Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent

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.
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 | 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 | 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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St. Francis man pleads not guilty to murder in connection with death of longtime girlfriend

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 22, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.
CARIBOU | A St. Francis man pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Caribou Superior Court to a murder charge in connection with the death of his longtime girlfriend Amy Theriault, according to John Alsop of the Maine attorney general’s office. Jesse Marquis, 39, was in court but remained silent …
People enjoy chicken stew and ployes Friday during the 2014 Acadian World Congress in Edmundston. Chicken stew and ployes are traditional Acadian dishs.

World Acadian Congress the stuff of which memories are made

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 21, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
FORT KENT | I remember sitting on my couch five years ago on a Sunday afternoon when Lise Pelletier, director of the Acadian Archives in Fort Kent, called to tell me the St. John Valley had just been chosen to join New Brunswick and Quebec in hosting the 2014 …

Fort Kent-area school board agrees to give residents time to save St. Francis School

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 19, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
The St. Francis Elementary School and its 34 students got a reprieve Monday night when the SAD 27 board of directors tabled a vote recommending the school be closed and the students bused to Fort Kent. Instead, the board agreed to give a committee of St. …

Power restored to 2,300 in St. John Valley after utility equipment failure

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:05 a.m.
FORT KENT | An equipment failure on a pole near St. Agatha was the cause of a power outage that left more than 2,300 St. John Valley customers without electricity Tuesday morning, according to Emera Maine spokesman Bob Potts. Residents in Madawaska, Grand Isle, Van Buren, Limestone and St. …

World Acadian Congress Mass

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 16, 2014, at 6:06 p.m.
Close to 4,000 attend Acadian Mass in Madawaska on Friday.
Father Steve Daigle  of Duluth, Minn., enjoys the choral performance with Muriel Pelletier of St. David before the Acadian Mass in Madawaska on Friday.

Close to 4,000 gather for Acadian Day Mass in Madawaska

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 15, 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
Organizers of Friday’s Acadian Day Mass at the 2014 World Acadian Congress hoped for the best but prepared for the worst. A solid day of rain the previous day forced them to move the service from the planned outdoor venue into the community multipurpose center. As it …
Members of the Roy family hold their banner at the annual re-enactment of the landing of the first Acadians in Madawaska.

Rain forces Acadian landing re-enactment indoors

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 14, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
MADAWASKA | Every year, Acadians and their guests gather on the shores of the St. John River in St. David to participate in or watch a re-enactment of the 1785 landing of the area’s first Acadian settlers. For the first time in 37 years, on Thursday, organizers of the …
Acadian Queen builders Gerald Soucy and David Wylie plant the Acadian flag on their craft before Thursday's voyage.

History comes alive as Acadian Queen ferry crosses St. John River

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 14, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
GRAND ISLE | It’s been more than seven decades since the days when ferry boats transported goods and people across the St. John River between Maine and New Brunswick, but that history came alive Thursday when the Acadian Queen made the crossing. “They said we were crazy and it …
A representative sample of the 2014 World Acadian Congress coins with a US quarter and Canadian dollar for scale.

Tidbits from the World Acadian Congress

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 13, 2014, at 4:54 p.m.
Collect them all! FORT KENT | Something about hearing “collect them all,” makes me want to, well, collect them all. At the moment I am on the hunt for all 11 commemorative municipal coins issued for the 2014 World Acadian Congress, which is being celebrated in northern Maine and …
Canoers and kayakers make their way to Solider Pond for the Saucier family reunion in Wallagrass on Sunday as part of the 2014 World Acadian Congress.

World Acadian Congress all about bringing families together — 120 of them, actually

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 12, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
FORT KENT | Bringing families together is what the World Acadian Congress, held every five years, is all about, organizers said this weekend. And with 120 families coming together during the 2014 World Acadian Congress, it’s doing a great job of it. Dona Saucier, an assistant with the organizing …
Ann LePage (bottom) and All Veteran Parachute team member Tony Mouzon parachute back to earth Saturday as part of the Freedom Fest in Fort Kent.

Maine’s first lady drops into Freedom Fest — from 10,000 feet overhead

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 09, 2014, at 6:45 p.m.
FORT KENT | In the end, she didn’t have to be pushed out of the plane as she had predicted, but Maine’s first lady Ann LePage admitted to some hesitation before her first parachute jump on Saturday. “When we were up in the plane and they said ‘go,’ I …
Gov. Paul LePage tweeted a photo taken of himself early Friday morning at a remote outdoor location at Beau Lake where the borders of Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec meet. Officials from both provinces and Maine, who canoed in to the site, participated in a three border ceremony to kick off the World Acadian Congress, which is being celebrated Aug. 8 to 24.

International ceremony opens 2014 World Acadian Congress

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 08, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
FORT KENT | The sun rose over the opening of the 2014 World Acadian Congress Friday as dignitaries from the host regions in Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec gathered for a symbolic erasing of the borders where the three boundaries meet. Accompanied by First Nations’ drummers and an Acadian …
World War II veterans Alberie Nadeau (left) and Edmond Theriault (center) chat with Northern Arookstook Airport Manager Dave Fernald before boarding the Sentimental Journey B-17 bomber on Thursday in Frenchville.

Ride in vintage aircraft takes Aroostook County World War II veterans back in time

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 08, 2014, at 5:31 a.m.
FRENCHVILLE | It has been close to 70 years since Edmond Theriault of Fort Kent sat in the pilot’s seat of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, but on Thursday, the World War II veteran said it felt pretty familiar and perhaps he could fly it again, with a …

World War II vets take ride in vintage plane in Frenchville

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 08, 2014, at 5:30 a.m.
A group of northern Maine World War II veterans took a ride in a vintage B-17 bomber Thursday in Frenchville.
Bouchard Family Farms has their Acadian on with this giant duct-tape flag creation in Fort Kent.

Do you have your Acadian on?

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 07, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
FORT KENT | For the past several months throughout the St. John Valley, anything not moving fast enough has been painted blue, white and red with a gold star slapped on for good measure in anticipation of the 2014 World Acadian Congress that kicks off Friday morning. From lamp …

Acadians ready to shine, share their culture

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 06, 2014, at 2:45 p.m.
FORT KENT | Borrowing from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, this may no longer be the “forest primeval,” but starting this weekend what is being collectively termed “Acadia of the Lands and Forests” will host about 50,000 visitors for the 2014 World Acadian Congress. For the first time in its 25-year …
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