Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau


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.
A joint effort by the Camden and Rockport police departments has led to a teenager being charged in connection with 50 motor vehicle break-ins. Camden and Rockport Police Chief Randy Gagne said Tuesday that the joint investigation by officers from both departments including Detective Curt Andrick led …
 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.
Dale Cottrell paints a Penobscot wherry on July 1 in his shop, Cottrell Boatbuilding, in Searpsort.

This Maine family transforms wooden boards into seaworthy boats

By Abigail Curtis on July 06, 2016, at 2:42 p.m.
Most of the boats take them about six to eight weeks from beginning to end, and they usually have a backlog of at least three to six boats.
Depression-era glass, which used to be a staple of the Hobby Horse Flea Market, can be seen on Thursday in Searsport. Items such as dish sets, cookie jars and knick-knacks used to be popular, but that has changed.

How buying patterns, fewer collectors are affecting Maine businesses

By Abigail Curtis on July 03, 2016, at 7:35 a.m.
“The market has changed drastically,” David Oakes, the longtime manager at the Searsport Antique Mall, said recently. “Kids don’t want what their parents have.”
The ferry approaches Islesboro in Penobscot Bay. Many residents of the island are struggling with the lack of access to high-speed internet.

Islesboro moves forward with $3.8 million broadband network

By Abigail Curtis on June 30, 2016, at 11:22 a.m.
“For us, it’s a real bridge to the rest of the world.”
Jody Johnstone feeds the fire of her wood-burning anagama tunnel kiln at her home in Swansville. The kiln, which is firing nearly 1,000 pieces of her work and several other potters, is stoked 24 hours per day by a small crew for eight days. Jody Johnstone makes a wide range of functional and beautiful anagama-fired stoneware.

‘That’s the magic of it': Eight days of flames, heat transform pottery at Swanville kiln

By Abigail Curtis on June 30, 2016, at 6:20 a.m.
“I fell in love with the process,” Jody Johnstone said. “The community and the physical aspects — I like that part of it a lot.”
James Scheider

Northport couple pleads guilty, again, to operating meth lab

By Abigail Curtis on June 29, 2016, at 3:11 p.m.
A husband and wife who were charged in March with aggravated operation of a methamphetamine lab in an apartment building in Northport each will serve 30 months in prison after pleading guilty this month at Waldo County Unified Criminal Court.
This 1800s seacaptain's house in Searsport, which has dereriorated badly over the last few decades, can be seen in this September 2014 file photo.  It is one of the most photographed abandoned homes in the state.

Searsport’s much-photographed dilapidated house to be taken down

By Abigail Curtis on June 28, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
The old, abandoned house on U.S. Route 1 a town official called “the most photographed house in the state of Maine” is to be taken down this summer.
This house at 180 Abrams Mountain Road, called "The Froggery," sold at auction over the weekend for an undisclosed sum. Earlier this year, it was listed for $10.9 million, making it the most expensive house on the market in Maine.

Islesboro mansion, state’s priciest home, sold at auction

By Abigail Curtis on June 27, 2016, at 4:09 p.m.
The 8,000 square-foot home on 15 acres of land near Hewes Point was listed for $10.9 million — including two Steinway pianos and other furnishings.
Artists Gemma Bradney, 9, of Swanville, and Bridget Matros work on the "Mermicorn," a cross between a mermaid and a unicorn, that is part of the Waldo County Children's Mural Project.

Children paint fantastic, colorful sea creatures on Belfast mural

By Abigail Curtis on June 27, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
This summer, the city of Belfast is under invasion by a group of fantastic sea creatures that are unlike anything found in the oceans. The 21 sea creatures belong to the new Waldo County Children’s Mural Project, which is highlighting original art from elementary school children from …
Bill Thayer cuts a section of hay at Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro on Tuesday.

How 2 Maine farmers are ensuring their farm will live on

By Abigail Curtis on June 24, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
When Cynthia and Bill Thayer came to Gouldsboro from Massachusetts and started organic farming at Darthia Farm in 1976, they had dreams but not certainty about how their life in Maine would work out.
Eighth-graders (from left) Sydni Moores, Joshua Chun and Vincent Bonarrigo work at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast on a model merry-go-round that will generate electricity. They are part of Team Power Play, which recently won first place in Maine as part of the national eCYBERMISSION competition.

Midcoast teen scientists generate electricity from a merry-go-round

By Abigail Curtis on June 24, 2016, at 8:10 a.m.
“There’s so much kinetic energy in a playground,” one of the teen scientists said.
Residents and officials debate the use of eminent domain to connect two recreational trails in the city on Tuesday at the City Hall council chambers in Belfast.

Public weighs in on eminent domain dispute in Belfast

By Abigail Curtis on June 22, 2016, at 6:56 p.m.
Residents gathered to debate the city’s proposal to use eminent domain to purchase an easement across privately owned land to connect two trails.
Lobster lay in a crate at the Stonington Lobster Co-op dock in this Aug. 15, 2014, file photo.

More fishing grounds closed after mercury contamination found

By Abigail Curtis on June 22, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
Mercury contamination found in lobsters caught in the uppermost portion of Penobscot Bay has led to this week’s decision by state fishery officials to nearly double an area closed to lobster and crab fishing.
Photos of Lynn Day Arsenault from her friend Sheila Johnson's Facebook page.

Judge: Husband of murdered woman made fake will that left him everything

By Abigail Curtis on June 19, 2016, at 7:32 a.m.
“We couldn’t really grieve the way we wanted to because this came about so quickly and so suddenly. Daily, we were reminded of what a horrible thing had happened to the family. There aren’t many words or phrases I can use to describe how horrible this has been.” her son, Nick Day, said.
Josh Wehrwein (right) holds the door to his family's canvas yurt while his wife, Melanie (center), and their daughter, Aria, 6, put on their shoes in Sedgwick on Wednesday. In October of 2010 the Wehrwein family began a journey out of suburbia and into "imagined living" in rural Maine. The family has been building a three-story wooden yurt on their property.

A yurt in the woods: How an unusual Maine man’s legacy lives on

By Abigail Curtis on June 18, 2016, at 7:53 a.m.
The Wehrweins got to know Bill Coperthwaite well as he helped them design the three-story yurt. They moved into the fabric yurt on their property temporarily, until they could build it. In the end, their yurt became his last design.