Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau

 
Tanya Hubbard

Waldo County loses longtime educator to cancer

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 23, 2016, at 5:49 p.m.
If you were one of her people, Tanya Hubbard would remember you.
Colby Corriveau

Maine man indicted after allegedly threatening to drown woman in bathtub

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 21, 2016, at 6:19 p.m.
“She said that he began filling the tub, telling her he was going to drown her.”
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Michelle Byrman cuts bars of soap she just took from the mold at SoulShine Soap Co. in Winterport. Byrman makes all the soap in her kitchen.

Maine woman helps people clean up their act with handmade soaps

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 21, 2016, at 12:05 p.m.
“People are getting the hang of the local food movement now,” soap-maker Michelle Byram said. “But they don’t realize that your skin is our biggest organ.”
Andrew Smith

Thorndike man accused of assaulting girlfriend, officer

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 20, 2016, at 6:21 p.m.
“Deputies documented numerous injuries consistent with her description of abuse.”
This image of Jewett Williams of Hodgdon, who served with the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, was taken circa April 1922 when he was admitted because of senility to the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, Oregon, where he died later that year at the age of 78.

Dispute arises over Maine Civil War veteran’s final resting place

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 14, 2016, at 6:16 a.m.
“This has just gotten out of hand,” Adria Horn said. “It’s just out of control, for no reason.”
It has been more than two years since the Goose River Grocery & Trading Post on Swan Lake Avenue caught fire and more than a year since police arrested the man who claimed to own the store and charged him with arson and insurance deception.

Accused arsonist sues insurance company for fire damage money

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 10, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.
It has been more than two years since the Goose River Grocery & Trading Post on Swan Lake Avenue caught fire and more than a year since police arrested the man who claimed to own the store and charged him with arson and insurance deception.
Judith Frost Gillis of the Orrington Historical Society, volunteers at the Curran Homestead, where she enjoys encouraging children to dive into history. She is excited about a major gift that the Curran Homestead will receive from the 19th Century Willowbrook Village in Newfield, Maine. "There is a disconnect with our current generation of young people," she said, adding it's "like magic" when they do experiential education.

Curran Homestead’s huge gift: Much of a York County museum

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 10, 2016, at 8:16 a.m.
“It is hands-on. It’s education. It’s not a static display of old equipment.”
David Cook

Convicted sex offender charged with possession of child pornography

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 09, 2016, at 2:13 p.m.
A convicted sex offender was arrested this week and charged with possession of child pornography.
A Jersey dairy cow peeks its head out Wednesday at Siberia Farms in Hermon. Sierra Perry of Etna, who bought Siberia Farms in September 2015, said she is closing the farm.

End of the line for Hermon dairy Siberia Farms

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 09, 2016, at 8:34 a.m.
“It’s tough. We do love our customers, but we just couldn’t make it work,” Sierra Perry said. “It’s really sad. We didn’t want to do it, but we had to.”
People walk along the new recreational trail Aug. 30 in Belfast. After years of planning and building, the trail along the Passagassawakeag River has become reality. Crews were working on the final section recently near the footbridge on the waterfront.

New recreational trail connects the ‘jewels’ of Belfast

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 06, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“You are there with the forest and the river and the tides. It’s really amazing, and I can’t think of another place like it in Maine.”
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This year's Farmers' Almanac marked the publication's 200th edition.

Farmers’ Almanac unearths some old, strange tips for its 200th edition

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 02, 2016, at 1:40 p.m.
To do right by the 200th consecutive edition Pete Geiger locked himself in the museum for a weekend carefully pored over the fragile almanacs from days of yore, searching for snippets of advice, wit, wisdom and more to include in the new volume. And he found some doozies.

Stockton Springs appoints interim head after death of town manager

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 01, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
After the death of town manager Damaris “Marnie” Diffin last week, selectmen have appointed an interim town manager.
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Gordon Kenyon, 72, on his Albion farm Tuesday. Kenyon started Locust Grove farm in the early 1980s. He grows 14 varieties and has about 1,000 peach trees.

Maine farmer gets sweet boost amid New England peach shortage

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 01, 2016, at 6:42 a.m.
“They have been shipped from here in central Maine to New York City, believe it or not,” a marveling Gordon Kenyon said recently.
A plan to renovate Belfast Area High School that will go before voters this fall will keep the swimming pool intact.

Belfast high school pool remains in renovation plan

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 30, 2016, at 6:05 p.m.
Voters in Regional School Unit 71 will be asked to approve a $6.7 million bond to renovate the aging Belfast Area High School at the polls on Election Day this fall — but they will not be asked to deep-six the school’s swimming pool.

Maine man sentenced to 1 year after terrorizing woman

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 29, 2016, at 6:34 p.m.
Richard Peavey threatened to “run his tractor-trailer into the house and kill everyone in it,” according to the police report filed at Waldo County District Court.
Regional School Unit 71 directors may vote next week on whether to renovate the aging Belfast Area High School.

Aging midcoast high school may get controversial facelift

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 29, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
Regional School Unit 71 directors are leaning toward doing a $10 million facelift on Belfast Area High School, but some troubled taxpayers feel the plan they call too expensive and too ambitious is being rushed through too quickly.

Overdose deaths trigger police warning about fentanyl

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 26, 2016, at 7:15 p.m.
Police are warning heroin users that a pair of drug overdose deaths in Waldo County raise the possibility of fentanyl contamination.
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Pauline Miller (left), a teacher from Orrington, niece Alicia Talpey (center) and Miller's mother, Philippa Harvey, a retired schoolteacher, make their their way by boat to Norris Island in Frenchman Bay off Winter Harbor on Aug. 16. Norris Island has been owned by the family since the 1870s.

Why this Maine family has been fighting for access to its summer home

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 26, 2016, at 7:24 a.m.
“I am discouraged, upset and bewildered by the situation that my family has encountered with the National Park Service.”
Axel Stewart (left), 19, of Epsom, N.H., plays the mandolin for his sister, Madeleine, while seeking a quiet moment in the trees at Maine Fiddle Camp, a multi-generational summer camp experience that celebrates traditional music in Montville.

Music made under the pines at Maine Fiddle Camp

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 25, 2016, at 7:38 a.m.
It’s a music camp for people of all ages and all abilities. They stay in rustic cabins or in tents, and spend most of their time playing music and improving their skills, which can range from rudimentary to near-professional.

Report: Woman who mistook Dairy Queen for McDonald’s charged with OUI

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 24, 2016, at 6:21 p.m.
It is the second time in a month that police have charged Christy Neumann, 42, for driving while intoxicated with children in her car.