Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent

Visitors get up close and personal with some of Pineland Farms's 130 Holstein dairy cows recently in New Gloucester.

Pineland Farms at hub of value-added food movement in Maine

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 07, 2015, at 6:38 a.m.
“Sales are so good, we are having a hard time keeping up,” Craig Denekas said. “We doubled the capacity of the plant, and we may have to double it again.”
In 1995 the competitive ice dancing pair Hillary Tompkins and Garrett Swasey appeared in the annual "Musical on Ice" production in Presque Isle. Last Friday Tompkins, originally from Presque Isle, learned her former partner was one of three people killed in a shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility.

Presque Isle native recalls skating partner killed in Colorado shooting

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 01, 2015, at 11:14 a.m.
“We skated together in 1994 and 1995,” Tompkins said. “At the end of 1995, after the nationals, it was a really big thing for this small-town girl to come home and do a show.”
Vernon Labbe (left) points out some tree options to Paul Bernier on Sunday afternoon. Bernier and his family have been coming to Labbe's farm for years and say that by now, the tree farmer knows exactly what kind of tree they want.

Tree hunters find their match at Frenchville farm

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 30, 2015, at 6:11 a.m.
Vernon Labbe figures he sells around 350 trees each year but is thinking he may hit 400 this year.

Families flock to Frenchville farm to find Christmas trees

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 30, 2015, at 6:10 a.m.
Every year people come to Labbe’s Tree Farm in Frenchville to find the perfect Christmas tree.

Hermon woman killed Sunday in single-vehicle crash

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 29, 2015, at 4:48 p.m.
The driver’s husband was a passenger in the car and was taken to Millinocket Regional Hospital.
The Bangor Wal-Mart as seen in this July 2009 file photo.

Bogus bomb threats target Wal-Marts across Maine, other states

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 29, 2015, at 12:06 p.m.
As many as 11 Wal-Marts across Maine received the automated bomb threats since Saturday evening, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety.
Lisa Bosse (left) has been coming to the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Craft Fair almost since the beginning more than 30 years ago to sell her hand crafted holiday ornaments. For shoppers like her cousin Kelly Bosse (right) it would not be Christmas without the annual fair. "If I did not come here my [Christmas] tree would be naked," Kelly Bosse said. "I really get into the holiday spirit here and can catch up with old friends."

Bargains, memories draw crowds to Fort Kent craft fair

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 29, 2015, at 9:33 a.m.
Held annually the weekend after Thanksgiving, the event draws hundreds of holiday shoppers from around Maine and New Brunswick who come as much to socialize as they do to shop.
Nathan Smith, 64, of Blaine was killed after his car crossed over the centerline Saturday night in Blaine and struck an oncoming pickup truck head on.

Blaine man dies in head-on crash

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 29, 2015, at 7:41 a.m.
An Aroostook County man was killed early Saturday evening after the car he was driving crossed the centerline and struck a pickup truck head-on.
A laborer completes finishing touches to the Bangor Wal-Mart in 2009. Several Walmarts around the state, including in Houlton and Bangor, were evacuated for a time Saturday evening after multiple bomb threats were received, according to Houlton Police Chief Joe McKenna.

Wal-Marts across Maine evacuated after multiple bomb threats

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 28, 2015, at 10:16 p.m.
“Given that eight other stores were called and the nature of the call, we are pretty confident it was a crank call.”

Fishing boat successfully raised after sinking near Stonington

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 28, 2015, at 6:35 p.m.
“Our main concerns were crew safety and mitigating any potential pollution.”
Corky the Shusky gets her first taste of retail shopping on a trip to Bangor.

It’s a good idea to never take me shopping

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 26, 2015, at 12:38 p.m.
FORT KENT | People who know me well know one thing above all else: It’s a good idea to never take me shopping. That is, of course, unless you want to be reminded what it’s like to shop with a balky toddler on the verge of a tantrum. And, …
At Two Rivers Lunch in Allagash, customers are discouraged from ordering more than one pancake at a time. Longtime diner cook Bonnie Hafford pours batter on the grill to create one of the signature pancakes that are larger than the plate on which they are served.

‘Come on in': Mornings at Allagash restaurant provide food, friends

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 26, 2015, at 6:45 a.m.
“When you are from here, you are always from here. When you come back to Two Rivers, it’s the conversations here that remind you that you are home,” Bob Hafford says.
Using a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a partnership of local, state, federal and private organizations, led by the Maine Potato Board, is working to eliminate some sources of soil erosion and pollution that have put the Aroostook River on a list of “impaired rivers.” The partnership is focusing first on Merritt Brook, a 3,500 acre watershed that feeds into the Aroostook River near Presque Isle.

Multiple groups working together to improve water quality of Aroostook River

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 20, 2015, at 5:54 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Officials with multiple local, state, federal and private organizations have joined together to eliminate some sources of pollution that have put the Aroostook River on a list of “impaired rivers.” “This is a water body to be concerned about,” said Bill Sheehan, environmental specialist with the …

Caribou secession measure fails to advance

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 19, 2015, at 5:37 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Despite being dealt another blow Thursday, the group behind an effort to secede from the community of Caribou is vowing to not give up. The Maine Legislative Council on Thursday denied 8-2 an appeal to advance proposed legislation that would have allowed rural residents to continue their …

Sheriff’s office confirms ‘incident’ in Sherman

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 15, 2015, at 1:58 p.m.
The Aroostook County sheriff denied rumors that the ‘incident’ was a shooting.

Fire destroys future Trenton mussel processing facility

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 15, 2015, at 1:48 p.m.
The origin of the fire was not known Sunday afternoon, but it is not considered suspicious.
Dr. Steve Selva examines lichen samples at his University of Maine at Fort Kent herbarium where his collection numbers more than 75,000 lichens.

Retired UMFK professor leaves no stone or branch unturned in lichen hunt

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 14, 2015, at 4:34 p.m.
While Steve Selva has gained a solid, international reputation for his work with the stubble lichens, he admits at times the real star power belongs to the lichens themselves.

Bangor Daily News owner acquires St. John Valley Times

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 13, 2015, at 4:18 p.m.
A decades-old northern Maine weekly newspaper has been acquired by Bangor Publishing Co., owner of the Bangor Daily News and several Aroostook County weeklies.
Lincoln Jandreau gives his grandson Isaiah a quick haircut. Although officially retired, Jandreau still cuts the hair of family members and visits shut-ins and nursing home residents. This year he renewed his barber's license for the 50th time.

Fort Kent barber flipped coin 50 years ago, it’s been ‘heads’ ever since

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 12, 2015, at 1:08 p.m.
Julia Bayly: “I’ve cut at least three generations of hair in Fort Kent,” Lincoln Jandreau said. “I can’t believe it’s been that many years since I flipped that coin.”

Fort Kent police using federal grant to hire additional officer

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 11, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
The Fort Kent Police Department is using a $125,000 federal grant to add an additional officer to the current four full-time force. According to Chief Tom Pelletier, the Community Oriented Policing Services — or “COPS” — funds will pay for up to 75 percent of the …