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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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23 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, October 24-25, our publisher Andrew Birden mixes sentiment with mind-play. Even though he multiplied the editor's 1,000 word limit by three, we hope you enjoy his thoughtful tail...

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16 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"?

Feast your... eye... on our submission by reporter Jessica Potila, for the weekend of October 17-18, 2015.

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9 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 now 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"?

Up first, for the weekend of October 10-11, reporter Tory Jones Bonenfant shares a ghostly tale of heavy-duty proportions.

Senator Susan Collins
2 October 2015

MAINE - Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among seniors. Each year, approximately 2.5 million older Americans are treated in emergency rooms after a fall, and nearly three-quarters of a million subsequently are hospitalized. Tragically, more than 25,500 die as a result of their injuries.

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30 September 2015

ALLAGASH WILDERNESS WATERWAY - Several campsites in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) recently received major improvements. A two person- Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) crew recently completed 100 feet of rip-rap at High Bank campsite on Churchill Lake, stone steps at the Churchill Dam Campsite, and stone steps with rip-rap at the Meadows Campsite on Umsaskis Lake.

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25 September 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – Chief Tom Pelletier of the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) has acquired a grant in the amount of $125,000 from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), which Pelletier says will enable the police department to employ another full-time officer to secure officer safety and further the FKPD's commitment to community policing initiatives.

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27 August 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS - The murders of two journalists and wounding of the person they were interviewing on Wednesday, August 27, are stark reminders that life exists on a precarious wall between random circumstance on one side and the need to stay aware of our surroundings on the other.

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18 August 2015

MAINE - Maine is home to the best loggers and truckers in the Country.

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14 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – Officer Curtis Picard of the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) will be taking an 18-week break from his duties to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) 29th Basic Law Enforcement Training Program in Vassalboro.

Senator Susan Collins
14 August 2015

MAINE - There are more than 40 million individuals in our nation who know all too well the compassion, commitment, and endurance that it takes to be a caregiver of a loved one. They also know the frustration and exhaustion that often results.

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11 August 2015

ALLAGASH WILDERNESS WATERWAY - Eagle Lake is one of the true gems of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. The lake offers outstanding fishing for brook trout, lake trout (aka) togue and whitefish. Beautiful, remote shore-front campsites are scattered along the shoreline of the lake. These sites offer outstanding opportunities for quiet and solitude.

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31 July 2015

MAINE - As Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during World War II, President Dwight D. Eisenhower understood how transportation could be a vehicle for communication, economic growth, and military superiority. He saw “the wisdom of broader ribbons across the land.”

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27 July 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – Chief Tom Pelletier of the Fort Kent Police Department would like to remind young drivers and their parents that intermediate license laws are a valuable public safety measure, and the department intends to strictly enforce these laws. Intermediate drivers' licenses are those the state issues to persons under the age of 18.

poliquin
24 July 2015

MAINE - On Thursday, July 23, 2015, the House of Representatives passed, with bipartisan support, H.R. 3009, Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act.

Senator Susan Collins
6 July 2015

MAINE - In the iconic 1985 film "Back to the Future", Marty and Doc ride a time machine built from a Delorean car thirty years back in time. They end up in 1955 – the middle of the Baby Boom – where they save the past, and then blast off again to an impossibly distant future – the year 2015. 

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2 July 2015

FORT KENT - Chief Pelletier of the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) would like to remind ATV enthusiasts to exercise caution in light of a recent dirt bike collision with a town truck. The Chief is also seeking the public's help to locate some pellet gun suspects.

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2 July 2015

The Vitrail CDJ: beyond the rearview mirror (Translated from French)

Each year, I take the opportunity to visit the Vitrail CDJ during their open house. I can not only visit the site, awesomely decorated with artistic creations, but I can also visit with the people. Those people who make sure that the Vitrail CDJ is a truly unique institution, albeit sometimes overlooked, and, sadly, often poorly perceived.

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26 June 2015

The American spirit was born on July 4th, 1776, when 56 patriots gathered in Philadelphia. The Declaration of Independence they had crafted with care and forged by vigorous debate was considered an act of high treason against a king. At the same time, it was an act of supreme loyalty to the highest aspirations of mankind – the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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23 June 2015

MAINE - For years, hard-working Maine companies, such as Hardwood Products and Puritan Companies of Guilford, have been penalized by ObamaCare’s medical device tax.

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