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Volume V Issue 44- Oct. 30, 2014 - Thursday edition
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30 October 2014

FORT KENT- The little town that could does not want to be known as the little town associated with Ebola.

30 October 2014

FORT KENT - On Thursday,, October 30, Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, rode bicycles for a short distance near their home in Fort Kent, Maine.

According to eyewitnesses, she and Wilbur road bicycles from their home with two state police cruisers following. The couple turned onto a nearby multi-use trail that locals know of as the Heritage Trail.  The couple traveled a short distance down the trail before turning around and returning to the home.

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29 October 2014

FORT KENT – At approximately 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29, Kaci Hickox, with boyfriend Ted Wilbur joining her to stand outside their Fort Kent home, said she has been unable to reach an agreement with the Maine attorney general regarding the state's desire to confine her to her home for the remainder of a 21-day quarantine.

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30 October 2014

Ms. Hickcox, I would like to ask you to please reconsider your decision to fight the 21 day home quarantine.

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30 October 2014

FORT KENT- The Fort Kent Lady Warriors, Eastern Maine Class C no. 3, defeated no. 8 Piscataquis on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in an action-packed 6-1 quarterfinal game in Fort Kent.

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29 October 2014

FORT KENT – On Tuesday, Oct. 28, students at Valley Rivers Middle School joined more than one million other students across the country to help break down social and racial barriers by participating in the 12th annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

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29 October 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY / Fort Kent-  A generous gesture by Fort Kent businessman Steve Ouellette is bringing increased awareness to the issue of domestic violence and the help that is available through the Hope and Justice Project.

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29 October 2014

FORT KENT– On Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 6:18 p.m., Fort Kent police received a call from a woman reporting that she had been in a motor vehicle accident involving a moose and that she was unable to get out of her car.

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29 October 2014

FORT KENT– University of Maine at Fort Kent's newest expert on lichens, Professor Peter Nelson, is part of a team that in April will travel to Chile to study the strange organisms in a rare oasis located in the middle of the desert.

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29 October 2014

MAINE - The top 10 individual Maine donors to state and national political campaigns gave $3,950,236 since Jan. 1, 2013, according to state and federal campaign finance reports for the current two-year election cycle, while the rest of the state’s population gave about $10.5 million.

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29 October 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - In response to the growing number of animal shelters and rescue organizations overloaded with homeless cats, animal advocacy groups Marian's Dream and Spay Maine are promoting a new campaign called "Fixing Your Cat by 5 Months" and funded by a grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, encouraging Maine's citizens to spay or neuter their adolescent pet felines.

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27 October 2014

Monday, Oct. 27 – Sunday, Nov. 2

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3 October 2014

Click on the sign to see the Police BLOGGER for your town

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29 October 2014

FORT KENT – Bishop Deeley of the Portland Catholic Diocese issued a statement Wednesday morning, Oct. 29, stating: “In a time of uncertainty surrounding a health threat to people abroad and now, potentially at home, it is in our very nature to be concerned and yes, perhaps even to react with fear.

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29 October 2014

FORT KENT - On Wednesday, October 29, the Fort Kent Lady Warriors enjoyed a solid win over the Piscatiquis Pirates with a score of 6-1.

Playing on a soggy field for quarterfinal, Danielle Pelletier led Fort Kent with a pair of goals, and Erin Chasse added a goal and an assist.

Fort Kent advances to play in a Friday seminal. Opponent, site and time TBD. 

Story to follow.

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28 October 2014

FORT KENT –With folks worried about the possibility of an Ebola outbreak in the St. John Valley, Northern Maine Medical Center's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Sullivan delivered assurance in the midst of news that nurse Kaci Hickox may be returning or has already returned to Fort Kent.

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29 October 2014

FORT KENT– Local photographers Garry and Louise Bouchard of Portrait Illusions are helping to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and the PAWS Animal Welfare Society in a temporary photo studio located in the Home Solutions building on West Main Street in Fort Kent.

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28 October 2014

FORT KENT - On October 28, the no. 2 Fort Kent Warriors boys soccer team defeated the no. 10 Houlton Shiretowners 2-1.

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28 October 2014

FORT KENT– On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 25, Fort Kent police arrested 21 year-old Joshua Daigle, of Sinclair, after he allegedly used a baseball bat and a knife to attack 23 year-old Matthew Pelletier, of Fort Kent.

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28 October 2014

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. / Fort Kent — The UMFK men’s and women’s soccer teams are once again headed to Charleston, West Virginia for the USCAA Soccer National Championships.

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28 October 2014

VAN BUREN- Governor Paul R. LePage and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) announced Tuesday, Oct. 28, that Van Buren has been designated "Certified Business-Friendly."

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29 October 2014

MAINE - The Maine Warden Service and Operation Game Thief (OGT) are seeking information from the public on an Illegal cow (female) moose kill during the October 2014 moose hunt in zone 8.

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28 October 2014

MAINE– In an effort to inform the public regarding the Nov. 4 state elections, the Fiddlehead Focus has compiled information on each of the seven referendums which are scheduled to appear on the Maine 2014 ballot, including portions of detailed explanations of each issue as prepared for voters by the Office of the Attorney General.

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28 October 2014

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is a great place to take a young person or inexperienced hunter grouse hunting- or as I like to say, “bird hunting”. There is nothing quite as encouraging to a young hunter as bringing home something to eat. I think it satisfies some primeval desire to provide food for the family. The odds for a young hunter to be successful are pretty good in the North Maine Woods (NMW).

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28 October 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The Davis Family Foundation has awarded the Aroostook Hospice Foundation a $100,000 grant, which will be applied towards the cost of constructing the first free-standing hospice and palliative care center in Aroostook County.

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28 October 2014

FORT KENT- This little lady is Nakita. She was found with six tiny kittens wandering the countryside, a single and homeless mother. Now PAWS is taking care of her and her babies.

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28 October 2014

FORT KENT- The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of Oct. 27.

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28 October 2014

FORT KENT – The Fort Kent Community High School soccer teams are in the playoff action at home this week for the MPA Eastern Maine Class C State Quarterfinals, with the boys taking on #10 seed Houlton on Tuesday, Oct 28, at 3 p.m.

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27 October 2014

FORT KENT-- Officials at the University of Maine at Fort Kent have been working closely with state and local public health officials to ensure the campus is prepared to safely support students or anyone from the community potentially impacted by the Ebola outbreak.

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28 October 2014

BANGOR / Stockholm- United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced Tuesday, Oct. 28, that Benjamin A. Rossignol, 22, of Stockholm, Maine, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 22 years in prison to be followed by 20 years of supervised release for possessing and distributing child pornography.

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27 October 2014

FORT KENT – Reports indicate that nurse Kaci Hickox, a resident of Fort Kent, is returning home after an extended trip caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, though it is unclear as to when that may be.

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27 October 2014

VAN BUREN - Approximately 30 children rolled, walked, and ran in the first annual Harvest Festivities event at the Gateway School on Sunday, Oct. 19.

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27 October 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- TAMC's mission to protect the local population from seasonal influenza has resulted in a record number of residents getting vaccinated at free flu shot clinics offered throughout the region by the organization.

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27 October 2014

The Aroostook County Action Program, Inc. (ACAP) Family Services was awarded a contract Oct.1, 2014, by the Maine Department of Education, to provide practice-based coaching for teachers in public pre-kindergarten programs in Aroostook, Washington and northern Piscataquis counties.

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27 October 2014

When I began serving in the United States Senate, there were only nine female senators at the time. Today, there are a record number of women—20 in all—serving together in the Senate. While much progress remains to be made, we have witnessed great strides in the advancement of women in our own country and most of the developed world over the past century.

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26 October 2014

In a previous version of this article, Fiddlehead Focus reported Kaci Hickox lives in Fort Kent. At this time it is unclear if she lives in Fort Kent or if she was only planning to visit.

NEW JERSEY – Kaci Hickox, with connections to Fort Kent, Maine, who recently returned from one of the countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak, said an inaccurate thermometer reading and new protocols caused the state of New Jersey to place her under quarantine.

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27 October 2014

TINKER, NEW BRUNSWICK- The Perth Andover RCMP is asking for the public's assistance to identify the body of a woman that was found Oct. 26 in the Aroostook River at the Tinker Dam, in Tinker, N.B.

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24 October 2014

FORT KENTRobin Damboise, Director of Human Resources at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC), announced October 10, 2014 that Connie Deschaine has been selected as the Employee of the Quarter.

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27 October 2014

ALLAGASH– The Faye O'Leary Hafford Library in Allagash is hosting a fundraiser and business fair Saturday, Nov. 15, in an effort to educate the community on all that Allagash has to offer, including the library itself.

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25 October 2014

FORT KENT - The University of Maine Fort Kent men’s soccer team completed another perfect home soccer season on Friday afternoon, with a 9-0 win in the Annual Potato Barrel game over the University of Maine Presque Isle.

Ross Downie started the onslaught on senior night with a goal 90 seconds into the game. Stuart Conway threaded a through ball in to Downie streaking down the left sideline, Downie controlled the ball and rocketed a shot in the right side panel of the net past the UMPI keeper.

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25 October 2014

BELFAST – Fort Kent Senior Mathew Toussaint was the region's fastest runner at the Class C Eastern Maine Regional Crosscountry Championship on October 25 in Belfast, Maine.

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27 October 2014

LINNEUS / Houlton - On Sunday, Oct. 26, State Police Trooper Jill Monahan responded to a single vehicle crash on the Burton Road in Linneus, which led to the arrest of Houlton resident Herbert Winship.

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24 October 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) will be offering a 16-week High Pressure Boiler Operator course Tuesday evenings, beginning Nov. 18.

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24 October 2014

MAINE-  In a press release Thursday, Oct. 23, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills reminded fuel dealers and consumers that rules regulating the sale of heating fuel will be in effect Oct. 15 to April 30 throughout the state.

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24 October 2014

AUGUSTA- Hundreds of students filled the Augusta Armory Wednesday, Oct. 22, for the 2014 Rally and Tally Mock Election event, compiling student votes from around the state and taking part in election-related activities.

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24 October 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY / Presque Isle - Halloween monsters will be dashing out of the way Saturday, Nov.1, as a unique family run/walk event is set to get folks active with fun festivities in Presque Isle, all to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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24 October 2014

PRESQUE ISLE - The University of Maine at Presque Isle, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will hold its annual fall blood drive Monday, Oct. 27, from noon until 5 p.m. in the Campus Center’s Multi-Purpose Room.

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24 October 2014

MAINE – In ongoing efforts to provide the latest information to healthcare providers and citizens regarding guideline updates, preparedness and response to potential or suspected cases of Ebola, the Maine Center for Disease Control announced Friday, Oct. 24, that it has launched a new website, www.maine.gov/ebola.

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24 October 2014

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage will be lacing up his basketball shoes Nov. 2 for the 6th Annual Taylor Tip-Off Tournament, and is encouraging Mainers to do likewise during the month of November, to show support for children affected by domestic violence.

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24 October 2014

LIMESTONE - Law enforcement have detained a former minister charged with sex crimes after he broke bail conditions Sunday, Oct. 19, and trespassed onto the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) campus, home to high school students from across the state, including the St. John Valley.

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23 October 2014

FORT KENT - Dr. Deborah L. Wexler, executive director and founder for the Maine Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) notified Cheryl Daigle, RN and associate director of nursing for Northern Maine Medical Center, that NMMC received recognition in the IAC Birth Dose Honor Roll as a hospital and/or birthing center that has attained high coverage levels for administering the Hepatitis B vaccine at birth.

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24 October 2014

FORT KENT - Dora Jean Michaud, 64, died, peacefully on Oct. 22, 2014 at a Fort Kent healthcare facility. She was born in Fort Kent on Sept. 22, 1950, the daughter of Omer and Mable (Pelletier) Dionne.

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24 October 2014

FORT KENT- The Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Dona Saucier, a Frenchville native, as the group's newest executive director.

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23 October 2014

MADAWASKA- The Madawaska Board of Selectpeople met on Tuesday, Oct. 21 for a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss many ongoing issues.

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24 October 2014

LILLE - William Shakespeare’s swift and relentless tragedy "Macbeth" comes to the Muse Culturel du Mont-Carmel in Lille from the Theater at Monmouth (TAM) Thursday evening, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.

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23 October 2014

MAINE / Eagle LakeAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday, Oct. 23, that a total of $6,139,400 in USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Loan and Grant funds will be shared among five rural Maine communities, one of which is Eagle Lake.

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23 October 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY -  In an effort to bring adaptive winter recreation opportunities to people in the County with physical disabilities, an innovative collaboration of the Nordic Heritage Sport Club and Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation named NO LIMITS will officially launch a Nordic ski and snowshoe program in the coming winter season thanks to the drive of committed volunteers and support of lead community partners, including TAMC.

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23 October 2014

AUGUSTAMaine Attorney General Janet T. Mills announced on Tuesday, Oct. 21, that the State of Maine has received funding from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to gather critical data on violent deaths in Maine using the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) over the next five years.

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23 October 2014

LIMESTONE- Students from Deb McGann’s Computational Physics class at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) had a unique opportunity to visit both the Jackson Laboratory (JAX) and the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) in Mount Desert Island over the school's September break.

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23 October 2014

FORT KENT - Geneva M. Nadeau, 87, passed away peacefully on Oct. 17, 2014 at the Forest Hill Manor in Fort Kent. She was born on July 25, 1927 the youngest of 13 children and was the last living sibling. She was the daughter of Honore and Catherine (Babin) Michaud.

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23 October 2014

BANGOR and ST. FRANCIS - Liela Ann Jandreau, 63, died on Oct. 18, 2014 at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. She was born May 8, 1951 in Fort Kent, the daughter of Alberie and Verna (Thibodeau) Jandreau.

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23 October 2014

WALLAGRASS - Students at Wallagrass Elementary School enjoyed fresh, made-to-order ployes cooked in the school gym by Janice Bouchard of Bouchard Family Farms as a reward for winning "Most Creative" in this summer's contest to make banners for the Congres Mondial Acadien.

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22 October 2014

FORT KENT - On Oct. 29, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) and the St. John Valley Technology Center (SJVTC) will act out a simulated disaster scenario as an exercise in emergency preparedness.

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23 October 2014

MADAWASKA- The Madawaska boys' and girls' soccer teams both lost to the Caribou Vikings in close-scoring evening games on Oct. 21, the last games before prelims.

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22 October 2014

MADAWASKA - Though public turn-out was in the single digits for a regularly scheduled Madawaska School Board meeting held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20; the board discussed many topics relevant to the school system and taxpayers.

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23 October 2014

VAN BUREN - Noella (Carroll) Michaud, 88, died peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at a Caribou hospital, following a brief illness. She was born on Dec.r 25, 1925 in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, the daughter of the late Joseph and Lottie (Daigle) Carroll.

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22 October 2014

LIMESTONE - Sam Heino, a student at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, is used to writing research papers for class; but it’s not every day that one of her essays wins an honorable mention in the 2014 Ocean Awareness Student Contest, organized by the environmental non-profit From the Bow’s Seat.

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22 October 2014

PRESQUE ISLEA statewide plan to help older adults age in their homes and communities received strong support on Monday, Oct. 20, from Presque Isle area seniors and community leaders at an aging forum held at the Gathering Place senior center.

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22 October 2014

MAINEThe preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in September was up slightly from 5.6 percent in August and down from 6.6 percent one year ago; and the number of unemployed declined 6,000 over the year to 40,700.

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