Tag Archives: Maine

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 […]

Sedgwick man wins Grand Lake Stream camp raffle

The Grand Lake Stream Guides Association raffled off this camp in the town of Grand Lake Stream. Desmond Ashman of Sedgwick was the lucky winner. (Photo courtesy of Grand Lake Stream Guides Association)

For the past 20 years or so, Desmond Ashman has looked forward to regular trips to the picturesque village of Grand Lake Stream, where he’d visit with friends, hunt, fish, and unwind. In the coming years, chances are that the 41-year-old Sedgwick lobster fisherman will spend even more time in that place he has come […]

Deer season diary: Selfie with a squirrel

For the past dozen years or so, I’ve spent plenty of November days in a particular patch of woods in the rural Maine town of Otis. Theoretically, I’ve been deer hunting. Actually (since deer rarely join me on my annual adventures), I’ve been squirrel-watching. Periodically, I’ve written columns about my interactions with the same squirrel. […]

Piebald deer makes a return visit to Bangor field

(Photo courtesy of Shelly Brown)

Shelly Brown of Bangor is an avid nature photographer, and over the past few years, she has sent along some stunning photos. I’ve come to look forward to Brown’s periodic emails, and never know what I’m going to find. Back in mid-March, an obviously frustrated Brown sent some shots of a piebald deer — often […]

Man in moose attack video has seen it all, from biting coyotes to angry mother buffaloes

A baby moose takes a swipe at Wes Livingston after Livingston released it from a net during a research effort recently. (Photo by Wes Livingston)

When Wes Livingston headed to Maine for the first time last month, he didn’t plan on ending up in a video that went viral on the internet. He did think he might get some pretty good footage on the GoPro camera he wore on his head. And he did know he’d get up close and […]

Sugarloaf debuts Wescott video series, ‘Surgery to Sochi’

After winning two Olympic gold medals — the first two ever awarded in his sport of snowboard cross — Maine’s Seth Wescott was among those expected to contend for another medal at the 2014 Sochi, Russia Games. Some thought the quest for that third gold medal ended on an Alaska mountain in April, when Wescott […]

The mystery beast that might make you avoid the woods: Werewolf in Wayne?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been able to share some pretty cool trail camera images — so many, in fact, that we’ve built a little series of blogs out of the “mystery beast” franchise. In what may be the understatement of the year, I’ll tell you that those blog posts have been pretty popular […]