Volume V Issue 34 - August 20, 2014 - Wednesday edition
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19 August 2014

FORT KENT - The family eatery Mill Bridge Restaurant has been undergoing construction for the past several weeks in order to expand dining space and add room for a full-service lounge. A local contractor and five employees are working on the addition to the building, which will also include living quarters underneath for owner Barry Pelletier.

"The dining room is quite small here. I find people come out in larger groups and felt we had a needed to expand for people to come for parties and for the holidays," Pelletier said.

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19 August 2014

MADAWASKA– On Sunday, Aug. 17, the Acadian Festival Parade brought more than 100 floats to Main Street in Madawaska.

19 August 2014

It was a typical Monday morning for Charles LaVerdiere, chief judge for Maine District Courts—He presided at Waterville District Court, facing 125 people who needed to be arraigned between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.

One by one, LaVerdiere informed each defendant of the charges for crimes ranging from simple theft to shoplifting, to OUIs, to domestic violence and assaults.
19 August 2014

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of Aug. 18.

This week's Super 50 Lotto winner is Tammy Albert of Fort Kent. Albert won a total of $444.

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19 August 2014

ADDIE- This lovely lady is named Addie. She is a wonderful cat who would fit into any family.

Addie is only 6-7 months old, healthy and happy. Although she is very young, she is active but not hyper. She takes things in her stride, is friendly to everyone and gets along well with other animals. Addie is spayed, cleared of any parasites and has her rabies and distemper vaccinations.

19 August 2014

PAPER WASPS - Fiddlehead Focus Publisher Andrew Birden said he was "just a little nervous" when he shot close-up images of a nest of paper wasps inside an antique wooden storage box on his porch.  The nest itself was the size of a cantaloupe and attached to the underside of the closed lid of the box. While the nest is gone now, this image of the wasps coming out of their home to pose for this picture is this week's jigsaw puzzle. - Photo by Andrew Birden

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19 August 2014

OAKFIELD - For the 18th time this year, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency is working to dismantle a suspected methamphetamine lab—this time in the Aroostook County Town of Oakfield, according to a press release from the Maine State Police.

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18 August 2014

FORT KENT – The Acadian Archives acadiennes of the University of Maine at Fort Kent will present Viola Léger in “La Sagouine” on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. in the UMFK Fox Auditorium.

Tickets are $25 per person or VIP tickets for $50, which will have the best seating and a champagne reception with actress Viola Léger.

18 August 2014

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 – Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

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6 August 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.

15 February 2014

Click on the sign to see the Police BLOGGER for your town

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19 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY- NorState Federal Credit Union has accepted Acadia Federal Credit Union's ice bucket challenge for ALS (Lou Gherig's Disease) awareness and will donate to the cause. NorState recorded its proof of completing the challenge on Aug. 15.

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19 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY- Emera has dispatched its Maine crews to determine the cause of a power outage this morning affecting more than 2,300 customers, according to a press release from Emera.

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19 August 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The Aroostook Medical Center is taking part in the celebration of the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest, and the healthcare provider is inviting community members to join in.

TAMC is bringing their theme of Paint the Town—featured in their parade entries throughout the summer—to life during the Street Fair on Thursday, Aug. 21, in downtown Presque Isle. TAMC is partnering with Wintergreen Arts Center to paint the sidewalks along Main Street.

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19 August 2014
FORT KENT - The Fiddle Heads and Les Chanteurs will perform at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium. Admission is free.
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18 August 2014

FORT KENT - On Saturday, Aug. 16, approximately 125 cyclists gathered at the University of Maine at Fort Kent to embark on a scenic tour of the St. John Valley and crossing the International Bridge into Canada for the official Congres Mondial Acadien 2014 Tour de L'Acadie. Organizer Mark Rossignol of event sponsor Fresh Trails Adventures in Caribou, said that riders ages 5-72 from the United States, Canada and France took part in the celebration of the area's natural beauty.

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18 August 2014

MAINE - Mary Quinn Doyle, a Maine writer, photographer, and certified teacher, volunteered to travel throughout Maine over the past 2 years visiting 178 farms. Her book based on her experiences, "Unique Maine Farms," is scheduled for print in September.

She wrote stories about each farm and took many photos and created complimentary webpages on the Unique Maine Farms' website. She has conducted slideshows and discussions and set up traveling photo exhibits of her project. In the book, 24 stories focus on farms or agricultural endeavors in Aroostook County.

18 August 2014

For Linda Descoteaux of Saco, the last 9 years have been full of calls, letters and promises from Maine courts that go unfulfilled.

When a man defrauded her of $4,000 in 2005, the York County district attorney’s office sent her a letter saying he’d pay her back part of what he stole by 2009.

[H]e will pay you restitution in the amount of $1,500 by the 46th month of probation,” wrote York County Courthouse Assistant District Attorney Patrick Gordon in a letter dated Sept. 7, 2005.

Since then, she said she’s only received a single $110.66 check.

18 August 2014

Aroostook County Commissioners’ Meeting -
4:30 P.M. - Aug. 19, 2014 - Caribou Courthouse Administrative Hearing Room


18 August 2014

Madawaska Board Of Select People
4:30 p.m. - Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

Meeting Agenda

Call To Order
Vincent J. Frallicciardi, Chairperson

mud fire aug 18 2014
18 August 2014

EAGLE LAKE - On Saturday, Aug. 16, at the mud bog fundraiser it sponsors, the Eagle Lake Fire Department jumped into action when flames shot out from a competing truck containing a father and his two children.

Dave Chouinard was at the end of his run on the 300 foot course when the crowd watching from the bank to the left of his truck collectively gasped.

"Fire!" shouted multiple members of the crowd.

"There are kids in that truck. Get them out of there," screamed a concerned spectator.

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16 August 2014

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Police Department has been through many changes this year with a batch of new hires and retirements. The newest face at the FKPD is Officer Spencer Nadeau, a 23-year-old Fort Kent Community High School graduate who earned his associate's degree in criminal justice from the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

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18 August 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The resounding success of the first ever TAKE FLIGHT in Presque Isle has organizers and others in the region buzzing about the second annual event, which is set at the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organizers are looking for area exhibitors and vendors of all kind from throughout Northern Maine for the event that drew more than 3,000 attendees in four hours last fall.

18 August 2014

Agenda for the 749th meeting of the Directors of MSAD No. 27

6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in the Fort Kent Community High School Conference Room.

Roll call

Adjustment to the agenda

Public comment period

Chairperson’s time
1. Discussion on School Closure

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16 August 2014

WASHINGTON – The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) is honoring U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud with an award for his outstanding leadership in promoting regional economic development. Michaud, who is a longtime member of the Economic Development Subcommittee on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, received NADO’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of leadership on the issue last year.

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16 August 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - For the past several months, TAMC patients and visitors have taken note of the many construction and renovation projects underway at the A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle. The ongoing work represents the most significant changes to the buildings that comprise the medical center’s Academy Street campus in more than two decades.

19 August 2014

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS - The World Acadian Congress launched on August 8 and runs through August 24. Fiddlehead Focus will catch many of the special moments that people can enjoy in the first slideshow. The second slideshow contains pictures that our readers have submitted. To purchase any of the images, please click on the 'Visit Galllery' link in the upper right corner of the slideshow window.


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15 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The Maine Arts Commission, MusicNB, and Stratégie de promotion des artistes acadiens sur la scène international have come together to offer Songs Beyond Borders—two free musical performances featuring artists from Maine and New Brunswick. The first performance will take place in Edmundston, N.B. on Aug. 17, and the second in Fort Kent on Aug. 18.

16 August 2014

FORT KENT – U.S. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) visited several businesses and met with constituents as part of a Main Street Walking Tour in Fort Kent on Friday, August 15.

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15 August 2014

FORT KENT - A total of 55 authors from the Acadian diaspora wrote "Acadie Then and Now: A People’s History," which explores Acadian areas in Canada, the United States, and Europe. The book will be the feature of an upcoming book launch at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Expo-Monde in the E. and P. Sénéchal Centre in Grand Falls.

A second launch will follow on Aug. 19, at 10 a.m., at the Acadian Archives of the University of Maine in Fort Kent. The directors and some of the authors will be present at the launch.

15 August 2014

MADAWASKA - A crowd of more than 10,000 people (according to CMA organizers) brandishing kitchen hardware, thundersticks, musical instruments, and other noisy tools unleashed chaos on Aug. 15, in downtown Madawaska. Although the official start time was 5:55 p.m., the crowd began gathering and testing their noise-making ability well before, complete with smiles and laughter. Photos by Andrew Birden and Jeremy Boulier

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15 August 2014

FORT KENT - In one of the fastest fundraising events in Fort Kent, The Lions Club joined up with the Boy Scouts on August 14 to prove once again that the civic club can grill a huge amount of serious barbecue chicken.

Every summer for more than 30 years, the Fort Kent Lion's Club has sponsored a successful annual barbecue which raises a significant amount of money for Boy Scout Troop 189.

tamc sale aug 15 2014
16 August 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - For the second consecutive year, TAMC team members are planning a huge yard sale to support the new hospice room at the A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle. The Super Saturday Secondhand Sale will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, in the parking lot at TAMC’s North Street Healthcare facility from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

lille mass aug 15 2014
15 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The Levesque family will be holding its family Mass on Aug. 17 and has extended an open invitation to parishioners of the former Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel Catholic Church in Lille.

Ice water challenge spreads to area credit unions
15 August 2014

FORT KENT – It may have already been a rainy afternoon, but 10 people from the Acadia Federal Credit Union joined a viral fundraising effort on Thursday by pouring ice cold water on their heads in order to help in the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease. Prior to demonstrating the company's dedication to battling the disease, AFCU CEO Dave Desjardins spread the challenge to other regional credit unions.

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14 August 2014

FORT KENT- On Friday, Aug. 8, the opening day of the Congres Mondial Acadien (CMA), director of the Acadian Archives at UMFK, Treasurer of the Congres Mondial Acadien 2014, and tireless supporter of all things Acadian, Lise Pelletier of Fort Kent received the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award. The Honourable Graydon Nicholas, Lieutentant Governor of New Brunswick presented the award to Pelletier.

arline totem aug 14 2014
14 August 2014

FORT KENT – Arlene Voisine of Fort Kent has placed a handmade, 10 foot totem pole outside of her apartment building on Main Street near the Circle K.

“I made it for the CMA [and] I put this out there for the tribe. I'm doing it for Wesget Sipu,” Voisine said.

sheriff caught aug 14 2014
14 August 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Sheriff’s Deputies have charged Brad Johnson, age 30 of Presque Isle, with stealing items from a vehicle parked at Haystack Mountain in Castle Hill.

On July 12, a Maine resident parked their vehicle at the parking area in Castle Hill to climb Haystack Mountain. When they returned, they discovered that someone had stolen a purse and its contents from the vehicle. The window had been left partially open, which gave the perpetrator access.

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14 August 2014

FORT KENT- Northern Maine Medical Center began planning early for the influx of visitors during the World Acadian Congress beginning Aug. 8 through Aug. 24. Not only did the hospital ready its operations, it also provided first aid services at some of the major events.

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14 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY- On Friday, Aug. 15 the largest day of celebration during the World Acadian Congress will take place in Madawaska. CMA organizers have arranged for an all-day shuttle bus service to Madawaska from across the Valley.

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14 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY- The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding travelers that the international bridge between Edmundston, N.B. and Madawaska will be closed to vehicles from 1 p.m. on Aug. 15 to 3 a.m. on Aug. 16. The bridge will be open to pedestrian traffic and emergency vehicles only, and the CBSA will have a total of five inspection lanes open to process pedestrians.

11 August 2014

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014

ploye fest aug 13 2014
13 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY– The weekend beginning on Friday, Aug. 8, was the opening weekend for the Congres Mondial Acadien 2014 in the St. John Valley. The weekend brought extra visitors to the area, which had plenty of additional activities to entertain visitors and locals alike.

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13 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - Adult and Community Education Directors Peter Caron of SAD No. 27 and Stacey Cyr of Madawaska have announced that adult education programming for the 2014 fall semester will resume on Monday, Aug. 25 in Fort Kent and on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in Madawaska. 

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13 August 2014

PAUL SMITHS, NEW YORK- Paul Smith's College named the following Valley students to its dean's list for the spring 2014 semester. Each earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction.

Kadie Ouellette of Fort Kent, who is majoring in natural resource sustainability.

Michael St. John of Fort Kent, who is majoring in forestry.

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13 August 2014

The members of American Legion Post56 in York feel that they were abused twice: once by the con man who ripped them off for $50,000 and once by the legal system they say let the con man off easy.

He ended up sentenced to 5 years with all but 6 months suspended and is being allowed to pay back the $50,000 in small monthly checks over almost 3 decades.

james pelletier aug 13 2014
13 August 2014

EAGLE LAKE - James Pelletier Sr., 81, died unexpectedly on Aug. 5, 2014 in Eagle Lake. He was born on Nov. 14, 1932, in Eagle Lake, the son of David Sr. and Anita (Austin) Pelletier.

James enjoyed and had a great skill in making snowshoes and weaving potato baskets, he also loved working with wood.

13 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY– On Friday, Aug. 15, Sen. Angus King will travel to Aroostook County where he will visit several businesses in Fort Kent as part of a Main Street Tour. Later in the day, he will march in the 2014 World Acadian Congress Tintamarre Parade in Madawaska and deliver remarks in honor of National Acadian Day 2014.

Shenna Bellows
13 August 2014

PORTLAND- In a 10 minute speech capping her 350 mile, 24 day Walk Across Maine for Jobs and the Economy, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows recently spoke about the needs and aspirations of the people she met along the way, her vision for Maine's economic future, and her opponent Sen. Susan Collins. The full text of her remarks is below.

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13 August 2014

To the Editor,

Growing up in Aroostook County was a blessing I never truly grasped until I had some years behind me. It gave me some qualities I hold dear—an unwavering work ethic, a respect for community and for family, and a deep rooted stewardship for the natural environment and the creatures in it. Being from “The County” made me care about things in a way people “from away” don’t quite understand.

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