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Volume V Issue 40- Oct. 2, 2014 - Thurssday edition
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1 October 2014

MAINE / Aroostook County - The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued the IFW Hunting Report for Sept. 30, relating hunting conditions and information about each region in the state.

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2 October 2014

FORT KENT- History was made in Presque Isle as the UMFK women’s volleyball team eclipsed the school record of 13 victories on Oct. 1 by winning two at UMPI and bringing their record to an impressive 14-3 on the season.

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1 October 2014

MADAWASKA– The Madawaska Board of Selectpersons, in an effort to bring proposed ordinances to the public and receive input before decision-making, held a meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Sept. 30, at the Madawaska Middle/High School cafeteria to receive public feedback.

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1 October 2014

ALLAGASH– A worldwide launch is scheduled for the book "Empowered Women of Social Media - 44 Women Found Their Voices Using the Power of Social Networking" on Oct. 5, featuring local business professional Edie Anne Cote of Allagash.

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1 October 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY / St. Pamphile, Quebec- On Sept. 30, at approximately 5:10 p.m., an accident between a Ford Explorer and a commercial truck occurred near the Maine / Quebec border, sending individuals involved to the hospital.

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1 October 2014

PRESQUE ISLE- High school students and adults interested in entering the trades or advancing their skills are encouraged to attend an open house at Northern Maine Community College on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., which will highlight the college's trade and technical courses.

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1 October 2014

WINTERPORT- State police have positively identified the perpetrators from photos they released on Monday, Sept. 29, of medical marijuana thieves posing as law enforcement.

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1 October 2014

AUGUSTA- Governor Paul R. LePage issued a statement on Sept.30, expressing his disappointment that Democrats in the Senate could not rise above vitriolic partisanship to confirm the appointment of Susan Dench to the University of Maine System's Board of Trustees.

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30 September 2014

FALMOUTH – On Friday, Sept. 26, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), along with fourteen of his colleagues, applauded the Obama Administration’s efforts to act on climate changed, while urging swifter action to limit methane pollution from oil and natural gas production.

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30 September 2014

ORONO- Emily Cain, Democratic candidate for Maine’s Second Congressional District, has been endorsed by the Maine Credit Union League.

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29 September 2014

Monday, Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 28

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19 September 2014

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30 September 2014

DEBOULLIE PUBLIC LANDS/T15 R9 WELS – As September slowed to a close, fall colors reached their height in an ancient, forested region surrounding Deboullie Mountain in Northern Maine.

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30 September 2014

AUGUSTA- Governor Paul R. LePage joined state and local officials, representatives from law enforcement, business and community leaders and victims' advocacy groups on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Blaine House to mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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1 October 2014

FORT KENT / Boston, Massachusetts- Fort Kent resident Donald Ouellette hopes that sharing his story about a recent innovative surgical procedure he underwent to help control symptoms of Parkinson's Disease will help spread the word to others suffering from the neurological affliction.

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30 September 2014

FORT KENT– The University of Maine at Fort Kent Alumni Association honored three individuals who have made an impact on the campus and in their community, at the annual Alumni and Friends Banquet in Nowland Hall on Sept. 20.

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1 October 2014

ST. AGATHA– The St Agatha Board of Selectmen have announced that the municipal park off Cleveland Road in St. Agatha has a name: Parc du Lac a Mennon, or Lake Mennon Park.

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30 September 2014

MAINE- The Office of Senator Angus King announced in a press release early Wednesday, Oct.1 that the U.S. Senator will endorse Emily Cain for Congress from Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.

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1 October 2014

PRESQUE ISLE-  An emergency preparedness drill was held on Tuesday, September 30 in Presque Isle to test procedures and protocols and enhance the community’s ability to respond and recover from an active shooter event.

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1 October 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY – Attention all Valley women: if you have ever dreamed of becoming a roller derby star, your dream could come true when the Aroostook Roller Derby league hosts its “Fresh Meat” round-up for potential new skaters on Oct. 5 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.. at the New Sweden Consolidated School.

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30 September 2014

MAINE– Beginning Friday, Oct. 3 and continuing every Friday throughout the month of October, Katahdin Trust will be having “$5 Fridays”, offering in-branch Mobile Deposit demos at all of the bank’s nineteen branches throughout the state.

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30 September 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY- Fiddlehead Focus offers fresh news on a daily basis, conveniently delivered online for instant information access; however, St. John Valley's premiere online journal offers more than just timely news articles.

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1 October 2014

Each month Fiddlehead Focus staff will select a few pieces found online that may be in the form of a video, image, animation that we find noteworthy. The pieces will explore a variety of topics, and all pieces will be appropriate for every age and audience. Our goal is to shed light on some of the uplifting, funny, educational, and beautiful pieces out in the wild online world that our readers may never see.

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1 October 2014

AUTUMN AMPHIBIAN - During a recent trip to the top of Deboullie Mountain, Fiddlehead Focus publisher Andrew Birden took many pictures of the gorgeous vistas that the trail reveals, but there were just as many beautiful and interesting images that were much closer to the camera, such as this frog (or toad?  Viewers, which one is it?) hiding in the fall leaves. This image is this week's jigsaw puzzle. - Photo by Andrew Birden

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30 September 2014

FORT KENT -This lovely lady is Bella.

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30 September 2014

FORT KENT- The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of Sept. 29.

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30 September 2014

MAINE- Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa is encouraging Maine residents to take time to consider their health insurance options as the national Open Enrollment period to purchase, renew, or change plans for 2015 on the Individual Health Insurance Market draws near.

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30 September 2014

FALMOUTH – On Friday, Sept. 26, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), along with fourteen of his colleagues, applauded the Obama Administration’s efforts to act on climate changed, while urging swifter action to limit methane pollution from oil and natural gas production.

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30 September 2014

MAINE - International World Teachers Day is on Oct. 5, and in recognition of the key role that educators play in our children’s lives, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014’s Best and Worst States for Teachers, and ranked Maine as one of the worst states for teachers.

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17 September 2014

Each month Fiddlehead Focus staff will select a few pieces found online that may be in the form of a video, image, animation that we find noteworthy. The pieces will explore a variety of topics, and all pieces will be appropriate for every age and audience. Our goal is to shed light on some of the uplifting, funny, educational, and beautiful pieces out in the wild online world that our readers may never see.

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29 September 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY- Election day is drawing near and Maine voters will have the opportunity to choose a governor and fill congressional and senate seats, but voters will also have to decide on controversial Question 1: a bear hunting referendum which has sparked fires among those who hold strong opinions on the subject.

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30 September 2014

ST. AGATHA – A woman received minor injuries after her car rolled over several times in St. Agatha on Monday afternoon.

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30 September 2014

MADAWASKA– Police have issued an arrest warrant for Kevin Foster of Madawaska after he drove a juvenile's car without permission on Sept. 20.

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29 September 2014

FORT KENT- Northern Maine Medical center announced on Friday, Sept. 26, the addition of Dr. Allan V. Espinosa to the hospital's Ocology team.

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30 September 2014

FORT KENT- Chamber of Commerce members gathered at the Market Street Co-Op on Friday, Sept. 26 to socialize and round-up support for the new business that opened in June of this year.

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30 September 2014

MILLINOCKET AND PORTLAND - Evangeline (Blanchette) Bissonnette, 93, died on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at the St. Joseph Rehabilitation and Residences surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Jan. 26, 1921 in Frenchville, the daughter of Leandre and Emilie (Labrie) Blanchette.

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30 September 2014

MADAWASKA - Juanita Raymond, 94, passed away on Sept. 14, 2014 at a Fort Kent health care facility. She was born in Frenchville on April 16, 1920, the daughter of the late Joseph and Maisee (Collin) Collin.

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30 September 2014

FORT FAIRFIELD- Leonard T. Jandreau, 78, husband of Pauline "Velma" Jandreau, passed away on Sept. 23, 2014, at a Madawaska nursing facility. He was born on April 9, 1936, in St. Francis, the son of Docite Sr. and Ida (Baker) Jandreau.

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30 September 2014

MADAWASKA- Lloyd J. Tardif, 81, died peacefully on Sept. 18, 2014 at a Bangor hospital following a short illness. He was born in Oct. 11, 1932 in Madawaska, the son of the late Luke and Catherine (Martin) Tardif.

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30 September 2014

VAN BUREN- Marguerite A. (St. Onge) Parent, , of Van Buren, passed away at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts on Sept. 16, 2014. She was the wife of Philip P. Parent for 46 years. Margo was born in Edmundston, New Brunswick, to Pio St. Onge and Annette (Lavoie) St. Onge.

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30 September 2014

VAN BUREN and SEBRING, FLORIDA - Rita L. Beaulieu, 90, died peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 in Sebring, Florida. She was born on Jan. 4, 1924 in Van Buren, the daughter of the late Martin and Clara (Ouellette) Levasseur.

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30 September 2014

RAYMOND - William Dale McBreairty, 66, died on Sept. 15, 2014 at home in Raymond. William was born on Feb. 25, 1948 and raised in Allagash, the son of the late George and Lottie (Hafford) McBreairty.

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29 September 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY / Blaine- State Police announced on Monday, Sept. 29, that they have arrested a man from the Aroostook County town of Blaine and charged him with possessing child pornography.

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29 September 2014

ST. DAVID– A driver traveling west on Route 1 in St. David veered off the road and hit a guardrail on Sunday, Sept. 28, causing significant vehicle damage but no injuries.

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29 September 2014

The family of the late Rose Deprey wish to express their deep appreciation to those who offered such kindness, support and messages of sympathy and comfort in our bereavement.

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30 September 2014

WINTERPORT- State Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying three men who were involved in an armed robbery of medical marijuana plants in the town of Winterport last week.

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29 September 2014

MADAWASKA– A Madawaska resident turned in a set of golf clubs he found on the side of the road on Monday, Sept. 22., and the police are asking for the public's help in locating the club's owner.

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29 September 2014

Few issues are as important to people here in Maine as the availability of good jobs in our communities.

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29 September 2014

WORCESTER, Massachusetts / Fort Kent- The UMFK women's volleyball team closed the weekend with a two match sweep at the hands of Becker College in Leicester, MA.

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29 September 2014

FORT KENT- Visiting Houlton Shiretowners held off a furious, yet late charge by the Warriors to pick up a key 2-1 win during a showdown between the top two teams in Eastern Maine Class C Girls Soccer on Friday, Sept. 26.

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29 September 2014

HAMPDEN– Alice Nancy Black passed away on Sept. 13, 2014, after 75 years of amazing time with family and friends. She was born on Sept. 15, 1938, at home in Madawaska to O'Neil and Mildred (Deprey) Bouchard.

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29 September 2014

CARIBOU - Anita Belanger, 94, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Septe. 14, 2014 while in the wonderful care of the staff at Borderview Nursing Home in Van Buren. Anita was born in Lille on Sept. 27, 1919 the daughter of the late Henry and Leah Tardif.

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29 September 2014

FRENCHVILLE - Blanche R. Baker, 82, died peacefully at a Bangor Hospital on Sept. 1, 2014. She was born on April 29, 1932 in St. Agatha, the daughter of Arthur J. and Anita (Collin) Ouellette.

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29 September 2014

LARGO, FLORIDA - Jacqueline "Jackie" Ames passed away suddenly on Sept. 7, 2014, in Largo, Florida. She born on March 19, 1940, in Fort Kent, to Philip and Mary Ann Rioux.

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29 September 2014

FORT KENT - Marie Rose Deprey, 96, died peacefully on Sept. 21, 2014 at the Cross Winds Residential Care in Fort Kent. She was born on May 6, 1918, in Frenchville, the daughter of Joseph and Febrenie (Michaud) Bard.

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29 September 2014

CARIBOU – Theresa M. Cummings, 82, died Sept. 12, 2014 at Caribou Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born in Guerette on Jan. 30, 1932, the daughter of the late Eddie and Delphine (Dube) Gagnon.

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26 September 2014

FORT KENT– The Fort Kent Community High School Drama Club members are currently in rehearsals for the dark comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” and are set to perform the play Nov. 1, 2, and 3 at 7 p.m. in UMFK's Fox Auditorium.

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29 September 2014

MADAWASKA – Tennessee Haze lead singer Jonathan Hayes took to the mic on the evening of Sept. 25 at the Inn of Acadia's Voyageur Lounge and performed a number of original and well-known country songs.

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29 September 2014

MADAWASKA– County Connection owner Ricky Nadeau sat down with Fiddlehead Focus reporter Jeremy Boulier for an inside scoop on the incredible amount of work that went into renovating the former Rumours building in less than 4 months, opening on Aug. 1 just in time for the Congres Mondial Acadien, and his plans for the new night spot.

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29 September 2014

PRESQUE ISLE- Four partner organizations hosting an upcoming emergency preparedness drill on Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Presque Isle are reminding the community of the upcoming exercise at TAMC's North Street Healthcare Plaza.

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26 September 2014

PRESQUE ISLE- The staff at the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s health and wellness facility are partnering with The Aroostook Medical Center to celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with the 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Women’s Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Gentile Hall.

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26 September 2014

AUGUSTA- Highlighting the importance of giving back, Governor Paul R. LePage and Maine Department of Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette are calling on State employees and retirees to raise $300,000 through the 35th annual Maine State Employees' Combined Charitable Appeal.

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26 September 2014

MAINE -U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement that the agency is updating four of its previously-proposed rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) after hearing concerns from King and others that the resulting regulations would have unduly burdened small and midsized farmers.

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26 September 2014

FORT FAIRFIELD- The Aroostook Chapter of Credit Unions held their 9th annual golf outing in Fort Fairfield on Thursday, Aug. 21 to raise money for Ending Hunger in Maine, Special Olympics and CULAC (Credit Union Legislative Action Council).

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26 September 2014

NORTHERN MAINE  / Caribou– USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O'Brien announced on Sept. 24 that two Maine organizations have been selected to receive $1.1 million for business relending in nine Maine counties, Northern Maine Development Commission being one of the two.

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26 September 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Each year, the Alzheimer’s Association hosts walks around the country to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Thousands of people are participating in walks in eight communities around our state, from Fort Kent to York and Calais to Lewiston.  While each participant walks for his or her own personal reason, everyone walks for one common goal: to fight this devastating disease.

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26 September 2014

Bear baiters are trying to dish out huge helpings of scare tactics and falsehoods along with the barrels of stale jelly doughnuts and pizza crusts they already dump into Maine’s woods each year (http://fiddleheadfocus.com/content/0026136-our-readers-speak-bear-baiting).

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26 September 2014

FORT KENT- Doris Stevens, president of the Northern Maine Medical Center Guild, has announced the following donations to the NMMC Guild Memorial Fund.

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26 September 2014

FORT KENT – University of Maine System Chancellor, Dr. James H. Page, has appointed UMFK Professor of Music and Education Dr. Scott T. Brickman to Trustee Professorship for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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25 September 2014

FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent Student Activities will host the award-winning DaPonte String Quartet for a 7:00 p.m. performance on Wednesday, Oct.1 at UMFK's Fox Auditorium.

26 September 2014

FORT KENT - Officials have cancelled the men's soccer game against defending USCAA National Champion West Virginia Tech originally set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.

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26 September 2014

MADAWASKA– Most schools in the region participate in harvest break this time of year, as many adults and older children pick up seasonal work with local potato farmers; but for students at Madawaska Elementary School, class remains in session.

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25 September 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Sept. 18 that the USDA will be investing in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide, including projects at Daigle & Houghton in Fort Kent and Dubois Farm in Madawaska.

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26 September 2014

HOULTON- Aroostook EMA (AKEMA) will be conducting a full-scale exercise in the Houlton area on Sept. 27 at the Tate and Lyle facility on Morningstar Road, and advises the public to avoid these areas during the exercises.

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25 September 2014

GRAY - Many of the human and canine stars of Animal Planet’s popular TV show "North Woods Law" will be at the Maine Wildlife Park, Route 26, on Saturday, Sept. 27 to meet the public.

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26 September 2014

FORT KENT- Chad and Nicole Marquis of Fort Kent are proud to announce the birth of their son, Weston James Marquis.  Weston was born Sept. 24, at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

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25 September 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- Aroostook County Sheriff's Deputies carried out 75 retail compliance checks last weekend, Sept.19 - 21, citing only one business which failed the test.

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25 September 2014

MARS HILL- The Maine Lottery announced that a winning ticket worth $100,000 was sold at the One Stop Mars Hill in Mars Hill for the Gimme5 drawing of Sept. 22.

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25 September 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY– TAMC officials are planning six free seasonal flu shot clinics this fall, including three traditional walk-in clinics and three of its popular drive-up clinics, to vaccinate as many community members as possible.

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25 September 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA / Aroostook County -Maine Day at "New England's Biggest Celebration," is this Saturday, Sept. 27 in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and Aroostook County has quite a few representatives to show the world what being from northern Maine is all about.

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25 September 2014

MADAWASKA– The Madawaska Fire Department received a call at 3:10 p.m. on Sept. 25 to a canopy fire at the Valley Fuel gas station in Madawaska, according to Madawaska Fire Chief Jim Soucy.

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25 September 2014

THE VATICAN / Maine- Bishop Robert P. Deeley, Bishop of the Diocese of Portland, visited with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

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25 September 2014

MAINE / St. John Valley - A beautiful tapestry of colors blankets northern Maine where forest rangers report that the fall foliage season will reach peak conditions this weekend.

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25 September 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY– It is the end of September, and northern Maine communities are in full harvest-mode: schools across the County are on break for up to three weeks, farmers have hired seasonal crew, and potatoes are on everyone's mind.

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25 September 2014

FORT KENT – The autumn leaves may be changing to reds and golds, but UMFK is staying “green” as a biomass project set to replace the campus' oil-fired boilers with wood pellet boilers reaches the final stages.

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24 September 2014

AUGUSTA– With moose hunting season underway, Governor Paul R. LePage is urging Maine hunters to consider supporting the Hunters for the Hungry Program by donating all or part of their harvest to feed families in need.

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24 September 2014

FORT KENT- The Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce invites all members and local business owners to mosey on over to Market Street Co-Op this Friday, Sept. 26, at 5:30 p.m. for its monthly mixer.

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24 September 2014

FORT KENT– The staff at NMMC and Forest Hill are inviting the public to put on their walking shoes this Saturday, Sept. 27 and help raise money and Alzheimer’s disease awareness with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

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24 September 2014

PRESQUE ISLE -The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host a Make-A-Wish Walk on Thursday evening, Sept. 25, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Campus Center.

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24 September 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - On Sunday, Sept. 28, Power of Prevention will be hosting a bike rodeo in partnership with Unite Against Bullying ME, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Cary Medical Center, the Caribou Recreation Department, and TAMC.

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24 September 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. / Aroostook County A total of 14 health centers, including local facilities, across Maine, will receive a total of $3,071,309 in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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24 September 2014

PORTLAND / Presque Isle- United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Samuel Gravely, 28, of Portland, Maine, was sentenced Tuesday, Sept. 23 in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen to four years in prison and three years of supervised release for interstate transportation of three women for prostitution, including one woman from Aroostook county.

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24 September 2014

BLOOMFIELD, NEW BRUNSWICK - Woodstock RCMP are investigating a single vehicle crash involving a school bus that occurred on September 24, 2014, shortly after 2:00 p.m..

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23 September 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY– Favorable weather on day two of the 2014 moose hunt meant success for hunters in the Valley, with one lucky hunter felling a gigantic 1,017 pound bull moose with a 61” rack on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

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23 September 2014

FORT KENT- The annual UMFK Homecoming and Scarecrow Festival, hosted by the University in conjunction with the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, offered family friendly fun for all ages during the weekend of Sept. 19 in Fort Kent.

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24 September 2014

FORT KENT – Reminiscent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, local businesses and individuals can have their names permanently engraved in granite outside of Cyr Hall at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

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23 September 2014

FORT KENT- The UMFK women’s volleyball team completed a perfect weekend by defeating USCAA foe, Unity College Monday night, 3-0.

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23 September 2014

FORT KENT - Sandra San Antonio, Director of Medical Practices at NMMC, has announced a new Wound Clinic partnership with TAMC, which began on Sept. 19, 2014.

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24 September 2014

FORT KENT – On Saturday morning, Sept. 20, at 1:25 a.m., Officer Spencer Nadeau of the Fort Kent Police Department arrested Randall Burns, 51, of Minot, Maine for operating a motor vehicle under the influence.

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24 September 2014

MADAWASKA– State Rep. Ken Theriault and Senate President Justin Alfond visited the Madawaska Elementary School on Sept. 17 to observe how students are adjusting to proficiency-based learning.

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23 September 2014

MADAWASKA– On Sept. 28, the Four Seasons Trail Association will be hosting their Fall Foliage Festival 2014 at the Four Seasons Lodge in Madawaska.

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23 September 2014

FORT KENT– The New England Nordic Ski Association has awarded the U16 (formerly J2) Cross Country Ski Championships to the 10th Mountain Outdoor Club, to be held in March of 2015.

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23 September 2014

IVORY - This lovely, all white female is named Ivory.

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23 September 2014

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of Sept. 22.

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23 September 2014

STINKIN' GOOD PUMPKIN PIE - The winner of the scarecrow decorating contest for 2014 was Main Street Styles. While walking down Main Street on Saturday, photographer Andrew Birden came across one of the co-owners of the popular salon and retail shop, Catherine Jandreau. She took a moment to show off her granddaughter, Halle Jandreau, and to explain to Birden that the display with the humanoid pumpkin was  "...exactly what it looks like." This image is this week's jigsaw puzzle. - Photo by Andrew Birden

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