Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau

Maj. Kenneth G. Smith, a World War II flying ace, is credited with saving the people and buildings of Searsport when his plane went into a tailspin over the town and he crashed it into a stream instead of the nearby downtown.

Pilot honored in Searsport almost 70 years after fatal crash

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 13, 2015, at 5:38 p.m.
Carolyn Clark was working at the bank in downtown Searsport during the afternoon of Oct. 20, 1947, a day that seemed ordinary until she heard a noise and glanced out the window of the Merrill Trust Company. “I saw a plane, lower than the top of the …
The aging former Belfast Maskers’ building on the Belfast waterfront is slated for demolition later this month.

Demolition to start on former Belfast Maskers’ building

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 12, 2015, at 4:59 p.m.
After the right person did not step forward with a plan to pick up and haul away the former Belfast Maskers’ building on the Belfast waterfront, the fate of the 19th century structure has been sealed. The red wooden building, which was built in about 1870 as …
Hotelier Alice Amory at work on a recent rainy day in the common space of the Lincolnville Motel.

Camden native returns home to renovate 1950s motel

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 12, 2015, at 11:16 a.m.
LINCOLNVILLE | Two and a half years ago, Alice Amory was using tweezers and gold leaf to plate food at a fancy New York City restaurant, the kind of molecular gastronomy eatery that imported boxes of pine needles from Maine to help with the presentation. After nearly two decades …
Phil Retberg, the steward of Halcyon Grange, works Saturday on the grange's kitchen expansion and renovation project. The grange, which was chartered in 1898, is looking towards the future with many new members and a plan to create a community kitchen, where local farmers can add value to their crops.

Community kitchens learn from Belfast’s Coastal Farms and Foods collapse

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 12, 2015, at 6:33 a.m.
“I don’t think of it as a failure,” Jan Anderson said. “I think of it as an idea that was ahead of its time. I think it needs to be done, and it should be done.”
The old barn at the Apple Farm is surrounded by plump pumpkins and other farm treats.

The Apple Farm features old-fashioned barn, old-timey apples

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 10, 2015, at 8:10 a.m.
At The Apple Farm, located in the rolling, fertile hills of central Maine, the storybook image of apple farms comes alive.
Citing concerns with Penobscot McCrum’s safety measures and emergency planning regarding its use of ammonia, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week issued a complaint against it that seeks as much as $320,000 in penalties.

EPA cites Belfast plant over ammonia use

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 08, 2015, at 4:25 p.m.
Citing concerns with a Belfast potato-processing company’s safety measures and emergency planning regarding its use of ammonia, the U.S. EPA last week issued a complaint against it that seeks as much as $320,000 in penalties.
Elaine Tucker and Tony Kulik stand in front of the house the two artists said they built for each other overlooking Belfast Harbor.

Artists build an aerie high above Belfast Bay

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 03, 2015, at 2:29 p.m.
“We built this house for each other,” Tony Kulik said.
Seen is a guitar from James Macdonald Woodwork in Burnham, a studio that is a stop on the Cultivate fall tour by the Belfast Creative Coalition.

Hit the road for a tour of farms, art studios

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 03, 2015, at 8:25 a.m.
The event began as a way to let people, tourists and locals alike, know about places that are off the beaten track.
Fred Eggen of Dave's World in Liberty uses a rake Friday afternoon to level up the gravel in order to fix one of the road washouts created by the heavy rainstorm earlier this week.

Maine road crews work to repair damage from storm

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 02, 2015, at 6:08 p.m.
BELFAST | With more rain anticipated as Hurricane Joaquin makes its way northeast, officials in Waldo County are still dealing with roads damaged in the major storm that swept through Maine Wednesday and left washouts and broken storm drains in its wake. “The thing was, it was in such …
Part of Route 1 in Belfast was closed Wednesday afternoon due to flooding, and cars that were stuck in the water needed to be towed out. "It's pretty amazing," said Cindy Porter of Belfast, who stopped to watch the activity from the High Street overpass.

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 30, 2015, at 4:18 p.m.
Clover E. Vega

Augusta woman deemed dangerous driver gets 2 years in prison

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 29, 2015, at 4:50 p.m.
BELFAST | An Augusta woman deemed a dangerous driver by the state will spend two years in prison and must pay a fine of $2,465 after being sentenced last week at Waldo County Superior Court under Tina’s Law, which imposes stiff sentences on habitual offenders. Clover E. Vega, 30, …
Belfast sculptor Ron Cowan left this statue of a face, carved into a cedar tree, at the Belfast waterfront this summer. It was reported stolen earlier in September, and police are searching for it.

Cedar face artwork vanishes from Belfast waterfront

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 29, 2015, at 12:11 p.m.
Belfast artist Ron Cowan said he’s hopeful the statue will come back home to him.
Searsport High School students Jason Pendleton (left) and Alex Lane (right) listen as wooden boat builder Greg Rossel talks about how to build a shellback dinghy at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport in this March 2011 file photo.

Proposed magnet school in Searsport would focus on marine trades

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 28, 2015, at 3:43 p.m.
Generations ago, Searsport was famous for its numerous ship captains and thriving boat-building industry. Now, a group of local officials is trying to make the midcoast community once again a seafaring hub, working to develop a school for marine science, technology, transportation and engineering there. This summer, …
Forager and photographer David Spahr of Washington snapped a picture of some chanterelle mushrooms he found recently.

Maine forager, mushroom connoisseur eats weeds. You can, too.

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 28, 2015, at 6:58 a.m.
WASHINGTON | David Spahr of Washington is a photographer, an author, an educator, a mushroom connoisseur and a gourmet cook, but perhaps he’s best known as a forager. That means he doesn’t only find his food at the grocery store or in the garden but also in the woods, …
A young helper fills jugs with fresh-pressed apple cider at the Albion Cider Mill. The business lets people bring in apples and press them into cider for their own use.

Bring your apples, turn them into fresh-pressed cider at Albion business

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 27, 2015, at 7:26 a.m.
This fall, with red, rosy and yellow-tinged apples almost everywhere you look, something even sweeter is in season again — fresh-pressed apple cider …

Man sentenced for domestic violence crimes against two women

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 25, 2015, at 5:12 p.m.
BELFAST | A Thorndike man pleaded guilty earlier this month to separate domestic violence-related crimes against two different women. Benjamin Ard, 30, came to police attention in April when a woman called police to report that Ard had been harassing her through text messages and phone calls. Although officers …
Elmer Savage dumps grapes into the crusher in preparation for making a variety of red wine they call Barn Red at the Savage Oaks Vineyard and Winery in Union Tuesday morning. Savage and his wife Holly Savage planted the first two acres of the vineyard in 2002 on farmland they purchased from Elmer's family. This year they made 17 varieties of wine using mostly grapes and blueberries grown on their property.

More Maine-made wines coming from Maine-grown vines

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 24, 2015, at 3:11 p.m.
“Producing something that’s made right here is what we wanted to do,” Elmer Savage said. “The wines are unique to Maine, and there’s the pride that you’ve grown them right here.”

York Beach firefighter accused of assaulting girlfriend

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 21, 2015, at 5:53 p.m.
BELFAST | A York man attending the Maine State Federation of Firefighters Convention here earlier this month has been arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend. Sean P. Graham, 22, a York Beach firefighter had been staying at a Belfast hotel with the woman and a group of other …
Restorative Justice of the Midcoast volunteers learn how to do a community resolution conference in an undated training.

Restorative Justice celebrates 10 years in midcoast Maine

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 21, 2015, at 4:48 p.m.
BELFAST | A decade ago, when Jeff Trafton was the new police chief for the city of Belfast, he was pretty dubious about a plan some people in town proposed to provide a different kind of justice to wrongdoers. They wanted to bring the idea of restorative justice to …
Erica Buswell stands in front of her house she shares with husband Scott Giroux on Sept. 14 in Searsport. They live in a simple, old-fashioned way on their piece of land where Giroux has built all the structures on the property.

Searsport homestead has few modern amenities but lots of comforts

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 21, 2015, at 6:30 a.m.
It’s not fancy. But it is home, and it is exactly the way they want to live.
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