Madawaska residents turn down $6.1 million school budget

By Julia Bayly on July 02, 2015, at 5:15 p.m.
MADAWASKA, Maine – The Madawaska School Department enters the 2015-2016 fiscal year with a new superintendent but without a voter-approved budget. Residents voted down a proposed $6.1 million budget at referendum Wednesday, the same day Gisele Dionne, former Madawaska high school science teacher, officially became the department’s superintendent. “I’m very …

Rural Internet expansion bill carried over to next session

By Jen Lynds on July 02, 2015, at 4:43 p.m.
AUGUSTA | An Aroostook County legislator said Thursday afternoon that despite his efforts, a bill to expand broadband service to rural parts of the state is on hold, at least until the next Legislative session. Rep. Robert Saucier of Presque Isle said Thursday afternoon that his bill to expand …

Aroostook Outdoor News: 7.2.15 edition

on July 02, 2015, at 2:17 p.m.
We’ve invented a new #hashtag: #AroostookThing is perfect for unique #CrownofMaine things, like #OutdoorEvents! In this edition: 1) #MiracleMile in #Houlton. 2) An #AdventureRace in #Ashland. 3) #5k, #1k, #KidsK races in #GrandFallsNB. Plus lots more! Happy #IndependenceDay and belated #CanadaDay! #offugo… Friday, July 3 Miracle Mile: Makenna and Maggie’s …

Presque Isle city manager resigns for Biddeford post

By Jen Lynds on July 01, 2015, at 3:01 p.m.
The city of Presque Isle will soon be looking for a new leader now that City Manager Jim Bennett announced Wednesday that he will resign from the job effective Aug. 15. Bennett, 54, said that he is resigning from his position with “mixed emotions” to become …
The Limestone Country Club celebrated its new ownership with a ribbon cutting on Saturday. From left, Vice President of the Limestone Chamber of Commerce Nicole Butler, Club Owner Dean Kimball, Food and Beverage Culinary Arts Consultant Paul Hanson and President of the Limestone Chamber Michelle Albert.

Limestone Country Club has new owner

By Joshua Archer, Aroostook Republican on July 01, 2015, at 11:55 a.m.
The Limestone Country Club has a new owner. Dean Kimball took the reins during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. The club’s previous owner, Craig Phair, had taken care of the grounds for 20 years. Golfers and recreation enthusiasts can expect a year-round facility ready to hold weddings, …
A two-vehicle accident on Route 11 sent one man to the hospital and closed the road for a brief time Tuesday afternoon.

Two-vehicle crash in The County sends one to hospital

By Julia Bayly on July 01, 2015, at 11:06 a.m.
NASHVILLE PLANTATION | A two-vehicle accident sent one man to the hospital and closed down Route 11 between Portage and Ashland for a short time Tuesday afternoon, according to the Maine State Police. Emergency personnel extracted James Gaughan, 60, of Baldwin from his car after he became trapped inside …

Zumba Dance Party at Madawaska park

on July 01, 2015, at 10:31 a.m.
MADAWASKA, Maine — The Heather & Liam Connection Zumba Dance Party, Sunday, July 19, Bicentennial Park, 11th Avenue, rain or shine. The party will be by age group: kids ages 2-12, 2-2:30 p.m.; adults ages 13-55, 2:45-3:15 p.m.; and seniors ages 56 and up, 3:30-4 p.m. For information, contact Judy …
Kayla Nason

Two more arrested on meth charges in Aroostook County

By Bill Trotter on June 30, 2015, at 2:12 p.m.
LUDLOW | Police have busted another methamphetamine operation in Aroostook County, leading to the arrests of two county residents on drug charges. The case developed from a 911 medical call on the evening of Friday, June 29, according to a prepared statement released Tuesday by the Maine Drug Enforcement …
The owners of Aurora Mills and Farms Sarah and Matt Williams grow and mill certified organic wheat for oats and flour in Linneus.

Boston University signs deal to serve organic Maine oats

By Kathleen Pierce on June 30, 2015, at 12:32 p.m.
PORTLAND | Aurora Mills and Farms in Linneus just signed a deal with Boston University to supply the school with Maine oats for the upcoming school year. It’s a big win for The County and the state’s burgeoning food economy. “It’s exciting that they are looking at local grains,” …
Crystal Cameron

Six from Houlton arrested in connection with meth lab bust

By Julia Bayly on June 29, 2015, at 12:08 p.m.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency made six more arrests in connection with a methamphetamine manufacturing operation discovered June 17 in a southern Aroostook County apartment house, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Monday. Working with the Houlton Police Department and the Aroostook County Sheriff’s …
Dale Flewelling, right, founder of Friends of Aroostook, works with Aroostook County Jail inmate Abdul Mohamud weeding potatoes. Flewelling's program last year provided 230,000 pounds of fresh produce to people in need in several Maine counties.

Days pass faster for inmates helping feed the needy on Maine farm

By Julia Bayly on June 28, 2015, at 3:20 p.m.
HOULTON | When 30-year-old Abdul Mohamud is done with his 10-hour shift on a southern Aroostook organic farm, he and his fellow farm hands don’t hop into their cars and grab a bite to eat or cold drink on their way home. Instead, they are driven back to the …

Aroostook County Jail inmates help produce food for the needy

By Julia Bayly on June 28, 2015, at 3:19 p.m.
A program that matches Aroostook County Jail inmates with a local nonprofit last year produced 230,000 pounds of fresh produce for food pantries and other organizations in several Maine counties.
Freeport fire officials worked to clear a wreck of I-295 Sunday morning after a car hydroplaned. No one was injured.

Motorists urged to slow down as heavy rain fell over southern Maine Sunday

By Julia Bayly on June 28, 2015, at 1:13 p.m.
FREEPORT | The Maine Department of Transportation is warning motorists to use caution and watch for standing water along the Maine Turnpike Sunday. Late Sunday morning the department tweeted, “Due to the heavy rainfall, we are receiving reports of standing water at various points on the Maine Turnpike. Motorists …
Traditional blacksmithing was among the demonstrations at the Maple Meadow Farm fair in Mapleton this weekend. Seen is Guy P. Landry, who was representing Joseph Michaud Forge and Museum in Saint-Francois, New Brunswick. The forge equipment was borrowed from Portage.

Pass the doughboys: From Aroostook to York, it’s fair time in Maine

By Julia Bayly on June 27, 2015, at 6:11 p.m.
MAPLETON | Few things say summer like a day at a country fair. It’s a slice of Maine life tucked in between the doughboys, draft horses, canned goods and traditional farming practices. “Agricultural fairs are the ultimate showcase for the Maine public of the people who grow and raise …

Consultant recommends building new Caribou area school

By Joshua Archer, Aroostook Republican & News on June 27, 2015, at 12:36 p.m.
Excitement grows as Regional School Unit 39 inches along the path toward a new school to replace three aging elementary and middle schools. While the school district is still determining whether their capital improvement project would lead to a new building or a major renovation project, PDT …

Bill to search bags of children in residential care becomes law

By Jen Lynds on June 26, 2015, at 5:36 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill sponsored by an Aroostook County legislator seeking to allow administrators of children’s homes or residential care facilities to search the backpacks or travel bags of the residents was passed into law this week. After it was originally vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage, LD 470, a …
A 2006 Honda Pilot crashed into a guardrail on Thursday in Caribou.

Caribou man crashes vehicle into guardrail

By Jen Lynds on June 26, 2015, at 5:05 p.m.
Mechanical failure is believed to have caused a local man to drive his vehicle through an intersection and crash into a guardrail Thursday evening. Kyle Perkins, 27, of Caribou was driving his 2006 Honda Pilot south on Main Street when he tried to turn onto Park Street …

Caribou City Council increases mill rate

By Joshua Archer, Aroostook Republican & News on June 26, 2015, at 2:32 p.m.
City councilors have set the 2015 mill rate at $22.46 per $1,000 of property value, which is up from the current $22.30. The increase is “solely because of the school district,” City Manager Austin Bleess told councilors during their regular meeting on June 22. “Taxation on the …

Superintendent of Caribou-area schools stepping down to work as principal

By Joshua Archer, Aroostook Republican & News on June 26, 2015, at 1:29 p.m.
RSU 39’s superintendent, Susan White, will be stepping down later this summer and will assume her former position as principal of Limestone Community School. White said she’s learned a lot over the past year, but feels deep down that she’s a principal. “I want to be in …
Matthew Davis, 34, sits in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton next to his attorneys, James Dunleavy and Sarah Leclaire of Presque Isle, as Assistant Attorney General Leanne Zainea sits at the prosecution table Thursday, June 25. Davis is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, both of Oakfield.

Attorneys for accused killer of Oakfield couple push to suppress statements

By Jen Lynds on June 25, 2015, at 6:28 p.m.
A Houlton man accused of gunning down a couple in their home here two years ago told a Maine state trooper that he was “better now” when she stopped him on the road and asked how he was doing shortly after the bodies were found. Matthew Davis, …
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