Stories from Contributed

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16 August 2014

WASHINGTON – The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) is honoring U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud with an award for his outstanding leadership in promoting regional economic development. Michaud, who is a longtime member of the Economic Development Subcommittee on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, received NADO’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of leadership on the issue last year.

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15 August 2014

FORT KENT - A total of 55 authors from the Acadian diaspora wrote "Acadie Then and Now: A People’s History," which explores Acadian areas in Canada, the United States, and Europe. The book will be the feature of an upcoming book launch at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Expo-Monde in the E. and P. Sénéchal Centre in Grand Falls.

A second launch will follow on Aug. 19, at 10 a.m., at the Acadian Archives of the University of Maine in Fort Kent. The directors and some of the authors will be present at the launch.

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15 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - The Maine Arts Commission, MusicNB, and Stratégie de promotion des artistes acadiens sur la scène international have come together to offer Songs Beyond Borders—two free musical performances featuring artists from Maine and New Brunswick. The first performance will take place in Edmundston, N.B. on Aug. 17, and the second in Fort Kent on Aug. 18.

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14 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY- On Friday, Aug. 15 the largest day of celebration during the World Acadian Congress will take place in Madawaska. CMA organizers have arranged for an all-day shuttle bus service to Madawaska from across the Valley.

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14 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY- The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding travelers that the international bridge between Edmundston, N.B. and Madawaska will be closed to vehicles from 1 p.m. on Aug. 15 to 3 a.m. on Aug. 16. The bridge will be open to pedestrian traffic and emergency vehicles only, and the CBSA will have a total of five inspection lanes open to process pedestrians.

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13 August 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY - Adult and Community Education Directors Peter Caron of SAD No. 27 and Stacey Cyr of Madawaska have announced that adult education programming for the 2014 fall semester will resume on Monday, Aug. 25 in Fort Kent and on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in Madawaska. 

james pelletier aug 13 2014
13 August 2014

EAGLE LAKE - James Pelletier Sr., 81, died unexpectedly on Aug. 5, 2014 in Eagle Lake. He was born on Nov. 14, 1932, in Eagle Lake, the son of David Sr. and Anita (Austin) Pelletier.

James enjoyed and had a great skill in making snowshoes and weaving potato baskets, he also loved working with wood.

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13 August 2014

PAUL SMITHS, NEW YORK- Paul Smith's College named the following Valley students to its dean's list for the spring 2014 semester. Each earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction.

Kadie Ouellette of Fort Kent, who is majoring in natural resource sustainability.

Michael St. John of Fort Kent, who is majoring in forestry.

Shenna Bellows
13 August 2014

PORTLAND- In a 10 minute speech capping her 350 mile, 24 day Walk Across Maine for Jobs and the Economy, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows recently spoke about the needs and aspirations of the people she met along the way, her vision for Maine's economic future, and her opponent Sen. Susan Collins. The full text of her remarks is below.

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13 August 2014

To the Editor,

Growing up in Aroostook County was a blessing I never truly grasped until I had some years behind me. It gave me some qualities I hold dear—an unwavering work ethic, a respect for community and for family, and a deep rooted stewardship for the natural environment and the creatures in it. Being from “The County” made me care about things in a way people “from away” don’t quite understand.

12 August 2014

FORT KENT - The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of Aug. 11.

This week's Super 50 Lotto winner is Dave Dubois of Fort Kent. Dubois won a total of $444.

bella aug 12 2014
12 August 2014

BELLA - Bella is a lovely black long-haired cat who is approximately 5 years old.

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12 August 2014

AUGUSTA – University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page recently announced that University of Maine at Augusta President Allyson Handley will be leaving the university to become the Executive Director of National University’s Sanford Education Center. President Handley has served for 6.5 years at UMA, and helped the university to forge strong community connections and built the capacity to sustain its momentum as the institution moves beyond its 50th anniversary in 2015.

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11 August 2014

“These last few years have certainly been trying times with the Twin River abatements and cutting of critical funding to our Town from the State. We, as a Town, have been faced with some tough economic choices and have had heavy burdens placed on our shoulders as taxpayers, but no matter how difficult life gets, no matter how many roadblocks get thrown our way, we cannot give up. We will prevail by working closely with the School Board, Budget Committee, and Department Heads to reduce our expenditures and adhere to our projected goals.

air crash aug 11 2014
11 August 2014

STANDISH - According to David Fernald Jr, director of the Acadian Heritage Air Show in Frenchville, Billy Werth sustained minor injuries after a crash landing due to mechanical malfunction in the early evening on Sunday, Aug. 10, in Standish, while he was traveling home from the air show in Frenchville.

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8 August 2014

AUGUSTA – Gov. Paul R. LePage recently announced that the state ended the fiscal year with a surplus, which brings total revenue reserves to more than $90 million.

Improved fiscal management and reliable revenue forecasting are contributing factors for the flow of excess money. There is now a surplus of $39.1 million and an excess General Fund balance of $9.8 million.

8 August 2014

NEW CANADA - Rebecca and Todd Jandreau of New Canada, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Etta Grace Jandreau. Etta was born on Aug. 7, 2014 at the Northern Maine Medical Center. 

Maternal grandparents are Shirley Nason and the late Basil Nason of North Yarmouth. Paternal grandparents are Valmond Jandreau and the late Sandra Jandreau of St. Francis. 

8 August 2014

FORT KENT – On Aug. 9, Maine First Lady Ann LePage will join the Patriot Guard Riders for a motorcycle parade beginning in Caribou at 9:30 a.m. Then at 2 p.m. in support of Freedom Fest, she will skydive into the event, along with retired staff sergeant and quadruple amputee Travis Mills.