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Volume VI Issue 13 - March 28 - 29, 2015 - Weekend edition
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27 March 2015

EDMUNDSTON - Residents who register their dogs in the city of Edmundston are helping to make a new animal shelter building become a reality.

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27 March 2015

FORT KENT – Despite MSAD No. 27 budget cuts which threatened to eliminate the track and field program at Fort Kent's Valley Rivers Middle School (VRMS), the sport will make a comeback this spring thanks to the efforts of the VRMS Athletics Booster Club.

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26 March 2015

FORT KENT – The annual Equipment and Packer Fund Raffle held at Lonesome Pine Trails (LPT) in Fort Kent on Saturday, March 14 brought in $5,000 for the ski resort, and nobody was happier than LPT Mountain Manager Darold Bossie.

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27 March 2015

FRENCHVILLE - On Tuesday, March 3, representatives from Aroostook County Action Program and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield participated in Recess Rocks at Dr. Levesque Elementary School in Frenchville, where Rory Sheehan, Public Relations Director for Anthem Blue and Cross Blue Shield officially presented ACAP/Healthy Aroostook with a $50,000 grant to support the Let’s Go! 5210 program at Dr. Levesque and other Aroostook County schools.

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27 March 2015

FRENCHVILLE - Joel Robert St. Peter, 70, died peacefully on March 20, 2015 in Frenchville of COPD 40 hours after his mother had passed away in the same health center. He was born April 15, 1944 in Guerrette, Maine, the son of Romeo and Jeanne Bouley St. Pierre.

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27 March 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the third leading cause of infant mortality in the United States, and the leading cause of death in infants between one month and one year of age. Staff in TAMC’s Women and Children’s Health Department are hoping to lower those numbers locally through both education and a gift that new parents can put to use at home.

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27 March 2015

MAINE – Maine Audubon and partners launched a new educational website (streamsmartmaine.org) and video training series on Monday, March 23, for municipal employees, contractors, land trusts and other groups who are working to improve road-stream crossings throughout the state.

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23 March 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015 – Sunday, March 29, 2015

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27 March 2015

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3 March 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The following is an ongoing list of obituaries submitted to the Fiddlehead Focus during the months of February and March, 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 March 2015

FORT KENT – Charles Ouellette of Fort Kent is not your ordinary musician - or your ordinary pharmacist - although he successfully thrives in both occupations.

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27 March 2015

FORT KENT - University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) Professor Dr. Peter Nelson headed out Thursday afternoon, March 26, on a long journey to a rugged landscape to study lichens in one of the world's few fog oases.

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27 March 2015

FORT KENT – Shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, a 911 caller reported a motor vehicle accident in Fort Kent on East Main Street near the Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC).

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26 March 2015

MADAWASKA - The Maine Office of Tourism (MOT) announced the winners of the 2015 Maine Governor's Conference on Tourism awards during the annual conference held in Augusta on Wednesday, March 18; and MOT awarded the 2015 Tourism Award for Creativity to Madawaska Four Corners Park.

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27 March 2015

LEWISTON / Fort Kent - Nick Michaud, a member of the Men's Nordic Skiing team at Bates College, received New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Academic distinction for the winter 2015 season. Michaud, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Michaud of Fort Kent Mills, is a 2010 graduate of Fort Kent Community High School. He majors in sociology at Bates.

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26 March 2015

MAINE / Limestone - The Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) in Limestone will host the first State Middle School Science Fair, after a long absence, on Saturday, April 11.

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26 March 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Aroostook Mental Health Services, Inc. (AMHC) will host the 29th Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp (ATLC), a leadership development and drug prevention program open to teens currently in sixth - eighth grades in Aroostook County, this summer at Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) in Presque Isle on July 26 through July 30.

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27 March 2015

PRESQUE ISLE - Starting Wednesday, April 8, Women, Work, and Community (WWC) will offer My Money Works: Tools for Smart Money Choices, a free four-week class to help folks gain the skills and confidence to stretch their money, pay their bills, reduce their debt, find money for savings, plan for retirement, and set personal financial goals.

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26 March 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY - If you are 20-years-old and have at least 60 college credits under your belt, or are over 21 and have a high school diploma, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIFW) invites you to attend one of several game warden recruitment meetings the department will be holding throughout northern Maine, including the St. John Valley.

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25 March 2015

FORT KENT – Steve Pelletier, director of planning and economic development for the town of Fort Kent, has successfully petitioned the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for grant monies to be utilized for the maintenance and restoration of town land. The two grants for which Pelletier applied on behalf of the town include the Project Canopy Assistance grant and the Recreational Trail grant.

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25 March 2015

MADAWASKA – Patrons lined up outside the Tastee-Freez order window, anticipating their favorite treats, early afternoon Wednesday, March 25 - the popular Madawaska restaurant's official opening day.

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26 March 2015

EDMUNDSTON - Tante Blanche, Phémie-la-bootlegger, Lt. Ingall, Louis XVII and Bob LeBoeuf all hang out together in downtown Edmundston. How? They are all specialty craft beers created in Edmundston at Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault, a local microbrewery housed in a former police station.

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26 March 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY – A popular new smoking cessation program that has helped people in central Aroostook quit is expanding to the St. John Valley.

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25 March 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY– MaKenna (Kenna) Ward was a rock star in her community, says her father Kirk Ward. Everywhere she went, whether in the Greater Houlton area or at one of several hospitals across Maine and New England, people knew of her and her story.

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23 March 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The following Valley school sporting events will take place Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29, 2015.


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24 March 2015

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – A new $21 million ampitheater could bring an estimated $28.8 million impact and the creation of up to 385 jobs to the area, according to a press release issued Tuesday, March 24, by the city of Edmundston, New Brunswick.

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20 March 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS – Tory Jones Bonenfant joined the Fiddlehead Focus team on March 18 as their newest journalist, enabling the online news agency to expand its coverage into Madawaska and Edmundston, New Brunswick.

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25 March 2015

FORT KENT – Kappa Delta Phi fraternity brothers from the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) will take part in a charitable spaghetti dinner fundraiser Saturday, April 11, from 5-7 p.m. at the Fort Kent Elementary School (FKES), to raise money for Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing mortgage-free homes to disabled veterans.

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24 March 2015

FORT KENT - On the evening of Friday, March 20, the St. John Valley Senior College presented their Spring 2015 course offerings at an open house held at the Fort Kent Senior Center.

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25 March 2015

EDMUNDSTON / Saint-Jacques, New Brunswick - City officials in Edmundston, New Brunswick have voted to transfer an aging Lancaster KB882 bomber plane currently on display at the Edmundston Municipal Airport to the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton, Alberta this summer.

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25 March 2015

FORT KENT - As the editor over here at the Fiddlehead Focus, one of my many tasks is to format the website to archive stories in relevant categories, so I am choosing to put my little piece about last Friday's Mother/Son dance in the sports category.

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24 March 2015

FORT KENT – In a ceremony of ritual and tradition, the Boy Scouts of America presented the Eagle Scout award to Adam Puttkamer of Troop 189 on Saturday, March 21 at a court of honor that took place at the Fort Kent Community High School gym.

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24 March 2015

SAN DIEGO / St. Agatha – Evan Esancy, a 2014 Wisdom High School graduate and St. Agatha native, is serving aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18), one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced ships, designed to deliver Marines and their equipment to and from war zones.

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25 March 2015

FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) announced Tuesday, March 24, the formation of a new advisory council for the university's behavioral and social science programs in order to enhance the connections between the university and regional healthcare providers.

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24 March 2015

ST. DAVID - Shawn and Monique Hebert of St. David are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Brielle Renee Hebert. Brielle was born March 23, 2015 at Northern Maine Medical Center.

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24 March 2015

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

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24 March 2015

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of March 23 - March 29, 2015.

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25 March 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS - Multiple folk tales agree that the Maine Coon cat came to the shores of the most northeastern state as a passenger on a boat. Some say Marie Antoinette sent the first breeding population from her prized pet Angora felines, which escaped on a boat that she missed before her demise at the guillotine. While unlikely, the royal story is at least possible compared to the genetic impossibility of the official Maine state cat being the offspring of a raccoon and a common house cat. This big gentle giant is this week's jigsaw.

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24 March 2015

FORT KENT – At a public meeting held at the Fort Kent Community High School gymnasium on the evening of Monday, March 23, approximately 90 Fort Kent residents turned out to vote on 49 articles submitted by town officials.

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23 March 2015

VAN BUREN – The folks at Perfect Ponies Learning Center and Aroostook Manes and Tails are continuing efforts to raise $5,000 for Aisha, an equine therapy horse in Van Buren that needs treatment and possibly surgery to remove an ovarian tumor.

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24 March 2015

MADAWASKA – Fitness equipment from Acadia Family Health Center will have a new home in a refurbished section of the Madawaska Middle School in early May.

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23 March 2015

MADAWASKA – “In 2012, I had been having really bad stomach pains and my provider sent me for an ultrasound,” remembers Karen Lavoie of Madawaska. “They found that I had gall stones, but they saw something else that prompted them to send me for an MRI. That’s when they discovered I had ovarian cancer.”

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24 March 2015

CHAPMAN - Late morning Tuesday, March 24, Trooper Dennis Quint of Maine State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on the Chapman Road in Chapman.

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24 March 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- Josefina (Josie) Lopez, a Fort Fairfield Rotary Club member, recently traveled to Guatemala, Central America, to take part in a Rotary World Service Project (WSP).

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24 March 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, along with Congressman Bruce Poliquin, announced Friday, March 20, that the U.S. Department of Commerce has opened an investigation into the ongoing, unfair subsidies received by the Port Hawkesbury paper mill in Canada.

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24 March 2015

AUGUSTA - On Tuesday, March 24, David Boyer of Falmouth, the leader of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, will submit a statewide ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol with the Maine Secretary of State.

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23 March 2015

FORT KENT – Excitement filled the welcomed warm air at the Lonesome Pine Trails (LPT) on the first day of spring, Saturday, March 21, when the popular Fort Kent ski resort hosted the LPT Ski Invitational ski race.

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23 March 2015

FORT KENT - The polls will be open this morning, Monday, March 23, at the Fort Kent Municipal Building from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., where Fort Kent residents will decide by ballot who will fill two open town councilor seats and who will moderate at a public town meeting at the Fort Kent Community High School gym at 7:30 p.m., where voters will then discuss and decide upon 49 remaining articles by show of hands in a simple majority vote.

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23 March 2015

MADAWASKA – Approximately 33 adults and eight children took part in the 2015 Acadia FCU Marathon on Saturday, March 21, at the 4 Seasons Trail Association lodge in Madawaska.

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23 March 2015

FORT KENT – An ambulance owned by Ambulance Services Inc. struck a Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) cruiser, delivering extensive damage to the cruiser, on Sunday afternoon, March 22, on U.S. Route 1, according to FKPD Chief Tom Pelletier.

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23 March 2015

FORT KENT - Students from Valley Rivers Middle School (VRMS) and Fort Kent Community High School (FKCHS) are teaching sixth-grade students from Fort Kent Elementary School (FKES) about cyberbullying - how to recognize it, how to handle it, and how to accentuate the positive in others - in order promote a biased-free environment for all.

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23 March 2015

ST. DAVID / Fort KentJohn D. Morin, 71, died March 18, 2015 at a Fort Kent health care facility surrounded by family. He was born October 2, 1943, in St. David, son of Eddie and Wellena (Fongemie) Morin.

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23 March 2015

CROSS LAKE / FrenchvilleJeanne St. Peter, 96, died peacefully on March 19, 2015 in Frenchville. She was born in Clair, New Brunswick on November 19, 1918. She was the daughter of Hormidas and Alvine 'Marquis' Bouley.

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23 March 2015

ST. AGATHA - Ronald J. Plourde passed away unexpectedly at home, Thursday, March 19, 2015. He was born August 31, 1944 in St. Agatha, son of Noel and Yvonne 'Bosse' Plourde.

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23 March 2015

MAINE - From Monday, March 23, to Friday, March 27, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland invites all Maine Catholics to experience God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation at “The Light is On for You.”

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23 March 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) has joined the Bipartisan Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, according to Financial Service Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) in a press release March 23, 2015.

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20 March 2015

FORT KENT – Coaches and community members gathered to recognize student athletes from Fort Kent Community High School's (FKCHS) winter sports programs at an awards ceremony held at the school on Wednesday evening, March 18.

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20 March 2015

LILLE – Joseph Donald Cyr of Lille has been collecting Acadian artifacts since he was 13 years old. Cyr, founder and director of the Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel, entered the Franco-American Hall of Fame on on Wednesday, March 18, at the State House.

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20 March 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- TAMC welcomed the following “Special Deliveries” born at AR Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle during the month of February, 2015:

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20 March 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - TAMC’s annual Boone Lecture on Friday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. in the conference center at the A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle will feature a presentation on infectious disease as well as honor of a well-known County cancer physician.

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20 March 2015

MAINE - The American Cancer Society is currently looking for volunteer drivers in Maine to help transport cancer patients to their treatments. According to a March 20 press release, the Society lists one of the greatest concerns cancer patients face during treatment as getting to and from medical treatments.

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20 March 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Some of the most memorable people in our lives are our teachers. Their names often stay with us for years, along with the valuable lessons they taught us.

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16 March 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015 – Sunday, March 22, 2015

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20 March 2015

FORT KENT – On Friday, March 20, at approximately 1:35 p.m., volunteer firefighters with the Fort Kent Fire Department (FKFD) responded to a report of a stove fire at 264 Market Street in Fort Kent.

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20 March 2015

FORT KENT –  The 7th Annual Youth Voices Basketball Game fundraiser held Thursday evening, March 19, at the Fort Kent Community High School (FKCHS) gymnasium scored big on hilarity and awareness.

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19 March 2015

FORT KENT– The University of Maine at Fort Kent's (UMFK) annual Sucrerie saw hundreds of people from a variety of backgrounds gather together to enjoy the celebration of Acadian culture at Nowland Hall on Thursday, March 19, 2015.

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19 March 2015

MADAWASKA – Police have arrested a Madawaska man and charged him with burglary and theft related to a break-in at the home of Madawaska resident Robert Lausier, who is still hospitalized following the death of his wife and unborn daughter on Monday, March 9.

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19 March 2015

FORT KENT - The Fiddlehead Focus congratulates the 7th-12th graders who made Honor Roll at Valley Rivers Middle School and Fort Kent Community High School during the second trimester of the 2014 - 2015 school year.

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19 March 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The next installment of the St. John Valley Small Business Academy Seminar Series titled "Growing a Skilled Workforce" is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, from 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room.

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19 March 2015

LIMESTONE - Starting on Tuesday, March 24, the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) Prom Committee will be having a silent auction fundraiser at the student dormitory.

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19 March 2015

MAINE - The Maine Attorney General's Task Force on Financial Crimes Against the Elderly is calling for changes in state law to protect Maine's seniors.

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19 March 2015

FRENCHVILLE - Ryan Pelletier began his new role as Frenchville town manager on Thursday, March 19 - less than two days after a March 17 town meeting at the Frenchville Community Center in which citizens approved Pelletier, age 41, for the position.

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18 March 2015

ST. AGATHA – A terrifying encounter during which she almost lost her young granddaughter prompted a Frenchville woman to rally for the return of an ambulance to the St. Agatha town garage.

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18 March 2015

FORT KENT – My editor Melanie and I had an awesome idea for a Fiddlehead Focus story. Why not order a box of each type of Girl Scout cookies available, eat them all at her house, and report on which were our favorites?

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18 March 2015

FORT KENT - On March 12, 2015, Annette Hall, education manager for the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC), informed Forest Hill Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center that Kristine Theriault, RN and Deliya Michaud, RN had completed the requirements to earn national certification as Resident Care Coordinators, RAC-CT.

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18 March 2015

MAINE - Athletes from Maine Winter Sports have been competing in competitions throughout the United States. The following is a list of competitions currently underway or recently completed:

Saturday, March 14 marked the close of the USSA Cross-country Skiing Junior Nationals.

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19 March 2015

CARIBOU - The Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) is urging companies and business owners in Aroostook County who are looking to expand their business with federal, state and local contracts to attend a free informational session in Caribou on Wednesday, March 25.

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18 March 2015

PRESQUE ISLE - On Thursday, March 19, Governor Paul R. LePage will visit Aroostook County for a town hall meeting to answer questions about his comprehensive tax reform and relief plan.

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19 March 2015

MAINE - The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services encourages Mainers to talk with a health care provider about when and how to be tested for colorectal cancer.

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19 March 2015

MAINE - With 2,300 ponds, 32,000 miles of streams and rivers, and over 3,000 miles of coastline, the state of Maine offers many opportunities for recreational boating; however, with only 500 assured public recreational boat access sites, more needs to be done to ensure the public has adequate access to these waters.

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