Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau

This photo simulation shows what a proposed six-turbine wind power project atop Mount Waldo would look like from the Loggin Road, according to project developers Eolian Renewable Energy as of September 2014.

Wind energy ordinance vote controversial in Frankfort

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 29, 2014, at 6:24 p.m.
Voters in the small Waldo County town have a big decision to make on Election Day, when they decide whether to repeal the strict wind ordinance that narrowly was accepted three years ago and replace it with the state’s model wind energy ordinance. If voters in the …

Belfast police search for alleged vandals

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 29, 2014, at 1:08 p.m.
Police are searching for two men who allegedly damaged vehicles and stole auto parts from a Belfast car repair shop on Sunday. A security camera captured images of the men smashing the windows out of vehicles parked behind Gibbs Auto & Muffler on the Back Belmont Road, …

What gives, Maine? State maintains low rank for charitable giving

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 26, 2014, at 8:45 p.m.
New analysis from the Chronicle of Philanthropy shows Maine residents are giving less money to charity, with a 12 percent drop between 2006 and 2012. The Pine Tree State, with 1.95 percent of adjusted gross income given to charity in 2012, edges out only New Hampshire, where the giving rate …

Coast Guard rescues 3 after sailboat capsizes in Portland Harbor

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 26, 2014, at 5:42 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | A U.S. Coast Guard crew rescued three people Sunday afternoon after their sailboat capsized in Portland Harbor. The people aboard the 19-foot sailboat told rescuers they had been tacking, or changing direction, by Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse in South Portland a little before 1 p.m., when …
Nicholas Cabral (left) and Nicholas Berner stand on the penstock that runs from the 80-foot Gleeson Dam on the Goose River. The Maine Maritime Academy midshipmen last year purchased Goose River Hydro with the intention of restarting it and generating electricity. On Aug. 1, they began to make power at one of the three power plants on the 10-mile system.

‘The happiest day of my life’: Two Maine Maritime Academy students generating power at Belfast dam

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 26, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.
It was dim, damp and loud Saturday afternoon inside the small Mason Dam power plant, as water diverted from the Goose River turned the propellers of two turbines and generated electricity — 70 kilowatts per hour, to be exact. Although the mechanical vibrations inside made it impossible …
Richard Cadwgan, a retired engineer from Rockport, is the president of Window Dressers, a growing nonprofit agency that aims to help Mainers stay warmer in the winter.

‘It’s just unbelievable’: Rockland nonprofit uses volunteer power to keep Mainers warmer in the winters

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 26, 2014, at 6:31 a.m.
It all started so small, Richard Cadwgan marveled this week as he looked around at the Window Dressers’ busy teaching workshop space in Rockland’s Lincoln Street Center — space that is packed with the makings for thousands of low-cost, high-efficiency thermal window inserts. Back in 2009, Cadwgan, …
A tow truck hauled a white sedan out of Belfast Harbor Thursday afternoon. The driver, an elderly woman from Searsport, accidentally drove into the water that morning and was rescued by two quick-thinking men who were working around the waterfront.

Two men save life of woman who drove into Belfast Harbor

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 23, 2014, at 1:40 p.m.
Police said quick thinking and quick action by two men averted tragedy Thursday morning when they came to the aid of an elderly woman who had accidentally driven into the harbor at the city’s boat ramp. “There’s no doubt in my mind they saved her life,” Officer …

Troy man sentenced for violent attack on brother

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 23, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
BELFAST | A man who violently assaulted his brother with an exhaust pipe and threatened him with a knife last spring during a get-together after a death in the family has been sentenced to serve five years behind bars. Steven A. Hodgdon, 48, of Troy pleaded guilty this month …

Searsmont man sentenced to a year for assault on woman rescued by neighbor who ‘felt like a mama bear’

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 22, 2014, at 6:40 p.m.
BELFAST | A young man whose attack on his girlfriend last spring was thwarted by a neighbor has been sentenced to serve a year in prison. The neighbor told the BDN she “felt like a mama bear” when she helped the victim escape. Devin Aldus, 19, of Searsmont was …

Sewer rates to be raised in Belfast

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 22, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Belfast City Councilors debated Tuesday night how to keep the city’s wastewater treatment facility economically above water. It has been seven years since the city raised its sewer rates, and in that time period, the amount of wastewater processed at the treatment facility has significantly decreased, from a …
Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

Waldo County domestic violence task force has ‘made a difference’ over the last year, police say

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 21, 2014, at 2:26 p.m.
BELFAST | Purple lights are illuminating businesses, churches and offices from Winterport to Bath this October, with the soft glow intended to let the world know that the people inside are partners in ending domestic and dating violence. The glowing lights up and down the midcoast that mark domestic …
Do you know this duck? If so, the Belfast Police Department would like to hear from you. Police apprehended the duck waddling through downtown Belfast on Monday afternoon and believe it is a pet on the lam.

Belfast police seeking owner of duck nabbed waddling around city

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 20, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
The Bangor Police Department may have its Duck of Justice, a famous stuffed fowl that has made headlines around the country, but the Belfast Police Department can do them one better. Their white duck, the one quacking and shaking its tail feathers Monday afternoon in the dog …

A district in turmoil — six communities to decide on withdrawal from RSU 20 on Election Day

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 20, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
BELFAST | Regional School District 20 is a complicated place. The district, created after the state passed the school consolidation law in 2008, encompasses eight communities stretching over 194 square miles, 12 schools and 17 school board members. Its $35.6 million budget is the largest expense for each of …
Mark Stovall

Police wrestle with, then use stun gun to subdue Belfast man

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 17, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
A local man whom police say was intoxicated and combative was arrested Thursday afternoon after officers wrestled him to the ground, then used a stun gun to subdue him. Mark Stovall, 35, of Belfast first came to police attention earlier that day, when an anonymous tipster called …
This 55-gallon oil drum is on display at the corner of Main and High streets in Belfast, to be a visual reminder of how much oil the city burns — 484 barrels last winter, according to Councilor Mike Hurley.

Solar array to be installed on roof of Belfast fire station

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 16, 2014, at 1:31 p.m.
City councilors are tiring of spending nearly a tenth of their municipal budget on oil, gas and electricity — about $320,000 last year to keep Belfast ticking along. An oil barrel placed at the corner of High and Main streets for the last few weeks was intended …
At last year's Joy To Be Bald event, participants raised about $5,000 to help a woman who has been diagnosed with cancer. This year's fifth annual event will start at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19.

Cancer fundraiser to feature walkathon, barbecue, hair clippers

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 15, 2014, at 5:11 p.m.
LIBERTY | In just a few days, the parking lot next to Lori’s Cafe and John’s Ice Cream on Route 3 in Liberty will fill up with people eager to have their heads shaved. One of them could be you. Lori Mayer, the cafe’s proprietor, said when the fifth …
Central Maine Power trucks and crews responded Wednesday morning after a 5 a.m. accident took out a utility pole and left some customers without power in two communities.

Belfast accident causes power outages in four towns

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 15, 2014, at 12:02 p.m.
An early morning crash at the intersection of Route 7 and Head of the Tide Road rattled the neighborhood and left more than 800 customers without power in Belfast, Waldo, Knox and Morrill. The accident happened about 5 a.m., when a 2001 GMC Savana van evidently missed …
The long-planned rail trail gathered steam last week, as train tracks were pulled up along the Passagassawakeag River.

Rail trail progress happening fast this fall in Belfast

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 15, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.
The long-planned Rail Trail along the Passagassawakeag River in Belfast is a lot closer to reality, after a company hired by the city has made big progress in pulling up two miles’ worth of railroad tracks and rails. “Isn’t this something?” Belfast resident Steve Hutchings said Tuesday, …
Geneva Langevin waits to greet classmates as they enter school at Bucksport High School. Langevin was named homecoming queen by her peers.

‘She definitely deserved it’: Bucksport seniors choose special homecoming queen

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 14, 2014, at 5:52 a.m.
Local news outside the classrooms and hallways of Bucksport High School has been dominated by the announcement that Verso paper mill will close before the end of the year. But inside the school walls, there is a different story to tell, and students and others said last …
Messalonskee High School students console each other during a Project Graduation Benefit Dinner for the Class of 2016 and fundraiser for the Cassidy Charette Scholarship and Connor Garland's family at The Red Barn in Augusta on Monday night.

‘Messalonskee strong’: Community comes together after hayride accident killed girl, injured 21 others

By Abigail Curtis and CBS 13 on Oct. 13, 2014, at 7:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA | “Messalonskee strong.” That’s how Messalonskee High School junior class president Garrett Main of Belgrade described his school community at a crowded fundraising and memorial event Monday evening at the Red Barn in Augusta. “People are happy the community is rallying around the high school,” he said. “It’s …
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