FORT KENT– The Parks and Recreation Department for the town of Fort Kent, which was the focus of some controversy following department head Ann Beaulieu’s recommendation and the council's decision to remove the skating rink line item from the budget this spring, faces another shortage.
ST. JOHN VALLEY- Famed Cajun ('Cadien) fiddler, Hadley Castille, and his Sharecroppers Band, featuring his granddaughter and nephew, as well as three other Cajun musicians, will headline an evening of Acadian music and dance in Madawaska in late summer.
MADAWASKA - The Killam Fellowships Foundation is providing a $5,000 grant to Killam Alum, Mallory Lavoie to be used to create a one week French Immersion Summer Camp program for students between the ages of seven and ten, in the town of Madawaska. The camp will take place July 30 through August 3, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The camp is free for all participants.
FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent presented thirty-five awards and fourteen scholarships deserving students at the senior class banquet and awards convocation on Friday, May 11 in the UMFK Sports Center.
FORT KENT– The University of Maine at Fort Kent honored members of its faculty and staff for their service to the University at a recent ceremony on campus. Special awards were given to employees who have been at UMFK for five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, and thirty years of service.
President Wilson G. Hess presented the honors following touching and humorous tributes to honorees by fellow faculty and staff.
MAINE – Elected government officials announced May 30 that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded four grants totaling $2,641,846 for the purposes of developing and implementing a regional comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The Bangor International Airport, Northern Aroostook Regional Airport, Central Maine Airport of Norridgewock, and Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle all received grants.
MAINE- U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a Caribou native, traveled to Southeast Asia last week to meet with government and parliamentary leaders and civil society and political activists in the country of Burma. In addition, Senator Collins participated in the World Economic Forum in Thailand, and met with Southeast Asia leaders and officials in Bangkok, Thailand to discuss issues of defense, regional and national security, and to promote Maine exports.
ST. JOHN VALLEY- Mara Bonsaint, a studio art major with a double minor in Franco-American studies and art history at the University of Maine in Orono, is seeking local help for a research project she is starting this summer on behalf of the Franco American Centre.
EAGLE LAKE–In observance of Nursing Home Week, May 13 to 19, Mercy Home hosted a series of events designed to celebrate the lives and relationships of residents, families and staff. The theme of the week was “Celebrating the Journey.”
AROOSTOOK COUNTY- McGill’s Community Band has been a part of summers in Southern Aroostook since 1985. Starting Friday, June 1, they began broadcasting their performances live on 94.7 FM WBCQ and streaming video and audio online at WBCQFM.com.
(** Editor's note - The reporter has updated this story to reflect further information and clarification from police.)
FORT KENT - On Saturday, June 2, Reynald Pelletier of Fort Kent said he wants to drop charges of home invasion against his grandson, whom police charged on Thursday with taking $6000 from security boxes in Pelletier's home. However, Police Chief Kenneth Michaud said the charges remain.
FRENCHVILLE - Ashley Collin and Justin Guerrette of Frenchville are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Hunter Guerrette on May 11, 2012 at Northern Maine Medical Center. Hunter’s maternal grandparents are John and Joan Collin of St. Agatha, and his paternal grandparents are Roland and Theresa Guerrette also of St. Agatha.
LILLE- Eight Strings and a Whistle, a classical trio of flute, viola and cello from New York City, will be performing at the Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel in Lille on June 10 at 7 pm. They have performed regularly in Lille for about six years and cut a CD in the “chapel” in Lille.
ALLAGASH- Maine author Tim Caverly presented his multi-media program, "Allagash Tails and Tales," and discussed his “Allagash Tails” collection of books and one of the nation's premiere wild and scenic rivers during a May 5 visit to the Faye O'Leary Hafford Library to promote literacy.
(Correction - Police have charged Ketchen with cultivation, a Class D crime, and not a Class C crime as previously reported)
FORT KENT – Police Chief Kenneth Michaud confirmed on Friday that his department, along with assistance from a Border Patrol Agent, arrested a Fort Kent man after searching his home and discovering a large cache of marijuana plants.
OREGON/Maine – In a press release from the Linn County Sheriff’s office in Oregon today, Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller reported that his detectives have identified the woman found wandering east of Albany on May 15 as Marcia Lee Rackley, age 67, from Norfolk Virginia.
FORT KENT – Police have charged Mathew Dubois, 26, of Fort Kent, with a home invasion of his grandfather’s house, where he allegedly stole $6000 from his close relative.
Fort Kent Police Chief Kenneth Michaud said, “I think it’s pretty lowlife.”
According to Michaud, on Thursday afternoon, Police Officer Richard Martin received a report from Reynald Pelletier, a retired senior citizen who once ran a cleaning business in town, that someone had stolen $6000 from security boxes in his home on East Main Street.
FORT KENT– Ex-governor Angus King made a stop at Doris’ Café in Fort Kent as part of his northern Maine tour after his announcement two months ago that he would pursue a U.S. Senate seat as an independent candidate. He spent the morning with the Chasse family and others in the small diner.
FORT KENT– Sheila Cannan, director of the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, reminded the community in a press release on Thursday, May 31, that the weather is warming up and it's time to start beautifying the streets in town.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY— The Northern Maine Development Commission and the Aroostook Partnership for Progress have announced Jon Gulliver has been named Director of Investor and Community Relations for the two organizations.
FORT KENT –The University of Maine and Fort Kent’s Blake Library Gallery and Therese Provenzano, UMFK Adjunct Visual Art Instructor, hosted its fourth annual "Young Artist Exhibition" featuring talented young artists from the St. John Valley public schools. The exhibit ended on May 31, and organizers hosted an artist's reception and awards ceremony two days earlier.
ALLAGASH WILDERNESS/Chesuncook Lake– Mechanical problems in a single engine airplane forced summer Wallagrass resident Arthur Carroll to make an emergency landing on Chesuncook Lake in the Allagash Wilderness on Thursday, May 24.
Carroll, who holds his private pilot’s license, was flying with his wife Adele in their 1968 Cessna 185 seaplane when they began to experience engine trouble.
FORT KENT - The University of Maine at Fort Kent Athletic department will offer a week-long day co-ed soccer camp this summer. Registration is open to children entering kindergarten through eighth grade.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY– The Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone and the University of Maine at Presque Isle signed a unique collaborative learning agreement on Wednesday, May 16, that will allow MSSM students to earn college credit while still in high school, giving them a significant and cost-saving head start on college.
ST. JOHN VALLEY– A new documentary film features the Arootsakoostik Music Festival. It highlights some of the local talent and hard work of a few St. John Valley natives and celebrates the music scene in The County. The festival, which will take place in New Sweden, returns again this summer on July 7.
ST. JOHN VALLEY– There’s something about summer that makes salad taste so much better than other times of the year. Maybe it’s the fresh ingredients found in backyard gardens during the summer season, or maybe it’s the crisp, refreshing crunch of the vegetables on a hot day that makes salad such a treat.
FORT KENT- The University of Maine at Fort Kent's Assistant Director of Media Services Aaron Bernstein and Charles Danziger of Danziger, Danziger, and Muro LLP in New York have an animated way about them. That is to say, the two collaborators have been creating videos combining live action and animation under the moniker "Crunchyworld."
MADAWASKA – Adult learners gathered at a turkey dinner celebration and graduation ceremony Thursday, May 24 at the Madawaska High School cafeteria to culminate their year of education with Madawaska/SAD 33 Adult and Community Education.
MADAWASKA - Performers from Cyrious Movement Dance Studio in Madawaska, under the tutelage of Renee Cyr, performed their spring recital in front of two packed gymnasiums at Madawaska Middle/High School on May 11 and 12. This was the fifth year Cyrious Movement has put on their recital. 125 dancers participated in the popular event. Images courtesy of Megan Lynn Lizotte
MADAWASKA - The well-known book series “Chicken Soup for the Soul” has a new writer from the Valley. Angel Dionne, who is a Fiddlehead Focus freelancer, has contributed “Unconditional Love,” in the new book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters.”
AROOSTOOK COUNTY– St. Francis resident Paul Libby uses high-tech equipment to find where a house is leaking heat, he fixes many of the problems, and once he is done, the homeowners will save hundreds of dollars off of their heating bill each year.
Libby calls his company Hole in Your Bucket. For the 63-year old entrepreneur, many homes are like leaky buckets.
In the past, when school let out and our public education system/national babysitting service sent our wonderful bundles of joy home, I had few if any problems. They would come home for the summer break, and we would quickly sign them up for a whole slew of town-sponsored programs. We would pretty much treat the summer program as a continuation of school, at least when it came to juggling the schedules of two working parents.
MADAWASKA- Staci Guerrette and Ian Bourgoin of Madawaska are happy to announce the birth of their son Julian Adam Bourgoin, born May 27, 2012 at Northern Maine Medical Center. Julian's maternal grandparents are Brian and Natalie Guerrette of St. Agatha, and his paternal grandparents are Loise Lemieux of Washburn, and Michael Bourgoin of St. Francis.
ST. JOHN VALLEY — Summer is one of the busiest international travel times in the U.S. and with the start of the travel season this Memorial Day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and agriculture specialists throughout the northeast are proactively reminding travelers of some important tips.
ST. JOHN VALLEY/ Fort Kent – A consortium of all the regional offices of Maine Emergency Medical Services headed by Steve Corbin, Regional EMS Coordinator for Region Five, has awarded the Ambulance Service, Inc. (ASI) office based in Fort Kent recognition for their service to the surrounding communities.
FORT KENT – Several prominent community leaders and political figures showed up to recognize the new biomass facility at the University of Maine at Fort Kent on May 24 during a well-attended ribbon cutting ceremony held near the UMFK Sports Center.