Andrew Birden

An award winning journalist and photographer, Andrew Birden is the founder and publisher of . His articles have appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines. He is the recipient of two Freedom of Information Awards.

Stories from Andrew Birden

24 November 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - This week’s jigsaw is a sneak preview of the hottest game in Aroostook County, First Mile-opoly. Available at different locations in Fort Kent, including the Chamber office, this game combines the favorite 5,280 feet in Fort kent with the businesses of the St. John valley. It's a great gift for residents, and people with connections to the St. John Valley

20 November 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – Fiddlehead Focus is moving down the street from its current location on West Main Street to its new base of operations at 90 East Main Street. The new location will be fully operational on December 1, according to publisher Andrew Birden.

31 October 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - The Fort Kent Community High School Warrior boys fought hard, but fell to the Corinth Red Devils 1-0 during a Class C semifinal soccer game in Fort Kent on Saturday afternoon, October 31, 2015.

23 October 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FOREST - Attention fans of ghoulish tales: We're stirin' up some wicked stories in our Fiddlehead Focus cauldron, just in time for Halloween. We're giving a new meaning to the term "Ghostwriter." Each weekend between October 10 and October 31, one of our warped staff members will submit an original piece of writing to horrify and (hopefully) scare you. After it's all said and done, we want YOU to judge which storyteller most makes your fiddleheads curl. Who will be "Ghostwriter Supreme"?

This weekend, October 24-25, our publisher Andrew Birden mixes sentiment with mind-play. Even though he multiplied the editor's 1,000 word limit by three, we hope you enjoy his thoughtful tail...

25 September 2015

FORT KENT, Maine –The new Lunch Box Diner opened in Fort Kent the third week of September, with a frolicking bear introducing a new restaurant to the region.

25 September 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS – Sunday night, September 27 will be a great opportunity for folks to view two celestial events simultaneously, a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse.

25 September 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – For the remainder of the 2015 fall semester, all students at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) have access to the award winning coverage provides for the communities of the Acadia of the Lands and Forests, including the extensive coverage the news outlet produces specifically for UMFK. The web-based news organization, in conjunction with the UMFK Student Senate, made the announcement on September 24, 2015.

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21 September 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – On Thursday, September 17, 2015, Fort Kent police charged a man with unauthorized taking of over $1,000 from a local convenience store, said Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier.

18 September 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – The wines came from all over the world, and the Aramark chef at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) paired each label with an appetizer, providing older students an opportunity to participate in a wine tasting Thursday night, September 17, as part of their learning experience.

8 September 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS – Beginning Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Fiddlehead Focus readers will have the ability to switch between English and French, or at least between English and the Google translation of French.

8 September 2015

FORT KENT - On Friday, September 4, 2015, George Dumond of Fort Kent piloted a powered parachute, also known as a paraplane, over different parts of the town of Fort Kent and the surrounding lands and forests. Andrew Birden, photojournalist and publisher of the Fiddlehead Focus, accompanied Dumond, and he took several hundreds of pictures. Using a few of the better images, Birden created this slideshow of the many familiar places, but as seen from a perspective that might be new for many people.

8 September 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY, Maine - It was a magical start to the Labor Day weekend on Friday, September 4, when George Dumond took Andrew Birden up in Dumond's powered parachute. Cruising just a few hundred feet above the ground at times, Dumond showed Birden several points of interest around the Little Town that Could - also known as Fort Kent. Among the nearly 1,500 images Birden captured is this image of Main Street, which he photographed while hovering above the St. John River between Canada and the United States. Andrew's image is this week's jigsaw. - Photo by Andrew Birden

6 September 2015

FRENCHVILLE – April Rusnack of St. John Plantation glanced in the rearview mirror of her 2014 Ford Taurus and saw her husband, Steve Rusnack, who was following on his motorcycle, lose control of his bike which threw him to the pavement of Starbarn Avenue in Frenchville on Saturday night, September 5.

1 September 2015

FORT KENT - On September 12, 2015, the roar of engines and the smell of two-stroke oil will fill the air as the Fort Kent Lions Club hosts their final ATV poker run of the summer.

30 August 2015

T2-R9 - A man who grew up in Fort Kent has died as a result of injuries from a motorcycle accident that occurred on Saturday afternoon at approximately 5:02 p.m., five miles south of the Medway exit 244 on Interstate 95.