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This large storage building collapsed on Us. Route 1 in St. David Thursday, July 14, as strong winds and rain moved through in the later afternoon.

Wind gusts take down storage shed, cemetery trees in northern Aroostook

By Don Eno, St. John Valley Times on July 15, 2016, at 3:34 p.m.
A “squall line” that moved across northern Maine on Thursday afternoon brought with it rain and isolated cells of winds strong enough to turn over a farm stand, topple three trees at a local cemetery and cause the collapse of a large metal storage shed in this village just east of downtown Madawaska.
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Captain Raymond JB Dionne

on July 15, 2016, at 1:23 p.m.
SERVICE NOTICE A military service for Captain Raymond JB Dionne will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 23, in the Mont Ste. Carmel Cemetery in Lille. The service will be followed by a dessert buffet at the Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel. Dionne to receive military honors 40 years after his passing
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Dionne to receive military honors 40 years after his passing

on July 15, 2016, at 1:05 p.m.
LILLE, Maine – Raymond Dionne of Grand Isle served his country during World War II, seeing action in the woods and fields of Europe. The potato farmer, who was good at math and smart enough to become an officer in U.S. Army, returned home after the war. Passing away at …
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Dionne to receive military honors 40 years after his passing

on July 15, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
LILLE, Maine – Raymond Dionne of Grand Isle served his country during World War II, seeing action in the woods and fields of Europe. The potato farmer, who was good at math and smart enough to become an officer in U.S. Army, returned home after the war. Passing away at …
Jim Gerritsen, who grows organic seeds at Wood Prairie Farm in Bridgewater and is the president of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association.

GMO labeling bill exposes rift between Maine, national organic trade groups

By Anthony Brino on July 15, 2016, at 11:51 a.m.
A membership group of organic seed growers led by Bridgewater farmer Jim Gerritsen has split ranks with a large national organic trade group in a dispute over how best to require labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops.
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A piglet momentarily escapes capture during a pig scramble in Union in this August 2008 file photo.

Mapleton woman seeks to end ‘inhumane’ pig scrambles, sheep riding at ag fairs

By Jen Lynds on July 15, 2016, at 10:47 a.m.
“I just feel that kids are born with natural empathy, and we need to nurture that. We don’t need to teach them that it is OK to chase around a pig and then put it in a bag and listen to it squeal.”
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From Our Files – July 13

on July 15, 2016, at 8:59 a.m.
Valley happenings since 1957 50 Years Ago —  July 14, 1966 Daigle is Blossom candidate — A long-tressed beauty will be Fort Kent’s representative at the Potato Blossom Festival at Fort Fairfield. Miss Beatrice Daigle, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvio Daigle, graduated from Community High in June and …
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Aroostook Outdoor News: 7.14.16 edition

on July 15, 2016, at 7:48 a.m.
Potato Blossom Festival is in full swing! Get to Fort Fairfield for #spuds #bikes #runs #boats and more! In this edition: #FortFairfield takes center stage: 1) A #BikeRodeo and classic #cycling race. 2) A #5mile #RoadRace. 3) A fun #paddle and float in the #AroostookRiver. Plus lots more! #AroostookThing #offugo… …
A South Portland-based Teamsters Local 340 truck participates in the Maine Potato Blossom Festival parade in Fort Fairfield in this 2015 photo. The union once again is gearing up for the annual statewide Feed The County Food Drive, which benefits Catholic Charities of Maine Hunger and Relief Food Banks in The County through its “Feed The County” collection campaign.

Teamsters union, Catholic Charities Maine readies for annual food drive

By Jen Lynds on July 14, 2016, at 5:12 p.m.
FORT FAIRFIELD | Every year for the past six years in the week leading up to the Maine Potato Blossom Festival, Traci Place has had one figure on her mind — 480,000. That is the total pounds of food the business agent for the South Portland-based Teamsters Local 340 …
Storm clouds roll in over Bangor and Brewer in this August 2015 file photo.

Weather service issues severe thunderstorm warning for northern Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on July 14, 2016, at 4:48 p.m.
Quarter-sized hail and winds of up to 60 mph are possible, forecasters said.
Three people were arrested and charged with trafficking-manufacturing methamphetamine on Wednesday after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency allegedly uncovered a clandestine lab at a residence in Orient. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are likely, according to MDEA Commander Peter Arno.

Three charged after methamphetamine bust in Orient

By Jen Lynds on July 14, 2016, at 1:24 p.m.
Three people were arrested and charged with trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine on Wednesday after state drug enforcement agents said they uncovered a clandestine lab at a residence in Orient.
Family members Alexine Gaignard, Veronique Rioux, Zoe Gaignard and Frederic Gaignard visited the grave of Onias Martin, Wednesday, July 13. Martin was serving in the U.S. Army in 1944 when he was killed outside the French village of Bonnetable, which is where the family lives.

French family visits Madawaska to honor WWII hero

By Don Eno, St. John Valley Times on July 14, 2016, at 1:08 p.m.
The caretaker of a memorial in France that commemorates a fallen U.S. soldier and Madawaska native who died there in World War II traveled to the St. John Valley this week to visit the soldier’s grave.
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Costumes and other items used in the St. John Valley's Square Dance heyday are on display at the Fort Kent Historical Society. The exhibit officially opens Saturday with a reception.

Hip to be square: Maine dancers do-si-do through history in exhibit

By Julia Bayly on July 14, 2016, at 12:27 p.m.
The squares were well-organized, with manuals describing the dance steps, a regular newsletter and a series of badges awarded for various square dancing feats and accomplishments.
A passenger car and an ATV collided on Route 1 in Frenchville, Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Man, 87, injured in ATV, car crash in Frenchville

By Fiddlehead Focus on July 14, 2016, at 11:14 a.m.
An 87-year-old all-terrain vehicle driver was injured in a collision with a car on Route 1 in Frenchville Wednesday.

Tractor-trailer snags Smyrna power lines, knocks out electrical service

By Dawn Gagnon on July 13, 2016, at 6:11 p.m.
A tractor-trailer driver who was trying to make a turn onto Route 2 late Wednesday morning inadvertently snagged nearby power lines, pulling them to the ground and breaking two utility poles.
The entrance to The Aroostook Medical Center's emergency department and day surgery center.

Nurses’ union threatens strike at Presque Isle hospital

By Anthony Brino on July 13, 2016, at 4:52 p.m.
Unionized nurses at The Aroostook Medical Center have delivered a 10-day advanced notice of their plan to walk out on strike for two days in protest of staffing concerns they’ve raised in contract negotiations.
A Mars Hill man perished Tuesday after this camp in Sinclair collapsed.

Mars Hill man killed in Sinclair camp collapse

By Fiddlehead Focus on July 13, 2016, at 11:40 a.m.
A Mars Hill man was killed Tuesday afternoon when the camp he was working under collapsed on him, according to the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office.
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News staff prepare for website upgrades

on July 13, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FOREST – In preparation for upcoming improvements to the Fiddlehead Focus/St. John Valley Times website, and in the near future, websites for the Aroostook Republican, Star-Herald and Houlton Pioneer Times, staff recently attended a training session for a new online content management system. “Though we …
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From Our Files – July 6

on July 13, 2016, at 10:49 a.m.
Valley happenings since 1957 50 Years Ago —  July 7, 1966 Van Buren tightens grip on coveted muster trophy — The Van Buren Department won the Aroostook County Fireman’s Muster held Friday at Grand Falls and if they can repeat next year the boys will capture the coveted muster trophy …
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Things to Do – July 13

on July 13, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
FRIDAY, JULY 15 AMERICAN LEGION WING NIGHT – Eagle Lake, Smart-Soucie Post 176, 5-9 p.m. Entertainment: “Rock This Town” deejays. TRADITIONAL ACADIAN KITCHEN PARTY – Fort Kent, Senior Center, 6-8 p.m. Admission $5; children under 12 free. Live music and old-fashioned dessert treat. SATURDAY, JULY 16 AMERICAN LEGION MEAL AND …
 

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