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Volume III Issue 33 - August 21, 2012 - Tuesday edition
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21 August 2012

To the editor:

The Fort Kent Farmers Mural Committee would like to once again take the opportunity to thank everyone who made this beautiful project a reality. The Mural Committee would also like to apologize for the few errors and omissions that happened along the way.

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21 August 2012

ST. JOHN VALLEY- The hunting blogosphere is buzzing with talk of Mainers who have spotted white-tailed deer with “radio collars” around their necks. The collars are part of a study being conducted by research biologists at theUniversity ofMaine at Fort Kent (UMFK).

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21 August 2012

BANGOR – The 2012 American Folk Festival, held on the Bangor Waterfront August 24 through 26, will once again feature a Children’s Village, specifically geared toward children and families. The Children’s Villageis an opportunity for kids and parents alike to experience many dimensions of a variety of cultures, with fun and interactive programming designed to educate and entertain all ages.

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21 August 2012

FORT KENT – Financial Professionals Kelly Martin and George Dumond leveraged their volunteer time with the 10th Mountain Ski Club during the 2011 World Cup Biathlon Championships to donate $500 to the Ski Club through a grant from The Prudential Foundation.

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20 August 2012

FORT KENT– Susan Smith of Eagle Lake missed a sharp turn on North Perley Brook and hit Alfie Roy’s house in an accident that occurred on August 18, at approximately 1 p.m. 

The accident resulted in no injuries and the police department filed no charges.

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20 August 2012

ST. JOHN VALLEY- Daniel Roy of Madawaska ran 80 miles of the Tour de la Vallée route this past Saturday and Sunday to raise money for the Edgar J. Paradis Fund in honor of his uncle.

The Tour de la Vallée is an annual bicycle tour of the St. John Valley that administrators of the Edgar J. Paradis Fund conduct. This was the tour’s 22nd year.

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20 August 2012

FORT KENT– The family of Rose Charette, with the support of University of Maine at Fort Kent Foundation and UMFK administrators, established the Rose M. (Gagnon) Charette Scholar­ship in 2012 to support students at UMFK enrolled in the Elementary Education program. Rose’s children established the scholarship to honor her memory and to honor her dedication to the teaching profession.

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20 August 2012

ST. JOHN VALLEY- Northern Aroostook County Marine Corps Reserve Motorcycle Ride is holding their First Annual Toys for Tots Ride on Sunday, September 2.

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20 August 2012

AROOSTYOOK COUNTY – Patrol Sergeant Forrest Dudley said that sheriff’s deputies are still searching for New Sweden resident Scott R. Plourde, 42, who ran from officers during a stop last Thursday.

Dudley said the officers had conducted a “felony stop” for Plourde in order to assist Caribou police who had a warrant out for his arrest on a variety of charges, including a violation of protection from abuse.

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20 August 2012

PORTAGE –On Sunday, August 19, several members of the committee planning the International Sled Dog Races randomly drew the bib numbers for the mushers registered for the 2013 races.

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20 August 2012

ST. JOHN VALLEY– Nicolle Ashley Lugdon, one of the victims in a triple homicide that occurred in Bangor last week was a 2006 graduate of Madawaska High School and attended the University of Maine in Fort Kent before relocating to the Bangor area. The people who knew her in the St. John Valley want to share the many positive and loving memories they have of a girl whose life ended tragically and too soon.

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20 August 2012

FORT KENT- The University of Maine at Fort Kent is set to host a week of preseason men’s and women’s soccer matches on Alumni Memorial Field in Fort Kent, Maine beginning on Monday, August 20. UMFK will host two CIS Canadian Schools during the week in preparation for their regular season.

18 August 2012

FRENCHVILLE – On Saturday, August 18, at the Northern Aroostook Regional Airport's 2012 Fly-In and Airshow, race car driver Austin Theriault raced a Pitts S2-B aircraft while driving a 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra GT 650hp.

The vehicle, which Pelltier Ford of Fort Kent provided, reached 160 m.p.h. on the runway. 

The aeronautics celebration continues on Sunday.

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18 August 2012

ST. JOHN VALLEY- For bicycling enthusiasts or anyone looking to contribute to a cause, the 22nd Tour de la Vallee is sure to be a challenge for all.

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18 August 2012

ST. AGATHA - An accident on Route 162 in St. Agatha interrupted a trip to a soccer game for one couple this morning, but everyone was able to walk away from the incident uninjured, though a bit shaken up.

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18 August 2012

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - Local law enforcement organizations and community partners announced the fourth wave for the underage drinking enforcement and education campaign called “Underage Drinking. Adult Consequences.” which began August 10 and will run through August 26.

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18 August 2012

FORT KENT –Police in Fort Kent reported that someone abandoned a mother cat and three kittens along Route 1 in a closed pet carrier during the hottest part of the day on Friday, August 18.

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17 August 2012

MADAWASKA- On July 25, Kara Gendreau, daughter of Mark and Paula Gendreau, and Harley Berube, daughter of Ray and Crystal Berube, of Madawaska set forth on a mission to assist the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund. They set up a lemonade stand in front of one of their homes on Main Street and sold for $26.50 worth of lemonade. Although they planned to sell their lemonade for $.50, many generous, thirst quenched passersby gave $1. This boosted their sales.

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17 August 2012

ST. FRANCIS - Joshua Pelletier and Danielle Cote are proud to announce the birth of their son Alec Pelletier on August 14, 2012 at Northern Maine Medical Center. Alec’s maternal grandparents are Dennis Cote from St. David and Denise Duperre Cote from Madawaska. His paternal grandparents are John and Wanda Pelletier of St. John Plantation. 

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17 August 2012

MADAWASKA - Malachy and Joy Pierre of Madawaska are pleased to announce the birth of their son Boaz Israel Pierre on August 13, 2012 at Northern Maine Medical Center. Boaz’s maternal grandparents are Bill and Denise Gerard of St. Agatha and his paternal grandparent is Lucienne Pierre of Port au Prince, Haiti. 

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17 August 2012

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- Starting September 10, Women, Work, and Community will offer a free twelve-week course in business planning.

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17 August 2012

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- One of the most important things for a healthcare consumer to consider when choosing a hospital is the quality of the care provided by the doctors, nurses, therapists, and other medical professionals. In response to a growing desire for consumers to have the latest information available at their fingertips, The Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC) has unveiled a new quality website.

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17 August 2012

VAN BUREN - Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine has named Brandon Ouellette of Van Buren a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar (Dean’s List). The title of Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar is awarded to the top 20 percent of each class. Brandon is the son of Lee and Lori (Lajoie) Ouellette, both of Van Buren. He is planning on majoring in psychology, with a minor in economics. 

17 August 2012

FORT KENT – A fender bender in front of the St. Louis Catholic Church on East Main Street resulted in approximately $2000 worth of damage to a Ford pickup driven by Wallace Bouchard of Fort Kent. The accident caused no injuries.

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17 August 2012

AROOSTOOK COUNTY– The public is encouraged to join The Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC) and the American Red Cross for a special centennial blood drive on Tuesday, August 28 at A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle. In celebration of TAMC’s centennial, blood drive coordinators are setting a goal of collecting 100 viable pints of blood.

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17 August 2012

NEW SWEDEN -The region was abuzz yesterday as law enforcement officers from a variety of state and federal agencies conducted a manhunt for a New Sweden man.

According to a brief email from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, officers are looking for the whereabouts of Scott R Plourde, a 42-year old man from New Sweden.

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17 August 2012

MADAWASKA – At the Tintamarre and closing ceremonies Wednesday, the Acadian Festival committee announced winners of the various contests they held during this past week’s festivities.

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17 August 2012

FORT KENT- Dennis Cyr of Fort Kent has an amazing thing in his yard – a patch of clovers. But these are far from an average group of clovers.

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FORT KENT- On Thursday, August 9, two local hairdressers were recognized for volunteering two years of their valuable time and much needed services to the Look Good Feel Better program.

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17 August 2012

AROOSTOOK COUNTYNorthern Maine Community College will offer a new academic program this fall that expands opportunities for those looking for careers in the healthcare field. Health information technology is a growing field with excellent career opportunities both locally and across the country.

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17 August 2012

PRESQUE ISLE– The University of Maine at Presque Isle has taken a bold, new step into the world of online learning with its UMPI OpenU project, an innovative effort to allow learners of all ages to participate in online college courses for free, as long as they aren’t seeking college credit.

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17 August 2012

MAINE– Agricultural and forest producers have an opportunity to submit applications for funding through five conservation initiatives, announced Juan Hernandez, State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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16 August 2012

MADAWASKA – Sheets of aspenite cover an opening in the front of Family Dollar in Madawaska this morning where yesterday a plate glass storefront allowed passersby to see inside the store until a car smashed through the window for the second time in the second such incident at the same store in the past few years.

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16 August 2012

FORT KENT- Its school time again in the St. John Valley, and the University of Maine at Fort Kent is expecting a large incoming class.

They are planning on welcoming the new incoming students with a fun and exciting revitalized orientation, with up to 200 students plus their families expected to attend. Some of the activities planned include a family dinner during which a campus favorite, Courtney Birt, will sing.

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16 August 2012

PRESQUE ISLE –The University of Maine at Presque Isle is gearing up for the 2012-2013 academic year and is reminding all new incoming students that the university will hold orientation later this month.

Residence Hall move-in is Wednesday, Aug. 29, followed by Orientation on Thursday, Aug. 30.

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16 August 2012

FORT KENT/SAD 27 – Tuesday, August 14, SAD 27 school board members voted six-to-one to move the dates of the two week-long potato harvest break in area schools from beginning on September 14 to beginning on September 21.

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16 August 2012

ST. JOHN VALLEY – Blue Potato is a coming-of-age film that tells a story about the choices those of us who live in small-town, rural parts of the country like the St. John Valley have to make when facing the future as a young adult: Do we stay and live with presumably limited economic opportunities, but a relative amount of familiarity and context in those areas, or do we go on to the adventure and unknown of the wide world and potentially also the loss of community, family, and ethnic/group identity?

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16 August 2012

FORT KENT– When Dave and Amy Freeman of Minnesota kayaked into Fort Kent from Pohénégamook via Glazier Lake, they were surprised to enter the St. John Valley during the busiest season for summer festivals in the area. The Ploye Festival and the World’s Biggest Ploye may have become the highlight of their trip, said Dave, during an educational journey for the Wilderness Classroom, a non-profit organization, which has included kayaking next to humpbacked whales along the Alaskan coast.

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16 August 2012

AROOSTOOK COUNTY– Organizers have cancelled plans for a golf tournament during this year’s Crown of Maine Balloon Festival due to a low number of golfers registering for the event. Instead, organizers with The Aroostook Medical Center are planning to host a “lite version” of the Spuddy Recovery Triathlon on Main Street in downtown Presque Isle during the Street Fair on Thursday, August 23.

15 August 2012

(Update - In an earlier version of this story, Fiddlehead Focus described the victim as a girlfriend to the suspect.  However, the suspect's mother says the victim is an ex-girlfriend.)

FORT KENT – A Fort Kent man who eluded the police for four days after allegedly assaulting his 33-year-old ex-girlfriend turned himself in yesterday, said Fort Kent Police Chief Kenneth Michaud.

14 August 2012

UPDATED Wednesday, August 15 to reflect additional information the reporter received the day after the initial meeting. 

MADAWASKA - Interim Fire Chief Peter Parent, who has led the Madawaska Fire Department since the former Chief Norman Cyr retired, has apparently resigned the position, effective the end of August, after a meeting with the Madawaska Board of Selectpeople Tuesday evening.

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15 August 2012

FORT KENT - The University of Maine at Fort Kent invites the business community and service organizations throughout the Valley to participate in a “Community Fair” on Thursday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cyr Hall.

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15 August 2012

MADAWASKA - Adding to the festivities throughout the St. John Valley this past weekend, NorState Federal Credit Union held its annual Open House event on Friday, August 10.

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15 August 2012

FORT KENT-  Main Street Style and Gifts celebrated their grand opening in Fort Kent on Friday, August 3. In addition to hairstyling, the full service hair salon offers manicures, pedicures, tanning, and products such as scarves, jewelry, bags, and the Willow line of angel figurines.

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14 August 2012

FORT KENT – Over 50 residents and concerned citizens attended the town council meeting on August 13 in order to voice their opinions about whether to close Charette Hill Road to ATV traffic after town council members voted to open it and other public roads as access routes in April of this year.

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14 August 2012

For reasons that make little sense, the same creator who thought it appropriate to endow every human being with certain inalienable rights, also endowed everyone with a physical form that starts falling apart just when you get used to walking around in it.

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14 August 2012

I had a doughnut on my way to work this morning.

Now if that was the only thing I did, then maybe it wouldn’t be so bad, but I also had a Tim Horton’s iced cappuccino. That’s 410 liquid calories, but oh so delicious.

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14 August 2012

MADAWASKA– The library at Madawaska Middle High School will soon have a newer collection of books thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation.

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15 August 2012

SUNFLOWER JIGSAW - Visitors to the Bouchard Family Farm booth under the tent on the old Nadeau’s House of Furniture lot during the Ploye Festival in Fort Kent last weekend had the opportunity to buy one of these summertime beauties for a dollar, next to wooden moose figurines, ploye mixes, a variety of fun hats, plaques, cookbooks, and other assorted items. - Julie Daigle image

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15 August 2012

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13 August 2012

FORT KENT – Sunday evening, August 12, the 9th Annual Fort Kent International Muskie Derby successfully wrapped up. Out of 334 registrations during the three-day event, 15 adult fishermen and women took home cash prizes for muskie catches, five fishermen took home cash prizes for bass catches, and one child caught a muskie and brought home a cash prize.

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13 August 2012

T13 R8 WELS– On August 8, an unnamed individual flying to his camp near Portage Lake called a forest fire in to the state police, who subsequently contacted the Maine Forest Service to respond to it. Originating just before the big fire near Chamberlain Lake, slightly over one and a half acres burned as a result of this fire. It caused no injuries or structural damages.

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13 August 2012

AROOSTOOK COUNTY -Northern Aroostook County Marine Corps Reserve Motorcycle Ride is holding their First Annual Toys for Tots Ride on Sunday, September 2.

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13 August 2012

ST. AGATHA/FRENCHVILLE- St. Agatha and Frenchville community leaders will gather with officials from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and USDA Rural Development for a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, August 21 at 11 a.m. to honor the beginning of a project that will affect both towns - the combination of the St. Agatha and Frenchville wastewater treatment facilities.

12 August 2012

MAINE – Sunday, August 12, Governor Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage joined Brigadier General Burke Whitman, Lieutenant General Steven Hummer, and members of Maine’s congressional delegation in attending the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Marine Corps Reserve Training Center in Brunswick.

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11 August 2012

FORT KENT - Despite a constant drizzle that would occasionally spike to pouring rain on Friday evening, the Bouchard family managed to create their humongous ploye for the hundreds of spectators that gathered for the annual exhibition.  After the Bouchard family cooked their ploye, everyone was able to enjoy a bite of the iconic treat.

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9 August 2012

ST. DAVID - Canoeists reenacting the historical Acadian Cross landing in St. David today were able to shave a couple of hundred feet off of their trip down the St. John River to the Acadian Cross site in St. David due to drastically low river levels.

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9 August 2012

FORT KENT– Jay Paradis of J and P Carpentry in Fort Kent is stepping up to help the Fort Kent Community High School by donating some of his time and the use of his crane truck to contruct the new scoreboard shed on the high school soccer field. Some of his family and friends from Connecticut took time off from their jobs and drove up to Fort Kent to help Paradis complete the project for the community.

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8 August 2012

This story has been updated to reflect that 28 families were chosen in this second round, not 27 as previously reported. The names originally listed included everyone, however. 

ST. DAVID- At a ceremony in St. David this morning, members of the 2014 World Acadian Congress planning committees announced the next 28 families who will host reunions during the 2014 August event.

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7 August 2012

EAGLE LAKE – Northern Maine General (NMG) is proud to announce that it has received a $5000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

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