Margo Dyer, human resources assistant at MMG Insurance, puts the finishing touches on the company'’s creation for the Presque Isle region’s first-ever Festival of Trees.

Festival of Trees to benefit children’s dental clinic in County

By Scott Mitchell Johnson, Presque Isle Star-Herald on Nov. 29, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | A unique holiday fundraiser hopes to raise money for the St. Apollonia Dental Clinic and put beautifully decorated Christmas trees in the homes of area residents. The region’s first-ever Festival of Trees will be held Dec. 5-7 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Chapman Street. …
Alan Wilson of the Houlton Public Works Department cuts limbs off a downed tree in Market Square Thursday morning as part of the town’s plan to remove all 44 ash trees in the downtown. New trees will be planted in early spring as part of a Canopy Grant the town received.

Trees in downtown Houlton removed, to be replaced

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Nov. 29, 2014, at 9:18 a.m.
Houlton’s historic Market Square experienced a makeover recently when 44 green ash trees were removed from the downtown. The tree removal project was part of an $8,000 Canopy Grant the town received last spring to remove and replace the trees with ivory silk lilac trees. “The problem …
Shown is what used to be the corner of the main building of the Birds Eye vegetable processing plant on the corner of Route 1 and Fort Street in Caribou.

Caribou continues to struggle with cleanup problems at former Birds Eye site

By Natalie De La Garza, Aroostook Republican & News on Nov. 28, 2014, at 4:10 p.m.
Citing the state’s dangerous building statute, Caribou’s City Council enacted cleanup guidelines for the former Birds Eye site in August and property owner Steven R. Nasiff of the Massachusetts-based Nasiff Land LLC was ordered to remove the dilapidated structures and remediate environmental concerns. With the last remaining …

Fundraiser scheduled Sunday for family of fatal Caribou fire

By Natalie De La Garza, Aroostook Republican & News on Nov. 28, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
A benefit fundraiser is being held Sunday in response to the tragic fire that killed Norma Skidgel and her three children, Trenton, Mason and Madison DeLisle. The fundraiser being held 4-6 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Caribou Wellness and Recreation Center will consist of a night of …
Welcoming Bishop Robert P. Deeley of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to Catholic Charities in Caribou on Nov. 24 were: (from left) Fred Schieber, food bank manager for Catholic Charities; Dixie Shaw, hunger and relief services director for Catholic Charities; Bishop Deeley; Deacon Al Burleigh, Catholic Charities of Maine parish social ministry program coordinator; and Jim Krysiak, and Catholic Charities food warehouse manager.

Bishop reminds folks that helping feed needy is a year round endeavor

By Natalie De La Garza, Aroostook Republican & News on Nov. 28, 2014, at 1:29 p.m.
CARIBOU | While a number of organizations amp up efforts to help their neighbors around the holidays, Catholic Charities is not one of them. Around this time of the year, people call Dixie Shaw, director of hunger and relief services at Catholic Charities, to find out what special programs …
A New York man escaped injury after losing control of his pickup on Route 11 in Aroostook County on Wednesday.

NY man uninjured after pickup strikes utility pole in The County

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 28, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
MORO PLANTATION | A New York man escaped injury Wednesday after losing control of his pickup truck on Route 11 in Aroostook County, according to state police. Adam Mullings, 23, lost control on the slippery highway and struck a utility pole, according to a state police statement. Mullings initially …
Darlene Leach poses with one of the stuffed moose she and other family members are buying for young cancer patients in honor of her sister, Denise Grenier Hill (photo seen on computer), who died of cancer in 1998.

Aroostook family turns theft of gravestone statue into fundraiser for young cancer patients

By Kathy McCarty, Presque Isle Star-Herald on Nov. 28, 2014, at 10:06 a.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | An Aroostook County family has turned the theft of a bronze moose from a loved one’s gravestone into an opportunity to help comfort children being treated for cancer at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland. Instead of replacing the statue, which has yet to be …
From left, Carter, 6, Holden, 10, and Grace, 10, Adragna sled down a hill Thursday morning at Hayford Park in Bangor. A storm brought several inches of snow to Maine on Thanksgiving Day.

More than 32,000 customers still without power from Thanksgiving storm

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 27, 2014, at 9:22 a.m.
FREEPORT | About a foot of heavy, wet snow fell across much of the state overnight Wednesday, thwarting Thanksgiving plans by knocking out power to more than 100,000. But by 4:30 p.m., ovens were heating up in more than half those homes as line crews for the state’s two …

Presque Isle man accused of stealing police cruiser among dozens indicted

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
CARIBOU | A Presque Isle man who allegedly stole a Presque Isle Police Department cruiser and then crashed it on a dirt road in the nearby town of Chapman was among dozens of people indicted last week by the Aroostook County grand jury. In connection with the cruiser theft, …
Cigarette butts grace an ashtray atop a trashcan in Portland's Monument Square on March 13.

TAMC, Healthy Aroostook and Pfizer launch Beat-the-Pack smoking cessation program

By The Aroostook Medical Center on Nov. 26, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
Looking to clear the air and create a more healthy community by providing County smokers a new tool to quit, The Aroostook Medical Center and Aroostook County Action Program’s Healthy Aroostook, with the help of Pfizer Inc., took advantage of a day set aside to encourage folks to kick the …
OFFUGO... (blog)

Aroostook Outdoor News: 11.26.14 edition

on Nov. 26, 2014, at 12:37 p.m.
offugo… is Aroostook’s longest running and most comprehensive Outdoor Event Calendar. First published in 2007, the offugo calendar features one-off and ongoing outdoor, people-powered, or active lifestyle events taking place in The Crown of Maine. It is the only place to find outdoor event news for Aroostook County (and nearby …

Bangor woman accused of fracturing infant’s skull

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 25, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
A local woman was indicted Tuesday by the Penobscot County grand jury after allegedly fracturing the skull of her 4-month-old son on Oct. 4. Darcy Henderson-Keaton, 32, of Bangor was indicted on one count of assault on a child younger than 6 years old, a Class C …

Relative of Caribou fire victims indicted by Aroostook grand jury on unrelated drug charges

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 25, 2014, at 4:33 p.m.
A woman whose sister, niece and two nephews were killed in a fire that ripped through their mobile home last week has been indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury on drug charges. Amy L. Bouchard, 32, of Caribou was indicted last Friday on charges of unlawful …
Heavy rain was falling Monday in Bangor.

Maine sees unseasonably high temperatures before Thanksgiving snowstorm

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 25, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
CARIBOU | With a Thanksgiving snowstorm churning up the East Coast, Mainers woke up Tuesday morning to unseasonably high temperatures. While it’s not impossible that some communities will see record-breaking high temperatures, Rich Norton, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said it’s unlikely any records will …
James Morgan

Former Aroostook minister indicted on sex crime charges

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 24, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
CARIBOU | A Fort Fairfield man who served as an Episcopalian minister in the New Sweden area for several years before he was suspended from the ministry has been indicted on several sex charges. James Morgan, 67, was indicted Friday by the Aroostook County grand jury on felony charges …

Mars Hill woman who stole from ATV Club making restitution as part of plea deal

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 24, 2014, at 2:40 p.m.
A Mars Hill woman charged with felony theft for stealing more than $26,000 from a local ATV club has accepted a plea deal that would make her guilty of only a misdemeanor if she pays back in full the money stolen from the club. Candace Giberson, …
The interior of the WFST Radio Station in Caribou suffered extensive damage after a vehicle allegedly driven by 47-year-old Christine Paul drove into the building early Saturday morning.

License plate left in building, paperwork in grille of vehicle help police nab hit-and-run driver

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 24, 2014, at 2:06 p.m.
CARIBOU | The building housing WFST AM 600 was heavily damaged when a woman reportedly drove her car into the Christian radio station’s U.S. Route 161 building early Saturday morning and then left the scene. Patrolman Corey Saucier discovered the damage while on routine patrol around 5 a.m. Saturday, …
State police say a moose narrowly missed Mark Forino after crashing through the front window of his minivan.

Moose crashes through windshield, lands in minivan in County crash

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:18 a.m.
ASHLAND | A Presque Isle man escaped with minor injuries after striking a moose Sunday night while traveling on Route 163, according to Sgt. Brian Harris of the Maine State Police. Mark Forino, 34, was eastbound around 8:30 p.m. when the moose stepped in front of his 2006 Toyota …
Firefighters mop up after the early morning fire that destroyed the R.F. Chamberland garage in St. Agatha on Saturday.

St. Agatha business damaged too severely to determine fire’s origin

By Julia Bayly and Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 23, 2014, at 1:25 p.m.
The cause of the fire that destroyed a Main Street trucking company garage and workshop early Saturday will be logged as undetermined, investigators said Sunday. Three state fire marshal’s office investigators were at RF Chamberland Inc. for most of Saturday trying to determine the fire’s cause, …
Police found a clandestine methamphetamine production lab Saturday at a Hodgdon home -- the second time this year police discovered a methamphetamine lab at the same 699 Walker Road residence.

Police discover meth lab at same Hodgdon home second time this year

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 22, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
Police found a clandestine methamphetamine production lab Saturday at a Hodgdon home — the second time this year police discovered a methamphetamine lab at the same residence. The Saturday morning search of the 699 Walker Road home resulted in the arrest of James Boyce, 31, of Hodgdon. …
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