Articles by Kathryn Olmstead

During the Cold War, the two-story "A Building" at a top-secret installation next door to Loring Air Force Base in Limestone contained vaults for storage of nuclear capsules. The "Pill Box" next to it was a fortification for guards charged with defending the facility against hostile intruders.

Have you seen the nuclear weapons storage igloos in Limestone?

By Kathryn Olmstead on Nov. 05, 2015, at 12:53 p.m.
Kathryn Olmstead: Known originally as “North River Depot,” it is said the site was designed to look like a village from the air.
Jim Stepp recently shared his passion for astronomy with a group at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where he is dean of students.

Why the dean of UMPI started seeing stars, how it changed his life

By Kathryn Olmstead on Oct. 22, 2015, at 10:01 a.m.
The astronomy lesson Jim Stepp received in sixth grade transformed his attitude toward learning, and he became a straight-A student.
Meg and Ian Chittenden at the Belfast contradance in 2008.

Coincidences often lead to unanticipated pleasures

By Kathryn Olmstead on Oct. 08, 2015, at 12:03 p.m.
Fourth-grade students at Katahdin Elementary School examine an old trunk containing journals kept by Irene Olsen Bradford of Patten, which author Lynn Olsen Brown (left) used in writing a book about her aunt Irene's life on the farm. Brown contributed to the students' study of potato harvest with a presentation on Sept. 23.

Katahdin fourth-graders learn about potato harvest tradition

By Kathryn Olmstead on Sept. 24, 2015, at 3:23 p.m.
A curious bear cub examines the features of Paul Cyr's old film camera at his farm in Presque Isle.

Photographer focuses on images of Aroostook

By Kathryn Olmstead on Sept. 10, 2015, at 10:32 a.m.
Houlton native and author Barbara McGillicuddy.

County native’s book recalls college life in 1960s

By Kathryn Olmstead on Aug. 27, 2015, at 3:24 p.m.
Brenda Felch and Sharon Ouellette of the Caribou branch of the American Association of University Women release the 7 p.m. weather balloon at the National Weather Service office in Caribou Aug. 6, with guidance from Pete Rahe, observational program leader for the office.

NWS Caribou office offers more than forecasts

By Kathryn Olmstead on Aug. 13, 2015, at 2:28 p.m.
Ralph Ostlund at 80, after completing a race in 2004 at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle.

Aroostook skiing legend recalled fondly

By Kathryn Olmstead on July 16, 2015, at 2:13 p.m.
Working on a laptop outdoors for the best Internet access, two students at Stefano Moshi Memorial University College in Tanzania discover how to use electronic scholarly journals from the University of Maine at Presque Isle library for their research during a class taught in the fall 2013 in Tanzania by Shirley Rush, UMPI associate professor of social work.

UMPI develops connection with Tanzania

By Kathryn Olmstead on June 18, 2015, at 2:39 p.m.
Dorothy Peterson in 1935

Stately pine on elderly woman’s mind before she died

By Kathryn Olmstead on May 21, 2015, at 11:47 a.m.
Lisa Lavoie of Fort Kent researched the effects of U.S. government responses to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on the border crossing in her hometown.

French, family connections endure in Valley despite changes at border crossing

By Kathryn Olmstead on May 07, 2015, at 2:14 p.m.
Author Patricia T. O’Conner offers great tips on word usage in her book “Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English.”

Language nerds aren’t necessarily grammar snobs

By Kathryn Olmstead on April 09, 2015, at 12:35 p.m.
Francine Boody of New Sweden recently enjoys an afternoon ski at the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge in Limestone.

Volunteer groomers’ reward is seeing people use ski trails

By Kathryn Olmstead on March 12, 2015, at 12:35 p.m.
Wind-driven sub-zero temperatures did not deter participants in the 2015 Aroostook Women's Ski Day, who warmed up with a Zumba session led by Mandy Putnam before hitting the ski and snowshoe trails Feb. 1 at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle.

Community support keeps Hope & Justice Project going

By Kathryn Olmstead on Feb. 26, 2015, at 9:54 a.m.
Perched high on a hill overlooking Madawaska and the surrounding valley, the Four Seasons Lodge, constructed in 2007 with donated materials and volunteer labor, provides a backdrop for a game of ski soccer on Jan. 11.

‘It’s just fantastic’: Volunteer-run Four Seasons in Madawaska offers outdoor activities families can afford

By Kathryn Olmstead on Jan. 15, 2015, at 1:07 p.m.
Among the contributors to "Valley of Hope: Reflections by Breast Cancer Survivors & their Families and Friends" at the book's unveiling July 27 at the University of Maine at Fort Kent are: (front, from left) Rollande Vaillancourt, Rachel Albert, Fern Desjardins, Carroll Ann Oakes (holding picture of mother Christina Thibodeau), Renee D’Amours, Mary Mikolajczak and Diana Sylvain; (back, from left) Denise Plourde, Kathryn Olmstead, Darrell McBreairty, Marilyn McBreairty, Wendy Jandreau, Laurine Jandreau, Catherine Pelletier, Jeannette Pelletier, Lucy Elliott and Claire Moss.

‘It could inspire others’: New book shares stories of breast cancer survivors in the St. John Valley

By Kathryn Olmstead on Jan. 01, 2015, at 1:52 p.m.
Maurice Bartlett, a legendary wood scaler employed by Quebec lumber baron Edouard LaCroix in the 1920s, was the inspiration for the main character in Leonard Hutchins' book, "Bon Homme."

The making of a good man

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
Sisters Olivia Sanchez (left) and Emily Churchill celebrated Veterans Day by placing thank you notes on vehicles with veteran license plates in Presque Isle parking lots.

Presque Isle sisters surprise veterans with thank-you cards, small gifts

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 04, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
Rita Lannigan of Presque Isle shows the 1980 issue of National Geographic picturing her grandmother, Alma Dube of Lille, mourning the closure of her church, Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel.

Encounter in historical pavilion reveals legend of Lille’s Alma Dube

By Kathryn Olmstead on Sept. 25, 2014, at 10:41 a.m.
Debbie Sirois and her neighbor Phil Turner with two of the eight books the 92-year-old has published since he retired.

Pair of Aroostook authors enjoying writing in their 90s

By Kathryn Olmstead on Sept. 11, 2014, at 3:32 p.m.