FORT KENT – University of Maine at Fort Kent Athletic Director Bill Ashby has announced Tom Bird as the Men’s Basketball Coach. Bird replaces Eric Werntgen who recently accepted a position with The Sport Source, which provides college planning for high school students in grades 9-12.
Bird comes to Maine-Fort Kent following a year as Director of Women’s Basketball Operations at North Dakota State University. Prior to NDSU, Bird served as the assistant video coordinator for University of Florida women's basketball.
FORT KENT - "I'm not a hero; I'm just a guy who had a really bad day at work." Most people would disagree with retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, 27, when he describes himself. On April 10, 2012, during a routine search for IEDs, Mills lost both of his arms and legs in an explosion—changing his life forever.
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.
FORT KENT - Plenty of folks followed a path of orange duck feet to walk America's First Mile on Friday, Aug. 8 in Fort Kent.
The Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the walk, according to Chamber Executive Director Skyla Hamilton. "We're promoting America's First Mile and want to make it a trademark statement so more people will come to the area specifically to visit to help expand commerce. We want to showcase Fort Kent and put it on the big stage," she said.
MADAWASKA– Members with the Madawaska on the Move Coalition recently unveiled a pioneer urban walking trail on Fox Street and French Street in Madawaska named “Marden’s to Multi.” The promotion of the trail will coincide with the start of the Congrès mondial acadien on Aug. 8.
EAGLE LAKE– Fish River Rural Health recently announced that the agency will be sponsoring their 25th Annual Family Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Eagle Lake Health Center. This educational and free event is fun for the whole family.
FORT KENT- Organizers of this year's Tour de la Vallee fundraiser—which takes place on Sunday, Aug. 10—have announced changes to this year's event. What was historically a bicycle race to raise money for the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund, will now include options for participants to walk or run 3, 5, or 10 miles, according to Northern Maine Medical Center spokesperson Joanne Fortin.
FORT KENT– A total of 65 participants ran, walked or took a ride in the 2014 UMFK Summer Fun Run. The University of Maine at Fort Kent, Daigle and Houghton, Nadeau Logging Inc. and Albert’s Jewelry sponsored the event that took place on Saturday Aug. 2. The five kilometer (5K) race attracted people of all ages and abilities with proceeds going to the Dylan R. Levesque Memorial Scholarship Fund.