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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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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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