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Volume VI Issue 17 - April 27, 2015 - Monday edition
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27 April 2015

MADAWASKA – Over 1,800 visitors walked through the doors of this year's Top O' Maine Trade Show, the 26th annual show hosted by the Greater Madawaska Chamber of Commerce, according to Executive Director Brian Bouley. (Fiddlehead Focus reported earlier that approximately 1,680 visitors attended the trade show; but event organizers informed us Monday, April 27 at 11:15 a.m. that the new head count is just over 1,800.)

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NORTHERN AROOSTOOK COUNTY - State Police are seeking the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible for a series of church burglaries in northern Aroostook County.

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MADAWASKA – The Madawaska Police Department is seeking help from the public following two vandalism incidents on Saturday night, April 25.

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EDMUNDSTON - The residents in Edmundston, New Brunswick are pretty happy with life in their city, according to data from a satisfaction rating survey released this month by Statistics Canada.

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27 April 2015

To the editor:

This spring will mark the 40th year I have picked up trash along the 1,100 feet of road frontage bordering my property in Wallagrass.

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27 April 2015

EAGLE LAKE / Fort Kent - Laurina (Dube) Brown, 86, died unexpectedly April 23, 2015. She was born Oct. 29, 1928 in Eagle Lake, the daughter of Robert and Clara (Guimond) Dube.

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MADAWASKA - Michael Ayers Jr. and Jeanie Beaulieu of Madawaska are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Emma Leigh Ayers. Emma was born April 24, 2015 at the Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.

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27 April 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- As the result of a joint investigation between the Fort Fairfield Police Department and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, law enforcement has charged a Florida man with a significant criminal history with felony trafficking in heroin in the small Central Aroostook Town of Fort Fairfield. The heroin that was seized during this investigation was likely the most significant seizure of heroin made in Aroostook County to date.

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PRESQUE ISLE - Live classical music returns to the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) when contemporary classical composer and pianist John Newell plays in the Campus Center on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m.

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24 April 2015

MAINE - On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, State Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette released the following March workforce estimates for Maine:

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27 April 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015 – Sunday, May 3, 2015

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2 April 2015

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27 April 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The following is an ongoing list of obituaries submitted to the Fiddlehead Focus during the months of March and April, 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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24 April 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY / LOUISIANA - An authentic Cajun musical group based out of the heavily Acadian populated area of Lafayette, Louisiana will return to the St. John Valley this summer to perform at a concert to raise funds for the Fort Kent Outdoor Center.

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24 April 2015

SAINT-JACQUES - School buses lined the parking lot and children roamed the Salon de la forêt on Thursday, April 24, munching fresh apples, playing educational games and learning about the environment.

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FORT KENT - On April 21, 2015, Angel Snowfest organizers presented Cindy Daigle, Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) Chief Financial Officer and Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund Treasurer, a check for $11,400 in memory of their parents Dick and Carol Derosier, who both succumbed to cancer.

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24 April 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Twenty-eight students from the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) and University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) set up elaborate booths to pitch themselves into a position at a Reverse Career Fair held at the Community Center in Caribou and hosted by Aroostook Aspirations Initiative (AAI), UMPI, and UMFK.

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FORT KENT - Living life to its fullest, something most everyone wants to do, is the 2015 theme for the National Occupational Therapy celebration, which has been ongoing through the month of April.

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24 April 2015

ST. FRANCIS - Bobbi Lee Martin and Martin Taggett of St. Francis are pleased to announce the birth of their son Jackson Dale Taggett. Jackson was born April 23, 2015 at the Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.

Jackson's maternal grandparents are Louise Martin and Joe Jackson of St. Francis. His paternal grandparents are Dale and Judy Taggett of St. Francis.

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24 April 2015

MADAWASKA - The agenda for the Madawaska Regular School Committee meeting to be held Monday, April 27, 2015 at 4 p.m. at the Superintendent’s Conference Room is as follows:

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24 April 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter Friday, April 24, U.S. Senator Angus King and U.S. Senator Susan Collins asked the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service (NPS) to develop technology that would allow for the electronic purchase of National Park passes and urged them to create a pilot program to test the technology at Maine’s Acadia National Park.

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20 April 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015 – Sunday, April 26, 2015

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24 April 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY– Forest Ranger Mike Daigle, a long serving Fort Kent Fire Department volunteer firefighter who also has years of experience battling wildfires on two coasts, has opened a new fire extinguisher sales and service business in the Valley.

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23 April 2015

SAINT-BASILE and MADAWASKA –Crews were still cleaning up on Wednesday, April 22, nearly a week after the latest train derailment in Saint-Basile, New Brunswick – the second in just over a year, and close to home. Perhaps a little too close to home for some people on both sides of the border.

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23 April 2015

FORT KENT – Usually people put money into a vending machine and it responds by providing a can. But at Caron's Redemption Center in Fort Kent, people put a can into the machine and it spits out money.

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24 April 2015

EDMUNDSTON – Driver inattention appears to have been the cause of a collision that totaled a sport utility vehicle and damaged a utility pole on Thursday, April 23 in Edmundston, New Brunswick.

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24 April 2015

MADAWASKA – Police have charged a Madawaska resident with terrorism and disorderly conduct for allegedly uttering death threats after a woman sprayed Mace at his dog to ward off a possible attack.

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FORT KENT - The Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) Guild, in keeping with its mission to support the needs of patients who seek services at NMMC, voted at a March 2015 meeting to authorize the transfer of $15,000 to the hospital in support of two major projects.

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FRENCHVILLE - Marie Ange Cyr, 98, died peacefully April 18, 2015 at a Madawaska Health Facility. She was born in Frenchville, Maine July 29, 1916 the daughter of the late Andre and Amanda 'Castonguay' Morneault.

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VAN BUREN - Annette Gagnon, 94, died peacefully Sunday, April 19, 2015, at a Van Buren healthcare facility. She was born in Lille, March 21, 1921, a daughter of the late Willie and Emma (Fortin) Madore.

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EDMUNDSTON -The organizing committee of the and the Edmundston Jazz and Blues Festival have announced a collaboration in organizing a community fundraiser.

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24 April 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – The TAMC Total Health Team, the City of Presque Isle, Healthy Main Street initiative of the Presque Isle Downtown Revitalization Committee, and the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce are collaborating to help area residents and business people improve their health and well being by offering a free, community-wide Couch to 5K running and walking program set to launch Monday, May 11.

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24 April 2015

MAINE - Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Mary Mayhew on Tuesday, April 21, announced that DHHS has partnered with LearningWorks, a Portland-based nonprofit, to help Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) seeking Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients find volunteer opportunities through LearningWorks' participation in the AmeriCorps "AIMS HIGH" program.

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23 April 2015

FORT KENT -Over 350 cardboard boxes are in haphazard stacks within a room on the second floor of the University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library. The boxes contain the John Martin Papers, including a recent shipment that arrived on Monday, April 13, which the famous politician donated to the university.

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22 April 2015

FORT KENT – A mural depicting images central to Fort Kent culture, and which workers removed from it's home on the front of the Northern Maine Medical Wellness Center building on Main Street in Fort Kent after Valley Motors took over the building in 2013, is making a comeback to downtown Fort Kent.

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22 April 2015

EDMUNDSTON – Along with the regular business of running a city, the Edmundston City Council participated in some poetic celebration at a meeting on Tuesday night, April 21 at city hall. As John F. Kennedy said, “If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live.”

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23 April 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY -Women, Work, and Community is offering a hands-on, day-long event designed to encourage girls to consider careers in fields in which men typically traditionally dominate. The Totally Trades Conference will bring together over 100 participants from schools throughout Aroostook County on Wednesday, April 29, on the Northern Maine Community College campus.

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23 April 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined other lawmakers in the unanimous passage of the Steve Gleason Act of 2015, which will help support patients diagnosed with diseases like Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to live more independent lives by making speech generating devices (SGDs) more accessible. The vote took place on April 22.

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23 April 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - In response to a report from the state that parents sleeping with their babies caused five infant deaths in the first six weeks of the year, the Perinatal Leadership Coalition of Maine - a group of nurse educators, managers and directors – is promoting the Cribs for Kids® Certified Safe Sleep Hospital program that promotes educating parents about safe sleeping conditions before they bring their baby home from the newborn nursery or after a hospitalization.

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22 April 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Maine State Police Troop F have issued their weekly report for April 6 through April 18, 2015.

4/06 - Tpr. Hafford responded to Caswell for an unattended death. A 69-year-old male passed away in the early morning hours and the man's sister discovered him. There was nothing suspicious.

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22 April 2015

FORT KENT –Students and faculty shared their knowledge and research on topics from pregnancy and sex education to mycobacteriophages to water sustainability at the Sixth Annual Scholars' Symposium at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) on Tuesday, April 21. The theme of the symposium was sustainability and cultural diversity.

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21 April 2015

CORRECTION - In a previous version of this story, Fiddlehead Focus incorrectly stated that the organizers of the petition drive would be at the Top O' Maine Trade Show, April 25-26. Unfortunately, the Theriault's will not be attending. We at Fiddlehead Focus, Inc. strive for accuracy in our reporting, and we regret any confusion this error may have caused.

ST. JOHN VALLEY – A petition is circulating in the St. John Valley asking members of the community to proactively protest any possible plea bargain in the case of Jesse Marquis of St. Francis, according to Barbara Theriault. Marquis was indicted last summer for the May 31, 2014 homicide of of his former girlfriend Amy Theriault, Barbara Theriault's daughter.

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22 April 2015

SAINTE-ANNE, New Brunswick - West District Royal Canadian Mounted Police are seeking the public’s assistance in connection with a break, enter and theft investigation at the historic Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska Church in Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska, New Brunswick.

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22 April 2015

FORT KENT –Fort Kent resident Rhonda Albert took home $300 for guessing the winning time in the Martin-Klein American Legion Post 133 fundraising Ice Out Contest for 2015. Albert predicted the ice on the Fish River would break at 4:29 p.m., just two minutes past the actual time a device George Dumond designed years ago indicated that the Ice Out had occurred.

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22 April 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY -TAMC is encouraging people to clean out their attics, garages and other storage spaces and to bring in their used, broken and unwanted electronics devices for proper disposal, free of charge, on Earth Day, April 22.

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21 April 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS - On Saturday, April 18, photo journalist Tory Jones Bonenfant was slogging around in the melting snow overlooking Lonesome Pine Trails as she reported on the snowmobile hill climb. She captured this image of Fort Kent, showing a town basking in the early spring sunshine and shedding its winter coat. Her picture is our jigsaw this week. (FHF/Jones Bonenfant image)

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BAIRDSVILLE, New Brunswick - Canadian Mounties arrested a 32-year-old man following the execution of a search warrant that occurred at a residence in Bairdsville, N.B. on April 21.

RCMP seized a firearm, drug paraphernalia, marijuana seeds and approximately 400 marijuana plants. Once mature, the plants seized could have produced up to 200,000 marijuana joints.

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21 April 2015

FORT KENT – The TRIO Student Support Services Program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) recognized Mary Trudeau as the 2014-2015 TRIO Student of the Year recently at its annual banquet.

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FORT KENT - Each month, Valley Rivers Middle School (VRMS) recognizes those students who show exceptional character, leadership, and citizenship.

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21 April 2015

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of April 20 - April 26, 2015.

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MAINE – Project Canopy, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) community forestry program, recently awarded $133,000 in grants to local governments and municipalities, educational institutions and non-profit organizations that support community efforts to develop and maintain long-term community forestry programs.

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21 April 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Aroostook Aspirations Initiative (AAI) has chosen Kristen Wells as the initiative's new advancement director.

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21 April 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - I recently had the opportunity to speak at the 10th Annual Geriatrics Day Conference at Maine Medical Center in Portland. The fact that this is often a sold-out conference with a waiting list illustrates the importance of aging issues to medical professionals throughout our State. With Maine being the oldest state in the nation by median age, the active involvement of health care providers is essential, and it was an honor to meet with them.

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20 April 2015

FORT KENT – First graders from Fort Kent Elementary School took a stroll down Pleasant Street to the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) Sports Center on Friday afternoon, April 17, where they participated in the 10th annual UMFK sponsored "Earth Day-Every Day" initiative.

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20 April 2015

MADAWASKA – Adrian and Leola Gagnon have lived in a little red house on 19th Avenue in Madawaska for 53 years as of this June. The couple, who still tease each other and hold hands, were one of 58 “founding families” featured in a Four Seasons Trail Association (FSTA) fundraiser book on Madawaska families and businesses.

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21 April 2015

MADAWASKA – Madawaska police charged a Grand Isle resident Tuesday, April 21, with assault in connection with an incident on Wednesday, April 15, at the Madawaska pollution control plant.

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FORT KENT - On the morning of Sunday, April 19, a caller to the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) reported that someone had stolen some items from an apartment home located at 71 Market Street in Fort Kent.

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21 April 2015

FORT KENT - Savvy Caregiver, an educational program for families and friends caring for someone with memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer's disease, is now available free of cost in Fort Kent.

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21 April 2015

FORT KENT - Students at Valley Rivers Middle School (VRMS) and Fort Kent Community High School (FKCHS) are continuing their lessons with the sixth grade students at Fort Kent Elementary School (FKES) about cyberbullying.

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21 April 2015

To the editor:

The family of Therese Martin Pelletier wants to thank everyone who visited with us, called us, brought food, or just thought of us during this difficult time. Thank you to all who sent flowers, Mass cards and Mass offerings, donations to the New Canada Community Center Memorial Fund and the Forest Hill Manor Activities Fund.

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21 April 2015

VAN BUREN - James J. Vaillancourt, 60, died unexpectedly Monday, April 13, 2015. He was born November 29, 1954 in Grand Falls, NB, Canada, a son of the Fernande (Lafrance) Vaillancourt and the late Gerard Vaillancourt.

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21 April 2015

MAINE - Our senior citizens helped build this great country and state. As your Congressman this is something I will never forget or take for granted.

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20 April 2015

FORT KENT - Sled racers opened up the throttle and let the snow fly on Saturday, April 18, at the King of the Mountain Hill Climb at Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent.

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20 April 2015

FORT KENT – Volunteer firefighters with the Fort Kent Fire Department had a busy weekend. On Sunday morning, April 19, at 6:53 a.m., a passerby called to report a storage shed on fire at a trailer home located at 98 Brookside Drive, Lot 2.

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17 April 2015

EDMUNDSTON - Units from two Edmundston Fire Department stations responded Friday afternoon to the site of a Canadian National Railway train derailment along Highway 144 between Saint-Basile, New Brunswick (a subdivision of Edmundston) and the village of Green River, New Brunswick, according to Mychèle Poitras, communications director for the city of Edmundston.

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20 April 2015

EDMUNDSTON - Close to 1,000 visitors had stopped in by mid-afternoon Friday, April 17, to visit the 30th annual Salon du Livre at Cite-des-Jeunes A.-M. Sormany High School in Edmundston, New Brunswick.

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18 April 2015

ALLAGASH/St. Francis - The national weather service in Caribou Maine has issued a flood warning on Saturday, April 18, for an ice jam in Northwestern Aroostook County in northern Maine. The Maine forest service reported that Route 161 near the Allagash/Saint Francis town line was closed.

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20 April 2015

FORT KENT - Stella (Deprey) Dubois, 81, died peacefully on Saturday, April 18, 2015, surrounded by her family at a Fort Kent Health care facility. She was born in New Canada, May 11, 1933 the daughter of Auguste and Marie (Doustou) Deprey.

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19 April 2015

VAN BUREN - GO-Van Buren, the civic organization that promotes Van Buren as “a great place to live, visit and do business," is bringing their Aroostook Artisans Craft Fair back this year on Saturday, May 2, at the Community Center on Champlain Street.

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17 April 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY – Students enrolled in Maine School Administrative District No. 27 (MSAD 27) will be making history as well as lego projects when they host the state's first ever Junior Lego League Expo at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) Nadeau Hall Conference Room on Thursday, May 28.

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17 April 2015

FORT KENT – The Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) is investigating an incident of criminal mischief which occurred sometime during the early morning hours of Friday, April 17 at 46 Klein Road, where some person or persons vandalized a red Chevy Silverado pick-up truck owned by Josh Pelletier, a 19-year-old resident at that address.

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17 April 2015

FORT KENT - The Community Voices coalition will be hosting the second annual 420 High on Life 5k event at the Fort Kent Community High School on May 2, 2015, where anyone of any age or ability level can walk, run, or roll in support of health and healthy living choices.

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17 April 2015

WALLAGRASS - Eric and Pamela Michaud of Wallagrass are pleased to announce the birth of their son Alexander David Michaud. Alexander was born April 14, 2015 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

Alexander's maternal grandparents are Larry and Sheila of Westfield. His paternal grandparents are David and Brenda Michaud of Fort Kent.

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17 April 2015

MADAWASKA - The Fiddlehead Focus congratulates the 7th-12th graders who made Honor Roll at Madawaska Middle/High School during their third term.

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17 April 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – At a press conference held at the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery on Monday, April 13, representatives from a multitude of community organizations from throughout Aroostook County gathered to announce a collaborative effort to promote healthy outdoor activities through a newly launched Fit and Fun Series.

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17 April 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After a push by U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on April 16 unanimously passed an education bill that includes a pilot program he and other lawmakers, including Senator Susan Collins, advocated for granting states greater flexibility related to federal testing requirements.

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13 April 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015 – Sunday, April 19, 2015

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17 April 2015

NORTHERN MAINE - The National Weather Service in Caribou (NWS) announced early Friday morning, April 17, that rivers will continue to rise as snowmelt creates plentiful runoff into area waterways. This may allow additional movement of river ice, possibly resulting in more ice jams.

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17 April 2015

MAINE - Hannaford Supermarkets of Scarborough, Maine and Superior Nuts and Candy of Chicago announced Thursday, April 16 they are recalling certain packages of pine nuts due to the potential for Salmonella contamination.

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16 April 2015

MADAWASKA – The Madawaska School Committee took action at a special meeting on Wednesday, April 15 to approve the reduction of three school staff positions, combine two grades, and add an Education Technician III position and an Education Technician II position to the teaching staff.

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17 April 2015

FORT KENT– Students at Valley Rivers Middle School (VRMS) participated in a "Stop, Drop and Read" program on Wednesday, April 15. to help increase community awareness of the importance of strong reading skills.

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16 April 2015

FORT KENT – Noted educator of nurses, national health leader, and recipient of the Florence Nightingale Award, Susan Hassmiller, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Maine at Fort Kent's 133rd Commencement on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in the UMFK Sports Center.

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16 April 2015

EAGLE LAKEShannon Morneault and David Severe of Eagle Lake are pleased to announce the birth of their son William Ronald Daniel Severe. William was born March 27, 2015 at the Aroostook Medical Center.

William's maternal grandparents are Ronald and Suzanne Morneault of Winterville. His paternal grandparents are Marie and Jean Severe of East Lauderdale, Florida.

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16 April 2015

VAN BURENCindy Ouellette and Christopher Bouchard of Van Buren are pleased to announce the birth of their son Carson Joseph Bouchard. Carson was born March 3, 2015 at the Aroostook Medical Center.

Carson's maternal grandparents are Sue and Richard Ouellette of Madawaska. His paternal grandparents are Amie and Patricia Bouchard of Van Buren.

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16 April 2015

NORTHERN MAINE – Throughout April and May, bankers from Katahdin Trust will guide children throughout northern and central Maine on the path to a positive financial future by participating in the annual Teach Children to Save Day, a nationwide event to teach children their financial ABC’s.

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16 April 2015

NORTHERN MAINE - The Maine River Flow Advisory Commission hosted a conference call today, April 16, to review current hydrologic conditions. Some ice jamming is occurring on the St. John and Aroostook Rivers at the present time and authorities are closely monitoring the situation.

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16 April 2015

MADAWASKA – The quick thinking of tenants in a downtown Madawaska apartment building averted what could have been a major structure fire, according to Madawaska Fire Department Chief Jim Soucy.

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16 April 2015

FORT KENT – Last October when hysteria over an unlikely Ebola outbreak scared local residents, shook the nation, influenced elections, and drew unwanted attention to Fort Kent, a river of calm flowed from a small University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) desk belonging to Naomi Nicolas, administrative assistant to the last eight university presidents.

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15 April 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY – Representatives of the Aroostook County Community Guided Planning and Zoning Steering Committee met on Monday, April 13 at the Van Buren Community Center and Tuesday, April 14 at the Fort Kent Municipal Building where they proposed plans for new sub-district zoning in the Unorganized Territories and listened to feedback about how to make the plan, which the committee refers to as Small Business Development Sub-District (D-SB), better.

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15 April 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY –  A grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will provide approximately $30,000 in funding to be shared between 11 police departments in northern Maine, including three in the St. John Valley.

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16 April 2015

FORT KENT – At the 760th meeting of the Maine School Administrative District No. 27 (MSAD 27) Board of Directors held Monday, April 13 at the Fort Kent Community High School Conference Room, school board members addressed the issues of reapportionment of district representatives and the latest information regarding the fate of the St. Francis Elementary School (SFES), which has been facing possible closure by the district.

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15 April 2015

FORT KENT - “Sustainability and Cultural Diversity” will be the theme for the sixth annual Scholars’ Symposium at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) on Tuesday, April 21.

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15 April 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Moira Kelly, Executive Director and President of EXPLO, is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of the Richard Steele Scholarship. Three students from Aroostook County high schools have been selected to receive full scholarships to attend Explo at Yale (at Yale University) for three weeks in July and August.

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15 April 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and Congressman Bruce Poliquin, released the following statement welcoming an April 10 vote by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) to proceed with an affirmative preliminary injury determination in regards to the unfair subsidies received by the Port Hawkesbury paper mill:

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