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FEMA issues grants to three Maine towns for first-responder gear

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 13, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded nearly $400,000 in Assistance to Firefighter Grants to the towns of Bridgewater, Brownfield and Skowhegan, according to congressional delegation press releases. The Bridgewater Fire Department will receive approximately $25,000 for personal protective gear, worn by firefighters in dangerous environments; the Brownfield Volunteer …
Canoers and kayakers make their way to Solider Pond for the Saucier family reunion in Wallagrass on Sunday as part of the 2014 World Acadian Congress.

World Acadian Congress all about bringing families together — 120 of them, actually

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 12, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Bringing families together is what the World Acadian Congress, held every five years, is all about, organizers said this weekend. And with 120 families coming together during the 2014 World Acadian Congress, it’s doing a great job of it. Dona Saucier, an assistant with the organizing …
Iron Eagles stunt pilots Bill Gordon and Billy Werth perform aerobatic maneuvers during the Acadian Heritage Air Show in Frenchville on Sunday, Aug. 10. Werth suffered minor injuries after a crash landing in Standish later that evening, while returning home from the air show.

Amateur-built aircraft that crash-landed on Standish road Sunday had crashed once before, CBS 13 finds

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 12, 2014, at 4:46 p.m.
STANDISH, Maine — The amateur-built plane that crash-landed on a busy road in Standish on Sunday had crashed at least once before, an investigation by Portland television station WGME, CBS 13, found. A report from the National Transportation Safety Board noted that the same aircraft, still registered to pilot Billy …

Wildlife officials airdrop oral rabies vaccine in Aroostook County through Aug. 18

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 11, 2014, at 6:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Oral rabies vaccine baits are being distributed by air and land this week in Aroostook as part of an ongoing federal and state effort to control and reduce rabies in the raccoon population. Oral vaccine baits are coated with fishmeal and are distributed in one-inch square cubes …

Maine’s first lady Ann LePage jumps for Freedom Fest

By All Veterans Group on Aug. 11, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.
Maine’s first lady Ann LePage went sky diving in Northern Maine on Saturday for Freedom Fest.
Ann LePage (bottom) and All Veteran Parachute team member Tony Mouzon parachute back to earth Saturday as part of the Freedom Fest in Fort Kent.

Maine’s first lady drops into Freedom Fest — from 10,000 feet overhead

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 09, 2014, at 6:45 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — In the end, she didn’t have to be pushed out of the plane as she had predicted, but Maine’s first lady Ann LePage admitted to some hesitation before her first parachute jump on Saturday. “When we were up in the plane and they said ‘go,’ I …
The Houlton Higher Education Center recently erected a “barn quilt block” on a shed at the school to become part of the Friends and Needles Quilt Guild’s Northern Maine Quilt Barn Trail. Showing off the new square are (from left) Chuck Ames, Toni Eppley, Jennifer Metzger, Jean Kervin and Bernadette Farrar.

Wooden quilt blocks with unique patterns cropping up in Aroostook County

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Aug. 09, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
HOULTON, Maine — Most people associate quilt squares with lovely patterns of cloth that are sewn together to make warm, colorful covers for beds. But many may not know that quilt squares also can be made of wood and found adorning barns and buildings on a much larger scale. That …
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Rummage Sale in Caribou, Bag Sale, $2/bag

By Sarah L on Aug. 08, 2014, at 3:27 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Caribou, 3 Grove Street, Caribou, Maine CARIBOU, Maine –  Saturday, August 9th, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. At the Unitarian Universalist Church located at 3 Grove Street, Caribou, Maine. Please use back entrance. This is a …
Gov. Paul LePage tweeted a photo taken of himself early Friday morning at a remote outdoor location at Beau Lake where the borders of Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec meet. Officials from both provinces and Maine, who canoed in to the site, participated in a three border ceremony to kick off the World Acadian Congress, which is being celebrated Aug. 8 to 24.

International ceremony opens 2014 World Acadian Congress

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 08, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — The sun rose over the opening of the 2014 World Acadian Congress Friday as dignitaries from the host regions in Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec gathered for a symbolic erasing of the borders where the three boundaries meet. Accompanied by First Nations’ drummers and an Acadian …
World War II veterans Alberie Nadeau (left) and Edmond Theriault (center) chat with Northern Arookstook Airport Manager Dave Fernald before boarding the Sentimental Journey B-17 bomber on Thursday in Frenchville.

Ride in vintage aircraft takes Aroostook County World War II veterans back in time

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 08, 2014, at 5:31 a.m.
FRENCHVILLE, Maine — It has been close to 70 years since Edmond Theriault of Fort Kent sat in the pilot’s seat of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, but on Thursday, the World War II veteran said it felt pretty familiar and perhaps he could fly it again, with a …
The upper end of Umsaskis Lake on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is a good spot to see all kinds of wildlife, including Canada lynx like this one.

Finding that Allagash state of mind

By Matthew LaRoche on Aug. 07, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
An Allagash Wilderness Waterway canoe expedition truly is a trip back in time. The waterway is much the same today as it was when Henry David Thoreau visited the area 150 years ago. The Allagash headwater lakes are lined with huge white pine and spruce that dominate the shorelines, and …
Jean Leonard Teganya

Man arrested near Houlton complicit in deaths of 200 at Rwandan hospital 20 years ago

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 07, 2014, at 11:35 a.m.
HOULTON, Maine — A man arrested Sunday on a warrant out of Canada was found by a Canadian court to be complicit in the deaths of 200 people of Tutsi ethnicity in 1994 at a Rwandan hospital where he was an intern, according to Canadian news reports. Jean Leonard Teganya, …
Jean Leonard Teganya

U.S. Border Patrol arrests wanted Rwandan man near Houlton border crossing

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 06, 2014, at 7:24 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — A Rwandan man wanted on an active warrant in Canada for removal from that country was arrested Sunday after he illegally crossed the international border near Houlton, according to the Canada Border Services Agency. Jean Leonard Teganya, 42, whose last known address was in Laval, Quebec, was …

Acadians ready to shine, share their culture

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 06, 2014, at 2:45 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Borrowing from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, this may no longer be the “forest primeval,” but starting this weekend what is being collectively termed “Acadia of the Lands and Forests” will host about 50,000 visitors for the 2014 World Acadian Congress. For the first time in its 25-year …
Paula Gardiner, 28, of Merrill has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident after allegedly crashing this 2003 Mitsubishi Galant in Littleton Monday night.

Aroostook County woman accused of crashing, abandoning vehicle

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 06, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
MERRILL, Maine — An Aroostook County woman has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a single vehicle, according to Chief Deputy Sheriff Darrell Crandall. Crandall said a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant was found resting on its roof in a Littleton ditch on Foster Road just after 7:30 …
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Madawaska decoration contest judging postponed

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 06, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
MADAWASKA, Maine — The Madawaska Residential and Merchants Decoration Contest judging has been postponed from Aug. 7 to Aug. 14, according to Roger Thibodeau of the Madawaska Chamber of Commerce. Thibodeau indicated date conflicts made it necessary to postpone the judging.   This post was contributed by a community member. …

Area student named to dean’s list at Paul Smith’s College

on Aug. 06, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. – The following area students were named to the dean’s list at Paul Smith’s College during the spring semester 2014. Each earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction: – Lydia Kieffer of Caribou, Maine, who is majoring in hotel, resort and tourism management. Kieffer …

Officials urge patience as thousands expected to attend World Acadian Congress

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 06, 2014, at 8:10 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — If nothing else, officials in charge of security and safety during the 2014 World Acadian Congress are asking everyone attending events to be patient. With about 50,000 people expected in the area over the course of the Acadian Congress from Aug. 8 to 24, people will …
The Rev. Paul Dumais demonstrates making ployes using several different recipes during the Kneading Conference in Skowhegan on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Priest revives Acadian tradition of ployes

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 06, 2014, at 5:26 a.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Growing up in northernmost Maine, the Rev. Paul Dumais polished off his share of ployes. The nourishing, springy, buckwheat pancake-like flatbread, traditionally served with beans or chicken stew, was a staple in his Acadian village of Madawaska. In preparation for the World Acadian Congress, which starts this …

National Weather Service warns of strong thunderstorms heading for Penobscot, Aroostook, Oxford, Franklin counties

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 05, 2014, at 7:56 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement effective until 8 p.m. for central Penobscot and southern Aroostook counties in the north and also for Oxford and Franklin counties in the south. The weather service’s Doppler Radar has tracked a strong thunderstorm 6 miles north …
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