Articles by Walter Griffin

 
Belfast Museum and Historical Society director Megan Pinette with the first annual Preservation Leadership Award presented by the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce during its 51st annual awards ceremony at Point Lookout last month. Besides operating the city’s museum, the historical society also provides outreach programs to local schools, monthly presentations and informational walks through the historic downtown and Grove Cemetery.

Museum director recounts Belfast’s role in Civil War

By Walter Griffin on Oct. 28, 2011, at 4:49 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — For its final presentation of the year, the Belfast Museum and Historical Society focused on “Belfast During the Civil War,” in advance of Veterans Day. Approximately 100 residents filled the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library as museum director Megan Pinette described the city’s reaction to …
“The leaves.” — DeDe Morrow, Baltimore, Md.

What do you like best about fall?

By Walter Griffin on Sept. 26, 2011, at 1:31 p.m.
Watch repairman Errol Stewart examines the inner workings of an antique timepiece. Stewart and his wife, Michelle, have reopened the Watch Repair Center at Knox Mill in Camden in the aftermath of the original owner’s death earlier this year.

Watch repairman keeps business ticking

By Walter Griffin on Sept. 12, 2011, at 1:23 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — The Watch Repair Center always has had a reputation for detailed craftsmanship and customer service, and Errol and Michelle Stewart intend to keep it that way. The Stewarts took over the shop at Knox Mill after the death of their friend and center founder Peter Theriault this …
"The good food."
— Wyatt Rexer, New York City

What do you appreciate about the Belfast Co-op?

By Walter Griffin on Aug. 30, 2011, at 8:43 p.m.
The Belfast Bay Fiddlers perform during the Belfast Co-op’s annual Customer Appreciation Day held last weekend. The co-op has been providing healthy food and sustainable products to the community for 35 years.

Co-op marks anniversary

By Walter Griffin on Aug. 29, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.
By Walter Griffin Special to the Midcoast Beacon BELFAST — The Belfast Co-op celebrated its 35th year providing the community with healthy, locally raised and crafted products recently with its annual Customer Appreciation Day. Hundreds of residents jammed the downtown and filled the store’s parking lot to listen to a …
“Tiger.” — Eric Eberling, Bethesda, Md.

What’s your favorite animal?

By Walter Griffin on Aug. 15, 2011, at 2:17 p.m.
“Cake batter.” — Nicholas Tarbox, Kennebunk

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

By Walter Griffin on Aug. 01, 2011, at 11:12 p.m.
   
“I'd be a star shining light on everyone.” — Chris Hustus, Belfast

What planet would you be?

By Walter Griffin on July 23, 2011, at 4:52 p.m.
Maine sea captain Dick Spear (center) with filmmaker-historians Gil Merriam (left) and Wayne Gray (right), during the premier of their historical film `”The Adventures of Captain Dick Spear” at the Rockland Public Library this month. The film focuses on Spear’s recollections of his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1939 on the 142-foot-long barkentine “Capitana” as a Rockland High School senior. The voyage instilled a love of the sea in Spear, who went on to graduate from Maine Maritime Academy, serve in the Merchant Marine during World War II and manage the Maine State Ferry Service for more than three decades.

Teen’s sea adventure retraced routes of Columbus

By Walter Griffin on July 23, 2011, at 4:10 p.m.
ROCKLAND — Dick Spear will never forget his first time high in the rigging of a sailing ship crossing the Atlantic. He was the lone teenager in a crew of experienced old salts taking the 142-foot barkentine Capitana on a historic retracing of the ocean journeys of Christopher Columbus under …
“It's nice and quiet. As long as you're not hunting for fish, it's the place to be." — John McKeith, Sweden, Maine

What do you like about the Belfast Footbridge?

By Walter Griffin on July 11, 2011, at 1:33 p.m.

Man accused of shooting wife over muffler dispute pleads not guilty

By Walter Griffin on Sept. 10, 2010, at 11:55 a.m.
The Brooks man authorities say shot and killed his wife after she nagged him about the cost of a new muffler entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment in Waldo County …

No jail for woman who killed husband

By Walter Griffin on Jan. 07, 2010, at 2:37 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — To the cheers of her family and supporters, Amber Cummings walked away Thursday from Waldo County Superior Court with a suspended sentence for the shooting death of her …

Sentencing today in Belfast slaying

By Walter Griffin on Jan. 06, 2010, at 9:10 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Medical experts are scheduled to testify in support of Amber Cummings when she is sentenced today for the shooting death of her husband.

Habitual driving offender arrested

By Walter Griffin on Jan. 06, 2010, at 7:02 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A city woman who has a history of driving while her license is under suspension was arrested Tuesday after allegedly driving from her home to the Belfast Co-op. Lynne Rayburn, …
Defendant James Lee (right) of Medway listens to his attorney, Marvin H. Glazier, during a recess in Lee's plea hearing in a felony manslaughter case at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast Tuesday afternoon.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS)



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During a recess, defendant James Lee, far right, of Medway listens to his attorney, Marvin H. Glazier (also seated) during a recess in Lee's plea hearing for felony manslaughter at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast Tuesday afternoon, September 29, 2009. Justice Jeffrey L. Hjelm rejected the plea bargain offered by state prosecutors and Lee's case will go to trial sometime next year. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)

Venue moved in manslaughter case

By Walter Griffin on Jan. 05, 2010, at 9:37 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Citing extensive pretrial publicity, Medway businessman James B. Lee has had his vehicular manslaughter case moved to Kennebec County. Lee, 44, was granted a change of venue …

Jury to be selected in child porn trial

By Walter Griffin on Jan. 05, 2010, at 6:35 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Jury selection will begin next week in the trial of a former Mount View Junior High School teacher accused of viewing child pornography on school and personal computers. Michael …

Stockton Springs man charged with gross sexual assault

By Walter Griffin on Jan. 04, 2010, at 1:55 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A Stockton Springs man has been charged with gross sexual assault on allegations he forced himself on a young woman as she slept. Steve Watson, 52, of Mt. View Lane was arrested Friday by Waldo County Deputy Sheriff Ben Seekins. He was taken to the Waldo County …

Drug bust in Belfast nets marijuana, pills, cocaine

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 31, 2009, at 7:26 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A local woman released on bail after a drug arrest Wednesday was back in jail a few hours later on more drug charges.
Belfast City Councilor Michael Hurley and his team of volunteers were at the city's waterfront Thursday afternoon building the bonfire for last night's 13th Annual New Year's By The Bay celebration. Fuel for the fire was donated by Viking Lumber Co. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY WALTER GRIFFIN

New Year’s Bonfire

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 31, 2009, at 7:08 p.m.
Belfast City Councilor Michael Hurley and his team of volunteers were at the city’s waterfront Thursday afternoon building the bonfire for last night’s 13th annual New Year’s By the Bay …

Belfast woman arrested twice on drug charges

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 31, 2009, at 2:08 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A local woman released on bail following a drug arrest Wednesday was back in jail a few hours later on more drug charges. Danielle White, 37, of Cold Brook Road was charged with violation of conditions of release, possession of a useable amount of marijuana and possession …
 
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