ISLEBORO, MAINE -- 07/08/2016 -- Capt. Doug Lee of the schooner Heritage makes his way to the captain's rowboat start for the 40th annual Great Schooner Race from Islesboro to Rockland. The Heritage took third place in a four boat category. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

ISLEBORO, MAINE -- 07/08/2016 -- Capt. Doug Lee of the schooner Heritage makes his way to the captain's rowboat start for the 40th annual Great Schooner Race from Islesboro to Rockland. The Heritage took third place in a four boat category. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

 BANGOR, MAINE -- 11/15/16 -- Eva Beal, 8, of Ellsworth holds a sign she made herself during a Dakota Access Pipeline protest in West Market Square in Bangor on Tuesday afternoon. Over 100 protestors gathered as part of a national day of action to call for the permanent rejection of the Dakota Access Pipeline, currently under "the threat of the Trump presidency," and to stop violence against protestors by a "militarized police," according to protest organizers. The event spanned all 50 states and included thousands of protestors and dozens of social justice and environmental groups. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

BANGOR, MAINE -- 11/15/16 -- Eva Beal, 8, of Ellsworth holds a sign she made herself during a Dakota Access Pipeline protest in West Market Square in Bangor on Tuesday afternoon. Over 100 protestors gathered as part of a national day of action to call for the permanent rejection of the Dakota Access Pipeline, currently under "the threat of the Trump presidency," and to stop violence against protestors by a "militarized police," according to protest organizers. The event spanned all 50 states and included thousands of protestors and dozens of social justice and environmental groups. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

 ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, MAINE -- 07/14/2016 -- Bangor Daily News Outdoors reporter Aislinn Sarnacki makes her way down the Gorge Path in Acadia National Park while working on one of her one-minute-hike videos, winding her way between Cadillac and Dorr Mountain. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, MAINE -- 07/14/2016 -- Bangor Daily News Outdoors reporter Aislinn Sarnacki makes her way down the Gorge Path in Acadia National Park while working on one of her one-minute-hike videos, winding her way between Cadillac and Dorr Mountain. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

 BANGOR, MAINE -- 12/05/2016 -- A woman shields herself from a light dusting of snow in Bangor on Monday evening while crossing the Kenduskeag Stream. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

BANGOR, MAINE -- 12/05/2016 -- A woman shields herself from a light dusting of snow in Bangor on Monday evening while crossing the Kenduskeag Stream. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

 BANGOR, MAINE -- 04/20/2016 -- Bangor Ballet students Kelsie Washington (right) and Catherine Ahola goof around after class on Wednesday in the Norumbega Parkway in Bangor. "It's just such a nice day," Washington said. "Just feel the wind." (Micky Bedell | BDN)

BANGOR, MAINE -- 04/20/2016 -- Bangor Ballet students Kelsie Washington (right) and Catherine Ahola goof around after class on Wednesday in the Norumbega Parkway in Bangor. "It's just such a nice day," Washington said. "Just feel the wind." (Micky Bedell | BDN)

 UNITY, MAINE -- 01/12/2016 -- Matthew Secich, 45, owns and manages an artisanal charcuterie as part of the thriving Amish community in Unity. Everything in the store is crafted sans electricity and other modern comforts, at prices "anyone can afford," he said. Secich and his family became Amish a few months ago. They moved to Unity, which has a thriving Amish community, and forsook many aspects of the modern world, including electricity. Secich has traded in his five cars for three horses, bright lights for the softer glow of lanterns and his white chef coat for drab Amish clothes and an impressive beard. (Micky Bedell | BDN)   

UNITY, MAINE -- 01/12/2016 -- Matthew Secich, 45, owns and manages an artisanal charcuterie as part of the thriving Amish community in Unity. Everything in the store is crafted sans electricity and other modern comforts, at prices "anyone can afford," he said. Secich and his family became Amish a few months ago. They moved to Unity, which has a thriving Amish community, and forsook many aspects of the modern world, including electricity. Secich has traded in his five cars for three horses, bright lights for the softer glow of lanterns and his white chef coat for drab Amish clothes and an impressive beard. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

 

 OXBOW, MAINE -- 11/08/2016 --Judy Gray peers out the front window of the Oxbow Community Center on election day, as the town votes for deorganization after years of petitioning and paperwork. The transition to a service economy has changed Maine’s most rural towns. To preserve their sense of place, individual communities face a choice about their future: Accept a fate of likely continued decline, or adapt with no guarantee their efforts will work. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

OXBOW, MAINE -- 11/08/2016 --Judy Gray peers out the front window of the Oxbow Community Center on election day, as the town votes for deorganization after years of petitioning and paperwork. The transition to a service economy has changed Maine’s most rural towns. To preserve their sense of place, individual communities face a choice about their future: Accept a fate of likely continued decline, or adapt with no guarantee their efforts will work. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

 THOMASTON, MAINE -- 05/27/2016 -- Watercolor artist Linden O'Ryan works on a painting at her dining room table in her Thomaston home. Following the death of her son over 15 years ago, Linden sat down at this same table to paint her first watercolor greeting cards, inscribed with small quotes from writing she'd done while healing from the tragedy. “My son has always been present in these cards,” she said. “In a way I feel as if he did this with me.” Over 14,000 cards later, Linden also does medium and large format paintings and has published a small postcard book. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

THOMASTON, MAINE -- 05/27/2016 -- Watercolor artist Linden O'Ryan works on a painting at her dining room table in her Thomaston home. Following the death of her son over 15 years ago, Linden sat down at this same table to paint her first watercolor greeting cards, inscribed with small quotes from writing she'd done while healing from the tragedy. “My son has always been present in these cards,” she said. “In a way I feel as if he did this with me.” Over 14,000 cards later, Linden also does medium and large format paintings and has published a small postcard book. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

 BOOTHBAY HARBOR, MAINE -- 08/03/2016 -- Mollie Moore, 82, of Southport Island feels for dead flowers on a plant at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor during a VIP session of the Therapeutic Horticulture program for people with visual impairments. Moore is fully blind, having lost both eyes to meningitis many years ago, and is learning to garden through touch. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, MAINE -- 08/03/2016 -- Mollie Moore, 82, of Southport Island feels for dead flowers on a plant at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor during a VIP session of the Therapeutic Horticulture program for people with visual impairments. Moore is fully blind, having lost both eyes to meningitis many years ago, and is learning to garden through touch. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

 CONWAY, MASS. -- Shane Prusak, 8, takes a swing during the youth league Conway Cobra v. Royal LLP game at Herlihy Park on Monday. (Recorder/Micky Bedell)

CONWAY, MASS. -- Shane Prusak, 8, takes a swing during the youth league Conway Cobra v. Royal LLP game at Herlihy Park on Monday. (Recorder/Micky Bedell)

 CARTHAGE, MAINE -- 06/03/2016 -- Kim Dailey turns a pepper mill on a lathe at his basement studio in Carthage last Friday. Dailey locally sources his custom laminates, and gets the majority of his natural woods from area loggers he's befriended over the years who save burls for him. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

CARTHAGE, MAINE -- 06/03/2016 -- Kim Dailey turns a pepper mill on a lathe at his basement studio in Carthage last Friday. Dailey locally sources his custom laminates, and gets the majority of his natural woods from area loggers he's befriended over the years who save burls for him. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

 THOMASTON, MAINE -- 05/26/2016 -- Roland Scott Jr. (right), of Westbrook, also known as "Atom Ant" by other riders in the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, helps fellow rider and veteran Terry L. Wright Sr., "Starlifter", of Gorham, carry a piece of The Moving Wall at the Knox Museum on Thursday during the wall's installation. Since 1984 the half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has been traveling the U.S. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

THOMASTON, MAINE -- 05/26/2016 -- Roland Scott Jr. (right), of Westbrook, also known as "Atom Ant" by other riders in the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, helps fellow rider and veteran Terry L. Wright Sr., "Starlifter", of Gorham, carry a piece of The Moving Wall at the Knox Museum on Thursday during the wall's installation. Since 1984 the half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has been traveling the U.S. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

 BANGOR, MAINE -- 05/23/2016 -- Maureen Robinson (center) watches some of her ballet students practice an en pointe routine at Robinson Ballet in Bangor on Monday. Maureen and her husband, Keith Robinson, have stepped down from their positions as co-artistic directors of Robinson Ballet in Bangor. For the first time since the company's inception in 1977, there will not be a Robinson at the helm.  (Micky Bedell | BDN)

BANGOR, MAINE -- 05/23/2016 -- Maureen Robinson (center) watches some of her ballet students practice an en pointe routine at Robinson Ballet in Bangor on Monday. Maureen and her husband, Keith Robinson, have stepped down from their positions as co-artistic directors of Robinson Ballet in Bangor. For the first time since the company's inception in 1977, there will not be a Robinson at the helm.  (Micky Bedell | BDN)

 BANGOR, MAINE -- 10/14/2016 --  Danielle Erin Rhodes reaches over Jason Cohen to play a duet on the piano at Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor while practicing for their show "Murder For Two," opening Oct. 21.  The premise of the upcoming production of new musical “Murder For Two” is pretty simple: Small-town cop Marcus Moscowitz (played by Cohen) tries to figure out which of 12 suspects killed novelist Arthur Whitney. It’s a murder mystery; perfect Halloween-season fun. Of course, there’s a twist. All 12 suspects are played by actor Danielle Erin Rhodes — and there’s only two actors for the whole production. There’s also no band. Both Cohen and Rhodes play the piano — sometimes both at the same time — the only musical accompaniment in the show. They’re also their own music directors. They dance, too. Plus there’s countless super-fast costume changes. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

BANGOR, MAINE -- 10/14/2016 -- Danielle Erin Rhodes reaches over Jason Cohen to play a duet on the piano at Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor while practicing for their show "Murder For Two," opening Oct. 21. The premise of the upcoming production of new musical “Murder For Two” is pretty simple: Small-town cop Marcus Moscowitz (played by Cohen) tries to figure out which of 12 suspects killed novelist Arthur Whitney. It’s a murder mystery; perfect Halloween-season fun. Of course, there’s a twist. All 12 suspects are played by actor Danielle Erin Rhodes — and there’s only two actors for the whole production. There’s also no band. Both Cohen and Rhodes play the piano — sometimes both at the same time — the only musical accompaniment in the show. They’re also their own music directors. They dance, too. Plus there’s countless super-fast costume changes. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

 SHUTESBURY, MASS. -- Madison Suchecki, 17 months, of Belchertown flings sand into the air while visiting Lake Wyola in Shutesbury on Tuesday. (Recorder/Micky Bedell)

SHUTESBURY, MASS. -- Madison Suchecki, 17 months, of Belchertown flings sand into the air while visiting Lake Wyola in Shutesbury on Tuesday. (Recorder/Micky Bedell)

 WHATELY, MASS. -- Nourse Farms owner Tim Nourse stands in front of fledgling berry plants bathed in violet light in one of his many greenhouses. The Nourse family has owned and operated their berry farm on River Road since 1968. For the past three and a half decades the farm has been producing dormant, bare-root berry plants through a plant propagation method known as tissue culture. (Recorder/Micky Bedell)

WHATELY, MASS. -- Nourse Farms owner Tim Nourse stands in front of fledgling berry plants bathed in violet light in one of his many greenhouses. The Nourse family has owned and operated their berry farm on River Road since 1968. For the past three and a half decades the farm has been producing dormant, bare-root berry plants through a plant propagation method known as tissue culture. (Recorder/Micky Bedell)

 VERONA ISLAND, MAINE -- 05/13/2016 --  Annie Woodbury tills the ground on a hillside next to her Verona Island farmhouse to prepare the soil for rice seedlings. She and her husband, Eric, have an international love story — and an international harvest on their minds. The couple met two and a half years ago while working at a special needs teachers’ college in Ethiopia. Now, they are revitalizing an old farm, where they will plant New England root vegetables, herbs and flowers, and Asian speciality produce such as rice, Taro, Kamote and others. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

VERONA ISLAND, MAINE -- 05/13/2016 -- Annie Woodbury tills the ground on a hillside next to her Verona Island farmhouse to prepare the soil for rice seedlings. She and her husband, Eric, have an international love story — and an international harvest on their minds. The couple met two and a half years ago while working at a special needs teachers’ college in Ethiopia. Now, they are revitalizing an old farm, where they will plant New England root vegetables, herbs and flowers, and Asian speciality produce such as rice, Taro, Kamote and others. (Micky Bedell | BDN)

 ORANGE, MASS. -- Toto the Tornado Kitten -- now a cat -- lays his paws on Jenna Sumner, 8, during a visit to the Wheeler Memorial Library in Orange on Wednesday. Toto was the victim of the F3 Tornado that struck western and central Mass. in June 2011, sweeping him into a tree in Brimfield. His owner Jonathan Hall turned his story into a children's book and now they both visit kids across the state to say hello. Toto was so popular at the Wheeler Library that about 40 people turned out to see him. (Recorder/Micky Bedell)

ORANGE, MASS. -- Toto the Tornado Kitten -- now a cat -- lays his paws on Jenna Sumner, 8, during a visit to the Wheeler Memorial Library in Orange on Wednesday. Toto was the victim of the F3 Tornado that struck western and central Mass. in June 2011, sweeping him into a tree in Brimfield. His owner Jonathan Hall turned his story into a children's book and now they both visit kids across the state to say hello. Toto was so popular at the Wheeler Library that about 40 people turned out to see him. (Recorder/Micky Bedell)

 MONTAGUE, MASS. -- Brenna Kucinski schools her horse Regent at Xenophon Farm in Montague on Wednesday. (Recorder/Micky Bedell)

MONTAGUE, MASS. -- Brenna Kucinski schools her horse Regent at Xenophon Farm in Montague on Wednesday. (Recorder/Micky Bedell)

 GREENFIELD, MASS. -- Tim Caplice lifts Carter Malouin, 3, into the air while enjoying the first fresh snow of the season in Greenfield on Wednesday. (Recorder/Micky Bedell)

GREENFIELD, MASS. -- Tim Caplice lifts Carter Malouin, 3, into the air while enjoying the first fresh snow of the season in Greenfield on Wednesday. (Recorder/Micky Bedell)