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Volume V Issue 47- Nov. 20, 2014 - Thursday edition
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19 November 2014

ST. FRANCIS – The State Fire Marshal’s Office says 74 year-old Patrick Deignan of St. Francis died in his home Wednesday morning, Nov. 19, from a fire, likely caused by using a flammable liquid to start his wood stove.

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20 November 2014

CARIBOU The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a mother and her three young children died this Thursday morning, Nov. 20, inside a Caribou mobile home. Dead are 28 year old Norma Skidgel and her three children - twin boy and girl - Mason and Madison Delisle, who were two, and three-year-old Trenton Delisle, who would have turned four next week. The four victims were found by Caribou firefighters in the back bedroom.

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20 November 2014

FORT KENT- The spirit of giving filled the air at The Greater Fort Kent Ecumenical Food Pantry on Tuesday, Nov. 18, when local Girl Scout Troop 124 helped prepare 120 Thanksgiving boxes which will be delivered to community members in need.

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19 November 2014

FORT KENT- A science, technology, engineering and mathematics program, known by kids as STEM, is taking place at Fort Kent Elementary School; and so many students have elected to participate in the wildly popular after-school learning activity that organizers have had to divide the young learners into two groups in order to accommodate everyone.

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20 November 2014

FORT KENT - With the holiday's nearing and many servicemen and women on deployment defending our country, Valley Rivers Middle School’s Student Council will be collecting care package items to be shipped to those overseas in combat/war stricken areas.

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19 November 2014

FORT KENT - At 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, Bishop Robert P. Deeley will celebrate a special Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Louis Church, located at 26 East Main Street in Fort Kent, which will also be broadcast on Fort Kent's new catholic radio station.

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20 November 2014

FORT KENT- Madeline (Daigle) Saucier, 89, died peacefully surrounded by family, November 18, 2014 at a Fort Kent Health Care Facility. She was born November 2, 1925, in Daigle, Maine, the daughter of Josephel and Celina (Dufour) Daigle.

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19 November 2014

WALLAGRASS– A Fort Kent man was uninjured, although his car was a total loss, following a motor vehicle accident on Friday, Nov. 14, in Wallagrass.

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19 November 2014

LIMESTONE- The Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) held its annual fall Open House on Sunday, Nov. 9 through Monday, Nov. 10, welcoming sixty-five students and their families from all over Maine and other parts of New England.

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19 November 2014

BANGORUnited States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Daniel Hines, 38, of Bangor was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor by Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute MDPV, a chemical compound commonly referred to as “bath salts” or “monkey dust.”

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5 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The following is an ongoing list of obituaries submitted to the Fiddlehead Focus during the months of October and November, 2014. 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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3 October 2014

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19 November 2014

FORT KENT– Children and adults alike displayed their artistic talents by creating unique and inventive turkey art projects at Fort Kent Elementary School (FKES) in celebration of Thanksgiving, 2014.

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18 November 2014

FORT KENT– On Saturday, Nov. 15, the 10th Mountain Outdoor Club dedicated a new nature trail at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center, which the group named The Warrior Trail, to honor all those who have battled cancer.

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18 November 2014

LILLE- The Press Gang, a Portland-based Irish band, will perform at the Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel in Lille on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m.

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19 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Power of Prevention (POP) extends a warm invitation to all those wanting to quit smoking to take an important step toward reducing their cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease risk by trying it for at least one day on Thursday, Nov. 20.

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18 November 2014

A high-quality children's book can run you $20. I know this because I used to own a children's bookstore. Plus, I love children's books a bit more than my wallet says I should.

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18 November 2014

FORT KENT - This beautiful feline is Tanya. Tanya is a mature adult and quite affectionate. She would be the purrfect lap cat for someone in need of a companion. Tanya had already been spayed and declawed on her front feet when she was recently found. PAWS has updated her vaccinations and provided her with some much needed dentistry.

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18 November 2014

FORT KENT- The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of Nov. 17, 2014.

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18 November 2014

THE LAST BEAM - The last steel beam from the old international bridge in Fort Kent came down on Friday, Nov. 14. Here, two construction workers use a cutting torch to separate the pieces to this retiring span. This image is the week's jigsaw puzzle. - Birden image

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17 November 2014

FORT KENTDuring the first week of November, Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) joined the country in celebrating the work done by the professionals in the field of radiologic technology.

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18 November 2014

FORT KENT– At approximately 9 p.m. Saturday evening, Nov. 15, Fort Kent police arrested 19 year-old Adam Bouchard for violating the conditions of his release following a previous arrest, according to Police Chief Tom Pelletier.

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18 November 2014

"I had a choice for my operation. I could have gone to Bangor, to Portland or to Boston. I did have a choice, but I opted to go to the hospital in my home town, in the St. John Valley, Northern Maine Medical Center. I have not stopped thanking my lucky stars ever since.

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18 November 2014

MADAWASKA – Officer Danielle Levesque of the Madawaska Police Department responded to a complaint of criminal mischief on Nov. 13, involving destruction of property.

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17 November 2014

ST. AGATHA- The Fiddlehead Focus congratulates the 7th-12th graders who made Honor Roll at Wisdom Middle/High School.

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17 November 2014

MADAWASKA- The Madawaska Board of Select People announced the agenda for a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014.

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17 November 2014

MAINE - Governor Paul R. LePage commended state and federal employees from the Maine Army National Guard for being named the best installation management program in the United States.

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17 November 2014

MAINE- The University of Maine Board of Trustees adopted a system-wide sexual assault policy Monday, Nov. 17, that changes the definition of consent and mandates training for members of the university community.

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17 November 2014

Throughout our nation’s history, our citizens have left the safety of home to preserve our freedom and to extend the blessings of freedom to others. Each year, as we did recently, Americans pause on Veterans Day to honor these brave men and women for their duty, honor, and sacrifice.

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18 November 2014

ST. FRANCIS- Doris (Berube) Harvey, 90, died peacefully November 17, 2014 at a Frenchville Health Care Facility. She was born September 18, 1924, in New Canada Plantation, Me. the daughter of Midas and Melvina (Morin) Berube. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of St. Francis.

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18 November 2014

FORT KENT- Yvonne Helen Bent Johnson, beloved mother, wife and partner of Dr. R. Paul Johnson passed away on November 16, 2014 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.

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18 November 2014

MADAWASKA- Claire M. Sirois, 85, passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at a Madawaska health care facility. She was born in Baker Brook, N.B. on March 11, 1929, daughter of the late Denis and Lydia (Ouellette) Landry.

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18 November 2014

FRENCHVILLE- Louise R. Soucy, 50, passed away peacefully at her home in Frenchville surrounded by her loved ones on Monday, November 17, 2014. She was born in Edmundston, New Brunswick on June 6, 1964, daughter of Richard and Bernice (Martin) Martin.

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17 November 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY –The National Weather Service out of Caribou, Maine, has issued a winter weather advisory for snow this morning, November 17, followed by sleet and freezing rain into Monday evening.

The advisory includes the cities from Allagash to Van Buren and as far south as Mount Katahdin.

Snow accumulations may be 2 to 4 inches, along with a thin layer of ice.

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15 November 2014

FRENCHVILLE– Award-winning author Cathie Pelletier has enlisted the talents of students in teacher Mitch Daigle's Computer Technology class at the St. John Valley Technology Center to design the website for her soon-to-be launched publishing company Ethel Books.

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17 November 2014

FORT KENT- Flames met with chilled air Sunday morning, Nov. 16, to create billows of thick smoke which ballooned up to the sky, fascinating onlooking community members as firefighters with the Fort Kent Fire Department participated in the controlled burn of a run-down residence on the Frenchville Road.

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17 November 2014

OAKLAND, New BrunswickThe RCMP is investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on the Oakland Road in Oakland, New Brunswick south of Florenceville-Bristol on Nov. 16 at approximately 3 a.m.

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17 November 2014

FORT KENT – The Fiddlehead Focus office in Fort Kent was packed-to-the-gills on Friday, Nov. 14, when more than 20 local business leaders attended a social mixer held by publisher Andrew Birden to celebrate the substantial resurgence of the popular news source.

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17 November 2014

NEW ENGLAND - The University of Maine Fort Kent men’s and women's basketball teams got the season off to a rough start with a pair of losses for each over the Nov. 14-16 weekend.

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14 November 2014

MADAWASKA- The agenda for the Madawaska School Committee Regular meeting to be held Nov. 17 at p.m. at the Superintendent’s Conference Room is as follows:

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14 November 2014

CARIBOU- Northern Maine Development Commission's Business Finance Division and Small Business Development Center will be presenting a workshop entitled "Basic Bookkeeping Techniques" Thursday, Nov. 20, at 9 a.m. in Caribou.

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14 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Pineland Farms of Mars Hill, known in Aroostook for their Naturally Potatoes plant, has announced that the company has committed to a $50,000 donation, payable at the rate of $10,000 per year beginning in 2014, to the Aroostook Aspirations Initiative.

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14 November 2014

PRESQUE ISLE– The Presque Isle Rotary Club is gearing up for its 67th annual Radio and TV Auction, which will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 2 through Thursday, Dec. 4, and will be broadcast live from the Northeastland Hotel.

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14 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY– Organizers are calling a region-wide project led by The County’s four hospitals and The County Federal Credit Union to support four animal shelters in northern, central and southern Aroostook a big success.

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13 November 2014

FORT KENTSarah A. Mayberry, Program Coordinator for the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network, informed Peter Sirois, Chief Executive Officer at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC), on Nov. 5 that NMMC will be recognized at the gold level in the 2014 Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network Gold Star Standards of Excellence Recognition Program.

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13 November 2014

PRESQUE ISLE- Students, faculty and staff at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Northern Maine Community College recently participated in their 1st Annual Food Fight in honor of Hunger Action Month.

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14 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- Every fall and again every spring, central Aroostook adults aged 50+ have the unique opportunity to enjoy informal, educational, non-competitive courses through SAGE, Seniors Achieving Greater Education.

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14 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The following babies were born during October and November, 2014 at Cary Medical Center:

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14 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY– Representatives of The County’s four hospitals who care for the region’s youngest patients came together Friday, Nov. 14 to announce a new partnership with the United Way of Aroostook that will help put a new book in the hands of families with infants and toddlers each and every month.

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13 November 2014

FORT KENT– Steven Pelletier, owner of Pelletier Ford and Valley Motors, is proud to announce the opening of the all new Pelletier Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Fort Kent.

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13 November 2014

FORT KENT - Jane Rioux, RN, Director of Nursing at Forest Hill Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center announced that Debra Cannan, RN, completed the requirements for certification as a Long Term Care Specialist.

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14 November 2014

MAINE On Thursday, Nov. 13, the U.S. Small Business Administration Maine District Office announced its top lenders for 2014, which included the Top Performing Credit Union award for NorState Federal Credit Union.

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13 November 2014

FORT KENT– At approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, a black 2013 Chevy Silverado truck rear-ended a 1995 International Wrecker tow truck on Market Street in Fort Kent.

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13 November 2014

MADAWASKADirectors and officers of the Madawaska Snowmobile Club (MSC) have been busy over the past few months working on trail maintenance, acquiring landowner permissions, prepping equipment, repairing bridges, scheduling meetings and events, and conducting a membership drive to get local enthusiasts involved.

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13 November 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- Northern Maine Community College's (NMCC) relationships with a variety of businesses provide the perfect opportunities for students to make personal connections with companies in their field of study.

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13 November 2014

MAINEAs the holidays approach, it’s a common tactic for phishing scammers to send emails claiming to be an alert about an undelivered package.

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14 November 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved a bill on Thursday, Nov. 13, cosponsored by U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) that would encourage the research and development of renewable energy generated through waves, currents, ocean tides, and free-flowing water in lakes and rivers, known as hydropower.

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