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Volume VII Issue 17 - April 29, 2016 - Friday Edition
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28 April 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - Special training sessions, open to the public, will be offered Monday, May 16 at the Madawaska Safety Complex for those interested in Heartsaver CPR and automated external defibrillator training. The training is being offered as part of a Maine Cardiovascular Health Council grant that is also paying for three AEDs to be installed in Madawaska, Frenchville and St. Agatha.

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28 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - With approximately $14,000 raised to date, the Fort Kent Community High School / Valley Rivers Middle School Booster Club has been able to help pay for assistant coach stipends and voted Wednesday night, April 27, to buy new uniforms for the girls varsity soccer team, which will also be used for volleyball.

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28 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - On Wednesday, April 27, Administrative Professionals' Day, Fort Kent Town Manager Don Guimond presented a gift of fresh, spring flowers to the women who work at the Fort Kent Town Office to show appreciation for their dedication and hard-work throughout the year.

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28 April 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - Madawaska Police Chief Carroll Theriault said no one was injured after two-vehicles collided at the intersection of 11th Avenue and French Street on Wednesday, April 27, though there was substantial damage to one of the vehicles involved in the accident.

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28 April 2016

ST. AGATHA, Maine - Wisdom High School has announced that the following graduating seniors will hold honor parts for the 2016 Senior Graduation:

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28 April 2016

MAINE - During the last National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day the New England Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency over the course of four hours collected 67,107 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at 596 collection sites throughout New England. This year, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will fall on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

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28 April 2016

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick - The Edmundston City Council has approved various paving projects which will take place throughout the municipality starting in June, according to a recent press release from the City of Edmundston.

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4 February 2016

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24 April 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The following is an ongoing list of obituaries for those who have passed on during the month of April, 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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27 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Guest Lecturer Candy Palmater spoke to a nearly full Fox Auditorium on Tuesday morning, April 26, to kick off the University of Maine at Fort Kent's seventh annual Scholars' Symposium.

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27 April 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - A St. Francis diner and a Fort Kent food co-op have added intellectual nourishment to their menus. Both the Forget Me Not Diner and the Market Street Co-op have made space for Little Free Libraries to their premises.

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28 April 2016

NORTHERN MAINE - According to the National Weather Service in Caribou, the Maine Forest Service has indicated that the wildfire danger across Maine will be very high Thursday, April 28, 2016. Residents should check with their local fire department or forestry office before doing any burning. A burn permit is required for all burning.

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27 April 2016

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - It’s an honor many seek, but only a handful achieve. Dr. Kevin McCartney is now one of the few. A Caribou resident and professor of geology at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, McCartney has earned a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program grant.

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27 April 2016

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The Aroostook Partnership is collaborating with GEAR UP to provide local students with software that will help them obtain the career of their choice.

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27 April 2016

MAINE - Our nation’s veterans deserve easy and convenient access to high-quality health care -- and that’s exactly what the Access Received Closer to Home (ARCH) program helps deliver for veterans in Aroostook County.

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27 April 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday, April 26 that he will withdraw the executive branch completely from participating in a commission aimed at reforming Maine's public schools funding formula because he is "fed up" with media coverage of his statements and actions as governor.

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27 April 2016

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick - The New Brunswick government is opening up 4,000 acres of new public land for wild blueberry farming, even as the supply of the fruit has been bursting in both Maine and Canada.

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26 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Fort Kent residents on both sides of an ATV access route issue made their feelings clear to Town Council members during a public hearing Monday, April 25. Members of the Valley ATV Riders and those living near three proposed ATV access sites attended the public hearing at the Fort Kent Municipal Building, where they wrangled over the safety and potential economic benefit of the proposed routes.

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26 April 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The winter snow is almost gone in the St. John Valley, and the warm weather is drawing folks outside once again. The St. John Valley Times and Fiddlehead Focus recently asked a few Fort Kent residents: "What are your favorite summertime things to do in the Valley?"

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26 April 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The urge to hit the open road comes for many drivers when spring weather arrives. As motorists prepare for sunny Sunday drives and other road trips, it is important to keep some basic car care items in mind.

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26 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Organizers of a Charlie Battery 1/152 Field Artillery reunion are inviting all who served in the battery throughout the years, as well as their loved ones, to attend a special gathering in Fort Kent on May 28.

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27 April 2016

BANGOR, Maine - Hypothermia and drowning caused the death of Maine Maritime Academy junior David Breunig, whose body was recovered Friday from the Penobscot River in Bangor.

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26 April 2016

PLYMOUTH, Massachusetts / MAPLETON, Maine - The Maine man charged with randomly shooting two people from his car and missing a third early Sunday morning, April 24 on the streets of Duxbury, Massachusetts, was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at a state hospital, according to a clerk at the Plymouth District Court.

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26 April 2016

To the editor:

The snow may be melting, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things still happening at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Located just 1.6 miles from downtown Fort Kent off of Route 11, over three kilometers of paved trails will soon be free of snow and ready for walking, running, rollerblading or roller skiing.

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26 April 2016

DOVER-FOXCROFT / Fort Kent, Maine - The Fort Kent Community High School Warriors track team competed in their first meet of the season at the Penobscot Valley Conference event Saturday, April 23 at Foxcroft Academy.

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26 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The Fort Kent Civil Rights Team and the Valley Rivers Middle School Student Council teams, along with other students from Maine who have made short films for the Portland Youth Festival’s annual Young Filmmakers’ Contest, will show their works at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at the Community High School and Valley Rivers Middle School gym.

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26 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Arts and Sciences English program recently welcomed writer Sarah Creech as UMFK’s sixth Waneta T. Blake visiting professor.

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26 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Valley Rivers Middle School is hosting an event this Friday, April 29, allowing middle school students to learn about the horrors of the Holocaust and Chinese cultural revolution.

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26 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The University of Maine at Fort Kent is preparing students for one of the fastest growing sectors of the healthcare industry. Launched in 2012 as a result of state and federal mandates, the UMFK Health Information Technology Program provides coursework and internships for people interested in a position in the growing field of managing electronic medical records.

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26 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Northern Maine Medical Center and Valley Motors will sponsor a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., Monday, May 2, at the Fort Kent Senior Center on Pine Street.

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26 April 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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26 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of April 25 - May 1, 2016.

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25 April 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - The 2016 Top O’ Maine Trade Show at Madawaska’s Multi-Purpose Center, which the Greater Madawaska Chamber of Commerce billed as the largest event of its kind north of Bangor, featured more than 70 vendors on April 23 and 24.

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25 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Magician Brian Miller performed to a playful and interactive audience, Friday evening, April 22 at the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Fox Auditorium.

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25 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Joe and Allie Pelletier are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Savannah Jo Pelletier. Savannah Jo was born April 22, 2016 at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.

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25 April 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - The Madawaska Board of Selectpersons will hold a meeting at 5:15 p.m., Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the Madawaska Town Office.

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26 April 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage and his education chief want every student in Maine to reach grade-level proficiency in reading by third grade, according to an attendee of a new task force that met behind closed doors Monday morning at the Blaine House.

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25 April 2016

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - A Fort Fairfield man is facing multiple charges after a high-speed pursuit Sunday, April 24 that involved Maine State Police, Aroostook County Sheriff's deputies and the Houlton Police Department.

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24 April 2016

To the editor,

On May 4, 2016, I will be closing my psychotherapy practice after 40 years of clinical work.

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24 April 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - Antoinette “Toni” MacWhinnie, 69, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 18, 2016, at her home in Madawaska. She was born in Edmundston, New Brunswick on June 16, 1946, daughter of the late Antonio and Isabelle (Levesque) Soucy.

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24 April 2016

MADAWASKA / VAN BUREN, Maine - Joshua R. Parker, 35, died Thursday, April 21, 2016 at a Portland hospital following a long illness, with his family by his side. He was born December 10, 1980 in Fort Kent, the son of Walter S. Parker Jr. and Lise (Theriault) Parker.

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22 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - John and Mary Freeman sure know how to draw a crowd. All they have to do is simply show up with the Rib Truck, and the hungry masses are not far behind.

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22 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - A traveling interactive exhibit depicting the bedroom of a typical teenager was an educational eye-opener regarding teen substance abuse for exhibit visitors at the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Thursday, April 21.

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22 April 2016

FRENCHVILLE, Maine - Security cameras and a request for increased law enforcement patrols are among the measures Frenchville Town Manager Ryan E. Pelletier is taking to address an increasing number of erratic drivers and related vandalism.

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22 April 2016

AUGUSTA / Allagash, Maine -  The state’s highest court has affirmed the convictions of an Allagash man found guilty on a number of hunting violations.

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22 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Lauren Doak of Fort Kent was recently initiated into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Doak is pursuing a degree in communication disorders at the University of Maine.

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22 April 2016

GRAND ISLE, Maine - The office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) will conduct constituent outreach hours in Aroostook County. Staff will be available Thursday, April 28, at the Grand Isle Community Center, 366 Main St., from 10-11:30 a.m.

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18 April 2016

Monday, April 18 - Sunday, April 24, 2016

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21 April 2016

EAGLE LAKE, Maine - With tambourines and maracas they decorated earlier in the day, about a dozen Mercy Home residents kept to the beat of a series of classic tunes Wednesday afternoon, April 20 at the Eagle Lake assisted living center during their first official gathering as a band.

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21 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - Although the winter was late coming, Mark Beaulieu said his first season operating Hillside Sports was a good one. Located on the ground floor of the Lonesome Pine Trails ski lodge meant that Beaulieu had regular customers, including the local school ski team, seeking ski sharpening, adjustments and repairs.

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21 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - County commissioners approved the hiring of two additional full-time corrections officers, Wednesday, April 20, at their regular meeting in Fort Kent.

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22 April 2016

HAMLIN, Maine - Potatoes covered part of Route 1A in Hamlin on Thursday afternoon, April 21 after a bulk body potato truck was involved in a single vehicle accident. The driver was uninjured.

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21 April 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine - A $13.5 million bailout of Maine’s struggling biomass industry passed the Legislature on April 15, with the risk of more than 1,000 jobs overruling concerns that the package constituted “corporate welfare.”

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21 April 2016

MADAWASKA, Maine - Police continue to investigate a case of messy vandalism at a local park, according to Police Chief Carroll Theriault.

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20 April 2016

ST. FRANCIS, Maine - Although the Rev. Richard Ouellette has retired from the priesthood and moved from his apartment behind the rectory of St. Charles Parish in St. Francis to a home in Frenchville, he said he has every intention of continuing to serve those who need him.

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21 April 2016

NORTHERN / CENTRAL MAINE - The National Weather Service in Caribou reports there will be elevated levels of fire potential throughout the northern and central parts of the state Thursday afternoon, April 21. Warm afternoon temperatures and a very dry air mass will combine to create an elevated risk for fires Thursday.

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18 April 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - (Updated Thursday, April 21 at 9 a.m.) Community members from across the St. John Valley and beyond gathered on the University of Maine at Fort Kent campus Saturday evening, April 16 for the UMFK Foundation's annual dinner and show fundraiser, raising $18,600.

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20 April 2016

SAN DIEGO, California / Fort Kent, Maine - Juliette D. McGlinn, 88, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016, from congestive heart failure complicated by COPD, surrounded by her family. Juliette was born February 13, 1928 in Fort Kent. She was the second child of 10, born to Gertrude and Alcide H. Daigle.

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20 April 2016

VAN BUREN, Maine - Jay LaJoie of Van Buren was elected to the Potatoes USA Executive Committee recently at the organization’s 44th annual meeting.

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20 April 2016

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Catholic Charities Maine’s Hunger and Relief Services program has received a $39,559 grant from Catholic Charities USA as part of the national organization’s efforts to fund activities that expand outreach to rural communities. The grant was made possible through funding from the Walmart Foundation.

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20 April 2016

ORONO, Maine - The Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Maine Bound Outdoor Adventure will co-host the Reel Paddling Film Festival at 7 p.m. April 27 at Neville Hall at the University of Maine in Orono. The NFCT is the longest inland paddling trail in the nation and runs from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent, Maine.

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