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Volume V Issue 30 - July 24, 2014 - Thursday edition
west fire july 23 2014
23 July 2014

MAINE – So far, 20 Maine firefighters and forest rangers have volunteered to help combat the deadly wildfires that are ravaging the western United States and producing enough smoke to travel all the way to Maine.

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23 July 2014

MAINE - Secretary of State Matt Dunlap—with assistance from Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn and his daughter Emily Dunlap—drew the order of bond questions for this November's ballot. In order, the referendum ballot will read:

Question 1: "Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?"

id july 23 2014
23 July 2014

MAINE - Secretary of State Matt Dunlap is advising Maine residents that effective July 21, 2014, Maine driver licenses and identification cards will not be valid proof of identification when entering restricted areas in federal buildings and nuclear power plants, according to a press release from the state. This is the result of the REAL ID Act of 2005, which required states to comply with a myriad of new driver license standards or risk enforcement actions.

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22 July 2014

FRENCHVILLE - One of the last flying WWII B-17 bombers, ‘Sentimental Journey,’ will be available for cockpit tours and flights at the Northern Aroostook Regional Airport in Frenchville, from Aug. 7-10. The NARA Air Show is scheduled on Aug. 9 and 10 and will feature the Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team, Scott Yoak’s ‘Quick Silver’ P-51 Mustang, the Iron Eagles Aerobatic Team along with Solo Stearman Bill Gordon, Rob Holland Ultimate AirShows, Hotwire Harry’s comedy routine from Tiger Air Shows, and Dan Fortin’s Yak Attack.

22 July 2014

FORT KENT - A Connecticut man vacationing in the Valley received some shocking news when he brought what he thought was his Polaris Ranger Side By Side 900 ATV to Fort Kent Powersports for maintenance. Employees at the dealership ran a routine vehicle identification number (VIN) check on the machine on Thursday, July 17, only to discover that law enforcement had previously reported it stolen.

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21 July 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014 – Sunday, July 27, 2014

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15 February 2014

Click on the sign to see the Police BLOGGER for your town

23 July 2014

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced on July 23 that it will require most able-bodied recipients work, volunteer, or be involved in a specialized work training program in order to receive food supplement benefits, according to a press release from DHHS.

tstorm july 23 2014
23 July 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY– The National Weather Service Office in Caribou has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. tonight.

smuggling july 22 2014
22 July 2014

JACKMAN- Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Jackman port of entry, along with Border Patrol agents from the Jackman Station, arrested two Canadian residents after a husband tried to smuggle his wife across the border, according to a press release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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22 July 2014

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of July 21.

This week's Super 50 Lotto winner is Real Pelletier of Madawaska. Pelletier won a total of $438.

elvis july 22 2014
22 July 2014

FORT KENT- This handsome kitty's name is Elvis, and as you can see he is a very handsome gray tiger kitty.

larry july 22 2014
22 July 2014

VAN BUREN-

, age 86 of Van Buren, and loving husband of Marie “Louise” (Cyr) Bouchard for 61 years, passed away on July 6, 2014, after a long struggle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. He was on born Nov. 15, 1927 in Grand Isle, a son of the late Damase and Hedwidge (Ouellette) Bouchard.

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22 July 2014

AROOTSAKOOSTIK BONSAI - The July music festival is a near-secret celebration of music and eclectic sensibilities that only folks who have the inside knowledge of the music scene can enjoy at Thomas Park in New Sweden. Each year, the organizers decorate the stage and surrounding forest with interesting pieces of art, including this tiny bonsai tree that was resting on the ground along a trail that circled the entertainment venue. The image of this out-of-the-ordinary trail discovery is this week's jigsaw puzzle.  - Andrew Birden image

caribou crash july 22 2014
22 July 2014

CARIBOU- On Monday, July 21 at approximately 7:34 p.m., Caribou Police responded to multiple 911 calls of a motor vehicle accident on Route 89. Upon arrival, officers found a vehicle that appeared to be traveling east on Route 89 and went off the roadway at a high rate of speed just before the intersection of Grimes Road.

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22 July 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY – Emera Maine is keeping an eye to the sky and lining up resources to ensure power is restored quickly in the wake of any outages in preparation of Wednesday forecasts that call for severe weather in the form of thunderstorms and high winds, according to a press release from Emera.

adopt pot july 21 2014
21 July 2014

FORT KENT - The streets of Fort Kent are looking quite splendid these days thanks to the colorful Acadian flag inspired decorations positioned just about everywhere in celebration of the upcoming Congres Mondial Acadien and also to recently placed pots of flowers hanging above the town's sidewalks for the Adopt-A-Pot campaign.

The Greater Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce spearheaded Adopt-A-Pot, which is a project aimed at beautifying the town, according to Chamber President Stephanie Oliver.

brian book july 18 2014
18 July 2014

FORT KENT - Internationally recognized Master Traditional Snowshoe Craftsmen and now authors Brian J. Theriault and Edmond Theriault of Fort Kent have completed their first book, "Leaving Tracks: A Maine Tradition," which is now available as an ebook, with the assistance of Fiddlehead Focus publisher Andrew Birden.

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21 July 2014

FORT KENT– The University of Maine at Fort Kent Summer Theatre will perform Moliere’s “The Learned Ladies” beginning July 31 through Aug. 3, at the UMFK Fox Auditorium. Performances will start at 7 p.m. on July 31, Aug. 1 and Aug. 2; and a matinee performance will take place at 2 p.m. on Aug. 3.

keybank donation july 21 2014
21 July 2014

FORT KENT- Doris Stevens, president of the Northern Maine Medical Center Guild, received notification that earlier in the month, Key Bank Foundation had approved a $500 grant to the guild through its Community Leadership Gift Program. The Guild received the grant as a result of the volunteer efforts of Kim Ouellette, personal banker for the Fort Kent branch of Key Bank and NMMC Guild vice president.

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21 July 2014

AUGUSTA - Gov. Paul R. LePage recently announced that the unemployment rate for June 2014 was 5.5 percent, which is down from 6.7 percent in June a year ago and is the lowest since August 2008.

The employment-to-population ratio for June was 61.6 percent. The rate is the percentage of the population who are employed and is a better indicator of economic recovery. June was the 81st consecutive month the state employment-to-population ratio was above the national average.

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21 July 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The Aroostook Medical Center Foundation invites those who volunteer to raise money for worthy causes or who just want to find out how to best plan for their family to a free seminar on planned giving. The TAMC Foundation is hosting the event that will take place on Thursday, July 31, from 1-4 p.m. at the hospital’s conference center.

21 July 2014

FORT KENT - A man injured his penis at the Fort Kent Police Department on Thursday, July 17, while officers were confirming a federal warrant for his arrest. Randall Parker was in a bathroom at the department when he inserted a few inches of an ink pen into his reproductive organ in an apparent attempt to seek pain medication at the Northern Maine Medical Center, according to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier.

potato may 23 2014
21 July 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The 2014 Northern Maine Fair will soon be in Aroostook County and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Potato Board will again sponsor the Potatoes For The Health Of It potato cooking contest on Sunday, July 27 at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds.

bellows walk start july 21 2014
21 July 2014

HOULTON - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows started her 350-mile Walk Across Maine for Jobs and the Economy on Sunday, July 20 with a midday kickoff press conference at the Houlton walking bridge. Bellows will walk from Houlton to Kittery to meet voters, hear their stories, and raise the voices of communities left behind by big-money politics.

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18 July 2014

FORT KENT -At a meeting of the Fort Kent Town Council held on Monday, July 14, council members established a mil rate of 18, which is a slight increase over last year's rate of 17.35.

Guimond explained that for a house with a valuation of $100,000 the homeowner would be responsible for an annual tax of $1,800 as opposed to $1,735 last year, or a difference of $65.

21 July 2014

WALLAGRASS - On July 19, the Maine State Troopers and Game Wardens responded to a report of a party involving minors in a wooded area in Wallagrass.

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18 July 2014

The Maine Potato Blossom Festival is a time-honored tradition in Aroostook County. First celebrated in 1937, Potato Blossom is one of Maine’s oldest festivals. From the parade to the mashed potato wrestling, the multi-day event in Fort Fairfield is a fun and fitting tribute to Maine potatoes and the hardworking farmers that grow them.

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18 July 2014

WOODLAND - Andrew Jandreau, 82, died on July 7, 2014 in Caribou. He was born in St. Francis on Feb. 14, 1932, the son of the late Levite and Roseanna Jandreau.

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19 July 2014

(CORRECTION - In a previous version of this story, Fiddlehead Focus incorrectly identified Don Cyr as the photographer and the date of the event as July 5. Paul Cyr was actually the photographer, and the event occurred on July 15. Fiddlehead Focus strives for accuracy in our reporting, and we regret any confusion this error may have caused.)

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17 July 2014

FORT KENT – In an earlier news story on July 1, Northern Maine Medical Center CEO Peter Sirois made statements that conflict with newly revealed documents from the Department of Health and Human Services.

fkpd july 17 2014
17 July 2014

FORT KENT - The town of Fort Kent recently implemented a new head of the Police Department in Chief Tom Pelletier and now has a new deputy patrolman as well. Pelletier deputized popular FKCHS junior Ethan Hill about a month ago when he learned that the 16-year-old with special needs has always been passionate about police work.

Ethan patrols areas such as the Fort Kent playground with the chief once a week and his duties have included helping people by reminding them to wear their seatbelts, waving to people, and being friendly to people, according to Pelletier.

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18 July 2014

PRESQUE ISLE - Officials with the University of Maine at Presque are working with the nation’s top Competency-Based Education leaders to establish guiding principles for the learning approach and offer recommendations that will help others develop their own competency-based degree programs. UMPI is one of only 20 institutions nationwide to participate in the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN).

tamc ground july 18 2014
18 July 2014

FORT FAIRFIELD - Town of Fort Fairfield and TAMC officials kicked off a collaborative project to celebrate the history of healthcare in the community with a sod turning ceremony held during an open house at the Fort Fairfield Health Center on July 16.

Senator Susan Collins
18 July 2014

Last October, a grandfather in Bath received a phone call from a young man claiming to be his grandson. The caller sounded distressed and told a story that justifiably caused concern. The “grandson” was traveling in Nicaragua, was involved in a car accident, and urgently needed $1,800 to pay for damages to his rental car. The caller instructed the grandfather to send the money through Western Union.

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18 July 2014

FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery will host the exhibit, "Eclectic Miscellany" by Eagle Lake Artist Michelle Richardson from Monday, July 28 through Thursday, Aug. 14

According to Richardson, “The exhibit will consist of a variety of mediums and subjects to which I wryly apply the title ‘Eclectic Miscellany.’ I used mediums ranging from pencil, to acrylics to alcohol inks—often pairing texturing gels and pastes with brilliant color palettes to enhance the subject and add visual interest.”

cma guide july 18 2014
18 July 2014

EDMUNDSTON, NEW BRUNSWICK – The Scouts and Guides of Acadie of the world—as well as the elders of the movement—will meet Aug. 13 and 14 during the Congrès mondial acadien for two days of colorful reunions.

The event will provide an opportunity for anyone interested in the scout and guide movement to socialize and reconnect with the values and basics of the movement. The Mont Farlagne ski center in Edmundston will host the event, with many campsites for the participants and tents housing activities to entertain young and elders alike.

Andrew j july 18 2014
18 July 2014

WOODLAND - Andrew Jandreau, 82, died on July 7, 2014 in Caribou. He was born in St. Francis on Feb. 14, 1932, the son of the late Levite and Roseanna Jandreau.

marshall baby 2 july 17 2014
17 July 2014

FORT KENT - On July 8, Barbara Ned of the Marshall Islands took a break from her secondary education studies at UMFK to give birth to a healthy, 7 pound baby girl at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

Ned named her baby Maine Pine in tribute to the state of which she has become fond.

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17 July 2014

MERRILL– Law enforcement have arrested a man and his girlfriend on Tuesday, July 15, for making methamphetamine stemming from the July 9 discovery of a meth lab in a Merrill residence.

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17 July 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is now accepting reservations for its upcoming preservation workshops taking place throughout the County.

loon july 16 2014
16 July 2014

MAINE - The annual Maine Audubon Loon Count takes place at 7 am on Saturday, July 19, and will include more than 900 loon counters in the annual project that gathers valuable data for Maine Audubon about the status of loons in the state. Volunteers interested in participating in this year’s loon count can contact Susan Gallo by email at sgallo@maineaudubon.org or call 207.781.6180 ext. 216.

hershey girl july 16 2014
16 July 2014

FORT KENT - Simone Martin, age 13 of Fort Kent, has qualified to compete in the girls long-jump event at the North American Finals of the Hershey Youth Track and Field Program in Hershey, Pa. from July 31-August 3. Martin is one of only three Aroostook County youths to earn a spot in the competition, and one of only five in Maine—Jacob Devine of Presque Isle and Alexis Rodrigues of Caribou qualified to compete in the 11-12 boys 200 meter dash and 13-14 girls softball throw, respectively.

bill april 24 2014
17 July 2014

MAINE – Cain for Congress recently reported a total of $379,093 in fundraising for the second quarter in Emily Cain's campaign for Maine's 2nd Congressional District. That total includes $270,239 in fundraising since the last reporting deadline on May 21, 2014 and brings the overall total for the campaign cycle to $871,491 raised.

scam may 21 2014
16 July 2014

MAINE - Gov. Paul R. LePage joined officials in Maine's Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection in highlighting a recent trend of Mainers receiving unsolicited offers of substantial government grants if they pay an initial advance or administrative fee. In some of these cases, the scammers asked consumers to provide personal and financial information.

katahdin sba award july 16 2014
16 July 2014

FREEPORT – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently presented its annual small business awards at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport. SBA officials presented state and regional awards to small business owners and small business champions from all over Maine.

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16 July 2014

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, July 16, the U.S. Senate passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528)—originally introduced by U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Angus King—which would allow veterinarians to carry and dispense controlled substances to protect the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, ensure public safety, and safeguard the nation’s food supply. Reps. Kurt Schrader and Ted Yoho introduced the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, which subsequently passed last week.

16 July 2014

MADAWASKA – Voters that attended a town meeting on July 15 at the Madawaska Middle-High School discussed and voted to pass the second revision of the Madawaska School Budget as well as proposing two budget committee members.

The meeting began at 7 p.m. at the Madawaska Middle-High School gymnasium. More than 150 people attended the meeting and voted on issues.

16 July 2014

FORT KENT – The colorful statue of Jesus had stood to the left side of Daniel Plourde's grave for years, but at some time between Memorial Day and July 13, someone took the figurine.

Fort Kent Police Officer Dalen Boucher said he received a complaint on Sunday, July 13, that a two-foot tall statue was missing from the grave of former Plourde Masonry owner Daniel Plourde. His grave is at the Station Hill cemetery near Northern Maine Medical Center.

Pierre Plourde, son of Daniel Plourde, reported the theft.

nmmc employee july 16 2014
16 July 2014

FORT KENT - Robin Damboise, director of human resources at Northern Maine Medical Center recently announced Stacy Raymond as the Employee of the Quarter.

Stacy Raymond is a registered nurse who has worked with NMMC since 2004. She graduated from the University of Maine at Fort Kent in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in nursing. As a registered nurse, Raymond has worked at Forest Hill and on the Medical Surgical Unit. A year ago she transferred to the position of office nurse in the Fort Kent Internal Medicine practice.

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