Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau

Jack Hill and his wife, Eileen Hill, at Hilltop Farm in Monroe on Tuesday.

Maine dairy farmer wants to retire; who will run his farm?

By Abigail Curtis on May 27, 2016, at 12:30 p.m.
While the good news story of Maine’s growing crop of young farmers has attracted headlines, the difficulties of the state’s older farmers have not always been as well understood or documented.

Driver involved in Searsport collision dies

By Abigail Curtis on May 24, 2016, at 12:15 p.m.
The man apparently suffered a heart attack while driving.

Police: Driver in fatal Belfast crash driving at least 80 mph

By Abigail Curtis on May 23, 2016, at 6:37 p.m.
The driver in a car crash that left one man dead and three people injured on May 14 may have been traveling at nearly twice the speed limit.

Route 1 closed after collision in Searsport

By Abigail Curtis on May 23, 2016, at 6:32 p.m.
Two people were taken to the hospital Monday afternoon after a nearly head-on collision on U.S. Route 1.
James Scheider

Five accused of making meth indicted in Waldo County

By Abigail Curtis on May 20, 2016, at 6:25 p.m.
BELFAST | Five people accused of making methamphetamine in their homes in Northport and Belfast were indicted last week by the Waldo County grand jury. The charges stem from two March drug busts, one in Northport and one in Belfast. Three people were indicted in connection with the lab …
Matthew Cox

Former Searsport coach indicted on sexual exploitation charge

By Abigail Curtis on May 20, 2016, at 5:42 p.m.
Matthew Cox, 35, of Stockton Springs was arrested after an investigation of claims there was an inappropriate relationship between the coach and a student athlete.
Regional School Unit 71 Superintendent Paul D. Knowles

Belfast-area residents to vote on $25.9 million school budget

By Abigail Curtis on May 20, 2016, at 2:48 p.m.
Residents of Regional School Unit 71 will be asked next week to validate a $25.9 million budget next week — and not every voter who lives in the five-town school district is pleased with that number.
Maddie DeMoranville, 13, holds a clutch of Mille Fleur bantam chicks on Thursday morning at 4D's Farm in Bradford, where her family raises many chickens and other birds.

How a couple of Maine kids will be able to join the backyard chickens movement

By Abigail Curtis on May 20, 2016, at 6:03 a.m.
BRADFORD | Maddie DeMoranville, 13, knows an awful lot about chickens. For years now, the teen has been pulling her weight and then some at 4D’s Farm in Bradford, where her family raises thousands of chickens and other birds. And Maddie thinks that more kids should have the chance …
Eric and Annie Woodbury are renovating this old farmhouse on their property in Verona Island. Beside it are a chicken coop and the skeleton of a greenhouse.

An international love story, a Maine honeymoon and a different kind of farm

By Abigail Curtis on May 19, 2016, at 6:12 a.m.
“It was not love at first sight, it was love at last sight,” joked Annie.
The enzymatic hydrolysis system at Fiberight's demonstration plant in Lawrenceville, Virginia, is part of the company's process for converting organic materials in household waste into biogas.

Belfast backs Fiberight waste-to-energy plant

By Abigail Curtis on May 18, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
“I just think the Fiberight thing is better on all counts,” Councilor Mike Hurley said.
Natalia Rose of Eat More Cheese listens to a customer recently. She and her husband, Tony Rose, will open a second location for their specialty store on State Street in Bangor on Wednesday, May 25.

Eat More Cheese to open Bangor store

By Abigail Curtis on May 18, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
Proprietors Tony and Natalia Rose said Tuesday afternoon that the new shop will be located at 195 State St. in Bangor, right next door to Frank’s Bake Shop.
Workers get ready Thursday morning to lift the rotten bell tower off the Troy Union Church with the help of a 30-ton crane. A small, dedicated group of people has been working to restore the 175-year-old church since 2010.

‘It’s been a long time’: After long silence, Troy church bell rings again

By Abigail Curtis on May 17, 2016, at 1 a.m.
On Thursday morning, May 12, the long silence was broken when the bell rang while being lowered to the ground by a 30-ton crane. As it rang, the crew of hardworking men and a small crowd watching the show from across the road spontaneously burst into cheers.

One man dies, three others injured in Belfast crash

By Abigail Curtis on May 16, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.
A Searsport teen died and three other people were injured this weekend.
Mac, a guide dog in training, sits at the feet of one of his Unity College trainers, Georgia Male, a junior majoring in captive wildlife care and education, during his "graduation" from the college on Thursday afternoon.

Pair of Labrador retrievers graduate from Maine college

By Abigail Curtis on May 14, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Malcolm and Mac have spent the last year being raised by four undergraduate students through a program run by Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
Hannah Hamilton replants tomato plugs Monday at Buckle Farm in Unity. Hamilton and her fiance, Jim Buckle, lost hundreds of tomato, pepper and egplant plugs when the greenhouse furnace failed to operate in late April.

How a Maine farm recovered after a spider caused a greenhouse disaster

By Abigail Curtis on May 13, 2016, at 7:08 a.m.
“Farming is like a marathon that is run 10 months of the year. We all know how slim the margins are. And there’s always someone that needs help.”
Ginger McMullin (front) of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection keeps an eye out for participants in an oil spill scenario around Sears Island, with a focus on saving oil-covered seabirds -- represented by a motley assortment of stuffed animals initially rescued from the Hampden Transfer Station. McMullin is the oil and hazardous material response planning coordinator; responders Darian Higgins (back left) and Franki Delaney steer the DEP boat.

Mock oil spill drill provides ‘real-world experience’ to responders

By Abigail Curtis on May 12, 2016, at 6:02 p.m.
Dozens of people swarmed Sears Island Thursday morning to practice what they would do if they are ever called on to respond to an oil spill on the coast of Maine.
Sculptor Ron Cowan stands next to one of the original Harbor Muses, which he created and was on display at the Belfast waterfront over the last 16 years, on Monday in Belfast.

Time, tides require replacement of unique Belfast art

By Abigail Curtis on May 12, 2016, at 1 a.m.
For 16 years, Belfast visitors and residents have enjoyed sharing their city’s waterfront with the Harbor Muses.
Arata, Chef Matthew Kenney's latest restaurant concept, will open Memorial Day weekend at the Gothic building on 108 Main Street, Belfast.

The Gothic in Belfast to have new concept restaurant

By Abigail Curtis on May 09, 2016, at 2:05 p.m.
One of Belfast’s best-known buildings, the Gothic, will boast a refurbished facade and a new dining concept when Chef Matthew Kenney opens Arata later in the space this month.
Peter Walls (right) works to outline a design for a mural while Allegra Kuhn puts the finishing touches on the paint for the oven in a new restaurant in downtown Camden on Tuesday.

Midcoast muralists for hire, will travel

By Abigail Curtis on May 08, 2016, at 7:43 a.m.
“We are adding beauty to the world,” Allegra Kuhn said. “I never expected to make a living by creating things that are beautiful.”
David Wessels, Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project coordinator holds up a plant for the students to identify while weeding the raised beds at the school gardens with seventh-graders Tuesday morning. The Garden Project started in 2000. Students plant, take care of and harvest the vegetables that mostly end up on lunch trays in the school cafeteria.

‘Pretty magical’: Midcoast students turn food scraps into good soil

By Abigail Curtis on May 07, 2016, at 8:30 a.m.
“When [students] see the scraps transformed into beautiful soil and then into the food we eat, it brings home the magic of composting and the whole process,” David Wessels said.