Articles by Kathryn Olmstead

Maurice Bartlett, a legendary wood scaler employed by Quebec lumber baron Edouard LaCroix in the 1920s, was the inspiration for the main character in Leonard Hutchins' book, "Bon Homme."

The making of a good man

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
Sisters Olivia Sanchez (left) and Emily Churchill celebrated Veterans Day by placing thank you notes on vehicles with veteran license plates in Presque Isle parking lots.

Presque Isle sisters surprise veterans with thank-you cards, small gifts

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 04, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
Rita Lannigan of Presque Isle shows the 1980 issue of National Geographic picturing her grandmother, Alma Dube of Lille, mourning the closure of her church, Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel.

Encounter in historical pavilion reveals legend of Lille’s Alma Dube

By Kathryn Olmstead on Sept. 25, 2014, at 10:41 a.m.
Debbie Sirois and her neighbor Phil Turner with two of the eight books the 92-year-old has published since he retired.

Pair of Aroostook authors enjoying writing in their 90s

By Kathryn Olmstead on Sept. 11, 2014, at 3:32 p.m.
A sculpture by Pohenegamook artist Francois Maltais in the Parc Clair Soleil in Cabano, Quebec, forms a backdrop for Alexis Ruest of Edmundston, New Brunswick, the boy pictured on promotional materials of the 2014 World Acadian Congress, during Aug. 24 closing ceremonies.

End of World Acadian Congress focused on future for the region

By Kathryn Olmstead on Aug. 28, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
World Acadian Congress organizers Lydia Martin and Pat Ezzy lead Van Buren's Tintamarre down Main Street to the international bridge to St. Leonard, New Brunswick, on Aug. 10, carrying a banner bearing emblems of four communities that joined to celebrate the Congres Mondial Acadien 2014: (from left) Pohenegamook, Quebec; St. Leonard, New Brunswick, Saint Athanase, Quebec; and Van Buren, Maine.

Moved by the Acadian celebration

By Kathryn Olmstead on Aug. 14, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
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Remembering Column One: The graduated and entitled can’t be centered around

By Kathryn Olmstead on July 17, 2014, at 7:03 a.m.
Carol Ayoob (foreground) works with her kitchen crew during the opening days of The Whole Potato Cafe and Commons in Presque Isle.

Award-winning Presque Isle cafe promotes art, community, local produce

By Kathryn Olmstead on July 03, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
The Sirois House at the Acadian Village in Van Buren where Don Cyr lived in the 1970s.

County historian reveals links between Acadians, Scandinavians

By Kathryn Olmstead on June 19, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
A collection of the teaching files of Kathryn Olmstead that she recently looked at in her home.

Reflecting on years in a classroom: Teaching is drawing out, not pouring in

By Kathryn Olmstead on June 05, 2014, at 9:20 a.m.
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.