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Volume V Issue 31 - August 1, 2014 - Friday edition
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31 July 2014

FORT KENT - The International bridge connecting the St. John Valley with friends and neighbors in Canada opened on Thursday, July 31—as promised by the Maine Department of Transportation—in plenty of time for the Congres Mondial Acadien. Key players from both countries involved with the $13.9 million project participated in a ceremony on the new bridge with hundreds of curious spectators.

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31 July 2014

FORT KENT – University of Maine at Fort Kent Associate Professor of Electronic Commerce, Anthony Gauvin, recently attended and presented at the 2014 Community Development Society (CDS) International Annual Conference and Meeting in Dubuque, Iowa. Gauvin's presentation, “Leveraging 'free'; creating an Electronic Communication Portfolio for a U.S. based non-profit organization,” discussed the communications needs of non-profits and how such needs translate into electronic communications functionality.

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31 July 2014

The Heather and Liam Connection was established by Heather Dawn Bouchard's mother, Judy Bouchard, following the tragic death of her 24-year-old daughter Heather, who was talking to a client while driving to work. She was driving distracted, and on April 15, 2008, she died at the Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Liam is the little guy whom Heather worked with and loved for several years until her untimely death. Liam just happens to have autism.

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31 July 2014

NEW DENMARK, NEW BRUNSWICK- The Grand Falls Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating two house fires that destroyed one home in the Drummond Local Service District and caused significant damage to another home in New Denmark.

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31 July 2014

AUGUSTA - The Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary recently confirmed its unanimous confirmation of Governor Paul R. LePage to the Maine courts. Gov. LePage nominated in May the Honorable Jeffrey L. Hjelm to the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine and Deputy Attorney General William R. Stokes to Superior Court.

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31 July 2014

FRENCHVILLE - Rita Morneault, 60, of Frenchville, passed away on July, 12, 2014, at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, Pa. after a 7 month battle with lung cancer.

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28 July 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014 – Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014

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15 February 2014

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31 July 2014

Two years ago, my doctor told me that my blood pressure was a bit over normal and that I had become pre-diabetic. I listened as this professional explained what the diagnostic tests indicated, and I learned that I needed to exercise more and eat healthier foods. I would need to do this in order to keep off of medications to control these conditions for as long as possible.

Rather than become angry at my physician for telling me this news, I decided to follow my doctor's advice, and, unsurprisingly, the results were good.

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28 July 2014

FORT KENT – Northern Maine Medical Center CEO Peter Sirois says it was an oversight that the phone number, which was on a "For Sale" sign on a plot of land that he apparently never purchased, connected to his office. The hospital took a $10,000 loss in a series of transactions involving the plot of land that once belonged to a psychiatrist who was a central figure in a Statement of Deficiencies from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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30 July 2014

FORT KENT - During its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, July 30, the Fort Kent Town Council agreed to hold a public hearing to discuss a potential increase of sewer rates in the town.

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31 July 2014

EASTON– On Wednesday, July 30, Maine State Police responded to an accident on Conant Road in Easton involving a driver who had struck an Amish horse-drawn carriage. None of the occupants of either vehicle or animals involved sustained injuries, according to a press release from the Maine Department of Public Safety.

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30 July 2014

FORT KENT- The University of Maine at Fort Kent Summer Theater program has extended an invitation to Valley folk to enjoy a refreshing French comedy which promises to offer carefree entertainment and laughter just in time for the upcoming Congres Mondial Acadien. Moliere's "The Learned Ladies" debuts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 31 at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium.

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30 July 2014

FORT KENT – The Northern Maine Medical Center recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with Eastern Maine Medical Center to provide consultative trauma tele-medicine services. According to Alain Bois, director of nursing at NMMC, the partnership is made possible thanks to a Rural Utilities Service grant that allowed the purchase of cameras, monitors, and wireless devices which connect to the hospital’s system.

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30 July 2014

FORT KENT – At approximately 2 p.m. on July 30, a citywide call from the Fort Kent Police dispatcher pulled the volunteers of the Fort Kent Fire Department from their regular jobs in order to extinguish a burning truck on North Perley Brook Road.

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30 July 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – The Cary Medical Center in Caribou, has released the names of babies born the past few months, as well as newborns omitted from earlier in the year.

Worster - A boy, Titan Orion Worster born to Michelle Greene and Jack Worster of Connor Township on March 19, 2014.

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30 July 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - What started as a personal desire to honor a parent has grown—with the help of coworkers—to a new mission on a broader scale.

“I wanted to find a way to pay tribute to my father on Memorial Day,” said Pam McClung, whose late father served in the armed services. “What better way to honor him than to send letters to his grandson, who is serving in the Air Force and currently stationed in Afghanistan.”

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30 July 2014

MADAWASKA – The revised Madawaska School Budget for 2014-2015 failed to gather enough votes to pass at the polls on Tuesday, July 30. A total of 206 voters cast their ballots in favor of the budget, while 234 chose against it, according to Madawaska Superintendent Ginette Albert.

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24 July 2014

Each month Fiddlehead Focus staff will select one or more 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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30 July 2014

EDMUNDSTON, NEW BRUNSWICK– Twin Rivers Paper Company recently announced that its new technology is in place and is showing improvements in odor reduction at the pulp mill in Edmundston, according to a press release from the company.

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30 July 2014

MAINE - A conflict over ethics between Gov. Paul LePage and a member of the Maine Public Utilities Commission is settled in the short term, but threatens to produce more controversy over the long term.

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29 July 2014

DALLAS - Special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service arrested a man from Rowlett, Texas on a criminal complaint charging an offense stemming from hundreds of white powder hoax letters he allegedly mailed from North Texas, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Fort Kent Elementary School received one of those letters in 

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29 July 2014

AUGUSTA – A measure that Maine State Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash sponsored will help increase dental access in under-served areas, will go into effect on Friday.

“The law will help young dentists and rural Mainer’s alike by allowing young dentists to pay off their student loans and give folks in rural areas like Aroostook County access to the dental care they need and deserve,” Jackson said. “It’s a good thing for everybody.”

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29 July 2014

SPIRITUAL TOPOGRAPHY - In classical archetypes of literature, blue is the color of truth, higher knowledge, heavenly insight or wisdom. A familiar example would be the Blue Fairy of the classic story of Pinocchio. Artist Michelle Richardson reminds people of this classic connection between the human condition and the inner landscape of the soul with her painting, Spiritual Topography. Richardsons work is on display at the Blake Library on the campus of the University of Maine at Fort kent until August 14. This image is a surreal jigsaw puzzle for the end of July.

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29 July 2014

FORT KENT - Lee Ann and Troy Clayton Babin of Fort Kent are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Keira Lou Babin. Keira was born on July 29, 2014 at the Northern Maine Medical Center. 

Maternal grandparents are Carroll and Debbie Bossie of New Canada. Paternal grandparents are Clayton and Lorraine Babin of Fort Kent.

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29 July 2014

FRENCHVILLE - Mindy Chamberland and Shawn Boutot of Frenchville are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Aleah Ann Boutot. .

Aleah was born on March 21, 2014 at the Cary Medical Center.

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29 July 2014

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of July 28.

This week's Super 50 Lotto winner is Ellery "Arms" Labbe of Fort Kent. Labbe won a total of $438.

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29 July 2014
PIXIE - This is Pixie. She is a petite and pretty cat with unusual markings. Pixie is affectionate toward her people, but she is self-sufficient. She has lived with dogs and is dog friendly; however, she does not do well with other cats. She is in excellent health, has been spayed and is current on her vaccinations for rabies and distemper.
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29 July 2014

VAN BUREN - Lydia M. Gillis and Joshua L. O. Curtis Sr. of Van Buren are proud to announce the birth of their son, Ryker Odies Ray Gillis.

Ryker was born on June 12, 2014 at the Cary Medical Center.

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29 July 2014

VAN BUREN - Kyla Caron and Ryan O’Neal of Van Buren are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Grace Lynn Rita O'Neal.

Grace was born on March 18, 2014 at the Cary Medical Center.

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29 July 2014

VAN BUREN - Shawna LaPointe and Travis Theriault of Van Buren are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ryder Tinleigh Theriault.

Ryder was born on June 12, 2014 at the Cary Medical Center.

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28 July 2014

MADAWASKA – The legendary singer, fiddler, songwriter Doug Kershaw will perform and present the story of his life during a visit to the Inn of Acadia in Madawaska on Aug. 12 and 13. Kershaw will also host a booth during the Madawaska Mega Arts and Crafts Fair at the Madawaska Middle-High School during the Congres Mondial Acadien.

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29 July 2014

MAINE - In preparation for the fall 2014 election season, the Maine Council of Churches has begun the process of lending its voice to the issue of civil discourse in public and political life with its Covenant for Civil Discourse.

In its “Covenant for Civil Discourse,” the Maine Council of Churches states that, “A flourishing democracy requires rigorous public debate that includes freedom of expression for all points of view. For such debate to serve the ends of democracy and the common good it must be rooted in an environment of mutual respect and honesty.”

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29 July 2014

To the Editor,

The members of the Northern Maine Medical Center Medical Staff wish to express our disappointment regarding your recent articles with regard to the actions of the NMMC Board of Trustees and our CEO, Peter Sirois. Your recent articles, in addition to unnecessarily publicizing sensitive information about a patient visit to our emergency room, inaccurately reflect the current status of NMMC.

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28 July 2014

AUGUSTA - According to Maine Treasurer Neria Douglass, Maine residents are receiving postcards from a Colorado address—promising to return unclaimed property to rightful owners—that are not from the Office of the State Treasurer.

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28 July 2014

MAPLETON- On Friday, July 25, at approximately 2 a.m., the Houlton Regional Communications Center received a 911 call from a Bangor Daily News delivery driver, who reported that several men and a woman threatened him and his wife at gunpoint and chased them in a red 2004 Pontiac Grand Am on Route 163.

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27 July 2014

ST. AGATHA – A man received minor injuries after an accident on Sunday, July 26, that occurred on the Marquis Road in St. Agatha.

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27 July 2014

CONNOR –Police have charged a Caribou man after he fled the scene of an accident late Saturday night, July 26, in Connor. Police allege the operator of the vehicle was driving it without permission.

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26 July 2014

FORT KENT – Power returned at approximately 9:18 p.m. on Saturday night after Emera/Maine Public Service personnel repaired a utility pole that a teenage driver crashed into earlier in the evening. The accident had knocked out the power across a large portion of the town.

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26 July 2014

FORT KENT - Firefighters responded to a fire at 1423 Frenchville Rd. on Saturday evening.

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25 July 2014

To the Editor,

This letter is to share how Chief Carroll Theriault was falsely accused by his tribe members for stealing monies from the tribe. The accusations were publicly brought forth to the Maine Attorney General, St. John Valley community, and the Wesget-Sipu Tribe.

Sen. Susan Collins
25 July 2014

A year after a freight train carrying more than a million gallons of crude oil derailed—killing 47 people in the small, picturesque town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, which is beginning to heal. The devastation was unimaginable, the loss was unthinkable, and the wounds are still very raw for the residents of this town, just 30 miles from the western Maine border, and for people in our state and around the world.

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25 July 2014

ST. DAVID-

, 77, died on July 13, 2014 unexpectedly after a brief illness at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, surrounded by his family. He was born on Sept. 8, 1937 in Edmundston, New Brunswick, the son of Levite and Gladys (Landry) Rossignol.

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25 July 2014

FORT KENT – Fort Kent native Melanie Saucier recently returned from a singing tour with the New England Conservatory that took her to the far side of planet Earth.

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25 July 2014

FORT KENT- The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host a Summer Fun Run 5K race on Saturday Aug. 2.

Race day registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the UMFK Sports Center—with the first 100 participants to register receiving race T-shirt. The race is open to all age groups, and the race starting at 9 a.m.

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25 July 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – Residents in the region who suffer from a rheumatic disease such as arthritis, gout, osteoporosis or hundreds of other conditions may now have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of their friends or neighbors who may suffer from similar disorders in the future.

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25 July 2014

How do we respect and enhance the freedom of expression enshrined in the first amendment while protecting the government from being corrupted by the unchecked flow of money to public officials?

We have wrestled with this problem for well over a 100 years through periodic scandals and periodic corrections, new laws and new ways to evade those laws. But, as I observed at a Senate Rules Committee hearing on July 23, we have never seen anything like what is happening today.

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25 July 2014

MAINE - On July 9 and 10, Maine took part in a virtual, multi-state exercise in their Emergency Operations Center. The exercise focused on the sheltering of livestock, pets and captive animals during a natural disaster, and how state agencies in Maine would go about both requesting necessary resources and responding to other state's requests.

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25 July 2014

EAGLE LAKE – Fish River Rural Health expects to surpass its previous community outreach with the release of its second book, “Valley of Hope: Reflections by Breast Cancer Survivors and their Families and Friends.” The official release of the book will take place 6:30-8 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Nadeau Hall.

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25 July 2014

FORT KENT - A few of the light posts on Main Street in Fort Kent recently received a makeover from local business owners Alan Susee and Curtis Saucier.

Susee, the owner of the appliance, tools, and lawn and garden store Sears, spruced up the pole in front of his business with a fresh coat of black paint to counter the weary look it had taken on due to the relentless weather characteristic of winters in the Valley.

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24 July 2014

FORT KENT - The University of Maine at Fort Kent Summer Theater program has released a television commercial highlighting their upcoming production of "The Learned Ladies" by the French playwright Moliere.

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23 July 2014

MAINE – So far, 20 Maine firefighters and forest rangers have volunteered to help combat the deadly wildfires that are ravaging the western United States and producing enough smoke to travel all the way to Maine.

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25 July 2014

PRESQUE ISLE – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the University of Maine at Presque Isle with a $50,000 grant to assist in the creation of the region’s very first facility dedicated to the visual arts. The University has been working with the Wintergreen Arts Center, the City of Presque Isle, building owners, and several other partners to transform 149 State St. into the Northern Maine Center for the Cultural Arts.

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24 July 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY – With the less than two weeks remaining before the Congrès Mondial Acadien, organizers are reminding St. John Valley and Aroostook County residents to register to attend their family reunions.

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25 July 2014

WALLAGRASS – Leslie Lopez and Ken Martin of Wallagrass, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Kolton James Martin. Kolton was born on July 24, 2014 at the Northern Maine Medical Center.

Maternal grandparents are Gwen Kendall of St. Francis and Les Lopez of Fort Kent. Paternal grandparents are Mildred Martin of Eagle Lake and the Late James Martin Jr.

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25 July 2014

VAN BUREN – Heather Dumond and Devin Parent of Van Buren, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Isabel Parent. Anna was born on June 27, 2014 at The Aroostook Medical Center.

Maternal grandparents are Lynn and Rick Dumond of Van Buren. Paternal grandparents are Rhonda and Brian Parent of Van Buren.

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25 July 2014

FRENCHVILLE – Michelle and Jason Tardif of Frenchville, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Connor Robert Tardif. Connor was born on June 13, 2014 at The Aroostook Medical Center.

Maternal grandparents are Aurele Theriault and the late Nicole Theriault of New Canada. Paternal grandparents are Jeaninne Tardif and the late Gerard Tardif of Frenchville.

25 July 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - TAMC welcomed the following babies born at A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle this spring.

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A Boy, Landon Eric Boyles, born May 26, to Danielle and Eric Boyles of Ashland. Maternal grandparents are Patrick and Tracy Long of Ashland. Paternal grandparents are Scott and Gail Boyles of Ashland.

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24 July 2014

FORT KENT – The David Educational Foundation has awarded the University of Maine at Fort Kent a $132,500 grant for the academic years of 2014-2017. The support will allow the university to expand and further develop the Rural U Early College and Dual Enrollment program.

The three year project will provide support for staffing infrastructure, the improvement of quality outcomes and assessment, and the development of an app in order to fully connect and supply mobile support for the students in the program.

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24 July 2014

WASHINGTON– On Wednesday, July 23, a coalition of 17 organizations came together to announce their support for Sen. Angus King's The Real Time Transparency Act. King introduced the bill in April, which would require that all campaign contributions of $1,000 or more go on file with the FEC within 48 hours.

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24 July 2014

AUGUSTA - The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that it is awarding the Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Employment Services a $4.85 million job training grant. The Job-Driven National Emergency Grant (JD-NEG) will help build and expand upon successful industry partnerships and establish a customized approach to training—with the goal of reconnecting long-term unemployed and new Mainers to the state’s workforce.

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24 July 2014

Madawaska School Committee Meeting
Monday, July 28 - 4 p.m. - Superintendent’s Conference Room

Agenda

I. Call meeting to Order
Pledge of Allegiance

II. Adjustment to the Agenda

III. Correspondence and Announcements

IV. Period of Public Participation on Items of this Agenda

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21 July 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014 – Sunday, July 27, 2014

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24 July 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – It may sound like something from a science fiction or superhero movie, but a new, state-of-the-art green light laser treatment at The Aroostook Medical Center is setting a new standard of care for urology patients in Northern Maine.

“Green light laser is a way of treating benign prostate enlargement that affects a lot of older men,” said Dr. Gary Wikert, who along with Robert Hunt, are the current full-time providers in the TAMC Urology practice.

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23 July 2014

MAINE - Secretary of State Matt Dunlap—with assistance from Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn and his daughter Emily Dunlap—drew the order of bond questions for this November's ballot. In order, the referendum ballot will read:

Question 1: "Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?"

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23 July 2014

MAINE - Secretary of State Matt Dunlap is advising Maine residents that effective July 21, 2014, Maine driver licenses and identification cards will not be valid proof of identification when entering restricted areas in federal buildings and nuclear power plants, according to a press release from the state. This is the result of the REAL ID Act of 2005, which required states to comply with a myriad of new driver license standards or risk enforcement actions.

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