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Volume VI Issue 35 - August 29 - 30, 2015 - Weekend edition
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28 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - The Valley Rivers Middle School (VRMS) boys soccer team took down the Presque Isle Middle School (PIMS) Blue Team in a 3-0 shutout on their home turf on Thursday, August 27.

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28 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – Residents of Crosswinds Residential Care partied like it was 1969, sort of, at a 'hippie' party on the afternoon of Thursday, August 27.

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28 August 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The Edgar J. (Guy) Paradis Cancer Fund, held its annual fundraiser on one of the St. John Valley’s warmest days of the summer. In its twenty-fifth year, the August 16 Tour de la Vallee event registered seventy seven participants who walked, ran or biked.

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28 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has notified Dr. Christina Freston, Northern Maine Medical Center’s (NMMC) newest physician, she has achieved national board certification in osteopathic and allopathic medicine.

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28 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - Kelly and Kevin Raymond of Fort Kent are pleased to announce the birth of their son Karter Raymond. Karter was born August 27, 2015 at Northern Maine Medical Center.

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28 August 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) staff say it will be an exciting semester for students in the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) program this fall, as the college has expanded and renovated the program's lab, thanks to $135,000 in funding from the legislature.

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28 August 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – Come September, Hope and Justice Project will welcome a new executive director as well as a new associate director.

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28 August 2015

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - The University of Maine at Presque Isle will welcome U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins (R-ME), a County native and key leader in the U.S. Senate, as the first guest speaker in its 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecturer Series.

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28 August 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Local history buffs will have another chance to learn about Presque Isle history as TAMC and the Presque Isle Historical Society team up Wednesday, September 2.

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28 August 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine - Senator Peter Edgecomb (R-Aroostook) compiled a perfect 100 percent voting record in the Maine Senate during the First Regular Session of the 127th Maine Legislature.

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28 August 2015

MAINE - Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Mary Mayhew announced Monday, August 24, that the Department has increased funding to home care services for the elderly and the Meals on Wheels program using savings from the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.

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24 August 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015 – Sunday, August 30, 2015

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5 August 2015

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25 August 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The following is an ongoing list of obituaries submitted to the Fiddlehead Focus during the months of July and August, 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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27 August 2015

MADAWASKA, Maine – Drop-offs have begun in the Madawaska Elementary School Parent-Teacher's Association's campaign to “stuff a bus” full of school supplies for local children.

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27 August 2015

MADAWASKA, Maine – Police have charged a 23-year-old Madawaska man with operating under the influence and criminal speed following a traffic stop near an outdoor soccer game Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

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28 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - (Editor's note: The following is an updated agenda.) The 773rd Meeting of the Directors of MSAD No. 27 will be held at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in the Conference Room at the Fort Kent Community High School. The agenda is as follows:

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28 August 2015

MADAWASKA, Maine - The Madawaska Board of Selectpersons will meet Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Madawaska Town Office. The agenda is as follows:

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27 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – Rural U, the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s early college and dual enrollment program, has launched a free mobile app for use by its students and high school partners.

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27 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) has hired James Reese to be the new director of nursing at the organization.

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27 August 2015

MAINE - Bishop Robert P. Deeley is pleased to announce that Maureen Provencher will be the new director of youth and young adult ministry for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, effective September 14, 2015.

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27 August 2015

HOULTON, Maine - (Updated August 27, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.) Search crews have located the wreckage of a missing plane Thursday morning, August 27, in a small man-made pond off the White Settlement Road in Houlton, a short distance from the Houlton airport.

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27 August 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS - The murders of two journalists and wounding of the person they were interviewing on Wednesday, August 27, are stark reminders that life exists on a precarious wall between random circumstance on one side and the need to stay aware of our surroundings on the other.

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26 August 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY – Young art students from artist Gert Thibodeau's class took home their Northern Maine Fair awards on Thursday, August 20. Thibodeau presented the students with their awards as part of an open house and exhibit at the Meet Our Colors gallery in Madawaska.

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27 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – Faculty, former students and friends of the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) Forestry program gathered for an open house to celebrate the program's new facilities at the UMFK Armory building on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

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26 August 2015

SOLDIER POND / WALLAGRASS, Maine – The Soldier Pond and Wallagrass Beautification Committee will host a day full of family-friendly events on Saturday, September 5, 2015.

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26 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) notified Northern Maine Medical Center’s (NMMC) Human Resources Department on August 17 that Terry Caron had attained national certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing.

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26 August 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY – The Maine Department of Education has awarded a grant to the St. John Valley Adult and Community Education Collaborative (MSAD No. 27 and Madawaska) for $70,000 through its federally-funded Adult Education Integrated Education and Training Pilot Grant program.

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26 August 2015

To the editor:

I spent several hours going over the new proposed Madawaska School Budget scheduled to be voted on September 2. I have come to the conclusion that the Madawaska School Committee and School Department just don’t get it. In July Madawaska voters overwhelmingly rejected the school budget. Now the School Committee is proposing a new budget that is only about 14000 dollars less than what was rejected in July, a reduction of two tenths of one percent. Shades of the SAD 27 Budget?

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26 August 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Tuesday, August 25, 2015 that Kraft Heinz Foods Company of Newberry, South Carolina is recalling approximately 2,068,467 pounds of turkey bacon products that may be adulterated because it may spoil before the “Best When Used By” date.

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25 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – With their first game of the 2015 season a week away, University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) Athletic Director and Head Coach of the Men's Bengals Soccer team, Bill Ashby, said the guys "are in it to win it" this year - and he means the championship.

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25 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine and EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Freshmen at Fort Kent Community High School (FKCHS) started the year off with a new orientation program, based on one used in Edmundston, New Brunswick, that aims to empower and promote confidence in students.

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25 August 2015

MADAWASKA, Maine – A Madawaska mother of four - and former singer - is bringing the beat to local events as the area's only female DJ.

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25 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – Hope and Justice Project will host the fourth annual Chalk It Up, Fort Kent! on September 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the SEARS parking lot in Fort Kent in honor of the upcoming Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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25 August 2015

MSAD No. 27 - The following is a public notice for a MSAD No. 27 public information session, annual budget meeting and referendum vote:

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25 August 2015

EAGLE LAKE, Maine - The Town of Eagle Lake will hold an informational Public Hearing on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Elementary School Gymnasium to discuss the proposed withdrawal from MSAD No. 27.

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25 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – On Saturday, August 22 at approximately 9 p.m., Officer Curtis Gagnon of the Fort Kent Police Department conducted a traffic stop of a 1997 Chevrolet pick-up which accelerated excessively on East Main Street in Fort Kent.

Upon investigation, Officer Gagnon arrested the driver of the vehicle, Beth Kingsbury, age 36, of Madawaska, with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

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25 August 2015

FORT KENT - PAWS Animal Welfare Shelter presents Kit as PAWS Pet of the Week in hopes that this little cat will find its forever home.

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25 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of August 24 - 30, 2015.

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25 August 2015

To the Editor:

As a parent, I believe the three most lasting gifts we can give our kids are unconditional love, a sound moral compass, and a good education.

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25 August 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY, Maine - Talent is a resource that is plentiful in the St. John Valley, and Lorraine Levesque of Edmundston, New Brunswick, provides us with one of her still life paintings to remind us of this fact. In this painting, Ms. Levesque shows us how earth tones can combine to create energized images of common sunflowers and radishes. Her painting, used with permission, is this week's jigsaw. - Photo by Don Levesque

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25 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - (Editor's note: The date of the referendum will be on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 and not on the 16th as mentioned at the board meeting. The change is due to a conflict for one of the towns.) After voters opted not to pass two budgets at referendum this summer, the Maine School Administrative District No. 27 (MSAD No. 27) board of directors, which met Monday, August 24 at the Fort Kent Community High School cafeteria, has elected to return the most recent failed budget to district voters.

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24 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – Approximately 200 people attended the annual BBQ and Band “FUNdraiser” on Saturday, August 22, 2015 to benefit the Fort Kent Outdoor Center.

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25 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - Karen Comfort of Fort Kent passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday August 22, 2015 surrounded by family and loved ones. She was born April 27, 1954 in Presque Isle, Maine.

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24 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – On Friday evening, August 21, 2015, Officer Michael DeLena of the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) responded to a report of a bucket truck laying on it's side on the Caron Road, which is just off the South Perley Brook Road in Fort Kent.

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25 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – During the early morning hours of Saturday, August 22, at approximately 2 a.m., Officer Christopher Cyr of the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) responded to a caller's report of a disturbance at 15 East Main Street in Fort Kent.

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24 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – The University of Maine at Fort Kent is “ringing the bell” for student success, having once again received “Best Northeastern College” status by the prestigious publication, The Princeton Review.

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24 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – The Fort Kent Police Department has charged two men in connection with a fatal motorcycle accident which occurred August 1, 2015.

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24 August 2015

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – (Update: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 4:45 p.m.: The city of Edmundston has lifted the boil order as of today, Wednesday, August 26. The boil order has been in effect since Sunday evening, August 22.)

The city of Edmundston has issued a “boil order” for residents of Saint-François Street, between Laporte and Daigle streets, due to a water main break in the area.

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24 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - The Maine Sports Legends Hall of Honors has named local sports legend Emory "Legs" Labbe, along with Dick Durost and Conrad Walton, as Northern Region Maine Sports Legends. The organization will honor them at the state-wide Maine Sports Legends Banquet at the Boys and Girls Club in Waterville on October 4, 2015 at noon.

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24 August 2015

MADAWASKA, Maine – A Madawaska man was arrested on Friday, August 21, for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court this spring, following his third charge of allegedly operating under the influence.

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24 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - The Pregnancy Care Center of Aroostook (PCC) staff and volunteers are pleased to announce Lisa Chouinard has accepted a position as the first center director in Fort Kent.

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24 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - Clarence "Cout" Dubois Sr., 84, died peacefully on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at a Fort Kent Health Care Facility. He was born on September 28, 1930 in Fort Kent, the son of Leo and Marie (Lafarrie) Dubois.

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24 August 2015

To the Editor:

Greetings and Good Day. My name is Gary Skillings, and I am writing to express my thanks to all of the “new” relatives and friends who attended a reception at the Knights of Columbus facility in Madawaska on July 17th.

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21 August 2015

MADAWASKA, Maine - The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be offering a two-part food preservation workshop at the Madawaska High School on September 1 and 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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24 August 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Two television stars are lending their names and making their way to Aroostook County to help raise funds for a region-wide service that cares for, and transports, critically ill patients in need of trauma and specialized care in emergency situations to advanced medical care centers.

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21 August 2015

MAINE - USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel has announced an investment of $815,700 for projects that will provide important benefits in Maine’s rural communities.

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21 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – A canoe parked on the sidewalk on Main Street in Fort Kent is a fairly common sight, especially since the Northern Forest Canoe Trail opened up in 2006. But three-year-old Malo Bognet may be the youngest person to complete the entire trail.

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21 August 2015

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Guests arriving at one of three rendezvous points for the third annual Dîner en Blanc (White Dinner) on Thursday, August 20 in Edmundston were surprised to find out that rather than taking a bus to the “secret location” - an annual tradition – they were walking.

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21 August 2015

GRAND ISLE, Maine - Residents of the town of Grand Isle and members of the Grand Isle Fire Department (GIFD) gathered on Monday, August 17 to honor Mr. and Mrs. Richard Porter of Durham, Connecticut for their recent donation of a fire truck to the community.

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21 August 2015

MADAWASKA, Maine – The first steps of demolition have begun at the St. Thomas Aquinas rectory building next door to the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

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21 August 2015

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick - The Gallant family has sold the Mont Farlagne ski center to a group of Edmundston investors.

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21 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - A mischievous, wee imp named Montell will take over the Blake Library Gallery at the University of Maine at Fort Kent during the month of September.

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21 August 2015

BOSTON - The FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine are appealing to the public for help in locating two stolen N.C. Wyeth paintings.

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17 August 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015 – Sunday, August 23, 2015

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20 August 2015

MAINE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT NO. 27 – The first day of school for Maine School Administrative District No. 27 students living in the St. Francis and Allagash area who bused to and from Fort Kent Elementary School (FKES) proved unpleasant for the students, according to some parents who said the MSAD No. 27 bus transporting the children, Bus No. 2, was overcrowded.

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20 August 2015

ST. LEONARD, New Brunswick – Visitors steadily trickled into the Rendez-Vous des Artistes on Friday morning, August 14. The annual gathering of 100 painters and sculptors has been an annual event since its inception in 2003 by founder and artist Clarence Bourgoin.

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20 August 2015

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Retired businessman Jean Daigle of Edmundston, New Brunswick has donated $1 million towards construction of the city's new community ampitheater.

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21 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – In two unrelated incidents Wednesday, August 19, and Thursday, August 20, 2015, the Fort Kent Police Department made the following arrests:

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21 August 2015

MAINE - U.S. Senator Susan Collins thanked Gregoire Faucher, a native of Madawaska, for his hard work as an intern in her Caribou Constituent Services Center this summer.

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20 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - The University of Maine at Fort Kent invites business, community, and service organizations throughout the Valley to participate in a “Community Fair” on Thursday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cyr Hall.

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20 August 2015

MADAWASKA, Maine – A man and his friends were unharmed Wednesday evening, August 19, following a fire which totaled a pickup truck near power lines in Madawaska.

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19 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – Girl Scout leader Amy Levesque said she is hoping many Fort Kent area girls in grades Kindergarten on up will turn out for a Girl Scout recruitment night, which the organization will hold at the Fort Kent Elementary School (FKES) on September 2.

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20 August 2015

FORT KENT / HOULTON / PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Hope and Justice Project, a local resource center for anyone affected by abuse and violence, is asking individuals, businesses, and groups to consider sponsoring their Domestic Violence Awareness Month efforts for $100 by September 1, 2015.

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20 August 2015

VAN BUREN, Maine - Ernestine Doucette, 92, died peacefully Monday, August 17, 2015, at a Van Buren healthcare facility. She was born May 13, 1923 in Van Buren, a daughter of the late Hubert and Anastasie (Lausier) Doumont.

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20 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - An organizational meeting to generate interest in the nine-day cultural trip to Cuba during April Vacation, 2016, will be held at the Fort Kent Community High School Library at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 24.

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20 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - The 5th Annual Lions Club Golf Ball Drop will be held in Fort Kent's Riverside Park on Saturday, September 19 at 6 p.m.

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20 August 2015

MAINE - With Aug. 26 being Women’s Equality Day and the U.S. failing to make the top 10 on the Global Gender Gap Index, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best and Worst States for Women's Equality and found that Maine is the sixth best state in the union for women's equality.

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19 August 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The following is the Maine State Police Troop F log report from August 9 - 15, 2015:

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