Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau


Report: Woman who mistook Dairy Queen for McDonald’s charged with OUI

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 24, 2016, at 6:21 p.m.
It is the second time in a month that police have charged Christy Neumann, 42, for driving while intoxicated with children in her car.
Randy Hayes in March 2013

Jury finds Maine marijuana grower not guilty of felony trafficking charge

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 23, 2016, at 4:49 p.m.
A Montville medical marijuana patient who fought charges of felony drug trafficking and misdemeanor marijuana cultivation was partially vindicated last week when a jury found him not guilty of the more serious crime.

Stockton Spring woman arrested on meth trafficking charge

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 23, 2016, at 12:29 p.m.
A Stockton Springs woman was arrested Sunday at a local motel on a meth trafficking charge.
Maine Veterans Affairs officials hand the remains of Army Pvt. Jewett Williams of Hodgdon, who fought for the Union Army in the famed 20th Maine, back to some Patriot Guard Riders who traveled across the country with him from Oregon over the past few days during a ceremony on Monday outside the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta.

Civil War veteran’s remains make it home to Maine

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 22, 2016, at 6:58 p.m.
The Civil War soldier from Maine whose remains were stored haphazardly at the Oregon State Hospital for nearly 100 years has finally come home.
This sign marks the public access to the ocean at Highview Terrace. Neighbors recently debated whether the right-of-way is good for the residents of the quiet street.

Belfast wrangling with public access to ocean

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 18, 2016, at 3:57 p.m.
“We have the right for access to the ocean. It doesn’t matter who’s rich and who’s poor,” said resident Richard Robinson.
Watering efforts have helped to save this Belfast vegetable garden, but the brown, dry grass nearby shows the effects of a summer without normal rainfall.

How Maine’s home gardeners can contend with abnormally dry conditions

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 18, 2016, at 7:05 a.m.
Caragh Fitzgerald said that home gardeners should evaluate their gardens and think about which vegetable crops are particularly important to them
A nearly head-on collision on Route 1 in Searsport on Sunday afternoon injured three people and caused traffic on the busy coastal thoroughfare to be stopped for 45 minutes.

Searsport police chief urges driver patience after 4 crashes Sunday

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 15, 2016, at 5:18 p.m.
A crash on Route 1 caused a 45-minute-long closure of the busy coastal thoroughfare, leading to some exasperation among other drivers and leading to three other collisions.

Belfast meth maker to spend two years in prison

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 12, 2016, at 7:06 p.m.
One of the people charged with operating a methamphetamine laboratory on High Street in Belfast this spring will spend two years in prison. Edward R. Mylen III, 36, of Belfast pleaded guilty this week to the charge of operating a meth lab and unlawful possession of methamphetamine …

Hot dog wagon burglar to spend nine months in jail

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 12, 2016, at 4:41 p.m.
A Brooks man who pleaded guilty to breaking into the Searsport Lions Club hot dog wagon last fall will spend nine months in jail.
Mollie Moore, 82, of Southport Island feels for dead flowers on a plant at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor during a VIP session of the Therapeutic Horticulture program for people with visual impairments. Moore is fully blind, having lost both eyes to meningitis many years ago, and is learning to garden through touch.

A healing garden sprouts in Maine

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 12, 2016, at 6:25 a.m.
“No matter what your disability, you can still garden.”
Ben and Taryn Marcus (right), owners of the Sheepscot General Store and Farm, share a laugh with customer Priscilla Donham of Alna. The unique general store, situated on a working organic farm, has become a community center since it opened in 2011.

This midcoast general store on a working farm quickly became the heart of its community

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 11, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.
The Sheepscot General Store and Farm is located on a country road in the small Lincoln County town of Whitefield, but at lunchtime on a Tuesday afternoon in August it feels like it is the busiest, buzziest place for miles around.

Belfast police: Driver fell asleep, caused widespread power outages

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 10, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
“He simply fell asleep,” Mike McFadden said. “He was very lucky. The moral of the story is, pull over and take a nap.”
More than 20 elderly and handicapped tenants who lived in the St. Croix Apartments in Calais when this photo was taken in February have been relocated after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a notice of default to the landlord, for “failure to maintain the property in decent, safe and sanitary condition.”

Poor living conditions forced 26 elderly, disabled tenants to move, but now they have new homes

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 10, 2016, at 2:04 p.m.
The living situation for the tenants was so bad that a group of them have filed a civil lawsuit against the property owner that is pending at Calais District Court.
The aftermath of the Saturday afternoon fire at Rick Kidson's home. The fire took place during the 14th annual BelTek Festival, which brings hundreds of electronic music fans to his property every summer.

Fire consumes Belmont home during music festival on the property

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 08, 2016, at 4:57 p.m.
The founder of BelTek, the summer electronic music festival that brings hundreds of fans to his Belmont field, was playing music for festival goers Saturday afternoon when his house caught fire.
David Carlson of Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. shows some of the dried sugar kelp he added Wednesday to the first batch of seaweed beer, which will be called Maine Sea Belt. The brand new beer will use seaweed grown at Maine Fresh Sea Farms, a 6-month-old aquaculture enterprise in the Damariscotta River in South Bristol. "I know this beer is going to be good," he said.

Is there an end to the number of craft breweries Maine can support?

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 08, 2016, at 3:40 p.m.
“There can be as many breweries as the market can support, as long as they’re making good beer,” brewery owner David Carlson said.

Belfast lawyer disbarred after bilking elderly clients

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 04, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
The Belfast lawyer who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for bilking elderly clients of nearly $500,000 has been disbarred from practicing in Maine.
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.

McCrum tries to avoid eminent domain, offers to build a trail and lease it to Belfast

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 04, 2016, at 2:56 p.m.
In an apparent 11th-hour change of heart, the owner of Penobscot McCrum is offering to build a trail through the company’s waterfront property and lease it to the city.
Amanda Beal

New head of Maine Farmland Trust sees opportunities for future of farming

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 04, 2016, at 1:36 p.m.
“I come to this with a lifetime of experience and interest in agriculture,” Amanda Beal said. “I feel very aligned with the work the Maine Farmland Trust has been doing and am excited to bring that work forward.”
This house at 180 Abrams Mountain Road, called "The Froggery," sold at auction for an  undisclosed sum recently. Earlier this year, it was listed for $10.9 million, making it the most expensive house on the market in Maine.

Former running store CEO buys Islesboro mansion

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 03, 2016, at 7:43 p.m.
The three-bedroom, three-bath home was identified this spring by Forbes magazine as the most expensive house listed for sale in Maine at $10.9 million.
A crowd gathers to take pictures of Mysti Lee, 21, of Chicago as she lies nearly naked, painted red and wearing lobster claws, protesting the Maine Lobster Festival for PETA on Wednesday on a cardboard plate on the sidewalk at the corner of Main and Park streets in Rockland.

PETA’s partially clothed protest of lobster festival attracts gawkers

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 03, 2016, at 6:40 p.m.
Although the woman’s efforts drew attention from the crowds of tourists, families, sailors and Marines, she didn’t seem to be deterring anyone from enjoying their lobster.