Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau


One man dies, three others injured in Belfast crash

By Abigail Curtis on May 16, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.
A Searsport teen died and three other people were injured this weekend.
Mac, a guide dog in training, sits at the feet of one of his Unity College trainers, Georgia Male, a junior majoring in captive wildlife care and education, during his "graduation" from the college on Thursday afternoon.

Pair of Labrador retrievers graduate from Maine college

By Abigail Curtis on May 14, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Malcolm and Mac have spent the last year being raised by four undergraduate students through a program run by Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
Hannah Hamilton replants tomato plugs Monday at Buckle Farm in Unity. Hamilton and her fiance, Jim Buckle, lost hundreds of tomato, pepper and egplant plugs when the greenhouse furnace failed to operate in late April.

How a Maine farm recovered after a spider caused a greenhouse disaster

By Abigail Curtis on May 13, 2016, at 7:08 a.m.
“Farming is like a marathon that is run 10 months of the year. We all know how slim the margins are. And there’s always someone that needs help.”
Ginger McMullin (front) of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection keeps an eye out for participants in an oil spill scenario around Sears Island, with a focus on saving oil-covered seabirds -- represented by a motley assortment of stuffed animals initially rescued from the Hampden Transfer Station. McMullin is the oil and hazardous material response planning coordinator; responders Darian Higgins (back left) and Franki Delaney steer the DEP boat.

Mock oil spill drill provides ‘real-world experience’ to responders

By Abigail Curtis on May 12, 2016, at 6:02 p.m.
Dozens of people swarmed Sears Island Thursday morning to practice what they would do if they are ever called on to respond to an oil spill on the coast of Maine.
Sculptor Ron Cowan stands next to one of the original Harbor Muses, which he created and was on display at the Belfast waterfront over the last 16 years, on Monday in Belfast.

Time, tides require replacement of unique Belfast art

By Abigail Curtis on May 12, 2016, at 1 a.m.
For 16 years, Belfast visitors and residents have enjoyed sharing their city’s waterfront with the Harbor Muses.
Arata, Chef Matthew Kenney's latest restaurant concept, will open Memorial Day weekend at the Gothic building on 108 Main Street, Belfast.

The Gothic in Belfast to have new concept restaurant

By Abigail Curtis on May 09, 2016, at 2:05 p.m.
One of Belfast’s best-known buildings, the Gothic, will boast a refurbished facade and a new dining concept when Chef Matthew Kenney opens Arata later in the space this month.
Peter Walls (right) works to outline a design for a mural while Allegra Kuhn puts the finishing touches on the paint for the oven in a new restaurant in downtown Camden on Tuesday.

Midcoast muralists for hire, will travel

By Abigail Curtis on May 08, 2016, at 7:43 a.m.
“We are adding beauty to the world,” Allegra Kuhn said. “I never expected to make a living by creating things that are beautiful.”
David Wessels, Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project coordinator holds up a plant for the students to identify while weeding the raised beds at the school gardens with seventh-graders Tuesday morning. The Garden Project started in 2000. Students plant, take care of and harvest the vegetables that mostly end up on lunch trays in the school cafeteria.

‘Pretty magical’: Midcoast students turn food scraps into good soil

By Abigail Curtis on May 07, 2016, at 8:30 a.m.
“When [students] see the scraps transformed into beautiful soil and then into the food we eat, it brings home the magic of composting and the whole process,” David Wessels said.
Toby and Jennifer Norsworthy and children in an undated holiday family photo.

Former Unity man, wife die within two days, leave six children behind

By Abigail Curtis on May 06, 2016, at 12:45 p.m.
A family with Maine ties is mourning the sudden loss of a former Unity resident and his wife, who died within two days of each other in Huntsville, Alabama, leaving six children behind.
Anneli Skaar works on a painting in the cabin during a nine-day journey on board an Icelandic cargo ship Selfoss in February of 2015.

Maine artists take to high seas like ‘a bunch of Vikings’ for inspiration

By Abigail Curtis on April 24, 2016, at 7:33 a.m.
“The experience of being at sea is a classic setting for artists.”
Aana Ireland, 2, peers into the trailer to see the two mangalitsa pigs that arrived at her family's Swanville farm Wednesday. The pigs arrived from the Bakers Green Acres farm in Michigan where the Baker family raises the animals, that are prized for the quality of their meat.

Rare wooly pig goes from near-extinction to a Maine farm near you

By Abigail Curtis on April 23, 2016, at 8:17 a.m.
Their thick coats of curly blond fleece, similar to that of a sheep, certainly make the pigs stand out.
Adam Cross

Convicted sex offender gets 12 years for assaulting 11-year-old girl

By Abigail Curtis on April 22, 2016, at 5:24 p.m.
BELFAST | A repeat sex offender who pleaded guilty this week to class A gross sexual assault against a young girl was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison followed by 50 years of supervised release. Adam Cross, 46, of Belmont was sentenced by Waldo County Superior Court Justice …
Belfast officials are seeking to connect the new Rail Trail with the Harbor Walk and downtown Belfast.

Belfast seeking easement to connect Rail Trail with downtown

By Abigail Curtis on April 22, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
Currently, the Rail Trail hits a dead end at the Penobscot McCrum potato processing plant.
The driver who plowed into a parked car and then the large plate glass window of downtown Belfast's iconic Gothic building on Saturday, March 26, died after being taken to the hospital.

Massachusetts man died of blunt force trauma in Belfast accident

By Abigail Curtis on April 21, 2016, at 5:10 p.m.
The man who crashed his car into the Gothic building in downtown Belfast on March 26 died of blunt force trauma, according to a report from the state medical examiner’s office.

Belfast councilors try to quell anxiety over trees near airport

By Abigail Curtis on April 21, 2016, at 4:07 p.m.
The city has plans to cut down trees near the airport after being warned about safety issues by the FAA.

Overdosing men likely saved by Belfast police

By Abigail Curtis on April 20, 2016, at 3:51 p.m.
Two men who overdosed on drugs after crashing a car they were test-driving earlier this month in Belfast may have had their lives saved by quick-thinking police officers, according to Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden.
A bottle filled with colored seabird guano, or droppings, that is part of the Penobscot Marine Museum collection is currently on display in the Smithsonian’'s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The bottle is part of the exhibit The Norie Marine Atlas & Guano Trade, which runs now through January 2017.

This rare Maine bottle of bird poop is on display at the Smithsonian

By Abigail Curtis on April 18, 2016, at 6:53 a.m.
“It’s part of our Age of Exploration,” Cipperly Good said. “We’re just proud that our collection has these hidden treasures that are of national significance. And it’s great that the nation can see it.”
Paper artist Amity Beane of Dixfield will hold a workshop on April 30 at the Ladies Aid Society building in Waite, with participants learning how to make paper flowers.

Paper flower artist finds magic in botany

By Abigail Curtis on April 17, 2016, at 7:46 a.m.
“The beauty of paper flowers is they do last a long time. You’ll be able to keep your paper bouquet forever, and I think that’s pretty special.”
Jonathan Fishman of Phish speaks in Portland in March. Fishman has been granted a temporary protection from harassment order against a Belfast chimney sweep.

Phish drummer obtains protection order against Belfast chimney sweep

By Abigail Curtis on April 15, 2016, at 5:53 p.m.
The Belfast man has been distributing pamphlets and letters that make unsubstantiated allegations about Fishman and others.
Austin Ashmore

Teen who led police on chase will spend four months in jail

By Abigail Curtis on April 14, 2016, at 2:34 p.m.
An Orland teen who got into a high-speed chase with police last December will spend four months in jail.