U.S. Customs and Border Protections Officer Dennis Kovach (left) and his pawed partner Mike (right).

‘A wonderful tribute to him’: Law enforcement officers give one last salute to ailing canine

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 05, 2014, at 6:15 p.m.
VAN BUREN | Over the past six years, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Dennis Kovach witnessed his four-legged partner, Mike, a Belgian Malinois, put in an amazing amount of work for his department and nearby police agencies. The 11-year-old drug dog, who was based with Kovach out of …
Pat Allen delivers her shoe boxes filled with goodies for Operation Christmas Child to the Caribou United Baptist Church on Nov. 21.

Aroostook County shoe boxes filled with gifts, toys given to world’s poorest children

By Natalie De La Garza, Aroostook Republican & News on Dec. 05, 2014, at 1 p.m.
CARIBOU | Thousands of children in the world will receive little boxes of Aroostook County kindness this Christmas through an expansive gift-giving drive conducted by local churches. Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, takes locally-filled shoe boxes filled with gifts, toys and trinkets — some essentials, some …
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Aroostook Outdoor News: 12.04.14 edition

on Dec. 04, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
Ski and snow-based events are now almost completely dominating the calendar and, thankfully, Mother Nature is doing her part to deliver the white stuff. Like it or not, winter is here! In this edition: 1) Info about an important meeting coming up regarding the future of the Nordic Heritage Center …
St. Joseph Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Frenchville

Safety studied at Frenchville nursing home after resident dies after fall from window

By Jessica Potila, on Dec. 04, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
FRENCHVILLE — According to documents the Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services of the Department of Health and Human Services provided to the Fiddlehead Focus, an investigation of St. Joseph Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Frenchville on Nov. 19 and 20 found deficiencies in care that resulted in DHHS issuing …

Florida law enforcement veteran on tap to take over Houlton Police Department

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 03, 2014, at 6:11 p.m.
A 57-year-old Florida law enforcement veteran with more than 38 years of experience in the field is on tap to be the next chief of the Houlton Police Department pending the Town Council’s approval next Monday evening. Houlton Town Manager Butch Asselin said Wednesday afternoon that Terry …
From the community

Town of Sherman named ‘Certified Business-Friendly’

on Dec. 03, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul R. LePage and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has announced that the town of Sherman in Aroostook County has been designated “Certified Business-Friendly.” With the addition of Sherman, a total of 31 Maine communities have been designated “Certified Business-Friendly.” “I congratulate the town of …
A man braves the slippery sidewalk as ice accumulated on just about everything Wednesday morning in Bangor. The overnight snow changed to rain in the early hours making driving and walking hazardous.

Snow, freezing rain give way to rain, freezing drizzle, dense fog

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 03, 2014, at 9:23 a.m.
CARIBOU | Commuters throughout the state woke up Wednesday to icy vehicles, slushy roads and even fresh snow thanks to a midweek storm. Their ride home likely wasn’t much better, with rising air temperatures combining with the day’s precipitation to create dense fog Wednesday evening in York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, …
Gary Robichaud, a Maine Discovery Museum maintenance  worker, shovels snow away from the front of the museum Thursday morning in Bangor.

Nearly entire state under winter weather advisory with snow, sleet, freezing rain bearing down

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 02, 2014, at 10:40 a.m.
GRAY | Forecasted sleet, snow and freezing rain Tuesday night into Wednesday has the potential to make driving conditions throughout the state slick, according to the National Weather Service. Nearly the entire state will be under a winter weather advisory beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to the weather …
From the community

K of C Texas Hold ‘em tournamet

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 01, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
MADAWASKA, Maine — Knights of Columbus will hold a Texas Hold ‘em tournament Sunday, Dec. 7, downstairs in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 172 Fox St. There is a $60 buy-in fee. RSVP to Gary at 316-9482 or if you plan to attend. This post was contributed by a community member. Submit …
Dennis Winchester

Van Buren resident faces multiple charges in connection with burglary, theft spanning seven towns

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 30, 2014, at 8:52 p.m.
A search warrant executed earlier this month in Van Buren resulted in the arrest last week of Dennis Winchester, 50, who is facing multiple charges in connection with the discovery of stolen items at his Van Buren residence, according to Sgt. Chad Fuller of the Maine …

Wreath making in Maine

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 30, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
Wreath makers are in high gear as the holiday season peaks in Maine.
Wreaths created by Corriveau Hilltop Blossoms are on display this weekend at the annual Fort Kent craft fair.

Balsam fir Christmas wreaths is a Maine tradition alive and well

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 30, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
FORT KENT | It’s not really clear who, where or when the first person got the idea to deck their halls with a Christmas wreath made of evergreen boughs. Some say it traces back to the ancient Romans, who first hung wreaths as a sign of social status. Others …
Melanie Saucier

From the Fort Kent Lions Club to the Sydney Opera House, Melanie Saucier shares the gift of music

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 29, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
It’s a long way from the auditorium stage at the University of Maine at Fort Kent to the Sydney Opera House, but for St. John Valley native Melanie Saucier, the path has been a clear one. Saucier has been singing and performing in public since before …
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 …
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