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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
FORT KENT – The 2014 Lion’s Club golf scramble featured a field of 17 three-person teams despite cold weather conditions on Saturday, Sept. 13. The best ball scramble had first, second, and third-place prizes for both gross and net winners.
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.
AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information has mailed a survey to 3,500 Maine businesses seeking feedback about hard-to-fill jobs. The Department of Economic and Community Development is helping to pay for the survey. Employers should receive the surveys this week.
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 – 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.”
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.