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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

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8 July 2014

THE LUPINS AND THE BARN - The beautiful lupin is a common splash of color in June and July in Maine. In recent years, lupin seeds are reemerging as a natural food source. According to the authors of the 1998 book. "Lupins as Crop Plants: Biology, Production and Utilization", users soak the seeds in running water to remove most of the bitter alkaloids and then cooked, toasted or boiled the seeds to make them edible. The image of this bluish purple plant beside a local barn is this week's jigsaw puzzle.  - Andrew Birden image

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24 June 2014

B-17 SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY - The Acadian Heritage Air Show comes to the Frenchville Airport on Aug. 9 and 10. The world-famous B-17G Flying Fortress, Sentimental Journey, from the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, will be on static display and provide scheduled rides. The image of this iconic aircraft is this week's jigsaw puzzle.  - Courtesy of Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force

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17 June 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The new puzzle is online, with an interactive webpage that people can see by clicking the following link:

Fiddlehead Focus Jigsaw for May 21, 2014.

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17 June 2014

WHITE IRIS -  On Wednesday, June 11, nine senior citizens with two instructors took part in an afternoon of kayaking and socializing as part of a class the St. John Valley Senior College offers. Reporter Jessica Potila caught this image of the students from her own kayak that day. Seniors on the Surface  is this week's jigsaw puzzle.  - Birden image

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10 June 2014

WHITE IRIS -  The low angle of the camera makes this white iris appear as tall as the trees behind it. Weather Dude Joseph Becker took this image Sunday morning, June 8, in their "Corner Garden" and was one of the first white iris to bloom. Becker said, "Quite a lovely sight, to be sure, after a long, cold winter." White Iris is this week's jigsaw puzzle.  - Birden image

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3 June 2014

TONY AT THE MURAL -  On Thursday, May 28, Tony Theriault, the head of the Fort Kent Public Works Department, was working near the entrance to Riverside Park to install a new sign. Usually Theriault and his loyal crew are missing a picturesque backdrop as they work, but that particular May morning the famous mural provided a nice touch. Tony at the mural is this week's jigsaw puzzle.  - Birden image

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27 May 2014

FALLING RAINDROP -  On Thursday, May 22, Christina Beaulieu captured this image around 2 p.m. in the afternoon, between rain showers. This is a tulip leafwhich Beaulieu cpatured with her camera outside of the Bengals Lair at UMFK. Falling raindrop is this week's jigsaw puzzle.  - Christina Beaulieu image

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23 May 2014

21 GUNS -  Each year, local veterans gather to honor their deceased comrades by traveling to local cemeteries and firing a 21-gun salute on the Memorial Day weekend. This image from the journey that occurred in 2013 is this week's jigsaw puzzle.  - Julie Daigle image

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21 May 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The new puzzle is online, with an interactive webpage that people can see by clicking the following link:

Fiddlehead Focus Jigsaw for May 21, 2014.

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20 May 2014

CORN - At the recent barbecue that the Fort kent Fire department hosted on Sunday, Fiddlehead Focus reporter Andrew Birden spied a large cooler feeled to the top with beautiful ears of corn, shucked and ready for boiling. This universal symbol of summer cookouts and ultimate finger foods is this week's jigsaw puzzle.  - Birden image

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13 May 2014

MAINE STATE SEAL AT UMFK - There is a wooden Maine State Seal that hangs from the podium at the graduation ceremonies at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. This year, Fiddlehead Focus caught an image of the seal, and it is the jigsaw puzzle for this week.  - Birden image

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13 May 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The new puzzle is online, with an interactive webpage that people can see by clicking the following link:

Fiddlehead Focus Jigsaw for May 14, 2014.

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6 May 2014

SODERBERG AND BRIDGE - Soderberg Construction has started work on the approach to the International Bridge last week, and it seems appropriate to feature their equipment as a frame for the familiar icon that is undergoing such a dramatic change this year in preparation for the World Acadian Congress. It makes an enjoyable jigsaw puzzle. - Birden image

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23 April 2014

Fiddlehead Focus has added a new segment to our news lineup called "Bits n' Pieces". Each week Fiddlehead Focus staff will select one or more pieces found online that may be in the form of a video, image, animation that we find noteworthy. The pieces will explore a variety of topics, and all pieces will be appropriate for every age and audience. Our goal is to shed light on some of the uplifting, funny, educational, and beautiful pieces out in the wild online world that our readers may never see.

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22 April 2014

TWO GAMES IN ONE - The American Legion's next contest is a raffle for a Red Sox baseball that pitcher Clay Buchholz signed, and a hockey puck that Boston Bruins player Chris Kelly signed. The funds for this effort are going to the Freedom Fest , a veterans music concert occurring in August. Tickets will be available at the Top O' Maine Trade Show in Madawaska this weekend. To kick off this effort, Fiddlehead Focus presents the game pieces as this week's jigsaw puzzle - Birden image

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21 April 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The new puzzle is online, with an interactive webpage that people can see by clicking the following link:

Fiddlehead Focus Jigsaw for April 21, 2014.

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15 April 2014

HEALTHY AND FREE - Wildlife advocates recently released a young golden eagle in northern Oxford County after three months of clinical care and rehabilitation at Avian Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Freedom. The gift of healthcare saved this eagle's life and allowed the bird to enjoy new freedom. - Photo Courtesy of the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Division

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8 April 2014

MUDSEASON VALLEY STYLE - Spring is so close that people can almost taste it. But before spring, we must endure the annual Mud Season. But as this image from the Eagle Lake Mud Bog illustrates, there's mud season, and then there's mud season with that distinct St. John Valley gusto. - Photo by Andrew Birden

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1 April 2014

FOUND ARTIST - The sun is shining, the nights are cold, and the days are warming, and that means the maple sap is running. A few weeks ago, maple syrup expert Roger Lavertu showed the wonders of maple taffy at the UMFK Sucrerie. Roger made the taffy by pouring hot maple syrup over fresh snow and then rolling it up on a stick after it had cooled a bit. His friendly gesture of offering taffy to folks is the inspiration for this week's jigsaw. - Photo by Andrew Birden

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