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 …
Jesse Marquis

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 …

Caribou school district officials await details from state about funding for building project

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 21, 2014, at 7:10 p.m.
Officials in the Eastern Aroostook Regional School Unit 39 school district in Caribou are awaiting news about whether the school unit is slated to receive state funds for a building project. Superintendent Susan White said Wednesday the district has no further information on the details of what …
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 …

Six Houlton nursing students to receive scholarships to defray travel, other costs after program moves to Presque Isle

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 20, 2014, at 9:07 p.m.
Six second-year nursing students, who learned in May a number of changes would be made at Northern Maine Community College because of significant spending cuts, will receive tuition assistance to help them complete the program, college officials recently announced. The news came last week, just as the …
Tourist Information Center in Houlton

Houlton town manager seeks financial support from nearby towns to share costs for Tourist Information Center

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 20, 2014, at 8:41 p.m.
Now that summer is winding down, fewer vehicles are pulling into the Tourist Information Center in Houlton, which is located just off Interstate 95. That hasn’t stopped town officials from thinking about it, especially since they took over the property in 2011. Town Manager Butch Asselin said …

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. …
Officials investigate at a suspected methamphetamine lab in Oakfield on Tuesday.

Oakfield man arrested in meth lab bust

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 19, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
Drug agents on Tuesday raided a suspected methamphetamine lab in Aroostook County — the 18th in the state this year — and an Oakfield man was arrested as a result. Members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s Aroostook County Task Force, along with the Clandestine Drug Laboratory …

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. …
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Houlton student enrolls at James Madison University

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 19, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
HOULTON, Maine – Joshua Sullivan of Houlton has enrolled at James Madison University for the fall 2014 semester. Sullivan plans to major in Finance. James Madison University is a comprehensive university that is part of the statewide system of public higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is the only …

Identities released in Grand Manan airplane crash that killed paramedic, pilot

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 17, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
GRAND MANAN, New Brunswick — A paramedic on duty at the time and the pilot and president of Atlantic Charters were both killed when a plane crashed about 5 a.m. Saturday in Grand Manan, New Brunswick, according to Ambulance New Brunswick in a news release. The plane hit the ground …

Grand Manan plane crash kills pilot, paramedic

on Aug. 16, 2014, at 6:53 p.m.
A plane crash on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, has killed a pilot and a paramedic, according to CTV News. The Ambulance New Brunswick plane crashed in a grassy area just feet from an island airport on Saturday, the news outlet reported. A nurse and second pilot who were on …
From left: Sara Williams, Meg Scott, Zach Waite, and Tammie Mulvey take time out at The County Co-op and Farm Store Cafe on Friday in Houlton. The three ladies are producers for the co-op, and Waite works part time at the cafe.

All local, all the time: County Co-Op and Farm Store opens in Houlton’s Market Square

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 16, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
As co-owner of an organic vegetable farm, Meg Scott knows how to incorporate brilliant USDA certified organic grain, carrots, potatoes, squash, beets and more into her recipes on a daily basis. She also understands that besides farmers markets and roadside stands, there aren’t always venues for local …
Yanbo Zhou, chairman of the Siyuan University board, and University of Maine at Presque Isle president Linda Schott shake hands after signing an agreement on Wednesday, Aug. 13, to establish a transnational college in China. The joint college, expected to be in place by fall 2015, will offer degrees in business, education and environmental studies. Graduates from this college will receive degrees from both UMPI and Siyuan. The new agreement expands upon the collaborative efforts between the two institutions, which have maintained a formal relationship since 2009.

UMaine Presque Isle, Chinese university establish transitional college in China

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 16, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE — Approximately five years after first forging a relationship, officials from two universities spanning two nations recently signed a collaborative agreement that will establish a transitional college in China. Representatives from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Siyuan University, located in Xi’an, China, held a formal …
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 …
From the community

John Birch Society to host presentations

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
The John Birch Society will host the following presentations: – “Common Core: Dangers and Threats to American Liberty, and How to Stop It,” 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Our Fathers Place, 276 Main St, St. Agatha, and 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Governor’s Restaurant, 350 Main St., Presque …
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Movie Night in the Park Aug. 15 in Presque Isle

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 15, 2014, at 8:51 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Location: Riverside Park, Downtown, Presque Isle PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Movie Night in the Park, put on by Presque Isle Police Department, will be held Fridays through the end of the summer. “Despicable Me 2″ will be shown at 8 p.m. …

RSU 29 sending unchanged budget to voters for third try at passage

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 15, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.
HOULTON | Area residents questioned the school board about possible cuts, ideas for savings and transportation concerns during a three-hour Regional School Unit 29 budget meeting Thursday night, but ultimately approved for referendum a $12.75 million budget unchanged from the proposal that was defeated at the polls in July. …
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 …
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