Andrew Birden

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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

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.


18 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The new word search puzzle is online, with an interactive webpage that people can see by clicking the following link:

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

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.

8 August 2014

FRENCHVILLE - For the U.S. Veterans waiting patiently in the open hangar at the Northern Aroostook Regional Airport in Frenchville, on Aug. 7, the sight of the 70-year-old B17 bomber resting on the tarmac outside provided a working reminder of one the most memorable times in their lives, World War II.

8 August 2014

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS – In a dignified and small ceremony at Beau Lac that kicked off the 2014 World Acadian Congress (CMA) on Aug. 8, 2014, people from across the region were able to participate with satellite ceremonies broadcasted in Fort Kent and Van Buren and six other locations in Quebec and New Brunswick.

7 August 2014

FORT KENT - Authorities have located a teen that local police had been seeking since 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.

According to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier, authorities have located a 16-year-old female that they had thought went missing.

Pelletier said his department has been working on the case since 1 p.m., and that she called her parents around 6:15 p.m. just 15 minutes after WAGM issued a news report on her.

Pelletier said it was a busy day of searching. "We've been right straight out," he said.

5 August 2014

THE OLD FERRY IN FORT KENT - The new mural near the entrance to Riverside Park is so large that Fiddlehead Focus photographer Andrew Birden was able to capture the fine details of a small portion of the painting that Darren Connors of St. Francis created.  This image of Acadian ancestor's lives is a fitting introduction to the CMA which has many activityies occurring in Fort Kent. - Michelle Richardson

2 August 2014

FORT KENT & MADAWASKA -On Saturday, August 2, friends and families joined residents of Crosswinds senior care facility for their annual summer picnic.

1 August 2014

FORT KENT – Using a kit from the Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce, University of Maine at Fort Kent employee Wilda Kelly stitched together a banner for the campus to submit to the town's contest promoting the World Acadian Congress. The university unveiled the banner at a ceremony on July 30 at the Acadian Archives/archives acadiennes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.