Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau

Jay McCrum, president of the family-owned potato processing plant Penobscot McCrum, appeals to Belfast City Councilors to access the new rail trail by going around his building, not right next to it as officials prefer to do.

Penobscot McCrum offers Belfast other easement, $25,000 in response to eminent domain threat

By Abigail Curtis on June 10, 2016, at 2:59 p.m.
Days after learning that the city of Belfast is planning to use eminent domain to get across the Penobscot McCrum property to access the new rail trail from downtown and the Harbor Walk, Jay McCrum came to Belfast City Hall Friday morning to make a counter offer.
Frank Giglio (right) talks about his family's homestead while wife Camille Giglio (left) plays with their children, 5-year-old Wilder (second from right) and 8-week-old Sunny, on Tuesday in Thorndike.

On a rural Thorndike homestead, a young family is cooking up their future

By Abigail Curtis on June 10, 2016, at 6:31 a.m.
I’m really interested in tuning into nature and eating the foods available at a certain time of year — and seeing nature as an ally.”
A "no trespassing" sign marks the southern terminus of the Belfast Rail Trail by the Penobscot McCrum potato processing plant. City officials would like to get an easement to connect the 2.3-mile Rail Trail with the Belfast Harbor Walk.

Belfast to pursue eminent domain to get across Penobscot McCrum land

By Abigail Curtis on June 09, 2016, at 2:40 p.m.
City councilors voted this week to use eminent domain to get an easement across a 700-foot-long strip of land owned by the Penobscot McCrum potato processing plant in order to connect the new rail trail with the Belfast Harbor Walk and downtown.
Strawberries picked by customers fill several boxes at Adams Strawberry Acres in East Corinth, June 26, 2015.

Despite turkeys, lack of snow, strawberry farmers ready for eager pickers

By Abigail Curtis on June 09, 2016, at 6:17 a.m.
With a couple of weeks to go before the strawberries ripen enough to be picked at most farms in the state, things are looking up.
Chris Gidney

Police: Suspect in Palermo domestic assault pulled gun on officers

By Abigail Curtis on June 07, 2016, at 11:05 a.m.
A local man accused of domestic violence assault over the weekend allegedly pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the deputies who were trying to restrain him.
Crews work Friday on the massive Front Street reconstruction project. The nearly $4 million project is designed to modernize antiquated infrastructure and rebuild the road.

Belfast road project will turn ‘glorified cowpath’ into complete street

By Abigail Curtis on June 06, 2016, at 12:55 p.m.
“Front Street will go from what I call a very undefined street to having sidewalks, parking spaces and curbs,” City Planner Wayne Marshall said.
Juniper Fowler, 10, cuddles a lamb at Toddy Pond Farm. The farm will offer a day camp program this summer for kids.

How your kids can spend the summer learning, getting messy on a farm

By Abigail Curtis on June 04, 2016, at 7:49 a.m.
As summer approaches, several Maine farms are preparing for groups of campers who will spend their days at farm camp working with animals, gardening, exploring nature and hopefully getting some dirt under their fingernails, too.
A sign for Penobscot McCrum can be seen in this August 2008 file photo.

Belfast plant to pay $140,000 to settle case over ammonia use

By Abigail Curtis on June 03, 2016, at 6:37 p.m.
A downtown potato-processing company will pay more than $140,000 to cover penalties and pay for safety improvements in order to resolve claims by the U.S. EPA that it had violated federal clean air laws.
William Shorey, a Waldo County commissioner, stands on Congress Street in Belfast in front of the former jailer's house and the old county jail behind it in this November 2012 file photo.

Fate of old Waldo County jailer’s house remains uncertain

By Abigail Curtis on June 02, 2016, at 6:45 p.m.
Paula Johnson, who lives close to the jailer’s house, said the county deceived taxpayers with its past actions and she did not want to see this building demolished.
John Piotti

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.