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Joe Phelan is an award winning journalist who makes photos and videos around the capital area for the the Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel and the other Masthead Maine publications. Joe’s first journalism job was as a kid delivering his hometown newspaper, The Blade, in the suburbs of Toledo, Ohio. Then he worked as reporter and editor for the school newspapers in high school and college and started taking pictures to go with his stories for a local running magazine. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a journalism degree. Before getting hired by MaineToday Media he did a photojournalism internship at the The Plain Dealer and worked as an Associated Press stringer in Cleveland.

  • Published
    August 6, 2011

    SNAPSHOT: Transiting the arch

    Heading back towards the Kennebec River, Chris Crittenden, left, and Shanna Wheelock, both of Lubec, paddle under the granite arch of bridge the carries Water Street traffic over Bond Brook one afternoon this week in Augusta.

  • Published
    August 4, 2011

    SNAPSHOT: Lively Lunch

    Maya McCoy, left, and Brent McCoy, on a unicycle, juggle flaming torches in the finale of their “Secret Circus” performance on Wednesday afternoon in the Johnson Hall mini-park in downtown Gardiner. It was the first in this year’s Lively Lunch performance series held noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through August. Next week’s show features […]

  • Published
    August 2, 2011

    SNAPSHOT: Face painting

    Corrie Donahue, of Monmouth, left, paint’s a pink and purple cat on the face of Gwen Lewis, 3 of Winthrop, at the Raspberry Festival last weekend at the East Winthrop Baptist Church. The festival featured pies, barbecue sauce and other food with raspberries along with pony rides.

  • Published
    July 29, 2011

    SNAPSHOT: No need to hurry

    A pair of small sailboats ply the waters of Minnehonk Lake on as the sun begins to set on Thursday evening in Mount Vernon.

  • Published
    July 28, 2011

    SNAPSHOT: Quite a display

    Vicki Tottle, of Limerick, one of the many volunteers hanging some of the over 700 quilts, that will be on display over the weekend, Wednesday afternoon at the Augusta Civic Center. The 34th annual Maine Quilts show runs through Sunday and also includes workshops, exhibits and vendors. For more information check

  • Published
    July 23, 2011

    SNAPSHOT: Pulling together

    Peter Dube, Sr., of Augusta, holds onto his grandson Peter Dube III as they watch oxen pulling at the Pittston Fair on Thursday afternoon. The fair runs through Sunday and the fairgrounds are on Route 194 near Mast Road.

  • Published
    July 22, 2011

    SNAPSHOT: Icely done

    Tammy Brann catches ice flakes as they drop from shaving machine to make frozen treats in the Reggie’s Hawaian Shaved Ice stand at the Pittston Fair on Thursday afternoon. The fair runs through Sunday, and the fairgrounds are on Route 194 near Mast Road. Today’s events include horse pulling, a truck pull, live music, fireworks […]

  • Published
    July 10, 2011

    SNAPSHOT: Casting for stripers

    Paul Golden, of Lewiston, casts into the Kennebec River from Butternut Park in Chelsea on a warm evening last week. Golden and others were trying to catch striped bass at high tide from the Ferry Road boat launch.

  • Published
    April 13, 2011

    SNAPSHOT: Clear machine

    Wally Tardiff, of Hollywood Custom Rides, cleans up a front end loader in the parking lot of the Augusta Civic Center as people prepare for the National Association of Women In Construction Expo that opens there today and runs through tomorrow.

  • Published
    April 8, 2011


    Crystal Hinkley sets up the Bancroft Landscaping booth for the 38th annual Manchester Lions Home and Garden Show on Thursday afternoon at the Augusta Civic Center. “We forced things ahead for the show, since they normally wouldn’t bloom this time of year. Hopefully, with the warmth in here, they should be in bloom,” she said.  […]