Andrew Birden

Stories from Andrew Birden

22 November 2014

ST. AGATHA – The main garage building of the RF Chamberland, Inc. in St. Agatha is a smoldering ruin Saturday morning, November 22, after three fire departments battled a nighttime blaze in single digit temperatures.

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.

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29 October 2014

FORT KENT - On Wednesday, October 29, the Fort Kent Lady Warriors enjoyed a solid win over the Piscatiquis Pirates with a score of 6-1.

Playing on a soggy field for quarterfinal, Danielle Pelletier led Fort Kent with a pair of goals, and Erin Chasse added a goal and an assist.

Fort Kent advances to play in a Friday seminal. Opponent, site and time TBD. 

Story to follow.

29 October 2014

FORT KENT – Bishop Deeley of the Portland Catholic Diocese issued a statement Wednesday morning, Oct. 29, stating: “In a time of uncertainty surrounding a health threat to people abroad and now, potentially at home, it is in our very nature to be concerned and yes, perhaps even to react with fear.

28 October 2014

FORT KENT –With folks worried about the possibility of an Ebola outbreak in the St. John Valley, Northern Maine Medical Center's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Sullivan delivered assurance in the midst of news that nurse Kaci Hickox may be returning or has already returned to Fort Kent.

27 October 2014

FORT KENT – Reports indicate that nurse Kaci Hickox, a resident of Fort Kent, is returning home after an extended trip caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, though it is unclear as to when that may be.

26 October 2014

In a previous version of this article, Fiddlehead Focus reported Kaci Hickox lives in Fort Kent. At this time it is unclear if she lives in Fort Kent or if she was only planning to visit.

NEW JERSEY – Kaci Hickox, with connections to Fort Kent, Maine, who recently returned from one of the countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak, said an inaccurate thermometer reading and new protocols caused the state of New Jersey to place her under quarantine.

25 October 2014

BELFAST – Fort Kent Senior Mathew Toussaint was the region's fastest runner at the Class C Eastern Maine Regional Crosscountry Championship on October 25 in Belfast, Maine.

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14 October 2014

NEW CANADA – At approximately 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, October 11, a woman drove her car into a field in New Canada, left the scene and reported her vehicle as stolen.