ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY/Fort Kent – Duane Belanger, a member of the Fort Kent Knights of Columbus, traveled to Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 13 to represent the Catholic fraternal organization during National Wreaths Across America Day 2014, which is held to honor veterans who have paid the ultimate price in their service to our country.
FRENCHVILLE / Augusta – On Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Augusta Civic Center, elementary students from the St. John Valley showed everyone at the Maine Lego League Competition what it means to never give up.
NORTHERN MAINE - The National Weather Service in Caribou (NWS) has announced a winter weather advisory for Northern Maine Wednesday, Dec. 17, into Thursday, Dec. 18. (Updated 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17.)
ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS – Wednesday morning, Dec. 17, the CMA 2014 organizers presented an analysis of the advertising value of media coverage, as well as a study on the economic and social impact of the 5th Congrès mondial acadien.
ST. JOHN VALLEY - The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $38,373 of funding to Fish River Rural Health in recognition for the health center's clinical quality improvements and its position as a health center quality leader.
PRESQUE ISLE– The Presque Isle Rotary Club wrapped up its 67th annual Radio and TV Auction on a high note, raising more than $410,000 during the three-night event and surpassing its $25,000 fundraising goal for its special project—by more than $300,000.
MAINE – The Maine Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services announced today that it is moving patient certification for the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program (MMMP) to an online forum in an effort to reduce administrative duties and strengthen program integrity and security.
ST. JOHN VALLEY - The following middle school and high school sporting events will take place between Monday, December 15 and Sunday, December 21, 2014. (Fiddlehead Focus will update this listing with scores as information become available.)
AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The following is an ongoing list of obituaries submitted to the Fiddlehead Focus during the month of December, 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.
FORT KENT- Jeanette Michaud, a registered nurse employed at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC), attended the International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice from Oct. 22 through 25 in Phoenix, Arizona.
EAGLE LAKE / T14 R6 WELS - At the Eagle Lake Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 11, in what the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) deemed the final public meeting on the subject, DOT employees and interested citizens came together to discuss the future of 5.5 miles of road along Route 11, which includes an historically significant home on Soucy Hill.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Members of the Aroostook County Shrine Club, joined by a special visitor from the North Pole, spread good cheer and the spirit of the holidays to patients and residents of several central Aroostook healthcare facilities.
LEWISTON / St. John Valley- Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced that Father Paul H. Dumais, a native of Fort Kent, has been appointed as chaplain at Lewiston's St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, and St. Mary’s Residence.
FORT KENT- Roberta Ann Levesque, otherwise known as "Ann", devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Frenchville, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.
VAN BUREN - Ned J. Levesque, 55, died peacefully Sunday, December 14, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer, with his loving family by his side. He was born May 23, 1959 in Van Buren, a son of the late Joseph and Emerilda (Michaud) Levesque.
BOSTON, Mass. - Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Vincent B. Lisi of the FBI’s Boston Division announced Monday, Dec. 15, a new initiative designed to solicit the public’s help in identifying and targeting public corruption.
FORT KENT - More than 90 children and their families packed the Fort Kent Knights of Columbus hall on Sunday, Dec. 14, for a holiday jubilee full of games, pinatas, presents and even a visit from Santa.
FORT KENT – The entire Fort Kent Elementary School community cheered for six-year-old Kearston Albert in the school gymnasium on Friday, Dec. 12, as representatives from the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted the Kindergarten cancer warrior's wish for a family vacation to Walt Disney World.
FORT KENT- The University of Fort Kent women’s basketball team finished off a dominating weekend of basketball, beating Thomas College of Waterville, Maine, 69-41 Sunday afternoon, Dec. 14. The Bengals also defeated Fisher College of Boston on Saturday afternoon, 107-39.
FORT KENT - The Fiddlehead Focus congratulates the 7th-12th graders who made Honor Roll at Valley Rivers Middle School and Fort Kent Community High School during the first trimester of the 2014 - 2015 school year.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY– The month of November was “growing strong” at Northern Maine Community College as 14 students, faculty and staff showed their support of the American Cancer Society’s No Shave November campaign by raising nearly $800 for the cause.
MACHIAS – An alumna from the University of Maine at Fort Kent will lead the University of Maine at Machias, according to press release from the office of University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page on Dec. 12.
WASHINGTON, D.C.– On Thursday, Dec. 11, the United States Senate unanimously passed two provisions authored by U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) to help relieve America’s small financial institutions, like community banks and credits unions, of regulatory burdens so that they are better able to serve their communities.
MAINE- Maine high school juniors improved their scores in math, writing and science on last spring's statewide standardized tests, but less than half of students are performing at grade level, according to the Maine Department of Education (DOE).
FORT KENT– A vandal who defaced valuable signs on snowmobile trails around the Fort Kent region has created an ongoing problem because the obscene graffiti discourages visits to the region and harms local commerce, according to Fort Kent Snowmobile Association Director Kenneth Michaud.
MAINE– U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) praised the successful inclusion of a provision by Senator Susan Collins in the Fiscal Year 2015 federal appropriations bill that will require all fresh fruits and vegetables – including fresh white potatoes – be included in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.
WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud expressed gratitude to all of the residents of Maine’s Second Congressional District on Thursday, Dec. 11, as he prepared to cast his final votes as a Member of the United States Congress.
FORT KENT - During the first week of December, otherwise known as Sexual Health Awareness Week, University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) campus officials provided numerous educational opportunities for faculty, staff and students to learn about sexual assault and health.
EAGLE LAKE - Nickea Terry and Toni Megno of Eagle Lake are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Makenzie Lee Megno. Makenzie was born on Dec. 10, 2014, at the Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.
ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS– The core leadership team of Acadia of the Lands and Forests, comprised of 40 business and community leaders, met at the BeauLieu Culturel of Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac on Monday night, Dec. 8, to discuss future economic developments in the region.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY - County communities are shining a bit brighter heading into the holiday season with the official lighting of the Lights of Life tree on Main Street in Presque Isle on Saturday, Dec. 6, and the community tree in Fort Fairfield on Sunday, Dec. 7.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY- TAMC honored a special group of employees at a breakfast at the A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle recently. Although TAMC acknowledges all of its employees are VIP’s, those with over 20 years of service are given the designation V.I.P. – Veterans-In-Partnership. The impressive gathering of TAMC’s most tenured is celebrated at a breakfast each December.
NORTHERN MAINE - The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has implemented immediate trapping regulation changes through an emergency rule making process after two Canada lynx were killed in traps this fall.
MAINE - Attorney General Janet T. Mills, along with the attorneys general of 44 states and the District of Columbia, announced Thursday, Dec. 11, that Sirius XM Radio Inc. of New York has agreed to pay $3.8 million to the states and to provide restitution to eligible consumers to resolve claims that the satellite radio company engaged in misleading advertising and billing practices.