Articles from Bangor Daily News

Mookie monster! Betts homers in 9th to complete cycle

TORONTO — Mookie Betts has circled a few potential cycles in his young career, not surprising considering his rare combination of power and speed.

Boston’s AL MVP contender finally knocked that milestone off his list with his final swing Thursday night.

Betts homered in the ninth inning to complete his first career cycle during the Toronto Blue Jays’ 8-5 win over the Red Sox.

6 things to do with your family before summer is officially over

Ignore all those people who say that winter starts soon. By our clock, there’s more than another entire month of summer to enjoy. We had 80 degree days well into late September last year, for Pete’s sake! But it’ll be gone before you know it, so here’s lots of family-friendly things to do in eastern Maine, to make the most of your summer before it’s over.

Maine coffee shop owner, fiance win $100K ‘dream wedding’

WELLS, Maine — Customers who stop into Brewed Awakenings on Route 1 in Wells chat about all the usual things — neighbors and family, summer vacations and the weather — but these days conversation often shifts to the latest details of the Real Maine Wedding of the Year to be held in Ogunquit this fall.

That’s because Brewed Awakenings owner, Jackie Maude, is the bride-to-be.

“My customers are very excited. It’s so fun to have them feel like they are a part of it, and to hear what they like and what they are voting on,” Maude said.

Maine artist interviewed for Stephen King documentary

A filmmaker interviewed Newcastle artist Glenn Chadbourne for a documentary about blockbuster author Stephen King.

Chadbourne has illustrated countless stories over the years and began working with King in 2005. He has been The Lincoln County News’ editorial cartoonist for more than 30 years.

Chadbourne said Elephant House Studios of London, England, reached out to him in July, saying they wanted to have him in the film.

The working title of the film is “The Shocking Life and Work of Stephen King,” according to director and producer Elliot Kew.

New turf among athletic complex upgrades at Maine Maritime Academy

When football and soccer players soon report to Maine Maritime Academy for the start of preseason practices, they’ll be greeted by new artificial turf on their home field.

Installation of the new surface by Sprinturf at Ritchie Field on the Castine campus was completed earlier this week, MMA athletic director Steve Peed said.

Sprinturf also installed the previous turf, which lasted for 13 years. Work to install the new surface began in mid-July.

Shorebird populations are disappearing rapidly

It was a chilly walk down the South Lubec Sand Flats that August morning 11 years ago. Even in the middle of summer, a southerly wind can blow clammy on the clam flats. I wore a jacket. So did Lindsay Tudor, my birding partner for the day. We were nonetheless chilled, squinting through spotting scopes at distant shorebirds in the fog.

For nearly 30 years, Lindsay has been a biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Sad to say, she’ll be leaving the department soon, and it’s Maine’s loss.

GPS heart monitors helping UMaine athletes find health, productivity sweet spot

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine women’s soccer team was scheduled to practice Thursday morning, but it was canceled — and it wasn’t because of the weather.

It was because results from the Polar Team Pro heart monitoring system that the team has been using for three years indicated that several players were physically spent, which made them more susceptible to soft-tissue injuries like strains and pulls.

With the Black Bears’ first game just a week away, it wasn’t worth the risk.