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Volume V Issue 51- Dec. 22, 2014 - Monday edition
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22 December 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY – The Social Justice and Peace Commission of the St. John Vianney Parish has been busy these past few weeks, readying hundreds of Christmas gifts for those in need and preparing a festive Christmas dinner for community members who may be alone this holiday season.

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21 December 2014

BOSTON / Fort Kent- The University of Maine Fort Kent men’s basketball team dropped their final contest of 2014, falling to Fisher College 85-80.

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21 December 2014
ST. JOHN VALLEY- MSAD 27 Schools will dismiss students at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23, for the holiday vacation period. Classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.
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22 December 2014

VAN BUREN - Herbert J. Cyr, 82, died peacefully Wednesday, December 17, 2014, with his family at his side. He was born November 2, 1932 in Hamlin, a son of the late Fred and Jeannette (Masse) Cyr.

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22 December 2014

LILLE- "Acadians of the Saint John Valley", a new film by Brenda and Alan Jepson of Crown of Maine Productions, will be shown at the Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel in Lille on Sunday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m.

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19 December 2014

HOULTONKatahdin Trust Senior Vice President of Retail Services, Bonnie Foster, has announced the promotion of Patty Hersey to Vice President, Business Development Officer.

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21 December 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY– In the wake of President Barak Obama’s Nov. 28 proclamation, Power of Prevention and Drug Free Communities/Aroostook Substance Abuse Prevention program is helping to get the word out to community members that December is National Impaired Driving Prevention month.

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19 December 2014

MAINE - Senator Angus King and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree have written to the US Department of Agriculture to urge the federal government to buy 18 million pounds of frozen Maine wild blueberries to use in school lunch and emergency food assistance programs.

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19 December 2014

MAINE - According to a Maine Department of Labor report, the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.7 percent in November was little changed from 5.8 percent in October and down from 6.4 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed declined 5,400 over the year to 40,200.

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3 October 2014

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10 December 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The following is an ongoing list of obituaries submitted to the Fiddlehead Focus during the month of December, 2014. 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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19 December 2014

FORT KENT – Christmas will be brighter this year for a struggling Fort Kent family, thanks to a chorus of kindhearted individuals who responded to two small requests in a very big way.

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19 December 2014

FORT KENT - Malachy and Joy Pierre of Fort Kent are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Noella Joy Pierre. Noella was born on December 18, 2014 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

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19 December 2014

FORT KENT– Fort Kent Community High School is hosting an Alumni basketball game on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 27.

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19 December 2014

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Recreation and Parks Department is offering a six-week basketball program for boys and girls in third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade.

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19 December 2014

MAINE- The Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department has released "The 2015 Open Water and Ice Fishing Law Book", which is now available from licensing agents throughout Maine.

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12 December 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The following middle school and high school sporting events will take place between Monday, December 15 and Sunday, December 21, 2014. (Fiddlehead Focus will update this listing with scores as information become available.)

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18 December 2014

FORT KENT – The halls of Fort Kent Elementary School are decked with festive, educational artwork which students, teachers, and librarian Sarah Helgesen created.

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19 December 2014

FORT KENT – On Thursday, Dec. 18, at 8:10 p.m., volunteer firefighters with the Fort Kent Fire Department (FKFD) responded to a chimney fire at 497 West Main Street in Fort Kent, saving the home from damage.

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19 December 2014

FORT KENT - Local public access station WFKTV-4 is selling made-to-order copies of a DVD highlighting FreedomFest 2014, the event which the Martin-Klein American Legion Post 133 hosted on Aug. 9 to raise money for a Northern Maine Veterans' Museum and Community Center.

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19 December 2014

FORT KENT- Valley Rivers Middle School (VRMS) students in Susan Dubay's Jobs for Maine Grads class spent time on Friday morning, Dec. 19, with Fiddlehead Focus Publisher Andrew Birden as he described the challenges of starting a new business, the various factors that lead a person to their career, and the importance of learning mathematics.

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19 December 2014

FORT KENT- With the Emergency Room Renovation Project in full swing, Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) chose a realistic scenario to simulate a disaster when it planned its last scheduled emergency preparedness drill for the year.

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19 December 2014

GRAND ISLE - Claire L. Cote, 60, passed away December 17, 2014 at a Fort Kent health care facility, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Madawaska on July 28, 1954, daughter of the late Alfred and Noella (Dufour) Nadeau.

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19 December 2014

MAINE / St. John Valley - Maine’s 56 newest police officers graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014; including two who will be serving and protecting the St. John Valley.

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18 December 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY– An anonymous benefactor has been keeping the spirit of the holidays alive by donating clothing to families of children at TAMC’s Aroostook Pediatrics.

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18 December 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- Cary Medical Center is pleased to announce the following November and December, 2014 births:

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18 December 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The Presque Isle CareerCenter has announced January programming for job seekers and those who are considering training for a new career.

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18 December 2014

MAINE- On Thursday, Dec. 18, Governor Paul R. LePage approved funding for electronic monitoring programs in three counties in an effort to reduce domestic violence in Maine.

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18 December 2014

FORT KENT- Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier wants the public to know that those who furnish alcohol to minors, or provide them with a place to consume alcohol, face serious consequences; as was the case recently for those involved in two separate underage drinking parties.

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17 December 2014

FORT KENT – On Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 17, cars lined bumper-to-bumper along Pleasant Street as police officers carefully directed traffic for the Fort Kent Elementary School Christmas concert, which was held at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Sports Center in order to accommodate the large crowd.

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16 December 2014

NORTHERN MAINE - The National Weather Service in Caribou (NWS) has announced a winter weather advisory for Northern Maine Wednesday, Dec. 17, until 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18. (Updated 7:55 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18.)

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17 December 2014

MARSHALL ISLANDS / Fort Kent  - According to an article published on Wednesday, Dec. 17, in the Bangor Daily News, The College of the Marshall Islands has stripped Wilson Hess, president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, of the honorific title president emeritus amid allegations he mismanaged college endowment funds while leading an independent nonprofit group dedicated to the college’s support.

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15 December 2014

FORT KENT - The Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) and the Fort Kent Fire Department (FKFD) will conduct an emergency disaster drill at 6:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18.

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18 December 2014
SINCLAIR- Amy and Clifford Pelletier Jr. of Sinclair are pleased to announce the birth of their son Hayden Joseph Pelletier. Hayden was born November 23, 2014 at Cary Medical Center.
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18 December 2014
MADAWASKA - Katia Sirois and Paul Berube of Madawaska are pleased to announce the birth of their son Xander Marcus Berube. Xander was born November 28, 2014 at Cary Medical Center.
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18 December 2014
GRAND ISLE - Deadre Schlicher and William Dionne of Grand Isle are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Isabella Saralily Dionne. Isabella was born November 22, 2014 at Cary Medical Center.
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18 December 2014

PORTAGE LAKE - Francis Yves Vaillancourt, 75, passed away December 14, 2014 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, surrounded by his loving family. He fought a long and hard battle with lung and heart issues and leukemia. He was born in Riviere Bleue, QC, Canada, on July 7, 1939, the son of the late Jean-Baptiste and Alma (Theriault) Vaillancourt.

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17 December 2014

PRESQUE ISLE - In September 2014, Palgrave Macmillan published a 200-page book entitled "Marxism and the Leninist Revolutionary Model" by Dr. William Davidshofer, UMPI Professor Emeritus of Political Science.

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17 December 2014

PRESQUE ISLE - University of Maine at Presque Isle alumus Bob Tarpey received a major honor this month for his work as an Athletic Trainer for the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

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18 December 2014

MAINE- The Maine Lottery announced Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, that sales for the Monopoly Millionaires' Club lottery game in its current format will end Dec. 26, 2014 across the country.

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16 December 2014

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY/Fort Kent – Duane Belanger, a member of the Fort Kent Knights of Columbus, traveled to Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 13 to represent the Catholic fraternal organization during National Wreaths Across America Day 2014, which is held to honor veterans who have paid the ultimate price in their service to our country.

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17 December 2014

FRENCHVILLE / Augusta – On Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Augusta Civic Center, elementary students from the St. John Valley showed everyone at the Maine Lego League Competition what it means to never give up.

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17 December 2014

ROUTE 11 / PATTEN AREAMaine State Police say a tractor trailer has overturned just north of Patten, forcing the closure of Route 11.

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17 December 2014

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS – Wednesday morning, Dec. 17, the CMA 2014 organizers presented an analysis of the advertising value of media coverage, as well as a study on the economic and social impact of the 5th Congrès mondial acadien.

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17 December 2014

FORT KENT - On November 29, 2014, Hartt Transportation Systems, Inc. named employee Alan Beal, of Fort Kent, Grand Champion Driver of the Year.

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16 December 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $38,373 of funding to Fish River Rural Health in recognition for the health center's clinical quality improvements and its position as a health center quality leader.

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17 December 2014

MADAWASKA – On Friday, Dec. 12, at approximately 1 p.m., Sgt. Ross Dubois of the Madawaska Police Department arrested Dylan Byram, 18, for furnishing a Madawaska High School juvenile with marijuana.

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16 December 2014

PRESQUE ISLE– The Presque Isle Rotary Club wrapped up its 67th annual Radio and TV Auction on a high note, raising more than $410,000 during the three-night event and surpassing its $25,000 fundraising goal for its special project—by more than $300,000.

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16 December 2014

MAINE – The Maine Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services announced today that it is moving patient certification for the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program (MMMP) to an online forum in an effort to reduce administrative duties and strengthen program integrity and security.

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16 December 2014

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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16 December 2014

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of Dec. 15, 2014.

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15 December 2014

GRAND ISLE - Bruce Bouley and Heather Salisbury brought convenience back to the town they both love, when they opened their new Grand Isle General Store on the first of December.

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15 December 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - Heather Pelletier, Executive Director of Fish River Rural Health, announced on Monday, Dec. 15, that Dr. George Conover will retire June 30, 2015.

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15 December 2014

FORT KENT- Jeanette Michaud, a registered nurse employed at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC), attended the International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice from Oct. 22 through 25 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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16 December 2014

ALLAGASH - Tonya Kelly and Toby Hafford of Allagash are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Avery. Avery was born on Dec. 16, 2014 at Northern Maine Medical Center.

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16 December 2014

EAGLE LAKE / T14 R6 WELS - At the Eagle Lake Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 11, in what the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) deemed the final public meeting on the subject, DOT employees and interested citizens came together to discuss the future of 5.5 miles of road along Route 11, which includes an historically significant home on Soucy Hill.

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16 December 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Members of the Aroostook County Shrine Club, joined by a special visitor from the North Pole, spread good cheer and the spirit of the holidays to patients and residents of several central Aroostook healthcare facilities.

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15 December 2014

LEWISTON / St. John Valley- Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced that Father Paul H. Dumais, a native of Fort Kent, has been appointed as chaplain at Lewiston's St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, and St. Mary’s Residence.

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15 December 2014

EDMUNSTON, New Brunswick - Twin Rivers Paper Company released its economic impact report during an event with the Edmundston Region Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.

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16 December 2014

FORT KENT- Roberta Ann Levesque, otherwise known as "Ann", devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Frenchville, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.

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16 December 2014

VAN BUREN - Ned J. Levesque, 55, died peacefully Sunday, December 14, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer, with his loving family by his side. He was born May 23, 1959 in Van Buren, a son of the late Joseph and Emerilda (Michaud) Levesque.

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16 December 2014

BOSTON, Mass.Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Vincent B. Lisi of the FBI’s Boston Division announced Monday, Dec. 15, a new initiative designed to solicit the public’s help in identifying and targeting public corruption.

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15 December 2014

FORT KENT - More than 90 children and their families packed the Fort Kent Knights of Columbus hall on Sunday, Dec. 14, for a holiday jubilee full of games, pinatas, presents and even a visit from Santa.

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12 December 2014

FORT KENT – The entire Fort Kent Elementary School community cheered for six-year-old Kearston Albert in the school gymnasium on Friday, Dec. 12, as representatives from the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted the Kindergarten cancer warrior's wish for a family vacation to Walt Disney World.

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15 December 2014

FORT KENT- The University of Fort Kent women’s basketball team finished off a dominating weekend of basketball, beating Thomas College of Waterville, Maine, 69-41 Sunday afternoon, Dec. 14. The Bengals also defeated Fisher College of Boston on Saturday afternoon, 107-39.

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15 December 2014

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 first trimester of the 2014 - 2015 school year.

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12 December 2014

ALLAGASH- The 34th meeting of the Directors of MSAD No. 10 will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in the Allagash Community Center.

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15 December 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY– The month of November was “growing strong” at Northern Maine Community College as 14 students, faculty and staff showed their support of the American Cancer Society’s No Shave November campaign by raising nearly $800 for the cause.

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15 December 2014

MACHIAS – An alumna from the University of Maine at Fort Kent will lead the University of Maine at Machias, according to press release from the office of University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page on Dec. 12.

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12 December 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.– On Thursday, Dec. 11, the United States Senate unanimously passed two provisions authored by U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) to help relieve America’s small financial institutions, like community banks and credits unions, of regulatory burdens so that they are better able to serve their communities.

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13 December 2014

MADAWASKA - On the morning of Thursday, Dec. 11, icy road conditions resulted in a Madawaska Public Works vehicle turning over on First Avenue.

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12 December 2014

NORTHERN AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The National Weather Service (NWS) in Caribou has issued a winter weather advisory for snow, which is in effect Friday, Dec. 12 until 7 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13.

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12 December 2014

MAINE- Teens To Trails (T3) is looking for the next Henry David Thoreaus and Rachel Carsons to chronicle their Maine outdoor adventures for people beyond their immediate family and friend circle.

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12 December 2014

MAINE- Maine high school juniors improved their scores in math, writing and science on last spring's statewide standardized tests, but less than half of students are performing at grade level, according to the Maine Department of Education (DOE).

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12 December 2014

MAINE- Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa is reminding Maine residents who want to have new health insurance coverage in place on January 1, 2015 of the upcoming December 15 enrollment deadline.

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11 December 2014

FORT KENT– A vandal who defaced valuable signs on snowmobile trails around the Fort Kent region has created an ongoing problem because the obscene graffiti discourages visits to the region and harms local commerce, according to Fort Kent Snowmobile Association Director Kenneth Michaud.

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12 December 2014

MADAWASKA- Valley artists invite the public to attend the Christmas Art Gala at the Meet Our Colors Art Gallery in Madawaska on December 13 and 14, 2014.

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12 December 2014

WALLAGRASS - The 753rd meeting of the Directors of MSAD No. 27 will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 in the Wallagrass Elementary School Cafeteria/Gymnasium.

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11 December 2014

MAINE– Maine Audubon, the state’s largest wildlife conservation organization, has expressed concern over the second killing this year of the federally threatened Canada lynx.

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11 December 2014

MAINE– U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) praised the successful inclusion of a provision by Senator Susan Collins in the Fiscal Year 2015 federal appropriations bill that will require all fresh fruits and vegetables – including fresh white potatoes – be included in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.

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12 December 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud expressed gratitude to all of the residents of Maine’s Second Congressional District on Thursday, Dec. 11, as he prepared to cast his final votes as a Member of the United States Congress.

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11 December 2014

MAINEThe Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is urging homeowners to take the time to check their home heating oil tanks to prevent costly and inconvenient spills.

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11 December 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY / Houlton - The agenda for the Aroostook County commissioners' meeting, which will be held Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Sheriff's office building in Houlton.

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11 December 2014

FORT KENT - During the first week of December, otherwise known as Sexual Health Awareness Week, University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) campus officials provided numerous educational opportunities for faculty, staff and students to learn about sexual assault and health.

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10 December 2014

FORT KENT– Merrymakers filled the Fort Kent Outdoor Center lodge Saturday evening, Dec. 6, during the annual Deck the Lodge Coffee House fundraiser and membership drive.

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11 December 2014

EAGLE LAKE - Nickea Terry and Toni Megno of Eagle Lake are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Makenzie Lee Megno. Makenzie was born on Dec. 10, 2014, at the Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.

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11 December 2014

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS– The core leadership team of Acadia of the Lands and Forests, comprised of 40 business and community leaders, met at the BeauLieu Culturel of Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac on Monday night, Dec. 8, to discuss future economic developments in the region.

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10 December 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTYCounty communities are shining a bit brighter heading into the holiday season with the official lighting of the Lights of Life tree on Main Street in Presque Isle on Saturday, Dec. 6, and the community tree in Fort Fairfield on Sunday, Dec. 7.

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10 December 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- TAMC honored a special group of employees at a breakfast at the A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle recently. Although TAMC acknowledges all of its employees are VIP’s, those with over 20 years of service are given the designation V.I.P. – Veterans-In-Partnership. The impressive gathering of TAMC’s most tenured is celebrated at a breakfast each December.

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10 December 2014

NORTHERN MAINEThe Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has implemented immediate trapping regulation changes through an emergency rule making process after two Canada lynx were killed in traps this fall.

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11 December 2014

MAINE - Attorney General Janet T. Mills, along with the attorneys general of 44 states and the District of Columbia, announced Thursday, Dec. 11, that Sirius XM Radio Inc. of New York has agreed to pay $3.8 million to the states and to provide restitution to eligible consumers to resolve claims that the satellite radio company engaged in misleading advertising and billing practices.

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