Andrew Birden

Stories from Andrew Birden

27 August 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS - The murders of two journalists and wounding of the person they were interviewing on Wednesday, August 27, are stark reminders that life exists on a precarious wall between random circumstance on one side and the need to stay aware of our surroundings on the other.

21 August 2015

FORT KENT, Maine – A canoe parked on the sidewalk on Main Street in Fort Kent is a fairly common sight, especially since the Northern Forest Canoe Trail opened up in 2006. But three-year-old Malo Bognet may be the youngest person to complete the entire trail.

19 August 2015

MAPLETON, Maine -Sheriff’s Deputies charged a 47-year-old Easton man with kidnapping and domestic assault following an incident on the State Road in Mapleton on Monday afternoon, August 17.

15 August 2015

STOCKHOLM, Maine - A Fort Kent man has died, and others are in the hospital with injuries following an accident Friday night in Stockholm.

11 August 2015

MADAWASKA, Maine - During the Grand Tintamarre for the World Acadian Congress in 2014, Publisher Andrew Birden captured this image of thousands of people creating a glorious cacophony. This year's tintamarre is another opportunity for Acadians to proclaim their triumph over subjugation and prejudice.  This image is this week's jigsaw puzzle. - Photo by Andrew Birden

4 August 2015

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

Fiddlehead Focus Jigsaw for August, 2015.

14 July 2015

NEW SWEDEN, Maine - Hundreds gathered to enjoy music and time with friends at Thompson Park in New Sweden on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

7 July 2015

FORT KENT, Maine - A truck with the local family name of Michaud crosses the International Bridge in Fort Kent. The bridge, which opened last year, spans the St. John River, connecting Fort kent with the rest of the Acadia of the Land and Forest. This common but essential task of crossing the bridge into Maine is this week's addition to our jigsaw puzzle collection. 

8 June 2015

FORT KENT - On Tuesday, folks in SAD 27 will be voting on the district budget for our schools, and the ugly response by some people is unnecessary.

3 June 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS –In an effort to reach folks who still read their news with the traditional newsprint media, Fiddlehead Focus has released their latest June edition, which is available at outlets across the St. John Valley, and also available in digital form.

3 June 2015

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

Fiddlehead Focus Jigsaw for June, 2015.

30 May 2015

FORT KENT –On Saturday afternoon, May 30, George Caron of Fort Kent had just turned the steering wheel of his '77 Volkswagen Bug from South Perley Brook Road to Klein Road when his plans for a winter project went up in flames.

29 May 2015

FORT KENT – Craig Caron of the Fort Kent Lions Club announced that the summer poker run will occur on June 6.

29 May 2015

PRESQUE ISLE – At a banquet and awards ceremony on the Northern Maine Community College Campus, Joshua McLaughlin of J. McLaughlin Construction received the top business accolade in Aroostook County - the Entrepreneur of the Year award - from the business organization Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development (LEAD). (Disclaimer: Andrew Birden of the Fiddlehead Focus was also a nominee for the award.)

28 May 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY – A line of storms crossed the St. John Valley on Wednesday evening, bringing heavy rain and strong winds which knocked down trees and damaged property across the northern border of Maine. Among the many storm related incidents, Carl Bouley of Grand isle recorded video of lightning striking the St. Gerard. (Parental advisory: Video includes strong language.)