Articles by Heather Steeves

Regal Molly sits atop a cat tower at the Pets Are Worth Saving shelter in Rockport on Tuesday.

Cramped Rockport animal shelter needs $1 million for expansion

By Heather Steeves on July 04, 2012, at 11:56 a.m.
The animal shelter here has plans to double its size so it can accept more animals. Now it just needs a million bucks. The Pets Are Worth Saving shelter, formerly the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League, recently bought 2.5 acres next to its spot on Camden Street where …
Bella Baldwin, in a 1971 yearbook photo.

Rockland man making film based on mysterious Vinalhaven drowning case

By Heather Steeves on June 28, 2012, at 6:03 p.m.
A young woman from Maryland who ventured to a Maine island in the 1970s to find herself but later was found dead on a Vinalhaven beach is the subject of a new movie by a Rockland filmmaker. How 19-year-old Bella Baldwin died has never been entirely clear. …

Rights panel: Denny’s employee treated badly, but not fired, because of OCD

By Heather Steeves on June 27, 2012, at 6:37 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A woman who argued she was fired from Denny’s restaurant because of her obsessive compulsive disorder was dismissed for giving a trucker a cup of free milk, the Maine Human Rights Commission found Monday. The commission’s vote went against its own investigator’s recommendation. In a a 2-0 …

Thomaston man arrested for allegedly assaulting pregnant girlfriend

By Heather Steeves on June 22, 2012, at 7:01 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A frequent offender is again in jail, this time for assaulting his girlfriend, who is 8 months pregnant, police say. Lee Williams, 25, of Thomaston was arrested for domestic violence assault on Friday and made his first court appearance the same day. As of Friday afternoon, Williams …

Rockland to celebrate arrival of summer on Saturday

By Heather Steeves on June 21, 2012, at 6:31 p.m.
Route 1 will shut down Saturday evening while Rockland welcomes summer. Musicians, food vendors and a crowd of about 5,000 people will invade Main Street at Rockland’s 14th Summer Solstice from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 23. “It showcases our downtown businesses. We encourage them to …
Gabe Ruesswick, 8, of Camden, types numbers in his calculator to determine how many objects he and his classmates found at a staged archeological dig site in 2011. Ruesswick was in an all-boys third-grade class in Camden-Rockport Elementary School.

Boys-only class in Rockport sees academic success — and critics

By Heather Steeves on June 21, 2012, at 1:10 p.m.
Test scores are in and a boys-only classroom here saw significant learning gains. “It’s a lot of growth,” said Theresa Lash, principal of Camden-Rockport Elementary School during a presentation on the experimental classroom to the school board Wednesday night. The ACLU of Maine, meanwhile, which is working …
Christopher Gamage

Owls Head firefighter allegedly drains half of town’s fire truck gas budget on his own car

By Heather Steeves on June 21, 2012, at 11:33 a.m.
A firefighter here stole money from the fire station to fuel his personal truck, police say. Christopher Gamage, 19, of Union, was arrested for theft and for misuse of identification on Tuesday. A town official noticed unusual charges on one of the fire department’s fire truck …

Camden schools get new superintendent

By Heather Steeves on June 20, 2012, at 4:13 p.m.
ROCKPORT | A new superintendent has been selected for the Camden area. The current assistant superintendent, Elaine Nutter, will step into the role in July, school board chairs announced Wednesday. “We are very excited to have Elaine lead our two districts, maintaining the positive momentum from this past year …
Christopher Cunningham

Toddler taken from parents after spanking allegedly leaves ‘severe’ bruises

By Heather Steeves on June 19, 2012, at 3:35 p.m.
UNION | A 25-year-old local man was arrested over the weekend and charged with domestic violence assault and aggravated assault for brutally spanking his 4-year-old stepson, according to police. Christopher Cunningham of Union was arrested after police found “severe” bruises covering his stepson’s bottom. The boy’s grandmother, who lives …
Dennis Dechaine (left) walks out of a meeting with attorneys at the Maine State Prison in Warren in 2009.  Dechaine met with famed defense attorney F. Lee Bailey (right) who agreed to be a consultant on his petition for a new trial.

Drug plea gets three months tacked on to Dechaine’s life sentence

By Heather Steeves on June 19, 2012, at 10:45 a.m.
ROCKLAND | A convicted murderer got three months tacked onto his life sentence Tuesday after pleading no contest to taking morphine while in prison. Dennis Dechaine, 54, was ready to go to trial on Tuesday and the jury was waiting in the wings of Knox County Superior Court when …

Four teens charged after thefts at Hope camps

By Heather Steeves on June 18, 2012, at 10:13 p.m.
Four teenagers were charged Monday for allegedly stealing sparklers, alcohol and food from local camps. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office got calls last Saturday night that people were running around Island Avenue and Morton Lane from camp to camp late at night, according to Sheriff Donna Dennison. …
The Aldersgate United Methodist Church has filed a lawsuit claiming Rockland is discriminating against the church in its taxation.

Pay property taxes, Rockland tells church

By Heather Steeves on June 18, 2012, at 10:05 p.m.
The property taxes the city assessed on a local church were fair, the city’s board of assessment and review voted unanimously Monday night. “This is what we wanted; don’t get upset,” said Michael Leonard to a group of Aldersgate United Methodist Church members after the 4-0 vote. …
The Rozalia Project, a nonprofit that cleans harbors and beaches, pulled a bicycle out of Rockland Harbor on Sunday. The nonprofit then invited the public onto its sailboat to watch its underwater robot fish around for trash underwater.

Underwater robot helps find, remove trash from Rockland Harbor

By Heather Steeves on June 17, 2012, at 7:43 p.m.
One large computer screen burned yellow while Rachael Miller flicked at a video game controller, making the blurry images shift. “We have to head under the boat for some shade,” Miller said, moving the joystick, which controlled an underwater robot in Rockland Harbor on Sunday. “This is …
Richard Scott teaches a class on scythe maintenance on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Farm and Homestead Day at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association fairgrounds in Unity.

Farmers, gardeners learn new skills at Farm and Homestead Day in Unity

By Heather Steeves on June 17, 2012, at 2:44 p.m.
When Richard Scott scythes a field, his hips rotate and his arms wave the curved blade gently through the grass, which slumps over instantly. When Jericho Bicknell, of Dover-Foxcroft, scythed the same grassy area on Saturday morning, such was not the case. Bicknell and about 100 other …
Irving Silverman stands in front of the nonoperational lighthouse his wife built for him before she died in Bernard recently. In her memory, Silverman performed weddings as a notary public for years, marrying 34 couples. Now that Silverman is 92 years old and can no longer live alone in Maine full-time, his notary license cannot be renewed.

92-year-old notary public forced to stop marrying couples in Bernard lighthouse

By Heather Steeves on June 17, 2012, at 2 p.m.
Irving Silverman will never marry again. That’s his vow. After almost a decade of bringing couples into his lighthouse and joining them in marriage, Silverman has been forced to call it quits. At 92 years old, Silverman had to leave Maine, where he lived for the last …
Elaine Webb stacks cookies to be offered for sale at Rooster Brother in Ellsworth in August 2004.

Ellsworth’s Rooster Brother cooking supply store turns 25

By Heather Steeves on June 17, 2012, at 10:40 a.m.
This week Rooster Brother will celebrate 25 years of roasting coffee, slicing cheese and selling cookware. At the helm of the shop are husband and wife duo Pamela and George Elias, both 65 and from Surry. The Eliases have both always been passionate about food, but neither …

70-year-old hiker rescued after falling near Bass Harbor Lighthouse

By Heather Steeves on June 17, 2012, at 10:23 a.m.
TREMONT | A 70-year-old woman was injured after hiking alone by Bass Harbor Lighthouse on Friday. It took rescue searchers about an hour and a half to find the unidentified woman who called 911 on an untraceable TracFone, according to Ed Pontbriand, a park ranger and emergency services coordinator …

Midcoast children offered free meals this summer

By Heather Steeves on June 16, 2012, at 11:36 a.m.
WARREN | Many children in the midcoast get two meals a day from their schools through the free and reduced lunch program. When the summer comes and backpacks get shoved in the closet until September, that security of having regular meals vanishes. A program in Warren, Damariscotta and Waldoboro …
Carleton Leavitt, who owns the new cobbling shop Kiss My Boots in Hope, worked on re-soleing a pair of men's leather shoes recently.

Midcoast man teaches himself shoe skills, opens Kiss My Boots cobbler

By Heather Steeves on June 12, 2012, at 10:53 a.m.
HOPE | When his passion for cabinetmaking faded, 63-year-old Carleton Leavitt turned his hands to shoes. “People’s shoes are funny. They’re very sentimental to them,” he said, picking up a pair of tawny, suede kitten heels. “These old ones, the piping was warped. Now she has a new pair …
The Coastal Mountains Land Trust will open Beech Nut, a 1915 sod-roof hut, for a few days this summer.

Land trust to open unique Rockport picnic cottage on select days

By Heather Steeves on June 09, 2012, at 4:15 p.m.
A local land trust will open a historic picnic house for several days this summer. Beech Nut, a sod-roof hut built in 1915, sits on top of blueberry-covered Beech Hill. For about 350 days of the year, the little cottage is closed, but Coastal Mountains Land Trust …