Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent

Julia Bayly

Central Aroostook group paying it forward, one random act of kindness at a time

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 25, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
FORT KENT | There’s been a lot of sadness and tragedy depicted in the news in the days leading up to Christmas in Maine and around the country. So, I’m taking the opportunity to redirect readers away from shootings, crimes and conflict to wax a bit poetic about some …
Christmas for one Fort Kent family will be a lot brighter this year as a community bands together to play Santa Clause in response to two sisters' letters to the North Pole.

Sisters’ letters to Santa inspire a Christmas miracle in Fort Kent

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 25, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
By the end of the classic 1947 holiday movie “Miracle on 34th Street,” which tells the story of Kris Kringle defending his identity as Santa Claus, even the the most cold-hearted character believes in the magic of Christmas. Now there’s a modern-day, real-life holiday magic story …
Bruce Bernier of Sanford was charged with OUI and leaving the scene of an accident after a single-vehicle accident in St. Francis on Tuesday night.

Sanford man charged with OUI, accused of leaving scene of Aroostook County crash

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 24, 2014, at 7:46 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS | A Sanford man is facing multiple charges stemming from a single-vehicle crash in the St. John Valley late Tuesday night. Bruce Bernier, 47, was headed south on Route 161 in St. Francis around 10:30 p.m. when he lost control of his 2002 Dodge pickup and skidded …

Maine travelers get a Christmas gift as freezing rain advisory canceled

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 24, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — The National Weather Service canceled a freezing rain advisory for the state, giving a bit of an early Christmas gift to holiday travelers. “There are still some pockets of freezing rain out there in the higher elevations,” Rich Norton, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office …
Broken river ice, seen here from the bridge where Castle Hill Road merges with South Wade Road in Washburn, moves down the Aroostook River on Dec. 14.

Christmas Eve travelers looking at icy, wet conditions

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 24, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
FORT KENT | Santa may well be slipping and sliding into the state as much of Maine from Portland to the St. John Valley is under a freezing rain advisory while a large area in Down East and central Maine is under a flood watch for Christmas Eve. According …

Tax savings prompts Winterville to vote on splitting from SAD 27

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 22, 2014, at 6:29 p.m.
The 200 residents of this small northern Maine municipality are looking at significant property tax savings if they vote to withdraw from its school district. Winterville residents are set to vote at referendum Jan. 5 whether or not to split from SAD 27, form its own school …

UMFK Foundation supporting its executive director in wake of allegations

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:26 a.m.
FORT KENT | Board members of a nonprofit foundation designed to support the University of Maine at Fort Kent are rallying behind its executive director and university president, Wilson Hess, after the College of the Marshall Islands stripped him of the honorary title of president emeritus. The 10-member board …

Truck rollover closes Route 11 north of Patten

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 17, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
Maine State Police are reporting both lanes of Route 11 north of Patten are closed to traffic after a tractor-trailer overturned in heavy snow about 3 p.m. The truck was hauling lumber, which spilled onto the roadway, according to Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland, …
Firefighters were able to save the garage and its contents during a fire that destroyed a New Sweden home early Tuesday morning. A working smoke detector and the family dog are credited with alerting the home's single occupant so he could escape unharmed.

Working smoke detector, family dog credited with alerting New Sweden homeowner to fire

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 16, 2014, at 10:28 a.m.
The combination of a working smoke detector and the family dog meant a New Sweden homeowner was able to escape his burning home early Tuesday morning with no injuries. The state fire marshal was on his way to the scene of the fire that destroyed the …
A visit from Corky-the-Shusky brightens the day of BDN reporter Julia Bayly's father, Michael Bayly, at the skilled care facility in Borderview Manor in Van Buren last week. The residential care facility encourages the visits from well-behaved four-legged family members.

It turns out shuskies make pretty good therapy dogs

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 11, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.
FORT KENT | Those of you who follow the adventures here on Rusty Metal Farm are well aware this is a place where dogs rule. I am but a member of a pack of 10 sincere sled dogs and one husky-sheltie crossbreed, affectionately dubbed a “shusky.” While it would …
Nurse Kaci Hickox speaks with the media next to her boyfriend Ted Wilbur (not pictured) outside their home in Fort Kent on Oct. 31.

Kaci Hickox among Ebola fighters, survivors named ‘Person of the Year’ by Time

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 10, 2014, at 10:04 a.m.
FORT KENT | Kaci Hickox, the nurse who made national headlines recently when she defied Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s efforts to quarantine her after she returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, is among those honored as Time Magazine’s 2014 “Person of the Year.” The magazine named those …

New Canada man accused of stealing 3 cars in 2 counties

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 10, 2014, at 6:01 a.m.
A New Canada man was arrested and charged after turning himself over to police Tuesday afternoon in connection with the thefts of three vehicles all reported stolen that same day, according to Sgt. Chad Fuller of the Maine State Police. Patrick Daigle, 26, was charged with …
Dennis Winchester

Van Buren resident faces multiple charges in connection with burglary, theft spanning seven towns

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 30, 2014, at 8:52 p.m.
A search warrant executed earlier this month in Van Buren resulted in the arrest last week of Dennis Winchester, 50, who is facing multiple charges in connection with the discovery of stolen items at his Van Buren residence, according to Sgt. Chad Fuller of the Maine …

Wreath making in Maine

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 30, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
Wreath makers are in high gear as the holiday season peaks in Maine.
Wreaths created by Corriveau Hilltop Blossoms are on display this weekend at the annual Fort Kent craft fair.

Balsam fir Christmas wreaths is a Maine tradition alive and well

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 30, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
FORT KENT | It’s not really clear who, where or when the first person got the idea to deck their halls with a Christmas wreath made of evergreen boughs. Some say it traces back to the ancient Romans, who first hung wreaths as a sign of social status. Others …
Melanie Saucier

From the Fort Kent Lions Club to the Sydney Opera House, Melanie Saucier shares the gift of music

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 29, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
It’s a long way from the auditorium stage at the University of Maine at Fort Kent to the Sydney Opera House, but for St. John Valley native Melanie Saucier, the path has been a clear one. Saucier has been singing and performing in public since before …
Julia Bayly

I aspire to be Tractor Girl

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 27, 2014, at 9:45 a.m.
FORT KENT | I have a new hero, and her name is Manon Ossevoort. Never heard of her? Neither had I until a couple of weeks ago, when I came across her story while pursuing odd news tidbits on the Internet. But first some Rusty Metal Farm background to …
The interior of the WFST Radio Station in Caribou suffered extensive damage after a vehicle allegedly driven by 47-year-old Christine Paul drove into the building early Saturday morning.

License plate left in building, paperwork in grille of vehicle help police nab hit-and-run driver

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 24, 2014, at 2:06 p.m.
CARIBOU | The building housing WFST AM 600 was heavily damaged when a woman reportedly drove her car into the Christian radio station’s U.S. Route 161 building early Saturday morning and then left the scene. Patrolman Corey Saucier discovered the damage while on routine patrol around 5 a.m. Saturday, …
State police say a moose narrowly missed Mark Forino after crashing through the front window of his minivan.

Moose crashes through windshield, lands in minivan in County crash

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:18 a.m.
ASHLAND | A Presque Isle man escaped with minor injuries after striking a moose Sunday night while traveling on Route 163, according to Sgt. Brian Harris of the Maine State Police. Mark Forino, 34, was eastbound around 8:30 p.m. when the moose stepped in front of his 2006 Toyota …
Firefighters mop up after the early morning fire that destroyed the R.F. Chamberland garage in St. Agatha on Saturday.

St. Agatha business damaged too severely to determine fire’s origin

By Julia Bayly and Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 23, 2014, at 1:25 p.m.
The cause of the fire that destroyed a Main Street trucking company garage and workshop early Saturday will be logged as undetermined, investigators said Sunday. Three state fire marshal’s office investigators were at RF Chamberland Inc. for most of Saturday trying to determine the fire’s cause, …
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