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Police investigating burglary at Caribou store

By Jen Lynds on June 09, 2015, at 2:32 p.m.
Local police are looking for whoever was responsible for breaking into a store in the city over the weekend. At approximately 10:41 p.m Saturday, June 6, an intruder set off an alarm at Mike’s Quick Stop on the Presque Isle Road, Caribou police Chief Michael Gahagan said …

Mapleton Daze 2015 to kick off summer season

on June 09, 2015, at 10:23 a.m.
MAPLETON, Maine — The town of Mapleton will celebrate Mapleton Daze June 24-28. This annual festival, started more than 25 years ago by resident Merlyn Buck, celebrates the small community and provides visitors a chance to enjoy small-town America. Events will be moved to Mapleton Lion’s Hall in the event of rain. Events …

Mars Hill woman accused of selling bath salts among indicted

By Jen Lynds on June 08, 2015, at 3:51 p.m.
CARIBOU | A 44-year-old Mars Hill woman accused of selling bath salts out of her home is among people indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury. Leda L. Giggey was indicted on Friday on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs (two counts), and …
This resident on South Perley Brook Road in Fort Kent had a sign out Monday urging residents to vote against the proposed $12.8 million SAD 27 budget. The budget passed at last week's public meeting but still faces Tuesday's referendum vote.

Fort Kent locals fed up with tax hikes decry school budget

By Julia Bayly on June 08, 2015, at 2:54 p.m.
SAD 27 officials are concerned that residents going to the polls Tuesday could send them back to the drawing board by rejecting the proposed school budget. During the annual budget meeting last week voters did approve the proposed $12.8 million fiscal year 2015-2016 budget by a …
Geese gather on the Prestile Stream in Mars Hill. After decades of serving as a dumping ground for industrial and agricultural waster, the Prestile Stream struggles to fully recover from its polluted past. The Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District will conduct water quality improvement projects along the Prestile this year.

Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District plans for busy year

By Kathy McCarty, Presque Isle Star-Herald on June 07, 2015, at 11:48 a.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Officials with the Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District have another busy year ahead of them, with a number of projects and events planned. Among them are a water quality improvement project on the Upper Prestile Stream and an effort to find more vendors to …
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Secretariat with Ron Turcotte up, won the 99th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 1973, in front of Sham ridden by Laffit Pincay, Jr.

Triple Crown jockey Ron Turcotte on his win with Secretariat, newest winner

By Julia Bayly on June 06, 2015, at 12:10 p.m.
GRAND FALLS, New Brunswick — Start spreading the news. After a 37-year drought, horse racing finally has a Triple Crown winner after American Pharoah sped to victory in the 147th Belmont Stakes Saturday evening in New York. American Pharoah with jockey Victor Espinoza did not have a great start out …
North Peak Architecture rendering of proposed Presque Isle community center.

Anonymous $1.5 million donation fuels Presque Isle community center effort

By Jen Lynds on June 05, 2015, at 3:17 p.m.
An anonymous donor has pledged $1.5 million to help build the proposed multimillion-dollar community center, city officials announced Friday. The pledge was made in memory of Rodney Smith, a pioneer in the semiconductor industry who achieved great success in California’s Silicon Valley, according to Kimberly Smith, …
A tractor pulls a potato planter on a field outside of Fort Kent on Monday. Farmers around Aroostook County were finishing up planting the annual potato crop this week.

Despite damp spring, Maine potato growers have most of crop planted

By Jen Lynds on June 05, 2015, at 6:40 a.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Despite a slightly wet, cold spring, most of the potato growers across the state have their crops planted, according to industry officials. “We have had rain as of late, and planting is weather dependent,” but 80 percent or more of the state’s farmers have their crops …

Maine House crushes mining bill

By Jen Lynds on June 04, 2015, at 6:51 p.m.
AUGUSTA | House lawmakers Thursday afternoon voted 109 to 36 to oppose a bill aimed at allowing large-scale metal mining in the state. The amended version of LD 750 sponsored by Rep. Ralph Chapman, D-Brooksville, was rejected after more than two hours of floor speeches. “Despite the hard work …

Maibec millworkers face temporary layoff

By Jen Lynds on June 04, 2015, at 5:22 p.m.
MASARDIS | A Quebec-based company that completed the purchase of Fraser Timber’s lumber mill in Masardis in January will temporarily layoff its 135 employees next week due to market conditions. The layoff at Maibec will last four weeks, according to Charles Tardif, vice president of Maibec. The mill normally …
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Aroostook Outdoor News: 6.4.15 edition

on June 04, 2015, at 4:12 p.m.
We’ve added a fully-functional, real time Google #CALENDAR! Now, if you see an event you like, you can add it directly to your personal calendar! In this edition: 1) Lots of in motion Parks & Trails Day events in NB this weekend. 2) A birding festival in Limestone. 3) History …
Fourth grade students from Fort Kent Elementary School joined area veterans for a morning of fishing on a private pond Thursday.

Northern Maine veterans, students bond over fishing expedition

By Julia Bayly on June 04, 2015, at 2:06 p.m.
FORT KENT | Few things bring people together like a morning at a pond when the fish are really biting. Veterans from around the area joined fourth graders from Fort Kent Elementary School for a morning of fishing, swapping tales and some fresh air during an outing organized by …
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Geese gather on the Prestile Stream in Mars Hill. After decades of serving as a dumping ground for industrial and agricultural waste, the Prestile Stream struggles to fully recover from its polluted past.

Open sewer at 50: Aroostook’s Prestile Stream struggles to recover

By Christopher Burns on June 04, 2015, at 10:11 a.m.
Prestile Stream, which runs through eastern Aroostook County into Canada, once was known as one of Maine’s best trout fishing streams. But during the 1950s and 1960s it became better known for its polluted waters that got so bad one Canadian town built an earthen dam to keep out the …
Cloudy skies loom over a mostly deserted West Market Square in downtown Bangor on Wednesday. After a May that felt like summer, the first few days of June have been rather raw and damp throughout the state.

Bangor sets record for chilly June weather

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 03, 2015, at 3:40 p.m.
GRAY | After a May that felt like summer, the first few days of June have been rather raw and damp throughout the state. Tuesday in particular was a record-setting day for a late-spring chill, as records for cold weather were eclipsed in three Maine communities and tied in …
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Three Allagash men sentenced on multiple illegal hunting charges

By Jen Lynds on June 03, 2015, at 1:39 p.m.
Three Allagash men have been sentenced to serve jail time and pay significant fines for multiple violations uncovered during an extensive investigation into illegal hunting activity conducted by the Maine Warden Service in 2012-2013. Reid Caron, 37, of Allagash, pleaded guilty May 28 in Aroostook County Superior …
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Police reviewing death of inmate serving time for sexual assault

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 03, 2015, at 8:54 a.m.
WINDHAM | A Maine Correctional Center inmate serving time for sexual assault died late Tuesday, officials said. Harold Gleason, 67, of Aroostook County, was serving a split 20-year sentence with all but seven years suspended, according to Scott Fish of the Department of Corrections. Fish said Gleason’s death occurred …

Friends of Patten Free Library Heritage Day Book Sale

By Stephanie Bouchard on June 03, 2015, at 8:37 a.m.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, Maine For more information: 207-443-5141; patten.lib.me.us We may be living in the age of e-books, but printed books never go out of style with book lovers. If you need proof, just check out …

Fort Kent-area residents pass $12.8 million school budget

By Julia Bayly on June 02, 2015, at 9:05 p.m.
SAD 27 residents are facing double digit property tax increases thanks to the $12.8 million fiscal year 2015-16 budget they passed Tuesday night at the district budget meeting. The budget moves on to a referendum vote on June 9. The proposed budget represents an overall 3 …

Fort Kent man killed attempting to fell tree at his home

By Julia Bayly on June 01, 2015, at 5:18 p.m.
A 62-year-old man was killed attempting to bring down a tree at his home Friday afternoon, according to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier. Lowell Guerrette of Fort Kent was attempting to pull down a large tree at his 8 Spring Street residence by attaching a …

Caribou school district ponders new school, renovating old ones

By Jen Lynds on June 01, 2015, at 5:14 p.m.
Officials of the local area school district are awaiting the completion of a study from a Portland architectural firm to help determine whether they should renovate the three aging elementary and middle schools in the city or construct a new building to house students from all three …
 
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