VAN BUREN- GO-Van Buren, host of the spring Aroostook Artisans Craft Fair, has announced that it will be returning this year on Saturday, 3 May. As in previous years, the fair occurs in the Van Buren Community Center on Champlain Street. Doors open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
FORT KENT –The start of the $5.5 million furnace on Friday was similar to starting a furnace in any one of millions of homes in New England, a push of a button, a few moments of silence, and then the furnace roared into life with the sound of blowers and flames. But the ignition of this furnace, the Pleasant Street Academy Biomass Project, marked the moment on February 28 when two public schools and a university campus finally freed themselves from the clutches of foreign oil for heating.
FORT KENT– In addition to the holiday's historical and religious marking of the day before Lent, people will celebrate Mardi Gras in the Fort Kent area with a dance and a music show prior to the holiday.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development and Momentum Aroostook, in conjunction with the four institutions of higher education in the region, are pleased to announce nominations are being accepted for Aroostook's Entrepreneur 2014 Award, giving recognition to progressive business founders/owners/operators in northern Maine. The theme for this year's contest is "Resources: The Idea Starts Here."
AUGUSTA - Maine's Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection, an agency within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, announces the release of a new, comprehensive mortgage guide, titled “The Downeaster Common Sense Guide to Finding, Buying and Keeping Your Maine Home.” Free to Maine residents, this 32-page booklet provides information for those contemplating the purchase and financing of a home.
AUGUSTA- At a time when public libraries play an increasingly important role in local communities, Mainers can now support these institutions through a convenient tax check-off program. Through a program created to help sustain Maine's public libraries as both community and economic development centers, Maine State Income Tax Return filers have the option to conveniently contribute $5 or more by filling out the Schedule CP section of the Form 1040ME.
FORT KENT- The University of Maine at Fort Kent will provide a free on-campus screening with doors opening at 10:50 a.m. on March 5 in the Nadeau Hall Teleconferencing room. Tourbeau Sports Group will record the live webcast of the UMFK Women’s basketball game at the 2014 U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association Basketball National Championships in Uniontown, Pa. hosted by Penn State Fayette. The No. 6 seed UMFK will play their first game against No. 3 Robert Morris-Springfield at 11a.m. on Wednesday, March 5.
AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor is launching the Treasury Offset Program, which is a new system to recover unemployment benefit debt from the past 10 years by offsetting federal income tax refunds in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service. The debt resulted from either fraud on the part of the claimant or a claimant’s failure to report earnings while collecting benefits. The department expects to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next year through the program.
PRESQUE ISLE- The University of Maine at Presque Isle has announced the next speaker in its 2013-2014 University Distinguished Lecturer Series—Carol Bult, who will discuss the research she has done on genetically-based cancer therapies. Bult will deliver a talk titled “Cancer Avatars and Individualized Cancer Therapy” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 in the UMPI Campus Center. Her talk is free and the public is invited to be a part of this special evening.
FORT KENT - The University of Maine at Fort Kent and the Maine School Administrative District 27 will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the inaugural firing of the Biomass Project at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at the former Fort Kent Armory site.
PRESQUE ISLE – After months of planning and preparation, The 2014 International Biathlon Union World Youth/Junior Biathlon Championships will take center stage at the Nordic Heritage Center and event sponsors, the organizing committee, and numerous volunteers have created a jam-packed schedule of competitive and community events to engage visitors, starting with opening ceremonies today.
FORT KENT- The University of Maine at Fort Kent Foundation will present its annual dinner and performance fundraising event beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. This year’s musical entertainment will be provided by jazz, blues, and improvisational pianist, David Maxwell of Boston.