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Houlton council uses surplus to ease tax burden

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 10, 2016, at 1:54 p.m.
Councilors voted to transfer $165,000 from the municipal surplus account in an effort to reduce taxes.
SAD 27 board members John Martin (left), Toby Jandreau (center) and Keith Jandreau discuss school closures during a Monday board meeting in Fort Kent.

Fort Kent-area board recommends closing last two outlying schools

By Don Eno, St. John Valley Times on Aug. 09, 2016, at 2:46 p.m.
A majority of the School Administrative District 27 board voted Monday evening to recommend closing both the Eagle Lake and Wallagrass elementary schools.
MAINE FOCUS
Over the last several years, the number of public health nurses has been cut in half.

Maine has sliced the ranks of nurses who prevent outbreaks, help drug-affected babies

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 09, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
The LePage administration, which has not publicized the cuts, had the money to fill the positions.

Caribou woman accused of robbery turns herself in

By Christopher Bouchard, Aroostook Republican & News on Aug. 08, 2016, at 8:50 p.m.
Jessica McNeal turned herself in Monday after allegedly being involved in an armed robbery at Mike’s Quick Stop on Presque Isle Road.
Robert Craig, the 80-year-old Florida man accused of killing Presque Isle resident Leo Corriveau, made his first Maine court appearance Monday in Caribou Superior Court. He appeared before Judge Harold Stewart II via video link from the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

Man accused in Presque Isle killing held without bail in Maine jail

By Anthony Brino on Aug. 08, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
Robert Craig, the Florida man accused of killing 86-year-old Leo Corriveau in Presque Isle, made his initial court appearance Monday in Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou.
Two have been arrested in connection with a methamphetamine operation in Washburn.

Washburn couple face aggravated methamphetamine charge

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 08, 2016, at 1:38 p.m.
A husband and wife have been arrested in connection with an alleged methamphetamine operation in Aroostook County, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Children and teenage volunteers who participated in one of Amy Woods Metherell's summer mini-camps in early July at the horse stable she operates, Horseplay Farm, pose for a photograph after finishing up the final event of the session, "painting" Henry, one of Metherell's horses, with nontoxic, washable paint. The short sessions on her stable property on the McSheffrey Road are designed to introduce young children to horses while teaching them about kindness and creativity.

At Houlton horse stable, woman sparks creativity, kindness in children

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 08, 2016, at 9:48 a.m.
“I love working with young children and introducing them to horses and seeing that spark in their eye when they first see a horse for the very first time,” Amy Woods Metherell said.
Somerset grapes, a summer table variety, growing at Armstrong Family Farms in Fort Fairfield.

Vineyard, orchard rising from old County potato farm

By Anthony Brino on Aug. 08, 2016, at 6:03 a.m.
On a 60-acre family farm in Fort Fairfield that was left fallow for four decades, Jeff and Judy Armstrong are tending to a growing fruit farm, experimenting with wine making and also using some unique pest control practices.
Dwight Helstrom, of Dwight's Barbershop, keeps Roscoe McIntosh looking sharp. McIntosh, 85, was Helstrom's first customer when the young barber started working in Presque Isle in the summer of 1966.

Barber marks 50 years in downtown Presque Isle

By Anthony Brino on Aug. 07, 2016, at 7:47 p.m.
Dwight Helstrom is Presque Isle’s longest serving barber, with 50 years in the trade, and he has no plans of retiring soon.
This hand-carved wooden mural, depicting a scene of youngsters picking potatoes, is one of four pieces of art that have been hanging on the walls of the Houlton McDonald's since opening 40 years ago.

Iconic Houlton McDonald’s to be razed, rebuilt with modern look

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Aug. 07, 2016, at 7:43 p.m.
The end of an era is coming for the Houlton McDonald’s restaurant, as the iconic 40-year-old building, with its distinct copper roof, has been targeted for replacement.
Thunderstorms pass over a potato field in Fort Kent in this August 2015 file photo.

Storm brings hail, downs trees in northern, eastern Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 07, 2016, at 2:56 p.m.
The damage occurred between about 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., as the stormy weather worked its way from The County to Penobscot County and on to the Down East.
A Fort Kent man suffered serious injuries early Sunday morning when the Subaru Legacy he was driving rolled over on Route 11 in Wallagrass.

Man seriously injured in rollover in The County

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 07, 2016, at 1:52 p.m.
A Fort Kent man was flown to a Bangor hospital after he was ejected from his car early Sunday morning during a rollover crash on Route 11 in Wallagrass.
POLL QUESTION
The Bouchard family prepares the world's largest ploye in Fort Kent during the 2015 Ploye Festival in August.

Big fish and bigger ploye to hit Fort Kent

By Don Eno, St. John Valley Times on Aug. 07, 2016, at 7:26 a.m.
The streets of downtown Fort Kent will once again fill up next weekend with those seeking enormous fish and a gigantic ploye.
Robert Craig

Man accused in Presque Isle strangling set to appear in Maine court Monday

By Anthony Brino on Aug. 05, 2016, at 3:48 p.m.
The 80-year-old Florida man accused of killing Presque Isle resident Leo Corriveau is scheduled to appear in Caribou Superior Court Monday, Aug. 8, according to the state attorney general’s office.
A Maine flag flies solo over the Allagash Veterans Memorial in front of the town office in Allagash on Wednesday.

BDN readers offer to replace flags stolen from Allagash veterans memorial

By Jessica Potila, Fiddlehead Focus on Aug. 05, 2016, at 3:39 p.m.
Two new flags will soon be flying high over the Allagash Veterans Memorial that was vandalized last month.

Two suffer minor injuries in I-95 rollover in Island Falls

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 05, 2016, at 1:24 p.m.
Two people escaped serious injury Thursday when a vehicle rolled over on Interstate 95 in northern Maine.
OFFUGO...

Aroostook Outdoor News: 8.4.16 edition

on Aug. 05, 2016, at 8:27 a.m.
In this edition: 1) A #birding #hike in #Limestone. 2) #5k #run #walk #roadraces in #Houlton and #IslandFalls. 3) A #canoe trip, #walkingtour, and #outdoor activities for the kids in #ForestCity. Plus lots more! #offugo… #AroostookThing of the week: Island Falls Summer Fest Pie Run 5k in Island Falls.  Story …

Caribou man gets 28 months in prison on bath salts charge

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 04, 2016, at 1:59 p.m.
The man pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to distribute bath salts in January.
John Philip Sylvain

Family ‘joyful’ missing Fort Kent man back home

By Jessica Potila, Fiddlehead Focus on Aug. 04, 2016, at 1:13 p.m.
A local man whose family reported him missing Wednesday is back home.
Police Chief Terry "Joe" McKenna

Houlton police chief resigns, cites inability to work with town manager

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Aug. 04, 2016, at 12:15 p.m.
Citing an inability to work with the town manager, Houlton Police Chief Joe McKenna has submitted his resignation.
 

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