Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau

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Maine man tapped to lead national farmland conservation group

By Abigail Curtis on June 01, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
“I think farming is our future. I want to do everything we can do to make sure we have the farmers and the farmland that we need.”
Belfast artist Neal Parent talks recently about photographing the Maine coast for the past 40 years.

‘Shoot with your heart’: This photographer has captured 40 years of images of Maine

By Abigail Curtis on June 01, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“I love the beauty of the rugged coast. I just really love it. Wherever we go, I can’t wait to get back.”

Driver accused of striking pole, fleeing into woods

By Abigail Curtis on May 31, 2016, at 5:40 p.m.
A local man was arrested late Sunday night after allegedly driving drunk and striking a utility pole on Doak Road.
The state of Maine is planning to consolidate and modernize Belfast District Court and Waldo County Superior Court, and so the district court building would be returned for the sole use of Waldo County, which owns it.

State plans $17 million courthouse project in Belfast

By Abigail Curtis on May 31, 2016, at 7:16 a.m.
Major changes will be coming to Belfast’s judicial landscape soon, as the state of Maine has decided it is past time to consolidate, upgrade and modernize the city’s two existing court buildings — one of which was built back in 1853.
Fernwood Nursery & Gardens in Montville owned by Denise and Rick Sawyer. They offer a wide variety of shade tolerant ornamental plants. Rick Sawyer started the nursery in 1990.

‘Maine’s shadiest nursery’ delights in growing, selling woodland plants

By Abigail Curtis on May 31, 2016, at 6:18 a.m.
On a cool, misty May day, the shaded beds of Fernwood Nursery and Gardens seemed to hold delights around every turn.
Searsport District High School 10th-grader, David Estes, sails a shellback dinghy around near the Searsport boat launch Thursday. A group of students in the 6th boat building class at Searsport District High School launched their two projects Thursday afternoon.

Teens learn science, math by building boats

By Abigail Curtis on May 31, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The class is advertised as a “practical laboratory” for students to learn the geometry of boat building, applied physics and much more.

Fire destroys vacant mobile home in Bowdoin

By Abigail Curtis on May 30, 2016, at 10:52 a.m.
A total of 25 firefighters from Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Richmond, Topsham, Sabattus and Lisbon responded to the fire on Bing Moore Road.
BDN reporter Abigail Curtis and her partner, Jim Clark, put in their garden in Belfast on May 21.

Always hoping for a better season in the garden

By Abigail Curtis on May 29, 2016, at 7:29 a.m.
Perhaps it is an act of faith to plant and trust that the sun, soil and water will work their magic, that the seeds will germinate and grow, that the plants will flower, that the fruits and vegetables will ripen and grow.
This postcard showing two Lincolnville girls dressed like Hawaiian maidens in the early 1900s is part of the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searport's new exhibit, "Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine."

‘Wish you were here’: Maine’s story told through postcards

By Abigail Curtis on May 28, 2016, at 4:29 p.m.
You can learn a lot about Maine in the early days of the 20th century through the lens of small, ubiquitous postcards. That’s why the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport’s summer exhibit, which opens to the public this weekend, is called “Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine.”

Vintage postcards show Maine life in early 20th century

By Abigail Curtis on May 28, 2016, at 4:29 p.m.
Vintage Maine postcards from the early 1900s show much more than sunsets and sailboats. They show factories, families, schools, working waterfronts, ice cream parlors — in fact, they documented the history of their time.
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.