Articles by Kathryn Olmstead

Packages of chips called Terra Blues produced from blue potatoes grown at LaJoie Growers LLC in Van Buren.

‘I feel betrayed’: Film portrayal of Van Buren irks some locals

By Kathryn Olmstead on May 22, 2014, at 1:05 p.m.
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Beware of online printer, computer scam

By Kathryn Olmstead on April 24, 2014, at 2:04 p.m.
Darylen Cote (left) and Karen Keim give a pre-op thumbs up Jan. 14, when Cote received a kidney from Keim at the Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Kidney donor from Veazie, recipient from Caribou form special bond

By Kathryn Olmstead on March 13, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
Debbie Currier (from left), daughter Lauren Walker and husband Chris Currier of Stockholm stand in front of a poster honoring Russell Currier, who will compete in biathlon events at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Aroostook County community helps send Olympic biathlete Russell Currier’s parents to Sochi

By Kathryn Olmstead on Jan. 30, 2014, at 6:17 p.m.
The Island Falls home built by William Wingate Sewall in 1865 is now a yoga retreat operated by Sewall's great-grandaughter Donna Davidge and her husband, Kent Bonham.

Like Roosevelt, visitors to Sewall House in Island Falls finding physical, emotional benefits

By Kathryn Olmstead on Jan. 16, 2014, at 4:51 p.m.
Farm for ME supporters gathered last spring to erect a sign identifying the program site. Joining in the celebration were (from left) Frank Beaulieu, neighbor and Farm for ME steering committee member; Martie Pritchard, landowner; Jim Krysiak, Catholic Charities warehouse manager; Dixie Shaw, Catholic Charities program director; Jim Pritchard, landowner; Jeff Tiner, Catholic Charities chief operations officer;  Chip Beckwith, Casella Organics field rep and Farm for ME steering committee member; and Bright, the golden retriever.

Need to feed the hungry exists year round, not just over the holidays

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 19, 2013, at 2:30 p.m.
Former Maine Commissioner of Education Stephen Bowen called the Aroostook Aspirations Initiative a "model for the state" when he addressed a launch ceremony at the Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library in Presque Isle in April.

Aroostook initiative trying to connect more local youngsters to college

By Kathryn Olmstead on Nov. 07, 2013, at 4:02 p.m.
Lucy would not even look at me when I called her to come in.

Dog reminds writer of the importance of exercise

By Kathryn Olmstead on Oct. 10, 2013, at 6:05 p.m.
Dr. Narayana Prasanna, Lil Costello, Larry Berz and Grier Ostermann approach the 35-mile mark in Easton on their 50-mile hike from Littleton to Limestone Aug. 31 honoring the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's call for national fitness and vigor.

Aroostook County astronomy teacher hikes 50 miles in 1 day — Houlton to Limestone — in memory of JFK

By Kathryn Olmstead on Sept. 12, 2013, at 1:43 p.m.
Carl Robert Langley (named for his Langley and Milliard grandfathers) at age 12, the year a malignant  brain tumor took his life.

Aroostook boy lives on through benefit ride, hike

By Kathryn Olmstead on Aug. 15, 2013, at 9:56 a.m.
The Francis Malcolm Science Center in Easton has launched a $1.5 million fundraising campaign with a postcard declaring the center will be forced to close in less than two years without an infusion of donations.

Easton science center is ‘exciting educational resource’ worth saving

By Kathryn Olmstead on June 20, 2013, at 12:26 p.m.
A 10.5-foot-tall moose sculpture graces the entrance to the new U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry in Van Buren.

Aroostook moose sculpture: symbolic artwork or undue expense?

By Kathryn Olmstead on June 06, 2013, at 2:30 p.m.
Expansion of the hydroponics greenhouse is one of the many future projects that excite Luke Shorty, executive director and academic dean of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone. Shorty is also an alumnus of  MSSM.

Maine School of Science and Mathematics alumni drawn to give back to magnet school

By Kathryn Olmstead on May 23, 2013, at 2:07 p.m.
Art lovers of all ages flocked to the Wintergreen Art Center in Presque Isle on May 3 for an art auction to benefit a forthcoming Northern Maine Cultural Center. Pencils in hand, bidders vied for 70  12-inch-by-12-inch canvasses donated by artists throughout Aroostook County and County-lovers from the West Coast, Midwest, southern Maine and other New England states.

Art walks revitalize downtown Presque Isle

By Kathryn Olmstead on May 09, 2013, at 2:24 p.m.
Greg and Joy Johnson welcome visitors to the log home that was dismantled in New Sweden and rebuilt on their salt water farm in Harpswell.

Navy admiral finds Swedish roots in Aroostook log home

By Kathryn Olmstead on April 11, 2013, at 11:46 a.m.
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Visitors experience wonders of Aroostook County

By Kathryn Olmstead on March 28, 2013, at 2:05 p.m.
Gail Maynard of Orchard Hill Farm in Woodland welcomes Rep. Carol McElwee of Caribou to a gathering of small family farm owners and Maine legislators March 9 at The Whole Potato Cafe and Commons in Presque Isle.

State lawmakers visit Aroostook County family farms

By Kathryn Olmstead on March 14, 2013, at 2:12 p.m.
A trio of 3-year-old red deer stags mug for a visitor at Shakaree Red Deer Farm in New Limerick.

Aroostook home to largest, oldest red deer farm in country

By Kathryn Olmstead on Feb. 28, 2013, at 11:55 a.m.
Terry Kelly of Mapleton designed this contemporary rod-back armchair to be a blend of beauty and function.

Aroostook County man crafts artful chairs, furniture

By Kathryn Olmstead on Feb. 14, 2013, at 5:37 p.m.
Alpacas are gentle, curious and well suited to life in northern Maine where conditions are similar to their native habitat in the mountains of Peru. These three reside at Spudland Alpacas in Blaine.

Alpacas well suited to northern Maine climate

By Kathryn Olmstead on Jan. 17, 2013, at 6:28 p.m.