Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent


Sears announces closing of Presque Isle store, which will affect 63 employees

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 15, 2014, at 5:47 p.m.
The Aroostook Centre Mall is losing a major retailer with Wednesday’s announcement that Sears, including the auto center, will close its doors by mid-January. The 63 employees at the Presque Isle Sears store learned of the decision during a staff meeting Wednesday morning, according to Assistant …

Northern Maine breaks record-high temps, could see snow by weekend

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 15, 2014, at 5:28 p.m.
CARIBOU | Summer-like weather seems to want to hang on for a bit longer in northern Maine, where Wednesday’s high of 74 broke a record set in 1956. “A southerly flow of mild air ahead of a frontal system allowed temperatures to moderate,” Tim Duda, meteorologist at the National …

SAD 27 board approves Winterville’s request to withdraw from district, tuition students

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 15, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
FORT KENT | The lakeside town of Winterville is one step closer to splitting from SAD 27 and taking roughly $150,000 in local tax revenue with it following Tuesday night’s school board vote. The 7-1 vote approving the withdrawal means Winterville residents will hold a referendum on withdrawing from …
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Presque Isle man suspected of domestic violence arrested after standoff

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 06, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
A Presque Isle man was arrested Monday morning after members of the Maine State Police tactical unit broke down the door of his Skyway Street home where he was barricaded and threatening to harm himself and his girlfriend, according to Presque Isle Police Chief Matthew Irwin. …

Arrest made after state police respond to ‘critical incident’ in Presque Isle

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 06, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
An arrest was made late Monday morning in Presque Isle hours after a Maine State Police negotiating team responded to a “critical incident,” according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. McCausland said he did not know the identity of the young …
Matt Kelley, 15, of Fort Kent picks potatoes while Jason Martin (background) loads full barrels on the truck during harvest at the Martin Farm in St. Francis on Monday, Oct. 29. Kelley was picking potatoes with his mother, Leslie Kelley, who took vacation from her job at the University of Maine at Fort Kent in order to work with her son. The Kelley family has been participating in the traditional harvest since Matt was in the sixth grade. He gets to keep the money they earn.

Old-fashioned way reigns supreme at one of the last farms where potatoes are picked by hand

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 03, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS | Stepping into a Martin family harvest is a bit like stepping back in agricultural time, when generations of pickers worked together picking potatoes by hand directly from the fields. It’s how things always have been done on the family farm, one of the last in the …

Van Buren selectman accused of stealing from gas station

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 02, 2014, at 4:59 p.m.
A member of the Van Buren Board of Selectmen was charged Thursday in connection with the theft of several thousand dollars from his employer, according to Aroostook County Chief Deputy Sheriff Darrell Crandall. Justin Martin, 31, faces a charge of Class C theft for allegedly removing …
Children pick potatoes during "harvest recess" in this 1991 file photo.

Potato harvest in Aroostook County produces stories of hard work, memories of family

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 02, 2014, at 3:56 p.m.
FORT KENT | Over the years, I’ve covered my fair share of potato harvests in Aroostook County. I’ve talked taters, photographed taters and certainly cooked and eaten those taters, but I have never, ever worked a Maine potato harvest. To be clear, I have the utmost respect and admiration …
Crews continue on Monday to tear down the old international bridge that connected Clair, New Brunswick, and Fort Kent.

Demolition of old international bridge in Fort Kent underway

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 30, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
Work has begun to remove the former international bridge that was replaced this summer by a new concrete span connecting Maine to Clair, New Brunswick. Reed and Reed Inc. of Woolwich is taking the bridge down as part of a $3.1 million contract, according to Judy …
The highest ranking members in the Maine State Police came to the aid of two stranded motorists when they helped the young couple change a flat tire on Thursday near Howland.

Top four Maine State Police officers stop to help stranded motorists with flat tire

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 25, 2014, at 5:32 p.m.
HOWLAND | Who says there’s never a policeman around when you need one? The top four officers in the Maine State Police took some time Thursday afternoon to school two stranded motorists in basic automotive repairs. The chief of the Maine State Police, Robert Williams, was returning to Augusta …
Fort Kent students Lacy Pelletier (left) and Gabrielle Martin create sidewalk art as part of the Chalk it Up Fort Kent domestic violence awareness event Friday.

Hope and Justice Project takes domestic abuse message to the streets in Fort Kent

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
Nearly four months after her daughter was murdered, allegedly at the hands of her longtime boyfriend, Barbara Theriault on Friday said she will do whatever it takes to prevent another parent from losing a child to domestic violence. “If I can save one person from going …

‘We are very, very relieved’: Madawaska voters pass school budget on third try

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 19, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
The third time was the charm for Madawaska residents, who passed the current school year’s budget by a narrow five votes earlier this week. The $6.5 million fiscal year 2014-15 budget passed three previous town meeting votes but failed twice at referendum before it passed at a …
Carl Flora, president of the Loring Development Authority, talks about the installation of hundreds of solar panels on the old air force base.

Loring Development Authority feeling the power of alternative energy

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 19, 2014, at 6:49 a.m.
LIMESTONE | On an old concrete parking lot next to a deserted building on the former Loring Air Force Base, there is something very exciting and environmentally friendly going on. Every day, from sunrise to sundown, 720 state-of-the art solar panels mounted on 30 dual-axis tracking devices produce up …
Controlled chaos is the rule of day hooking up the Rusty Metal sled dog team.

It’s a new race season for the sled dogs of the Rusty Metal Team

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 18, 2014, at 3:50 p.m.
FORT KENT | Earlier this summer I had cause to pause and reflect on A) why, after earlier this year saying otherwise, I was staying in mushing, and B) what on earth possessed me to get into the insanity that is dogsledding in the first place. These questions were …

Presque Isle airport receives $2.9 million for infrastructure improvements

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 15, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
Officials at the Northern Maine Regional Airport say nearly $3 million in federal grant money will go toward badly needed ramp and hangar improvements at the central Aroostook County facility. “We have been talking about this apron rehabilitation project for several years,” airport director Scott Wardwell …
Faye Hafford looks over some printed copies of the scores of poems she's penned over the years.

‘Matriarch of Allagash’: Gatekeeper of North Woods keeps history alive through folklore

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 15, 2014, at 7:02 a.m.
The best part about being a folklorist and not a strict historian, according to Faye Hafford, is the freedom from keeping track of specific dates. “I always said that’s why I don’t do genealogy,” Hafford said last week, sitting at a table in the community library that …

‘Matriarch of Allagash’ Faye Hafford

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 15, 2014, at 6:58 a.m.
Faye Hafford reflects on her life in Allagash and what prompts her to write it down.

Single-vehicle accident snaps in half a telephone pole in Ellsworth, driver flown to EMMC

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 14, 2014, at 7:33 p.m.
Alcohol may have been a factor in a single-vehicle accident that sent a Hancock woman to the hospital and shut down a portion of the North Road for several hours Sunday evening, police said. Stacie Alley, 40, was traveling toward Ellsworth just after 5 p.m. when the …

Runaway tire smashes through vacant Fort Kent store

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 14, 2014, at 12:07 p.m.
FORT KENT Maine — No charges are pending after a wayward automobile tire crashed through the window of vacant Main Street building owned by a Fort Kent police officer early Saturday morning. According to Dana Thibeault of the Fort Kent Police Department, Alshane Linton, 21, a student at the University …
Fly tape hung in Robert and Karen Gagnon's St. Francis garage is covered in flies within 24 hours.

After fly-free summer, St. Francis abuzz with houseflies again

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 13, 2014, at 2:45 p.m.
One of the first things Mary Landry and her husband did this summer was paint their deck, which overlooks the St. John River, something they hadn’t considered doing for years. “We finally had a summer we could enjoy being outside,” Landry said early last week. “It …
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