Articles by Kathryn Olmstead

Carol Pierson of Caribou hosts travelers in her home through the website Airbrb.

How Airbnb has brought the world to this Caribou woman’s doorstep

By Kathryn Olmstead on March 09, 2017, at 3:42 p.m.
“The world would be a better place if we could all sit around the breakfast table with people from different cultures.”
Dixie Shaw, director of hunger and relief services for Catholic Charities Maine, takes a break from planting Farm for ME crops in Caribou last spring.

Program for feeding those food insecure in Aroostook reaps national attention

By Kathryn Olmstead on Feb. 23, 2017, at 3:32 p.m.
Dixie Shaw has a vision for feeding the hungry in Aroostook County, and her success has received national attention.
Fort Fairfield is home to a new nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women and girls, like this Nubra Valley youngster, in a remote mountain region in the northern tip of India.

How a group in Maine is helping girls, women in Himalayas

By Kathryn Olmstead on Feb. 09, 2017, at 11:57 a.m.
Fort Fairfield is home to a new nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women and girls in a remote mountain region in the northern tip of India.
Dr. Jessica Meir, an astronaut who graduated from Caribou High School in 1995, stops by the school’s performing arts center on Jan. 26, 2016, to speak to students about her time as a student and her current career with NASA.

Caribou native preparing for possible space station mission

By Kathryn Olmstead on Jan. 26, 2017, at 10:59 a.m.
Meir is preparing for the trip she has dreamed of since childhood.
Russell Currier competes during the men's individual biathlon of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Maine biathlete enjoys competition on big stage in Europe

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 29, 2016, at 2:47 p.m.
Russell Currier, Aroostook County’s own world-class biathlete, is maintaining a presence on the 2016-2017 World Cup circuit in Europe.
Members of The Leisure Village Writers, their facilitator, Martie Pritchard (standing), and supporters pose in Presque Isle for this undated photo.

Collection of stories from older Mainers reveals a ‘gold mine of history’

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 15, 2016, at 2:29 p.m.
“Hearing from one veteran writer after another opened my mind to all kinds of possibilities,” Martie Pritchard said. “At the very least, I knew we had to gather these amazing stories into one volume.”
Conductor Daniel Ladner and members of the Caribou Choral Society, including 40-year members Donna Small (back row, third from right) and Mary Lou Nelson (next row down, next to Small), perform in this undated photo.

Caribou choral group celebrates 40 years of singing

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 01, 2016, at 12:12 p.m.
“We must be doing something right,” Daniel Ladner said. “It’s worked through all these years.”
David Cox of Orono loves the peacefulness of driving his refurbished 1960 Volvo, seen in this photo, that once belonged to his dad and doesn't even have a radio.

Readers commiserate over all the gizmos in new cars

By Kathryn Olmstead on Nov. 17, 2016, at 12:39 p.m.
“I am with you 100 percent when it comes to trying to figure out the whims of these aggravating new automobiles,” wrote the owner of a new Subaru.
The classic Stewart's Farm photo that has been taken by hundreds of visitors to the Houlton Road farm stand and seen in publications around the world.

County pumpkin grower pleased to see new farm owners continue tradition

By Kathryn Olmstead on Oct. 20, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
Selling pumpkins for Halloween is more than a business for those who grow them in Aroostook County.
Veterans line up to salute the approach of a KC-135 tanker, known for mid-air refueling of B-52 bombers, at the former Loring Air Force Base on Aug. 20, when more than 1,200 visitors gathered to honor the base's history at an open house Aug. 19-21.

‘It was possibly the last time we will see those planes over Loring’

By Kathryn Olmstead on Aug. 25, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
Like hundreds of other former Air Force men and women, they came to the 2016 Loring Air Force Base Open House to remember, to share their stories and to stand at attention saluting the aircraft that made Loring famous within the Strategic Air Command.
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Rare heart condition causes scare

By Kathryn Olmstead on July 28, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
My friend was eager to convey the message: “If it does not feel normal for your body, that’s the time to call your doctor.”
Mars Hill native Bernard Patterson (center) is shown in this BDN photo first published, Dec. 6, 1972, being escorted to federal court in Bangor by two U.S. Marshals shortly after his capture and return to Maine. Original photo by Jack Loftus.

‘Oh, Bernard’: Writer rounds up adventures of Maine’s ‘zaniest criminal’

By Kathryn Olmstead on June 30, 2016, at 11:58 a.m.
“I remember thinking his story would rival the most exciting, compelling adventure novel,” Ron Chase wrote in the prologue to the book. “He seemed to be a real-life version of Don Quixote, Butch Cassidy and Robin Hood all rolled into one implausible package.”
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Reflecting on reflections of the past

By Kathryn Olmstead on June 02, 2016, at 11:02 a.m.
Kathryn Olmstead: I discovered I actually could kindle fires with some of my journals if I simply tore out the pages that might be worth keeping.
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Looking back while still trying to downsize many years after retiring

By Kathryn Olmstead on May 19, 2016, at 7:37 a.m.
When I retired from teaching and “deaning,” I gave myself a year to downsize. That was almost seven years ago and evidence of my effort is barely visible.
Beverly Holmes with Winter and Whiskey (foreground) and Natalie Ireland with Cheyenne and Whisper skijor on March 20 on the trails they clear and groom on their mother's family farm in Westmanland.

For minimal cost, skijoring great sport for owner and dog

By Kathryn Olmstead on March 24, 2016, at 11:22 a.m.
The sport requires a harness for the skier, a sled dog harness for the dog and a towline connecting the person and the dog, a fairly inexpensive outfit at about $100.
Anna Titova and Andriy Smuk brought their daughters Daria, 11, and Alexandra, 6, from Rhode Island to Presque Isle from Feb. 11-13 to see biathlon races they had only watched on television before. Andriy wears the flag of his native Ukraine and Alexandra's hat and flag bear Russian emblems of her mother's home.

Foreigners come from far, wide to watch biathlon

By Kathryn Olmstead on Feb. 25, 2016, at 1:28 p.m.
They came from Ohio, New York, Rhode Island and Boston. They live in the United States, but their roots are in Russia and Ukraine. They are avid fans of biathlon but had never seen competitions live.
Volunteers in red jackets on the shooting range for the 2014 Youth/Junior International Biathlon Union World Championships at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle had designated roles, which included raising the national flags of biathletes in the first three places of each race.

Volunteers give Maine big place on world stage of 2016 World Cup Biathlon

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 31, 2015, at 12:37 p.m.
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Metropolitan Opera singer returns to roots in The County

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 17, 2015, at 12:56 p.m.
Maine was always refreshing, and I hated to leave,” she said.
Rich Hoppe (left) of Portage, Kim Wright (center) of Mapleton and Don Audibert of Fort Kent were the Aroostook County participants in the Philadelphia Marathon on Nov. 22.

Mapleton woman shares her passion for running

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 04, 2015, at 7:48 a.m.
“I feel blessed to have the health to do it, the people to do it with, and the support of family and friends,” Kim Wright said.
During the Cold War, nuclear weapons were brought from these igloos on a site adjacent to Loring Air Force Base in Limestone to bombers on the flight line where they were loaded in readiness for delivery to potential targets.

Loring story draws more tales of nuclear weapons, UFOs

By Kathryn Olmstead on Nov. 19, 2015, at 11:57 a.m.
KATHRYN OLMSTEAD: Phone calls, emails and online comments about the article unearthed a variety of topics, from Nike missiles to sightings of unidentified aircraft and recollections of men who loaded weapons onto bombers.