Andrew Birden

Stories from Andrew Birden

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.

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.

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.

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.

Macho Chef
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.

Macho Chef
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.

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.

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.

2 February 2015

FORT KENT – After an evening in which eleven talented performers entertained music lovers at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium on January 30, four are heading to the finale in Caribou this weekend.

30 January 2015

We made it, because you helped us make it.

It is a rare moment that I find myself at a loss to express myself, but that is exactly the problem I've had since Fiddlehead Focus received the Small Business Award at the greater Fort Kent Chamber Dinner.

28 January 2015

ST. JOHN VALLEY – According to a report the National Weather Service issued on January 28, another winter storm will hit this region early Friday morning night and keep dumping the flakes on northern Maine through Saturday.

24 January 2015

EAGLE LAKE - Anny Malo, of Quebec, was the fastest racer in the Mad Bomber 30 on January 24, 2015.

24 January 2015

EAGLE LAKE - With a light snow falling and the baying barking and yipping cries of close to 200 athletic sled dogs, the 2015 Irving Woodlands 100 and Mad Bomber 30 race launched the competitive season in Northern Maine.

16 January 2015

ST. FRANCIS –When the Fort Kent Fire Department received the call to head out to a structure fire in St. Francis on Friday morning, January 16, they arrived to find that the St. Francis fire department hadn't responded to the alarm because they never received the dispatch.

12 January 2015

WALLAGRASS - A woman was conscious after her vehicle nosed into a ditch and flipped back-over-front at approximately 2:15 p.m., January 12. The Eagle Lake Fire department,  an ambulance, a tow truck, a deputy sheriff and a Maine State Trooper were at the scene of the accident between Eagle Lake and Wallagrass on Route 11.

9 January 2015

FORT KENT - The attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this week by Islamic extremists is a reminder to all of us that the liberty of free speech comes with its own risks. It is also a reminder that we can only enjoy this freedom if the public supports or tolerates those who exercise that right, even if an individual or group opposes the substance of the message.

7 January 2015

FLYING BASKETBALL AND PONYTAILS - During Monday night's double header between the Fort Kent Warriors and the Madawaska Owls on January 5, Lady Warrior Jordan O'Leary flies into the air to block an attempt to score by Lady Owl Hannah Nadeau. Both schools fought hard, and Fiddlehead Focus publisher Andrew Birden captured this image near the end of the first game. O'Leary and Nadeau's moment is this week's jigsaw. - Birden image

6 January 2015

FORT KENT – Alan Sussee, manager of the Hometown Sears in Fort Kent, presented a check on January 5, for $850 to the basketball program for the Fort Kent Community High School Warriors.