Andrew Birden

Stories from Andrew Birden

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24 March 2015

FORT KENT – In a ceremony of ritual and tradition, the Boy Scouts of America presented the Eagle Scout award to Adam Puttkamer of Troop 189 on Saturday, March 21 at a court of honor that took place at the Fort Kent Community High School gym.

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20 March 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS – Tory Jones Bonenfant joined the Fiddlehead Focus team on March 18 as their newest journalist, enabling the online news agency to expand its coverage into Madawaska and Edmundston, New Brunswick.

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13 March 2015

CLAIR, New Brunswick - At a press conference at the Clair Multipurpose Center on Tuesday, March 10, the Core Leadership Team of Acadia of the Lands and Forests, which has been active for several months, presented its vision for six areas of its 2015-2018 strategic plan and various ongoing projects.

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11 March 2015

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent 100 snowmobile race occurred on a freakishly cold day in late February, but snowmobile racers and enthusiasts bravely challenged the cold as this image from the starting line shows. Please enjoy this week's jigsaw. (FHF/Andrew Birden)

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6 March 2015

FORT KENT – On Wednesday, February 25, during a bitter cold night in northern Maine, seven men trudged through the snow to meet in the backroom of a local restaurant to plan an event that County folks have been anticipating for two years, the Fort Kent Lions Club Minstrel Show.

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6 March 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY - It may not feel like it, but winter is on its way out the door; and with the eventual exit of the cold and snow, folks need to fight the urge to continue hibernating and set their clocks one hour forward.

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5 March 2015

FORT KENT – University of Maine System (UMS) Chancellor Dr. James H. Page visited the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) on Thursday morning, March 5 to meet with university employees, local business owners and members of the community and discuss his vision for the future of the seven UMS campuses.

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5 March 2015

CROSS LAKE TOWNSHIP – At approximately 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, North Lakes Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a traffic accident on Route 161 which trapped two St. Francis women.

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3 March 2015

FORT KENT – John's Shurfine seems to operate best when there is a husband and wife team at the helm, and that will continue to be the case with the grocery store's new owners.

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28 February 2015

FORT KENT – With temperatures well below zero, teams for the Willard Jalbert Memorial Can-Am 60 shot down Main Street to the enthusiastic cheers of fans who braved the cold weather.

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27 February 2015

FORT KENT - The trucks and trailers have been arriving all week, carrying the odd-shaped dog boxes, displaying colorful signs and logos for sled teams and sporting dogsleds strapped to the tops of the vehicles like intricate crowns.

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26 February 2015

FORT KENT – People will see a free print edition of the Fiddlehead Focus hit the newsstands on Thursday, February 26, as the local web news outlet celebrates the Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Races. The edition, which is similar to the informative flier that launched the young company five years ago, is free.

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26 February 2015

FRENCHVILLE – Firefighters from both Frenchville and St. Agatha managed to keep a large garage fire from spreading to a nearby house on Wednesday night, February 25.

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25 February 2015

SOLDIER POND – (Updated at 12:20 p.m., Feb. 26, 2015: According to a Maine State Police press release, on February 24, 2015 at approximately 10:20 p.m., Tpr. Dan Marquis responded to a single vehicle rollover on the Soldier Pond Rd in Wallagrass.

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24 February 2015

I blame the Disney Corporation for ruining the wholesome image I once had of my wife. It's them and all their animators scurrying around trying to humanize critters that our ancestors correctly identified as either vermin or lunch, making people feel guilty about exterminating them rather than die from the Black Plague.

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12 February 2015

Valentine's Day is here, and just like Mrs. Chef's birthday and our wedding anniversary, the holiday has filled me with dread as I tried to figure out what to give her. Experienced husbands know there are certain days that women have specifically designed to evoke a deer-in-the-headlights response from normally confident and competent men; and by confident and competent, I mean the men who can tie their own shoelaces, usually.

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6 February 2015

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

Fiddlehead Focus Jigsaw for Feb 6, 2015.

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6 February 2015

FORT KENT – A female student attending the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) is safe Friday morning, Feb. 6, after her car went careening down the road, spinning out of control just south of town.