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Volume VI Issue 27 - July 7, 2015 - Tuesday edition
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6 July 2015

ST. AGATHA – Two years in the making, Linda Dufour Ayotte's mixed-media portraits of veterans now hang in the new genealogy center at the Long Lake Public Library.

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6 July 2015

ST. FRANCIS - Residents of St. Francis put up a valiant fight to maintain their elementary school; however, decreased enrollment and a failed MSAD No. 27 budget indicate closure may be in its future. But on Independence Day, St. Francis Elementary School bustled with activity and life.

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7 July 2015

FORT KENT – On the evening of Friday, July 3, Officer Michael DeLena of the Fort Kent Police Department arrested a South Carolina man for operating under the influence (OUI).

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7 July 2015

FORT KENT - Municipal officials with the Town of Fort Kent are pleased to announce the town has won a $1,000 Safety Enhancement Grant (SEG) from the Maine Municipal Association (MMA).

 

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7 July 2015

VAN BUREN, Maine - Amber Lynn Malloch and Shawn Michael Peaslee of Van Buren are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Kaylee Anne Peaslee. Kaylee was born June 16, 2015 at Cary Medical Center.

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7 July 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) will offer free tuition to two students enrolled at the college during the upcoming academic year (2015-2016), thanks to a fundraiser by the NMCC Alumni and Friends Organization and NMCC.

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7 July 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The National Space Society, an informal group of space enthusiasts who join together for camaraderie and education, has provided a $3,000 grant to support the “From Pluto at the Speed of Light” run on July 15 along the Maine Solar System Model.

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6 July 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015 – Sunday, July 12, 2015

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1 July 2015

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6 July 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The following is an ongoing list of obituaries submitted to the Fiddlehead Focus during the months of May and June, 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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6 July 2015

WALLAGRASS – Following in the footsteps of Winterville Plantation, some residents of Wallagrass have informed Wallagrass Town Manager Jim Gagnon of their intent to circulate a petition seeking signatures from residents who support the town withdrawing from Maine School Administrative District No. 27.

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6 July 2015

FORT KENT - Tom Bird, the assistant athletic director for the University of Maine Fort Kent (UMFK), has announced the schedule for the first Fort Kent Summer Classic, which will occur at UMFK and the Fort Kent Community High School (FKCHS) on July 10 and 11, 2015.

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6 July 2015

MADAWASKA -The Madawaska Board of Selectpersons will hold a public hearing and meeting Tuesday, July 7 at 4:30 p.m.

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6 July 2015

MAINE - Maine Attorney General Janet Mills announced the terms of a settlement that she and 16 other States have reached with Dollar Tree, Inc., following their review of the company's proposed acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. The merger combines two large national chains of deep discount stores.

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6 July 2015

FORT KENT / PLAISTED - James Kenneth Dube, 61, died peacefully on July 5, 2015, at Northern Maine Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Fort Kent, November 20, 1953, son of Kenneth and Joan (Labbe) Dube.

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6 July 2015

MADAWASKA / Frenchville - Lucille M. Michaud Carrier died on June 30, 2015 at a Madawaska health care facility at the age of 87. She was born in Frenchville on April 29, 1928, the daughter of Belonie and Lottie (Marquis) Michaud.

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6 July 2015

MAINE - Governor Paul R. LePage signed into law LD 1415, An Act To Authorize Two General Fund Bond Issues To Improve Highways, Bridges and Multimodal Facilities, which authorizes an $85 million bond package for transportation projects to improve infrastructure, promote economic development and create jobs in the State of Maine, according to a July 6 press release from the Governor's office.

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6 July 2015

MAINE - In the iconic 1985 film "Back to the Future", Marty and Doc ride a time machine built from a Delorean car thirty years back in time. They end up in 1955 – the middle of the Baby Boom – where they save the past, and then blast off again to an impossibly distant future – the year 2015. 

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6 July 2015

MAINE - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and Lands, is seeking public comment on its update to the Maine State Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

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2 July 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FOREST – In an historic ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) recently voted 5-4 that the United States Constitution guarantees same-sex couples in all 50 states the right to marry.

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2 July 2015

FORT KENT – The Fort Kent Recreation and Parks Department has begun the 2015 installment of their annual summer recreation program, which has long been a popular draw for youth seeking to spend their summer vacation engaged in safe and healthy social activities.

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2 July 2015

FORT KENT - The Martin-Klein American Legion Post 133 is seeking donations to aid in a restoration project of their building on Main Street in Fort Kent, which the group hopes to complete by August 1.

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2 July 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FOREST - With the Madawaska Acadian Festival officially underway, the Fiddlehead Focus asked various community members: "What does it mean to you to be Acadian?"

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2 July 2015

MADAWASKA - Members of the Maine Acadian Heritage Council (MAHC) presented grants to local historical societies and the Acadian Festival committee on Thursday, June 25, and Friday, June 26, at the Mikesell Library / Association Français in Madawaska.

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2 July 2015

EDMUNDSTON – Emily Bonenfant and Keith Sirois of Edmundston, New Brunswick are pleased to announce the birth of their son Onyx Ezekiel Sirois. Onyx was born July 1, 2015 at Edmundston Regional Hospital.

Onyx's maternal grandparents are Mario Bonenfant of Moncton, N.B. and Tory Jones Bonenfant of Edmundston.

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2 July 2015

FORT KENT - Chief Pelletier of the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) would like to remind ATV enthusiasts to exercise caution in light of a recent dirt bike collision with a town truck. The Chief is also seeking the public's help to locate some pellet gun suspects.

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2 July 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY – Drivers who have experienced a "close call" - or worse - with a moose may relate to a story Oneil Clavette and his wife Donna, of Madawaska, have to share:

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2 July 2015

EDMUNDSTON - With the approach of the summer outdoor fire season, the Edmundston Fire Department is sharing tips for Canadian residents on exterior fire safety and compliance with municipal regulations.

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2 July 2015

The Vitrail CDJ: beyond the rearview mirror (Translated from French)

Each year, I take the opportunity to visit the Vitrail CDJ during their open house. I can not only visit the site, awesomely decorated with artistic creations, but I can also visit with the people. Those people who make sure that the Vitrail CDJ is a truly unique institution, albeit sometimes overlooked, and, sadly, often poorly perceived.

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2 July 2015
FORT KENT - The Fiddlehead Focus office will be closed Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. Melanie Daigle, editor of the Fiddlehead Focus, joked, "If you happen to see a reporter at the Acadian Fest or a Fourth of July event, be sure to strike-a-pose for a picture; but go easy on my gals. They have been working their you-know-whats off lately and deserve a break from breaking news." The office will reopen during regular business hours Monday, July 6, 2015.
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30 June 2015

ACADIA OF THE LAND AND FOREST - The July newsprint edition of Fiddlehead Focus is landing on area newsstands just in time for Madawaska's Acadian Festival and Independence Day.

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29 June 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015 – Sunday, July 5, 2015

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2 July 2015

MADAWASKA – Voters failed to pass a Madawaska School Department budget for 2015-2016 at a referendum vote on Wednesday, July 1.

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1 July 2015

FORT KENT - The Maine Acadian Heritage Council (MAHC) is offering dedicated Valley teachers a cost-free opportunity to expand their knowledge at a week-long institute of Acadian culture and history on July 6 - 10 at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK).

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2 July 2015

FRENCHVILLE – Town Manager Ryan Pelletier is seeking the vandal or vandals responsible for recent damage to signs in Frenchville.

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1 July 2015

ST. FRANCIS – The Friends of St. Francis would like to welcome people near and far to a Family Fun Day packed from morning until night with music, games, food, crafts, and friendly competitions - including a watermelon eating contest and an apple pie bake-off - at the St. Francis Elementary School (SFES)/Community Center on Saturday, July 4. The event will be capped with a bonfire and musical entertainment by popular local bluegrass group The Fiddleheads.

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2 July 2015

SOLDIER POND / Portland - Morgan Tylor Voisine, 4 months old, passed away peacefully with her parents by her side at a Portland Health care facility. She was born March 5, 2015 in Portland, the daughter of Ross and Erica (Ouellette) Voisine of Wallagrass.

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1 July 2015

FORT KENT - The Fiddlehead Focus congratulates the 7th-12th graders who made Honor Roll at Valley Rivers Middle School and Fort Kent Community High School during the third trimester of the 2014 - 2015 school year.

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1 July 2015

FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent announced Wednesday, July1 it has a new four year bachelor of science degree program in conservation law enforcement for the upcoming fall 2015 semester.

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1 July 2015

MAINE – Virginia Manuel, Maine’s first female State Director of USDA Rural Development and third-generation Aroostook County farmer, introduced the all-women farmer panel during the Women in Ag Panel discussion this week at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport.

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1 July 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY -The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) made two arrests following the county sheriff's deputies' discovery of another methamphetamine laboratory in Aroostook County.

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1 July 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Aroostook Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP), a program of Cary Medical Center’s Power of Prevention, recently announced the promotion of Mark Shea to the position of Project Director.

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1 July 2015

MAINE - Maine State Police plan to utilize additional troopers, unmarked cruisers, and their airplane in traffic enforcement efforts centered around the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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1 July 2015

AUGUSTA - After several years of trying, a group of citizens from the state’s rural Unorganized Territories (UT) have won their fight to pass legislation that could give them greater say in the siting of large, industrial wind turbines in their communities.

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30 June 2015

FORT KENT / St. John Valley – On June 28 at the University of Maine at Fort Kent's Fox Auditorium, Louisiana-based musical group La Recolte kicked off their St. John Valley tour with a Cajun music performance for a house full of appreciative Valley fans, many of whom are likely distant Acadian relatives of the band members.

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30 June 2015

VAN BUREN – Volunteers serving ham, scrambled eggs, home fries, toast, beans, fruit and other breakfast favorites helped raise $727 for the Acadian Village on Sunday, June 28.

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30 June 2015

BAKER-BROOK, New Brunswick - There are dirty trucks, but this is a whole new level of dirty. Trucks that went through the Baker-Brook Service d’Incendie / Fire Department Mud Run on Saturday, June 27 achieved a level of filth that would make Memere gasp and then shake her head and mutter 'Mon Dieu'. The facade of mud caked on Commanche Buddy is this week's addition to our jigsaw puzzle collection. 

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1 July 2015

FORT KENT - Bella Aurore Jandreau Plourde, a resident of Forest Hill, died at the age of 92 on July 1, 2015. Bella was born on April 27, 1923, in St. Francis, Maine, the daughter of Victor and Isabelle (Gagnon) Jandreau.

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1 July 2015

NASHVILLE PLANTATION - A vehicle collision shut down part of Route 11 in Nashville Plantation on Tuesday, June 30.

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30 June 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Passenger rail’s recent one-day return to Aroostook County proved popular, with more than 500 area residents boarding three excursions to benefit local pediatric and newborn care.

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30 June 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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30 June 2015

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of June 29 - July 5, 2015.

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30 June 2015

MAINE - Applications for 2015 any-deer (antlerless) permit lottery are now available online from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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26 June 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The following is an ongoing list of obituaries submitted to the Fiddlehead Focus during the months of May and June, 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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30 June 2015

MADAWASKA –The Madawaska Board of Selectpeople appointed Ross DuBois of Madawaska to the position of acting town manager at an emergency town meeting on Monday evening, June 29.

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30 June 2015

FORT KENT - Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) is a recipient of the Women’s Choice Award (WCA) as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care.

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29 June 2015

MAINE – University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page announced Monday, June 29, he has appointed John Murphy as interim president for the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

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29 June 2015

FORT KENT - On June 11, the Maine Department of Education (MDOE) re-certified the secondary education programs at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) and also approved the new program for secondary education mathematics, according to Chair of Education Division Bruno Hicks.

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29 June 2015

HOULTON - According to a June 29 press release, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, working with Houlton Police and the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, has arrested six persons following the discovery of methamphetamine manufacturing inside a Columbia St. apartment house in Houlton.

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29 June 2015

FORT KENT –On Sunday, June 28, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Officer Michael DeLena of the Fort Kent Police Department responded to a report of an assault at a Fort Kent residence. Upon investigation, Officer DeLena arrested Paul Gagnon, 42, of Fort Kent, and charged him with domestic violence assault.

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29 June 2015

BAKER-BROOK – Nearly 1,600 mudding enthusiasts flocked to this year's annual Baker-Brook Service d’Incendie / Fire Department Mud Run on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

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28 June 2015

FORT KENT – Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier would like to inform the public that the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) has set up a new radar speed sign in town in an effort to remind drivers to slow down when entering a reduced speed zone.

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29 June 2015

FORT KENT – Two groups of Pacific Island students will experience a radical change in environment and location this summer. The students have traveled more than 7,000 miles to receive training as nurses and teachers from the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK).

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28 June 2015

MADAWASKA / EDMUNDSTON –The summer musical series season is underway in outdoor venues in Madawaska, Maine and Edmundston, New Brunswick.

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28 June 2015

ST. JOHN PLANTATION - Greg and Carissa Taggett of St. John Plantation are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Aria Marie Taggett. Aria was born June 26, 2015 at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.

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28 June 2015

EDMUNDSTON – The fifth and newest Sistema New Brunswick site, offering a free student music program originally founded in Venezuela, is coming this fall to Cité des Jeunes A.-M.-Sormany in Edmundston, New Brunswick.

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28 June 2015

EDMUNDSTON - Eight car dealerships in the Edmundston region have joined forces to contribute $155,000 to an ongoing financial campaign to build an Edmundston community amphitheater.

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26 June 2015

MADAWASKA - Summer program counselors Jillian Vanier and Allison Cyr played “Duck Duck Goose” and “Red Light-Green Light” with the Madawaska Recreation Department Summer Program's Pee Wee group on Wednesday, June 24, outside the Multi-Purpose Building.

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26 June 2015

To My Dear Patients:

First and foremost, I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued trust and confidence in permitting me to take care of your dental needs throughout the years. It’s hard to believe that I am entering my 36th year of treating the wonderful people of the St. John Valley! Your continued loyalty is the highest compliment you could ever pay me. For that, I thank you very, very much!

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26 June 2015

MADAWASKA - Omerine D. Boucher, 78, passed away on June 25, 2015 at her residence in Madawaska. She was born in St. David on June 5, 1937, daughter of the late Gilbert and Delima (Fongemie) Desjardins.

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26 June 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - When facing a cancer diagnosis, few people have the insight to understand what patients and their loved ones go through more than the providers who share the journey alongside them.

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26 June 2015

The American spirit was born on July 4th, 1776, when 56 patriots gathered in Philadelphia. The Declaration of Independence they had crafted with care and forged by vigorous debate was considered an act of high treason against a king. At the same time, it was an act of supreme loyalty to the highest aspirations of mankind – the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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22 June 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015 – Sunday, June 28, 2015

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25 June 2015

FORT KENT – Hospital officials, staff, and community members gathered at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) on Wednesday afternoon, June 24 to celebrate the hospital's completion of the emergency room renovation project.

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25 June 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY – Several St. John Valley communities will be the recipients of several grants totaling just over $316,000 from the State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCW) program and Department of Conservation (DOC) Municipal ATV Grant programs.

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25 June 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - To reduce access and abuse of prescription drug abuse, all 11 police departments in Aroostook County are equipped to receive and serve as prescription disposal sites all year long. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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25 June 2015

MADAWASKA – At an emergency municipal meeting Thursday, June 25, the Madawaska Board of Selectpersons - without the legal counsel and opinion they sought Thursday from the Maine Municipal Association - voted 4-1 to have Town Manager Christina Therrien rescind her appointment, which she made three weeks ago, of Bob Ouellet to the position of code enforcement officer.

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25 June 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS - The Edmundston Républicains Sports Experts baseball team now has two players from Fort Kent and three from Madawaska, and will potentially have one or two more soon, according to Coach Ty Thériault.

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24 June 2015

EDMUNDSTON – A new multi-million dollar addiction services facility officially opened on Friday, June 19, in Edmundston. The project represents a total investment of $6.7 million, according to a press release from the New Brunswick Department of Health.

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24 June 2015

VAN BUREN - Richard J. Ayotte, 54, died unexpectedly Monday, June 22, 2015, at his home with his wife by his side. He was born April 12, 1961 in Grand Falls, NB, Canada, a son of the late Edmund and Joan (Brown) Ayotte.

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25 June 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The National Weather Service has declared the week of June 21 through 27 as Lightning Safety Awareness Week.

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25 June 2015

MAINE - Maine Securities Administrator Judith Shaw is seeking the public's help in locating Robert J. Howarth, whom authorities have indicted in two counties on charges of securities fraud and theft by deception. Mr. Howarth has used the aliases of Robert Chiofolo, Robert Kim Lee, and Robert Sachs.

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