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Volume V Issue 47- Nov. 25, 2014 - Tuesday edition
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25 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The National Weather Service (NWS) in Caribou has issued a winter storm watch in effect from Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 26, through Thursday morning, Nov. 27, for central and downeast Maine, including the southern portions of Aroostook County.

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24 November 2014

FORT KENT – On Monday morning, Nov. 24, Bishop Robert Deeley participated in a mass of Thanksgiving at St. Louis Church in Fort Kent to celebrate the inception of Catholic radio station 97.5, WFHP - FM.

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25 November 2014

MADAWASKA– A Grand Isle man has been charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors after a domestic violence incident which took place in Madawaska on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 18.

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25 November 2014

EAGLE LAKE- Effie "EF" Raymond of Eagle Lake, Maine entered into her heavenly home on, November 24, 2014. Effie was born to the late Sophie (Michaud) and David Belanger on January 19, 1930 in Wallagrass, Maine.

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24 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - This holiday season, County residents will once again have the opportunity to support cancer care locally while celebrating, honoring or remembering those they love when TAMC and Clukey’s Auto Supply join forces for the Lights of Life project.

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25 November 2014

HODGDON - The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s Aroostook County Task Force and the Clandestine Drug Laboratory Enforcement Team (CDLET) located evidence of a clandestine methamphetamine manufacturing operation on Friday, Nov. 21 at 699 Walker Road in Hodgdon.

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24 November 2014

FORT KENT– A delicious, moist and fully cooked turkey on Thanksgiving is a perfect reason to give thanks. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a hit-or-miss proposition, until now.

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24 November 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY- Potato dishes are a must around most Thanksgiving tables, especially in the St. John Valley; but instead of mashing those delicious taters, why not roast them in maple syrup?

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24 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- TAMC welcomed the following Special Deliveries born at AR Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle during the month of October 2014:

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24 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY-The Department of Labor has announced that applications are being accepted in Aroostook Counties through the CareerCenters for the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP).

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24 November 2014

MAINE- Maine decorative-plant shippers sending Christmas trees and wreaths across the country can save money and lost product by noting important plant health regulations enforced by other states, according to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF).

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5 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The following is an ongoing list of obituaries submitted to the Fiddlehead Focus during the months of October and November, 2014. The staff at Fiddlehead Focus send their deepest condolences to family and friends of the deceased.

For detailed obituaries, please refer to the obituary section of the Fiddlehead Focus by clicking on "Obits" on the homepage menu bar.

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3 October 2014

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22 November 2014

ST. AGATHA – Fire Marshalls conducted an investigation of a fire which took place in the early hours of Saturday, Nov. 22, at at RF Chamberland, Inc. and have concluded that the cause of the fire shall remain undetermined due to extensive damage, according to St. Agatha Fire Chief Bob Guerrette.

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23 November 2014

FRENCHVILLE– Children were screaming with glee at Dr. Levesque Elementary School in Frenchville on Friday, Nov. 21, when Principal Lisa Bernier and Bus Driver Dave Weyeneth honored their promise to take pies to the face for the school's annual Penny Wars fundraiser, which benefits the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

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24 November 2014

FORT KENT - The UMFK men's basketball team clipped the Machias Clippers 73-72 and the Lady Bengals dominated the Clippers 84-30 in two home games Saturday, Nov. 22.

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24 November 2014

FORT KENT– On Saturday, Nov. 22, at approximately 10 a.m., a parked 1993 Jeep owned by Helden Theriault slid down a steep, icy driveway into oncoming traffic, causing a motor vehicle accident.

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23 November 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY– Most people learned that the origin for the American Thanksgiving holiday originated from an apocryphal tale of a meal that pilgrim immigrants shared with First Nations people, but historians actually trace it further back.

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24 November 2014

ASHLAND - A Presque Isle man narrowly escaped serious injury Sunday, Nov. 23, when a moose entered the roadway and crashed through the windshield of his 2006 Toyota Sienna mini-van.

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21 November 2014

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Recreation and Parks Department and Maine Families/Early Head start will be co-sponsoring “Fun Time Activities” for toddlers and children up to five years old Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Fort Kent Town Office meeting room.

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21 November 2014

CARIBOU - A group of agricultural growers, distributors, economic development officials, and industry representatives met Friday, Nov. 14, at the Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) boardroom in Caribou to discuss the growing connection between the Portland market and Aroostook.

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21 November 2014

As the Ranking Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, it has been among my top priorities to shed light on and help put a stop to telephone scams, particularly those targeting our nation’s seniors. Working alongside the Committee’s current Chairman, Bill Nelson (D-FL), over the past two years, we have held eight hearings to examine these scams that have victimized far too many Americans.

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21 November 2014

One of the great rewards of my job as a U.S. Senator is the opportunity to interact with motivated young people who have a good attitude and want to go out and make the world a better place. Thanks to the Upward Bound program, more of those students have a chance to go to college and achieve their goals.

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21 November 2014

MAINE- Governor Paul R. LePage released a statement Friday, Nov. 21, about the 5.8 percent unemployment rate for October, which is down from 6.6 percent a year ago and the same as September's rate.

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21 November 2014

ALLAGASH / St. Francis– When 63 year-old Liela Jandreau fell gravely ill early in October, the hard-working and unassuming mail carrier from Allagash unknowingly touched a lot of people.

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21 November 2014

FORT KENT- Peter Sirois, Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) CEO, is pleased to announce that Dr. Abhimanyu Kaura, the newest member to its hospitalist team, has met the rigorous requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to become certified in Internal Medicine.

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21 November 2014

MAINE- U.S. Senator Angus King of Maine presented the University of Maine System with a designation as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education from the National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday, Nov. 21.

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21 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – On Nov. 19, the eve of the Great American Smokeout, the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network recognized TAMC for its excellence in creating a tobacco-free environment for patients, employees, and the community.

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21 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The trustees of the Higher Education Assistance Foundation (HEAF) awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Northern Maine Community College business administration major Sean Robertson of Presque Isle during a campus event Thursday, Nov. 20.

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21 November 2014

PRESQUE ISLE - Social work students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle have been getting a lesson in hunger this semester, and will be sharing what they’ve learned with the campus and community in December.

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20 November 2014

NEW ZEALAND / Fort Kent- Kate Morneault of Fort Kent is currently sailing to New Zealand as part of SEA Semester: The Global Ocean, a study abroad program she is enrolled in through Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Mass., while away from studies at Stonehill College.

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21 November 2014

CARIBOU- The State Fire Marshal’s Office says one of the children started the fire that killed a family of four Thursday, Nov. 20, in Caribou.

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20 November 2014

FORT KENT / AugustaEducate Maine named Valley Rivers Middle School language arts teacher Kara Beal the 2014 Aroostook County Teacher of the Year during a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the State House in Augusta.

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21 November 2014

FORT KENT- The Paradis Family Reunion Committee has donated $1,200 to the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund.

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20 November 2014

FORT KENT- The staff at the University of Maine at Fort Kent's Blake Library have come up with an old-school idea to help students unwind in a tech-heavy world: jigsaw puzzles.

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21 November 2014

MADAWASKA- The Madawaska Middle/High School has announced the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2014-2015 school year.

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20 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY– Central Aroostook-based Crown Emergency Care, a division of TAMC, was recently honored at the 34th Annual Atlantic Partners Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Seminar as the 2014 Service of the Year for Region 5.

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20 November 2014

MAINE- Maine’s Wildlife Action Plan, created in 2005, focuses on voluntary measures that can assist many of Maine’s most vulnerable species by highlighting natural area conservation efforts, setting the course for the future of wildlife conservation in Maine.

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21 November 2014

BANGORUnited States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Adam Hathorn, 36, of Bangor was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 20, in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 90 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute MDPV, a chemical compound commonly referred to as “bath salts” or “monkey dust.”

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20 November 2014

MAINEUnited States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced Thursday, Nov. 20, that the District of Maine collected $1,525,980 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2014.

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19 November 2014

ST. FRANCIS – The State Fire Marshal’s Office says 74 year-old Patrick Deignan of St. Francis died in his home Wednesday morning, Nov. 19, from a fire, likely caused by using a flammable liquid to start his wood stove.

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20 November 2014

CARIBOU The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a mother and her three young children died this Thursday morning, Nov. 20, inside a Caribou mobile home. Dead are 28 year old Norma Skidgel and her three children - twin boy and girl - Mason and Madison Delisle, who were two, and three-year-old Trenton Delisle, who would have turned four next week. The four victims were found by Caribou firefighters in the back bedroom.

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20 November 2014

FORT KENT- The spirit of giving filled the air at The Greater Fort Kent Ecumenical Food Pantry on Tuesday, Nov. 18, when local Girl Scout Troop 124 helped prepare 120 Thanksgiving boxes which will be delivered to community members in need.

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19 November 2014

FORT KENT- A science, technology, engineering and mathematics program, known by kids as STEM, is taking place at Fort Kent Elementary School; and so many students have elected to participate in the wildly popular after-school learning activity that organizers have had to divide the young learners into two groups in order to accommodate everyone.

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20 November 2014

FORT KENT - With the holiday's nearing and many servicemen and women on deployment defending our country, Valley Rivers Middle School’s Student Council will be collecting care package items to be shipped to those overseas in combat/war stricken areas.

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19 November 2014

FORT KENT - At 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, Bishop Robert P. Deeley will celebrate a special Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Louis Church, located at 26 East Main Street in Fort Kent, which will also be broadcast on Fort Kent's new catholic radio station.

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20 November 2014

FORT KENT- Madeline (Daigle) Saucier, 89, died peacefully surrounded by family, November 18, 2014 at a Fort Kent Health Care Facility. She was born November 2, 1925, in Daigle, Maine, the daughter of Josephel and Celina (Dufour) Daigle.

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19 November 2014

WALLAGRASS– A Fort Kent man was uninjured, although his car was a total loss, following a motor vehicle accident on Friday, Nov. 14, in Wallagrass.

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19 November 2014

LIMESTONE- The Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) held its annual fall Open House on Sunday, Nov. 9 through Monday, Nov. 10, welcoming sixty-five students and their families from all over Maine and other parts of New England.

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19 November 2014

BANGORUnited States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Daniel Hines, 38, of Bangor was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor by Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute MDPV, a chemical compound commonly referred to as “bath salts” or “monkey dust.”

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19 November 2014

FORT KENT– Children and adults alike displayed their artistic talents by creating unique and inventive turkey art projects at Fort Kent Elementary School (FKES) in celebration of Thanksgiving, 2014.

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18 November 2014

FORT KENT– On Saturday, Nov. 15, the 10th Mountain Outdoor Club dedicated a new nature trail at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center, which the group named The Warrior Trail, to honor all those who have battled cancer.

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18 November 2014

LILLE- The Press Gang, a Portland-based Irish band, will perform at the Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel in Lille on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m.

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19 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Power of Prevention (POP) extends a warm invitation to all those wanting to quit smoking to take an important step toward reducing their cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease risk by trying it for at least one day on Thursday, Nov. 20.

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18 November 2014

A high-quality children's book can run you $20. I know this because I used to own a children's bookstore. Plus, I love children's books a bit more than my wallet says I should.

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18 November 2014

FORT KENT - This beautiful feline is Tanya. Tanya is a mature adult and quite affectionate. She would be the purrfect lap cat for someone in need of a companion. Tanya had already been spayed and declawed on her front feet when she was recently found. PAWS has updated her vaccinations and provided her with some much needed dentistry.

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18 November 2014

FORT KENT- The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of Nov. 17, 2014.

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18 November 2014

THE LAST BEAM - The last steel beam from the old international bridge in Fort Kent came down on Friday, Nov. 14. Here, two construction workers use a cutting torch to separate the pieces to this retiring span. This image is the week's jigsaw puzzle. - Birden image

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17 November 2014

FORT KENTDuring the first week of November, Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) joined the country in celebrating the work done by the professionals in the field of radiologic technology.

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18 November 2014

FORT KENT– At approximately 9 p.m. Saturday evening, Nov. 15, Fort Kent police arrested 19 year-old Adam Bouchard for violating the conditions of his release following a previous arrest, according to Police Chief Tom Pelletier.

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18 November 2014

"I had a choice for my operation. I could have gone to Bangor, to Portland or to Boston. I did have a choice, but I opted to go to the hospital in my home town, in the St. John Valley, Northern Maine Medical Center. I have not stopped thanking my lucky stars ever since.

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18 November 2014

MADAWASKA – Officer Danielle Levesque of the Madawaska Police Department responded to a complaint of criminal mischief on Nov. 13, involving destruction of property.

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17 November 2014

ST. AGATHA- The Fiddlehead Focus congratulates the 7th-12th graders who made Honor Roll at Wisdom Middle/High School.

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17 November 2014

MADAWASKA- The Madawaska Board of Select People announced the agenda for a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014.

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17 November 2014

MAINE - Governor Paul R. LePage commended state and federal employees from the Maine Army National Guard for being named the best installation management program in the United States.

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17 November 2014

MAINE- The University of Maine Board of Trustees adopted a system-wide sexual assault policy Monday, Nov. 17, that changes the definition of consent and mandates training for members of the university community.

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17 November 2014

Throughout our nation’s history, our citizens have left the safety of home to preserve our freedom and to extend the blessings of freedom to others. Each year, as we did recently, Americans pause on Veterans Day to honor these brave men and women for their duty, honor, and sacrifice.

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18 November 2014

ST. FRANCIS- Doris (Berube) Harvey, 90, died peacefully November 17, 2014 at a Frenchville Health Care Facility. She was born September 18, 1924, in New Canada Plantation, Me. the daughter of Midas and Melvina (Morin) Berube. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of St. Francis.

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18 November 2014

FORT KENT- Yvonne Helen Bent Johnson, beloved mother, wife and partner of Dr. R. Paul Johnson passed away on November 16, 2014 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.

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18 November 2014

MADAWASKA- Claire M. Sirois, 85, passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at a Madawaska health care facility. She was born in Baker Brook, N.B. on March 11, 1929, daughter of the late Denis and Lydia (Ouellette) Landry.

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18 November 2014

FRENCHVILLE- Louise R. Soucy, 50, passed away peacefully at her home in Frenchville surrounded by her loved ones on Monday, November 17, 2014. She was born in Edmundston, New Brunswick on June 6, 1964, daughter of Richard and Bernice (Martin) Martin.

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17 November 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY –The National Weather Service out of Caribou, Maine, has issued a winter weather advisory for snow this morning, November 17, followed by sleet and freezing rain into Monday evening.

The advisory includes the cities from Allagash to Van Buren and as far south as Mount Katahdin.

Snow accumulations may be 2 to 4 inches, along with a thin layer of ice.

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15 November 2014

FRENCHVILLE– Award-winning author Cathie Pelletier has enlisted the talents of students in teacher Mitch Daigle's Computer Technology class at the St. John Valley Technology Center to design the website for her soon-to-be launched publishing company Ethel Books.

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17 November 2014

FORT KENT- Flames met with chilled air Sunday morning, Nov. 16, to create billows of thick smoke which ballooned up to the sky, fascinating onlooking community members as firefighters with the Fort Kent Fire Department participated in the controlled burn of a run-down residence on the Frenchville Road.

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17 November 2014

OAKLAND, New BrunswickThe RCMP is investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on the Oakland Road in Oakland, New Brunswick south of Florenceville-Bristol on Nov. 16 at approximately 3 a.m.

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17 November 2014

FORT KENT – The Fiddlehead Focus office in Fort Kent was packed-to-the-gills on Friday, Nov. 14, when more than 20 local business leaders attended a social mixer held by publisher Andrew Birden to celebrate the substantial resurgence of the popular news source.

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17 November 2014

NEW ENGLAND - The University of Maine Fort Kent men’s and women's basketball teams got the season off to a rough start with a pair of losses for each over the Nov. 14-16 weekend.

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14 November 2014

MADAWASKA- The agenda for the Madawaska School Committee Regular meeting to be held Nov. 17 at p.m. at the Superintendent’s Conference Room is as follows:

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14 November 2014

CARIBOU- Northern Maine Development Commission's Business Finance Division and Small Business Development Center will be presenting a workshop entitled "Basic Bookkeeping Techniques" Thursday, Nov. 20, at 9 a.m. in Caribou.

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14 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Pineland Farms of Mars Hill, known in Aroostook for their Naturally Potatoes plant, has announced that the company has committed to a $50,000 donation, payable at the rate of $10,000 per year beginning in 2014, to the Aroostook Aspirations Initiative.

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14 November 2014

PRESQUE ISLE– The Presque Isle Rotary Club is gearing up for its 67th annual Radio and TV Auction, which will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 2 through Thursday, Dec. 4, and will be broadcast live from the Northeastland Hotel.

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14 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY– Organizers are calling a region-wide project led by The County’s four hospitals and The County Federal Credit Union to support four animal shelters in northern, central and southern Aroostook a big success.

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13 November 2014

FORT KENTSarah A. Mayberry, Program Coordinator for the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network, informed Peter Sirois, Chief Executive Officer at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC), on Nov. 5 that NMMC will be recognized at the gold level in the 2014 Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network Gold Star Standards of Excellence Recognition Program.

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13 November 2014

PRESQUE ISLE- Students, faculty and staff at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Northern Maine Community College recently participated in their 1st Annual Food Fight in honor of Hunger Action Month.

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14 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- Every fall and again every spring, central Aroostook adults aged 50+ have the unique opportunity to enjoy informal, educational, non-competitive courses through SAGE, Seniors Achieving Greater Education.

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14 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The following babies were born during October and November, 2014 at Cary Medical Center:

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14 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY– Representatives of The County’s four hospitals who care for the region’s youngest patients came together Friday, Nov. 14 to announce a new partnership with the United Way of Aroostook that will help put a new book in the hands of families with infants and toddlers each and every month.

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13 November 2014

FORT KENT– Steven Pelletier, owner of Pelletier Ford and Valley Motors, is proud to announce the opening of the all new Pelletier Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Fort Kent.

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13 November 2014

FORT KENT - Jane Rioux, RN, Director of Nursing at Forest Hill Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center announced that Debra Cannan, RN, completed the requirements for certification as a Long Term Care Specialist.

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14 November 2014

MAINE On Thursday, Nov. 13, the U.S. Small Business Administration Maine District Office announced its top lenders for 2014, which included the Top Performing Credit Union award for NorState Federal Credit Union.

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13 November 2014

FORT KENT– At approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, a black 2013 Chevy Silverado truck rear-ended a 1995 International Wrecker tow truck on Market Street in Fort Kent.

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13 November 2014

MADAWASKADirectors and officers of the Madawaska Snowmobile Club (MSC) have been busy over the past few months working on trail maintenance, acquiring landowner permissions, prepping equipment, repairing bridges, scheduling meetings and events, and conducting a membership drive to get local enthusiasts involved.

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13 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- Northern Maine Community College's (NMCC) relationships with a variety of businesses provide the perfect opportunities for students to make personal connections with companies in their field of study.

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13 November 2014

MAINEAs the holidays approach, it’s a common tactic for phishing scammers to send emails claiming to be an alert about an undelivered package.

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14 November 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved a bill on Thursday, Nov. 13, cosponsored by U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) that would encourage the research and development of renewable energy generated through waves, currents, ocean tides, and free-flowing water in lakes and rivers, known as hydropower.

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