Articles by Kathryn Skelton

 
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Eugene sits on the lap of Kathy Campbell in the driveway of her Auburn home while her other two dogs, Murphy and Maus, right, look out the back window of her 2000 VW Golf, which has more than 226,400 miles on it. "The back seat has only been in the upright position twice since I bought the car. When I am driving, they only sit in the back, where they are comfortable and not distracting me when I drive."

Living the high life: It’s love for these car owners, whose rides have reached 200,000 miles and counting

By Kathryn Skelton on Nov. 03, 2013, at 6:13 a.m.
The interior dome light, the one that confirms after sunset, “Yeah, there’s no ax murderer laying in wait in the backseat,” hadn’t worked for years. The air conditioner last turned on in 2010. The driver’s window worked sporadically; the driver’s side passenger window regularly slunk down an inch, allowing for …

Fryeburg hit with string of burglaries, attempted car thefts

By Kathryn Skelton on Nov. 03, 2013, at 6 a.m.
FRYEBURG, Maine — Police are asking residents in East Fryeburg to be “hyper-vigilant” after four break-ins, one car theft and three attempted car thefts since Monday. In one case, thieves hit the same house twice. “We’re used to a quiet neighborhood,” said Detective Sgt. Joshua Potvin. On Saturday morning, a …

Lewiston man: ‘It’s great to be at Fenway Park’

By Kathryn Skelton on Oct. 30, 2013, at 9:47 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A few weeks ago, a friend emailed Dave Turcotte and told him: I’m taking you to Game 6 … if there is a Game 6. On Wednesday, Turcotte was ready. He wore a Red Sox shirt, Red Sox-patterned pants. His room at d’Youville Pavilion had three different …

Sabattus town manager forces out fire chief over payroll ‘irregularities’

By Kathryn Skelton on Oct. 24, 2013, at 6:30 a.m.
SABATTUS, Maine — In response to what he described as growing requests about the former fire chief’s resignation this past spring, Town Manager Andrew Gilmore released a memo late Tuesday night saying for the first time that he gave Don Therrien a choice to resign or be terminated over payroll …
A newspaper clipping of Paul Dwyer in a South Paris jail cell.

Sex, murder, mystery: A decades-old whodunit in western Maine still stirs debate

By Kathryn Skelton on Oct. 14, 2013, at 6:35 a.m.
Seventy-six years ago, after the sun set once again on the reds, yellows and oranges of the western Maine foothills, Dr. James Littlefield drove to a home on tony Paris Hill for what should have been a typical house call. Instead, in a second-floor bathroom, Littlefield was struck on the …
Patrick Dempsey listens to seven-year brain cancer survivor Hailey Sontag of Auburn, who is the 2013 Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Survivor Award winner, during opening ceremonies Saturday in Lewiston.

Thousands turn out to walk, run fifth annual Dempsey Challenge

By Kathryn Skelton on Oct. 12, 2013, at 11:18 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Jolene Schatz had a double mastectomy 18 months ago, just in case. Doctors had warned her: Breast cancer was so common in her family, it was probably just a matter of time. “They said she would get cancer if she didn’t do anything about it,” said her …

State to Lewiston company: Answer patients’ calls, show up or else

By Kathryn Skelton on Oct. 04, 2013, at 6:34 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — After missing more than 4,000 rides and having as many as half of callers hang up over long wait times, the state has put a Lewiston company that arranges rides for MaineCare patients on notice. It has until Monday to spell out what’s wrong and why, and …

Maine ski areas had busy summer

By Kathryn Skelton on Sept. 29, 2013, at 6:16 a.m.
This summer, the ski mountains were rocking. Sunday River invested $5.7 million in projects like a new 30-acre terrain park trail (for the daring, there’s an 18-foot super pipe). The resort also installed 224 energy-efficient snow guns that can operate at slightly higher temps. It’ll soon close Legends to make …
The Oxford House Inn owners Natalie and Jonathan Spak have been pleasantly surprised by the above-average summer they have had at their business this year in Fryeburg, an area that relies heavily on tourism.

Destination Maine: Strong summer continues tourism growth, busy fall predicted

By Kathryn Skelton on Sept. 29, 2013, at 6:12 a.m.
They came, they saw and they ate seared marinated tofu and espresso-rubbed filet mignon. They were New York parents dropping kids off to summer camp and visitors just passing through — people generally from away stopping into the upscale Oxford House Inn on Main Street in Fryeburg. Its menu is …
Farmington District Warden Kris MacCabe, center, and his supervisor Sgt. Scott Thrasher shooting a scene for "North Woods Law." The second season of the Animal Planet reality show that follows wardens in the woods all over Maine starts Oct. 3.

Maine game wardens ready to star in season two of ‘North Woods Law’

By Kathryn Skelton on Sept. 27, 2013, at 5:58 a.m.
Fans of the cable TV show “North Woods Law” love to talk about the time Maine Game Warden Kris MacCabe caught a loon in a box. MacCabe found it in a frozen stream in Weld, swimming in a pocket of open water that had been iced and snowed over. While …

Oil use drops; Efficiency Maine offering rebates to find alternatives

By Kathryn Skelton on Sept. 19, 2013, at 6:07 a.m.
Maine is the most heating-oil dependent state in the country, but figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census show its use here continuing to wane: 67.5 percent of homes relied on oil for their primary heat source in 2012, down from 69 percent in 2011 and 80.2 percent in 2000. …
Tracy Bradley jumps over fire during a 13.1 mile obstacle race called the Spartan Beast in Killington, Vt. In 2005, Bradley was one of 15 local high school grads who agreed to let the Sun Journal write about their college experience.

Experts say more Maine 18-year-olds will attend college, stay in state, focus on future jobs

By Kathryn Skelton, Sun Journal on Sept. 01, 2013, at 9:43 a.m.
In 2005, when it came time to pick a college, there wasn’t quite the same level of shopping around. Not as much “will-this-land-me-a-job” scrutiny. And the odds of most students walking onto campus fully prepared? Not so hot. Maine experts say it’s a new day. This fall, more 18-year-olds in …
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Helen Ness, left, speaks about her struggles to find answers to heath insurance questions during a public forum on Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's proposed narrow network for the upcoming Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange at Central Maine Community College in Auburn on Thursday evening. The panel included, from left, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Sturtevant, Bureau of Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa and Bureau of Insurance Deputy Superintendent Tim Schott.

Hundreds at hearing rip Anthem state insurance plan that excludes three hospitals

By Kathryn Skelton on Aug. 30, 2013, at 6:10 a.m.
Former CEO of CMMC calls Maine Medical Center "the evil empire."
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Sabattus candidate under investigation after saying to ‘shoot’ president on Facebook

By Kathryn Skelton on Aug. 27, 2013, at 12:40 p.m.
SABATTUS, Maine — A man who once pushed the town to adopt a law requiring every household to own a gun and ammo, and who is now running for selectman, has posted the comment “Shoot the N*****” atop a picture of President Barack Obama on Facebook. Sabattus police are investigating …
A marijuana starter plant is for sale at a medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington, in this November 20, 2012 file photo.

Medical marijuana: Hundreds in Maine apply to grow, state program takes in more than $600,000 in fees

By Kathryn Skelton on Aug. 24, 2013, at 6:23 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — An annual report by the Department of Health and Human Services released Thursday shows the medical marijuana program has been growing in Maine and is in the midst of a reorganization. Some 575 people applied to the state last year to grow medical marijuana — 521 of …
A palm-sized pamphlet in what's known as the "Hey Girl" series by the Maine Center for Disease Control, an ad campaign aimed at knocking back the rise of gonorrhea in Androscoggin and Cumberland counties.

Almost half of reported Maine gonorrhea cases last year in Androscoggin County

By Kathyrn Skelton, Sun Journal on Aug. 18, 2013, at 6:25 a.m.
One poster with a beaming, vintage housewife reads: “Judgey Janet might call you a tramp. We just want you to call.” In another poster, a gorgeous, twentysomething man gazes out with smouldering eyes. Below him, the message — “Get tested, beautiful.” They’re part of an education campaign kicked off early …
Loren Coleman explains the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland to visitors from Buffalo, N.Y., under a colossal squid constructed by artist Sarah McCann. The squid's dimensions match a real animal found off New Zealand in 2007.

Discover secrets of Bigfoot, Loch Ness in the only cryptozoology museum in the world

By Kathryn Skelton on Aug. 03, 2013, at 11:49 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Part-way down a rough, graffitied alley, through what was once almost certainly a side delivery door, you’ll find monsters and Loren Coleman. The space off Avon Street is home to the only cryptozoology museum in the world, two sizable rooms that Coleman has informally labeled fiction and …

Runners must dodge zombies at Auburn ski area obstacle race

By Kathryn Skelton on Aug. 02, 2013, at 6:49 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine — On your mark, get set: Braaaaaainnns. Organizers behind the new Zombie Mountain Challenge have designed a course that will have runners zigzagging up and down the mountain at Lost Valley, dodging zombies. It will be held at night, under the lights, on Oct. 26. Registration opened Thursday. …

State releases latest tally of deaths, items left behind during surgery

By Kathryn Skelton on July 29, 2013, at 6:16 a.m.
In 2012, two people had the wrong body parts operated on in Maine, 14 had something left behind inside them after surgery and 36 died in a hospital setting of something they weren’t expected to die from. A new state report shows those numbers are mostly down from the year …
Vaporizers sit on a table at Remedy Compassion Center in Auburn. The devices are a way to inhale medical cannabis without damaging your lungs. "We educate patients on how to consume cannabis that does not harm the body," Jenna Smale said. She and her husband, Tim, founded the center.

Auburn’s Remedy Center: Business is growing

By Kathryn Skelton on July 21, 2013, at 6:14 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine — Remedy Compassion Center has been in business just over two years, quietly selling medical marijuana out of a former furniture store next to Craft-Mania in the Auburn Plaza. Founders Tim and Jenna Smale won’t talk patient numbers beyond saying they’re on target for initial projections (655 patients …
 
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