24 May 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - Last week the St. John Valley Times and Fiddlehead Focus asked Valley residents: "Whose memory would you like to share with the Valley this Memorial Day?" We're sharing a few more responses this week.

17 May 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - Memorial Day is around the corner. The St. John Valley Times and Fiddlehead Focus asked some St. John Valley residents: "Whose memory would you like to share with the Valley this Memorial Day?"

17 May 2016

Time to End an Unfair Tax on Grieving Families, People with Disabilities

It simply defies all common-sense that families who lose a loved one or that a person who becomes permanently disabled would be forced to reach into their pocket and pay the IRS taxes on student loans that have already been forgiven as the result of such a life-changing event.

10 May 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - It's the beginning of fiddlehead picking season in the St. John Valley, and many home cooks will be preparing this local delicacy in a variety of ways for friends and family. The St. John Valley Times and Fiddlehead Focus recently asked a few Valley residents: "What is your favorite home-cooked meal?"

3 May 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - Mother's Day is right around the corner. The St. John Valley Times and Fiddlehead Focus recently asked a few St. John Valley area residents: "What is the best advice your mom ever gave you?"

27 April 2016

MAINE - Our nation’s veterans deserve easy and convenient access to high-quality health care -- and that’s exactly what the Access Received Closer to Home (ARCH) program helps deliver for veterans in Aroostook County.

8 April 2016

(The following is a column by Kathryn Olmstead, Special to the BDN.)

Have U.S. border practices and security measures implemented since Sept. 11, 2001, contributed to the loss of spoken French in Maine?

11 March 2016

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FOREST - Signs of the winter season changing to spring are evident here in the Saint John Valley. The weather is warming and soon my little family will be tapping maple trees for our second year. But I also have another family preparing for a different type of changing season - my Fiddlehead Focus family.

6 March 2016

MAINE - (March 4, 2016) We must heed the tragic story of Garrett Brown. Over the last year, there have been approximately 200 deaths from drug overdoses here in Maine. This is an eightfold increase in the last three years. Another startling statistic from the last year is that of the 12,000 babies born in our state, more than 950 were addicted to a substance. That is almost one in 12 Maine babies.

Senator Susan Collins
4 March 2016

MAINE / WASHINGTON, D.C. - Millions of older Americans experience pain associated with such conditions as bone fractures, cancer, post-surgery recovery, and end-of-life illnesses. Studies have shown that as many as 50 percent of older adults living at home and 85 percent of older adults living in residential facilities may suffer from chronic pain. For these older Americans, prompt delivery of pain control is a medical imperative.

3 March 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - "The Great Alone" is the story of Lance Mackay, the only musher who has won the Iditarod four years in a row. It narrates in spurts the saga of this extraordinary musher who overcame cancer and addiction to “make my father proud.”

Senator Susan Collins
19 February 2016

J. Bryon Martin is a 77-year-old retired pastor who, until last July, lived in Dresden, Maine, and had a spotless criminal record – not even a parking ticket.  Today, he sits in a European prison as a convicted drug smuggler, another victim of a new and especially cruel scam being perpetrated against our nation’s seniors.

9 February 2016

ST. JOHN VALLEY - Valentine's Day is around the corner... and whether you have a "sweetie" or "stinkie," celebrating the holiday of love in the St. John Valley is a unique experience. Here are 7 ways to show your "p'tit chou" you care with a twist-de-la-vallée:

Senator Susan Collins
5 February 2016

Regulatory Reform: Unleashing Our Nation’s Job Creators
by Senator Susan Collins

When I ask employers in Maine what Washington needs to do to help them add jobs, they tell me this: reduce the cost and complexity of the federal regulations imposed on them.

3 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - After showing "Star Wars" for three weeks, I was a bit hesitant in offering another Western genre movie for our loyal audience. Then I read a review of “The Revenant” by Anthony Lane in The New Yorker. (Editor's note: This review contains plot details, so read on with that in mind.)

2 February 2016

FORT KENT, Maine – Since I moved to the St. John Valley from Michigan nearly 15 years ago, I have experienced many positive things in this community.

29 January 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - See this picture? It's of me, your Fiddlehead Focus editor, trying to stay on top of all that is happening in the St. John Valley and Acadia of the Lands and Forest. Most days are what I call "newsapalooza." That's a quirky way of saying there are a lot of news leads, events, special features, and public notices to tackle any given day.

22 January 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The most precious treasure in Fort Kent is not behind a glass case at the Blockhouse. The most valuable jewel in Madawaska is not in "The Crown of Maine." The most loved masterpieces in the St. John Valley or Northern Maine or New Brunswick have never been - nor ever will be - up for sale.

21 January 2016

FORT KENT, Maine – In light of a recent incident in which a male driving a dark sedan passed a Maine School Administrative No. 27 (MSAD No. 27) school bus which was stopped to drop off a third-grade student, Chief Tom Pelletier of the Fort Kent Police Department would like to remind the public to exercise caution and pay attention when approaching a stopped school bus.

15 January 2016

FORT KENT, Maine - The national day of remembrance for Martin Luther King, Jr. is almost upon us; and again I marvel at how sorely out-of-focus the people of Earth are in terms of Dr. King's vision of unity and peace. Case in point: last Wednesday, January 6, our state's governor made race-related comments at a town hall meeting in Bridgeton, causing editors and reporters across the country to think it was Christmas all over again... in a "Bad Santa" kind of way.

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