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Volume V Issue 16 - April 19, 2014 - Saturday edition
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18 April 2014

FORT KENT– The University of Maine at Fort Kent Student Nurses Organization hosted a community health and wellness fair on Friday, April 18, in the UMFK Sports Center. People of all ages and backgrounds attended the educational event.

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18 April 2014

FORT KENT- The Fort Kent Recreation and Parks Department is gearing up for the 2014 Little League Baseball season. Last year, 68 youth participated in the league that consisted of four teams, Lions, Gas N Go, RF Chamberland, and Nortrax John Deere. The program is of high interest in the community with teamwork, fair play and baseball skills emphasized by its volunteer coaches.

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18 April 2014

Once again Dennis Dechaine has been victimized by Judge Carl Bradford. The retired active justice remains very much in character—wrapped in an aura of infallibility—oblivious to the progress of science in the application of justice.

At the 1989 trial that resulted in Dechaine‘s conviction for the murder of Sarah Cherry, Judge Bradford denied Dechaine’s request for DNA testing, saying that the testing was not reliable. For his information, more than 300 inmates have been exonerated over the past three decades because of DNA findings just through the Innocence Project.

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18 April 2014

FORT KENT –Daigle and Houghton, a commercial truck dealership in Fort Kent, recently doubled the size of their territory in Maine.

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18 April 2014

FORT KENT- The Betterment Fund has awarded the town of Fort Kent a grant of $15,000, said Director of Planning and Economic Development Steve Pelletier. The fund provides funding for Maine communities to help improve their residents’ quality of life, health, and capacity to sustain its natural resources.

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18 April 2014

FORT KENT- Robin Damboise, director of human resources at the Northern Maine Medical Center recently announced that Tina Lizotte was selected as Employee of the Quarter. Lizotte is a medical assistant at the Acadia Family Health Center in Madawaska. She has worked in multiple capacities at NMMC for a total of 12 years.

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18 April 2014

DÉGELIS, QUEBEC– “Cooperative as an Economic Model” is what participants in the seminar on cooperation, on Aug. 18 and 19, will discover in Dégelis. From the small to multinational businesses, as well as medium-sized businesses, the focus will be on approximately 50 cooperatives and support agencies throughout the seminar organized within the Economic Summit of the Congrès mondial acadien 2014.

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19 April 2014

CARIBOU- Luella Randolph Palm, 94, died April 12, 2014 in Caribou. She was born in St. Francis on December 27, 1919, the daughter of the late Gilbert and Sadie (McPherson) Morrison.

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15 February 2014

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18 April 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY- The month of April is nationally recognized as sexual assault awareness month. The theme for 2014 proclaims, “It’s time to talk about it,” as an opportunity to keep the conversation going all month long. Efforts can be seen across the state of Maine, and across the country, to educate the public about sexual violence prevention, supporting survivors and speaking out against harmful attitudes and actions.

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18 April 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The Aroostook Medical Center and Crown Emergency Care reached out to LifeFlight of Maine, which was stationed in Presque Isle on April 16 to allow the crew to assist as needed during the local crisis caused by flooding at several central Aroostook locations. TAMC is a member of EMHS, and LifeFlight is a joint venture program between EMHS and Central Maine Healthcare in Lewiston.

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18 April 2014

EDMUNDSTON, NEW BRUNSWICK –The organizing committee of the "Acadia in all its challenges!" conference recently unveiled its programming. The conference will take place Aug. 11-14 at the Université de Moncton Edmundston campus.

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18 April 2014

CARIBOU- Dermatology and You: Learning to Love the Skin You’re In, will be the topic of t Aroostook Medical Center’s April Community Lunch and Learn/Healthy Aging Luncheon, set for the Caribou Inn and Convention Center on Friday, April 25. Entertainment and other activity will begin at 10 a.m., with lunch and the presentation to follow at 11 a.m.

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18 April 2014

FORT KENT - Water levels were dropping on the St. John River after a night of concerns for minor flooding in the region as a result of ice jams.

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18 April 2014

FORT KENT –Maine School Administrative District No. 27 Finance Director Lucy Tabor announced on Frida, April 18 that students who ride buses that travel beyond Kelly Crossing on Route 161 will experience a two-hour delay due to flooding.

Ice jams have caused flooding to cross Route 161 near Kelly Crossing, which is about nine miles outside of Fort Kent towards St. Francis and Allagash.

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17 April 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- Due to the impact of this year’s severe winter in Northern Maine, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and wildlife has suspended the spring wild turkey hunt in portions of Northern Maine, specifically Wildlife Management Districts 1-6. The spring turkey season will remain unchanged in all other areas of the state.

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17 April 2014

FORT KENT – Ten students from environmental and biology courses recently spent 11 days on the road traveling to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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17 April 2014

WASHINGTON– U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins and Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree, along with a bipartisan group of their Senate and House Colleagues, are urging the Department of Agriculture to reverse its proposal to close or consolidate 250 Farm Service Agency offices. The plan, they wrote, could be particularly disruptive to farmers in rural states like Maine who often depend on the technical assistance provided by local FSA officials.

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17 April 2014

FRENCHVILLE- Ruth G. Cyr, wife of the late Gilbert H. Cyr, passed peacefully in her sleep at a Frenchville Health Facility, on April 6, 2014 at the age of 79. She was born on Dec. 31, 1934 in Frenchville, the daughter of the late David and Eva (Daigle) Gagnon. She was in the same health facility that her mother, Eva Gagnon, built and managed until her death in 1996.

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17 April 2014

AUGUSTA - Joan (Bouchard) Raymond, 80, of Augusta, formerly of Plainville, passed away on Monday, April 7, 2014. She was the wife of the late Gerard Raymond, with whom she shared 21 years of marriage.

Born in Fort Kent on April 15, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Edmond and Lucianne (Saucier) Bouchard. A resident of Plainville since 1961, she was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Church.

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14 April 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014 – Sunday, April 20, 2014

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17 April 2014

FORT KENT –At 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, the FiddleheadFocus.com website crashed as a result of a widespread outage of websites across the world. Over 24 hours later, at approximately noon on Thursday, service returned.

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17 April 2014

FORT KENT– From mid-February to mid-March every year, Daigle Oil Company's DOC's Place CITGO service stations and dealers in Northern and Central Maine rally employees, friends and customers to support the company's annual shamrock campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This year, DOC's locations sold $1 and $5 paper shamrock mobiles and transformed windows, walls and doors to match the St. Patrick's Day theme. The money raised allowed the company to make a record-breaking donation to the local MDA chapter.

17 April 2014

LAC-MÉGANTIC, QUEBEC – Eight months ago, the people of Lac-Mégantic thought the world was ending.

A runaway 72-car train carrying a volatile variety of crude oil derailed and exploded in this community of 6,000, killing 47 people and destroying the town center. Now, on a rare sunny morning in early March, ice melted to slush and water trickled into sewer drains in this village 10 miles from Maine’s western border.

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17 April 2014

FORT KENT – Transportation Supervisor Peter Saucier said School Administrative District No. 27 has released some students at noon on Thursday, April 17, who live upriver from Fort Kent on Route 161 due to flooding.

Ice jams have caused flooding to cross Route 161 near Kelly Crossing, which is about nine miles outside of Fort Kent towards St. Francis and Allagash.

16 April 2014

FORT KENT – According to Fort Kent Police Officer Chuck Richards, he and Police Chief Kenneth Michaud arrested and charged a man on April 15 with criminal threatening in an encounter that involved scissors, a broken door on a squad car, dirty floors, coffee brandy and accusations of cannibalism.

Officer Richards said he responded to a complaint of a disturbance at an apartment at 45 West Main St. He found Darren Charette, age 43 approximately, outside the apartment building and threatening his neighbor.

17 April 2014

VAN BUREN - The Maine School Administraive Districe No. 24 has released the honor roll for Van Buren Middle School and Van Buren Secondary School students.

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17 April 2014

MAINE- A total of 13 newest troopers joined the State Police in graduation ceremonies on Friday, April 11 at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. With Gov. LePage looking on, the new troopers received their badges from the Chief of the State Police, Colonel Robert Williams.

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17 April 2014

FORT KENT- The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s fifth annual Scholars’ Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25 on the UMFK campus. The theme for the event this year is “The Language of Learning.”

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17 April 2014

AUGUSTA- Nearly 350 librarians and educators from public and school libraries around Maine recently converged in Augusta for the 25th Annual Reading Round Up conference promoting reading and literature for children and young adults. One of the highlights of the event was an award ceremony honoring books, authors and illustrators representing excellence in the field of children's and young adult literature.

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17 April 2014

AUGUSTA- Numerous Maine residents have contacted the Secretary of State's Office regarding the website, http://www.drivers-licenses.org/Maine. Residents have used this website to attempt to renew their driver's license online. After providing the website with personal information and being charged a fee, users receive information on how to renew their licenses but fail to receive a new license. This website is not associated with the Maine Secretary of State's office or the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

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15 April 2014

28th meeting of the Directors of MSAD No. 10
7:30 a.m. - Friday, April 18, 2014 - Conference Room at the St. Francis Elementary School.

Agenda

Roll Call:

Public Comment Period:

ANGUS_KING_HS
17 April 2014

Exactly 100 years ago, Henry Ford shocked the business world by doubling his workers’ pay. Predictions of the collapse of the business were heard and his competitors were furious. But Ford understood that the ultimate success of his business depended upon customers who could afford to buy his cars – and he wanted his workers to be among those customers. And so it is today that our economy needs customers, workers with enough take-home pay to buy the goods and services that make our country run. I think it's time to take a lesson from old Henry Ford.

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15 April 2014

11 A.M. APRIL 16 UPDATE: The Aroostook Emergency Management Agency has released an updated list of road closures due to flooding in the County.

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16 April 2014

FORT KENT– Residents of Maine School Administrative District No. 27 received the latest in a couple of years’ worth of grim news about district finances at a public hearing the school hastily scheduled on April 15, at the Fort Kent Community High School gymnasium.

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16 April 2014

CASWELL- On April 15, at approximately 9:20 p.m., law enforcement received a report that Paul Oliver, 74, of Caswell went missing after attempting to move his truck through a flooded portion of Oliver Road in Caswell. Oliver had moved his truck across the flooded dirt roadway and attempted to walk back across the flooded road to his residence.

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15 April 2014

FORT KENT – The Fort kent Town Council met on Monday, April 14, to discuss a long list of agenda items ranging from ATV access to zoning issues.

“We ride the trails so we gotta make sure we know what we're doing,” said Fort Kent resident Theresa Plourde, shortly before the start of the council meeting on Monday.

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15 April 2014

Less than a year ago, a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in Lac-Mégantic, a small Quebec town ten miles from the Maine border.

Thousands of gallons of the highly flammable crude oil spilled from ruptured tank cars, setting off fireballs in the town’s center that killed 47 people and destroyed 30 buildings. Some bodies were likely vaporized and never identified.

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15 April 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The National Weather Service office in Caribou has issued a flood warning from 3:37 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 until 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. Law enforcement and citizens have reported water in several roads throughout the County.

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15 April 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- There’s a new addition to the Aroostook Medical Center’s Active Medical Staff, and young mouths all over the region will benefit from the collaboration.

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15 April 2014

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of April 14.

This week's Super 50 Lotto winner is Paula Charette of Fort Kent. Charette won a total of $432.

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15 April 2014

Aroostook County Commissioners' Meeting
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Registry of Deeds Office Conference Room in Fort Kent

Call to Order

Public Comment Period

Approval of Agenda

Approval of Minutes of the April 2, 2014 County Commissioners' Meeting

agenda
15 April 2014

28th meeting of the Directors of MSAD No. 10
7:30 a.m. - Friday, April 18, 2014 - Conference Room at the St. Francis Elementary School.

Agenda

Roll Call:

Public Comment Period:

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15 April 2014

HEALTHY AND FREE - Wildlife advocates recently released a young golden eagle in northern Oxford County after three months of clinical care and rehabilitation at Avian Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Freedom. The gift of healthcare saved this eagle's life and allowed the bird to enjoy new freedom. - Photo Courtesy of the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Division

15 April 2014

FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent is pressing charges against the people who attempted to break into a university residence hall on Saturday morning, April 12, said Fort Kent Police Chief Kenneth Michaud. The university is also pursuing internal judicial proceedings with one, and possibly more, students involved in an alleged assault that occurred prior to the attempted break-in.

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15 April 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- For the seventh consecutive year, NMCC is hosting its annual Creative Writers’ Reading Series to be held in the Edmunds Library at noon on Wednesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 23. The public is invited to these free events that celebrate Community College Month and National Poetry Month.

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14 April 2014

FORT KENT - The Northern Maine Medical Center hosted a variety show on April 4 at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium. The entertainers ranged in age from eight to 65 and offered talents such as singing, dancing, music and comedy skits.

14 April 2014

FORT KENT – Police have charged Kevin Phillips, 21, of Troy, N.Y., with aggravated assault after a fight in a local bar late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

According to Police Chief Kenneth Michaud, a fight broke out at BeeJay's Tavern at approximately 12 a.m. between Phillips and John Kelly of Fort Kent.

14 April 2014

ST. AGATHA - Wisdom Middle/High School has released its honor roll for the third term.

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14 April 2014

OXFORD COUNTY- A young Golden Eagle was recently released in northern Oxford County after 3 months of clinical care and rehabilitation at Avian Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Freedom. Biologists from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and New Hampshire Audubon Society joined Avian Haven staff and local cooperators to release the eagle.

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14 April 2014

AUGUSTA– Maine’s high school graduation rate continues to climb with 86.36 percent of all students who entered the ninth grade in the fall of 2009 earning their diplomas on time in 2013, but State education officials stress that proficiency must be the top priority.

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14 April 2014

AUGUSTA- Maine's Job Bank has added more jobs in the beginning of April to bring the total to over 7,000 openings available. The job bank, a service of the Maine Department of Labor, is an online job board that is free for both employers and job seekers.

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14 April 2014

Board of Select People
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014

14 April 2014

Madawaska Board of Select People

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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14 April 2014

ST. DAVID - At approximately 7:30 a.m. on April 13, the Madawaska Police Department received a report of a driver that had struck a potato house and abandoned the vehicle, according to Ross Dubois of the Madawaska Police Department.

14 April 2014

FORT KENT – Police have charged a woman for disorderly conduct after an incident at a Fort Kent party early morning on Sunday, April 13.

According to Fort Kent Police Chief Kenneth Michaud, at 3:11 a.m. the Fort Kent Police received a report of a fight at the residence of Josh O'Clair at 597 Violette Settlement Rd. Four minutes later, police received a second call requesting an ambulance to the same address.

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14 April 2014

MADAWASKA - Madawaska police have charged Andrew McQuarrie, 75, of Frenchville, with operating a vehicle under the influence, driving to endanger, and failure to stop for an officer.

The charges stem after the police department received a report of an erratic driver at 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.

Officer Danielle Levesque caught up with McQuarrie's vehicle and observed his driving. Levesque then proceeded to pull McQuarrie over, but was unable to stop him.

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13 April 2014

UPDATED 5 p.m. April 14:

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The National Weather Service office in Caribou has issued a Flood Watch beginning 8 a.m. on Monday, April 14 until the evening of Wednesday, April 16.

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14 April 2014

FORT KENT- For many years, a number of individuals with Northern Maine Medical Center have preserved many historical artifacts since the founding of NMMC. Their intent was to create a display to depict the rich history of the hospital’s founding, beginning with the efforts of the church and the communities of the St. John Valley.

14 April 2014

FORT KENT – According to Superintendent Tim Doak, Maine School Administrative District 27 will conduct a public meeting on Tuesday night at the Fort Kent Community High School gymnasium to discuss a large gap in the anticipated budget for the next school year.

To see details on the budget issues, click here.

The meeting will occur at 6:30 p.m.

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11 April 2014

PRESQUE ISLE- The Brigham Young University-Idaho Sinfonietta, a 38 member chamber orchestra from Rexburg, Idaho, will present a spring concert in the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Wieden Auditorium on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. The Sinfonietta’s performance is part of a two-week tour through Québec, the Maritime Provinces, and locations in Massachusetts and Maine during April. The concert is free although donations will be accepted at the door for The American Cancer Society.

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11 April 2014

LIMESTONE– Recently, the Aroostook Chapter of Credit Unions presented its Annual Financial Fitness Money Management Experience for high school students throughout the County, in conjunction with Jobs for Maine Graduates at the Loring Job Corps in Limestone. Approximately 400 high school participated in this year’s fair, which is the largest in the state. The fair is part of Maine credit unions continued leadership on helping teenagers to better understand financial education and money management.

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11 April 2014

MAINE- Emily Cain, a Democratic candidate for Congress in Maine’s Second Congressional district, says that equal pay is a priority of hers, and that the time has come to protect working families by requiring equal pay for equal work. Cain says that Equal Pay Day is important because it calls attention to the disparity in wages that exists in Maine and across the country.

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11 April 2014

FORT KENT - Students in grades six, seven, and eight from Valley Rivers Middle School were given the opportunity to participate in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon this February.

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11 April 2014

PRESQUE ISLE- Spring has arrived, albeit only in title, here in the County where residents have endured record low temperatures and bountiful snowfall well past its typical season. While most consider such weather conditions as a call for continued hibernation, Kyle Washington of Presque Isle saw it as an opportunity to try some new outdoor activities.

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11 April 2014

PRESQUE ISLE- The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host Noah Hutton, a documentary filmmaker and neuroscience enthusiast who will deliver a talk titled "Engaging Minds: The Blue Brain Project and the Race to Understand the Human Brain" on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. His talk is part of the 2013-2014 University Distinguished Lecturer Series and is free and open to the public.

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11 April 2014

MADAWASKA - Shannon Berube of Madawaska is proud to announce the birth of her son, Blanke Alexander Berube. Blanke was born on April 4, 2014 at the Northern maine Medical Center.

Maternal grandparents are Gilman and Diane Berube of Madawaska.

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11 April 2014

WASHINGTON– Congressman Mike Michaud recently voted against H.R. 2575, legislation that would make it easier for employers to deny hardworking Americans healthcare coverage. The bill would change the definition of a full-time work week under the Affordable Care Act from 30 to 40 hours a week – and in the process puts at risk the employee-sponsored health coverage of one million people, according to estimates from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

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11 April 2014

FORT KENT –A stand-up comedy concert on the night of Thursday, April 11 marked an end to a long winter for the hundreds of people who attended the event at the Fort Kent Community High School gym.

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11 April 2014

LEWISTON- Bates College student Gabrielle Naranja of Fort Kent delivered a researched-based presentation at this year's Mount David Summit. The summit is the college's annual campus-wide celebration of student academic achievement held in late March.

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11 April 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - With Fort Kent's 10th Mountain Lodge on the covers and a center spread showing locations for more than 100 Acadian family reunions, the St, John Valley helps the latest issue of Echoes magazine show that the eyes of the world are on Northern Maine and adjacent Canada.

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11 April 2014

Aroostook County- Northern Maine Community College graduates may compete for a full scholarship created by Kaplan University's Maine campuses, as Kaplan works to build the state’s workforce through higher education. Each of the three Kaplan University campuses in Maine-South Portland, Lewiston, and Augusta-will award one full scholarship covering all tuition fees, and books to complete a 2+2 bachelor’s degree program in the student’s chosen field of study. In addition, one runner-up from each campus will be awarded a 50 percent scholarship.

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10 April 2014

VAN BUREN - A ceremony on Wednesday, April, 9 resulted in the honorary induction of the Quebec communities of Pohenegamook and St. Athanas Riviere Region.

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11 April 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY- The Congrès mondial acadien 2014 community will be well informed on the territory of Acadia of the Lands and Forests through a new map of the territory and the development of an online audio tour of 45 unavoidable attractions.

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11 April 2014

WASHINGTON- Workforce development officials from northern and central Maine are back in the state, armed with new ideas to help the unemployed, after attending the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Forum in the nation's capital.

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11 April 2014

Every spring, as daytime temperatures begin to rise, but the nights remain cold and crisp, many Mainers head to the woods to tap our maple trees and collect their precious sap.

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10 April 2014

FORT KENT- On April 9, the sixth annual Youth Voices Law Enforcement Basketball Game fundraiser had friends, relatives and interested bystanders in the audience hooting and hollering - or is that hooping and hollering? The yearly event pits high school students against members of government agencies, such as the Maine Forest Service or Customs and Border Patrol, in a fun-filled, mixed team basketball game.

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10 April 2014

FORT KENT – On Wednesday, April 10, a lucky supporter of the eighth grade class at Valley Rivers Middle School used her winning raffle ticket for a three-minute shopping spree at John's Shurfine Grocery store. The student who sold the most raffle tickets also enjoyed a one-minute spree.

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10 April 2014

FRENCHVILLE - This morning, State Trooper Andrew Levesque responded to a report of a vehicle crash on Route 1 at the Fort Kent/Frenchville town line.

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10 April 2014

Fort Kent Warriors Spring Sports Schedules

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9 April 2014

EAGLE LAKE- Northwoods Nectar is hosting an open house on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., according to owners Steve and Holly Hardwick. The business is the only maple syrup business in the St. John Valley registered with the Maine Maple Producers Association and will treat visitors with maple taffy on snow and tours of the business. The gift shop will be open and stocked with maple syrup, maple products and other confections, and handmade gift items.

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9 April 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – Due to the high amount of people lined up to give blood at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Sports Centerwait times were as long as two hours on April 9, according to university spokesperson Susan Tardie.

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10 April 2014

FORT KENT- The University of Maine at Fort Kent Athletic department will offer a week-long, co-ed soccer and basketball camps this summer. Registration is open to children entering kindergarten up to eighth grade.

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9 April 2014

CELINA, Texas- Surrounded by his children, Jon Christopher Moseley, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 7, 2014 in Celina, Texas, in the home of his daughter. Jon was a beloved father and grandfather. He loved his family, and loved taking care of people.

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9 April 2014

BOSTON - Martine Martin passed away on April 1, 2014.

Prior to moving to Boston, she attended high school in Fort Kent and graduated from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Her stage name was Anderson Lynne Mar.

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9 April 2014

FORT KENT –A combination of factors have come together to create a $1.7 million budget gap for Maine School Administration District 27. The anticipated budget crisis is forcing district leaders to consider tough choices to bridge the gap, including eliminating programs, positions and closing a school.

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9 April 2014

FORT KENT – Famed author Cathy Pelletier has been dropping into local schools as part of her effort to promote her new novel, "The Summer Experiment."

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9 April 2014

AUGUSTA– A state senator and candidate for Congress last month tried to have lawmakers pass special legislation to help a single constituent undo at least part of a legal agreement with the state designed to protect a lake in Aroostook County. State Sen. Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, said his bill would allow the constituent to avoid $109,000 in fines and also let him maintain the Long Lake property in a way the state said would violate the law and pollute the lake.

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9 April 2014

MAINE- The Maine Better Transportation Association’s “Worst Road in Maine Contest” has become a sure sign of spring. The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness of the personal cost of bad roads, whether it is in increased vehicle maintenance costs, safety risks, lost travel time or other impacts. The contest is currently underway and will continue until midnight on May 15.

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9 April 2014

WASHINGTON– U.S. Sen. Angus King recently released the following statement after voting in favor of declassifying the Findings and Conclusions, and Executive Summary of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report regarding the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) Detention and Interrogation Program:

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9 April 2014

MAINE – Maine adults who want to return to college may qualify for as much as $4,000 per year in scholarships for up to four years in a new Adult Degree Completion Scholarship Fund announced by the University of Maine System. The fund aims to help Maine people complete their academic studies—many adults started their university education years ago, but did not complete a degree program for some reason, possibly due to family or work obligations.

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8 April 2014

WINSLOW– The Maine Warden Service held its annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, April 2 at the Winslow VFW. In attendance were guest speaker Gov. Paul R. LePage as well as the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Chandler Woodcock and Andrea Erskine. The meeting was led by the Colonel of the Maine Warden Service, Joel Wilkinson.

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8 April 2014

PORTLAND- In the first of a planned series of policy rollouts, Independent Gubernatorial Candidate Eliot Cutler has released his 21-point transportation and communications infrastructure plan.

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8 April 2014

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiswer for the week of April 7.

This week's Super 50 Lotto winner is Pam Bouchard of North Waterborough. Bouchard won a total of $430.

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8 April 2014

MUDSEASON VALLEY STYLE - Spring is so close that people can almost taste it. But before spring, we must endure the annual Mud Season. But as this image from the Eagle Lake Mud Bog illustrates, there's mud season, and then there's mud season with that distinct St. John Valley gusto. - Photo by Andrew Birden

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8 April 2014

ST. JOHN PLANTATION- Miaja and Clint Jackson of St. John Plantation are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Lacey Bea Jackson. Lacey was born on April 7, 2014 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

Maternal grandparents are John and Wanda Pelletier of St. John Plantation. Paternal grandparents are Clayton and Mary Beth Jackson of Allagash.

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8 April 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- Spring flood potential remains high in much of the State, as snow and ice persist across the foothills, mountains and north, including the headwaters of Maine's major rivers.

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8 April 2014

WASHINGTON– Last week, on the floor of the Senate, U.S. Sen. Angus King called for a greater investment in American manufacturing and announced his support for bipartisan legislation that would help jumpstart innovation and promote manufacturing across Maine and the country.

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8 April 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - April marks the 11th annual National Donate Life Month. The month marks an appropriate time to celebrate that the Aroostook Medical Center is meeting and exceeding goals the hospital has set towards referring potential organ and tissue donors in the hopes of saving lives throughout New England.

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8 April 2014

AUGUSTA- Gov. Paul R. LePage signed LD 1632, "Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management to request the Federal government to Recognize Environment Hazards at the Military Training Center in Gagetown, New Brunswick and the Resulting health Risks and Disabilities Suffered by Certain Members of the Maine National Guard" on April 2.

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7 April 2014

ST. AGATHA- Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) has developed a one day seminar to help loggers and off road truckers become more profitable. The seminar follows up on a very successful logger business training program from last spring at the University of Maine Fort Kent.

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7 April 2014

AUGUSTA- The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Employment Services have launched a program designed to successfully transition those on welfare to meaningful employment.

money april 7 2014
7 April 2014

WASHINGTON– Congressman Mike Michaud recently voted in support of allowing the House to consider an amendment to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Michaud is a co-sponsor of a bill supporting the minimum wage increase. House Republicans succeeded in defeating the effort on April 2.

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7 April 2014

To the Editor,

The Fort Kent High School National Honor Society students' project for this year is to raise awareness and funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. They have chosen Bob Farley and Krazy Jake, a Maine comedian to perform at the CHS gymnasium on April 10 at 8 p.m. These students and their peers are our future leaders and they should be supported for their effort in this worthwhile project.

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11 February 2014

FORT KENT– Comedian Bob Marley will perform in April as part of the Fort Kent National Honor Society's fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. The show will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 in the Fort Kent Community High School gymnasium.

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7 April 2014

FORT KENT– The University of Maine at Fort Kent Waneta T. Blake Visiting Professor, in conjunction with, the Environmental Studies Speaker Series will welcome Author Den Latham to present on campus, Tuesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 23.

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7 April 2014

SILVER RIDGE- On April 5 at approximately 11:20 a.m., State Trooper Timmy Saucier responded to a report of a two vehicle head on crash with injury on the Pond Road in Silver Ridge.

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7 April 2014

PRESQUE ISLE- The Presque Isle CareerCenter is co-sponsoring a job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 9, at the Northeastland Hotel. Sponsored by the Presque Isle CareerCenter, the Maine Department of Labor, and Northern Maine Development Corporation.

Senator Susan Collins
7 April 2014

Maine has a robust and growing craft brewing industry, which employs more than 1,200 people. Our state is home to nearly 50 breweries producing quality beer from Bangor to Bar Harbor, Portland to Skowhegan, Biddeford to Whitefield and many communities in between. This growing industry has the potential to create even more new jobs in the future.

Yet, many small brewers are concerned with a proposed rule by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that they say could threaten this promising industry by unnecessarily increasing costs.

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7 April 2014

FORT KENT– The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host its annual “Earth Day – Every Day,” from 12:45 to 2:10 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at the UMFK Sports Center. 

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4 April 2014

PRESQUE ISLE—The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Alumni Board of Directors has announced that Megan (Fowler) Stanley, special education teacher in Ashland, has been named the recipient of its 2014 Distinguished Recent Alumni Award. Stanley will be presented with the award during the University Day luncheon at Noon on Wednesday, April 16, in the Campus Center.

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4 April 2014

AUGUSTA- Labor Commissioner Jeanne S. Paquette has issued a statement expressing her disappointment on the Legislature’s failure to pass LD 1698, "An Act To Streamline the Work Permitting Process for Minors and To Conform Allowable Places That Minors May Work to Federal Law." Despite an amendment that gained unanimous support in the Senate, the House insisted on its action of Ought Not to Pass, killing the bill on Monday, March 31. A previous vote in the House, 85 to 58, was largely along party lines.

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4 April 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – A growing interest in triathlon and run/walk events in Aroostook has brought together four County organizations to improve the health and wellbeing of area residents. The group has organized a series of activities this summer in Northern Maine for all ages and ability levels.

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4 April 2014

WASHINGTON– After the U.S. Senate voted last week to once-again adopt a temporary, one-year fix of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula, known as the ‘Doc-Fix’, U.S. Sen. Angus King called for a comprehensive solution to the 12-year-old problem by passing the Medicare Drug Savings Act.

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5 April 2014

CARIBOU - Law enforcement officers arrested a Caribou man after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s (MDEA) Aroostook Task Force and the Clandestine Drug Laboratory Enforcement Team (CDLET) executed a search warrant Friday evening, April 4. at a mobile home on the Old Washburn Road in Caribou, according to a press release from MDEA Commander Peter Arno.

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4 April 2014

MADAWASKA- Lise Pelletier, director of the Acadian Archives at the University of Maine at Fort Kent will give students at Madawaska Middle/High School a presentation on Acadian history and culture on Monday, April 7. According to MMHS French Teacher Debbie Nadeau, the presentation will tie in with what the students are currently learning about the upcoming Congrès mondial acadien 2014 and other class topics.

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4 April 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The National Weather Service In Caribou has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow and mixed precipitation from midnight tonight to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

The advisory calls for snow and sleet accumulations of 3-5 inches, with the possibility of thin glaze of ice.

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4 April 2014

PRESQUE ISLE– A University of Maine at Presque Isle program that serves “intellectually curious” local residents over 50 and believes in “learning for life” is presenting its Spring 2014 session, offering participants the opportunity to learn about everything from martial arts to meteorology. Spring classes are underway between March and May and, while some courses have begun, others will be held starting in April. To sign up for classes, contact Mary Lawrence at 768-9502.

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4 April 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- Passersby of the Aroostook Medical Center’s A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital campus in Presque Isle did a double-take on April 1. The 25-foot high snowman that has greeted visitors to the Academy Street facility for the past month suddenly grew bunny ears!

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4 April 2014

FRENCHVILLE - Jenna and Maxime St. Onge of Frenchville are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Gracie Lynn St. Onge. Gracie was born on April 3, 2014 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

Maternal grandparents are Charles and Jackie Collin of Frenchville. Paternal grandparents are Yves and Claudette St. Onge of St. Jacques, New Brunswick.

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4 April 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - While most in the County are longing for spring, one nurse at the Aroostook Medical Center is happy that winter is sticking around this year due to another passion she has in addition to her nursing career.

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4 April 2014

HOULTON- The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has charged a Houlton man with producing methamphetamine in his garage. Officials charged 36-year-old Thomas Lowery with Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Methamphetamine).

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4 April 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY – On March 27, voters within the seven towns of Alternative Organizational Structure 95 decided to dissolve the AOS, leaving the original MSAD 27 and MSAD 10 to manage the schools.

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4 April 2014

SIEGAS, New Brunswick- The RCMP have arrested a 42-year-old man from Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska and a 36-year-old man from Rivière-Verte for breaking and entering, and theft of copper wire.

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4 April 2014

FORT KENT –Eliot Cutler, the runner-up in the 2010 Maine gubernatorial election, was in Aroostook County this week, including the St. John Valley, to speak with people about his plans for Maine as he campaigns in the 2014 election for governor.

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3 April 2014

FORT KENT- Lily Brickman of Fort Kent has been selected to receive the Richard Steele Scholarship to attend Explo at Yale for three weeks in July and August. In addition, the scholarship provides individualized college counseling upon Brickman's return to high school in the fall and continues through her acceptance to college.

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3 April 2014

PRESQUE ISLE - Jennifer Belanger, owner and operator of Jeni's Jewelry received a $200 marketing mini-grant from Women, Work and Community. The grant is one of several that the group, Women, Work and Community, awards throughout the year "...aimed at helping small businesses with four or fewer employees get a boost with their marketing and promotion," according to the organization's website.

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3 April 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The following County residents were recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Jonathan Roy of Frenchville initiated at The University of Maine

Marcy Hernandez of Houlton initiated at The University of Maine

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3 April 2014

PRESQUE ISLE- With more than 30 businesses and governmental agencies from across the region and throughout the state planning to participate, the University of Maine at Presque Isle is preparing to host its biggest career fair in recent years and expanding the event to include information on attending graduate school. UMPI’s Career, Job and Grad School Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, in the Campus Center.

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3 April 2014

WALLAGRASS - Kristie and Curtis Gagnon of Wallagrass are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Hailey Loraine Gagnon. Hailey was born on March 31, 2014 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

Maternal grandparents are Larry Jandreau of Bradley and Donna Jandreau of Greenville, S.C. Paternal grandparents are Joel and Brenda Gagnon of Wallagrass.

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3 April 2014

WASHINGTON– In the wake of the Supreme Court decision McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission, which abolished caps on an individual’s total donations to federal candidates, parties and some political committees, U.S. Sen. Angus King introduced legislation that would give Americans the information they need to know about who is really funding the candidates on their ballot. The Real Time Transparency Act of 2014 would require that all contributions of $1,000 or more be filed with the Federal Election Committee (FEC) within 48-hours.

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31 March 2014

To our listeners and clients,

We truly apologize for giving you the silent treatment. It is something no radio station should ever do to its faithful listeners and loyal clients.

We went off the air Wednesday afternoon (March 26) and after examining and checking everything we could see, discovered the problem early on Saturday afternoon.

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3 April 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The Pregnancy Care Centers of Aroostook will hold a Walk for Life fundraiser at all three locations in Presque Isle, Houlton, and Fort Kent simultaneously at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15. All three walks will occur rain or shine and are 2 miles with a police escort.

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3 April 2014

AUGUSTA- In accordance with State Law, the Maine Treasury recently announced the addition of $13,506,933.25 to Maine's Unclaimed Property Fund. The property consists of financial assets that have gone unclaimed by their owners.

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3 April 2014

FORT KENT- Kathy Knight, RN, Director of the Northeastern Maine Regional Resource Center, was at Northern Maine Medical Center on March 20 and 21 to provide emergency preparedness training based on FEMA’s Incident Command System.

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2 April 2014

FORT KENT– The University of Maine at Fort Kent Student Nurses Organization will host a community health and wellness fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the UMFK Sports Center.

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2 April 2014

Budget Workshop

The 740th meeting of the Directors of MSAD No. 27 will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Community High School Conference Room.

Agenda

Roll Call

Adjustment to the Agenda

Public Comment Period

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2 April 2014

AUGUSTA– Gov. Paul R. LePage has ordered the lowering of State of Maine flags on all public buildings and grounds to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, April 3 in honor of the two Boston firefighters who died last week.

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2 April 2014

WASHINGTON- The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, can be found online at the FBI website at fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

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2 April 2014

AUGUSTA- The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Forestry announced that it has expanded the online burn permit system statewide. Citizens seeking to burn brush, wood debris or agricultural fields now have the option to obtain their open burning permits electronically. Traditional handwritten burn permits are still available, but the online system allows permits to be acquired 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, provided that the fire danger is not high.

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2 April 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - A few weeks ago, award winning novelist Cathie Pelletier answered questions about her newest novel in an email interview with writer and journalist Jenna Beaulieu.

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31 March 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014 – Sunday, April 6, 2014

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2 April 2014

FORT KENT –A local contractor began demolition of a home in Fort Kent on Wednesday, April 2, in order to allow a nearby truck dealership to expand.

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2 April 2014

FORT KENT- Dave Hobbins, University of Maine at Fort Kent Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies, has been selected by the by the National Council for Geographic Education as one of 18 faculty nationwide to participate in an Integrated Geospatial Education and Technology Training (iGETT) grant. The grant is supported with funding from the National Science Foundation and with the support of NASA.

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2 April 2014

FORT KENT- On March 26, the Northern Maine Medical Center Guild took a tour of NMMC’s MRI Suite. Jessica Baron, MRI Technologist at NMMC for 15 years, provided the guild with a tour and information session on the risks and benefits of having an MRI exam.

housing
2 April 2014

WASHINGTON– U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King recently released a letter that they wrote to U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan urging the implementation of regulatory and administrative relief measures for public housing authorities in Maine and across the country. In addition, the senators also released HUD’s response, which praises their suggestions and outlines relief measures that have already been adopted to help PHAs maximize funds and manage their programs.

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1 April 2014

FORT KENT– The University of Maine at Fort Kent Student Activities will host a coffee house featuring singer and songwriter Daniel Morin of "Enigmatic North." The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 in the Bengal’s Lair.

UMFK students and employees may attend at not cost. Admission for community members is priced at $5.

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1 April 2014

FORT KENT- Officials from TD Bank announced the start of a new program called the Affinity Program that will benefit the Edgar J. Paradis Fund. TD Bank will make an annual contribution to the fund based on the activity of all participating members’ TD Bank accounts.

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1 April 2014

Last weekend, I had the extraordinary experience of joining the Navy for a training exercise known as Ice Exercise (ICEX) to gain a deeper understanding of U.S. military operations in the Arctic and to learn about the region’s strategic value to our country. I’m a great believer in the power of firsthand experience and this trip provided me with invaluable knowledge that will better inform my work on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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1 April 2014

AUGUSTA- State law enforcement and child abuse prevention partners gathered at 12:15 on Tuesday, April 1 in the State House Hall of Flags to talk about their work on child abuse and neglect in Maine. The event kicked off Child Abuse Prevention month.

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1 April 2014

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have released the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of April 1.

This week's Super 50 Lotto winner is Luke Lajoie of Fort Kent. Lajoie won a total of $430.

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1 April 2014

WASHINGTON, Maine – Michael James Connors Carlson, passed through time on March 24, 2014, at home with his family who kept vigil. He was waked at home where he wanted to be.

His life began at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he lived during his early years. He was the son of Shirlee Connors Carlson and M. Karl Carlson. His grandparents were Leola Brownell-Carlson and Theodore Hallberg of Bemus Point, N.Y. and James and Rose McBrearity Connors. A man of all seasons, he valued home, family, friends and “critters,” both great and small.

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1 April 2014

FOUND ARTIST - The sun is shining, the nights are cold, and the days are warming, and that means the maple sap is running. A few weeks ago, maple syrup expert Roger Lavertu showed the wonders of maple taffy at the UMFK Sucrerie. Roger made the taffy by pouring hot maple syrup over fresh snow and then rolling it up on a stick after it had cooled a bit. His friendly gesture of offering taffy to folks is the inspiration for this week's jigsaw. - Photo by Andrew Birden

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1 April 2014

FORT KENT –Sitting at her small coffee table in the kitchen of her elegant log home, about eight feet from the charred remains of the family's garage, Michelle Plourde Chasse said, “They did a great job with timing, assistance and saving our home.”

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1 April 2014

FORT KENT - Alan Susee, owner of the Sears Hometown Store in Fort Kent, took over operations of a second Sears Hometown Store located at 213 West Broadway in Lincoln on March 6. The Lincoln store is identical in format as the one in Fort Kent, and offers all major appliances, lawn and garden products, Craftsman Tools, mattresses, and the complete selection of products offered through Sears.com.

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1 April 2014

PRESQUE ISLE– A new exhibit from Presque Isle Historical Society entitled “Pictures, Postcards & Plates: Souvenirs of Presque Isle’s Past” is now open

Senator Susan Collins
1 April 2014

Imagine being told by a doctor that you have a medical condition that requires invasive, painful, and expensive treatments-with the majority of the cost billed to the Medicare program-only to later learn that these treatments were not medically necessary after all. This is exactly what happened to a retired woman from Michigan who recently testified before the Senate Aging Committee, on which I serve as the Ranking Member.

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1 April 2014

WASHINGTON– Citing concerns over recent price increases for natural gas in New England, U.S. Sen. Angus King and a group of his colleagues from New England called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to review this winter’s natural gas prices to ensure that markets have been functioning properly and that price spikes are not the result of speculation or manipulation.

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