Articles by Ashley Conti

 

Verso Paper millworkers end final shift

By Ashley Conti on Dec. 17, 2014, at 7:44 p.m.
Verso Paper millworkers leave the mill one last time Wednesday in Bucksport. Bucksport officials and residents organized a rally for workers of the Verso mill. Wednesday marked the last shift at the 84-year old mill.

Ruth Lockhart, a founder of the Mabel Wadsworth center, plans retirement

By Ashley Conti on Dec. 15, 2014, at 11:23 a.m.
Ruth Lockhart, a founder of the Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center — one of only 15 privately funded, feminist women’s health centers in the United States — is retiring in May.

Bucksport opens pop-up stores to drive business

By Ashley Conti on Dec. 12, 2014, at 2:20 p.m.
Bucksport recently opened four pop-up stores in vacant downtown shops to help drive business to the town.

Bucksport face uncertain future after mill sold to Canadian recycling company

By Ashley Conti on Dec. 09, 2014, at 7:24 p.m.
Bucksport residents react to the news that Verso Paper mill was recently sold to a Canadian metal recycling company.

Belfast Curling Club allows Mainers to enjoy sport of curling

By Ashley Conti on Dec. 08, 2014, at 10:57 a.m.
The Belfast Curling Club allows Mainers to enjoy the sport of curling with the only curling club in the state.
Belfast Curling Club members sweep the ice to help curl their rock during a league game at the Belfast Curling Club in Belfast Thursday.

Belfast Curling Club finds competition, camaraderie in the winter cold

By Ashley Conti on Dec. 08, 2014, at 8 a.m.
The sounds of granite hitting granite, sweeping instructions and “good job” can be heard as you enter a “warm room” at a large, barnlike building off Route 3. A glass viewing area overlooks three curling sheets with two teams of four. The Belfast Curling Club, the only …

Geaghan Bros. Brewing Co. unveils first local craft beer truck

By Ashley Conti on Dec. 04, 2014, at 7:13 a.m.
Geaghan Bros. Brewing Co. unveiled the first local craft beer truck in the region, which will take Geaghan Bros. beer to distributors and bars in several surrounding counties Wednesday at their soon-to-open brewery expansion in Brewer.

Early Black Friday shoppers flock to stores for deals

By Ashley Conti on Nov. 28, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki asks early Black Friday Target shoppers how they stay warm, what they are in line for and how long they have been waiting.

Inside the family-run Maine zoo that stars in reality TV series ‘Yankee Jungle’

By Ashley Conti on Nov. 20, 2014, at 5:29 a.m.
Bob and Julie Miner don’t just own and work at DEW Animal Kingdom and Sanctuary in Mount Vernon, they live it. The Miners care for about 200 different animals at their sanctuary. “This isn’t a job. It’s not a hobby. It’s a way of life,” Bob Miner said.

Bangor-Brewer Veterans Day Parade

By Ashley Conti on Nov. 11, 2014, at 7:31 p.m.
Bangor and Brewer area residents showed their support for U.S. veterans during the annual Veterans Day parade.

The search for the best chili in Greater Bangor

By Ashley Conti on Nov. 11, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
BDN’s Emily Burnham and Sarah Walker Caron searched for the best chili in Greater Bangor

Emily Cain addresses her supporters

By Ashley Conti on Nov. 05, 2014, at 12:58 a.m.
Democratic state Sen. Emily Cain thanks her supporters while waiting for the results of 2nd Congressional District Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor.

‘We’re tough here’: Fort Kent community reacts to Ebola frenzy

By Ashley Conti on Nov. 01, 2014, at 9:34 a.m.
Fort Kent residents react to the Ebola frenzy taking place in their backyards. Kaci Hickox returned to the U.S. last week after treating Ebola patients in West Africa and fought the state on a 21-day home quarantine.

Kaci Hickox says she’s ‘humbled’ by judge’s decision, public support during press conference

By Ashley Conti on Oct. 31, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
Kaci Hickox, the Fort Kent nurse who recently returned home after working for Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone, addresses the media Friday from her Fort Kent home. She speaks about the Fort Kent District Court judge not allowing state health officials to prevent her from entering public places or restrict …

Ted Wilbur, boyfriend of nurse Kaci Hickox, addresses the media

By Ashley Conti on Oct. 30, 2014, at 9:19 p.m.
Ted Wilbur, boyfriend of nurse Kaci Hickox, addresses the media Thursday evening at their home in Fort Kent. Hickox returned last week to the U.S. from West Africa, where she treated Ebola patients. She is fighting a 21-day home quarantine.

Maine Center for Disease Control worker leaves home where nurse Kaci Hickox is staying in Fort Kent

By Ashley Conti on Oct. 30, 2014, at 7:19 a.m.
A Maine Center for Disease Control worker leaves the home where Kaci Hickox, the nurse released from isolation after returning last week to the U.S. from West Africa, where she treated Ebola patients, is staying in Fort Kent.

Maine Center for Disease Control worker speaks with Kaci Hickox

By Ashley Conti on Oct. 29, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.
A Maine Center for Disease Control worker leaves the house where Kaci Hickox is staying Wednesday in Fort Kent. Hickox, the nurse released from isolation after returning last week to the U.S. from West Africa, where she treated Ebola patients, is saying she will fight 21-day home quarantine.

Chris Christie asks Republicans to make Paul LePage their mission

By Ashley Conti on Oct. 28, 2014, at 10:30 p.m.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visited Maine to help campaign for Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s reelection. Christie asked Republicans to make LePage their mission.
A child poses for a portrait Saturday in downtown Bangor. Downtown businesses opened their doors to young trick or treaters and children were able to grab a spooky bag in West Market Square with a map of participating locations and make their way around downtown collecting candy and puzzle pieces.

From superheroes to princesses, children go trick-or-treating during Halloween Bangor event

By Ashley Conti on Oct. 28, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
Downtown Bangor businesses opened their doors to young trick or treaters Saturday. Children were able to grab a spooky bag in West Market Square with a map of participating locations and make their way around collecting candy and puzzle pieces. Here is a collection of images captured …

Buried alive

By Ashley Conti on Oct. 28, 2014, at 6:07 a.m.
Mary Howe of Damariscotta allegedly was buried alive by town officials — and no one knows where her grave is. Her family maintained she was in a deep trance, and reports say that weeks after her alleged death she showed no signs of actually being dead.
 
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