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Volume VII Issue 6 - February 13 - 14, 2016 - Weekend Edition
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13 February 2016

ST. FRANCIS, Maine -The owner of The Forget Me Not Diner in St. Francis said a burglary at the eatery may be disheartening, but the crime will never hold back her business. Patty Henderson, owner of the local family eatery, arrived at work early on Saturday, February 13, to open the restaurant when she discovered that someone had broken into the establishment through the rear door.

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12 February 2016

ST. DAVID, Maine - A group of eight snowmobile riders stopped for gas and a break on Thursday morning, February 11 at Morin's Variety in St. David, on their way to take part in the Maine and New Brunswick Free Trail Permit Weekend, February 12-14.

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12 February 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - The Madawaska Board of Selectpersons has voted unanimously to raise the pay of municipal ambulance department employees by .50 per hour.

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9 February 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - Valentine's Day is around the corner... and whether you have a "sweetie" or "stinkie," celebrating the holiday of love in the St. John Valley is a unique experience. Here are 7 ways to show your "p'tit chou" you care with a twist-de-la-vallée:

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12 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine – Unless you've been holed up in a federal bird refuge in the middle of Oregon, everyone has probably heard that scientists are expressing excitement all across the world that we have finally detected gravity waves. Local physicist and planetary scientist Dr. Jeff Morgenthaler explains what all the hoopla means.

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12 February 2016

VAN BUREN, Maine - Students in fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-grades from Maine School Administrative District 24 in Van Buren took part in a statewide Fuel Up to Play 60 program on January 8, 2016 in Orono.

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12 February 2016

VAN BUREN, Maine - The Fiddlehead Focus congratulates the middle-school students and high school students who made Honor Roll at Van Buren Middle School and Van Buren District Secondary School during their second quarter of the 2015 - 2016 school year.

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12 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) has made the Harvard Pilgrim Hospital Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year. The award recognizes adult, acute care hospitals whose performance was among the top 25 percent of those measured nationally on a set of quality and patient experience measures.

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12 February 2016

CARIBOU, Maine - Cary Medical Center is now offering Lung Cancer Screening through the use of ‘Low Dose’ computed tomography (LDCT) or CT Scan. Cary is the only hospital north of Bangor to be providing the screening and is one of only three hospitals in Maine participating in the National Radiology Data Registry, according to a recent press release.

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12 February 2016

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced Friday, February 12, 2016, that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a total of $409,863 to Pines Health Services in Aroostook County.

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12 February 2016

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The staff at Cary Medical Center in Caribou welcomed the following births in January and February, 2016:

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12 February 2016

MAINE - In accordance with Public Law 2015 Chapter 90, the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to amend rules as they apply to the leashed dog tracking license.

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12 February 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - According to a press release by Todd R. Collins, District Attorney for Aroostook County, the Aroostook County Grand Jury handed down indictments February 4, 2016 on the following individuals either from the St. John Valley or who committed crimes within the St. John Valley:

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8 February 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016 - Sunday, February 14, 2016

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4 February 2016

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11 February 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The following is an ongoing list of obituaries for those who have passed on during the month of February, 2016. 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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12 February 2016

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick - Supporters held signs outdoors and in the lobby at an Energy East Pipeline information session on Thursday, February 11 at the Edmundston Convention Center; however, concerned residents also lined up to ask what would happen to their wells and drinking water, in the event of a pipeline leak.

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12 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine – The grounds of the 10th Mountain Lodge at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center (FKOC) were swarming with warmly dressed children on cross country skis, as 133 students from across the County gathered at the starting line of the 3.2k race at the Classical Ski Aroostook League Middle School Championships on Wednesday, February 10.

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12 February 2016

MAINE - The following is a statement from Lois Kilby-Chesley, Maine Education Association president, on Thursday, February 11, regarding Governor LePage nominating himself for the position of Commissioner of Education:

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11 February 2016

NORTHERN MAINE - The National Weather Service in Caribou has issued a Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, February 12, 2016.

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12 February 2016

ST-FRANÇOIS, New Brunswick - The following are recaps of the February 6 and 7 round robin hockey games which the Upper Madawaska Panthers hosted in St-Francois, New Brunswick:

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11 February 2016

RUMFORD / BANGOR, Maine - Fort Kent Community High School (FKCHS) Athletic Director Eric Werntgen has announced that the high school Alpine and Nordic ski teams - as well as the boys basketball team - have advanced to the 2016 MPA State Championships. The following is a schedule of the upcoming competitions:

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11 February 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - The Town of Madawaska has hired Nathalie Morneault as Deputy Town Clerk for Madawaska.

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11 February 2016

ST. AGATHA, Maine - Philip Guimond 78, died peacefully February 10, 2016 at a Madawaska Health facility after a brief illness and is now living his 5th day. He was born in Edmundston, New Brunswick on August 21, 1937, the son of Albert and Anysie 'Daigle' Guimond.

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9 February 2016

FORT KENT / ST. FRANCIS, Maine - Esther Mae (Jandreau) Pelletier, 86, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2016 at a Fort Kent Health Care Facility, surrounded by her loving family. Esther Mae was born December 28, 1929, in Allagash, the daughter of Edward and Belle (Kelly) Jandreau, also step-daughter of Donat Michaud.

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11 February 2016

FRENCHVILLE, Maine - Ashley Raymond and Jerson Dinis of Frenchville are pleased to announce the birth of their son - Lucas Raymond Dinis. Lucas was born February 9, 2016 at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.

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11 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine – A Maine School Administrative District No. 27 bus driver saved two children Tuesday, February 9, from walking into the path of a van which had driven onto a Pleasant Street sidewalk.

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11 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) men’s basketball team won their 20th game, beating University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) 72-61 on Wednesday evening, February 10, 2016. This is the first time that UMFK has reached the 20 win plateau since the 2010-2011 season.

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11 February 2016

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - The following is the schedule of the IBU World Cup Biathlon taking place in Presque Isle, Maine, February 11 through 14, 2016:

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10 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine – A pair of dogs, apparently interested in the sights and smells of the St. John Valley, crossed the bridge from Canada to the United States on paw Sunday, February 7, where they caught the attention of a U.S. customs officer who called to report them to the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD).

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10 February 2016

FRENCHVILLE, Maine - Speed was a factor in an automobile crash on Wednesday morning, February 10, in Frenchville, according to the Maine State Police.

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11 February 2016

LONG LAKE, Maine - The Maine Warden Service is investigating a fire that burned down an ice-fishing shack on Long Lake near Madawaska.

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10 February 2016

VAN BUREN, Maine - Van Buren District Secondary School (VBDSS) has welcomed five new inductees from grades 10 and 11 into the National Honor Society.

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10 February 2016

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick - Students and members of the international community celebrated their cultural diversity last week in Edmundston, New Brunswick with a week of activities and an International Dinner.

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11 February 2016

MAINE - After a runaway oil train killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, just miles from the Maine border in 2013, the Maine public demanded to know more about the railways here.

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11 February 2016

To the editor:

Let’s try this again, Fort Kent. My name is Joey Ouellette and I’m running for a seat on the Fort Kent Town Council (again). I ran three years ago and lost by less than five votes. I sincerely thank all those who voted for me.

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10 February 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - The Madawaska Fire Department quickly contained a fire on Monday evening, February 8, that started in a toy box.

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9 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine – The 2016 University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) Fiddlers' Jamboree saw many repeat performers and drew musicians from Canada, mid-Maine and as far away as Connecticut. The annual event, which first began in the mid 1980s and which organizer Susan Tardie says always takes place on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, took place this year at the UMFK Fox Auditorium on Sunday, February 7.

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9 February 2016

ST. DAVID, Maine - The Maine Warden Service, working with the Madawaska Police Department, has issued a summons to three southern Maine individuals in connection with trespassing and damage at the Long Lake Country Club early last month.

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9 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine – There was one member of the public in attendance at a public hearing at the Fort Kent Municipal Building on Monday, February 8, 2016. All members of the Fort Kent town council, Town Manager Don Guimond, and members of the planning board were present.

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9 February 2016

FRENCHVILLE, Maine - About 14 residents, including several business owners, gathered on February 8, 2016 at a public hearing at the Frenchville Town Office to learn more about a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) proposal for downtown development.

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9 February 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - Following questions on whether it was allowed, middle school students in Madawaska taking Algebra I will be able to count that class for high school credits, going forward. The topic was part of several Preficiency-Based Education discussions at the regular meeting of the Madawaska School Committee on Monday, February 8, 2016.

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2 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine – Since I moved to the St. John Valley from Michigan nearly 15 years ago, I have experienced many positive things in this community.

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9 February 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - Town Manager Ryan Pelletier announced Tuesday, February 9 that the town of Madawaska has hired Dana Gendreau for the Director of Finance position.

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9 February 2016

NORTH CAROLINA / Fort Kent, Maine - Brad Keselowski Racing announced on February 8 that Fort Kent native Austin Theriault will drive a third entry for the organization in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season-opening race on February 19 at Daytona (Florida) International Speedway.

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9 February 2016

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

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9 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of February 8 - 14, 2016.

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9 February 2016

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The following is the Maine State Police Troop F log report from January 31 - February 7, 2016:

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9 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Ski team members from Fort Kent pal around at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center lodge on Monday, February 8, 2016. Both the boys and girls won overall Nordic and Alpine county championships. The Fort Kent Green Beans are this week's jigsaw. - (FhF / Jessica Potila)

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9 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - On Tuesday morning a small group of spectators previewed the movie "The Great Alone," which will premiere at Fort Kent's Century Theater and a handful of other theaters throughout the country on Tuesday, February, 9 at 7 p.m.

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9 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine – The boys and girls of Aroostook County accepted awards following the completion of the regular Nordic ski season at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center (FKOC) on Monday, February 8, 2016 - with Fort Kent and Madawaska skiers bringing home wins for their schools.

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9 February 2016

NORTHERN AROOSTOOK COUNTY AREA - The National Weather Service in Caribou has issued a winter weather advisory for snow Tuesday, February 9, until 7 p.m.

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9 February 2016

NEW BRUNSWICK - Schools in Anglophone School District - West, including Edmundston and Grand Falls, are closed today due to inclement weather; but the Francophone School District - Northwest schools are open. Cite des Jeunes High School in Edmundston is open as well.

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8 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine – An award winning photographer whose images of the Maine woods are now on display at the Blake Library and Acadian Archives at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) said he hopes the exhibit will inspire people to appreciate and explore the beautiful natural surroundings the state has to offer.

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8 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Acadia Federal Credit Union has announced that Lance Morin has accepted the new position of Commercial Relationship Representative. His duties began on January 25 and he is currently working out of the Fort Kent branch.

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8 February 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The Greater Fort Kent, Madawaska and Van Buren Chambers of Commerce will be offering an Online Marketing for Beginners workshop for businesses and organizations in the St. John Valley.

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8 February 2016

PERTH-ANDOVER, New Brunswick - Crime Stoppers and the West District RCMP, Perth-Andover Detachment are seeking the public's assistance in determining the location of Martha Kelly. In 2012, Martha Kelly was a 73-year-old resident of the Villa, an assisted living residence in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. Martha left her residence at approximately 5 p.m. on June 8, 2012 and has never returned.

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8 February 2016

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Members of the Northern Maine Community College Foundation have elected Gregg Collins of Caribou as chairman.

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8 February 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - A record number of spectators - 381 - ventured out Sunday, February 7 to take part in the Madawaska Recreation Department's fifth annual "Characters on Ice" event.

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8 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine – The first time Maine Winter Sports Center (MWSC) athlete Brian Halligan, who is originally from New York, tasted a “mix” or “poutine,” a popular St. John Valley dish of french fries topped with cheese and gravy, also happened to be the day he and fellow MWSC athlete Cody Johnson sat down with Fiddlehead Focus at Rock's Diner in Fort Kent to discuss their recent trip to Chiele Gradistei, Romania - where they competed in the 2016 Biathlon Youth/Junior World Championships.

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8 February 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - A Caribou man is due to appear in court following an alleged assault on another individual at a business in downtown Madawaska.

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8 February 2016

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The Fort Kent Community High School girls and boys took top spots in the Aroostook League Alpine Championships this weekend at Bigrock Mountain in Mars Hill.

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7 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The Fort Kent Community High School boys' and girls' basketball teams have earned a spot in the Maine State Class C North Preliminary round.

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7 February 2016

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The following are the high school cross-country race results for the classical portion of the 2016 Aroostook League Championships held on February 5, 2016:

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7 February 2016

LYNN, Massachusetts / Fort Kent, Maine - The University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) men's basketball team dropped a 73-68 decision to USCAA No. 4 ranked Washington Adventist of Maryland on Saturday evening, February 6, 2016.

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8 February 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - Business owners in the St. John Valley looking to expand their business into new markets can attend a free informational session in Madawaska on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

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8 February 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - The Town of Madawaska has launched Rapid Renewal, the Department of the Secretary of State's online service for the renewal of motor vehicle registrations.

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8 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Freda (Michaud) Marquis, 72, died peacefully February 6, 2016, at a Fort Kent Health Care Facility with family by her side. She was born in Fort Kent, January 16, 1944, the daughter of Fabien and Elizabeth (Theriault) Michaud.

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7 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Michelle and Bart Plourde of Fort Kent are pleased to announce the birth of their son Jackson Peter Plourde. Jackson Peter was born on February 5, 2016 at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.

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8 February 2016

BALDWIN, Maine - Maine’s third snowmobiling fatality occurred this weekend in the town of Baldwin. Bradley Flint, age 56, from Baldwin, died in a snowmobile crash late Saturday night, February 6, on the Marston Road in Baldwin.

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6 February 2016

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick - (Update: Organizer Alain Sirois confirmed on Monday morning, February 8, that 46 participating venues at ski hills across Canada completed 9,886 visible snow angels on Saturday. It was not enough to beat the current record of 15,851, he said.)

One hundred and sixty-six people at Mont Farlagne Outdoor Center took part in a nationwide attempt Saturday, February 6, to beat the Guinness World Record of the most snow angels at one time.

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5 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - “Jesus would say we are doing a good thing,” said third-grader Sawyer Daigle. “It is nice to help others who have nothing.” Throughout the month of January, children at St. John Vianney Parish in Fort Kent collected personal care items for those who seek comfort and safety in a local battered women’s shelter.

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5 February 2016

LITTLETON, Maine - On Friday, February 5, Maine State Police Lt. Brian Harris collided with a tractor trailer in Littleton.

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5 February 2016

MADAWASKA / FORT KENT, Maine - A PhD candidate at Indiana University is in the St. John Valley, hoping to talk to longtime native French speakers as part of her dissertation work.

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5 February 2016

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick - Edmundston Mayor Cyrille Simard has announced his intention to run for a second term, in the May 9 municipal elections, for the office he has held for the past four years.

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5 February 2016

FRENCHVILLE, Maine - Adam and Melissa Paradis of Frenchville are pleased to announce the birth of their son - Saul Joseph Paradis. Saul Joseph was born February 4, 2016 at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.

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5 February 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - The Fiddlehead Focus congratulates the following middle-school students and high school students who made Honor Roll at Madawaska Middle / High School during their second quarter of the 2015-2016 school year:

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5 February 2016

WATERVILLE / New Canada, Maine - Michelle L. Daigle of New Canada, a member of the Class of 2016, has made the Colby College Dean's List during the fall semester of the 2015-16 year. Colby students with a grade point average of 3.70 or higher are named to the Dean's List. Daigle attended Fort Kent Community High School and is the daughter of John and Nola Daigle of New Canada.

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5 February 2016

PAUL SMITHS, New York / Fort Kent, Maine - Paul Smith's College in New York has named Kadie Ouellette of Fort Kent to the Dean's List for the fall 2015 semester. Ouellette, who is majoring in natural resource sustainability, earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction.

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5 February 2016

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick - City officials in Edmundston, New Brunswick have made a new, final offer of a 2-percent-per-year wage increase to unionized city employees, for the next four years, in ongoing labor negotiations.

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5 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Administrators and staff at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) say the hospital's recent changes to the Emergency Room have had a positive impact on patient experience.

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5 February 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - The following is the agenda for the Madawaska School Committee Regular meeting to be held February 8, 2016 at the Superintendent’s Conference Room at 4:00 p.m.:

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5 February 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - The Madawaska Board of Selectpersons will conduct a special meeting Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. att the Madawaska Town Office.

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5 February 2016

Regulatory Reform: Unleashing Our Nation’s Job Creators
by Senator Susan Collins

When I ask employers in Maine what Washington needs to do to help them add jobs, they tell me this: reduce the cost and complexity of the federal regulations imposed on them.

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1 February 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016 - Sunday, February 7, 2016

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5 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine / Aroostook County - “It felt pretty good,” Justin Pelletier said of winning the 2016 Aroostook County Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 4 at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium. The Madawaska Middle/High School (MMHS) seventh-grader is the son of Stacie and Bruce Pelletier.

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5 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The University of Maine at Fort Kent's Blake Library and the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes have combined their gallery spaces to welcome "Thoreau's Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller," a traveling exhibition developed and produced by The Harvard Museum of Natural History in collaboration with Scot Miller. The exhibit will be on display at both galleries from February 9 through March 25.

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4 February 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - Sherriff Darrell Crandall with the Aroostook County Sheriff's Office visited the Madawaska Knights of Columbus Council 2638 on Monday, February 1, to discuss heroin issues in Maine and share information on citizens' increased drug use.

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4 February 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - Eighth-grade student Alex Roy is Madawaska's National Geographic Bee Competition winner for this year's 26th annual school-level competition, which took place on Wednesday, February 3 at Madawaska Middle / High School. Runner-up, eighth-grader Andrew Nadeau, took the second-highest spot in the competition, all according to middle school teacher and bee organizer Connie Vanier.

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5 February 2016

HERMON, Maine – U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Houlton Border Patrol Station arrested a male Canadian citizen, 40, in Hermon on February 2, for illegally entering the United States.

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4 February 2016

MAINE - The Maine Warden Service is reminding anglers, snowmobilers and others who like to recreate on Maine’s lakes and ponds in the winter that ice conditions on many waterways throughout the state right now may not be safe to hold themselves or heavy equipment and vehicles.

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4 February 2016

SAINT-JACQUES, New Brunswick - The RCMP is asking for the public’s help in solving a break, enter and theft that occurred on October 26, 2015, in Saint-Jacques, New Brunswick.

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4 February 2016

MAINE - The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting has launched a new interactive online tool to help the state’s citizens better understand the private financial interests of their legislators.

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4 February 2016

SHERMAN, Maine - While on a patrol stop at the Sherman Irving Gas Station on Tuesday afternoon, February 2, Maine State Police Trooper John Darcy recognized and arrested an individual authorities have had an active arrest warrant on since 2006.

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3 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine – Board members of the non-profit Fort Kent Outdoor Center (FKOC) are seeking volunteers to form a Nordic Ski Patrol at the center.

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3 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine – At a regularly scheduled meeting of the Maine School Administrative District No. 27 (MSAD No. 27) board of directors at the Fort Kent Community High School on Monday, February 1, Superintendent Ben Sirois told board members that administrators have been making preparations to plan the 2016-2017 school budget.

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3 February 2016

FRENCHVILLE, Maine - A group of parents have voiced their concerns at a Maine School Administrative District No. 33. meeting regarding their current sixth-grade students leaving Dr. Levesque Elementary School to attend Wisdom Middle / High School in the fall as seventh-graders. (Editor's correction: Fiddlehead Focus has corrected an error regarding the exact nature of the parents' concerns. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.)

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3 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - After showing "Star Wars" for three weeks, I was a bit hesitant in offering another Western genre movie for our loyal audience. Then I read a review of “The Revenant” by Anthony Lane in The New Yorker. (Editor's note: This review contains plot details, so read on with that in mind.)

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4 February 2016

DRUMMOND, New Brunswisk - RCMP have arrested and charged a third man in connection with the alleged kidnapping of a 62-year-old man from Drummond, New Brunswick.

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3 February 2016

NORTH CAROLINA / Fort Kent, Maine - Austin Theriault Racing has released "In the Rearview: A Look Back at the 2015 Season." The following are excerpts from the Fort Kent native's journey over the past year:

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3 February 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - In an effort to promote Madawaska’s downtown businesses and encourage more snowmobile traffic to the downtown area, town officials have designated an area in the bi-centennial park, located between 11th and 12th avenues, as a public parking area for snowmobiles.

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3 February 2016

LILLE, Maine - Simone Anita Cyr, 93, died on February 1, 2016 at a Fort Kent health care facility. She was born in Lille on February 19, 1922. Simone was the 15th and youngest child of Pierre and Laure (Dumond) Cyr.

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4 February 2016

HOULTON, Maine - Maine State Police report a driver suffered minor injuries after his vehicle rolled over while driving on the northbound lane of Interstate 95 in Houlton early Wednesday evening, February 3, 2016.

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2 February 2016

NORTHERN MAINE - The National Weather Service in Caribou has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Northern and Central Aroostook for mixed precipitation, which will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3.

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