Julie Byron, who grew up in Hallowell, spent 47 days on the front line of a ravaged New York City, bonding with others while dealing with experiences she’ll never forget.
Steve once fantasized of becoming the next second baseman for the New York Mets. He turned back pitches from his Lutheran pastor and the Russian Orthodox Archbishop of North American to enter seminaries. A repentant sinner and student of human behavior, Solloway discovered the joy of factual storytelling through reporting. Over a 43-year career, mostly with the Kennebec Journal, Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram in his adopted state of Maine, Solloway won numerous national, regional, and news and column writing awards. He has asked questions of youngsters playing pee wee football and men playing in the Super Bowl. Lobstermen, actors, and U.S. senators. Boxers and bank presidents. Racecar drivers and climatologists. Everyone has a story and Solloway loves to listen. Solloway was inducted to the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame in 2016.
Travis Roy, who died Oct. 29, spent his final 25 years as a quadriplegic because of a hockey injury, but never lost the joy of life or the selfless attitude that made him an inspiration to so many.
The legendary Oxford racetrack owner had a passion, building an extensive collection. But it was never about driving them. It was always about the hunt, the chase and the delight of the purchase.