Police and family members are hoping a $60,000 reward will yield information to help solve the murder of Darrel Smith, seen in this photo with wife, Barbara. The Woodland man was 56 when he was found shot to death in his sawmill Feb. 6, 2008.

After 8 years, wife remains hopeful husband’s murder will be solved

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 06, 2016, at 11:03 a.m.
“My hope now is that the new cold case squad will help with my husband’s murder,” Barbara Smith said.
Some 10,000 yards of snow were made nearby and transported to the Nordic Heritage Center to ensure there will be enough snow for the Biathlon World Cup, being held Feb. 11-14.

Volunteers help make, truck snow for biathlon world cup

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 05, 2016, at 6:37 p.m.
Volunteers and crews made some 10,000 yards of snow from water at a nearby pond.
A Maine State Police lieutenant and a tractor trailer driver escaped injury Friday morning in a collision on snow covered U.S. Route 1 near the intersection of Hillsiding Road in Littleton.

Police cruiser, tractor-trailer collide in Littleton

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 05, 2016, at 5:42 p.m.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and neither was hurt.

Canadian arrested after allegedly fleeing assault charges

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 05, 2016, at 5:06 p.m.
Scott Gallant, 40, of Prince Edward Island, Canada, was arrested Tuesday at Dysart’s Truck Stop in Hermon.
Fleece-lined pants and jeans are marked down at Sleepers in Caribou. Business owners in Aroostook County and other parts of the state said this week that the warmer weather and lack of snow this season has affected the sales of winter clothing and equipment.

Warmer winter impacts sales of cold weather gear

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 05, 2016, at 3:20 p.m.
“Our store employees are more inclined to bring out spring wear,” said Joe Sleeper, owner of Sleepers of Maine.

Madawaska’s Pelletier tops at regional spelling bee

on Feb. 05, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — For Justin Pelletier, it came down to the word “foist” in the thirteenth and final round of Thursday night’s 2016 Aroostook County Spelling Bee. With that correct spelling, Pelletier won the competition and earned a spot at the state spelling bee March 19, at the University of …

Visiting Vikings take two wins against Warriors

on Feb. 05, 2016, at 11:27 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Cassidy Lovley and Libby Lapointe each tallied 11 points for the home team Lady Warriors in their Monday night loss to Caribou High School. Down by just two points at the half, Fort Kent was unable to keep momentum in the second half, as Caribou pulled …

The winter that wasn’t and its impact so far

on Feb. 05, 2016, at 11:06 a.m.
ST. JOHN VALLEY, Maine — With winter’s late arrival and its seeming inability to stick around for more than a few days at a time, some local merchants have seen a decline in seasonal business. “It’s killed everybody in Aroostook County,” said Peter Ouellette, owner of Ouellette’s Trading Post in …

St. Amand, Bosse and York are tops at record-setting fishing derby

on Feb. 05, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
SINCLAIR — Chris St. Amand came out on top of the nearly 900 anglers registered for this year’s Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby, according to event organizers. St. Amand of Durham earned $1,500 for his 5 pound, 13.4 ounce salmon, just beating Madawaska’s Richard Rossignol’s 5 lb., 3.4 oz. salmon …
Bottles of Mr. Boston Coffee Flavored Brandy displayed at a supermarket in Ellsworth. In Aroostook County, there has been a drop in the number of businesses selling alcohol to minors.

Number of The County businesses selling liquor to minors drops

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 05, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
“It has been nice to see that failure rate go down,” said Michelle Plourde Chasse.

Homemade ‘Zamboni’ helps Van Buren rink stay smooth

on Feb. 05, 2016, at 10:06 a.m.
VAN BUREN, Maine — In years past, making and maintaining ice for the local recreation department’s skating rink required manually applying water and smoothing it out while subjected to freezing temperatures. It also was a three-person job, according to Cory Searles of the town’s Public Works Department, who enjoyed playing …

Parents express concern about school consolidation at MSAD 27

on Feb. 05, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.
  FORT KENT, Maine — Several audience members in attendance at Monday night’s Maine School Administrative District 27 board of directors meeting spoke against continuing the district policy of having Eagle Lake and Wallagrass students in grades three, four and five attend school in Fort Kent. Earlier last year the …
Derek Grivois, with Van Buren'’s recreation department, prepares a homemade “Zamboni” on Jan. 21.  The community ice rink is used for public skating and hockey programs.

Homemade ‘Zamboni’ helps Van Buren rink stay smooth

By Don Eno, Senior Reporter on Feb. 04, 2016, at 2:07 p.m.
“It’s a work in progress,” Derek Grivois said.

Aroostook Outdoor News: 2.4.16 edition

on Feb. 04, 2016, at 2:02 p.m.
#February is the Heart of #Winter. #SoMuchToDo #PlanAhead #AroostookThing In this edition: 1) #NordicSkiing (and soup!) in Ashland. 2) Lots to do #outdoors (#Snowshoe #XCSki #IceFishing #RoadRace #5k) at #Moosestompers weekend in #Houlton. 3) A #WorldRecord SnowAngel attempt in #Edmundston, NB #ExploreNB. Plus lots more! #offugo… Friday, February 5-Sunday, February …
A man was injured Wednesday night when his vehicle rolled over on Interstate 95 in Houlton.

Houlton man suffers minor injuries in I-95 crash

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 04, 2016, at 9:13 a.m.
The 22-year-old man was able to get out of the vehicle on his own and flag down another motorist for help.

The Challenge: Service Projects Wanted!

on Feb. 04, 2016, at 8:15 a.m.
Aroostook Aspirations Initiative is working hard to put together a one-of-a-kind event in Aroostook County, and we need your help! The County Service Challenge, taking place on May 21, 2016, is a County-wide community service event designed to connect people with service projects that are in need of volunteers. We want …

Madawaska removes unsafe bricks from Main Street building

on Feb. 03, 2016, at 8:57 p.m.
  MADAWASKA, Maine — Town officials authorized public safety personnel to remove unsafe bricks from the side and front walls of the former Blue Sky Hotel in downtown Madawaska after several pieces fell. “Several weeks ago, a section of bricks fell from the side wall of the Blue Sky property …
Motorists navigate the North Road/U.S. Route 1 as snow falls on Wednesday in Houlton.

Some parts of Maine see 6 inches of snow

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 03, 2016, at 7:37 p.m.
A weather spotter in Dyer Brook in southern Aroostook reported 6 inches of snow.

Stacyville man wanted on 2006 warrant facing new drug charges

By Rick Levasseur on Feb. 03, 2016, at 5:46 p.m.
A Stacyville man wanted for failing to appear in court was arrested Tuesday on additional charges of drug possession and felony trafficking in prison contraband, according to police.
The Francis Malcolm Science Center, created with funding from an Easton man who left Maine and made a small fortune, is now championed by Larry Berz, an Illinois-born astronomer who came in 1988 to direct the planetarium. “"The County saved me,"” he said.

County science center scores planetarium grant

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 03, 2016, at 5:13 p.m.
EASTON | With some help from kindred stars, the Francis Malcolm Science Center will be able to afford a new digital planetarium system, as it transitions to new financing plans. The Francis Malcolm Science Center, a museum that entered the new year with the risk of closure, has received …

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