Andrew Birden

Stories from Andrew Birden

11 December 2014

FORT KENT– A vandal who defaced valuable signs on snowmobile trails around the Fort Kent region has created an ongoing problem because the obscene graffiti discourages visits to the region and harms local commerce, according to Fort Kent Snowmobile Association Director Kenneth Michaud.

6 December 2014

FORT KENT – Fort Kent Fire Chief Ed Endee has notified the Maine Fire Marshal's office after his crew successfully extinguished a fire in the laundry room of Forest Hill Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center on Saturday morning, December 6.

25 November 2014

FORT KENT– On Saturday, Nov. 29, thousands of people strolling and shopping at the Greater Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce Arts and Craft Fair in UMFK's Sports Center will discover some crazy folks selling a unique regional ornament with a ferny twist.

24 November 2014

FORT KENT– A delicious, moist and fully cooked turkey on Thanksgiving is a perfect reason to give thanks. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a hit-or-miss proposition, until now.

23 November 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY– Most people learned that the origin for the American Thanksgiving holiday originated from an apocryphal tale of a meal that pilgrim immigrants shared with First Nations people, but historians actually trace it further back.

22 November 2014

ST. AGATHA – Fire Marshalls conducted an investigation of a fire which took place in the early hours of Saturday, Nov. 22, at at RF Chamberland, Inc. and have concluded that the cause of the fire shall remain undetermined due to extensive damage, according to St. Agatha Fire Chief Bob Guerrette.

19 November 2014

ST. FRANCIS – The State Fire Marshal’s Office says 74 year-old Patrick Deignan of St. Francis died in his home Wednesday morning, Nov. 19, from a fire, likely caused by using a flammable liquid to start his wood stove.

18 November 2014

THE LAST BEAM - The last steel beam from the old international bridge in Fort Kent came down on Friday, Nov. 14. Here, two construction workers use a cutting torch to separate the pieces to this retiring span. This image is the week's jigsaw puzzle. - Birden image

13 November 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY – The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement cautioning people to expect icy roads on Thursday morning, November 13, in the towns of the St. John Valley from Allagash to Van Buren.

Temperatures will drop off into the mid and upper 20s by 7 am.

These cold tempeatures will allow any standing water on roads and sidewalks to refreeze and become slippery.

6 November 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY –A day later, and the election results showed many things about the St. John Valley, such as the fact that a majority of the Valley preferred Mike Michaud for governor over Governor Paul LePage and that they wanted John L. Martin (D) to return to Augusta as the District 1 House Representative after regaining the seat from Allen "Mike" Nadeau (R) of Fort Kent.

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5 November 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - Local election results are in, and they have revealed residents of the St. John Valley preferred Mike Michaud, even though the rest of the state gave another term to Governor Paul LePage, while John L. Martin (D) returns to Augusta as the District 1 House Representative after regaining the seat from Allen "Mike" Nadeau (R) of Fort Kent.

4 November 2014

WALLAGRASS – At approximately 9:18 a.m. On November 4, Fort Kent firefighters responded to a report of a fire at a home in Wallagrass.

The fire was at 1533 Aroostook Road, just north of the Soldier Pond turn-off.

1 November 2014

FORT KENT –Disappearing signs happen during every election cycle, and 2014 is no exception. Maine Rep. Mike Nadeau said on Halloween that he reported to police that someone or some persons have stolen as many as 80 campaign signs in the upper St. John Valley over the past few days.

31 October 2014

FORT KENT – Maine Governor Paul LePage failed to convince Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere Friday, Oct. 31, that Kaci Hickox must follow U.S. Center for Disease Control guidelines, which other experts say she is already following.

Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier told reporters that he spoke with Hickox this morning and he was not arresting her or her boyfriend Ted Wilbur.

30 October 2014

FORT KENT - On Thursday,, October 30, Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, rode bicycles for a short distance near their home in Fort Kent, Maine.

According to eyewitnesses, she and Wilbur road bicycles from their home with two state police cruisers following. The couple turned onto a nearby multi-use trail that locals know of as the Heritage Trail.  The couple traveled a short distance down the trail before turning around and returning to the home.

29 October 2014

FORT KENT – At approximately 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29, Kaci Hickox, with boyfriend Ted Wilbur joining her to stand outside their Fort Kent home, said she has been unable to reach an agreement with the Maine attorney general regarding the state's desire to confine her to her home for the remainder of a 21-day quarantine.