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Volume VI Issue 4 - January 24 - 25, 2015 - Weekend edition
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24 January 2015

EAGLE LAKE - Anny Malo, of Quebec, was the fastest racer in the Mad Bomber 30 on January 24, 2015.

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24 January 2015

EAGLE LAKE – The Irving Woodlands Sled Dog Races took a dramatic turn on Saturday, Jan. 24, when musher Martin Masicotte, of Quebec City, failed to reach a checkpoint after all of the other sled dog teams in the race had done so, but after a quick search by ground and air, he has returned to the race.

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24 January 2015

EAGLE LAKE - With a light snow falling and the baying barking and yipping cries of close to 200 athletic sled dogs, the 2015 Irving Woodlands 100 and Mad Bomber 30 race launched the competitive season in Northern Maine.

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23 January 2015

FORT KENT– In the second installment of the 2015 Aroostook Cup Series, which the Fort Kent Outdoor Center (FKOC) hosted Sunday, Jan. 18, 29 skiers enjoyed warmer winter weather - a welcome relief from a biting January cold snap - as they competed in the Frostbite 30k, 15k and 5k Citizens Freestyle Races.

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23 January 2015

FORT KENT – While the rest of Maine's public universities may be facing declining enrollment, new numbers which the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) released Tuesday, January 20, show the small campus continuing to grow at an expanding rate.

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23 January 2015

FORT KENT – The U.S. News and World Report has ranked the University of Maine at Fort Kent as the 12th top college for Veterans in the north region of the United States in its 2015 rankings for United States colleges.

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23 January 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS – As part of the follow-up activities of the economic component of the Congrès mondial acadien 2014, a first mobilization forum on Experiential Tourism was held Saturday, Jan. 17, in Edmundston.

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23 January 2015

MAINE - The Maine Community College System (MCCS) Board of Trustees appointed Derek Langhauser on Friday, Jan. 23, to serve as Interim President of the MCCS, effective Feb. 16, 2015.

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23 January 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have introduced legislation – the Veterans Access to Community Care Act of 2015 – that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use its existing authority to offer community care to veterans who live more than 40 miles driving distance from the nearest VA medical facility that provides the type of care they need.

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20 January 2015

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 – Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

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7 January 2015

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5 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The following is an ongoing list of obituaries submitted to the Fiddlehead Focus during the month of January, 2015. The staff at Fiddlehead Focus send their deepest condolences to family and friends of the deceased.

For detailed obituaries, please refer to the obituary section of the Fiddlehead Focus by clicking on "Obits" on the homepage menu bar.

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22 January 2015

FORT KENT - On Friday, Jan. 16, officers with the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) participated in an educational session presented by Hope and Justice Project staff to train law enforcement professionals in the proper use of the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment Tool (ODARA).

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22 January 2015

FORT KENT – Students from across SAD 27 demonstrated superb spelling skills in the district-wide Annual Spelling Bee held at the UMFK Fox Auditorium on Thursday afternoon, January 22.

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23 January 2015

FORT KENT – CollegeChoice.net, a college ranking service, recently released their list for the Most Affordable Online Colleges for Bachelor’s Degrees, and the University of Maine at Fort Kent is in the top 50 nationally.

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22 January 2015

FORT KENT - Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) staff are pleased to introduce Paisynn Marie Charette, the hospital's first baby of 2015 born at 12:51 a.m. January 14, 2015.

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23 January 2015

CROSS LAKE - Jesse and Jessica Jalbert of Cross Lake are pleased to announce the birth of their son Tanner Michael Jalbert. Tanner was born January 21, 2015 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

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22 January 2015

ST. AGATHA / Frenchville – The St. John Valley community will be able to show support for RF Chamberland by donating to the American Red Cross at a spaghetti dinner 10:30 a.m. Sunday, February 8, at the Dr. Levesque Elementary School Cafeteria in Frenchville.

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23 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) has earned a state award for its record of safety as well as its policies, procedures and training dealing with safety issues.

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23 January 2015

MAINE- The Maine Department of Labor will deploy a major upgrade to the state’s unemployment system during the last week of January.

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23 January 2015

MAINE - According to a press release Friday, Jan. 23, by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, Republican Gov. Paul LePage wants to get rid of the secretary of state position and replace it with a lieutenant governor.

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22 January 2015

MAINE - The Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) is warning those filing for unemployment insurance benefits of a scam that attempts to obtain credit card information.

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22 January 2015

FORT KENT – Brien and Melinda Boucher of Fort Kent recently celebrated their one year anniversary as owners of North Ridge Services D/B/A Lew Rioux Co.; and the young couple say the event is especially meaningful to them because at one point their plans to become business owners almost fell through due to a lack of funding.

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21 January 2015

FRENCHVILLE – On Saturday, Jan. 10, boy scouts from Fort Kent Troop 189 participated in an instructional session about flying and airport safety at the Northern Aroostook Regional Airport in Frenchville.

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22 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - In 2014, cashiers all over Aroostook asked customers to "Add it Up" by rounding up their purchase to the nearest dollar and then donating the difference to Aroostook Aspirations Initiative (AAI) to assist more young people in Aroostook County get a college degree.

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22 January 2015

MAINE – Educate Maine is searching for the 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year and search committee officials are inviting the public to nominate their favorite public school teacher.

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21 January 2015

FORT KENT - According to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, commercial growers who only use general (over-the-counter) pesticides on their crops must have an Agricultural Basic Pesticide Applicator License by April 1, 2015.

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22 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - A national nonprofit called Baseball for All is organizing a national girls baseball tournament to be held this summer in Orlando, Florida, and members of the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s athletic department are working to put together a team from Maine.

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21 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Wednesday, January 14 might have been just another day for most; but for Juanita Rideout of Mars Hill and the staff of TAMC’s Mars Hill Health Center, it was a milestone day because Rideout turned 100 years old.

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21 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The cost of college is on the minds of most seniors in high school and other adults who aspire to a college degree, and the TRiO College Access staff members from the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) are hosting several College Goal Month events to help.

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21 January 2015

MAINE - Snowmobilers will have the opportunity to enjoy the trails in the neighboring states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont for free during an annual three-day event which will take place January 30 - February 1, 2015, that allows all legally registered Maine snowmobiles to be operated in New Hampshire and Vermont without being registered in those states.

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21 January 2015

FORT KENT – Chief Tom Pelletier wants the public to know that the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) is committed to enforcing handicapped parking laws across town.

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20 January 2015

FORT KENT - "It's clear how much this community cares about it's citizens," said Sue Bernard, Dean of Development and College Relations at Northern Maine Community College and guest speaker at the 67th annual Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce awards dinner on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, held at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Sports Center.

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20 January 2015

FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) hosted a “Let’s Make a Deal” event for students, based upon a popular game show of the same name, on Friday evening, January 16, at Fox Auditorium.

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21 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY– A County-wide public service campaign that began a year ago to raise awareness of the importance of early cancer detection and treatment by profiling the stories of local survivors is expanding in its second year.

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20 January 2015

FORT KENT - Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) CEO Peter Sirois announced that the hospital dedicated its annual report to the community for 2014 to the Northern Maine Medical Center Guild.

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21 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – As the deadline for open enrollment in the government’s Health Insurance Marketplace draws near, Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP) is partnering with The Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC) to host an information and enrollment session at the hospital’s conference center on January 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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20 January 2015

FORT KENT - (UPDATE: Lincoln found his forever home on Tuesday, Jan. 20. PAWS has many other cats that need homes, so volunteers are asking that any people interested in adopting Lincoln consider bringing home another deserving feline.) PAWS Animal Welfare Shelter presents Lincoln as PAWS Pet of the Week in hopes that this little guy will soon find his forever home.

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21 January 2015

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of Jan. 19, 2015.

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20 January 2015

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL– U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, is currently participating in a congressional delegation trip led by Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which includes visits to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Israel.

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20 January 2015

MEET OUR SCHOOL COLORS - While reporter Jessica Potila was gathering information on a story about the Madawaska Middle/High School students showing their art at a local gallery, she recorded several images of the student's work now on display in Madawaska.  We took some of our favorite paintings and put them in a collage in order to create this week's jigsaw puzzle. - Contributed image

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20 January 2015

FORT KENT – At approximately 5 p.m Thursday, Jan. 15, Fort Kent firefighters responded to a call of a chimney fire at 390 Aroostook Road.

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20 January 2015

FORT KENT – In an effort to maximize patient safety, Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) has instituted a policy requiring all employees, with the exception of those who are severely allergic to the ingredients, to receive annual influenza vaccinations or face termination.

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20 January 2015

FORT KENTRobin Damboise, Director of Human Resources at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC), announced on January 5, 2015, that Jill Daigle was selected as the Employee of the Quarter for the last quarter of 2014.

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20 January 2015

FORT KENTPrudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU) announced January 16, 2015, that Kelly Martin, a Financial Professional with The Prudential Insurance Company of America’s Greater New England, located at 286 West Main Street in Fort Kent, has earned the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation from The American College.

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20 January 2015

LYNN, Mass. / Fort Kent- The University of Maine Fort Kent men’s basketball team dropped a well-played contest with the number three team in the USCAA, West Virginia Tech, 77-64 on Friday evening.

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20 January 2015

FORT KENT - Kelley Suitter and David Charette of Fort Kent are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Paisynn Marie Charette.  Paisynn was born on January 14, 2015 at Northern Maine Medical Center.

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20 January 2015

MADAWASKA - Jesse J. Pelletier and Rebecca Cyr of Madawaska are pleased to announce the arrival of their daughter Rozlyn Marcella Pelletier. Rozlyn was born on January 17, 2015 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

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20 January 2015

MADAWASKA - Martine M. Clavette, 82, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on January 15, 2015 at a Madawaska health care facility. She was born in Edmundston, New Brunswick on June 10, 1932, daughter of the late Eddy and Gertrude (Guerrette) Martin.

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20 January 2015

MADAWASKA - John P. Couturier, 43, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2015 at his residence in Madawaska. He was born in Fort Kent on September 30, 1971, son of Alfred and Bernadette (Deschaine) Couturier.

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20 January 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Staff from the Care and Comfort Aroostook County branch recently selected Anah Temple Shrine’s Sunshine Club as the recipient of their semi-annual Jean Funds gift.

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20 January 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter dated January 14, 2015, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congressman Bruce Poliquin (R-ME), urged the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to address and put a stop to unfair Canadian trade practices in the paper market.

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16 January 2015

FORT KENTCody Johnson, a Fort Kent teen with Olympic biathlon dreams, spent the last few days of 2014 competing in the U.S. Youth/Junior World Championship Biathlon Trials held at Mt. Itasca, Minnesota.

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16 January 2015

FORT KENT – Students at Valley Rivers Middle School (VRMS) and Fort Kent Community High School (FKCHS) are teaching younger students at Fort Kent Elementary School (FKES) about the racial barriers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped to overcome in order to promote civil rights for all.

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16 January 2015

ST. FRANCIS –When the Fort Kent Fire Department received the call to head out to a structure fire in St. Francis on Friday morning, January 16, they arrived to find that the St. Francis fire department hadn't responded to the alarm because they never received the dispatch.

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16 January 2015

MAINE - U.S. Senator Angus King released the following letter to Maine's citizens on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015:

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16 January 2015

MAINEIn preparation for the 2015 tax filing season which officially begins next week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a fact sheet Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 detailing information Maine tax filers need to know as they prepare to file their federal returns.

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12 January 2015

SAINT JOHN VALLEY- The following Valley school sporting events will take place Monday, January 12 through Sunday, January 18, 2015.


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12 January 2015

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 – Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015

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15 January 2015

BRUNSWICK – Two Aroostook firefighters were among the fifteen Maine firefighters to complete rigorous training at the Maine Fire Service Institute Officer Training Academy in order to prepare for leadership roles at fire departments across the state.

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15 January 2015

NORTHERN MAINE - The National Weather Service (NWS) in Caribou has issued a wind chill watch, which is in effect from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon.

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15 January 2015

FORT KENT - Pauline (Duval) Theriault, 67, died peacefully on January 15, 2015, at home surrounded by family. She was born on April 29, 1947 in St. Francis, New Brunswick, Canada; the daughter of Helen (Nadeau) and the late Jean-Paul Duval.

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15 January 2015

FORT KENT - Rene "Pee Wee" Blier, 92 died peacefully January 12, 2015 at a Frenchville health care facility. He was born February 1, 1922, in Fort Kent, the son of Albert and Mabel (Bourgoin) Blier.

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15 January 2015

PRESQUE ISLE – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that he has hired Barbara Hayslett to serve as a Constituent Service Representative (CSR) in his Presque Isle Office.

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15 January 2015

MAINEGovernor Paul R. LePage joined Maine Securities Administrator Judith Shaw on Thursday, Jan. 15, in announcing the final implementation of Maine's new seed capital formation registration rule, informally known as Fund-ME.

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15 January 2015

FORT KENT – On Friday, Jan. 9, dozens of Girl Scouts gathered at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Sports Center for the official Girl Scout Cookie Rally 2015.

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14 January 2015

MADAWASKA- On the evening of Saturday, Jan. 10, Officer Kyle Blanchette of the Madawaska Police Department responded to a report of a domestic violence situation at 654 Main Street in Madawaska.

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15 January 2015

NEW LIMERICK - On Sunday evening, Jan. 11, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Robert “Robbie” Brewer, 22, and his brother 19-year-old Cody Brewer, both of New Limerick, on several outstanding arrest warrants.

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14 January 2015

FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Fort Kent Senior Center Club, will host its fifth Acadian Kitchen Party on Friday, January 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fort Kent Senior Center, located at 20 Pine Street.

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14 January 2015

ALLAGASH - Rex McBreairty passed away January 13 at Forest Hill Manor after a brief decline with health issues. He was born on November 13, 1922, the son of Vincent McBreairty and Mina (Hughes) McBreairty.

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14 January 2015

PRESQUE ISLE - The University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) will host Dr. Olaf Jensen, a scientist who has worked since 2007 to study and conserve Mongolia’s unique lake and river ecosystems, for an evening presentation on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center.

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14 January 2015

MAINE – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reminds women of the importance of regular screenings to prevent cervical cancer as it recognizes January as National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

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