Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau

James Scheider

Northport couple pleads guilty, again, to operating meth lab

By Abigail Curtis on June 29, 2016, at 3:11 p.m.
A husband and wife who were charged in March with aggravated operation of a methamphetamine lab in an apartment building in Northport each will serve 30 months in prison after pleading guilty this month at Waldo County Unified Criminal Court.
This 1800s seacaptain's house in Searsport, which has dereriorated badly over the last few decades, can be seen in this September 2014 file photo.  It is one of the most photographed abandoned homes in the state.

Searsport’s much-photographed dilapidated house to be taken down

By Abigail Curtis on June 28, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
The old, abandoned house on U.S. Route 1 a town official called “the most photographed house in the state of Maine” is to be taken down this summer.
This house at 180 Abrams Mountain Road, called "The Froggery," sold at auction over the weekend for an undisclosed sum. Earlier this year, it was listed for $10.9 million, making it the most expensive house on the market in Maine.

Islesboro mansion, state’s priciest home, sold at auction

By Abigail Curtis on June 27, 2016, at 4:09 p.m.
The 8,000 square-foot home on 15 acres of land near Hewes Point was listed for $10.9 million — including two Steinway pianos and other furnishings.
Artists Gemma Bradney, 9, of Swanville, and Bridget Matros work on the "Mermicorn," a cross between a mermaid and a unicorn, that is part of the Waldo County Children's Mural Project.

Children paint fantastic, colorful sea creatures on Belfast mural

By Abigail Curtis on June 27, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
This summer, the city of Belfast is under invasion by a group of fantastic sea creatures that are unlike anything found in the oceans. The 21 sea creatures belong to the new Waldo County Children’s Mural Project, which is highlighting original art from elementary school children from …
Bill Thayer cuts a section of hay at Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro on Tuesday.

How 2 Maine farmers are ensuring their farm will live on

By Abigail Curtis on June 24, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
When Cynthia and Bill Thayer came to Gouldsboro from Massachusetts and started organic farming at Darthia Farm in 1976, they had dreams but not certainty about how their life in Maine would work out.
Eighth-graders (from left) Sydni Moores, Joshua Chun and Vincent Bonarrigo work at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast on a model merry-go-round that will generate electricity. They are part of Team Power Play, which recently won first place in Maine as part of the national eCYBERMISSION competition.

Midcoast teen scientists generate electricity from a merry-go-round

By Abigail Curtis on June 24, 2016, at 8:10 a.m.
“There’s so much kinetic energy in a playground,” one of the teen scientists said.
Residents and officials debate the use of eminent domain to connect two recreational trails in the city on Tuesday at the City Hall council chambers in Belfast.

Public weighs in on eminent domain dispute in Belfast

By Abigail Curtis on June 22, 2016, at 6:56 p.m.
Residents gathered to debate the city’s proposal to use eminent domain to purchase an easement across privately owned land to connect two trails.
Lobster lay in a crate at the Stonington Lobster Co-op dock in this Aug. 15, 2014, file photo.

More fishing grounds closed after mercury contamination found

By Abigail Curtis on June 22, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
Mercury contamination found in lobsters caught in the uppermost portion of Penobscot Bay has led to this week’s decision by state fishery officials to nearly double an area closed to lobster and crab fishing.
Photos of Lynn Day Arsenault from her friend Sheila Johnson's Facebook page.

Judge: Husband of murdered woman made fake will that left him everything

By Abigail Curtis on June 19, 2016, at 7:32 a.m.
“We couldn’t really grieve the way we wanted to because this came about so quickly and so suddenly. Daily, we were reminded of what a horrible thing had happened to the family. There aren’t many words or phrases I can use to describe how horrible this has been.” her son, Nick Day, said.
Josh Wehrwein (right) holds the door to his family's canvas yurt while his wife, Melanie (center), and their daughter, Aria, 6, put on their shoes in Sedgwick on Wednesday. In October of 2010 the Wehrwein family began a journey out of suburbia and into "imagined living" in rural Maine. The family has been building a three-story wooden yurt on their property.

A yurt in the woods: How an unusual Maine man’s legacy lives on

By Abigail Curtis on June 18, 2016, at 7:53 a.m.
The Wehrweins got to know Bill Coperthwaite well as he helped them design the three-story yurt. They moved into the fabric yurt on their property temporarily, until they could build it. In the end, their yurt became his last design.
Mark Cook of Scarborough, one of the 102 riders for Team L.L. Bean, acknowledges applause from the crowd as he and other riders approach the Belfast finish of the 26th annual Trek Across Maine for the American Lung Association, June 20, 2010.

Cyclists, Shriners add up to a busy weekend in Belfast

By Abigail Curtis on June 17, 2016, at 4:58 p.m.
Thousands of cyclists and their supporters will be in Belfast this Sunday as the annual Trek Across Maine comes to a close, and local police are urging drivers to be patient and careful as they travel through the city.
Mervin “Sonny” Grotton

‘Cosmic joke’: Son doesn’t want another depiction of his father’s murder

By Abigail Curtis on June 16, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“The show is going to put all the focus back on the murder or the crime,” Michael Grotton said. “It’s more important to me to remember who my father was before that.”
Floating row covers and lettuce transplants at Orono Community Garden.

Drought plus cold adds up to ‘a different kind of growing season’

By Abigail Curtis on June 15, 2016, at 6:22 a.m.
Welcome to the new normal.
Mervin "Sonny" Grotton

TV crew visits Belfast for episode on infamous 1980s murder for hire case

By Abigail Curtis on June 11, 2016, at 9:36 a.m.
When a crew from CBS rolled into Belfast, they did not come to tell the story of the little city’s growing economy, picturesque harbor, vibrant and historic downtown or its full slate of summer festivals.
A rainbow flag flutters outside the Belfast Coop on Friday afternoon. More than 50 such flags are on display around the city to celebrate Belfast Has Pride, the city's and possibly the midcoast's first-ever pride festival, which will take place Saturday, June 11.

Belfast to host first-ever LGBT pride parade

By Abigail Curtis on June 10, 2016, at 5:16 p.m.
The city’s first-ever pride festival, called Belfast Has Pride, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 11.
Jay McCrum, president of the family-owned potato processing plant Penobscot McCrum, appeals to Belfast City Councilors to access the new rail trail by going around his building, not right next to it as officials prefer to do.

Penobscot McCrum offers Belfast other easement, $25,000 in response to eminent domain threat

By Abigail Curtis on June 10, 2016, at 2:59 p.m.
Days after learning that the city of Belfast is planning to use eminent domain to get across the Penobscot McCrum property to access the new rail trail from downtown and the Harbor Walk, Jay McCrum came to Belfast City Hall Friday morning to make a counter offer.
Frank Giglio (right) talks about his family's homestead while wife Camille Giglio (left) plays with their children, 5-year-old Wilder (second from right) and 8-week-old Sunny, on Tuesday in Thorndike.

On a rural Thorndike homestead, a young family is cooking up their future

By Abigail Curtis on June 10, 2016, at 6:31 a.m.
I’m really interested in tuning into nature and eating the foods available at a certain time of year — and seeing nature as an ally.”
A "no trespassing" sign marks the southern terminus of the Belfast Rail Trail by the Penobscot McCrum potato processing plant. City officials would like to get an easement to connect the 2.3-mile Rail Trail with the Belfast Harbor Walk.

Belfast to pursue eminent domain to get across Penobscot McCrum land

By Abigail Curtis on June 09, 2016, at 2:40 p.m.
City councilors voted this week to use eminent domain to get an easement across a 700-foot-long strip of land owned by the Penobscot McCrum potato processing plant in order to connect the new rail trail with the Belfast Harbor Walk and downtown.
Strawberries picked by customers fill several boxes at Adams Strawberry Acres in East Corinth, June 26, 2015.

Despite turkeys, lack of snow, strawberry farmers ready for eager pickers

By Abigail Curtis on June 09, 2016, at 6:17 a.m.
With a couple of weeks to go before the strawberries ripen enough to be picked at most farms in the state, things are looking up.
Chris Gidney

Police: Suspect in Palermo domestic assault pulled gun on officers

By Abigail Curtis on June 07, 2016, at 11:05 a.m.
A local man accused of domestic violence assault over the weekend allegedly pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the deputies who were trying to restrain him.