Articles by Kathryn Skelton


Litchfield-area school district plans public forum after four bomb threats in a week

By Kathryn Skelton on April 30, 2013, at 6:20 a.m.
Jamie Theriault of Lewiston, center, was volunteering at the Mile 14 water stop when she saw Paula Rousseau of Lewiston, left, and Barbie Clement of Monmouth run past during the Boston Marathon. She yelled encouragement to her friends as they sped away. Less than two hours later, Rousseau and Clement were walking away from the finish line after completing and qualifying for next year's race when they heard the bombs go off. "We thought it was a celebration," Rousseau said. "Only later did we learn what had happened."

Moving on after Boston: Maine runners say they’ll race again; local officials looking for lessons

By Kathryn Skelton on April 28, 2013, at 7:20 p.m.

Oak Hill schools face bomb threats on 2 consecutive days

By Kathryn Skelton on April 24, 2013, at 6:31 a.m.

More rail for Auburn: Bond money extends tracks at intermodal facility

By Kathryn Skelton on April 17, 2013, at 6:33 p.m.
Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority

Downeaster plans train to Lewiston-Auburn, eventually

By Kathryn Skelton on April 14, 2013, at 9:54 p.m.
Kathie Leonard, president and CEO of Auburn Manufacturing in Mechanic Falls, stands with one of the looms that manufactures some of the company's high-temperature materials.

Auburn Manufacturing expands, builds business on heat

By Kathryn Skelton on April 09, 2013, at 6:26 a.m.
Retired liquor executive Gerry Reid, the current head of the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations in Maine, thinks new legislation can get back nearly half of all sales being lost to New Hampshire.

Maine mulls a new strategy to tap into New Hampshire liquor sales bonanza

By Kathryn Skelton on April 06, 2013, at 8:14 p.m.
A Lewiston firefighter can only look at the flames pouring out of one entrances to an apartment building at the corner of Pine and Pierce Streets in Lewiston Saturday afternoon as he waits for water to be delivered.

Fast-moving fire destroys first floor of Lewiston building, leaving family homeless

By Kathryn Skelton on March 30, 2013, at 3:17 p.m.
Co-owner Alan Chesney and the workers at Wells Wood Turning & Finishing in Buckfield make 75,000-100,000 wood eggs as a collectible for the White House Easter celebration.

Buckfield company makes official White House Easter eggs

By Kathryn Skelton on March 27, 2013, at 11:48 a.m.
Joyce Kenney, 51, looks at her fingers while describing March 25, 1963, when the fingertip of her right ring finger was severed by a door at a Topsham service station.

50 years later: The Maine girl who had finger reattached

By Kathryn Skelton on March 25, 2013, at 6:21 a.m.

College students pitch in with free tax help for Lewiston-Auburn residents

By Kathryn Skelton on March 23, 2013, at 2:48 p.m.
Stephen Bowen, the commissioner of the Maine Department of Education, displays an iPad science app during a conference in Augusta in 2011.

Maine may give iPads to all middle-schoolers

By Kathryn Skelton on March 14, 2013, at 9:25 a.m.
"The bonus of working from home is you can do it whenever, as long as you get it done," said Tanya Lippke, who works on market research analysis from her Lewiston home. She also runs a portable oxygen bar company from her house.

Mainers make working from home work

By Kathryn Skelton on March 10, 2013, at 2:03 p.m.
A piece of Dots candy in the form of the Virgin Mary is up for auction on eBay. The morsel was found by Desmond and Amy Duguay of Turner.

Turner man denies his Virgin Mary candy is a hoax

By Kathryn Skelton on March 05, 2013, at 6:25 a.m.
Paul Lessard, vice president of sales at Neokraft Signs on outer Main Street in Lewiston, holds up a letter for a sign the company is working on in its shop.

Maine sign manufacturer keeps up with changing tech, regulations

By Kathryn Skelton on March 04, 2013, at 7:19 p.m.
In a Sun Journal survey, FOAA requests are increasing around Maine as more people are exercising the right to government information under Maine law. In some cases, exercising it over and over.

State, towns reporting sharp rise in information requests

By Kathryn Skelton on March 03, 2013, at 7:19 a.m.
Peru selectman Tim Holland.

More verbal jousting in Peru: Resident considers second petition against board chairman

By Kathryn Skelton on Feb. 13, 2013, at 5:44 a.m.
A natural gas pipeline runs across the prairie near Sidney, Montana. Maine's natural gas demand is expanding beyond what its pipelines can support.

As natural gas brings down electricity and heating costs, Maine can’t get enough

By Kathryn Skelton on Feb. 03, 2013, at 7:55 a.m.
Larry Wold, Maine market president for TD Bank, will announce Thursday night at the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting that the bank has extended its lease in the Bates Mill complex to 2025. TD Bank has offices in Bates Mill No. 3 and No. 7, and employs 800 people there.

Despite ‘fierce’ competition, TD Bank to keep 800 jobs in Lewiston until 2025

By Kathryn Skelton on Jan. 24, 2013, at 10:08 a.m.
"It has been a horrendous thing for me," Craig Rivas said of falling behind on his house payments. "Hopefully, I can get some help somewhere."

Maine home foreclosures starting to slow, but defaults holding steady

By Kathryn Skelton on Jan. 20, 2013, at 1:06 p.m.