ST. JOHN VALLEY – After much preparation, organizers have prepared the St. John Valley for the 2014 World Acadian Congress (Congrès mondial acadien) that will take place Aug. 8-24. This year is the fifth iteration of the congress, and is the first time that Maine and Canada will host the event together.
FORT KENT- The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host a Summer Fun Run 5K race on Saturday Aug. 2.
Race day registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the UMFK Sports Center—with the first 100 participants to register receiving race T-shirt. The race is open to all age groups, and the race starting at 9 a.m.
MAINE - Secretary of State Matt Dunlap—with assistance from Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn and his daughter Emily Dunlap—drew the order of bond questions for this November's ballot. In order, the referendum ballot will read:
Question 1: "Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?"
FORT KENT - A Connecticut man vacationing in the Valley received some shocking news when he brought what he thought was his Polaris Ranger Side By Side 900 ATV to Fort Kent Powersports for maintenance. Employees at the dealership ran a routine vehicle identification number (VIN) check on the machine on Thursday, July 17, only to discover that law enforcement had previously reported it stolen.
MAINE - The annual Maine Audubon Loon Count takes place at 7 am on Saturday, July 19, and will include more than 900 loon counters in the annual project that gathers valuable data for Maine Audubon about the status of loons in the state. Volunteers interested in participating in this year’s loon count can contact Susan Gallo by email at email@example.com or call 207.781.6180 ext. 216.
FORT KENT - Simone Martin, age 13 of Fort Kent, has qualified to compete in the girls long-jump event at the North American Finals of the Hershey Youth Track and Field Program in Hershey, Pa. from July 31-August 3. Martin is one of only three Aroostook County youths to earn a spot in the competition, and one of only five in Maine—Jacob Devine of Presque Isle and Alexis Rodrigues of Caribou qualified to compete in the 11-12 boys 200 meter dash and 13-14 girls softball throw, respectively.
MAINE - According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, more than 10,888 hunters purchased a permit to hunt bear in Maine in 2013—the most bear hunters since 2009—but they harvested 2,845 bears.
AUGUSTA - On the morning of Thursday, July 10, First Lady Ann LePage in partnership with the Bureau of Veterans Services, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Maine Veterans' Homes, drew 14 names and five alternate hunters for this year's Disabled Veterans' Controlled Moose Hunt. The drawing took place at the Maine Veteran's Home in Augusta.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY – For runners who want more of a challenge than the traditional 5K race, or families looking for a fun weekend activity, the Midsummers Night Glow Run 5K/10K taking place on Saturday, July 12, can fill both of those needs.