Aroostook Outdoor News: 12.29.16 edition

on Dec. 30, 2016, at 12:11 p.m.
Tammy Goetsch (center), program director for Adopt-a-Block of Aroostook, displays some pumpkins during the Thanksgiving Outreach effort as part of the Adopt-a-Block of Aroostook program.

With a knock on the door, Adopt-a-Block thrives in Houlton

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 29, 2016, at 4:22 p.m.
A snow covered bench overlooks the Gateway Crossing Bridge in Riverfront Park in Houlton in this December 2015 file photo. Town Councilors on Tuesday approved an ordinance to prohibit use of tobacco products and smoking in all of the town's parks.

Councilors pass ordinance prohibiting smoking in Houlton parks

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 29, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
The ordinance arose because of a littering problem in Riverfront Park, the newest green space in town.
Tim McCann (right) enjoys an evening sledding session with his children Alora (from left), 7, Clare, 4, and Connor, 3, on Thursday at Hayford Park on Union Street in Bangor.

Nor’easter leaves more than 100K without power, 20+ inches of snow

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 29, 2016, at 2:58 p.m.
The nor’easter “is a little further east, so Bangor will be on the colder side of it.”

Presque Isle crash results in minor injuries

By Anthony Brino on Dec. 29, 2016, at 1:17 p.m.
A crash Thursday morning at the intersection of Academy and Dudley streets in Presque Isle sent both drivers to the hospital for minor injuries.
Residents and employees tour behind the counter and the McCafe area of the new McDonald's on Wednesday in Houlton.

Months after iconic Houlton McDonald’s razed, new one opens

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 28, 2016, at 5:07 p.m.
A sizable mural of the Gateway Crossing Bridge hangs just over the counter area. A word mosaic near another entrance door pays tribute to Aroostook County and the Houlton area.
Two people were injured after an accident in Sherman on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016.

Defective tires contribute to rollover crash in Sherman

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 28, 2016, at 3:20 p.m.
“At least one of the tires was worn down to the canvas, so he tried to stop and he couldn’t.”
Zane Wetzel, who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on Wednesday in federal court in Bangor, can be seen in Boston in this December 2010 file photo.

Man who survived 69,000 volts of electricity pleads guilty to downloading child porn

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 28, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
“The defendant used peer-to-peer file-sharing networks to download up to hundreds of images at a time.”
A pile of a substance believed to be heroin sits on a scale at the state drug testing lab in Augusta.

In four hours Tuesday, five heroin overdoses in Presque Isle

By Anthony Brino on Dec. 28, 2016, at 12:01 p.m.
“We’ve had multiple overdoses in a day, but not like this.”
Students walk across the University of Maine through a snowstorm in March.

Less snow, more rain for Bangor in this winter’s first nor’easter

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 28, 2016, at 8:31 a.m.
The heaviest accumulations, as much as 3 inches per hour, would likely come around midnight into early Friday.
Blowing snow creates whiteout conditions in Aroostook County in a 2003 file photo.

High-crash locations in The County identified in safety report

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 27, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
“A lot of times, crashes took place because drivers contributed to the crashes.”
Owen Botting, 85, of Island Falls lost control of his vehicle on slippery roads on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 and left the southbound lane of I-95 in Smyrna, causing damage to his vehicle and minor injuries to himself and the two passengers in his vehicle.

Three injured in Smyrna crash

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 27, 2016, at 1:04 p.m.
All three were taken by Houlton Ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital for treatment.

Easton looks to replace bank, health clinic that have announced closures

By Anthony Brino on Dec. 26, 2016, at 1:11 p.m.
Faced with the closure of Easton’s only bank and only health clinic, the town’s Select Board and manager are trying to be proactive in finding ways to fill the gaps being created.
Here is a picture of my downtown Limestone pheasant running away from me with my camera.

Make Sure Your Bird Feeders are FULL

By Don Robertson on Dec. 23, 2016, at 1:09 p.m.

Madawaska names new police chief

on Dec. 23, 2016, at 10:11 a.m.
Tim Dubois, Ross Dubois’ son, pinned the chief’s badge on his father’s chest before members of the board and residents of the town on Thursday.
Donna Pickard of Far Point Farm in Steuben may have to stretch her own meals, but she will give away her food to someone who needs it.

A simple change could give Maine’s hungry, rural people more food

on Dec. 23, 2016, at 6:38 a.m.
The first in-depth look of its kind shows that 59 percent of people are using food pantries more this year than last.
Crews work to recover the engines from a plane that crashed into a manmade pond off the White Settlement Road in Houlton on Aug. 28, 2015.

Pilot fatigue, low altitude approach causes of fatal 2015 plane crash in Houlton

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 22, 2016, at 7:38 p.m.
“This is a tragedy all around. He wasn’t a very old individual.”

Aroostook Outdoor News: 12.22.16 edition

on Dec. 22, 2016, at 2:24 p.m.
Ibanez Ambrose

Couple who lost toddlers in radiator scalding incident hires attorney

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 22, 2016, at 12:16 p.m.
A high-profile Philadelphia-based personal injury lawyer is now representing the couple with ties to the Houlton area, whose two children were fatally scalded by radiator steam on Dec. 7 in a New York City apartment for the homeless.
Matthew Davis, 35, of Houlton talks with family Tuesday at the Washington County Judicial Center while the jury deliberates murder and other charges. Attorney Amber Tucker of Portland sits at the defense table with Davis.

Jurors find Davis guilty of two counts of murder

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 22, 2016, at 10:14 a.m.
Jurors in the Matthew Davis trial deliberated for about an hour Thursday morning before finding him guilty of murder in the shooting deaths of an Oakfield couple at their home three years ago.