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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Parks 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.
(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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery will host the exhibit, "Eclectic Miscellany" by Fort Kent 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.”