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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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14 January 2016

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick - (Editor's note: Fiddlehead Focus has translated this guest column from the original French version.)It has often been heard (and we still hear it) that the Brayon(ne) people were "enterprising." And they knew how to undertake projects and succeed.

Senator Susan Collins
4 January 2016

To the editor:

As we turn the page on 2015 and look to the future, I welcome this opportunity to share some of the accomplishments of 2016. Although much work remains to be done, I was able to achieve progress on issues that matter to the people of Maine, whom I am honored to represent in the United States Senate.

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31 December 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – Chief Tom Pelletier of the Fort Kent Police Department would like to remind the public that when clearing snow from personal property, it is important to keep that snow off town roads.

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30 December 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - Earlier this week I took a look back at all of the original news articles our reporters churned out for the Fiddlehead Focus during 2015. There were a lot, to say the least.

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29 December 2015

ALLAGASH WILDERNESS WATERWAY - Forty-nine years after being established by the Maine State Legislature, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) is finally wholly owned by the State of Maine. The 40-acre Lock Dam lot, the last outlot on the 92-mile long waterway, was purchased from Katahdin Timberlands LLC on September 30, 2015.

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22 December 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – Before I became a reporter for Fiddlehead Focus, I was a Fiddlehead Focus reader. I recall sitting in my doctors' office at Northern Maine Medical Center during the summer of 2011 when I picked up my first copy of Fiddlehead Focus, which at that time Publisher Andrew Birden largely wrote and distributed in a newsletter type format to a variety of St. John Valley waiting rooms and business counter tops.

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16 December 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – In the wake of the first winter storm to hit Fort Kent this season, Chief Tom Pelletier of the Fort Kent Police Department would like to remind the public that, as of November 15, winter parking regulations have been in effect to allow the Public Works Department to maintain town roads.

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8 December 2015

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick - I really love Christmas. My smile grows when I see sparkling lights, front-yard pine trees bedecked in billowing ribbon and over-sized ornaments, and those houses that look like someone dropped a jar of glitter on them, thanks to a cool new gadget that "sprays" sparkles over everything.

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25 November 2015

MAINE - As we prepare for another Maine winter, we know that a large portion of many Mainers’ incomes will go towards keeping their homes and their families warm over the next few months.

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20 November 2015

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick - The world is in shock. Our city is no exception.

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6 November 2015

MAINE - On October 31, the Navy’s newest destroyer, the USS Rafael Peralta, was christened at Bath Iron Works. The story of the namesake of the United States Navy’s newest Maine-built destroyer would be inspiring at any time. On Veterans Day, it is an especially powerful reminder of the qualities that unite all who have served our country throughout our history.

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30 October 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FOREST - Attention fans of ghoulish tales: We're stirin' up some wicked stories in our Fiddlehead Focus cauldron, just in time for Halloween. We're giving a new meaning to the term "Ghostwriter." Each weekend between October 10 and October 31, one of our warped staff members will submit an original piece of writing to horrify and (hopefully) scare you. After it's all said and done, we want YOU to judge which storyteller most makes your fiddleheads curl. Who will be "Ghostwriter Supreme"?

This weekend, Halloween, our editor Melanie Daigle brings a classic back to life.

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28 October 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - It is my privilege as editor of The Fiddlehead Focus to sing the praises of my editorial team... yet again. After traveling with our crew to a Maine Press Association (MPA) awards ceremony in Bangor on Saturday, October 17, 2015, I returned to the Valley with newfound respect for my reporters.

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