Articles by Heather Steeves

Photo by Scott Lovejoy. All-star jammer Grim D Mise is a powerhouse for Maine's A-team, which takes on Vermont on April 26 at the Expo in Portland.

Roller Derby 4/26

By Heather Steeves on April 16, 2014, at 8:20 a.m.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Portland Expo, 239 Park Ave, Portland, Maine For more information: 603-479-2303; PORTLAND — Maine Roller Derby is about to battle its fiercest competitor of the season in a double-header bout on Saturday, April 26 at the Portland Expo. In …
A soldier looks into the black granite tiles that cover the Midcoast Area Veterans Memorial on Limerock Street on Friday night, after the dedication ceremony. The memorial took 16 years to erect.

Midcoast Area Veterans Memorial erected in Rockland

By Heather Steeves on Aug. 03, 2012, at 9:03 p.m.
It took 16 years, but on Friday the Midcoast Area Veterans Memorial — a 34-foot-long concrete wall with black granite tiles etched with veterans’ portraits — stood for about 200 people to see. The roughly $300,000 memorial was dedicated Friday evening to all veterans. “I’ve noticed that …
Noah Keene, Cassidy Keene and Patrick Keene pose for a picture last summer at Splashtown.

Mother of boy who had hand severed says life after accident will never be the same

By Heather Steeves on Aug. 02, 2012, at 9:41 a.m.
OWLS HEAD | Cassidy Keene’s life has changed dramatically in the weeks since her son’s hand was severed in an accident in Rockland. Before, Keene drove her twin boys to summer camp where they could swim and jump around like rambunctious 5-year-olds do. She’d go to work as a …

Down East magazine chief: Publisher’s ouster, end of paid blogs are not connected

By Heather Steeves on Aug. 01, 2012, at 6:05 p.m.
ROCKPORT | The end of paid blogs on the website of Down East magazine and the exit of its publisher are not related, the company’s CEO said Wednesday. John Viehman left his position as publisher after six years, the company announced Tuesday. CEO Bob Fernald, who will, at least …

A day after blogs shut down, publisher out at Down East magazine

By Heather Steeves on July 31, 2012, at 4:07 p.m.
ROCKPORT | The publisher of Down East Magazine has left the position, according to Publishers Weekly. John Viehman’s position will be filled by CEO Bob Fernald. “John worked tirelessly for this organization in his six years here, overseeing a rebuilding of our ad-sales team, consolidating the Down East brand …
Denise Giuvelis, 26, of Biddeford, won the gold medal in the national Junior Solo Dance artistic roller skating competition in Nebraska. Roller skate dancing is much like ballroom dancing, Giuvelis said.

Biddeford roller skate dancer wins the gold at national competition

By Heather Steeves on July 27, 2012, at 4:03 p.m.
It took 20 years of hard work, but Denise Giuvelis, 26, of Biddeford recently skated home with the gold at the national roller figure skating competition. Giuvelis is one of only three competitive artistic skaters from Maine. She competes in coed roller skate dance competitions, which she …
Hilery Hutchinson, 30, of Owls Head, strikes a yoga pose in her gym, Sphere, in Rockland.

Rockland woman returns to midcoast to open gym with unique look

By Heather Steeves on July 26, 2012, at 5:21 p.m.
Hilery Hutchinson graduated from Rockland High School, but never expected to come back. After leaving the area for college, then some work with the NBA and at resorts in the Bahamas, she certainly didn’t think she’d return to a place she lived for a short stint during …

Camden Hills laptop repair bills down from $56,000 to $33,000

By Heather Steeves on July 26, 2012, at 3:56 p.m.
ROCKPORT | The laptop repair bill is in for Camden Hills Regional High School and the total is $33,000. That’s down from $56,000 in the 2010-2011 school year. The school took measures in the past school year to reduce student carelessness, which administrators said was the root cause of …

Camden Rite Aid targeted for drug robbery, again

By Heather Steeves on July 23, 2012, at 2:42 p.m.
Police say new measures at a frequently robbed Rite Aid stopped a man from getting away with stolen drugs Saturday. A man in a hooded sweatshirt with a bandana covering his face walked into the pharmacy and demanded drugs on Saturday, according to Detective Curt Andrick at …
Jenny Carboy of Rockport checked out a grey skein at the new shop Over the Rainbow Yarn in Rockland recently.

New Rockland yarn shop offers chance at accessible art

By Heather Steeves on July 21, 2012, at 1:02 p.m.
When Mim Bird’s 13-and-a-half-year-old son (“the half is important when you’re 13”) decided to go to school instead of continuing homeschooling, she didn’t know what to do with her life. She had been a homemaker for 16 years. “For the first year I just wandered around thinking, …
Two bricks prop up a wooden decoy tern. Interns have set up many fake birds on Metinic Island since the 1,400-seabird population abandoned the island earlier this summer. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also has automated recordings of terns playing on the island to try to attract the birds back.

All 1,400 terns nesting on Metinic abandon island

By Heather Steeves on July 18, 2012, at 5:51 p.m.
METINIC ISLAND | For the first time in known history, the entire tern population — 1,400 at last count — abandoned this small island. It took one day. In June, Maine was soaked with four rainy days in a row. Terns, seabirds that use their sight to find and …
David Bridges, 20, of Augusta, held a guillemot chick that he "grubbed" from its rock tunnel home on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 on Metinic Island. Half of the 300-acre island is a bird refuge where Bridges and another intern for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service monitor and protect seabird populations.

Alone on a Maine island: Interns spend summers helping vulnerable birds survive

By Heather Steeves on July 18, 2012, at 5:46 p.m.
METINIC ISLAND | Brian Benedict and Michael Langlois boarded their boat Tuesday despite the warnings — after all, they must feed the interns. They help the interns and the interns help migratory seabirds on the island. “They’re talking about serious storms — hail, high winds. There may be tornado …
Daniel Bennett, 36, of Rockland, sets in the cabin of his 36-foot sloop, Bufflehead in July 2012. Bufflehead is in its first season working as a charter boat.

Rockland man takes passengers on day sails on boat he bought for $1

By Heather Steeves on July 12, 2012, at 5:28 p.m.
By 10 a.m. Daniel Bennett was on his third cup of coffee made from water boiled on a tiny stove in the cabin of his wooden sloop. Seagulls cawed and circled as the boat rocked gently off Rockland’s Windjammer Wharf. He was waiting for his next customer, …

Willing to trade? Midcoast neighbors exchange goods, labor on bartering site

By Heather Steeves on July 12, 2012, at 3:44 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A local police chief needs a defunct trampoline to shade his sheep and is willing to barter for it. A Rockport man had a $100 iTunes gift card he didn’t need and was offered 25 guinea hens. A new public Facebook group, Midcoast Barter, is connecting people …
The Mussel Ridge Historical Society has open the Old Homestead for the summer.

History of Owls Head on display at The Old Homestead

By Heather Steeves on July 11, 2012, at 9:48 p.m.
People curious about the history of Owls Head now can pop into The Old Homestead and poke around the photo albums, old news clips and maps. The homestead opened Wednesday for the first time this year. The gray shingled cape dates to the 1820s or earlier, …
Alan Hinsey

Knox County seeks $500,000 grant to solve social problems that affect education

By Heather Steeves on July 09, 2012, at 5:53 p.m.
ROCKLAND | Knox County education organizations are putting in an application for a $500,000 federal grant to help improve the area’s social services and schools. The U.S. Department of Education is offering up the cash for local organizations to research what social issues affect students’ educational performance and come …
Captain Mike McHenry instructs his six-person crew during the Great Schooner Race as the boat Heritage sails by Camden in the background.

Great Schooner Race fills Penobscot Bay with sails, friendly feuds

By Heather Steeves on July 06, 2012, at 9:20 p.m.
ROCKLAND | Captains Doug Lee and Mike McHenry have been handing the Great Schooner Race’s Leeward Class trophy back and forth for years now. As far as races go, their competition seemed pretty fair: Both 95-foot boats were built in the 1980s. Lee’s Heritage docks in Rockland, where the …

Few midcoast residents complain about fireworks on the Fourth

By Heather Steeves on July 05, 2012, at 6:01 p.m.
BELFAST | This city had no fireworks complaints on July Fourth and the midcoast seemed quiet on the holiday, according to police. “We had no complaints. It surprised me. Even though the city banned them, we expected some complaints,” said Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department. …
Jo Dee Messina performs in the L.L. Bean store in Freeport on Wednesday.

Thomaston celebrates with annual Fourth of July parade, L.L. Bean puts on show in Freeport

By Heather Steeves on July 04, 2012, at 10:32 p.m.
Route 1 was packed on both sides through the entire small town as hundreds of people packed in to see firetrucks, horses, roller skaters and beauty pageant queens in the annual Fourth of July parade on Wednesday. A few raindrops fell before the clouds eventually parted and …
Last June the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership hosted a group of Vinalhaven and North Haven students who learned about social studies and the history of the defunct granite quarrying town.

Island becomes summer school for teachers

By Heather Steeves on July 04, 2012, at 9:02 p.m.
HURRICANE ISLAND | This little island is once again seeing visitors, but instead of the granite quarriers of the late 1800s or the summer camp children of the mid-to-late 1900s, this time teachers and scientists are flocking to it. The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership is getting …