The diverse ecosystem on the 75 acre parcel of land donated to the University of Maine at Presque Isle by Ray and Sandy Gauvin may lead university officials to use it as a living laboratory.

Mapleton couple’s gift of land could help the arts, academics at UMPI

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 07, 2014, at 6:59 a.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — As challenges go, the University of Maine at Presque Isle is looking at a pretty good problem to have. With the announcement this week of a major private donation, campus administrators are asking how best to utilize 75 prime acres gifted to the university by Ray …
 Bryan Clark

Houlton pair charged with trafficking after agents discover suspected meth lab

By Tim Cox on Sept. 06, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — A Houlton man and woman were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine after police discovered Friday what they suspect to be an operation for manufacturing the drug in a single-family home. Bryan Clark, 25, and Ashley Eastham, 22, were charged Friday with Class B trafficking in Schedule W …

Officials discover suspected meth lab in Houlton

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 05, 2014, at 1:21 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency were dispatched Friday to a local residence suspected of housing a methamphetamine manufacturing operation, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland. Members of the Houlton Police Department responded to an unrelated incident at the single-family home Thursday …

About 3,000 Aroostook County residents without power Friday morning

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 05, 2014, at 9:35 a.m.
FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — More than 2,700 central Aroostook County residents were without power for more than an hour Friday morning because of a downed transmission line, according to Emera Maine spokeswoman Susan Faloon. The outage was reported just before 8:45 a.m and affected 2,729 Emera customers in Fort Fairfield, …
Rep. Alex Willette

Assistant House Republican leader resigns from seat after taking job with LePage campaign

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 04, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Assistant House Minority Leader Alex Willette of Mapleton, who earlier this summer became the spokesman for Gov. Paul LePage’s re-election campaign, resigned from his House seat on Thursday. Willette, who represents House District 7 in central Aroostook County, said he resigned because his job with the LePage …

Three-day Hempfest in Aroostook County lacks proper permits

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 04, 2014, at 2 p.m.
STOCKHOLM, Maine — A pristine site in Stockholm that overlooks Madawaska Lake is set to be the site of a three-day music and camping festival this month that will seek to demonstrate how vital hemp can be to Maine’s economy. An official with the town of Stockholm, however, said Thursday …

Report: Boy robs Caribou taxi driver at knifepoint

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 03, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — A local taxi driver escaped injury on Sunday after being robbed at knifepoint by a 17-year-old boy, according to the Caribou Police Department. Just before 10:30 p.m., the Police Department received a call that a taxi driver had been robbed by an unknown male dressed in dark …
 Garelick Farms trucks are seen on Wednesday at 1703 Hammond St. in Hermon.

Maine Department of Labor to meet with employees laid off after Garelick Farms closures

By Darren Fishell and Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 03, 2014, at 6:23 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Garelick Farms’ decision to consolidate its operations and close distribution facilities for its dairy products in Hermon and Caribou is not expected to have far-reaching effects on Maine’s dairy industry nor will it have much impact on its host communities’ coffers. The move will result in the …
Steve and Jennifer Fisher pose in clean wedding attire before heading to Virginia's Wintergreen Mountain Spartan Race and their wedding on Aug. 23.

Northern Maine native runs Spartan race wearing wedding dress, gets married at finish line

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 03, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — The path to the altar can take many forms. It can be long or short, direct or circuitous, smooth or bumpy. Or, in the case of newlyweds Jennifer and Steven Fisher, very, very muddy. The two were married on Aug. 23 after finishing a grueling 7.2-mile …

A Spartan elopement

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 03, 2014, at 11:54 a.m.
Jennifer and Steve Fisher get married after completing Wintergreen Spartan Race.

Madawaska approves school budget for third time

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 02, 2014, at 10:24 p.m.
MADAWASKA, Maine — For the third time in as many months, voters in Madawaska passed a $6.5 million school budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 at a special town meeting Tuesday night. School officials now hope they have done enough to convince the voters to finally approve the proposed budget on …

Garelick Farms to close Hermon, Caribou distribution facilities

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 02, 2014, at 6:18 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Garelick Farms is consolidating its operations and will close distribution facilities for its dairy products in Hermon and Caribou, a corporate spokesman said Tuesday. Product distribution in Maine will be contracted through a third-party distributor, according to Jamaison Schuler, spokesman for Garelick’s Texas-based parent company, Dean Foods. …

On third try, Houlton-area voters pass $12.75 million school budget

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 02, 2014, at 5:58 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — After twice rejecting the budget, voters in RSU 29 on Aug. 27 finally passed a $12.75 million budget for the district for the 2014-15 school year during a referendum vote at the polls. RSU 29 consists of the towns of Houlton, Hammond, Littleton and Monticello. The budget …
Milkshakes sit in the sun at Houlton Farms Dairy Bar.

Famous for its ice cream, lemonade and butter, Houlton Farms Dairy puts family, quality first

By Natalie Feulner on Sept. 02, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
This is the second in a series of six stories featuring Maine burger and milkshake destinations — Burger Boy in Caribou, Houlton Farms Dairy, Owl’s Head General Store, L&H Burgers in Rockland and Fat Boys in Brunswick. The diners featured were culled from a list of recommendations from Bangor Daily …
For the past 10 years, Goughan’s Berry Farm in Caribou has created a six-acre corn maze on their property. This year, Mark Goughan said Tuesday, he and his wife Gloria Goughan, who own and operate the farm, were looking for a way to honor veterans for their service. That is how they settled on this year’s theme: "“Amazingly Grateful”."

Caribou corn maze honors veterans, depicts ‘iconic’ World War II photo

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 02, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — For the past 10 years, Goughan’s Berry Farm in Caribou has created a corn maze in a 6-acre area, etching out a variety of shapes such as a moose, Maine Potato Board mascot Spuddy and the UMaine Black Bears logo. This year, Mark Goughan said he and …
The Fort Kent Blockhouse celebrates its 175th anniversary this month.

Fort Kent Blockhouse has guarded the border for 175 years

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 01, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — When Benjamin Franklin, John Jay and John Adams signed the 1783 Treaty of Paris, it set into motion the series of events that led to construction of what ultimately became Maine’s first state-owned historic property. “The Treaty of Paris really was the inception for the Fort …

County man charged after allegedly throwing rocks at officer, stealing police cruiser

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 31, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A local man was unhurt but is facing several charges after he allegedly stole a local police cruiser and then crashed on a dirt road in nearby Chapman, according to police. Richard Lyman III, 20, drove away in the cruiser at speeds in excess of 100 …
Randy B. Smith

Nearly 39,000 arrest warrants remain unserved in Maine

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 30, 2014, at 9:36 a.m.
Police say 63-year Randy B. Smith of Owls Head began stalking a Camden woman after his relationship with her deteriorated. They said he would break into her home, once hid in her basement, and in another instance, he threatened to stab her. Smith was scheduled to answer to those criminal …
Caribou Fire Chief Scott Susi (left) and Sam Robertson work to extract a 2005 Saturn sport utility vehicle from a Main Street building in Caribou on Friday afternoon.

Vehicle crashes into Caribou shopping plaza after driver steps on gas, not brake

By Natalie De La Garza, Aroostook Republican & News on Aug. 29, 2014, at 8:13 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — After the driver of a 2005 Saturn sport utility vehicle accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake, the vehicle went through the front window and wall of a business in a small shopping plaza on Main Street on Friday afternoon. Patricia Nickerson of Caribou was …
Machines -- like this tractor harvesting a blueberry barren in Columbia for Cherryfield Foods -- are playing an increasing role in the harvest of Maine's wild blueberry crop.

Hand rakers, migrants being replaced by mechanization in Down East Maine’s blueberry barrens

By Tim Cox on Aug. 29, 2014, at 5:28 a.m.
As Dave Bell drove on the gravel road stretching across vast blueberry barrens being harvested in Columbia recently, he noted how the industry has changed over the decades. The back roads leading to the blueberry barrens used to be clogged with traffic during the blueberry harvest, recalled Bell, general manager …
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