Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent

Julia Bayly.

At the end of life, hospice care is there

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 19, 2015, at 5:36 p.m.
FORT KENT | In 2007, when my late husband was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, we knew the odds were stacked against him. For the four months Patrick battled the aggressive cancer, he promised time and time again he would beat it. For my part, I promised him when and …
The statue of a weeping angel stands outside of a Van Buren home destroyed by a fire that started in the chimney Tuesday night.

Chimney blamed in blaze that destroyed Van Buren home

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 18, 2015, at 11:16 a.m.
A chimney fire that spread swiftly through a house Tuesday evening has left a Van Buren couple homeless. After being called out at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for a chimney fire, local firefighters arriving at the home on Route 1 found “smoke coming from under the eaves,” …
The Maine Warden Service is searching for Ty Howard-Gotto, 15, left, and his friend Jonah May, also 15, between Andover and Mexico.

Wardens looking for 2 teens gone missing overnight while snowmobiling

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 17, 2015, at 8:18 a.m.
MEXICO | The Maine Warden service is looking for two teenagers after they failed to show up at family member’s Andover camp last night. Ty Howard-Gotto, 15, no hometown given, and Jonah May, 15, of North Smithfield, Rhode Island, reportedly left Mexico around 7:30 p.m. Monday planning to snowmobile …
Sandra Caron and Madie prepare for a little skijoring at the Fort Kent Outdoor Club on Friday. The duo plan to enter the Can Am Crown 5k skijor race on March 1 in Fort Kent.

New Can Am event takes cross-country skiing, sled dog races to another level

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 16, 2015, at 12:35 p.m.
FORT KENT | When it comes to mushing and sled dog races, there’s really no such thing as too many dogs. This year, in an effort to bring more canines and their human competitors into town for the 2015 Can Am Crown Sled Dog Races — being held Feb. …

Skijoring in Fort Kent

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 16, 2015, at 12:31 p.m.
This year the Can Am Crown adds skijoring to the race weekend. The event combines cross country skiing and mushing.
Fred Getchell of Presque Isle got a firsthand look at the whiteout driving conditions as he drove to Easton at around 8 a.m. Monday on Route 10.

High winds, blowing snow create whiteout conditions across Maine

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 16, 2015, at 12:01 p.m.
FORT KENT | High winds and blowing snow created headaches for drivers around the state Monday. The winds, combined with the snow that fell over the weekend, created near whiteout conditions. “We recorded a wind gust of 60 mph in Frenchville early this morning,” said Pete Rahe, observing program …
Snow drifts start to take over Harry Snyder's home in Whiting. Washington and York counties gained about 2 more feet of snow with high winds. Inland and northern Maine only received several inches of snow.

Down East, southern Maine get brunt of weekend snowstorm

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 15, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
FORT KENT | Not since his days as a lineman on a Montana cattle ranch in the early 1970s has Harry Snyder seen snowdrifts like the ones forming outside his Whiting home this weekend. “Back then, I was snowed in for three days before they could get to me,” …

Connecticut man dies in snowmobile accident

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 15, 2015, at 3:07 p.m.
CARATUNK | A Connecticut man died Saturday afternoon while snowmobiling in Somerset County. Lars Otto, 46, of Danbury, Connecticut, was riding with another person when he apparently failed to negotiate a turn on Bald Mountain Loop Trail, according to Warden Lt. Kevin Adam. Otto was riding a snowmobile behind …
Kevin Ayotte (right) gets a high-five from Four Seasons Trail Association member Lee Cyr after she hears Ayotte had won a Prudential Spirit of Community Award for his volunteer work with the association.

Maine students earn national volunteer award honors

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 15, 2015, at 1:44 p.m.
MADAWASKA | On Saturday morning, as temperatures in the St. John Valley hovered near the zero mark, 14-year-old Kevin Ayotte was at Four Seasons Trail Association Lodge in Madawaska doing what he does best — helping out. A regular volunteer at the Lodge, Ayotte was recognized as one of …
Close to a dozen members of the Southwest Harbor fire, police and ambulance departments responded when several calls came in to the regional dispatcher just before 12:30 a.m. reporting people hearing someone yelling and a dog barking near the water.

Dog named Hero rescued from chilly waters

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 15, 2015, at 11:08 a.m.
SOUTHWEST HARBOR | A dog named Hero needed some heroes of his own after falling into the chilly waters of Southwest Harbor early Sunday morning. Nearly a dozen members of Southwest Harbor fire, police and ambulance departments responded to a 911 call that came in just before 12:30 a.m. …
A Bangor resident clears his driveway Sunday afternoon.

Downgraded weekend storm still buries York, Washington counties

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 15, 2015, at 9:41 a.m.
FORT KENT | Most Mainers expecting to wake up to blizzard conditions Sunday morning were either disappointed or relieved, as the National Weather Service dropped the expected amount of snowfall over most of the state. Heavy snow and high winds are still expected along the coast in far eastern …

Addison man rescued after spending 30 minutes in the waters of Eastern Harbor

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 14, 2015, at 3:47 p.m.
An individual was pulled Saturday afternoon from Eastern Harbor just north of Otter Cove, according to a dispatcher with the Maine State Police in Orono. The male, whose name or exact age was not available Saturday afternoon, is an Addison resident in his 40s, according to Richard …
Seth King shovels the sidewalk in the front of Giacomo's in Bangor on Jan. 27, 2015.

Weekend blizzard remains on track

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 14, 2015, at 9:52 a.m.
FORT KENT | Forget blue chip or tech stocks. A smart investment this season would have been a snow shovel concession. Another storm system brewing off the coast has much of New England under a winter storm warning, with coastal Maine counties under a blizzard warning starting at noon …

Mini-stampede in Houlton as herd of horses hits the road

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 11, 2015, at 5:29 a.m.
It was a bit of the Wild West in northern Maine Tuesday morning, when a herd of 25 ponies broke loose from their pasture on Route 1 on the Houlton-Littleton town line and hit the open road. The only person more surprised than the drivers who came …
Kyle Green

Former Presque Isle man arrested in Saco on sex abuse charges

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 10, 2015, at 7:23 p.m.
A former Presque Isle resident was brought back to Aroostook County on Monday after being arrested in Saco for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl, according to Matthew Irwin, Presque Isle police chief. Kyle Green, 33, was arrested by Detective William Scull of the Presque Isle Police …
Cookie, a havanese abandoned in a Fort Kent home with four other dogs, has found a new life and a new home after getting a shave and needed medical attention at the Central Aroostook Humane Society.

Alleged owner of abandoned Fort Kent animals fails to appear at hearing

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 10, 2015, at 1:59 p.m.
A woman accused of abandoning five dogs in her rented Fort Kent home failed to appear for her scheduled Feb. 2 district court hearing, according to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier. Kim Mitchell Fareed, the owner of the dogs, is currently living in the Boston …
Aaron Jones

Taser used on Mars Hill man who allegedly resisted arrest

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 09, 2015, at 7:59 p.m.
A Mars Hill man had to be subdued with a Taser after allegedly refusing to submit to a search and tussling with an Aroostook County Sheriff’s deputy on Sunday evening. Aaron Jones, 37, was arrested and charged with violation of conditions of release, refusing to submit …
Wesley Rankin

Argument over parking space at Presque Isle Walmart results in arrest of Caribou man

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 09, 2015, at 11:55 a.m.
An altercation over a parking spot Saturday afternoon at the Presque Isle Walmart Supercenter quickly escalated when several witnesses told police they believed one man involved had a gun. It turned out no gun was involved, but not before members of multiple state and municipal law …
Christian McDonald

High-speed chase ends in multiple charges for Oakfield man

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 09, 2015, at 10:14 a.m.
SMYRNA | An Oakfield man was arrested over the weekend after leading state police on a chase through three southern Aroostook towns before being forcibly stopped and ending up in a snowbank, according to Sgt. Brian Harris of the Maine State Police. Christian McDonald, 26, was charged with driving …
Corky, everyone’s favorite Shusky, in this 2011 photo.

In sickness and in health, animals always come first

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 05, 2015, at 3:49 p.m.
FORT KENT | It’s no secret that critters here at Rusty Metal Farm have it pretty good. In sickness or in health, their needs always come first and this past week there’s been a lot of ill-health here in the far north. At some point last weekend, roughly at …
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