Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau

Tammy Goetsch (center), program director for Adopt-a-Block of Aroostook, displays some pumpkins during the Thanksgiving Outreach effort as part of the Adopt-a-Block of Aroostook program.

With a knock on the door, Adopt-a-Block thrives in Houlton

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 29, 2016, at 4:22 p.m.
A snow covered bench overlooks the Gateway Crossing Bridge in Riverfront Park in Houlton in this December 2015 file photo. Town Councilors on Tuesday approved an ordinance to prohibit use of tobacco products and smoking in all of the town's parks.

Councilors pass ordinance prohibiting smoking in Houlton parks

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 29, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
The ordinance arose because of a littering problem in Riverfront Park, the newest green space in town.
Residents and employees tour behind the counter and the McCafe area of the new McDonald's on Wednesday in Houlton.

Months after iconic Houlton McDonald’s razed, new one opens

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 28, 2016, at 5:07 p.m.
A sizable mural of the Gateway Crossing Bridge hangs just over the counter area. A word mosaic near another entrance door pays tribute to Aroostook County and the Houlton area.
Two people were injured after an accident in Sherman on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016.

Defective tires contribute to rollover crash in Sherman

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 28, 2016, at 3:20 p.m.
“At least one of the tires was worn down to the canvas, so he tried to stop and he couldn’t.”
Blowing snow creates whiteout conditions in Aroostook County in a 2003 file photo.

High-crash locations in The County identified in safety report

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 27, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
“A lot of times, crashes took place because drivers contributed to the crashes.”
Owen Botting, 85, of Island Falls lost control of his vehicle on slippery roads on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 and left the southbound lane of I-95 in Smyrna, causing damage to his vehicle and minor injuries to himself and the two passengers in his vehicle.

Three injured in Smyrna crash

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 27, 2016, at 1:04 p.m.
All three were taken by Houlton Ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital for treatment.
Crews work to recover the engines from a plane that crashed into a manmade pond off the White Settlement Road in Houlton on Aug. 28, 2015.

Pilot fatigue, low altitude approach causes of fatal 2015 plane crash in Houlton

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 22, 2016, at 7:38 p.m.
“This is a tragedy all around. He wasn’t a very old individual.”
Ibanez Ambrose

Couple who lost toddlers in radiator scalding incident hires attorney

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 22, 2016, at 12:16 p.m.
A high-profile Philadelphia-based personal injury lawyer is now representing the couple with ties to the Houlton area, whose two children were fatally scalded by radiator steam on Dec. 7 in a New York City apartment for the homeless.
Fog rolls over downtown Bangor on Christmas morning in 2015.

Mainers can expect white Christmas, seasonal temps

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 20, 2016, at 1:26 p.m.
It’s looking like it will be a white Christmas around the state this year.
Andrew Torres

Two men arrested in connection with stabbing in Caribou

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 19, 2016, at 6:13 p.m.
Two central Aroostook men have been arrested and charged with multiple crimes in connection with a stabbing here on Friday, according to local police.

Houlton utility gets OK to build line to connect to New Brunswick Power

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 16, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
John Clark, general manager of the utility, said the move will save “millions of dollars” for its customers.
Paige Lento

Christmas tree honors 11-year-old Maine girl who died after long health struggle

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 16, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“I decided we should have a special tree with bells decorated just for Paige. She was an angel, and those bells ringing should ring just for her.”
Timothy DeLuca, Houlton's new police chief.

Houlton finalizes hiring of chief, $20,000 settlement for former officer

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 13, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
Houlton chose not to pursue the issue in court because “it is expensive to litigate.”
Traffic moves in and out of Market Square in Houlton in this January 2016 file photo.

‘More like a community’: Houlton promotes living in the downtown

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 12, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
“Its beautiful. At this point, everyone is decorating for Christmas, so it makes it extra nice to live here.”
Doug Morin (left), his niece Lillian (center) and his father, Doug Sr., can be seen in this undated family photograph.

Two men indicted on murder charges to return to Maine

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 5:51 p.m.

Houlton police seeking info on armed robbery in Houlton

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 5:37 p.m.
Anyone who may have information is asked to call Houlton police at 532-2287.
Richard Nickerson

Windham high school choral director and Houlton high school grad is a finalist for Grammy educator award

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
Richard Nickerson is one of 10 finalists up for the award, created by the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation.
Maine State Police are seeking the public’s help to locate a sport utility vehicle that a Houlton man claimed contributed to an accident on Route 1 in Monticello on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.

State Police seeking information on SUV after crash in Monticello

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.
He told police that a driver in a black SUV crossed the centerline, forcing him to swerve off the roadway to avoid the vehicle.
The lifts are pictured running at Bigrock Mountain in Mars Hill on Friday, Dec. 2. Travis Kearney, general manager of Big Rock, said late Friday afternoon that the facility is preparing to open on Dec. 10, which is one week earlier than planned. “All of the trails are covered in natural snow this year, which is the first time that this has happened in years.”

Bigrock Mountain to feature natural snow on all ski trails for first time in years

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 08, 2016, at 11:35 a.m.
Mother nature dropped 22 inches of snow on northern Maine during the first week of December.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has arrested three people following the discovery of a meth lab inside a home in Sherman. As part of an ongoing investigation into the illicit manufacturing of methamphetamine, MDEA’s Aroostook County Task Force, assisted by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and US Border Patrol Agents, searched the mobile home at 130 Silver Ridge Road in Sherman Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Found inside were materials consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine and the MDEA lab response team was called to assist with evidence collection and clean-up.

Three people charged in Sherman meth lab case; 123rd such case this year

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 07, 2016, at 2:17 p.m.
Three people were arrested Tuesday and charged with crimes related to the alleged unlawful operation of a methamphetamine lab in Sherman, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.