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Volume V Issue 35 - Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2014 - Labor Day edition
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30 August 2014

SINCLAIR, Maine – While diners at Martin's Country Store in Sinclair enjoyed a breakfast of the finest omelettes and homemade bread in the area on Saturday, August 30, Julia Bayly explained why she had gathered a small group of bicyclists to ride in honor of the Afghan Women's National Cycling Team.

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30 August 2014


By Josh Cornwall, Sports Information Director/Assistant Tennis Coach, Gordon College

WENHAM, Massachusetts -The University of Maine at Fort Kent put the pressure on the Gordon Women's Soccer team from the opening whistle. The Bengals never relented pressuring the Fighting Scots' net and marched away with a 4-0 win in the opener of the Gordon Soccer Classic—spoiling Gordon's home debut.

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29 August 2014

FORT KENT - The University of Maine Fort Kent (1-0-0) men’s soccer team began the 2014 campaign with a big 6-0 win Thursday night against Crandall University of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada (0-1-0).

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28 August 2014

Editor's note - Domestic violence is an issue that affects all ages, genders, orientations, and families across the world. In light of recent events, the piece below is part of Fiddlehead Focus' ongoing effort to foster discussion and engagement on the issue of domestic violence.

29 August 2014

PORTLAND, Maine - A U.S. District Court jury found Fritz Blanchard, 28, of Boston, Massachusetts, guilty on August 28 of aiding and abetting the interstate transportation of women, including a Presque Isle woman, for prostitution. The trial in Portland lasted four days.

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29 August 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – A special advance screening of a new network television medical show that will premiere nationally this fall is coming to Aroostook County.

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28 August 2014

FORT KENT- The University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengals soccer teams are ready to go, and coaches of both the men's and women's teams predict a promising 2014 season.

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28 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - Fiddlehead Focus is getting its game on, and has compiled the entire soccer season schedule for all Valley teams. The printable schedule is available to subscribers and guests alike by clicking HERE or on the corresponding ad near the top, and below the subscribe button in the right column.

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29 August 2014

FORTKENT - Melinda Krajewski and Eli Doucette are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Leilani Rae Doucette.

Leilani was born on August 28, 2014 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

Leilani's maternal grandparent is Diane Gervais of Madawaska and her paternal grandparents are Christina and Frank Rossingnol of New Canada.

29 August 2014

FORT KENT - In the early morning hours of Aug. 29, Officer Spencer Nadeau of the Fort Kent Police Department arrested Ryan Pushard, 22, for operating a motor vehicle under the influence and operating with a suspended license.

Pushard, of Richmond, Maine, had been squealing the tires of his vehicle on Elm Street prior to the arrest. His blood alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit, according to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier.

Pushard will appear in court on the charges Oct. 3.

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29 August 2014

CARIBOU - Two Aroostook County college students now have a better idea of initiatives of the Aroostook Partnership for Progress (APP) and LEADers Encouraging Aroostook Development (LEAD) after completing summer paid internships with the organizations.

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28 August 2014

To the Editor,

Rep. Mike Nadeau has been an outstanding representative for the folks of Aroostook County. During his first term in the Legislature, he made it clear that his first priority was to help his constituents. As a business owner, Mike put his experience to good use at the State House, advocating for policies that will help job growth and build up Maine’s economy.

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28 August 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Students across The County are lining up to participate in the first ever Heidi’s Hope Serve-a-Thon on Oct. 18. The Serve-a-Thon will provide students the opportunity to come together and help raise funds for County scholarships. But they can’t do it alone, and organizers are looking for adult volunteers to help the students turn their effort into dollars.

Students from eight schools will help in the event's pilot year—Easton, Fort Fairfield, Fort Kent, Houlton, Mars Hill, Washburn, Wisdom (St. Agatha/Frenchville), and Hodgdon.

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29 August 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – The number of TAMC employees taking advantage of local higher education opportunities and a tuition assistance program offered through the medical center has more than tripled from this time last year, according to officials. Both a focused internal effort to help employees advance in their education and career goals, as well as state and national initiatives to bolster educational attainment among healthcare workers have helped with the large increase.

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28 August 2014

FORT KENT - In anticipation of the upcoming Scarecrow Festival, the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging sidewalk vendors and community yard sales during Sept. 19-21. The chamber will advertise any sidewalk vendors, yard sales, and business sales that community members will host, and asks those interested to contact the chamber by Sept. 17 to be included. 

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28 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY– The Northern Maine Development Commission's Business Finance Division and Small Business Development Center will present the workshop, "Understanding Your Business Financial Statements." The workshop will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. on Sept. 18, at the NMDC Boardroom in Caribou, and is open to all.

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29 August 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – On Aug. 27, a coalition of area nonprofit organizations announced a new and exciting hands-on program that will help County kids make better and healthier choices early on. The program, Discovery Days, is a 7 week series of hour long sessions that will run on consecutive Saturday mornings this fall—beginning Saturday, Sept. 27.

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28 August 2014

Aroostook County Commissioners’ Meeting
Sept. 3, 2014 - 4:30 p.m. - Houlton Sheriff’s Office Building

Agenda

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27 August 2014

SAINTE-ANNE-DE-MADAWASKA, NEW BRUNSWICK– The Rivière-Verte Royal Canadian Mounted Police are requesting the public's assistance in locating a 44-year-old woman from Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska, N.B.

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27 August 2014

ALLAGASH - It's not every day a great-great-grandmother who can no longer walk has the opportunity to kayak for the first time in her life. However, Ida Begin, an Allagash native and current resident of Forest Hill Manor, did just that on Sunday, Aug. 3, along with her granddaughters Angelina Dubourg and Candy Hafford.

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28 August 2014

FORT KENT- The Fort Kent Track and Field Teams participated in an Invitational Cross Country Race on Aug. 27 at the Fort Kent Community High School. The length of the track was 3 miles. The Fort Kent Teams competed against Washburn, Limestone, and Greater Houlton Christian Academy.

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28 August 2014

FORT KENT – A Fort Kent man received minor cuts after crashing and totaling his car in New Sweden on Wednesday, August 27.

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25 August 2014

Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

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6 August 2014

Each month Fiddlehead Focus staff will select a few pieces found online that may be in the form of a video, image, animation that we find noteworthy. The pieces will explore a variety of topics, and all pieces will be appropriate for every age and audience. Our goal is to shed light on some of the uplifting, funny, educational, and beautiful pieces out in the wild online world that our readers may never see.

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19 August 2014

Click on the sign to see the Police BLOGGER for your town

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28 August 2014

BANGOR– University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page announced today that University of Maine at Machias President Cynthia Huggins intends to retire at the end of December 2014. President Huggins has successfully led the Washington County university since 2005 and has been on campus since joining the faculty as an Assistant English Professor in 1997. She also served a brief stint as UMM’s Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs.

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27 August 2014

EDMUNDSTON, NEW BRUNSWICK – Judges have chosen a St. Agatha entrepreneur as the Maine winner of the Realize Your Business Dream competition, as part of the economic component of the recently-completed World Acadian Congress.

Nicholas Textor of Textor’s Greenhouse recently received the honor at a gala in Edmundston, N.B. to celebrate the winners from the three regions of northern Maine; Témiscouata, Quebec; and northwestern New Brunswick.

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27 August 2014

LIMESTONE - Recently, teachers from all over Maine seized the opportunity to become a student once again. The Maine School of Science & Mathematics (MSSM) hosted S.T.E.M Educators Week—a professional development summer workshop for science, technology, engineering and math teachers of grades 3-12.

The educators could choose from 20 different courses throughout the week to further expand their teaching practices and knowledge. This is the third year MSSM has facilitated the educator workshop.

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27 August 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – TAMC employees will participate in their Casual for a Cause Day on Friday, Aug. 29, to support the Heather and Liam Connection.

Proceeds from popcorn sales in the cafeteria at the A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday will also benefit the cause. Information on the program will also be available during that time, as well as project founder and president Judy Bouchard of Madawaska will be at the hospital.

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27 August 2014

FORT KENT – For dog owners who need help with pooch conduct or bad habits, the Fort Kent Recreation and Parks Department will begin offering its Dog Obedience School on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Dog owners must bring written proof of their dog's vaccinations.

All classes will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Jalbert Park Skating Rink Area on Pleasant Street. The class will run from Sept. 3-24 on Wednesday evenings, and will occur regardless of inclement weather.

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27 August 2014

VAN BUREN– Organic Valley’s New England Pool Manager, Steve Getz, will present new emerging opportunities for Aroostook agriculture at the upcoming Aroostook County Farm Bureau annual dinner on from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Levasseur Farrel American Legion Post in Van Buren. Getz, with the help of the Maine Farm Bureau, was instrumental in facilitating a contract with half of the Maine organic dairy farmers who lost their distribution channel when MOOMilk closed its operations.

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27 August 2014

FORT KENT – Northern Maine Medical Center is working to upgrade its emergency room facilities. The ER renovation project is the first since the hospital built the emergency room during the 1970s addition to the building.

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27 August 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY– Organizers of the Super Saturday Secondhand Sale—which helps provide added comfort to patients and their families at TAMC’s A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital—are calling this year's fundraiser another success. The sale raised more than $1,600 was raised in 5 hours at the Super Saturday Secondhand Sale to benefit the ongoing support of a new hospice room.

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27 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - Internet service has returned to Time Warner Cable customers in the St. John Valley after what appears to be a nationwide outage that blocked access until approximately 7:15 a.m. on Aug. 27.

According to several news reports, TWC's Internet service was unavailable from the east coast to the west coast of the United States. One of the websites that tracks reports of outages as they occur, downdetector.com, created a map of regions the outage is impacting, which included Maine, as well as much of the country all the way to California.

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26 August 2014

FORT KENT – Fitness, fun, and color are coming to Fort Kent. With color runs being popular in southern parts of the state, Color ME is a color run for the St. John Valley. Organizers have designed Color ME for all ages and abilities of participants—whether running or walking—and is not timed. Participants will leave covered in multiple colors.

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26 August 2014

BANGOR – USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel recently announced that three Maine community facilities will receive funding to help support community wellness, upgrade a tribal administrative building, and dental healthcare.

The USDA Rural Development’s Community Facility Programs is providing the funding, which assists in the construction, expansion, or improvement of rural community facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services.

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23 August 2014

EAGLE LAKE – An ambulance took a Winterville man to Northern Maine Medical Center on Saturday morning, August 23, after he received injuries in an accident at the far southern end of Sly Brook Road in Eagle Lake.

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26 August 2014

FORT KENT - The St. John Valley has been the target of multiple petty crimes over the past several weeks, and police are seeking the public's help in putting an end to the chaos and apprehending the perpetrator or perpetrators. Acts of vandalism, theft and graffiti have been appearing in the Fort Kent area, and Chief Tom Pelletier said it is likely at least some of the acts are related.

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26 August 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP) recently announced that it has begun its statewide selection process, and Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King encourage Maine high school students to apply.

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26 August 2014
PIXIE - This is Pixie. She is a petite and pretty cat with unusual markings. Pixie is affectionate toward her people, but she is self-sufficient. She has lived with dogs and is dog friendly; however, she does not do well with other cats. She is in excellent health, has been spayed and is current on her vaccinations for rabies and distemper.
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26 August 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – The Presque Isle Historical Society and TAMC invite local historians, enthusiasts and the general public to an exciting opportunity to learn about the history of the Presque Isle region as they offer their third quarterly presentation of 2014 at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

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26 August 2014

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of Aug. 25.

This week's Super 50 Lotto winner is Curt Harvey of Fort Kent. Albert won a total of $440.

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26 August 2014

PAPER WASPS - Photographer Rose Libby of St. Francis captured this detailed image of a passion flower in her garden, and this image of the colorful blossom is this week's jigsaw puzzle. - Photo by Rose Libby

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26 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The new word search puzzle is online, with an interactive webpage that people can see by clicking the following link:

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25 August 2014

MAINE- In observance of Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26, the personal finance social network WalletHub crunched the numbers to gauge the scope of gender-based disparities in an indepth analysis of 2014’s Best and Worst States for Women's Equality in all 50 U.S. states. WalletHub ranked Maine as fourth in overall equality for women.

26 August 2014

WALLAGRASS - Firefighters with the Fort Kent Fire Department received a call at 8:13 p.m on Monday, Aug. 25, about a burning four-wheeler on St. Antoine Road in Wallagrass.

Wayne Anderson was riding a Can-Am Commander ATV in the wooded area approximately 2.5 miles in the woods off Route 11 when it suddenly burst into flames, according to Fire Chief Ed Endee. Anderson was uninjured but the machine was a total loss.

26 August 2014

MADAWASKA – On Saturday, Aug. 23, the Madawaska Police responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident at the Shop 'n Save parking lot in Madawaska.

Emilienne Albert was backing her car out of a parking space when she struck another vehicle that Norman Daigle was driving.

The Madawaska Police responded to the incident at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday.

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25 August 2014

ST. JOHN- For the second summer in a row, Fort Kent Elementary School student Adam Jandreau has grown a garden of fresh vegetables and delivered them to the Greater Fort Kent Ecumenical Food Pantry, which distributes food to local people in need.

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25 August 2014

EAGLE LAKE – Mercy Home staff welcomed the family of the late Lucille Blanchette in honor of their recent donation of the Lucille Blanchette Courtyard to the Mercy Home facility at a celebration on Aug. 10.

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25 August 2014

VASSALBORO– On Friday, Aug. 22, the Maine Warden Service graduated seven new game wardens at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The new wardens recently completed an extensive 12 week advanced academy specifically for Maine game wardens.

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25 August 2014

FRENCHVILLE - Donna and Brent Michaud of Frenchville, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Brently Bobby Michaud. Brently was born on Aug. 24, 2014 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

Maternal grandparents are Ron and Diane Tardif of Frenchville. Paternal grandparents are Dana and Claire Michaud of St. Agatha. 

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25 August 2014

FRENCHVILLE- Folks of all ages enjoyed the Festival Chautauqua on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Frenchville Community Center. A variety of musical acts provided entertainment outdoors throughout the afternoon while artisans displayed their works of art within the center's building and vendors provided grilled foods and iced treats to combat one of the this year's hot summer days in the Valley.

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25 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY – The fifth Congrès mondial acadien finished with a grand day of celebration on Sunday, Aug. 24, after 17 days of celebration.

CMA officials had previously organized the communities from throughout the region into triplet groups. The final day of CMA celebrations began with the triplet communities meeting in their Temiscouata sibling's municipalities for a variety of activities. Activities included Masses, lunches, tours, exhibits, and other activities. The triplet communities included

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25 August 2014

ST. JOHN PLANTATION – A man is uninjured after his vehicle struck a moose in St. John on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 24.

According to a press release from the Aroostook County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 9:02 a.m. on Sunday, the dispatcher sent a deputy to a report of a car/moose motor vehicle crash on Route 161 in St. John.

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25 August 2014

ST. FRANCIS – According to information that the Aroostook County Sheriff's office released on Monday, a St. Francis woman went to the hospital after a speeding truck hit her car in the afternoon on Sunday, Aug. 24 in St. Francis.

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25 August 2014

MONTICELLO – On Sunday, August 24, three people went to the emergency room after a collision between a dune buggy and a 2002 Ford Taurus in Monticello.

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22 August 2014

FORT KENT - The University of Maine at Fort Kent's soccer team beat Ahuntsic College from Montreal 2-0 in an exhibition game on Aug. 21 at the UMFK alumni field.

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22 August 2014

FORT KENT- The University of Maine at Fort Kent is looking for anyone interested in placing an entry in the homecoming-scarecrow parade at 11 a.m. on Sept. 20. The parade is one of the most popular events of the annual UMFK Homecoming and the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Festival that takes place Sept. 19-21.

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22 August 2014

MAINE – Bear hunting season begins at 5:19 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 25 throughout Maine. Last year, more than 10,000 hunters purchased permits to hunt bear, and killed 2,845 bears.

Black bear populations are growing throughout North America, and due to Maine’s heavily forested landscape, Maine boasts one of the largest bear populations in the United States at more than 30,000 bears. As a result, Maine has one of the longest hunting seasons in the country, stretching from the end of August to after Thanksgiving.

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22 August 2014

MAINE - This October, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will team up with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to help Mainers dispose of banned or unusable pesticides.

This free disposal program is open to homeowners, family-owned farms and greenhouses. Collection will occur at sites located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta and Portland. To qualify, those interested must register by Sept. 26, 2014.

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22 August 2014

STE-ANNE, NEW BRUNSWICK - Gilman Leo Madore died on Aug. 7, 2014. He was born on July 25, 1934 in Keegan, the son of Denis Madore and Leona Madore(Cyr).

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Pine Runners ATV club in Van Buren.

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22 August 2014

FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host the fifth annual UMFK Classic and Custom Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 on the university campus.

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22 August 2014

CARIBOU – On the morning of Friday, Aug. 22, at the Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou, alleged murderer Jesse Marquis plead not guilty to the murder of Amy Theriault of St. Francis.

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22 August 2014

Every summer, I have the pleasure of welcoming to Washington four outstanding high school students from Maine—our state’s delegates to Boys and Girls Nation. This summer, Muna Mohamed of Lewiston, Helen Zhang of Bangor, Jordan Soper of Blue Hill, and Adam Fortier-Brown of Randolph joined delegates from throughout the country for an invaluable week-long experience in citizenship and government.

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22 August 2014

MADAWASKA- The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a two-part preservation workshop from 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 9 and 11, at the Madawaska High Schoo. This is a hands-on class that will cover water bath and pressure canning, freezing and drying.

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22 August 2014

CARIBOU - Percy J. Levesque 83, died on Aug. 4, 2014 at his Caribou residence following a long illness. He was born on April 23, 1931 in Madawaska, the son of the late Joyme and Irene (Cyr) Levesque.

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22 August 2014

(Aroostook Partnership for Progress contributed additional material for this story)
FORT KENT, Acadia of the Lands and Forests –With many delegates wearing headphones as they stared intently at the speakers in front of the audience, it appeared similar to a mini-meeting of the United Nations at the World Acadian Congress' (CMA) Conference on Exports, which took place at the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Aug. 19-20.

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22 August 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – Women, Work, and Community will be offering a free 12 week course on the start-up stage or planning for growth for a business venture starting on Sept. 8 in Houlton. The course, “New Ventures” will help new entrepreneurs or business owners create a written business plan from start to finish with feedback from facilitators and fellow entrepreneurs.

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22 August 2014

EAGLE LAKE - Amy and Brandon L'Italien of Eagle Lake, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jase Anthony L'Italien. Jase was born on Aug. 21, 2014 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

Maternal Grandparents are Anthony and Betty Biggs.Paternal Grandparents are Amanda and Daniel L’Italien.

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22 August 2014

FORT KENT- On Aug. 20, Fort Kent farmer Harold Hebert discovered that someone had vandalized his 1979 International Farm Truck resulting in more than $1,000 worth of damages.

Someone beat the truck with a blunt object, according to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier, which broke the windshield, headlights and blinkers. Hebert was storing the truck on an open hayfield he owns. It is possible the act of vandalism took place around Aug. 13, said Pelletier. Police are still investigating the details of the incident.

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21 August 2014

MADAWASKA– A fire near a paper machine at the Twin Rivers Paper Mill resulted in the deployment of the Madawaska Fire Department on Aug. 21, according to Madawaska Fire Chief Jim Soucy.

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21 August 2014

ST. AGATHA - The Maine Town City and County Management Association has awarded the 2014 Rookie of the Year award to St. Agatha Town Manager Christy Sirois. The association presents the Rookie of the Year Award to public administrators who have been in the profession for 5 years or less.

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21 August 2014

ST. AGATHA - Amy and Jesse Reese of St. Agatha, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Marie Reese. Ava was born on Aug. 20, 2014 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

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21 August 2014

ST. AGATHA – Municipal officials have announced that the Town of St. Agatha has received a $1,523 dividend check from the Maine Municipal Association as a result of its good loss experience and loss prevention programs.

The Maine Municipal Association offers three self-funded pools for municipal and quasi-public entities in Maine: the Workers Compensation Fund formed in 1978, the Property and Casualty Pool formed in 1987, and the Unemployment Compensation Fund formed in 1978.

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18 August 2014

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 – Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

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19 August 2014

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS - The World Acadian Congress launched on August 8 and runs through August 24. Fiddlehead Focus will catch many of the special moments that people can enjoy in the first slideshow. The second slideshow contains pictures that our readers have submitted. To purchase any of the images, please click on the 'Visit Galllery' link in the upper right corner of the slideshow window.

Enjoy!

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20 August 2014

FORT KENT – On Aug. 18, at an MSAD 27 school board meeting at the Fort Kent Community High School, district officials met with the public and decided to wait until January 2015 to determine the future of the St. Francis Elementary School. For years, board members have considered closing the school, which has faced elimination due to funding issues and falling enrollment.

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21 August 2014

FORT KENT - The Colleges of Distinction officials have selected the University of Maine at Fort Kent as a national College of Distinction for the 2014-2015 academic year. UMFK is one of of 200 colleges in the country to earn the prestigious designation based on its educational excellence in each of four distinctions—engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus community, and successful outcomes.

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21 August 2014

FORT KENT - On Aug. 5, representatives from The Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine met with personnel from Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC). The primary focus for the site visit was for LDHEA officials to share some of the innovation coming out of the Lunder-Dineen and Massachusetts General Hospital partnership.

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21 August 2014

MAINE- The Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger—which has raised $5.3 million since 1990 including a record-setting $513,000 in 2013—recently announced the distribution of $17,000 to 33 hunger organizations throughout the state. Two food pantries from every Maine county received checks for $500 each, and the Good Shepherd Food Bank, which serves more than 90 percent of the state’s hunger organizations received a check for $1,000.

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20 August 2014

FORT KENT - The Fort Recreation and Parks Department will sponsor season of its co-ed soccer league for grades 3-6. The department plans to have at least five and possibly six teams again this year, and is currently accepting registrations for the upcoming season.

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20 August 2014

FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery will host exhibit "Eye to Eye" by Artist Lulu Pelletier. The exhibit is on display until Friday, Sept. 26.

The exhibit, “Eye to Eye,” is a collection of portraits depicting animals and people in a realistic style. Pelletier says, “I remember my earliest paintings were of people and animals, funny that I am still drawn to these subjects…”

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20 August 2014

AUGUSTA – Gov. Paul R. LePage recently commented on the unemployment rate for July, which at 5.5 percent is down from 6.7 percent in July 2013, and is the lowest since August 2008. Maine's unemployment rate is far below the national unemployment rate of 6.2 percent.

The employment-to-population ratio—which is the share of Maine's population that is employed and a better indicator of economic recovery—is 61.4 percent. July was the 82nd consecutive month Maine's employment-to-population ratio was above the national average.

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20 August 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Anticipation is building for the 2014 REDY…Set…Let’s Go! Youth Triathlon as the online registration site is now live for the third annual event aimed at getting kids more active.

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18 August 2014

FORT KENT – The Acadian Archives acadiennes of the University of Maine at Fort Kent will present Viola Léger in “La Sagouine” on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. in the UMFK Fox Auditorium.

Tickets are $25 per person.

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19 August 2014

FORT KENT - The family eatery Mill Bridge Restaurant has been undergoing construction for the past several weeks in order to expand dining space and add room for a full-service lounge. A local contractor and five employees are working on the addition to the building, which will also include living quarters underneath for owner Barry Pelletier.

"The dining room is quite small here. I find people come out in larger groups and felt we had a need to expand for people to come for parties and for the holidays," Pelletier said.

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20 August 2014

FORT KENT- Lisa Pelletier, unit leader of the operating room at the Northern Maine Medical Center recently announced that Daniel Beaulieu had successfully completed the perioperative nursing course. The Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) offers the course, which utilizes the best surgical nursing practices based on scientific research to prepare and train operating room nurses.

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20 August 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – CompetitorME has created a new event for runners who want to take on a challenging road race locally. The new Harvest Half Marathon and Relay on Aug. 31, allows runners to face that challenge, all while taking in the beauty of Northern Maine.

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20 August 2014

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information has developed a new data system that measures the employment outcomes of college graduates. The system, which took three years to develop, links the records of University of Maine System and Maine Community College System students with their corresponding unemployment insurance wage records available at the department.

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