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Volume VII Issue 21 - May 27, 2016 - Friday Edition
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27 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The Golden Recyclers came out on top of the 14 teams competing, Thursday, May 26, at the 2nd Annual Aroostook Jr. Lego Robotics Expo held at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Sports Center; however, the event was about more than just awards.

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26 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - “Don’t get in the car,” Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier warned students at Fort Kent Elementary School at a special assembly Wednesday, May 25, which is National Missing Children’s Day. Chief Pelletier was at the school to teach the children important safety measures as part of a "Rock One Sock" project.

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26 May 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - The St. John Valley has once again popped up in someone's search for their biological family roots.

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26 May 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - A dump truck operator inadvertently backed into a minivan, Tuesday, May 24, in an attempt to go around a downed power line, according Madawaska police.

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26 May 2016

FORT KENT / St. Agatha, Maine - Angel Snowfest organizers say that their third annual event, which was held March 12 in St. Agatha, was once again a tremendous success.

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26 May 2016

EAGLE LAKE, Maine - Northern Maine General has announced Lucy Dube as the employee of the quarter for the first quarter of 2016. Dube is the Resident Care Director for NMG’s Franciscan Home.

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4 February 2016

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25 May 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The following is an ongoing list of obituaries for those who have passed on during the month of May, 2016. The staff at Fiddlehead Focus and the St. John Valley Times send their deepest condolences to family and friends of the deceased.

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26 May 2016

VAN BUREN, Maine - A local man the Van Buren Police Department sought the public’s help in locating earlier this week has been arrested in Rumford, some 220 miles away.

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25 May 2016

NORTHERN MAINE / ALLAGASH WATERWAY AREA - Bryan Severance, with Original Media based in New York, is on the lookout for “authentic” stories of the people and places of northern Maine.

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25 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Forty-four current University of Maine at Fort Kent nursing students were inducted into the Nursing Honor Society and 42 nursing students were honored at the Nurse Pinning Ceremony held on Friday, May 13, in Fox Auditorium.

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25 May 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - Claudette Collin, 74, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016 at a Madawaska healthcare facility. She was born in Grand Falls, New Brunswick on June 1, 1941, daughter of the late Alcide and Marie (Levesque) Michaud.

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25 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Darren and Jayd Kelly of Fort Kent are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Stevie Dee Ann Kelly. Stevie was born on May 23, 2016 at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.

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25 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine / Upper Madawaska, New Brunswick - The Upper Madawaska Panthers hockey players will be swapping their sticks for golf clubs on Saturday, June 11 at the Fort Kent Golf Club - and they're looking for local golfers to join their second tournament.

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25 May 2016

NORTHERN MAINE - According to the National Weather Service in Caribou, a cold front will cross the region of Northern Maine late this afternoon, May 25, into the early evening and set off thunderstorms. There is potential for some of these storms to produce quarter-size hail and wind gusts to 60 mph along with heavy downpours.

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24 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - During a Fort Kent Town Council meeting Monday evening, May 23, Town Manager Don Guimond shared with the council that the town is facing “major staff shortfalls” regarding lifeguards and certified swim instructors to work at the town pool this summer.

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24 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - When the chicks arrive each May at Bouchard's Country Store in Fort Kent, it's zoo time. The store has hosted a petting zoo at the store three years in a row, each year drawing a larger crowd. Wide-eyed children followed by their parents and grandparents eagerly darted from one animal to the next at the third installment of the petting zoo, Saturday, May 21.

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24 May 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - The Madawaska Board of Selectpersons unanimously approved a list of near 20 roads and intersections to schedule for hot top repairs this year. Public Works Director Yves Lizotte and board member Dave Morin had reviewed a much longer list of roads and conducted site inspections before developing their final recommendations.

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24 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Volunteer firefighters with the Fort Kent Fire Department tamed two grass fires over the weekend, both of which Chief Ed Endee said may have been preventable.

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24 May 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - Last week the St. John Valley Times and Fiddlehead Focus asked Valley residents: "Whose memory would you like to share with the Valley this Memorial Day?" We're sharing a few more responses this week.

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24 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The Martin-Klein American Legion Post 133 of Fort Kent invites the public to join them Sunday, May 29, for Memorial Day activities to honor the fallen who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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24 May 2016

CARIBOU / Fort Kent, Maine - Aroostook County supremacy in track and field was up for grabs Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Caribou.

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24 May 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - The Southern Aroostook High School Warriors took advantage of three walks and three errors in the sixth inning, Saturday, May 21, to score five runs and pull ahead en route to a win against Madawaska Middle/High School Owls.

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24 May 2016

VAN BUREN, Maine - The Van Buren girls' Crusaders tennis squad improved to 5-2 following a doubleheader match against Woodland, Saturday, May 21.

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24 May 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Maine Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Local law enforcement members from local, state and federal agencies will be running June 8, 2016 along U.S. Route 1 through the St. John Valley.

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24 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The Martin-Klein American Legion Post No. 133 has announced they are collecting items for a fund-raising auction to benefit the Post 133 Building Fund.

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24 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - PAWS Animal Welfare Shelter presents Gabby as PAWS Pet of the Week in hopes that this little cat will find her forever home.

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24 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of May 23 - 29, 2016.

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24 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The following cases were heard under the Aroostook Criminal Docket at the Fort Kent Courthouse during the month of April, 2016.

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24 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The sun shone brightly on the walking / running trail just behind McDonald's in Fort Kent on Sunday, May 22, 2016.  Fiddleheads were spreading out into young fern leaves, and the trees were budding.  This photo, by journalist Jessica Potila's daughter Yana Nadeau, is our jigsaw of the week.

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24 May 2016

VAN BUREN, Maine - Van Buren police are seeking the public’s help in locating Michael C. Doucette, 30, who also goes by the name Michael Hoague.

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23 May 2016

ST. JOHN PLANTATION, Maine - At 13 years old, Adam Jandreau may well be among Maine’s youngest entrepreneurs.

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23 May 2016

FRENCHVILLE, Maine - David Morse, director of the St. John Valley Technology Center, has released the honor roll for the second trimester (at Fort Kent Community High School) and third quarter (at Madawaska and Wisdom high schools) of the 2015-16 school year.

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23 May 2016

EVANSVILLE, Indiana / Madawaska, Maine - University of Evansville student Brittany Guerrette of Madawaska has made the dean's list for the spring semester. Guerrette is majoring in archaeology at the university.

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24 May 2016

FRENCHVILLE, Maine - Roger L. Dumais, 67, died surrounded by his family in Bangor on Thursday, May 12, 2016, after a brief illness. He was born in Eagle Lake on September 27, 1948, the son of Leonard and Jeanne (Lagasse) Dumais.

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23 May 2016

To the editor:

Last week Robert Beaulieu of Mapleton wrote in (the St. John Valley Times) concerned about undue regulatory burdens and training requirements for fiddlehead pickers, possibly contributing to over harvesting. As one of the people involved in providing the trainings, I wanted to write in and clarify the purpose and the content of those sessions.

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23 May 2016

To the editor:

Republicans are like a big brother or sister who by "Hook or By Crook" get a hold of all the candy and simply refuse to share any with his or her brothers and sisters. Another apt analogy is that pesky Dandelion (“pissenlit” for you French speakers) – a weed that kills all the grass around it and then proliferates endlessly like the selfish weed it is.

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23 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - “About every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train,” in the United States, according to Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit organization with a mission to educate the public about railway safety.

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20 May 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - Supporters of the Four Seasons Trail Association have an opportunity to make a 12-year dream come true, by taking part in the “Buy an Acre” campaign.

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20 May 2016

FRENCHVILLE / ST. AGATHA, Maine -Residents in Frenchville and St. Agatha will have an opportunity Tuesday, May 31, to review and vote on a proposed $3.4 million school budget for 2016-17. The Maine School Administrative District 33 public budget hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at Wisdom Middle/High School in St. Agatha.

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23 May 2016

NORTH CAROLINA - Klixel8, a Maine company, was to be the primary sponsor for Fort Kent native Austin Theriault’s No. 2 truck during the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 from the Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday, May 21; however, Theriault did not compete in the race because qualifying was rained out Friday and the Klixel8 Ford truck he was driving for Brad Keselowski Racing had not been in enough Truck Series starts to gain a position Saturday.

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23 May 2016

PORTAGE, Maine - An Ashland man escaped injury early Saturday morning after his car went off Route 11 and struck a large group of trees, according to Maine State Police.

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20 May 2016

FORT KENT / Allagash, Maine - While Mooseshack owner Becky Lawn is fighting through some of the worst physical pain imaginable at the burn unit of Maine Medical Center in Portland, her family is doing all they can to keep the business afloat on East Main Street in Fort Kent.

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20 May 2016

EAGLE LAKE, Maine - Staff from Northern Maine General's Mercy Home visited Eagle Lake Elementary School, Thursday, May 19, to announce the winners of a recent Nursing Home Week poster contest.

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20 May 2016

PORTLAND / Fort Kent, Maine - An anonymous letter-writer claims to know what happened to Bernard “Bunny” Ross Jr., who went missing at the age of 18 in Aroostook County nearly 40 years ago, police said Friday, May 20.

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20 May 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - Parishioners and visitors to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church will notice some changes in the coming weeks, as workers replace the original colored glass window that dominates the north facing facade.

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20 May 2016

BANGOR, Maine - During an April wildlife management meeting, Mark Latti of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife hinted that hunters ought to expect a much better shot at one of the state’s coveted “any-deer” permits this year, because a mild winter had taken a less-than-normal toll on the state’s deer herd.

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20 May 2016

MAINE - Fevers, bloody noses, stomach aches and headaches -- there is a wide range of ailments and injuries, real and imagined, that school nurses tend to on a daily basis. And in recent years in Maine, a new and serious problem has been added to that list.

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20 May 2016

VAN BUREN, Maine - Adrian T. Cyr, 88, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 29, 2016, at a Caribou healthcare facility. Adrian was born in Hamlin on December 21, 1927, son of the late Remi L. and Alma (Ringuette) Cyr.

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20 May 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - More than a dozen Aroostook County stakeholders, with an eye on averting an impending nursing shortage, gathered at an Aroostook County Workforce Needs Assessment Forum at the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room on Thursday, May 19.

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19 May 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - The visiting Ashland Hornets struck early Wednesday, May 18, on the high school baseball diamond against the Madawaska Owls, winning 29-2; but the Lady Owls answered back, winning their softball game 12-11.

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20 May 2016

FORT KENT / St. Agatha, Maine - The Warriors’ nine-run second inning against the Wisdom Pioneers, Thursday, May 19, carried the girls’ softball team to their first win of the season, 11-9. The Fort Kent boys defeated Wisdom, 11-1.
Macey Thibodeau drove in two runs with two base hits to lead the way for Fort Kent.

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19 May 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - Greta M. Collin, 75, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Monday, May 16, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida. She was born February 23, 1941 to Sylvio and Jeannette Thibeault of St. Agatha.

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19 May 2016

CORINTH, Maine - Maurice Godin, 72, the husband of Dolores (Ouellette) Godin, died at his home Sunday, May 15, 2016. He was born April 30, 1944, in Lewiston, the son of Gilbert and Regina (Theriault) Godin.

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19 May 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - Raymonde Hachey, 88, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at a Madawaska healthcare facility. She was born in Edmundston, New Brunswick on April 16, 1928, daughter of the late Eddie and Marie (Hudon) Pelletier.

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19 May 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - The Madawaska Board of Selectpersons will hold a meeting, 5:15 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2016 at the Madawaska Town Office.

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19 May 2016

MOOSEHEAD LAKE REGION - The Maine Warden Service is asking for the public's help to determine who shot and killed an adult female bald eagle in the Moosehead Lake region in early April.

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19 May 2016

CARIBOU / Fort Kent, Maine - With three first-place finishes, Dolcie Tanguay led the Valley Rivers Middle School girls’ track squad to a second-place team finish, Wednesday, May 18 in Caribou. The boys’ squad finished fourth at the meet overall.

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18 May 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - School Superintendent Gisele Dionne and Madawaska Middle / High School Principal Wayne Anderson reported to the school committee, Monday, May 16, that the department’s student support team met the previous week to find ways to assist a “large group” of students who were failing to meet standards.

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18 May 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - Registration is nearly closed for the 2nd Annual Central St. John Valley Yard Sale event, taking place throughout several communities, Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29. The Greater Madawaska Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event, which will include about 50 yard sale sites in the areas of Madawaska, Grand Isle, Frenchville, St. Agatha and Sinclair.

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18 May 2016

SINCLAIR, Maine - Neal and Denise Martin of Sinclair are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bella Rose Martin. Bella was born May 16, 2016 at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.

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18 May 2016

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Teens face many challenges, one being how to step in when they see a friend or classmate engaging in harmful or dangerous behavior. A new anonymous reporting tool may make that process easier.

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18 May 2016

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - With warmer weather coming, more Aroostook County residents are preparing to head out to the lake and open up their camps.

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18 May 2016

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Crimes related to drugs and violence top the Aroostook County grand jury list, which was released by District Attorney Todd Collins Friday. The grand jury handed down 34 indictments against 32 individuals during its fifth session of the year.

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18 May 2016

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick - The University of Moncton will celebrate commencement ceremonies at each of its three campuses. The Edmundston campus will hold its ceremony, May 21.

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