Tom Walsh

Tom Walsh

Washington County bureau

Tom Walsh, who won numerous state, regional and national awards as a reporter for the Ellsworth American weekly newspaper from 2004-08, is based in the BDN's bureau located at 25 Main St. in Machias. Walsh worked as a science reporter for the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette from 2001-04 and also taught journalism at the University of Iowa, where he earned his degree in journalism in 1972. He earned a master’s degree in communication studies from Dublin City University in Ireland in 2002.
Carole Grant of Harrington is one of 50 year-round employees at Kelco Industries in Milbridge, where she was busy last week welding metal wire rings used in manufacturing balsam Christmas wreaths. Although Christmas is months away, three companies in Washington County that cater to holiday shoppers are already ramping up for the season.

Christmas is already in sight for three Down East holiday manufacturers

By Tom Walsh on May 27, 2013, at 1:39 p.m.

Five-year-old killed in at-home vehicle accident in Charlotte

By Tom Walsh on May 27, 2013, at 11:27 a.m.

Power restored quickly to areas south of Houlton

By Tom Walsh on May 26, 2013, at 5:37 p.m.

More than 2,000 in Aroostook, northern Penobscot County lose power due to problems with transmission line

By Tom Walsh on May 26, 2013, at 12:06 p.m.
This robot built with Lego components by a team of Connors Emerson Elementary School students from Bar Harbor recently won a national competition held at Legoland in Carlsbad, Calif. Months of design and testing went into the "bots" creation.

Lego robot wins Bar Harbor student designers best-in-show award at national competition

By Tom Walsh on May 26, 2013, at 10:54 a.m.
University of Maine professor of insect ecology Frank Drummond says the Colony Collapse Disorder is still affecting a very large number of bees in Maine. Thousands of hives are trucked to the state each year since 2006 to help the proper pollination of fruit crop in Maine.

Hired bees play major role in Maine blueberry industry

By Tom Walsh on May 26, 2013, at 10:19 a.m.
Twin sisters Erica (left) and Tashina Ackley of Eastport both gave birth Friday to their first child, delivering the newborn cousins just hours apart at Down East Community Hospital in Machias.

Eastport twin sisters become moms on the same day

By Tom Walsh on May 25, 2013, at 2:48 p.m.
Dave Seward plans to pull the plug in August on Anderson Marine and Hardware in Gouldsboro, a tiny hardware store that he has overseen six days a week for 42 years.

Days are numbered for Gouldsboro’s iconic hardware store

By Tom Walsh on May 25, 2013, at 11:09 a.m.
This file photo from July 2012 shows Ocean Renewable Power Co’s underwater turbine before it was submerged at a test site in Cobscook Bay last fall. The unit is 98 feet long, 17 feet wide and 17 feet high.

Washington County tidal generation project featured on Popular Science cover

By Tom Walsh on May 16, 2013, at 11:38 a.m.
A Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito is shown on a human finger in this undated handout photograph from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito has been proven to be a vector associated with transmission of the West Nile virus, according to the CDC.

The season of the itch: Bugs that bite are both a nuisance and a public health concern in Maine

By Tom Walsh on May 12, 2013, at 6:16 a.m.

Regulating a proposed resurgence in mining under debate in Augusta

By Tom Walsh on May 08, 2013, at 11:37 a.m.
Alewives and blue-backed herring bunch up at the Dennysville fish weir in June 2008. They gather in a group of several hundred to several thousand and "make a charge" up the river, said Colby Bruchs, fisheries biologist with the Department of Marine Resources.

Restoration efforts put spotlight on once plentiful alewives

By Tom Walsh on May 04, 2013, at 11:38 a.m.

Age, lifestyle contribute to high cancer rate in Maine

By Tom Walsh on May 02, 2013, at 2:46 p.m.

Debate raging in Augusta over genetically modified food labeling

By Tom Walsh on April 25, 2013, at 1:38 p.m.
Doug Rich of Hampden heads up a team of amateur astronomers who earlier this month discovered an exploding star within a galaxy that is 420 million light years from Earth. The team's discovery was confirmed by a team of professional astronomers in Italy.

Hampden amateur astronomer’s search team discovers distant exploding star

By Tom Walsh on April 22, 2013, at 6:08 p.m.
Bill Burke, his wife, Marti, and their son Nate will soon open a new Pat's Pizza franchise in Machias, which will be the 14th location in Maine for the popular family restaurant.

Pat’s Pizza expanding into Washington County

By Tom Walsh on April 17, 2013, at 5:51 a.m.
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith pins an award marking his retirement on Lester Seeley, who died over the weekend.

Washington County mourns weekend death of longtime sheriff’s deputy Lester Seeley

By Tom Walsh on April 15, 2013, at 2:04 p.m.

Former Somerset County administrator named new Eastport city manager

By Tom Walsh on April 11, 2013, at 12:17 p.m.
Image of a yet to be installed Ocean Renewable Power Company underwater TideGen turbine in Eastport, Maine Monday, July 23, 2012.

Year one of Eastport tidal turbine research presents challenges

By Tom Walsh on April 10, 2013, at 12:29 p.m.
A fire Tuesday morning heavily damaged an 1850s farmhouse on Indian River Road in Addison.

Tuesday morning fire drives Addison family from their home

By Tom Walsh on April 09, 2013, at 1:47 p.m.