Abigail Curtis

Homestead Reporter

Gordon Kenyon, 72, on his Albion farm Tuesday. Kenyon started Locust Grove farm in the early 1980s. He grows 14 varieties and has about 1,000 peach trees.

Maine farmer gets sweet boost amid New England peach shortage

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 01, 2016, at 6:42 a.m.
“They have been shipped from here in central Maine to New York City, believe it or not,” a marveling Gordon Kenyon said recently.
A plan to renovate Belfast Area High School that will go before voters this fall will keep the swimming pool intact.

Belfast high school pool remains in renovation plan

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 30, 2016, at 6:05 p.m.
Voters in Regional School Unit 71 will be asked to approve a $6.7 million bond to renovate the aging Belfast Area High School at the polls on Election Day this fall — but they will not be asked to deep-six the school’s swimming pool.

Maine man sentenced to 1 year after terrorizing woman

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 29, 2016, at 6:34 p.m.
Richard Peavey threatened to “run his tractor-trailer into the house and kill everyone in it,” according to the police report filed at Waldo County District Court.
Regional School Unit 71 directors may vote next week on whether to renovate the aging Belfast Area High School.

Aging midcoast high school may get controversial facelift

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 29, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
Regional School Unit 71 directors are leaning toward doing a $10 million facelift on Belfast Area High School, but some troubled taxpayers feel the plan they call too expensive and too ambitious is being rushed through too quickly.

Overdose deaths trigger police warning about fentanyl

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 26, 2016, at 7:15 p.m.
Police are warning heroin users that a pair of drug overdose deaths in Waldo County raise the possibility of fentanyl contamination.
Pauline Miller (left), a teacher from Orrington, niece Alicia Talpey (center) and Miller's mother, Philippa Harvey, a retired schoolteacher, make their their way by boat to Norris Island in Frenchman Bay off Winter Harbor on Aug. 16. Norris Island has been owned by the family since the 1870s.

Why this Maine family has been fighting for access to its summer home

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 26, 2016, at 7:24 a.m.
“I am discouraged, upset and bewildered by the situation that my family has encountered with the National Park Service.”
Axel Stewart (left), 19, of Epsom, N.H., plays the mandolin for his sister, Madeleine, while seeking a quiet moment in the trees at Maine Fiddle Camp, a multi-generational summer camp experience that celebrates traditional music in Montville.

Music made under the pines at Maine Fiddle Camp

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 25, 2016, at 7:38 a.m.
It’s a music camp for people of all ages and all abilities. They stay in rustic cabins or in tents, and spend most of their time playing music and improving their skills, which can range from rudimentary to near-professional.

Report: Woman who mistook Dairy Queen for McDonald’s charged with OUI

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 24, 2016, at 6:21 p.m.
It is the second time in a month that police have charged Christy Neumann, 42, for driving while intoxicated with children in her car.
Randy Hayes in March 2013

Jury finds Maine marijuana grower not guilty of felony trafficking charge

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 23, 2016, at 4:49 p.m.
A Montville medical marijuana patient who fought charges of felony drug trafficking and misdemeanor marijuana cultivation was partially vindicated last week when a jury found him not guilty of the more serious crime.

Stockton Spring woman arrested on meth trafficking charge

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 23, 2016, at 12:29 p.m.
A Stockton Springs woman was arrested Sunday at a local motel on a meth trafficking charge.
Maine Veterans Affairs officials hand the remains of Army Pvt. Jewett Williams of Hodgdon, who fought for the Union Army in the famed 20th Maine, back to some Patriot Guard Riders who traveled across the country with him from Oregon over the past few days during a ceremony on Monday outside the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta.

Civil War veteran’s remains make it home to Maine

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 22, 2016, at 6:58 p.m.
The Civil War soldier from Maine whose remains were stored haphazardly at the Oregon State Hospital for nearly 100 years has finally come home.
This sign marks the public access to the ocean at Highview Terrace. Neighbors recently debated whether the right-of-way is good for the residents of the quiet street.

Belfast wrangling with public access to ocean

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 18, 2016, at 3:57 p.m.
“We have the right for access to the ocean. It doesn’t matter who’s rich and who’s poor,” said resident Richard Robinson.
Watering efforts have helped to save this Belfast vegetable garden, but the brown, dry grass nearby shows the effects of a summer without normal rainfall.

How Maine’s home gardeners can contend with abnormally dry conditions

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 18, 2016, at 7:05 a.m.
Caragh Fitzgerald said that home gardeners should evaluate their gardens and think about which vegetable crops are particularly important to them
A nearly head-on collision on Route 1 in Searsport on Sunday afternoon injured three people and caused traffic on the busy coastal thoroughfare to be stopped for 45 minutes.

Searsport police chief urges driver patience after 4 crashes Sunday

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 15, 2016, at 5:18 p.m.
A crash on Route 1 caused a 45-minute-long closure of the busy coastal thoroughfare, leading to some exasperation among other drivers and leading to three other collisions.

Belfast meth maker to spend two years in prison

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 12, 2016, at 7:06 p.m.

Hot dog wagon burglar to spend nine months in jail

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 12, 2016, at 4:41 p.m.
A Brooks man who pleaded guilty to breaking into the Searsport Lions Club hot dog wagon last fall will spend nine months in jail.
Mollie Moore, 82, of Southport Island feels for dead flowers on a plant at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor during a VIP session of the Therapeutic Horticulture program for people with visual impairments. Moore is fully blind, having lost both eyes to meningitis many years ago, and is learning to garden through touch.

A healing garden sprouts in Maine

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 12, 2016, at 6:25 a.m.
“No matter what your disability, you can still garden.”
Ben and Taryn Marcus (right), owners of the Sheepscot General Store and Farm, share a laugh with customer Priscilla Donham of Alna. The unique general store, situated on a working organic farm, has become a community center since it opened in 2011.

This midcoast general store on a working farm quickly became the heart of its community

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 11, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.
The Sheepscot General Store and Farm is located on a country road in the small Lincoln County town of Whitefield, but at lunchtime on a Tuesday afternoon in August it feels like it is the busiest, buzziest place for miles around.

Belfast police: Driver fell asleep, caused widespread power outages

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 10, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
“He simply fell asleep,” Mike McFadden said. “He was very lucky. The moral of the story is, pull over and take a nap.”
More than 20 elderly and handicapped tenants who lived in the St. Croix Apartments in Calais when this photo was taken in February have been relocated after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a notice of default to the landlord, for “failure to maintain the property in decent, safe and sanitary condition.”

Poor living conditions forced 26 elderly, disabled tenants to move, but now they have new homes

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 10, 2016, at 2:04 p.m.
The living situation for the tenants was so bad that a group of them have filed a civil lawsuit against the property owner that is pending at Calais District Court.