Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau

 

Few residents turn out to approve $6.5 million SAD 70 budget

By Jen Lynds on June 10, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.
HODGDON | Turnout was extremely sparse, but voters in the seven towns that make up SAD 70 on Tuesday opted to pass a $6.5 million budget for the 2015-16 school year. The district operates two schools serving about 440 students from the communities of Amity, Cary, Haynesville, Hodgdon, Linneus, …

Police investigating burglary at Caribou store

By Jen Lynds on June 09, 2015, at 2:32 p.m.
Local police are looking for whoever was responsible for breaking into a store in the city over the weekend. At approximately 10:41 p.m Saturday, June 6, an intruder set off an alarm at Mike’s Quick Stop on the Presque Isle Road, Caribou police Chief Michael Gahagan said …

Mars Hill woman accused of selling bath salts among indicted

By Jen Lynds on June 08, 2015, at 3:51 p.m.
CARIBOU | A 44-year-old Mars Hill woman accused of selling bath salts out of her home is among people indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury. Leda L. Giggey was indicted on Friday on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs (two counts), and …
North Peak Architecture rendering of proposed Presque Isle community center.

Anonymous $1.5 million donation fuels Presque Isle community center effort

By Jen Lynds on June 05, 2015, at 3:17 p.m.
An anonymous donor has pledged $1.5 million to help build the proposed multimillion-dollar community center, city officials announced Friday. The pledge was made in memory of Rodney Smith, a pioneer in the semiconductor industry who achieved great success in California’s Silicon Valley, according to Kimberly Smith, …
A tractor pulls a potato planter on a field outside of Fort Kent on Monday. Farmers around Aroostook County were finishing up planting the annual potato crop this week.

Despite damp spring, Maine potato growers have most of crop planted

By Jen Lynds on June 05, 2015, at 6:40 a.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Despite a slightly wet, cold spring, most of the potato growers across the state have their crops planted, according to industry officials. “We have had rain as of late, and planting is weather dependent,” but 80 percent or more of the state’s farmers have their crops …

Maine House crushes mining bill

By Jen Lynds on June 04, 2015, at 6:51 p.m.
AUGUSTA | House lawmakers Thursday afternoon voted 109 to 36 to oppose a bill aimed at allowing large-scale metal mining in the state. The amended version of LD 750 sponsored by Rep. Ralph Chapman, D-Brooksville, was rejected after more than two hours of floor speeches. “Despite the hard work …

Maibec millworkers face temporary layoff

By Jen Lynds on June 04, 2015, at 5:22 p.m.
MASARDIS | A Quebec-based company that completed the purchase of Fraser Timber’s lumber mill in Masardis in January will temporarily layoff its 135 employees next week due to market conditions. The layoff at Maibec will last four weeks, according to Charles Tardif, vice president of Maibec. The mill normally …
Reid Caron

Three Allagash men sentenced on multiple illegal hunting charges

By Jen Lynds on June 03, 2015, at 1:39 p.m.
Three Allagash men have been sentenced to serve jail time and pay significant fines for multiple violations uncovered during an extensive investigation into illegal hunting activity conducted by the Maine Warden Service in 2012-2013. Reid Caron, 37, of Allagash, pleaded guilty May 28 in Aroostook County Superior …

Caribou school district ponders new school, renovating old ones

By Jen Lynds on June 01, 2015, at 5:14 p.m.
Officials of the local area school district are awaiting the completion of a study from a Portland architectural firm to help determine whether they should renovate the three aging elementary and middle schools in the city or construct a new building to house students from all three …
Jerolyn Ireland

Houlton woman’s life forever changed by infection after surgery

By Jen Lynds and Jackie Farwell on June 01, 2015, at 3:22 p.m.
When Jerolyn Ireland suffered a seizure one evening in 2012 and was rushed to the hospital only to find out she had a brain tumor, she thought it was the worst experience she’d ever go through. She was wrong. The 73-year-old Houlton woman learned that the tumor …
Lynx spotted in Perham

Elusive lynx photographed in Aroostook

By Jen Lynds on May 27, 2015, at 5:41 p.m.
PERHAM | A photographer who spotted a lynx in this tiny community near Caribou captured it on camera and shared the image with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on Wednesday. State wildlife biologist Rich Hoppe confirmed for photographer Lou Lorenzo it was a lynx, not a …
Steve Rusnack and his daughter, Isabelle.

Teen, 2 men honored for life-saving efforts by Aroostook Red Cross

By Jen Lynds on May 27, 2015, at 6:12 a.m.
CARIBOU | Just after 10 p.m. on May 15 last year, Steve Rusnack of St. John Plantation came upon a car accident on Route 161 in St. Francis, where the driver had lost control and flipped over his vehicle. As Rusnack approached, he saw a flicker of flame rise …

Bill would allow Maine Amish hunters to wear red instead of orange

By Jen Lynds on May 26, 2015, at 3:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Emergency legislation was submitted Tuesday to allow Amish hunters to wear red items of clothing instead of the standard orange during hunting season. The Amish faith prohibits the use of bright colors, but Amish hunters are forced to use the bright, fluorescent hunter orange to comply with …
Blake Emery (center) is 20 years old and was born with severe brain damage because of strokes he suffered during his mother's pregnancy. As a result, he has developed multiple medical issues and is confined to a wheelchair. His family has entered a contest to win a handicapped accessible Van. He is pictured here with his brother, Alex, and sister, Tori.

Presque Isle family hopes to win handicapped-accessible van in contest

By Jen Lynds on May 26, 2015, at 6:07 a.m.
Twenty-years ago, when Wendy Emery’s son Blake was born with severe brain damage because of strokes he suffered during her pregnancy, she knew each day going forward would have some difficulties. It soon became apparent, however, that despite multiple medical issues that left him confined to …

Monticello man convicted of stealing workers’ comp loses appeal

By Jen Lynds on May 22, 2015, at 3:35 p.m.
PORTLAND | Maine’s highest court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a Monticello man who collected more than $45,000 in workers’ compensation benefits while operating an engine repair business. Stephen Tucker Sr., 63, was convicted of theft by deception in April 2014 by an Aroostook County jury. The Monticello …
One lane of Interstate 95 in Oakfield was shut down and will remain closed Wednesday evening, May 20, 2015, after a tractor-trailer hauling a delimber struck the overpass.

I-95 overpass struck by delimber has ‘major structural damage’

By Jen Lynds on May 21, 2015, at 3:25 p.m.
OAKFIELD | One lane of Interstate 95 will remain closed at least until September because of damage caused to an overpass struck by a delimber being hauled on a tractor-trailer Wednesday. A beam supporting the overpass sustained “major structural damage” and will need to be repaired, a team of …
One lane of Interstate 95 in Oakfield was shut down Wednesday evening after a tractor-trailer hauling a delimber struck the overpass. State police Trooper Chuck Michaud said in a written statement Wednesday evening that the delimber was too high. The investigation is ongoing.

I-95 north reduced to one lane after delimber hits overpass in Oakfield

By Jen Lynds on May 20, 2015, at 6:53 p.m.
One lane of Interstate 95 in Oakfield was shut down Wednesday evening after a tractor-trailer hauling a delimber struck an overpass. The crash occurred at about 2:30 p.m., when Gary Theriault, 58, of Fort Kent was driving southbound on the Oakfield-Smyrna Road in a 2003 Western Star …

Pedestrian struck by car in Presque Isle

By Jen Lynds on May 19, 2015, at 6:24 p.m.
A Presque Isle woman escaped serious injury Tuesday afternoon when she was struck by a car while walking across a downtown street. Presque Isle police Cpl. Tom Pearson said that Jacqueline Goodine, 51, was hit while walking across the road at the intersection of Davis and …
Two women were taken to a local hospital and their vehicles sustained significant damage after an accident in Caribou Monday morning, May 18, 2015. The women suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken by Caribou Fire and Ambulance or private vehicle to Cary Medical Center in Caribou after complaining of pain. The vehicles suffered major damage.

Two women injured in Caribou crash

By Jen Lynds on May 18, 2015, at 3:40 p.m.
Two women were taken to a local hospital Monday following a two-car crash. Wafaa Sleem, 54, was eastbound on Hatch Drive in a 2015 Subaru when she attempted to cross Main Street without yielding to traffic, according to Caribou police Officer Kevin St. Peter. The Subaru struck …
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A mallard hen who is waiting for her eggs to hatch in a flower box in front of the University’s Center for Innovative Learning has pushed aside the UMPI owl mascot to take center stage on campus this month. The eggs should hatch in late May.

Mama duck and nest outshine owl mascot on UMPI campus

By Jen Lynds on May 18, 2015, at 3:20 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | A mallard hen who is waiting for her nestful of eggs to hatch in a flower box in front of a University of Maine at Presque Isle building has pushed aside the UMPI owl mascot to take center stage on campus this month. Michelle Green, administrative …
 
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