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Volume VI Issue 10 - March 5, 2015 - Thursday edition
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4 March 2015

FORT KENT – When Fiddlehead Focus Publisher Andrew Birden took flight with pilot Cody Anderson on Saturday, Feb. 27, seeking spectacular overhead views of the Can-Am International Sled Dog Races in Fort Kent, he discovered giant crop-circle-esque symbols printed in the snow at Riverside Park.

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4 March 2015

MAINE / Fort Kent - Parish Social Ministry, a Catholic Charities Maine program, has announced that St. John Vianney Parish in Fort Kent, along with ten other local parishes, will receive Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Parish Grants totaling $16,500.

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4 March 2015

UNIONTOWN, Pennsylvania / Fort Kent, Maine - Five University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) Bengals were honored Tuesday night, March 2, at the USCAA Basketball National Championship banquet in Uniontown, PA.

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5 March 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Girl Scouts of Aroostook County spent a Night at the Mall in Presque Isle to celebrate World Thinking Day 2015 on February 22.

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5 March 2015

VAN BUREN - Virginia Manuel, the state director for USDA Rural Development and a former Senior Advisor to the International Trade Administration, wrote the following letter to the editor on March 2, 2015:

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2 March 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015 – Sunday, March 8, 2015

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1 February 2015

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3 March 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The following is an ongoing list of obituaries submitted to the Fiddlehead Focus during the months of February and March, 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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4 March 2015

FORT KENT – The 23rd annual Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races came to a close on Tuesday, March 3, following five days of excitement and camaraderie which brought more than 1,000 spectators out to cheer on mushers and their teams of sled dogs from all across the country.

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4 March 2015

(Reprinted with permission, courtesy of the Bangor Daily News)

FORT KENT — Mushers finishing the Can-Am Crown 250-mile sled dog race with fewer dogs than they started with is nothing new.

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3 March 2015

FORT KENT – John's Shurfine seems to operate best when there is a husband and wife team at the helm, and that will continue to be the case with the grocery store's new owners.

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3 March 2015

"For hundreds of years, men and women have had the right to life; but many are now searching for the right to die. Assisted suicide and euthanasia is one of the world’s most controversial topics. Many people think it is only fair that one may choose their own destiny even if that means death. Opposers of assisted suicide and euthanasia use the argument that every life is special, and should not be taken even with the person's permission. The government should put laws in place to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia so that men and women can die with dignity.

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3 March 2015

MAINE - The Maine Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS), in collaboration with the Gambling Control Board, Maine's casinos, and the Maine Council on Problem Gambling, will host the state's annual conference on Gambling Awareness on Wednesday, March 11 at Maple Hill Farms in Hallowell from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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3 March 2015

MAINE - With the current snow pack and upcoming spring thaws and rains, Governor Paul R. LePage is joining Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa in urging all Maine home owners, business owners, and renters to evaluate their need for flood insurance.

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3 March 2015

MAINE - In a letter dated Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, Senator Susan M. Collins addressed the issues surrounding health care access for rural veterans:

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3 March 2015

FORT KENT - PAWS Animal Welfare Shelter presents Jessie as PAWS Pet of the Week in hopes that this little guy will find his forever home.

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3 March 2015

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of March 2 - March 8, 2015.

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4 March 2015

FORT KENT - The faculty and staff of the University of Maine at Fort kent are exhibiting their art at the Blake Library. Several instructors and support personnel contributed art pieces in a variety of mediums, from oils to photographs to fiber, which visitors can enjoy through the month of March. In this image, photographer Andrew Birden created a collage of several pieces which forms the jigsaw for this week. - various

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3 March 2015

FORT KENT – University of Maine at Fort Kent's (UMFK) Blake Library will host an exhibit of art titled “Eclectic Collection of UMFK,” which features works of art in a variety of mediums by university faculty and staff.

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3 March 2015

FORT KENT – At approximately 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, Sgt. Dalen Boucher of the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) responded to a report of drunk driver on Baker Street and subsequently arrested Sam Littrell, age 32, of Fort Kent.

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3 March 2015

PEEL, NEW BRUNSWICK - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police's (RCMP) Major Crime Unit, along with West District RCMP from Woodstock, are investigating the death of a person in Peel, New Brunswick.

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3 March 2015

FORT KENT - Kaylee Dionne and Brandon Dumais are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bailey Grace Dumais. Bailey Grace was born February 28, 2015 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

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3 March 2015

NORTHERN MAINE / St. David - The Madawaska Snowmobile Club (MSC) will host its first Snowmobiler Rider’s Clinic at noon on March 7 at the MSC on Fournier Road in St. David.

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3 March 2015

VAN BUREN - Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced Friday, Feb. 27, that the Town of Van Buren has launched Rapid Renewal, the Department of the Secretary of State's online service for the renewal of motor vehicle registrations.

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3 March 2015

MADAWASKA - The Madawaska Board of Select People will hold a public hearing Tuesday, March 3 at 4:30 p.m. to consider a liquor license and special entertainment permit for the Knights of Columbus.

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3 March 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Beginning in the fall of 2015, students attending the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) will be able to take advantage of an early-college pathway in Maine, potentially completing enough college-level coursework to earn an Associate’s degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) in addition to a high school diploma.

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3 March 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – Helping students prepare for the workforce in a practical way is the goal of an event on the Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) campus on Thursday, March 5: Senior Make Over Day.

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3 March 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. / Maine – On Friday, Feb. 27, Congressman Bruce Poliquin joined his colleagues in signing a letter to the Director of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, B. Todd Jones, expressing concerns of a proposal that would ban one of the most popular ammunition cartridges used by Maine hunters.

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3 March 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the support of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), the Senate passed a bill on Friday, Feb. 27, to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bill still requires passage by the House of Representatives.

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2 March 2015

FORT KENT - The 23rd annual Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races saw Canadian mushers dominate the top spots in the Can-Am Crown 250 mile race during the early hours of Monday, March 2, when Martin Massicotte, a 46-year-old pavement contractor out of St.-Tite, QC and his team defended their title with a time of 25:17:32, rendering Massicotte a six-time Can-Am Crown victor. Denis Tremblay, 40, of St.

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28 February 2015

FORT KENT - Hundreds of Can-Am International Sled Dog Race fans gathered at the Lonesome Pine Trails ski resort on a crisp Saturday, Feb. 28, to await the return of the sled dog teams participating in the Can-Am 30 mile race and Willard Jalbert, Jr. Can-Am 60 mile race.

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2 March 2015

FORT KENT – A mother and daughter team have opened a new bridal boutique on Fort Kent's West Main Street in the storefront where Radio Shack was located before going out of business last year.

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2 March 2015

FORT KENT - Viola (Martin) Caron, 84, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015, at a Fort Kent Health Care Facility. She was born June 10, 1930, in Stockholm, Maine; daughter of the late Victor and Sadie (Chamberlain) Martin.

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2 March 2015

VAN BUREN - Verna M. Cyr, 79, entered her Fifth Day when she peacefully passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015, at a Biddeford hospital. She was born March 12, 1935 in Van Buren, the daughter of the late Abel and Annie (Ouellette) Cyr.

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2 March 2015

FORT KENT - The Fiddlhead Focus office will close at noon on Monday, March 2, so that we can all recover from the weekend's Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog festivities. The office will reopen for regular hours on Tuesday, March 3. 

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2 March 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Cary Medical Center recently announced the following births during the month of February 2015:

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2 March 2015

MAINE - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Friday, Feb. 27, a special enrollment period (SEP) for individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014 taxes in states which use the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM).

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24 February 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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28 February 2015

FORT KENT – With temperatures well below zero, teams for the Willard Jalbert Memorial Can-Am 60 shot down Main Street to the enthusiastic cheers of fans who braved the cold weather.

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27 February 2015

FORT KENT – The dogs were howling while old friends reunited in the Lonesome Pine Trails parking lot as mushers from across the country arrived at the ski resort on Friday, Feb. 27 to sign in for the 23rd annual Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races.

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27 February 2015

FORT KENT - The trucks and trailers have been arriving all week, carrying the odd-shaped dog boxes, displaying colorful signs and logos for sled teams and sporting dogsleds strapped to the tops of the vehicles like intricate crowns.

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23 February 2015

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 – Sunday, March 1, 2015

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27 February 2015

ST. FRANCIS – At a town meeting held on Monday, Feb. 23 at the St. Francis Elementary School (SFES), townspeople gathered to discuss the possibility of taking ownership of the SFES building from SAD 27.

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27 February 2015

VAN BUREN - Van Buren middle school students Jayde Violette and Sophie Rioux, with the assistance of teachers and staff at Van Buren District School (VBDS), have organized a 100-mile club for the middle school community.

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27 February 2015

FRENCHVILLE - Principal Tammy LeBlanc of Wisdom Middle/High School has announced this year’s Maine Principals’ Award Recipient: senior Tyra Michaud, daughter of Gary and Lisa Michaud of Frenchville.

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27 February 2015

EAGLE LAKEJason and Fancy Drolet of Eagle Lake are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Monroe Janelle Sharon Drolet. Monroe was born February 26, 2015 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

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26 February 2015

ALLAGASH WILDERNESS WATERWAYWhat could be better than sitting on your snowmobile on a bright sunny February day on the upper end of Chamberlain Lake jigging for whitefish? The Allagash headwater lakes are the premier whitefish angling waters in the State of Maine. Jigging over a school of feeding whitefish is about as much fun as I have ever had while ice fishing.

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26 February 2015

ST. AGATHA The second annual Angel Snowfest benefit for Angel Flight New England and the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund (in Memory of Dick and Carol Derosier) will take place March 7 from 11:00 a.m. until midnight at the Lakeview Restaurant in St. Agatha.

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26 February 2015

MAINE - On Wednesday, Feb. 25, the Research and Statistics Unit of the Bureau of Labor Standards at the Maine Department of Labor released separate reports on worker falls and injury due to chemical hazards, respectively.

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25 February 2015

FORT KENT – On Wednesday, Feb. 25, the Fort Kent Outdoor Center hosted several dozen guests with special needs for an enjoyable day of snowmobile rides and lunch sponsored by Pat's Ride For All.

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26 February 2015

FORT KENT – The Valley Rivers Middle School (VRMS) boys and girls basketball teams celebrated a season of hard work at an awards ceremony held at the Fort Kent Community High School (FKCHS) cafeteria on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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26 February 2015

FORT KENT – People will see a free print edition of the Fiddlehead Focus hit the newsstands on Thursday, February 26, as the local web news outlet celebrates the Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Races. The edition, which is similar to the informative flier that launched the young company five years ago, is free.

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26 February 2015

FRENCHVILLE – Firefighters from both Frenchville and St. Agatha managed to keep a large garage fire from spreading to a nearby house on Wednesday night, February 25.

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25 February 2015

SOLDIER POND – (Updated at 12:20 p.m., Feb. 26, 2015: According to a Maine State Police press release, on February 24, 2015 at approximately 10:20 p.m., Tpr. Dan Marquis responded to a single vehicle rollover on the Soldier Pond Rd in Wallagrass.

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26 February 2015

NEW SWEDEN / Caribou - Emera Maine crews are patrolling a transmission line to determine the cause of a power outage affecting customers in New Sweden, Woodland, Stockholm, Westmanland, Perham, Caribou, Connor, Cyr Plt and nearby townships.

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25 February 2015

Dear Editor,

Lawmakers recently had the opportunity to meet with nearly 100 employers, workers, students and community leaders during our three day jobs tour in Aroostook County. We were grateful for the opportunity to listen and hear from so many people.

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25 February 2015

MAINE - Since 1997, the National Education Association (NEA) has chosen March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, as a day to celebrate reading in the United States with their Read Across America Day.

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25 February 2015

MAINE – In a move that reflects the demographic, economic and competitive challenges facing Maine’s universities as well as national trends in the not-for-profit higher education sector, Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) revised its long-term outlook this week on the University of Maine System’s (UMS) outstanding revenue debt from stable to negative.

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25 February 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced Tuesday, Feb. 24, the conclusions of a three-part study conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which found that a significant portion of student borrowers who ultimately default on their education loans are those who carry relatively modest loan balances.

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