Andrew Birden

Stories from Andrew Birden

16 September 2014

TRACTOR TREK - Over the summer, the Memorial Tractor Trek on July 12 featured over 40 tractors that drove 50 miles to raise money for the Hospice of Aroostook and the Aroostook House of comfort. They had one of their vintage tractors break down while they were passing by Fiddlehead focus publisher Andrew birden's house.  He grabbed his camera and snagged this image of PTO aficionados which is this week's jigsaw puzzle. - Photo by Andrew Birden

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16 September 2014

FORT KENT – According to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier, five teenage juveniles from Fort Kent are facing charges of burglary and criminal mischief for damaging a camp over the summer.

15 September 2014

FORT KENT – After a shower of more than 300 golf balls, three winners emerged at the annual Fort Kent Lions Club Golf Ball Drop Saturday evening, September 13.

13 September 2014

FORT KENT – A few minutes after midnight on Saturday morning, the Fort Kent police received a call that a tire had fallen off of a moving car and flew through a window of a building on Main Street, damaging the storefront that once was the home of Shoes to Boot.

13 September 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY – The Aurora Borealis stretched south on Friday night giving Mainers an opportunity to see the striking nighttime light show.

11 September 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY – A combination of clear skies on Friday night and a double whammy of two coronal mass ejections (CME) from the sun have set the stage for a possible light show of aurora on Friday evening.

11 September 2014

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

10 September 2014

ST. THOMAS CHURCH STAINED GLASS - During the lead-up to the Grand Tintamarre for the World Acadian Congress, publisher/editor Andrew Birden captured this image of the sun shining through the stained glass window of the St. Thomas Church.  This image is this week's jigsaw puzzle. - Photo by Andrew Birden

9 September 2014

CARIBOU –Candidates from across Aroostook County expressed a consistent message to school boards and voters during a forum at the Caribou High School on Sept. 8.

5 September 2014

AROOSTOOK COUNTY, Maine - As part of its nationwide 2014 “Success is in Sight” tour that will serve more than 25,000 kids in 35 states, mobile literacy program Bess the Book Bus will make two stops in Maine this week: a stop at Fort Kent Elementary School of Maine School Administrative District 27 in Fort Kent on Monday, September 8 and a visit to CITGO Marketer Daigle Oil Company’s Doc’s Place I-95 CITGO in Houlton, Maine on Sunday, September 7.

4 September 2014

FORT KENT –As the fall colors starts to edge into September forests, local people and visitors from across Maine and New England flock to Northern Aroostook County, carting their ATVs up U.S. Highway 1, Route 161 and Route 11 to enjoy the endless scenic trails in the unique and picturesque St. John Valley. The Fort Kent Lions Club is once again hosting one of the most popular events this weekend at 10 a.m. on Sept. 6.

2 September 2014

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

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28 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - Fiddlehead Focus is getting its game on, and has compiled the entire soccer season schedule for all Valley teams. The printable schedule is available to subscribers and guests alike by clicking HERE or on the corresponding ad near the top, and below the subscribe button in the right column.

27 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - Internet service has returned to Time Warner Cable customers in the St. John Valley after what appears to be a nationwide outage that blocked access until approximately 7:15 a.m. on Aug. 27.

According to several news reports, TWC's Internet service was unavailable from the east coast to the west coast of the United States. One of the websites that tracks reports of outages as they occur,, created a map of regions the outage is impacting, which included Maine, as well as much of the country all the way to California.

26 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:

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25 August 2014

ST. JOHN PLANTATION – A man is uninjured after his vehicle struck a moose in St. John on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 24.

According to a press release from the Aroostook County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 9:02 a.m. on Sunday, the dispatcher sent a deputy to a report of a car/moose motor vehicle crash on Route 161 in St. John.

25 August 2014

ST. FRANCIS – According to information that the Aroostook County Sheriff's office released on Monday, a St. Francis woman went to the hospital after a speeding truck hit her car in the afternoon on Sunday, Aug. 24 in St. Francis.

23 August 2014

EAGLE LAKE – An ambulance took a Winterville man to Northern Maine Medical Center on Saturday morning, August 23, after he received injuries in an accident at the far southern end of Sly Brook Road in Eagle Lake.

22 August 2014

FORT KENT - The University of Maine at Fort Kent's soccer team beat Ahuntsic College from Montreal 2-0 in an exhibition game on Aug. 21 at the UMFK alumni field.