Donna Buttarazzi,

Donna Buttarazzi

Arundel, ME, United States

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Past articles by Donna:

Dairy farm 'ruined' by PFAS contaminants

ARUNDEL, Maine — More than two years after learning drinking water and milk tanks on his 100-year-old Stoneridge Farm were contaminated with a class of chemicals linked to cancer and other health concerns, farmer Fred Stone still can’t sell his milk and is losing hundreds of dollars a day, every day.Stone said he never knew the wastewater sludge he was licensed by the state to spread on his… → Read More

Police: Driver in fatal Maine Turnpike crash had no license

WELLS, Maine — State police say the driver of the car involved in a fatal one-vehicle crash on the Maine Turnpike in Wells Tuesday was driving → Read More

Rabid raccoon bites Kennebunkport resident, game warden

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Two people have been bitten by a rabid raccoon, according to Kennebunkport police, after a resident took an injured raccoon → Read More

One killed in Maine Turnpike crash in Wells

WELLS, Maine — State Police are investigating a one-vehicle crash this morning on the southern end of the Maine Turnpike that has killed one person → Read More

Teacher-student texting in spotlight after Kennebunk trial

KENNEBUNK — The recent trial of a former Kennebunk High School teacher who used texts and phone calls to communicate with the student who accused her of sexual assault highlights the hazards of digital communication and the challenges school administrators are facing in trying to create policies.A total of 96 text messages and 43 phone calls were entered into evidence in the trial of Jill… → Read More

Ex-Kennebunk teacher found not guilty of sex assault

ALFRED — Former Kennebunk High School teacher Jill Lamontagne said she chose to take the stand in her own defense "because I was hoping the truth would set me free."Lamontagne was found not guilty Thursday on 14 counts alleging she sexually assaulted a then 17-year-old student in 2017, concluding a four-day trial in York County Superior Court."I'm pleased that the truth worked," Lamontagne said.… → Read More

Kennebunkport man rows 349 miles in dory

KENNEBUNKPORT — There’s a certain rhythm to the oar sweep and oar locks that creates a focus, filling the solitude of the hours spent on the water for Kennebunkport’s Rick Wills on his solo 12-day journey up the Maine coast in his 17-foot dory.But occasionally he had some company, too. On a downward run in heavy seas in the area of Popham Beach, Wills surfed down the face of a wave alongside a… → Read More

Bush family missed on Memorial Day in Kennebunkport

KENNEBUNKPORT — Hundreds turned out in Dock Square to honor the nation’s fallen service men and women Monday, with two notables missing in the heart of the town — former President George H.W. Bush and the late Barbara Bush.Former first lady Barbara Bush died on April 17 in Houston. This would have been the first Memorial Day observance in Kennebunkport where she was not at her husband’s side,… → Read More

2 endangered whales spotted off York County coast

Two North Atlantic right whales were spotted along the local Maine coast last weekend, giving visitors to Wells Beach and Long Sands Beach in York a rare → Read More

Wildfire burns 300-plus acres in Kennebunk, Wells, Sanford

KENNEBUNK — Crews continued working Thursday to contain a large wildfire that began early Wednesday evening and spread to 314 acres off Route 99 along the Kennebunk, Wells and Sanford town lines, according to the Maine Forest Service.Crews from 18 towns along with the Maine Forest Service continued to battle the blaze Thursday morning with three command posts set up to attack different zones of… → Read More

Community to pay tribute to Barbara Bush on Gooch's Beach

KENNEBUNK — On Sunday, April 22, pooches and their owners will gather on Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunk to pay tribute to first lady Barbara Bush, who walked the beach frequently with her dogs every summer for many years.Kennebunk resident Diane Denk helped organize the informal memorial which will take place at noon.“Bring your pups, your friends, your memories, your stories and a flower. Let’s… → Read More

Kennebunkport mourns Barbara Bush, town's ‘matriarch’

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — “Like you, we love Kennebunkport with a passion. I love the people, the ocean, the beaches, my ‘Ganny's Garden.' All of it.” This is how Barbara Bush described her love of Kennebunkport in a handwritten letter to local photographer Bob Dennis, who had shared his calendar of photographs taken throughout the seaside community with the former first lady. And while Bush, who… → Read More

Locals mourn loss of Barbara Bush

HOUSTON — Former first lady Barbara Pierce Bush, a beloved summer resident in Kennebunkport, Maine, died Tuesday.Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath announced Bush’s death on Twitter saying, “A former first lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the age of 92.”Barbara Bush is survived by her… → Read More

VA causes 'nightmare' in family's Alzheimer's battle

KENNEBUNK — $58,437.That’s a figure that has haunted Edie Rossborough day and night for the past three months. Three months of filling out forms over and over again, emailing and calling contacts at the Veterans Administration and dotting every “i” and crossing every “t,” to no avail.$58,437 is the amount the VA has paid in Aid and Attendance Benefits for Rossborough’s mother Betty Phillips'… → Read More

Program brings art and environment together for veterans

WELLS, Maine — Sinclair Jones hadn’t picked up a paintbrush since Vietnam. The veteran from York couldn’t explain why, but as he sat in front of a palette of watercolors Tuesday at Wells Reserve at Laudholm painting a serene scene of waves, he was happy to come back to art.Sante Giuliani, a disabled Korean War veteran from York, battled his demons from the war through photography, writing and… → Read More

Theater director hopes to keep job after Facebook faux pas

KENNEBUNK — Kennebunk High School theater director Michael Herman had submitted his resignation effective March 30 after creating two fake Facebook profiles. But he says he’s now hoping to stay.He has acknowledged the fake profiles were an attempt to gain access to two private Facebook groups, "KBK Moms" and "Not Quite KBK Moms," where he says members were criticizing his program.Herman, who was… → Read More

Ex-teacher's lawyer: Sex charges are teen's 'fantasies'

KENNEBUNK, Maine — The attorney for a former Kennebunk High School teacher charged with having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student said of the allegations, “None of this is true.”“These allegations arise from a high school rumor which consisted of the fantasies of an emotionally troubled senior at Kennebunk High School,” said Scott Gardner, who is representing 29-year-old Jill… → Read More

George H.W., Barbara Bush and Kennebunkport pay 'special tribute'

KENNEBUNKPORT — Former President George H. W. Bush and his wife, former first lady Barbara, braved the cold, misty weather to honor the nation’s fallen service men and women for the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony in Dock Square Monday.Hundreds bundled up against the cold wind to join the Bushes, and former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, a close friend of "41" who has a… → Read More

George H.W. Bush, former first lady rededicate Kennebunkport bridge

KENNEBUNKPORT — Former President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush helped rededicate the Mathew J. Lanigan Bridge Friday afternoon, officially cutting the ribbon in a ceremony modeled after one that took place 84 years ago when the structure first opened.Hundreds gathered Friday afternoon on the bridge that connects Kennebunkport’s Dock Square and Kennebunk’s Lower Village to… → Read More

An 'Echo of Hope' to help family of 5-year-old after heart transplant

WELLS — A regular customer called Congdon’s Doughnuts owner Gary Leech over to the drive-thru window last week and handed him a $100 bill. → Read More