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Volume VI Issue 5 - Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2015 - Weekend edition
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30 January 2015

EAGLE LAKE – Kevin Henderson has never allowed cerebral palsy to stop him from achieving his goals, so it is somewhat ironic that the biggest blockade to his latest endeavor - to see the Paralympic Games admit wrestling as a sport - is that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is resistant to the addition.

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30 January 2015

We made it, because you helped us make it.

It is a rare moment that I find myself at a loss to express myself, but that is exactly the problem I've had since Fiddlehead Focus received the Small Business Award at the greater Fort Kent Chamber Dinner.

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27 January 2015

SAINT JOHN VALLEY- The following is a list of Saint John Valley school sporting events for the week of Jan. 26 - Feb. 1, 2015:

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30 January 2015

LIMESTONE- It has been nearly two years since the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) secured a 6,000 square-foot classroom in its academic building for a student engineering space; but since the Makerspace’s completion in the spring of 2013, the classroom has been utilized regularly for robotics, art and astronomy classes, as well as the VEX Robotics team.

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30 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - On Thursday, Jan. 29, The Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC) officials announced that cancer patients in northern Maine will benefit from a $2 million gift awarded by a Maine organization.

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30 January 2015

MAINE - The Department of Labor is reminding people who are currently filing for unemployment benefits in Maine to be prepared for the changes coming to the system during the first week in February.

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30 January 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressman Poliquin announced Thursday, Jan. 29 that he will be joining the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. He released the following statement:

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26 January 2015

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 – Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

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28 January 2015

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5 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The following is an ongoing list of obituaries submitted to the Fiddlehead Focus during the month of January, 2015. The staff at Fiddlehead Focus send their deepest condolences to family and friends of the deceased.

For detailed obituaries, please refer to the obituary section of the Fiddlehead Focus by clicking on "Obits" on the homepage menu bar.

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29 January 2015

NORTHERN MAINE- The National Weather Service in Caribou (NWS) has issued a winter storm warning which will affect the region late Thursday night, Jan. 29, through Saturday, Jan. 31.

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29 January 2015

FORT KENT - When Patty Michaud of Fort Kent woke up one morning last September and realized she had lost a Mother's ring passed down to her from her late grandmother, she was heartbroken.

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29 January 2015

FORT KENT – On Wednesday, Jan. 28, students from seven area middle schools competed in the first cross country skiing meet of the season at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center.

 

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30 January 2015

FORT KENT - The following are the high school alpine race results from Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent on Wednesday, January 28, 2015:

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30 January 2015

FORT KENT- Each month, Valley Rivers Middle School (VRMS) recognizes those students who show exceptional character, leadership, and citizenship.

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30 January 2015

EAGLE LAKE - Wallace H. Desjardins 71, died Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in Portland due to complications from heart surgery. He was born on April 4, 1943 in Wallagrass, son of the late Thomas and Georgianna (Bouchard) Desjardins.

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30 January 2015

FORT KENT – At approximately 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, Chief Tom Pelletier of the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) responded to a call of a possible intoxicated driver in the parking lot of a local convenience store.

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30 January 2015

MAINE - Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) has appointed Senator Peter Edgecomb (R-Aroostook) to serve as a member of the Maine Board of Agriculture.

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29 January 2015

HERMON MOUNTAIN / St. John Valley– The newly established Valley Racing Team alpine skiers made an impressive showing at Hermon Mountain on Sunday, Jan. 25.

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28 January 2015

FRENCHVILLE – Students at Dr. Levesque Elementary School (DLES) are participating in a fundraiser to purchase farm animals for a needy family in Sudan, Africa.

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28 January 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY – According to a report the National Weather Service issued on January 28, another winter storm will hit this region early Friday morning night and keep dumping the flakes on northern Maine through Saturday.

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28 January 2015

FORT KENT - Norman “Kutch” Boucher, 80, entered his eternal rest peacefully on January 26, 2015 at his home surrounded by loved ones. Norman was born in Fort Kent, Maine on September 26, 1934, the son of Albert and Melvina (Dejardins) Boucher.

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29 January 2015

NORTHERN MAINE - The Caribou Parks & Recreation Department released the following Official Snowmobile Trail Report on Jan. 28, 2015:

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28 January 2015

CARLINGFORD, New Brunswick- On January 26, officers of the RCMP charged a 23-year-old Grand Falls man with impaired driving and firearms related offenses stemming from a traffic stop on Route 190 in Carlingford, New Brunswick, which is five miles east of Fort Fairfield, Maine.

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27 January 2015

FORT KENT – University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) students took some time out of their busy study schedules Tuesday, Jan. 20, to participate in a recruitment event held by the Kappa Rho chapter of the nationally affiliated Kappa Delta Phi sorority, during which the prospective sisters wrote letters of support and encouragement to soldiers stationed overseas.

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27 January 2015

FORT KENT – In keeping with the Fort Kent Police Department's philosophy of community policing, Chief Tom Pelletier met with a group of men at Crosswinds Residential Care on Thursday, Jan. 22, where he discussed police procedures and some local police history with the group.

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26 January 2015

FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Alumni Association will host its fourth annual talent show fundraiser Saturday, February 7, at 7 p.m. in the UMFK Fox Auditorium; and the line-up is showing that the Valley has a number of local voices and entertainers.

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27 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The University of Maine Cooperative Extension invites all gardening enthusiasts who would like to share their gardening knowledge with the community to consider joining the Aroostook County Master Gardeners Program in the spring of 2015.

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26 January 2015

MAINE – Rep. Roland “Danny” Martin, D-Sinclair, is introducing legislation to encourage registered snowmobilers from Canada to sled in Maine.

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26 January 2015

MAINE- State Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette released the following December 2014 workforce estimates for Maine on Jan. 26, 2015:

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28 January 2015

FORT KENT –Shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, Officer Michael DeLena of the Fort Kent Police Department responded to a call of a possible intoxicated patron at a local convenience store.

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27 January 2015

FORT KENT - PAWS Animal Welfare Society in Fort Kent presents Helga as Pet of the Week for Jan. 26 - Feb. 1.

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27 January 2015

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of Jan. 26, 2015.

27 January 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY - If you have a closing or delay you would like us to include, please send an email to story@fiddleheadfocus.com .

ACAP WIC Clinic in Fort Kent - Postponed until Thursday

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Katahdin Trust - offices close at 1 p.m. Monday.  Will re-open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

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26 January 2015

FORT KENT – University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) students Leslie Winslow and Alex Bailey, who are taking Fiddlehead Focus Publisher Andrew Birden's E-journalism course, were barely into their first class session on Thursday, Jan. 15, when a police scanner at the Fiddlehead Focus offices abruptly sent out a signal announcing a fire in progress.

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27 January 2015

FORT KENT – On Monday, Jan. 26, a two-car accident caused extensive damage to both vehicles involved, according to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier.

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27 January 2015

AUGUSTA - With a severe winter storm bearing down on Maine, Governor Paul R. LePage has declared a State of Emergency and announced that all State offices will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

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27 January 2015

MAINE - With a major winter storm bearing down on Maine, Maine Emergency Management Agency is reminding Mainers to put safety first and help their neighbors weather the storm.

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26 January 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY –The National Weather Service out of Caribou, Maine, is predicting up to 10 inches of snow for a storm moving into northern Maine Tuesday and Wednesday.

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26 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- TAMC welcomed the following Special Deliveries born at A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle during the month of December 2014:

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26 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Having a mammogram at TAMC on Wednesday, February 4 pays in more ways than one as the medical center, in partnership with the Aroostook County Action Program’s (ACAP) Healthy Aroostook project and Daigle Oil Company, mark World Cancer Day by providing CITGO gas cards to those who receive the breast health screening.

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26 January 2015

MAINE – The University of Maine System (UMS) Board of Trustees unanimously approved a coal divesture policy at a January 26, 2015 meeting, directing separate equity and fixed income account investment managers to divest from direct investments in coal mining companies and negatively screen for coal when making future investments.

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26 January 2015

MAINE - Tax season may just be getting started, but tax scammers have been hard at work already.

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26 January 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY– A record number of registered fishers participated in the 10th annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby during the weekend of Jan. 24 and 25.

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25 January 2015

EAGLE LAKE – A loose sled dog, a runaway team, and a missing musher provided nail biting moments at the Irving Woodlands Sled Dog Races held Saturday, Jan. 24, in Eagle Lake.

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26 January 2015

MAINE - Throughout the weekend, Emera Maine’s Storm Response Team monitored weather forecasts and held conference calls in preparation for the snowstorm expected to hit Maine late Monday night and lasting into Tuesday and possibly Wednesday.

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25 January 2015

MIDDLEBURY, Vermont - The University of Maine Fort Kent (UMFK) men's basketball team pulled off the biggest victory in recent program history Saturday afternoon, Jan. 24, by knocking off Middlebury College with a 71-62 score.

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25 January 2015

FORT KENT- Boys and girls classic ski teams from Aroostook County high schools competed in a 6K classic ski meet on Friday, January 23, in Fort Kent. The Caribou teams took first place, the Fort Kent teams came in second, and the Presque Isle teams landed in close third places. The following are the full race results:

BOYS:

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25 January 2015

MADAWASKA - Joan P. Sirois, 79, died Jan. 20, 2015 at a Bangor Hospital after a brief illness. She was born in St. Agatha Sept. 16, 1935, the daughter of Walter & Leona (Pelletier) Thibeault.

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26 January 2015

FORT FAIRFIELD - On Jan. 26 through Jan. 30, the U.S. Border Patrol and law enforcement agencies in Maine will be conducting training exercises on Active Shooter Response at the Fort Fairfield Border Patrol Station in Fort Fairfield.

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26 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Nate Brewer, 34, of Blaine, Maine, pleaded guilty Friday, Jan. 23, in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute bath salts.

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24 January 2015

EAGLE LAKE - Anny Malo, of Quebec, was the fastest racer in the Mad Bomber 30 on January 24, 2015.

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24 January 2015

EAGLE LAKE – The Irving Woodlands Sled Dog Races took a dramatic turn on Saturday, Jan. 24, when musher Martin Masicotte, of Quebec City, failed to reach a checkpoint after all of the other sled dog teams in the race had done so, but after a quick search by ground and air, he has returned to the race.

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24 January 2015

EAGLE LAKE - With a light snow falling and the baying barking and yipping cries of close to 200 athletic sled dogs, the 2015 Irving Woodlands 100 and Mad Bomber 30 race launched the competitive season in Northern Maine.

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23 January 2015

FORT KENT– In the second installment of the 2015 Aroostook Cup Series, which the Fort Kent Outdoor Center (FKOC) hosted Sunday, Jan. 18, 29 skiers enjoyed warmer winter weather - a welcome relief from a biting January cold snap - as they competed in the Frostbite 30k, 15k and 5k Citizens Freestyle Races.

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23 January 2015

FORT KENT – While the rest of Maine's public universities may be facing declining enrollment, new numbers which the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) released Tuesday, January 20, show the small campus continuing to grow at an expanding rate.

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23 January 2015

FORT KENT – The U.S. News and World Report has ranked the University of Maine at Fort Kent as the 12th top college for Veterans in the north region of the United States in its 2015 rankings for United States colleges.

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23 January 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS – As part of the follow-up activities of the economic component of the Congrès mondial acadien 2014, a first mobilization forum on Experiential Tourism was held Saturday, Jan. 17, in Edmundston.

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23 January 2015

MAINE - The Maine Community College System (MCCS) Board of Trustees appointed Derek Langhauser on Friday, Jan. 23, to serve as Interim President of the MCCS, effective Feb. 16, 2015.

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23 January 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have introduced legislation – the Veterans Access to Community Care Act of 2015 – that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use its existing authority to offer community care to veterans who live more than 40 miles driving distance from the nearest VA medical facility that provides the type of care they need.

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20 January 2015

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 – Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

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22 January 2015

FORT KENT - On Friday, Jan. 16, officers with the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) participated in an educational session presented by Hope and Justice Project staff to train law enforcement professionals in the proper use of the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment Tool (ODARA).

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22 January 2015

FORT KENT – Students from across SAD 27 demonstrated superb spelling skills in the district-wide Annual Spelling Bee held at the UMFK Fox Auditorium on Thursday afternoon, January 22.

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23 January 2015

FORT KENT – CollegeChoice.net, a college ranking service, recently released their list for the Most Affordable Online Colleges for Bachelor’s Degrees, and the University of Maine at Fort Kent is in the top 50 nationally.

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22 January 2015

FORT KENT - Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) staff are pleased to introduce Paisynn Marie Charette, the hospital's first baby of 2015 born at 12:51 a.m. January 14, 2015.

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23 January 2015

CROSS LAKE - Jesse and Jessica Jalbert of Cross Lake are pleased to announce the birth of their son Tanner Michael Jalbert. Tanner was born January 21, 2015 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

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22 January 2015

ST. AGATHA / Frenchville – The St. John Valley community will be able to show support for RF Chamberland by donating to the American Red Cross at a spaghetti dinner 10:30 a.m. Sunday, February 8, at the Dr. Levesque Elementary School Cafeteria in Frenchville.

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23 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) has earned a state award for its record of safety as well as its policies, procedures and training dealing with safety issues.

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23 January 2015

MAINE- The Maine Department of Labor will deploy a major upgrade to the state’s unemployment system during the last week of January.

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23 January 2015

MAINE - According to a press release Friday, Jan. 23, by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, Republican Gov. Paul LePage wants to get rid of the secretary of state position and replace it with a lieutenant governor.

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22 January 2015

MAINE - The Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) is warning those filing for unemployment insurance benefits of a scam that attempts to obtain credit card information.

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22 January 2015

FORT KENT – Brien and Melinda Boucher of Fort Kent recently celebrated their one year anniversary as owners of North Ridge Services D/B/A Lew Rioux Co.; and the young couple say the event is especially meaningful to them because at one point their plans to become business owners almost fell through due to a lack of funding.

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21 January 2015

FRENCHVILLE – On Saturday, Jan. 10, boy scouts from Fort Kent Troop 189 participated in an instructional session about flying and airport safety at the Northern Aroostook Regional Airport in Frenchville.

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22 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - In 2014, cashiers all over Aroostook asked customers to "Add it Up" by rounding up their purchase to the nearest dollar and then donating the difference to Aroostook Aspirations Initiative (AAI) to assist more young people in Aroostook County get a college degree.

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22 January 2015

MAINE – Educate Maine is searching for the 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year and search committee officials are inviting the public to nominate their favorite public school teacher.

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21 January 2015

FORT KENT - According to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, commercial growers who only use general (over-the-counter) pesticides on their crops must have an Agricultural Basic Pesticide Applicator License by April 1, 2015.

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22 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - A national nonprofit called Baseball for All is organizing a national girls baseball tournament to be held this summer in Orlando, Florida, and members of the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s athletic department are working to put together a team from Maine.

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21 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Wednesday, January 14 might have been just another day for most; but for Juanita Rideout of Mars Hill and the staff of TAMC’s Mars Hill Health Center, it was a milestone day because Rideout turned 100 years old.

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21 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The cost of college is on the minds of most seniors in high school and other adults who aspire to a college degree, and the TRiO College Access staff members from the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) are hosting several College Goal Month events to help.

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21 January 2015

MAINE - Snowmobilers will have the opportunity to enjoy the trails in the neighboring states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont for free during an annual three-day event which will take place January 30 - February 1, 2015, that allows all legally registered Maine snowmobiles to be operated in New Hampshire and Vermont without being registered in those states.

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