Beth Brogan

Reporter

Beth Brogan writes about the greater Bath-Brunswick area, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties for the Bangor Daily News. You can reach her on Twitter at @beth_brogan.
 
Vaughn (right) and Jodie Anthony (center), with Paula Ragsdale, stand near their home on Gaecklein Road in Boothbay recently. Next door, contractors for Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens have clearcut to the Anthonys' property line to make way for a $30 million expansion.

Beauty or beast? Neighbors fight Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ expansion

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 08, 2017, at 6:50 a.m.
When the expansion is complete, the garden complex will include a new visitor center and gift shop, a restaurant in the existing visitor center, a 16,000-square-foot horticulture research and production facility, and a nearly six-story conservatory, along with expanded parking, formal gardens and trails.
Protesters arrested last August at Bath Iron Works' christening of the stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt march into Sagadahoc County Superior Court to stand trial Wednesday morning.

Anti-war activists convicted for protest outside Bath Iron Works

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 03, 2017, at 12:29 p.m.
Ten peace activists arrested in June while protesting outside Bath Iron Works were found guilty of misdemeanors.
Freeport artist Abigail Gray Swartz drew on her experience at the Jan. 21 Women's March in Augusta to create her first cover for The New Yorker. The cover, "The March," depicts a black Rosie the Riveter wearing a pink, knitted hat.

‘Everything has been insane’ for Maine artist who drew black Rosie the Riveter for The New Yorker

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 02, 2017, at 3:59 p.m.
Abigail Gray Swartz painted a magazine cover that reimagines Rosie the Riveter as a black woman wearing a pink knit hat that has come to symbolize opposition to President Donald Trump’s policies and persona.
Protesters arrested last August at Bath Iron Works' christening of the stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt march into Sagadahoc County Superior Court to stand trial Wednesday morning.

War and peace on the Maine coast: Trial of shipyard protesters revives Vietnam-era conflicts

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 01, 2017, at 2:01 p.m.
Ten of the 12 people charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a public way last year pleaded not guilty in connection with the protest outside the shipyard’s south gate.
Jack May of South Freeport found these KKK fliers, folded and sealed in plastic baggies, in the driveways of his neighbors early Monday morning.

Maine House speaker to host community meeting in response to KKK fliers

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 31, 2017, at 9:26 a.m.
“The values they represent … is not ones any of us share and that we will absolutely, loudly drive them away.”
Jack May of South Freeport found these KKK flyers, folded and sealed in plastic baggies, in the driveways of his neighbors early Monday morning.

KKK recruitment fliers in Maine House speaker’s neighborhood, state capital

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 30, 2017, at 10:16 a.m.
The single-page, multi-colored flyer announces a Ku Klux Klan neighborhood watch and encourages people to call a “24-hour Klanline.”

Bomb team retrieves bazooka-like military shell from Maine parking lot

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 26, 2017, at 4:06 p.m.
The device was discovered late Wednesday afternoon by someone walking in the area, the Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman said.
Developer Paul Coulombe (left) and Danielle Betts, a civil engineer with the Knickerbocker Group, listen to public comments during an information session on a proposal for a roundabout, as well as Coulombe’s plans for a future retail development in Boothbay, in Boothbay in this August 2016 file photo.

Developer with childhood dream to ‘own my own town’ buys Maine waterfront inn

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 26, 2017, at 6:10 a.m.
Paul Coulombe has expanded his holdings to the east edge of the harbor, recently closing on the nearly 100-room Rocktide Inn & Restaurant and an adjacent vacant waterfront lot.

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 20, 2017, at 11:47 a.m.

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 20, 2017, at 11:20 a.m.
Kenneth Bailey

Maine man who spent 2 years on the lam sentenced for sex crimes against child

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 18, 2017, at 4:21 p.m.
Under conditions of a plea agreement, a 60-year-old Bath man charged with 19 counts of sex crimes against a child will serve two and a half years in prison followed by four years of probation.
Halfway Rock Light Station, off the tip of Bailey Island in Harpswell.

Coast Guard to install more radio activation switches at Maine lighthouses

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 18, 2017, at 12:30 p.m.
The move is designed to reduce negative effects of continuous foghorns on area wildlife and residents.
A Bowdoinham woman fired from Bath Iron Works in September 2015 after working at the shipyard for five weeks has filed suit in federal court claiming she was discriminated against because of her gender.

Woman fired after 5 weeks at BIW files sexual harassment lawsuit

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 17, 2017, at 10:16 a.m.
The supervisor allegedly told her, “I would not ask my wife to do this work, so I’m not going to ask you to do this work.”
Khalil Gibran Muhammed gives his keynote address "No Reparation without Racial Education: Martin Luther King on the Tyranny of Ignorance" for Bates College's "Reparations: Addressing Racial Injustices" program at the Peter J. Gomes Chapel on campus in Lewiston on Martin Luther King Jr. day Monday morning.

MLK scholar in Maine: Teach that racism is bedrock of US history

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 16, 2017, at 1:46 p.m.
“Slavery is not an aberration in the American story,” Muhammad said. “It is the quintessential American story.”
James Allen

Maine man sentenced to 18 years for raping teen in Delaware

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 13, 2017, at 5:46 p.m.
The Frank J. Wood Bridge between Brunswick and Topsham can be seen in this April 2016 file photo.

Controversial midcoast projects included on Maine’s transportation to-do list

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 13, 2017, at 3:59 p.m.
The Frank J. Wood Bridge, which carries Route 201 over the Androscoggin River between Topsham and Brunswick, is slated for a $15 million “improvement” in 2018-19.

Maine man sentenced to eight years for stealing guns

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 13, 2017, at 3:41 p.m.
Poland was on supervised release for a prior felony drug conviction when he broke into the Whitefield home.
Customers can be seen on Thursday outside L.L. Bean's Hunting and Fishing Store in Freeport. Many said a boycott effort targeting the outdoor retailer would not stop them from shopping there.

As Trump, LePage blast boycott, ‘absurd’ is word of day at LL Bean

By Beth Brogan and Darren Fishell on Jan. 12, 2017, at 5:33 p.m.
“Listen, we’re Democrats,” said Dan Gagne of Poland, Maine, who had just picked up a pair of ice cleats. “We’ve got the best democracy in the world. We believe in free speech. It’s her right.”
Garrett Brosnan

Former Maine officer gets 1 year for attempting to send nude photos to teen

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 11, 2017, at 3:12 p.m.
A former Brunswick police officer was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in federal prison for attempting to send obscene material to a teenage girl.
Kenneth L. Hatch III (right) pleaded not guilty on Aug. 23 in Knox County Unified Court to 22 counts involving sexual assaults and drug-related offenses. He is represented by attorney Richard Elliott of Boothbay Harbor.

Judge changes site for trial of Maine deputy accused of sex crimes against children

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 10, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
A former Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy indicted on 22 counts of sexual abuse of a minor and other charges will be tried in Kennebec County.