Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau

Belfast officials are seeking to connect the new Rail Trail with the Harbor Walk and downtown Belfast.

Belfast seeking easement to connect Rail Trail with downtown

By Abigail Curtis on April 22, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
Currently, the Rail Trail hits a dead end at the Penobscot McCrum potato processing plant.
The driver who plowed into a parked car and then the large plate glass window of downtown Belfast's iconic Gothic building on Saturday, March 26, died after being taken to the hospital.

Massachusetts man died of blunt force trauma in Belfast accident

By Abigail Curtis on April 21, 2016, at 5:10 p.m.
The man who crashed his car into the Gothic building in downtown Belfast on March 26 died of blunt force trauma, according to a report from the state medical examiner’s office.

Belfast councilors try to quell anxiety over trees near airport

By Abigail Curtis on April 21, 2016, at 4:07 p.m.
The city has plans to cut down trees near the airport after being warned about safety issues by the FAA.

Overdosing men likely saved by Belfast police

By Abigail Curtis on April 20, 2016, at 3:51 p.m.
Two men who overdosed on drugs after crashing a car they were test-driving earlier this month in Belfast may have had their lives saved by quick-thinking police officers, according to Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden.
A bottle filled with colored seabird guano, or droppings, that is part of the Penobscot Marine Museum collection is currently on display in the Smithsonian’'s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The bottle is part of the exhibit The Norie Marine Atlas & Guano Trade, which runs now through January 2017.

This rare Maine bottle of bird poop is on display at the Smithsonian

By Abigail Curtis on April 18, 2016, at 6:53 a.m.
“It’s part of our Age of Exploration,” Cipperly Good said. “We’re just proud that our collection has these hidden treasures that are of national significance. And it’s great that the nation can see it.”
Paper artist Amity Beane of Dixfield will hold a workshop on April 30 at the Ladies Aid Society building in Waite, with participants learning how to make paper flowers.

Paper flower artist finds magic in botany

By Abigail Curtis on April 17, 2016, at 7:46 a.m.
“The beauty of paper flowers is they do last a long time. You’ll be able to keep your paper bouquet forever, and I think that’s pretty special.”
Jonathan Fishman of Phish speaks in Portland in March. Fishman has been granted a temporary protection from harassment order against a Belfast chimney sweep.

Phish drummer obtains protection order against Belfast chimney sweep

By Abigail Curtis on April 15, 2016, at 5:53 p.m.
The Belfast man has been distributing pamphlets and letters that make unsubstantiated allegations about Fishman and others.
Austin Ashmore

Teen who led police on chase will spend four months in jail

By Abigail Curtis on April 14, 2016, at 2:34 p.m.
An Orland teen who got into a high-speed chase with police last December will spend four months in jail.

Belfast Maine Fare event canceled

By Abigail Curtis on April 13, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
The Maine Farmland Trust has announced that there won’t be a 2016 Maine Fare celebration.
Dana Linscott, 63, of Belfast decided three years ago he wanted to change his life and get his high school equivalency diploma. He came to the Regional School Unit 71 board meeting on Monday night to speak in favor of funding the Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County.

Literacy program in Belfast area saved from chopping block

By Abigail Curtis on April 12, 2016, at 4:52 p.m.
“Literacy Volunteers is a very good program,” Dana Linscott, who is due to receive his diploma in May, told the Regional School Unit 71 board of directors.
Kathleen Cravens of Ellsworth came to Belfast Friday to check out the new Main Street location of Fiddlehead Artisan Supply. "I love this shop -- it's always worth the drive," she said. "It's filled with color and inspiration."

Downtown Belfast in ‘good health’ as longtime businesses expand

By Abigail Curtis on April 11, 2016, at 8:54 a.m.
Change is afoot in the heart of Belfast.
VJ Guarino and Carrie Braman fell in love with making maple syrup as college students in Vermont. After they moved to Maine, they decided to "go all in for their passion," Braman said. Their business, Frontier Sugarworks, made 21 barrels of maple syrup last year and they are hoping to double that this spring.

Maple alchemists turn sap into gold on sugarbush leased from state

By Abigail Curtis on April 09, 2016, at 7:33 a.m.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry launched its maple leasing program as a way to assist Maine’s maple producers.

Driver accused of being drunk, going 93 mph through Freedom

By Abigail Curtis on April 07, 2016, at 12:30 p.m.
A Waldo man remained behind bars on Thursday after allegedly driving drunk through Freedom.
Jane Irish, 9, sings and plays "Rockin Robin" on her ukulele for the next episode of "Once Upon a Time," the locally produced children's television show.

Midcoast storytime show airs local talent nationwide

By Abigail Curtis on April 06, 2016, at 11:53 a.m.
Backstage at the Belfast Free Library during a recent taping of Belfast Community Television’s children’s program, the scene was energetic, creative and more than a little chaotic.
Toast Xpress' Loaded Toast is seen in Waterville on Friday.

From the minds that brought you Big G’s Deli: A toast restaurant

By Abigail Curtis on April 05, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
The owners of the beloved Winslow deli decided to take some of their huge, freshly baked loaves of bread across the river to Waterville and turn them into the focal point of a brand-new eatery — Toast Xpress, located in Railroad Square.
Karen Colburn, a Bangor native and freestyle ski pioneer who competed on the professional Colgate World Trophy Women's Freestyle Tour in the 1970s, is raising funds to get her, her father and her son to the U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Hall of Fame skiing history induction ceremony, happening this week in Aspen, Colorado.

Maine skiing champ to go on ‘adventure of a lifetime’ with father, son

By Abigail Curtis on April 04, 2016, at 5:46 p.m.
Forty years ago, Bangor native Karen Colburn soared above the ski slopes all over the world as a pioneer in the then-new sport of freestyle skiing.
Dr. Elizabeth Yori at her office in Belfast on Tuesday.

How a former wrestler, farmer became a ‘doctor who listens’

By Abigail Curtis on April 04, 2016, at 7:09 a.m.
Elizabeth Yori’s path to becoming a doctor featured several unusual twists and turns, which sounds about right for a woman who is used to doing things a little bit differently.
Jeffery Dean, 58, served in the United States Army from 1976 to 1979. During his service, he spent 4 months involved in the Enewetak Radiological Support Project in the South Pacific. The mission was to clean up the radiation debris from atomic bomb testing that took place there. Dean and many of the other men who served there are suffering from different cancers and other health conditions. Dean and several others are now fighting to be recognized and compensated for medical expenses due to ionized radiation exposure. "We didn't hesitate when they asked us to go out there," said Dean, "but now that we're all getting sick, they're [the V.A.] turning their back on us."

Maine veterans facing cancer hoping that ‘atomic veteran’ bill becomes law

By Abigail Curtis on April 03, 2016, at 7:20 a.m.
Paul Laird, a 59-year-old from Otisfield who served with the U.S. Army’s 84th Engineer Battalion on Enewetak Atoll and who is a three-time cancer survivor, said that the bill has only a slim chance of becoming law — and that is not acceptable to him.
Sarah Simmons (left) and Molly Rubin work on setting up a new hoop house at Streamside Farm in Brooks. Five friends joined forces to start a cooperative farm, where they pool knowledge, resources and their energy. They are gearing up for their first growing season.

‘We’re doing it’: Cooperation key for midcoast startup farm

By Abigail Curtis on April 02, 2016, at 10:27 a.m.
They have shared ownership, shared responsibility and shared hopes their unusual venture will be a success.
Christina Camacho talks about her son, Jonathan Grinstein-Camacho, who drowned in early December after running away from home. His family, who had moved from Massachusetts just a few months before he died, believes that what happened to him could have been avoided if Maine'’s mental health care system was better.

A grieving family blames broken MaineCare system for their son’s death

By Abigail Curtis on March 31, 2016, at 6:22 a.m.
“My first thought was that this system murdered him. I toned it down to negligent homicide,” his mother, Christina Camacho, said.