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Memorial Day ceremonies at Presque Isle

on May 18, 2015, at 3:55 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Memorial Day ceremonies will be held Monday, May 25, in Presque Isle. There will be a brief ceremony at 9 a.m. at the G.A.R plot at Fairmount Cemetery. The parade will line up at 9 a.m. at University of Maine at Presque Isle. Beginning at 10 a.m. …
Two women were taken to a local hospital and their vehicles sustained significant damage after an accident in Caribou Monday morning, May 18, 2015. The women suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken by Caribou Fire and Ambulance or private vehicle to Cary Medical Center in Caribou after complaining of pain. The vehicles suffered major damage.

Two women injured in Caribou crash

By Jen Lynds on May 18, 2015, at 3:40 p.m.
Two women were taken to a local hospital Monday following a two-car crash. Wafaa Sleem, 54, was eastbound on Hatch Drive in a 2015 Subaru when she attempted to cross Main Street without yielding to traffic, according to Caribou police Officer Kevin St. Peter. The Subaru struck …
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A mallard hen who is waiting for her eggs to hatch in a flower box in front of the University’s Center for Innovative Learning has pushed aside the UMPI owl mascot to take center stage on campus this month. The eggs should hatch in late May.

Mama duck and nest outshine owl mascot on UMPI campus

By Jen Lynds on May 18, 2015, at 3:20 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | A mallard hen who is waiting for her nestful of eggs to hatch in a flower box in front of a University of Maine at Presque Isle building has pushed aside the UMPI owl mascot to take center stage on campus this month. Michelle Green, administrative …
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UMaine System passes $518 million budget, prepares for structure, oversight changes

By Nick McCrea on May 18, 2015, at 2:54 p.m.
BANGOR | University of Maine System trustees approved a nearly $518 million budget on Monday morning, but had to balance it by dipping into reserves to the tune of $7 million in spite of recent cuts across the system. The budget also holds in-state tuition steady for the fourth …
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Rachel White (left) shares a moment with her son, Connor, 12, on May 6 at their home in Bangor. Connor, who has autism, will travel to Panama to take part in an experimental stem cell therapy to treat his autism. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Bangor boy to take part in experimental stem cell therapy to treat his autism

By Julia Bayly on May 16, 2015, at 6:10 a.m.
Among all places a mom and 12-year-old son might hang out, Bangor International Airport is perhaps the least likely. For Connor and Rachel White, though, the airport has become a regular stop as they prepare for a trip of a lifetime. On June 7, the Whites will …

Ex-warden convicted of felony fails in bid to carry firearm

By Jen Lynds on May 15, 2015, at 2:56 p.m.
PORTLAND | A former Maine Warden Service pilot who became a convicted felon in 2003 after bilking the state out of more than $14,000 has failed in his appeal to Maine’s highest court to overturn the state’s denial of his application to possess a firearm. Jason E. Bouchard, 49, …

MDOT to begin paving in Monticello, Bridgewater and Blaine

on May 15, 2015, at 9:22 a.m.
MONTICELLO, Maine — Maine Department of Transportation crews will be paving in the towns of Monticello, Bridgewater and Blaine beginning Friday, May 15. The paving project will begin approximately 300 feet south of the Fullerton Road in Monticello and extend northerly for 8.78 miles, ending .08 of a mile north of the …

Statewide drug abuse prevention program at risk of shutting down

By Jen Lynds on May 14, 2015, at 6:42 p.m.
LINNEUS | A statewide program that helps Maine health care providers identify patients who may be abusing or illegally distributing prescription drugs will require last minute funding from the Legislature, grants or corporate sponsors to avoid being shut down when it loses its funding at the end of May, …

Firefighters rescue man from Presque Isle lake

By Jen Lynds on May 14, 2015, at 6:38 p.m.
Members of the Presque Isle Fire Department rescued an individual from Arnold Brook Lake in Presque Isle Thursday after a canoe capsized. Capt. Vince Baldwin said that a caller reported the incident at 9:20 a.m., saying a person was hanging onto the canoe. Additional details about …
Caribou Secession Committee spokesperson Paul Camping (center) and major petition circulator Milo Haney watch carefully as Caribou City Clerk Jayne Farrin reviews the submitted petitions following Monday night’s Caribou City Council meeting.

Caribou council sets June public hearing on secession proposal

By Joshua Archer, Aroostook Republican & News on May 14, 2015, at 3:07 p.m.
The City Council has scheduled a public hearing on June 11 to discuss the proposal of a group of rural residents to break away from the municipality and form their own town. When secessionists — expressing frustration with high taxes — first announced their intentions last year, …
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Aroostook Outdoor News: 5.14.15 edition

on May 14, 2015, at 11:05 a.m.
The #weather #forecast looks #fantastic! #GetOutThere and #EnjoyIt! #offugo In this edition: 1) Bird watching trips in Caribou and Perham. 2) Canoe/Kayak races in Presque Isle and Stockholm. 3) Group bike rides are starting up in Presque Isle. Plus lots more! offugo… Friday, May 15 Caribou Rec./Healthy You Bird Caribou …
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Presque Isle-area residents to vote on $24 million school budget

By Scott Mitchell Johnson, Presque Isle Star-Herald on May 14, 2015, at 11:03 a.m.
The proposed School Administrative District 1 budget for 2015-2016 is based on the ideals that define the district, according to Superintendent Gehrig Johnson. “The overall summary of this budget is defined by slightly reduced state funding with sustained enrollment,” he said. “The key choices represented in …

Fort Kent adopts policy to expand view of how roads are used

on May 13, 2015, at 4:05 p.m.
By Julie Daigle FORT KENT, Maine — The town of Fort Kent adopted a Complete Streets policy when it met Monday, May 11, making it the first municipality in Aroostook County to do so and one of several in the state of Maine which currently have these policies. A Complete …

AAA Senior Driver Expo in Aroostook County

on May 13, 2015, at 3:04 p.m.
FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — Getting older doesn’t mean your ability to drive safely has been compromised, but changes people experience as a result of aging can affect driving skills over time. The good news is many of these obstacles for older drivers can be overcome, through education, changing behaviors and …
Dr. Jacquelyn Lowman, University of Maine at Presque Isle associate professor of communications and her service dog Saint, checks out the special wheelchair she plans to use later this summer when she and her team will attempt to climb Mt. Katahdin. UMPI student Chris Bowden will document the climb.

UMPI professor pushing her limits to be first paraplegic to climb Katahdin

By Julia Bayly on May 13, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | If she had her way, Jacquelyn Lowman would banish the word “can’t” from the dictionary. It’s a word she’s heard a lot, but the University of Maine at Presque Isle associate professor of communications is on a mission to show the world exactly what is possible. …

Sex offender indicted in County for allegedly failing to update address

By Jen Lynds on May 12, 2015, at 2:17 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | A 36-year-old registered sex offender was indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury after he was arrested for the second time in less than two years last month for allegedly changing residences and failing to notify police. Marco Isaraha Cullins was among those indicted by the …

American Legion Post 147 to hold Memorial parade in Madawaska

on May 12, 2015, at 12:40 p.m.
Sunday, May 24, 2015 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Location: Marden’s, 81 Fox St., Madawaska, Maine MADAWASKA, Maine — American Legion Post 147 will hold Memorial Day ceremonies and a parade “Remembering the Fallen” beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 24, starting at Marden’s shopping center. The parade will make …
A New York man and a Fort Fairfield resident were charged with drug crimes on Friday after apparently getting lost on the way to Presque Isle and being intercepted at the Houlton U.S. Customs port-of-entry with a substantial amount of crack cocaine and prescription oxycodone. Kenneth Adams, 30, of the Bronx, New York, and Scott Strid, 34, of Fort Fairfield, were charged after the May 8 incident.

Men arrested on drug charges after driving to border crossing by mistake

By Jen Lynds on May 11, 2015, at 5:03 p.m.
HOULTON | A New York man and a Fort Fairfield resident were charged with drug crimes on Friday after apparently getting lost on the way to Presque Isle and being intercepted at the Houlton U.S. Customs port-of-entry with a substantial amount of crack cocaine and prescription oxycodone. Kenneth Adams, …

New seasonal designation to lower employment costs for potato growers

By Jen Lynds on May 11, 2015, at 3:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Potato industry officials said Monday that a new seasonal designation rendered by the Maine Unemployment Insurance Commission last month is going to help lower costs for growers who hire seasonal help during harvest time. On April 30, the commission granted a request by the Maine Potato Board …
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Here’s a crazy question – when is patience really a virtue

on May 11, 2015, at 3:56 p.m.
Our office is in overdrive mode.  Everyone is on edge, doors are closed, people are mumbling, and there is this enormous expectation wait at our door….but IT’S ALL GOOD! THE GAUVIN SCHOLARS ARE COMING! I can hardly believe it.  It’s already been a full year.  It was a year ago …
 
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