Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau


Wilton man faces murder charge in connection with death of grandmother

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 21, 2014, at 9:47 a.m.
A young Wilton man has been charged with the murder of his grandmother, according to Maine State Police. Dana Craney, 22, was charged early Sunday morning in connection with the death of Joanne Goudreau, 67. Her body was discovered Saturday afternoon in the backyard of the mobile …
Firefighters extinguish a fire on a train engine Saturday morning in Monmouth.

Monmouth firefighters extinguish burning train engine

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 20, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
Quick thinking and quick action Saturday morning helped to minimize the damage caused when a train engine caught on fire, according to Monmouth Fire Chief Dan Roy. The train, which had three engines and 80 cars, was heading south through Monmouth when it started to lose power …

Controversial metal recycling company eyeing Searsport

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 17, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
A metal recycling company that has faced controversy and major fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its operation in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is applying for a permit to open a junkyard at the Mack Point industrial zone. At Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the Board of …

Searsport town officials eager for development seek residents’ ideas

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 15, 2014, at 6:18 p.m.
Over the last few years, Searsport — or at least an outspoken portion of the community — has gotten a reputation for saying “no” to many development proposals that have come its way. “No” to the massive liquid propane gas storage tank and terminal project that was …

Stockton Springs man who threw wife against refrigerator sentenced to month in jail

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 15, 2014, at 5:03 p.m.
BELFAST | A Stockton Springs man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife in February has been sentenced to serve a month in county jail. Neil Nightingale, 59, had been arrested on Feb. 23, the day after the assault. The victim told a Maine State Police trooper that Nightingale …
A Camden man escaped injury this weekend when his truck caught fire on High Street in Lincolnville.

Camden man escapes before truck bursts into flames

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 15, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
LINCOLNVILLE | A Camden man was able to jump out of his truck just before it burst into flames on Saturday night. Johnny Tofani had been driving on High Street in Lincolnville at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday in his Dodge pickup truck when he noticed the smell of burning …

Life after withdrawal — RSU 20 towns figure out their next steps

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 12, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
SEARSPORT | The eight communities that are part of the soon-to-be much smaller Regional School Unit 20 are figuring out what life will be like after the district’s dissolution. On the to-do list for Searsport and Stockton Springs, the only RSU 20 member towns that will remain in that …

Whooping cough on the rise in parts of Maine

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 12, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
BELFAST | Whooping cough has been on the rise during the last few months in several Maine counties, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Since September, the highly contagious respiratory infection has hit Piscatquis County the hardest, at a rate of 122 cases per 100,000 …
Soy candles are seen at Creatively Maine, one of four pop-up stores in downtown Bucksport.

‘We believe in Bucksport’: Pop-up shops take root for the holidays

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 12, 2014, at 5:46 a.m.
“We believe in Bucksport.” That’s the message on posters that plaster Main Street windows in the Penobscot River town struggling with the news its primary employer, Verso Paper, will be shutting down shortly, putting as many as 500 employees out of work. Local officials and residents want …
The Verso Paper mill in Bucksport has been sold to a Canadian company that last year purchased and demolished another Verso property in Minnesota.

Verso sale leaves papermakers uneasy about Bucksport mill’s future

By Abigail Curtis and Darren Fishell on Dec. 09, 2014, at 10:40 a.m.
Union officials are fearful the sale of Verso Paper’s Bucksport mill to a Canadian metal recycling company means the end of papermaking at the mill, which opened in 1930 and shut down its last paper machine Sunday. “I’m a lot less optimistic today than I was last …
Amanda Carnes has created a "Kalendar" for 2015, which is for sale around Belfast and online.

‘Kalendar’ to showcase 12 months of kale

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 08, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
BELFAST | Amanda Carnes loves kale so much she is willing to do a lot to get other people to appreciate the leafy green vegetable. That includes posing in a misty green field wearing nothing but a strategically placed head of kale on the cover of her new 2015 …
Joy Asuncion, a retired Navy veteran who said volunteering is her passion, was part of a special Veteran's Day service this year at Faith Temple Church in Belfast.

Belfast woman continues giving back, long after retiring from Navy

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 08, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
Joy Asuncion of Belfast joined the U.S. Navy as soon as she graduated from high school and spent 20 years serving her country. That desire to serve did not diminish after her retirement from the Navy in 1994, she said recently. Since then, she has seized every …
A view of the collapsed section of the breakwater showing the pilot boat Medric II and a truck that was on the pier on Thursday in Eastport.

Work under way to clean up, repair vital Eastport breakwater

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 05, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.
A day after the catastrophic collapse of a 200-foot portion of the Eastport Breakwater, crews worked to clean up the site and engineers began the process of figuring out why it happened — and what to do next. Local fishermen, the U.S. Coast Guard and whale watch …

Horse struck and killed by truck in Swanville

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 05, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
A horse perished Thursday afternoon after being struck by a pickup truck on the North Searsport Road in Swanville. The horse was from a local residence, according to Deputy Darrin Moody of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. The person taking care of the horse had evidently allowed …

Rock band Bronze Radio Return has Belfast roots

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 05, 2014, at 6:37 a.m.
When Chris Henderson was growing up, he used to spend a lot of time listening to the old, bronze-colored radio in his father’s Belfast art studio. “It was through that radio and listening to music with my dad that I learned a lot about folk music and …
James Kuhn, 28, of Brooks.

Brooks father accused of using shock collar on children sentenced

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 04, 2014, at 6:11 p.m.
BELFAST | A Brooks man accused last spring of kicking his 7-year-old son in the back and using a dog’s shock collar to punish the boy and his older sister pleaded guilty this week at Waldo County Superior Court to two counts of aggravated domestic violence assault. But if …
Gerald Gustafson, 51, of Searsport.

3 charged in connection with alleged Searsport meth distribution ring

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 04, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
A Maine man and two other people have been charged as the result of a multi-state investigation into an alleged methamphetamine importing and trafficking ring based in Searsport, police said last week. Gerald Gustafson, 51, of Searsport was arrested in September and charged with Class C unlawful …
Just a part of the Medric, a pilot boat used by the Eastport Port Authority, can be seen above water at about 1 p.m. Thursday, about two hours before low tide. The breakwater in the background collapsed about 2 a.m., sinking the Medric and damaging several other vessels in the inner harbor.

‘Catastrophic failure’ of breakwater in Eastport injures man, sinks boat, damages others

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 04, 2014, at 9:46 a.m.
A “catastrophic failure” very early Thursday morning caused a large section of the Eastport breakwater to collapse into the inner harbor, injuring one man, sinking a boat and damaging numerous other vessels. While local officials estimated damages in the millions of dollars, they also said they were …
Local officials are seeking name ideas for the pocket park located on Main Street.

Name that park: Belfast encourages name submissions for new Main Street pocket park

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 03, 2014, at 5:39 p.m.
Belfast’s new park — the green that extends along the north side of Main Street between the Northern Lights Gallery and Front Street — is in need of a name, according to Breanna Pinkham Bebb, executive director of Our Town Belfast. The Belfast City Council decided at …
This osprey flew off with a large goldfish in April after diving into The Muck to catch it.

Belfast ‘Muck’ to be dredged to eliminate rogue goldfish, harbor to be rearranged

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 03, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
Goodbye goldfish. A majority of Belfast City Councilors decided at Tuesday night’s regular meeting to spend up to $6,000 in an effort to eradicate the rogue goldfish from Kirby Lake, better known as the Muck. Most of the money will be used to rent a long-reach excavator …
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