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Volume VI Issue 22 - May 29, 2015 - Friday edition
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28 May 2015

RIVIERE-VERTE, NEW BRUNSWICK – Three Canadian National (CN) Railway cars carrying automobiles derailed Wednesday, May 27, near Rivière-Verte, New-Brunswick. This is the third derailment in the area in the last 16 months.

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29 May 2015

FRENCHVILLE – All proposed articles in the 2015-2016 budget for School Administrative District 33 passed unanimously at a public meeting on Wednesday, May 27, at Dr. Levesque Elementary School.

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28 May 2015

ST. FRANCIS – On Saturday, May 23, members of the St. Francis Fire Department (SFFD), along with St. Francis First Selectman Darrell Mitchell, honored Fernando Harvey Jr. for 48 years of service with the department, at a special dinner at the Mill Bridge Restaurant in Fort Kent.

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29 May 2015

FORT KENT - Robert G. Hasson, Jr., the executive director of the Maine School Superintendents Association (MSSA), notified MSAD No. 27 Superintendent Timothy Doak this week that the MSSA has selected Doak to receive the 2015 Outstanding Leadership Award.

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29 May 2015

EDMUNDSTON - Development coordinators for the city of Edmundston announced three new financial development support programs on Wednesday, May 27, intended to attract entrepreneurs.

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28 May 2015

FORT KENT - Mary Ellen "Bee" Daigle, 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, surrounded by her loved ones at a Fort Kent health care facility. She was the daughter of Emile and Laura (Guimond) Bourgoin.

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28 May 2015

MADAWASKAAzilda Leonard, 98, died peacefully at a Madawaska Health Facility May 27, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was born in Grand Isle, Maine, Sept. 20, 1916 the Daughter of Philip and Agnes 'Beaulieu' Chasse.

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28 May 2015

VAN BUREN - Alyre J. Ayotte, 90, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2014 at a Van Buren healthcare facility. He was born in Hamlin on May 12, 1924, the eldest child of the late Oneil and Martha (Roy) Ayotte.

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26 May 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 – Sunday, May 31, 2015

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1 May 2015

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26 May 2015

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

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The Caribou National Weather Service (NWS) and the NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center​ have issued a severe thunderstorm watch for most of Maine including the Saint John Valley region for Thursday, May 28 until 7 p.m.

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28 May 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY – A line of storms crossed the St. John Valley on Wednesday evening, bringing heavy rain and strong winds which knocked down trees and damaged property across the northern border of Maine. Among the many storm related incidents, Carl Bouley of Grand isle recorded video of lightning striking the St. Gerard. (Parental advisory: Video includes strong language.)

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28 May 2015

MASARDIS – A woman is in the hospital following a head-on collision which occurred in Masardis on Wednesday evening, May 27; and police are saying alcohol was a factor in the accident.

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27 May 2015

FORT KENT – Family and friends cheered as Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes from the St. John Valley “bridged” to a new rank on Friday, May 22, at the University of Maine at Fort Kent's Sports Center.

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27 May 2015

EDMUNDSTON - This year's 37th annual Foire Brayonne will include new events such as a “Taco” or handmade buggy race, local musical performers, and the Coureur des Bois du Madawaska, a new sporting race event like the Reebok Spartan Race, according to Foire Brayonne President Doreen Pelletier.

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27 May 2015

FORT KENT – On Saturday, May 30, elementary school students from Maine School Administrative District No. 27 will be wheeling for a good cause during a fundraising Bike-A-Thon at the Fort Kent Elementary School (FKES).

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27 May 2015

FORT KENT - The following are Fort Kent Warrior results from the Aoostook County Track and Field Championship meet Friday, May 22, 2015:

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27 May 2015

EDMUNDSTON - Fundraisers for a new amphitheater and civic center in Edmundston, New Brunswick have announced another major donor toward the cost of the center. Clinique Dentaire Dr. Wayne Dionne of Edmundston donated $25,000 on Wednesday, May 20, according to a press release by financial campaign organizers.

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27 May 2015

EDMUNDSTON – The Edmundston municipal council has approved a new emergency measures plan for the city, chosen a name for its urban recreational park, and released its financial statement for 2014.

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28 May 2015

MAINE – On Wednesday, May 27, Maine's House of Representatives sustained the governor’s veto of a bill which would have protected Maine’s moose population from winter ticks, according to Rep. Roland "Danny" Martin (D-Sinclair). The vote of 84-64 fell short of the two-thirds needed to override the veto.

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27 May 2015

WALLAGRASS - On May 27, 2015 at approximately 9:50 a.m., State Police received a 911 call from a motorist reporting a single vehicle crash on the Strip Road in Wallagrass.

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27 May 2015

MADAWASKA – The entire student body and staff at Madawaska Middle / High School gathered Tuesday, May 26, to surprise retiring Head Custodian Gerald Chasse with games, words of thanks, and a video presentation in his honor.

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26 May 2015

FORT KENT - Proud parents and local theater fans enjoyed an evening of comedic entertainment at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) Fox Auditorium on Friday, May 22 when the traveling youth theater program Children's Stage Adventures (CSA) presented The Fisherman and His Wife, starring the students of Wallagrass Elementary School (WES).

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26 May 2015

FORT KENT – When gardeners in Northern Maine start itching for growing season to begin after a long winter, nothing can stop them from pulling out their trowels, spades and hoes come Memorial Day; and that includes the early morning snow which failed to deter anxious green-thumbs from participating in a plant swap held Saturday, May 23 at the Market Street Co-op in Fort Kent.

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27 May 2015

FORT KENT - These pretty yellow flowers were on display at the recent plant swap, and Jessica Potila captured the image for our jigsaw puzzle for this week. (FHF / Jessica Potila)

To solve an easier version of this puzzle, click on this LINK or the image shown here.

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20 May 2015

FORT KENT – At a Maine School Administrative District (MSAD No. 27) school board meeting held at the Fort Kent Community High School on Thursday, May 14, the board approved a new budget proposal. All teacher positions survived the cut; although the new budget includes the elimination of two ed tech positions and the relocation of a few teachers to different buildings within the district for the 2015 - 2016 school year.

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27 May 2015

FORT KENT – Maine School Administrative District No. 27 students ages five through ten will make history on Thursday, May 28 at 9 a.m. when they participate in the very first Maine Jr. LEGO League Expo.

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FORT KENT - Students from Gert Thibodeau's art classes will present original works of art on Thursday, May 28 at the A.C.T.S. Gallery Art Exhibit in the Fort Kent Community High School.

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26 May 2015

FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) Athletic Department will offer three week-long athletic camps this summer. Registration is open to children entering kindergarten through eighth grades.

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26 May 2015

FRENCHVILLE – According to a press release on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, the enrollment numbers for next year’s programs at the St. John Valley Technology Center (SJVTC) are "looking good."

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27 May 2015

FORT KENT – Shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, Officer Michael DeLena of the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) conducted a traffic stop on East Main Street in Fort Kent. As a result of the traffic stop, officer DeLena arrested Scott St. Peter, age 40, of Fort Kent for operating a motor vehicle under the influence.

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26 May 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The following is the Maine State Police Troop F weekly report from May 18 through May 24, 2015:

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26 May 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY -  Maine Emergency Medical Services honored Peter Goth, MD, FACEP, medical director of TAMC’s Emergency Department and Critical Care Transport, with a prestigious Governor’s Award at a ceremony at the State House Hall of Flags on Monday, May 18.

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26 May 2015

BRUNSWICK- During Bowdoin College's 210th Commencement ceremony on May 23, 2015, the following graduates from Aroostook County earned their bachelor of arts degrees:

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26 May 2015

MAINE - The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) is encouraging everyone to get out on Maine’s waters this weekend to take advantage of free fishing days. Free Fishing Weekend will take place on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, when any person may fish for free without a license on Maine’s waterways, except those who have had their license suspended or revoked.

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26 May 2015

MAINE - Governor Paul R. LePage announced Tuesday, May 26 the nomination of Judge Wayne R. Douglas, Judge Bruce C. Mallonee and Judge Lance E. Walker, each to serve as a Justice of the Maine Superior Court.

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26 May 2015

ELLIOTSVILLE - (UPDATE: Tuesday, May 26 at 4:30 p.m. The Maine Warden Service has located two adults from Newport, Maine after an extensive overnight search in Elliotsville Township located east of Monson, Maine.

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26 May 2015

FORT KENT - Kevin Lavoie, administrator at Forest Hill Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Fort Kent, has announced that Cole Pelletier, maintenance supervisor, has completed the requirements for licensure as a Small Water and Class I Water Operator.

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26 May 2015

FORT KENT - Josh Hafford and Cheslea Bernier of Fort Kent are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Madelyn Rae Hafford. Madelyn was born May 25, 2015 at the Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.

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26 May 2015

SAINT FRANCIS - Valier R. Jandreau, 93, died peacefully May 21, 2015 at a Madawaska health care facility. He was born on November 27, 1921 in St. Francis, the son of Antoine and Edith (Boucher) Jandreau.

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26 May 2015

SAINT DAVID - Robert 'Bob' Gogan, 65, passed away unexpectedly on May 21, 2015. He was born in Edmundston, New Brunswick, son of the late Antoine and Rita (Soucy) Gogan.

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26 May 2015

VAN BUREN - Irena Lee Cyr, 90, died peacefully Sunday, May 24, 2015 at a Van Buren healthcare center. She was born February 13, 1925 in St. Basile, New Brunswick, Canada, a daughter of the late Alphee and Eugenia (Lajoie) Lee. She was lovingly raised by her mother and her late step-father, Albert Martin.

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22 May 2015

FORT KENT - Valley Rivers Middle School (VRMS) has recognized four students who have shown exceptional character, leadership, and citizenship during the month of May, 2015.

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22 May 2015

MADAWASKA – A tourism summit Thursday, May 21, in Madawaska focused on growing the economy as a collaborative effort, networking, how to bring tourism dollars to the region, and the lasting effects of the 2014 World Acadian Congress.

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22 May 2015

MADAWASKA - After Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) moved its remaining services at the Madawaska Outpatient Center to the Acadia Family Health Center in Madawaska, NMMC staff are pleased with how the community collaborated to retain the fitness center which was housed in the Acadia Family Health Center.

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22 May 2015
FORT KENT- The Fiddlehead Focus office will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. Thank you to all the men and women who have served and who continue to serve our community and nation. 
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22 May 2015

VAN BUREN - Jessica and Isaac Gagnon of Van Buren are pleased to announce the birth of their son Benjamin James Gagnon. Benjamin was born March 30, 2015 at Cary Medical Center.

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22 May 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The second annual AROOSTOOK ‘House of Comfort’ Golf Classic will be held Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Presque Isle Country Club.

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22 May 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Throughout our history, Americans have joined together to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. This Memorial Day, let us continue that sacred ritual by paying tribute to those who gave their lives to preserve and protect this great Nation.

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21 May 2015

MAINE- Governor Paul R. LePage has ordered that the United States flag and the State of Maine flag at all state facilities be flown at half-staff Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 25.

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22 May 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) says he supports the subpoena issued May 21, 2015 by the House Financial Services Committee, on which he sits, to the U.S. Federal Reserve. According to Congressman Poliquin, America's central bank has refused to provide the Committee responsible for its oversight with documentation regarding the leak of market-sensitive inside information to an outside private entity.

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18 May 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015 – Sunday, May 24, 2015

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22 May 2015

FORT KENT – When nationally-touring children's ministry KidzTurn camped-out at the First Assembly of God church in Fort Kent on May 17 - 20, kids of all ages showed up to have a blast learning about Jesus.

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21 May 2015

FORT KENT - Students from Valley Rivers Middle School (VRMS) participated in a community service project geared toward providing a little bit of comfort to young patients at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC).

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22 May 2015

MADAWASKA – Police arrested a Madawaska man on Thursday, May 21 for two active warrants.

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21 May 2015

FORT KENT – As a part of its continuing relationship with Make-A-Wish, the Sears Hometown Store of Fort Kent - along with Sears Appliance and Hardware Stores, Sears Outlet Stores and Sears Home Appliance Showrooms nationwide - is participating in a charitable program this spring to allow Make-A-Wish to help more children with life-threatening medical conditions experience the powerful, and oftentimes life-changing impact of a wish come true.

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21 May 2015

ALLAGASH / Fort Kent - Louis A. Pelletier Sr., husband of the late Ethel (O'Leary) Pelletier, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at a Fort Kent Health Care Facility at the age of 95. He was born April 30, 1920 in Allagash, Maine, the son of Thomas and Edith (Thibodeau) Pelletier.

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21 May 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS - 2014 World Acadian Congress / Congrès mondial acadien (CMA) organizers passed the virtual torch over to Claudette Thériault, chair of the 2019 World Acadian Congress’ organizing committee, at the final dissolution meeting of the CMA 2014 organizing committee on Tuesday, May 19 in Edmundston.

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20 May 2015

FORT KENT – Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) Chief Tom Pelletier is looking to clear some room in the basement of the Fort Kent Municipal building, and in the process, hopes to find homes for some abandoned two-wheelers.

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21 May 2015

MAINE - Memorial Day is a time to honor our service men and women; but it has also become an opportunity for scammers to target those who are serving or have served their nation, especially elderly veterans. As Memorial Day approaches, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) - serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont - is alerting the military community and the public to malicious tactics that scammers use to steal money and identities.

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20 May 2015

FRENCHVILLE / ST. AGATHA - The MSAD No. 33 Board of Directors approved a $3,364,269 budget for 2015-2016 at a special board meeting on May 18, 2015.

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20 May 2015

EDMUNDSTON – The Service de Sécurité incendie de la Ville d'Edmundston / Edmundston Fire Department will launch its second residential visit program this summer. Service representatives with the department plan to visit more than 1,800 homes in various sections of the city on evenings and weekends.

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20 May 2015

FORT KENT - MSAD 27 will offer Warrior Basketball Camp this summer, June 29 - July 3, at the Fort Kent Community High School Gym. The camp is open to boys and girls entering grades K - 8. Camp will run Monday - Thursday for grades K - 3 from 8:30 - 10 a.m. and for grades 4 - 8 from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

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20 May 2015

MADAWASKA – Police transported a Madawaska man, originally from the Old Orchard Beach area, Wednesday to Biddeford on an outstanding warrant.

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20 May 2015

MADAWASKA – First responders transported a Madawaska woman to Northern Maine Medical Center following a two-car collision Tuesday, May 19, on Main Street in Madawaska.

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20 May 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Passenger rail charity rides will occur in Aroostook County on Father’s Day Weekend, which will ultimately benefit county newborn and pediatric patients.

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