ALLAGASH – Valley author Cathie Pelletier released her latest book, “A Year After Henry: A Novel” on Aug. 5. The novel follows the process of grief of the family of a man who passed away. In an interview with Fiddlehead Focus, Pelletier explained the basis and goals in writing the novel.
FORT KENT – At 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, more than 60 sixth-grade students from Fort Kent Elementary School arrived at the Fort Kent Sears parking lot to participate in the Hope and Justice Project's third annual Chalk It Up event. The event took place on what would have been the 32nd birthday of Amy Theriault, who died as a result of domestic violence.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY - They say lightening never strikes twice, but that was not the case for a very fortunate Northern Maine Community College student who is attending college again this year courtesy of the Alumni and Friends Organization tuition-free raffle. Business student Heather Copeland of Easton won for a second time, having won during last year’s raffle.
AUGUSTA – Sunday, Sept. 28, is World Rabies Day, and the State of Maine reminds Mainers about ways to protect themselves and their pets from rabies infection. This year, health professionals have joined together to plan the eighth annual World Rabies Day, with educational events across the state during the month of September.
MADAWASKA– The Madawaska Police have charged Scott St. Pierre of Madawaska with filing a false report, after his vehicle struck another vehicle, and St. Pierre reported himself as the victim of a hit and run, according to Madawaska Police Chief Carroll Theriault.
MAINE – The Better Business Bureau is warning schools and school districts across the country about receiving possible fake invoices for educational supplies. In the past few weeks, there has been a rush of complaints filed with BBB against “Scholastic School Supply,” which claim either a Nevada or New Jersey address that turn out to be mail drops.
Each month Fiddlehead Focus staff will select a few pieces found online that may be in the form of a video, image, animation that we find noteworthy. The pieces will explore a variety of topics, and all pieces will be appropriate for every age and audience. Our goal is to shed light on some of the uplifting, funny, educational, and beautiful pieces out in the wild online world that our readers may never see.
FRENCHVILLE – Officials with The Maine Arts Commission met with Valley community members on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the St. John Valley Technology Center to gather feedback to improve the MAC and its offerings. Approximately 10 people attended the forum and provided feedback.
WASHINGTON– On Wednesday, Sen. Angus King continued his support for small businesses in Maine and around the country by announcing his co-sponsorship of legislation that would encourage women's ownership and give women-owned small businesses more opportunities to win federal contracts.
"Opportunity presents themselves every day - to everyone. You just have to be alert and ready to act." - Marc Ostrofsky
Last month, the quiet little town of Grand Isle watched as Frenchie's Store closed its doors. The store had been open at the Main street location (under different ownership) since decades before I was born. I remember seeing photos of the store with horses tied outside and wooden sidewalks crossing it's doorstep.
PORTLAND - Following the lead of Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Bishop Robert P. Deeley has officially joined Twitter - @BishopDeeley. The bishop’s tweets will include reflections on prayer and scripture; tales, pictures and videos from his travels around Maine; quotes from his homilies; and responses to questions from followers.
FORT KENT - The Valley ATV Riders have opened a new trail which is located off of North Perley Brook Road, and is approximately 1.9 miles in length. The trail bypasses an existing stretch of a 2,000 foot trail that the club closed off due to issues between the club and the landowner.
FORT KENT – Maine residents often hear about declines in university enrollment. But one Maine university, the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), is bucking the trend. University officials have announced that fall enrollments have reached a historic high of 1,342 students, surpassing the previous mark of 1,339 students set in 2006.
MAINE - Maine drivers are nearly 20 percent more likely to collide with a deer in the next 12 months than they were last year, according to new claims data from State Farm. The odds drivers will hit a deer in Maine the coming year are 1 out of 150, below the national odds of 1 in 169.
AUGUSTA – Maine’s Education Commissioner is asking the public and a panel of parents, educators and business leaders to inform improvements that the MDOE plans to make to the state’s learning standards for mathematics and English language arts.
FORT KENT – The Fort Kent Historical Society is hosting an art exhibit featuring the works of notable artist Gilbert Roy, who lived in Fort Kent during the 20th century. Roy moved to the Valley in 1903 and was the patriarch of a family that Historical Society Director Chad Pelletier refers to as a “dynasty of artists.”
WASHINGTON – Earlier this week, U.S. Sens. Angus King and Richard Burr introduced legislation to reform federal student loan repayment programs. Current graduates face a maze of federal student loan repayment programs from which to choose that often leave students confused about which program best fits their needs.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY – A newly installed state-of-the-art MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine at TAMC will provide County patients with the latest in imaging technology close to home. The new unit, which provides improved image quality for the more than 2,200 MRI scans done annually at The County’s largest medical center, also offers greater comfort for patients.
LIMESTONE - The Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone is ranked as the 11th best school in America, according to the 2014 Newsweek ranking. The ranking is based on methodology from Newsweek that weighs last year’s enrollment, graduation rate, weighted SAT composite scores, changes in student enrollment in 9-12 grade levels, and the counselor-to-student ratio.
FORT KENT - Residents at the Rosewood Estates condominium complex and visitors of the Fort Kent Senior Citizens Center will now have access to town water thanks to the hard work of the Town of Fort Kent and an engineering firm.
As Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, an issue I care deeply about is whether older Americans will have the financial resources they need to be secure in retirement. After four decades in the workforce, seniors should be confident they will have the money they need to pay their bills and enjoy their retirement, without fearing they will be overtaken by debt and fall into poverty.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The Aroostook Emergency Management Agency (AKEMA) held a free training on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Caribou Courthouse to teach new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members who will serve all of Aroostook County.
FORT KENT - The University of Maine at Fort Kent women's volleyball team has a new coach, is fielding a roster of many new players, and all of the team members are playing far from home, but these apparent deficits are actually surprising benefits that have already helped the team win a major tournament in the first weeks of school.
MADAWASKA – On Sept. 19, students from the Madawaska Middle and High School will join teachers and members of the public to walk, run or jog the Madawaska Mile in preparation for the students’ annual Presidential Fitness Challenge.
MADAWASKA – The Madawaska School Committee held its regularly scheduled meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15 at the superintendent's office. Madawaska Superintendent Ginette Albert reported her initial impression of the district's new bus as a "disgrace."
TRACTOR TREK - Over the summer, the Memorial Tractor Trek on July 12 featured over 40 tractors that drove 50 miles to raise money for the Hospice of Aroostook and the Aroostook House of comfort. They had one of their vintage tractors break down while they were passing by Fiddlehead focus publisher Andrew birden's house. He grabbed his camera and snagged this image of PTO aficionados which is this week's jigsaw puzzle. - Photo by Andrew Birden
DORA- This little lady's name is Dora. She is a petite girl who was alone until PAWS found her. Since then, she has received her distemper and rabies vaccinations, been cleared of any parasites, and given some needed dental work. She had already been spayed.
FORT KENT – Along with showcasing how much the region can offer to visitors, an article in the September issue of the online version of Men's Journal referred to Fiddlehead Focus as “the world's best-named paper”.
ST. JOHN VALLEY - On Aug. 21 and 22, as part of the World Acadian Congress events, the Nursing Department of the Universite de Moncton, campus d’Edmundston (UMCE) in partnership with the Nursing faculty of the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) and the Nursing Department of the Universite du Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR), held a two day conference, “The Nursing Profession: History, Analysis of the Present and Looking Towards Future Directions.”
MAINE – Gov. Paul R. LePage joined Maine Securities Administrator Judith Shaw in announcing the findings of a pilot project in which the Office of Securities participated. The project's goal is for officials to better understand the cybersecurity practices of state-registered investment advisers, which account for more than half of the registered investment advisers conducting business in the United States.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The Maine Arts Commission is hosting community conversations throughout the County to hear from residents of all walks of life on their thoughts of current arts and cultural offerings and what they would like to see in the future.
ORONO – Following the first full week of school for Maine students, Emily Cain, a candidate for Maine’s Second Congressional District, underscored the importance of education to Maine’s economic success.
WASHINGTON - Rep. Mike Michaud and Sens. Collins and King announced at the end of last week an approximate $3 million investment to the Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc. and the Kinship Program,( AFFM ) remembered grandparents on their special day on Sept. 7, 2014, but additionally we celebrate and applaud grandparents who open their hearts and homes to parent their grandchildren every day all year long.
FORT KENT – A few minutes after midnight on Saturday morning, the Fort Kent police received a call that a tire had fallen off of a moving car and flew through a window of a building on Main Street, damaging the storefront that once was the home of Shoes to Boot.
MAINE - As the Class of 2018 enters its first year of secondary school, school leaders are thinking deeply and asking questions about what it means to award a proficiency-based diploma after Jan. 1, 2018.
AUGUSTA - Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills was on Capitol Hill on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 10, to deliver remarks at the invitation of a Congressional panel focused on the impacts of free trade agreements.
MAINE - Having a baby is expensive. Between one-time expenses such as a crib and stroller and ongoing costs that include diapers and formula, prospective parents must evaluate not only their life situations but also their finances before jumping in the deep end.
FORT KENT - National Surgical Technologist Week will take place across the country from Sept. 21-27. The celebration acknowledges the expertise required for a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) to perform their duties.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY - A run/walk event unlike any other is coming to the Northern Maine Regional Airport as part of the second annual Take Flight event on Saturday, Oct. 4. The PenAir 5k on the Runway will provide participants of all ages the opportunity to run, walk, stroll or otherwise make their way down the second longest commercial runway in Maine—all the while supporting a great cause.
In recognizing that Madawaska's difficult economic situation is a reality, the Madawaska School Committee and the Madawaska Board of Selectpersons has met their commitment of reducing the local tax burden by $178,000 ($89,500 from each), resulting in NO TAX INCREASE for the Town of Madawaska.
PRESQUE ISLE - An emergency preparedness drill on Tuesday, September 30 in Presque Isle will test procedures and protocols and enhance the community’s ability to respond and recover from an active shooter event. The drill is a joint exercise of TAMC, the City of Presque Isle, the EMHS Center for Emergency Preparedness, the Northeastern Maine Regional Resource Center, and several local and regional first responders.
FORT KENT – Starting Friday, Sept. 19, the University of Maine at Fort Kent and the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce will host a weekend full of family friendly activities with the Homecoming and a city-wide Scarecrow Festival.
FORT KENT – Kelly O’Leary and Lupita Albert took the title of Men’s and Ladies Club Champions at the 2014 Fort Kent Golf Club Club Championship tournament on Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31. The two-day tournament had 42 participants across different divisions for both the men and women.
ST. JOHN VALLEY – A combination of clear skies on Friday night and a double whammy of two coronal mass ejections (CME) from the sun have set the stage for a possible light show of aurora on Friday evening.
AUGUSTA – Although the colors are not fully here, Sept. 10 marked the official start of Maine’s fall foliage season. The 2014 Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reported that the northernmost area of the state is still green with hints of color.
FRENCHVILLE - St. Joseph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a skilled nursing facility in Frenchville, has received the 2013-2014 Excellence in Action Award from the National Research Corporation for outstanding resident satisfaction.
MAINE - This October, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will team up with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to help Mainers dispose of banned or unusable pesticides.
AUGUSTA - On Friday, Sept. 12, Gov. Paul R. LePage will join representatives of several Maine businesses and Austin Theriault, a 20-year-old NASCAR driver from Fort Kent, to unveil a unique public-private marketing partnership.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Over the past decade, residents have witnessed the extent of just how far-reaching domestic abuse is in Aroostook County. While overall statistics for those impacted are staggering, it is important to remember that these are not just numbers and facts.
ALLAGASH - The nationally broadcast outdoor entertainment show, "The Future of Hunting" will film in Allagash from Sept. 21-26. The show's film crew will accompany a father and child from the Bangor area on a moose hunt.
FORT KENT – In its regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 8, the Fort Kent Town Council unanimously passed a motion to hire Madawaska surveyor Matt McDonald to clarify ownership of land located near Riverside Park, according to Town Manager Don Guimond.
FORT KENT - The University of Maine at Fort Kent continues to climb the ladder of top public colleges, as it advanced in position as a Top Public College in the North region, according to the U.S. News and World Report 2015 rankings.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Congress officially designated October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1987 after unofficial observance for several years. In an effort to educate the community about domestic violence, the Hope and Justice Project is organizing events in both September and October.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Glenda Dwyer, vice president of TAMC's Medical Group, has announced the addition of five new healthcare providers to the TAMC team. The new providers join a well-rounded team of professionals that provide expert care to the residents of Northern Maine.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Angus King announced earlier this week that two healthcare organizations will receive grant awards from the Department of Health and Human Services to help Mainers look for and enroll in health coverage options offered through the marketplace under the Affordable Care Act.
AUGUSTA – Gov. Paul R. LePage has directed State of Maine flags to half-staff on Thursday, Sept. 11, and proclaimed Thursday as a Day of Service and Remembrance, in honor of the innocent victims, first responders and service members who lost their lives in the tragic terrorist attacks 13 years ago and ensuing conflicts.
ST. THOMAS CHURCH STAINED GLASS - During the lead-up to the Grand Tintamarre for the World Acadian Congress, publisher/editor Andrew Birden captured this image of the sun shining through the stained glass window of the St. Thomas Church. This image is this week's jigsaw puzzle. - Photo by Andrew Birden