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Volume VI Issue 9 - Feb. 28 - March 1, 2015 - Weekend edition
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27 February 2015

FORT KENT – The dogs were howling while old friends reunited in the Lonesome Pine Trails parking lot as mushers from across the country arrived at the ski resort on Friday, Feb. 27 to sign in for the 23rd annual Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races.

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27 February 2015

FORT KENT - The trucks and trailers have been arriving all week, carrying the odd-shaped dog boxes, displaying colorful signs and logos for sled teams and sporting dogsleds strapped to the tops of the vehicles like intricate crowns.

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23 February 2015

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 – Sunday, March 1, 2015

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1 February 2015

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24 February 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The following is an ongoing list of obituaries submitted to the Fiddlehead Focus during the month of January, 2015. 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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27 February 2015

ST. FRANCIS – At a town meeting held on Monday, Feb. 23 at the St. Francis Elementary School (SFES), townspeople gathered to discuss the possibility of taking ownership of the SFES building from SAD 27.

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27 February 2015

VAN BUREN - Van Buren middle school students Jayde Violette and Sophie Rioux, with the assistance of teachers and staff at Van Buren District School (VBDS), have organized a 100-mile club for the middle school community.

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27 February 2015

FRENCHVILLE - Principal Tammy LeBlanc of Wisdom Middle/High School has announced this year’s Maine Principals’ Award Recipient: senior Tyra Michaud, daughter of Gary and Lisa Michaud of Frenchville.

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27 February 2015

EAGLE LAKEJason and Fancy Drolet of Eagle Lake are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Monroe Janelle Sharon Drolet. Monroe was born February 26, 2015 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

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26 February 2015

ALLAGASH WILDERNESS WATERWAYWhat could be better than sitting on your snowmobile on a bright sunny February day on the upper end of Chamberlain Lake jigging for whitefish? The Allagash headwater lakes are the premier whitefish angling waters in the State of Maine. Jigging over a school of feeding whitefish is about as much fun as I have ever had while ice fishing.

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26 February 2015

ST. AGATHA The second annual Angel Snowfest benefit for Angel Flight New England and the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund (in Memory of Dick and Carol Derosier) will take place March 7 from 11:00 a.m. until midnight at the Lakeview Restaurant in St. Agatha.

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26 February 2015

MAINE - On Wednesday, Feb. 25, the Research and Statistics Unit of the Bureau of Labor Standards at the Maine Department of Labor released separate reports on worker falls and injury due to chemical hazards, respectively.

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25 February 2015

FORT KENT – On Wednesday, Feb. 25, the Fort Kent Outdoor Center hosted several dozen guests with special needs for an enjoyable day of snowmobile rides and lunch sponsored by Pat's Ride For All.

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26 February 2015

FORT KENT – The Valley Rivers Middle School (VRMS) boys and girls basketball teams celebrated a season of hard work at an awards ceremony held at the Fort Kent Community High School (FKCHS) cafeteria on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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26 February 2015

FORT KENT – People will see a free print edition of the Fiddlehead Focus hit the newsstands on Thursday, February 26, as the local web news outlet celebrates the Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Races. The edition, which is similar to the informative flier that launched the young company five years ago, is free.

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26 February 2015

FRENCHVILLE – Firefighters from both Frenchville and St. Agatha managed to keep a large garage fire from spreading to a nearby house on Wednesday night, February 25.

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25 February 2015

SOLDIER POND – (Updated at 12:20 p.m., Feb. 26, 2015: According to a Maine State Police press release, on February 24, 2015 at approximately 10:20 p.m., Tpr. Dan Marquis responded to a single vehicle rollover on the Soldier Pond Rd in Wallagrass.

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26 February 2015

NEW SWEDEN / Caribou - Emera Maine crews are patrolling a transmission line to determine the cause of a power outage affecting customers in New Sweden, Woodland, Stockholm, Westmanland, Perham, Caribou, Connor, Cyr Plt and nearby townships.

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25 February 2015

Dear Editor,

Lawmakers recently had the opportunity to meet with nearly 100 employers, workers, students and community leaders during our three day jobs tour in Aroostook County. We were grateful for the opportunity to listen and hear from so many people.

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25 February 2015

MAINE - Since 1997, the National Education Association (NEA) has chosen March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, as a day to celebrate reading in the United States with their Read Across America Day.

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25 February 2015

MAINE – In a move that reflects the demographic, economic and competitive challenges facing Maine’s universities as well as national trends in the not-for-profit higher education sector, Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) revised its long-term outlook this week on the University of Maine System’s (UMS) outstanding revenue debt from stable to negative.

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25 February 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced Tuesday, Feb. 24, the conclusions of a three-part study conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which found that a significant portion of student borrowers who ultimately default on their education loans are those who carry relatively modest loan balances.

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24 February 2015

FORT KENT – Organizers, volunteers, and public workers are right on schedule as they prepare Fort Kent's West Main Street for the 23rd annual Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races, which kick off Saturday, Feb. 28.

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25 February 2015

FORT KENT – Fort Kent Community High School (FKCHS) senior Jared Michaud is living proof that with the right combination of hard work and community support, dreams really can come true.

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24 February 2015

I blame the Disney Corporation for ruining the wholesome image I once had of my wife. It's them and all their animators scurrying around trying to humanize critters that our ancestors correctly identified as either vermin or lunch, making people feel guilty about exterminating them rather than die from the Black Plague.

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24 February 2015

PRESQUE ISLE - The Northern Maine Museum of Science at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) and Caring Area Neighbors for Cancer Education and Recovery (C-A-N-C-E-R) are pleased to announce that the ninth annual Planet Head Day, held on Feb. 14 in UMPI's Wieden Gymnasium, had strong participation and raised more than $11,000.

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24 February 2015

FORT KENT - PAWS Animal Welfare Shelter presents Daisy as PAWS Pet of the Week in hopes that this sweet and affectionate cat will find her forever home soon.

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24 February 2015

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of Feb. 23 - March 1, 2015.

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24 February 2015

MAINE - Governor Paul R. LePage today announced on Monday, Feb. 23, the re-appointments of four seated members of the District, Superior and Supreme Courts: Richard Mulhern and Patricia Worth to District Court, Mary Michaela Murphy to Superior Court, and Ellen Ann Gorman to Supreme Court.

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24 February 2015

WALLAGRASS - The game was important to these young players on Friday, Feb. 13. Pirates from Wallagrass Elementary School used their newly honed skills to compete in a basketball tournement as a culminating project for students who learned essential basketball skills this winter during an all-volunteer, after-school basketball program which former educator Elaine Desjardins spearheaded in an effort to overcome a lack of athletics training at the school due to district budget cuts.

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23 February 2015

FORT KENT - I'm not what you would call a "girly-girl". I don't do shopping trips with girlfriends, I often forget to brush my hair, I don't know any cool make-up tricks, and I like to go to the bathroom alone. So when my friend Sheri asked me to go to the Fort Kent Outdoor Center's Winter Women's Day event on Feb. 21, I really wanted to say "no thanks." Against every fiber of my being I decided to give it a whirl, figuring I'd get some quality time in with my pal (without kids) and maybe snap some pictures for the Fiddlehead Focus.

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24 February 2015

FORT KENT – Volunteer firefighters with the Fort Kent Fire Department (FKFD) quickly contained a chimney fire on Saturday morning, Feb. 21, on Sunnyfield Drive.

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24 February 2015

FLORENCEVILLE-BRISTOL, New Brunswick - Two 19-year-old men from Riverbank, New Brunswick appeared in Woodstock Provincial Court on February 23, 2015 to face charges relating to a weekend disturbance in Florenceville-Bristol.

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24 February 2015

FORT KENT - Doris (Soucy) Boucher, 85, died unexpectedly February 23, 2015 while visiting family in Florida. She was born in Fort Kent, February 21, 1930, the daughter of Baptiste and Victorie (Charette) Soucy.

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24 February 2015

FRENCHVILLE - Frank Martin passed away peacefully on February 23 at his residence with his wife and children by his side. He was born on May 25, 1941, son of Joe and Edith (Chasse) Martin of Frenchville.

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24 February 2015

MADAWASKA - Roger Thibodeau, 72, died on February 22, 2015 at a Fort Kent health care facility. He was born in Madawaska on July 30, 1942, son of the late Ernestine Thibodeau and Arthur H. Martin.

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24 February 2015

FORT KENT - Fort Kent’s Century Theater will host the first annual St. John Valley Grand Prix, a video game based charity organized by locals to raise funds for the Fort Kent Historical Society, on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m.

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23 February 2015

MAINE– Representatives from Maine’s credit unions gathered at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport for the 2014 Ending Hunger Campaign Results Celebration Luncheon and announced a record-setting $552,000 will go towards feeding Maine's hungry citizens.

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23 February 2015

MADAWASKA - The Aroostook Agency on Aging will conduct a Savvy Caregiver educational program for families and friends caring for someone with memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer's disease.

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24 February 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - When the Washburn Lady Beavers headed to the State Class D Basketball Championship Game a year ago, a special treat was created in their honor to help recognize their accomplishments and wish them well: the Washburn Whoopie Pie, made especially by the food service team at TAMC, had a blueberry cake shell and creamy yellow lemon filling to match the team’s blue and yellow colors.

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23 February 2015

FREIBURG, Germany / Limestone - For most people, spending three weeks in a foreign country and not being able to speak the native language would certainly be a scary situation; but Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) senior Josephine (Josie) Sartoris Sehon welcomed the idea with open arms.

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23 February 2015

FORT KENT - On a freezing cold Saturday morning, Feb. 21, snowmobile racers and enthusiasts bravely gathered for the second annual Fort Kent 100 snowmobile races, sponsored by the USCC East snowmobile racing association.

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23 February 2015

FORT KENT – On Friday, Feb. 13, community stakeholders representing key Valley agencies and organizations gathered at the Fort Kent Town Office to participate in a meeting of the recently enacted COAD, which stands for Community Organizations Active in Disaster.

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23 February 2015

MADAWASKA - In an effort to bring more artistic appreciation to the St. John Valley, the Greater Madawaska Chamber of Commerce will host a monthly artist's reception to serve as a means of acquainting the community with local artists and their work.

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20 February 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY - With temperatures hovering in the minus twenty degree range, event organizers were uncertain what the turnout would be for the third annual Rally in the Valley winter festival for kids at the Four Seasons Outdoor Club in Madawaska on Feb. 14.

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23 February 2015

SOLDIER POND - Joan Edith (Pelletier) St.Amant passed on to her eternal heavenly home surrounded by her loving family on February 21, 2015 in Fort Kent, She was born on March 9, 1945, in St. John, the daughter of Louis and the late Ethel (O'Leary) Pelletier of Allagash.

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23 February 2015

CROSS LAKE / Fort Kent - Madeline Hebert, 83, died peacefully surrounded by her family Feb. 19, 2015 at a Fort Kent Hospital after a brief illness. She was born  in Guerrette, Maine, Dec. 9, 1931, the daughter of Willie and Josephine (Dionne) Bouchard.

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19 February 2015

FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent Board of Visitors’ Business Breakfast Series will present an informational session by the University Maine System (UMS) Chancellor Dr. James H. Page on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 a.m. in the Nadeau Hall Conference Room on the UMFK campus.

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20 February 2015

AUGUSTA - A record number of legislators attended Aroostook Day at the Legislature, an annual event for LEADers Encouraging Aroostook Development, on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Senator Inn in Augusta.

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20 February 2015

WALLAGRASS – Students at Wallagrass Elementary School (WES) learned essential basketball skills this winter during an all-volunteer, after-school basketball program which former educator Elaine Desjardins spearheaded in an effort to overcome a lack of athletics training at the school due to district budget cuts.

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20 February 2015

FORT KENT – Drama club students at Fort Kent Community High School (FKCHS) will present "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) Fox Auditorium from Wednesday, Feb. 25 through Friday, Feb. 27.

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20 February 2015

FRENCHVILLE - Each year, students at the Dr. Levesque Elementary School select a service oriented learning project as part of the year’s curriculum and then proceed to plan various fundraising events which will run all year long. At the end of the year, on behalf of their class, the students present the money raised to representatives of the selected organization.

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20 February 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Life is anything but boring these days for TAMC nurse Jessica Holmes. Aside from her full-time job caring for patients, she is working hard to prepare two sled dog teams to compete in the upcoming Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Races in Fort Kent on Feb. 28.

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20 February 2015

MAINE - Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced Thursday, Feb. 19, $1,000,000 in grant awards to Maine to support the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (Home Visiting Program).

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19 February 2015

MAINE - A citizen initiative petition seeking to amend the Maine Clean Election Act has been found valid, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

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17 February 2015

Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 – Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

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20 February 2015

FORT KENT – At approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, employees at NAPA Auto Parts in Fort Kent called the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) to report that a motor vehicle had smashed into the doors of the NAPA building following a motor vehicle accident on Main Street.

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20 February 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The National Weather Service in Caribou (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory. Blowing snow will create hazardous driving conditions Friday, Feb. 20. West winds will gust to as much as 35 mph today and will cause areas of reduced visibility in open terrain.

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19 February 2015

FORT KENT – Dance enthusiasts and fun-seekers ignored gusts of frigid snow Sunday, Feb. 15, to party the night away at the Fort Kent Senior Center in celebration of Mardi Gras.

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20 February 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Aroostook County students demonstrated business-savvy skills, winning the top three Junior Achievement Titan Challenge spots on Feb. 11 during a statewide business competition for teens.

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20 February 2015

GRAND ISLE - Roger J. Pelletier, 82, passed away on February 19, 2015 at a Caribou health care facility. He was born in Frenchville on December 22, 1932, son of the late Fred and Helen (Dumond) Pelletier.

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19 February 2015

LIMESTONE / Lansdowne, Virginia - Luke Shorty, Executive Director of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) joined school leaders and experts from across the country on February 5 and 6 at a two-day summit located outside of the nation’s capital to identify solutions to close the excellence gap - the disparity in academic performance between lower income and higher income students at advanced levels.

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19 February 2015

PRESQUE ISLE - The Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library has a brand new outdoor reading spot on its grounds, thanks to the snow cave building skills of a University of Maine at Presque Isle faculty member and several UMPI students.

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19 February 2015

MAINE - On Feb. 15, 2015, the second year of Open Enrollment came to a close with 74,792 Maine consumers selecting a plan or being automatically re-enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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19 February 2015

FRENCHVILLE – A group of Maine lawmakers traveling throughout the state met with approximately 30 Aroostook County employers, educators and concerned citizens at the St. John Valley Tech Center in Frenchville on Thursday, Feb. 19, to hear their hopes and fears about the future of employment in the St. John Valley.

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19 February 2015

NORTHERN MAINE - The National Weather Service (NWS) in Caribou has issued a winter storm warning for Thursday morning, Feb. 19, through 10 a.m. Friday morning, Feb. 20.

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18 February 2015

FORT KENT – Despite a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service, musicians and eager fans turned out for the annual Fiddlers' Jamboree held Sunday, Feb. 15, at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) Fox Auditorium.

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18 February 2015

FORT KENT / Madawaska - Citizens of Fort Kent and Madawaska were pleased to learn on Monday, Feb. 16, that their respective towns had been selected by SafeWise.com as two of the safest places in Maine in which to live. Fort Kent ranked No. 1 for safety and Madawaska came in at No. 7.

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19 February 2015

FORT KENT - Floor Covering News, an online news journal for the flooring industry, recently featured Fort Kent business owner Dave Labbe of Nadeau's House of Flooring for an article about small businesses that thrive in rural areas.

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18 February 2015

VAN BUREN –Flames destroyed a Van Buren home, completely gutting the structure in what Van Buren Fire Department (VBFD) Chief Brian Caron described as a “chimney fire gone bad,” but firefighters were able to contain the fire to the home itself. Two elderly residents of the home and the livestock they kept behind the home escaped uninjured.

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19 February 2015

ALLAGASH - Guy E. Kelly Jr. (Mandolin Kelly), 83, died Feb, 17, 2015. He was born in Allagash, March 21, 1931, the son of the late John and Fern (McBreairty) Kelly.

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19 February 2015

VAN BUREN / Caribou - Noella M. Deschaine, 76, of Caribou, formerly Van Buren, died unexpectedly Tuesday, February 17, 2015. She was born February 24, 1938 in Grand Isle, a daughter of the late Damase and Melvina (Vaillancourt) Godin.

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19 February 2015

MADAWASKA - Rena Mae Dubois, 81, passed away at her home on February 15, 2015. She was born in Fort Kent on February 17, 1933, daughter of the late Eddie and Imelda (Pelletier) Dubois.

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19 February 2015

AUGUSTA - The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting wrote in an article Wednesday, Feb. 18, that the recent two-day conference that corporate giant Time Warner put on for Maine legislatorshas revealed loopholes in the state’s ethics laws that make it difficult for voters to know if their elected representatives took part.

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19 February 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bruce Poliquin recently became a cosponsor of H.R. 986, which ensures concealed carry reciprocity.

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