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.

Wanted Presque Isle man arrested after allegedly bringing gun into bar

By Tom Walsh on April 07, 2013, at 6:55 p.m.
Richard Malaby

Mandatory sea kayak life preserver bill drifts in legislative limbo

By Tom Walsh on April 07, 2013, at 12:33 p.m.
A whimsical "Closed for the Season" cookbook compiled over the winter by a group of regulars at the Chester Pike's Galley in Sullivan was presented on "opening day" Saturday to the two women who are beginning the tenth year of serving up Down East fare deemed in 2009 by Yankee Magazine among "New England's Best" restaurants. From left are Roger Dean of Corea, Pike's pastry chef Amy McGarr, Mike Shapiro of West Gouldsboro and Jane Fogg, the restaurant's cook.

Spring on the Schoodic Peninsula means Chester Pike’s is open

By Tom Walsh on April 07, 2013, at 10:31 a.m.
A rare form of infant cancer has claimed the left eye of Londyn Elise Porter, who at age seven months is fighting for survival after her cancer spread from her left to right eye and into her brain. Born in Maine and now living with her mother and grandmother in California, the child's medical ordeal has dominated the thoughts and prayers of family and friends on both coasts.

Maine-born infant’s fight for life against rare eye cancer strains family on both coasts

By Tom Walsh on April 06, 2013, at 2:32 p.m.
An elver fisherman tends his fyke net in Waldoboro on Friday, the first day of elver season. The funnel-shaped net will catch the tiny, translucent fish when the tide flows back in.

The mysterious elver, from Sargasso Sea to sushi

By Tom Walsh on April 05, 2013, at 2:49 p.m.
It's not the facade of the historic 1855 Washington County Courthouse that would be affected under a proposed remodeling and expansion plan, but interior courtroom facilities and security measures. The potential $12 million project remains under discussion by state court officials and the three-member Washington County Board of Commissioners.

Talks on expanding, renovating Washington County’s courthouse continue, over sheriff’s objections

By Tom Walsh on April 02, 2013, at 4:43 p.m.
Among the boats that Millennium Marine plans to manufacture in Eastport is the Donelle 35 Sport, which has been a big seller in the United States, the Caribbean and Europe.

Canadian boat builder plans to expand to Eastport, creating 50 jobs

By Tom Walsh on March 29, 2013, at 12:57 p.m.

Falls common cause of serious injury, death among elderly

By Tom Walsh on March 28, 2013, at 4:58 p.m.
Jon Southern

Three finalists to interview for Eastport city manager

By Tom Walsh on March 28, 2013, at 11:53 a.m.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava is a promising slugger who is on the mend from wrist surgery during the offseason. Nava is making his way back to a spot on the Red Sox roster with the help of an extensive array of the team's sports medicine specialists.

Red Sox get support from experienced sports medicine team

By Tom Walsh on March 26, 2013, at 11:44 a.m.
Kile Howard

Machiasport man to serve one year for sexual contact with child he was baby-sitting

By Tom Walsh on March 26, 2013, at 11:41 a.m.
Twenty-two Surry Elementary School students from grades four and five are participating in a new distance learning initiative in science, technology, engineering and math that, once a week, links these and other students in Maine with students and research scientists at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, using interactive video conferencing.

Distance learning program links rural students to Vanderbilt students and research faculty

By Tom Walsh on March 10, 2013, at 3 p.m.
One facade at a time, the 1851 Cherryfield Academy building is being restored during its conversion into a community center. The two-story schoolhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The last high school students to graduate from the academy were in the Class of 1966.

Landmark Cherryfield Academy being transformed into a community center

By Tom Walsh on March 10, 2013, at 9:48 a.m.
Alan Brooks of Lubec has spent more than 30 years on the front lines of land conservation in Washington County, helping the Machias-based Downeast Coastal Conservancy to protect miles of shoreline access and thousands of inland acres from development.

Washington County land conservation pioneer Alan Brooks passes the torch

By Tom Walsh on March 09, 2013, at 12:24 p.m.
Jeffery Beal steers a desk Thursday, March 7, from the old Milbridge Town Office building to the new facility built during the winter. The new $575,000, 9,200-square-foot building on School Street will be home to the town offices, the public library, the fire department and the ambulance service.

Milbridge town offices, library make their move — next door

By Tom Walsh on March 07, 2013, at 6:09 p.m.
Robert Gross (right), the Washington County jail administrator, and Karina Richardson, the jail'’s clerk, listen to testimony Thursday afternoon during a hearing before the Washington County commissioners.

Washington County Jail clerk appealing her firing over alleged misuse of inmate funds

By Tom Walsh on March 07, 2013, at 10:24 a.m.
Alvin 'Pidge' Beal, at age 17, in 1972.

U.S. Coast Guard to honor Jonesport teen who drowned saving father in 1972

By Tom Walsh on March 06, 2013, at 5:33 p.m.
Beals Lobster Inc. of Jonesport is offering a $1,000 reward for information that results in the arrest of anyone involved in the theft of as many as 100 empty lobster crates from its wharf over the weekend.

Owner blames theft of nearly 100 lobster crates on stagnant Down East economy

By Tom Walsh on March 05, 2013, at 7:14 p.m.
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith listens to a question during his testimony in January at a hearing before the Washington County commissioners. Smith accused two jail employees of mismanaging funds from an inmate benefits account and recommended that they be fired.

Amid ongoing finance probe, Donnie Smith says he will seek another term as Washington County sheriff

By Tom Walsh on March 04, 2013, at 6:14 p.m.

Guidelines for lead screening in children

By Tom Walsh on March 04, 2013, at 1:58 p.m.