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 […]

Age is just a number: Experienced paddlers enjoy nationals experience

Racers take off during the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta that started in Old Town and ended in Eddington Thursday. Various races will happen throughout the weekend.  Ashley L. Conti | BDN

A week ago, as he prepared to compete in the four-day Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta, J.R. Mabee of Bangor shared a secret about his sport. Champions, it turns out, come in all shapes and sizes. And ages. (Don’t forget that one). “Time in the boat and experience are the biggest things,” Mabee said. “A […]

Committee votes to return canoe nationals to Penobscot for next two years

Ryan Linehan and his son, Ryan, dump their canoe during the junior-senior race in the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta that started in Old Town and ended in Eddington Thursday. The competition committee of the American Canoe Association voted on Saturday to return to the Penobscot for the next two whitewater open canoe national championships in 2016 and 2017. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

When Scott Phillips and his fellow race organizers worked to stage the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta, they were hoping the races wouldn’t end up being a one-time event. Before the four-day championships wrapped up on Sunday, Phillips learned that attendees were duly impressed: During a Saturday meeting of the American Canoe Assocation’s competition committee, […]

Top paddlers ready for new nationals challenge on Penobscot

Racers make their way down river during the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta that started in Old Town and ended in Eddington Thursday. Various races will happen throughout the weekend.  Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Old Town will be bustling this week as paddlers from around the nation head to the Penobscot River and test themselves against a “new” stretch of the Penobscot River. OK, that’s not entirely true. The river, of course, is still rather old. But the whitewater sections that will test competitors during the Penobscot River Whitewater […]

Today’s the day: Eat some Gifford’s Ice Cream and meet ‘North Woods Law’ stars

Maine Game Warden Kris MacCabe and his K9 partner, Morgan, will be on hand to help celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Skowhegan Gifford's Famous Ice Cream stand on July 29. (Photo courtesy of Emily MacCabe)

Many Mainers love their Gifford’s ice cream — in fact, in towns that are lucky enough to have one of the five family-owned ice cream stands, ice cream lovers eagerly await their season opening, and often stand in line despite the fact that the weather sometimes doesn’t scream “ice cream.” And over the past few […]