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21 July 2014

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21 July 2014

WALLAGRASS - On July 19, the Maine State Troopers and Game Wardens responded to a report of a party involving minors in a wooded area in Wallagrass.

19 July 2014

(CORRECTION - In a previous version of this story, Fiddlehead Focus incorrectly identified Don Cyr as the photographer and the date of the event as July 5. Paul Cyr was actually the photographer, and the event occurred on July 15. Fiddlehead Focus strives for accuracy in our reporting, and we regret any confusion this error may have caused.)

18 July 2014

FORT KENT -At a meeting of the Fort Kent Town Council held on Monday, July 14, council members established a mil rate of 18, which is a slight increase over last year's rate of 17.35.

Guimond explained that for a house with a valuation of $100,000 the homeowner would be responsible for an annual tax of $1,800 as opposed to $1,735 last year, or a difference of $65.

18 July 2014

The Maine Potato Blossom Festival is a time-honored tradition in Aroostook County. First celebrated in 1937, Potato Blossom is one of Maine’s oldest festivals. From the parade to the mashed potato wrestling, the multi-day event in Fort Fairfield is a fun and fitting tribute to Maine potatoes and the hardworking farmers that grow them.

Senator Susan Collins
18 July 2014

Last October, a grandfather in Bath received a phone call from a young man claiming to be his grandson. The caller sounded distressed and told a story that justifiably caused concern. The “grandson” was traveling in Nicaragua, was involved in a car accident, and urgently needed $1,800 to pay for damages to his rental car. The caller instructed the grandfather to send the money through Western Union.

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18 July 2014

FORT KENT - Internationally recognized Master Traditional Snowshoe Craftsmen and now authors Brian J. Theriault and Edmond Theriault of Fort Kent have completed their first book, "Leaving Tracks: A Maine Tradition," which is now available as an ebook, with the assistance of Fiddlehead Focus publisher Andrew Birden.

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18 July 2014

FORT FAIRFIELD - Town of Fort Fairfield and TAMC officials kicked off a collaborative project to celebrate the history of healthcare in the community with a sod turning ceremony held during an open house at the Fort Fairfield Health Center on July 16.

18 July 2014

PRESQUE ISLE - Officials with the University of Maine at Presque are working with the nation’s top Competency-Based Education leaders to establish guiding principles for the learning approach and offer recommendations that will help others develop their own competency-based degree programs. UMPI is one of only 20 institutions nationwide to participate in the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN).

cma guide july 18 2014
18 July 2014

EDMUNDSTON, NEW BRUNSWICK – The Scouts and Guides of Acadie of the world—as well as the elders of the movement—will meet Aug. 13 and 14 during the Congrès mondial acadien for two days of colorful reunions.

The event will provide an opportunity for anyone interested in the scout and guide movement to socialize and reconnect with the values and basics of the movement. The Mont Farlagne ski center in Edmundston will host the event, with many campsites for the participants and tents housing activities to entertain young and elders alike.

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18 July 2014

FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery will host the exhibit, "Eclectic Miscellany" by Eagle Lake Artist Michelle Richardson from Monday, July 28 through Thursday, Aug. 14

According to Richardson, “The exhibit will consist of a variety of mediums and subjects to which I wryly apply the title ‘Eclectic Miscellany.’ I used mediums ranging from pencil, to acrylics to alcohol inks—often pairing texturing gels and pastes with brilliant color palettes to enhance the subject and add visual interest.”

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17 July 2014

FORT KENT - The town of Fort Kent recently implemented a new head of the Police Department in Chief Tom Pelletier and now has a new deputy patrolman as well. Pelletier deputized popular FKCHS junior Ethan Hill about a month ago when he learned that the 16-year-old with special needs has always been passionate about police work.

Ethan patrols areas such as the Fort Kent playground with the chief once a week and his duties have included helping people by reminding them to wear their seatbelts, waving to people, and being friendly to people, according to Pelletier.

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17 July 2014

MAINE – Cain for Congress recently reported a total of $379,093 in fundraising for the second quarter in Emily Cain's campaign for Maine's 2nd Congressional District. That total includes $270,239 in fundraising since the last reporting deadline on May 21, 2014 and brings the overall total for the campaign cycle to $871,491 raised.

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17 July 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is now accepting reservations for its upcoming preservation workshops taking place throughout the County.

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17 July 2014

MERRILL– Law enforcement have arrested a man and his girlfriend on Tuesday, July 15, for making methamphetamine stemming from the July 9 discovery of a meth lab in a Merrill residence.

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17 July 2014

FORT KENT - On July 8, Barbara Ned of the Marshall Islands took a break from her secondary education studies at UMFK to give birth to a healthy, 7 pound baby girl at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

Ned named her baby Maine Pine in tribute to the state of which she has become fond.

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17 July 2014

FORT KENT – In an earlier news story on July 1, Northern Maine Medical Center CEO Peter Sirois made statements that conflict with newly revealed documents from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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16 July 2014

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, July 16, the U.S. Senate passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528)—originally introduced by U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Angus King—which would allow veterinarians to carry and dispense controlled substances to protect the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, ensure public safety, and safeguard the nation’s food supply. Reps. Kurt Schrader and Ted Yoho introduced the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, which subsequently passed last week.

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16 July 2014

FREEPORT – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently presented its annual small business awards at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport. SBA officials presented state and regional awards to small business owners and small business champions from all over Maine.

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