Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau

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Waldo County man gets 5 years in prison for sexual assault

By Abigail Curtis on July 27, 2016, at 5:38 p.m.
A Brooks man who pleaded guilty on Tuesday at Waldo County Superior Court to gross sexual assault and other charges in connection with a brutal attack last November on his live-in girlfriend will spend five years in prison.
Keith Bodine pours a sample of Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery's apple brandy in Union on Tuesday.

Distilled to the essence: Farm-fresh wine, spirits made in Maine

By Abigail Curtis on July 27, 2016, at 12 p.m.
“Everything is such high quality, and I like how everything is done in such small batches. It’s local, and I love it,” one fan of Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery said recently.
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Man wanted in connection with fraud scheme caught in New Jersey

By Abigail Curtis on July 22, 2016, at 6:14 p.m.
Robert J. Howarth, 62, was caught on Friday, July 15, by police at a traffic stop in Fort Lee, New Jersey, according to the Fort Lee Daily Voice website.
Margot Frost (left), who works as April Cloutier's equine specialist, and Cindy from Knox County walk out to pasture to find the two horses Cindy works with for her equine-assisted psychotherapy at Painted Horses LLC in Union on Tuesday. Cindy has worked with Cloutier for several months and feels the horses have helped her manage her anxiety disorder.

Unbridled healing: How a Maine therapist is using horses to help people

By Abigail Curtis on July 22, 2016, at 11:13 a.m.
“What happens between horse and humans can be pretty amazing at times and pretty unique and profound.”
A conservation advocacy manager for the Appalachian Mountain Club fills out a visibility data sheet while on the North Ridge trial on Cadillac Mountain in this April 2004 file photo. The manager was checking ozone levels.

Maine officials issue air quality alert for Friday

By Abigail Curtis on July 21, 2016, at 6:16 p.m.
State officials have issued an air quality alert for the coast from Kittery to Acadia National Park.
A group of people play pickleball on Thursday in Belfast. City councilors this week agreed to convert the dilapidated basketball court at Belfast City Park into a dedicated pickleball court.

‘It’s the fastest growing sport’: Belfast to gain permanent pickleball court

By Abigail Curtis on July 21, 2016, at 2:31 p.m.
City councilors approved the idea of permanently turning a basketball court at Belfast City Park to four dedicated pickleball courts.
One of the many varieties of day lilies at Bill and Lynn Warman's farm in Waldo. Bill bought the land from his parents and started clearing land, building raised beds, landscaping, breeding peonies and day lilies.

How this man found his dream job on a farm after retirement

By Abigail Curtis on July 21, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
“I want to create something that has not been done before,” self-taught botanist Bill Warman said of his desire to keep hybridizing plants and share them with the world. “A pretty plant to look at — that beats a bottle of beer all to hell every time.”
Sherry Sullivan (right) and her father, Geoffrey Francis Sullivan, pose for a picture during an outing at an unspecified beach in an undated family photograph.

After a 30-year search, will new relations with Cuba help Mainer find her missing father?

By Abigail Curtis on July 21, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“I’m hoping that I’ll be able to find out what happened to my father,” Sherry Sullivan said. “It’s a matter of principle for me. For justice for my father.”
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.

Frustrated Belfast council proceeds with eminent domain to cross McCrum land

By Abigail Curtis on July 20, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
The city took a major step Tuesday night down the road toward using eminent domain to purchase a controversial recreation easement across land owned by Penobscot McCrum.

Eminent domain again on Belfast City Council agenda

By Abigail Curtis on July 18, 2016, at 6:29 p.m.
The recreation easement the city wants would provide pedestrian, bicycle and emergency access to Belfast’s new rail trail across a 700-foot-long strip of land owned by Penobscot McCrum.

Driver charged with OUI after Belfast accident

By Abigail Curtis on July 18, 2016, at 5:44 p.m.
A Belfast man was charged with operating under the influence of drugs after an accident injured several people, including two residents of an assisted living facility.

Driver in fatal Belfast crash charged with manslaughter

By Abigail Curtis on July 15, 2016, at 5:21 p.m.
The grand jury indicted Chelsea Larrabee on a charge of manslaughter, a Class A offense punishable by as much as 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
Dan Greeley of Belfast was the first to grab the wheel of cheese during an adult race in the sixth annual National Cheese Roll Championship in 2012.

Belfast gets ready for 10th — and maybe last — year of the Maine Celtic Celebration

By Abigail Curtis on July 15, 2016, at 4:11 p.m.
“The status is unknown,” Claudia Luchetti, who is one of a half-dozen or so die-hard supporters who have worked to bring the popular festival to life every July.
Lauren Errickson of Brooks rings up some produce Friday for Meredith Toumayan of Jackson at the new Marsh River Co-op. "We opened the store without any kind of loans or investment," Errickson, a co-op board member said. "It was a few years of planning, discussion and meetings. It's wonderful to see it come into being."

What Maine’s crop of co-ops are doing to stay fresh, survive

By Abigail Curtis on July 15, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
If the word “co-op” make you think hazily of the 1970s, Birkenstock sandals and bulk containers of carob, think again.

Proposed Belfast budget includes increase for General Assistance

By Abigail Curtis on July 14, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
The biggest single line-item increase is found in the General Assistance program, which has jumped from $33,000 in the last fiscal year to $190,000.
Floppy disks sit for sale in one of the Kiwanis Auction bars in Orono Tuesday. For 70 years, the Kiwanis Auction in Orono has been a regional mainstay. This is where bargain-hungry locals rub elbows with impoverished graduate students, Amish from Aroostook County and many others to find the perfect kitchenware, furniture, books, records, toys and much, much more to adorn their homes. This year's auction will take place on July 21, 22 and 23.

A cannon blast, then a surge forward: Why an auction tradition celebrating its 70th year in Orono attracts so many

By Abigail Curtis on July 13, 2016, at 3:48 p.m.
This summer marks the 70th year for Orono’s famous Kiwanis Auction, which raises funds for local charities and scholarships.

New fire department leaders chosen in Thomaston

By Abigail Curtis on July 13, 2016, at 2:57 p.m.
The town of Thomaston has a new fire chief and a new deputy fire chief, after the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday night confirmed the recommendations of Town Manager Valmore Blastow.

Police nab teen in up to 50 car break-ins in Camden, Rockport

By Abigail Curtis and Stephen Betts on July 13, 2016, at 12:53 p.m.
 Six-year-old Kendall Killam (right) of Monson stands inside her new chicken coop with her little brother, Kyle Killam. Kendall just won the coop and six chickens in a statewide coop giveaway organized by the Maine Poultry Connection resource group.

Chicken coop giveaway thrills two Maine kids

By Abigail Curtis on July 08, 2016, at 4:43 p.m.
“If you could have seen the looks of those kids’ faces,” Scott DeMoranville, the founder of the Maine Poultry Connection, said of the deliveries. “I was giggly right along with them. It was fantastic. Everybody was thrilled about the whole thing.”
A boat sits at its mooring off downtown Lubec, Nov. 12, 2015.

CDC finds highest suicide rates among farmers, fishermen, foresters

By Abigail Curtis on July 08, 2016, at 12:45 p.m.
Intervening, however hard, can be critically important.