Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent


Presque Isle airport receives $2.9 million for infrastructure improvements

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 15, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Officials at the Northern Maine Regional Airport say nearly $3 million in federal grant money will go toward badly needed ramp and hangar improvements at the central Aroostook County facility. “We have been talking about this apron rehabilitation project for several years,” airport director Scott Wardwell …
Faye Hafford looks over some printed copies of the scores of poems she's penned over the years.

‘Matriarch of Allagash’: Gatekeeper of North Woods keeps history alive through folklore

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 15, 2014, at 7:02 a.m.
ALLAGASH, Maine — The best part about being a folklorist and not a strict historian, according to Faye Hafford, is the freedom from keeping track of specific dates. “I always said that’s why I don’t do genealogy,” Hafford said last week, sitting at a table in the community library that …

‘Matriarch of Allagash’ Faye Hafford

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 15, 2014, at 6:58 a.m.
Faye Hafford reflects on her life in Allagash and what prompts her to write it down.

Single-vehicle accident snaps in half a telephone pole in Ellsworth, driver flown to EMMC

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 14, 2014, at 7:33 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Alcohol may have been a factor in a single-vehicle accident that sent a Hancock woman to the hospital and shut down a portion of the North Road for several hours Sunday evening, police said. Stacie Alley, 40, was traveling toward Ellsworth just after 5 p.m. when the …

Runaway tire smashes through vacant Fort Kent store

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 14, 2014, at 12:07 p.m.
FORT KENT Maine — No charges are pending after a wayward automobile tire crashed through the window of vacant Main Street building owned by a Fort Kent police officer early Saturday morning. According to Dana Thibeault of the Fort Kent Police Department, Alshane Linton, 21, a student at the University …
Fly tape hung in Robert and Karen Gagnon's St. Francis garage is covered in flies within 24 hours.

After fly-free summer, St. Francis abuzz with houseflies again

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 13, 2014, at 2:45 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS, Maine — One of the first things Mary Landry and her husband did this summer was paint their deck, which overlooks the St. John River, something they hadn’t considered doing for years. “We finally had a summer we could enjoy being outside,” Landry said early last week. “It …
The diverse ecosystem on the 75 acre parcel of land donated to the University of Maine at Presque Isle by Ray and Sandy Gauvin may lead university officials to use it as a living laboratory.

Mapleton couple’s gift of land could help the arts, academics at UMPI

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 07, 2014, at 6:59 a.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — As challenges go, the University of Maine at Presque Isle is looking at a pretty good problem to have. With the announcement this week of a major private donation, campus administrators are asking how best to utilize 75 prime acres gifted to the university by Ray …

Officials discover suspected meth lab in Houlton

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 05, 2014, at 1:21 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency were dispatched Friday to a local residence suspected of housing a methamphetamine manufacturing operation, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland. Members of the Houlton Police Department responded to an unrelated incident at the single-family home Thursday …

About 3,000 Aroostook County residents without power Friday morning

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 05, 2014, at 9:35 a.m.
FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — More than 2,700 central Aroostook County residents were without power for more than an hour Friday morning because of a downed transmission line, according to Emera Maine spokeswoman Susan Faloon. The outage was reported just before 8:45 a.m and affected 2,729 Emera customers in Fort Fairfield, …
This is not your memere's poutine: At the Inn of Acadia in Madawaska, executive chef Samantha Berry has upped the ante on the ubiquitous Quebecois dish of french fries, cheese curds and gravy by morphing it into a gourmet offering of potato wedges, curds, a brandy-pepper sauce and sliced sirloin in a "Poutine au Poivre."

Cyclists, chefs, poets jump on ‘gravy train’ that is poutine

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 04, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Sooner or later, anyone who bicycles long distances on a regular basis gets asked the same question by non-cyclists: Why do you ride? In response, we recite statistics on the positive relationships between activity levels and fitness; we wax poetic on viewing the world while rolling …
Steve and Jennifer Fisher pose in clean wedding attire before heading to Virginia's Wintergreen Mountain Spartan Race and their wedding on Aug. 23.

Northern Maine native runs Spartan race wearing wedding dress, gets married at finish line

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 03, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — The path to the altar can take many forms. It can be long or short, direct or circuitous, smooth or bumpy. Or, in the case of newlyweds Jennifer and Steven Fisher, very, very muddy. The two were married on Aug. 23 after finishing a grueling 7.2-mile …

A Spartan elopement

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 03, 2014, at 11:54 a.m.
Jennifer and Steve Fisher get married after completing Wintergreen Spartan Race.

Madawaska approves school budget for third time

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 02, 2014, at 10:24 p.m.
MADAWASKA, Maine — For the third time in as many months, voters in Madawaska passed a $6.5 million school budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 at a special town meeting Tuesday night. School officials now hope they have done enough to convince the voters to finally approve the proposed budget on …
The Fort Kent Blockhouse celebrates its 175th anniversary this month.

Fort Kent Blockhouse has guarded the border for 175 years

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 01, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — When Benjamin Franklin, John Jay and John Adams signed the 1783 Treaty of Paris, it set into motion the series of events that led to construction of what ultimately became Maine’s first state-owned historic property. “The Treaty of Paris really was the inception for the Fort …
Ann LePage and All Veteran Parachute team member Tony Mouzon come in for a landing after successfully parachuting Aug. 8 as part of the Freedom Fest in Fort Kent.

Freedom Fest failed to live up to expectations, but organizers optimistic for future events

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 28, 2014, at 12:10 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — A daylong concert earlier this month aimed at raising funds for a proposed local veterans’ museum and community center ended up losing money when fewer people showed up than anticipated. More than a year in the making, Freedom Fest 2014 brought 12 bands to the Fort …

Madawaska school officials make third attempt to pass school budget

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 27, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
MADAWASKA, Maine — School officials in Madawaska are hoping the third time’s the charm when they present a new version of the 2014-15 school budget at town meeting Tuesday night. “We absolutely hope this is the one,” Ginette Albert, Madawaska superintendent of schools, said Wednesday morning. “But you never know.” …
Five thousand rubber ducks wait in the back of George Pelletier's potato truck for the start of the International Duck Derby in Fort Kent on Sunday.

5,000-duck flotilla invades Fort Kent for International Duck Derby

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 24, 2014, at 5:11 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — The general consensus at the Fort Kent International Duck Derby on Sunday was that it was nearly impossible to look at 5,000 smiling, yellow plastic ducks in the back of a potato truck and feel anything but happy. The derby was a fundraiser for two local …

Fort Kent International Duck Derby

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 24, 2014, at 5:06 p.m.
Five thousand rubber ducks race down the Fish River.

MDOT projects to reduce number of moose-vehicle accidents show varying degrees of success

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 23, 2014, at 4:11 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — The sight of moose along the roads is often startling and unwelcome for Maine drivers. Popular with tourists, the state’s largest mammals are the bane of anyone looking to travel safely to their destination, and the Maine Department of Transportation has taken steps to reduce the …
Plenty of noise is made as people celebrate National Acadian Day during Tintamarre on Aug. 15 in Madawaska.

‘An overwhelming success’: World Acadian Congress wraps up, organizers already looking at lasting economic impacts

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 23, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — The 2014 World Acadian Congress wraps up this weekend, but organizers are determined the economic and cultural impacts will continue long after the festivals and parties are over. While it’s too early for actual numbers of people attending the two-week congress or how much money they …
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