encouraged to enter landowner appreciation cleanup contest

A few weeks back, I received an email from a BDN reader who had an unfortunately common complaint. Someone had been dumping trash on his property, the reader said, and he was fed up. He always allowed others to recreate on his land but was leaning toward changing that policy and posting acres of prime […]

Big fish! Vassalboro woman wins Fort Kent derby with 44-inch muskie

Debby Cabaniss of Vassalboro shows off the 44 3/8-inch muskie that she caught to win the 11th annual Fort Kent International Muskie Derby. The fish weighed 23 pounds, 13 ounces. She won $2,100 for her efforts. (Photo courtesy of Fort Kent International Muskie Derby)

About five years ago, hooked by the muskie-fishing bug, the Cabaniss family of Vassalboro began looking for places to fish. “My husband, he’s been fishing, or trying to fish, for muskies for several years,” Debby Cabaniss explained. “He went to Wisconsin with my son five years ago, and then we realized that we had some […]

Local author wins national award

Randy Spencer recently won a national award for his book ""Wide and Deep: Tales From a Master Maine Fishing Guide."(Courtesy of Randy Spencer)

As a registered Maine guide, Randy Spencer spends more time in the woods and on the water in a single season than most of us do over a span of years. The people he meets, the places he goes and the critters he sees provide fodder for another of Spencer’s passions: writing. Recently, his second […]

2 Bangor area youths paddling in world championships

Hannah Rubin. (Photo courtesy of Peggy McKee)

A year ago, Kellen Doyle had never paddled a canoe through whitewater. This week, he’s one of two Mainers — recent Bangor High grad Hannah Rubin is the other — competing on the U.S. Junior National Wildwater Canoe Team at the world championships in North Carolina. In fact, until this spring, Doyle hadn’t even been […]

Feeding time in Alaska: Bear cam offers real-time look at nature

We’re always on the lookout for cool outdoorsy web cams, and this weekend a Facebook friend linked to this site, which is a real eye-opener: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/brown-bear-salmon-cam-brooks-falls The site, run by Explore, features many nature cams, but this one features brown bears feeding on the salmon run at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park in Alaska. What […]