Ron Craft boards the KC-135 tanker "Shangri-la" through the crew entry during his Air Force service in the 1980s. His name appears on the craft under that of Crew Chief Mark Wasielewski.

‘Months later, I realized what we did’: Former Loring airman turns tale of daring mid-air rescue into book, movie

By Kathryn Olmstead on Oct. 09, 2014, at 12 p.m.
Ron Craft of Ansonia, Connecticut, says he is neither a writer nor a public speaker, but his passion to share the story of an air rescue he witnessed as a 23-year-old stationed at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone has compelled him to be both. It is the story of …
Jean Rodriguez

Maine State Police arrest Rhode Island man who allegedly fled from troopers

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 07, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
ISLAND FALLS | Maine State Police have arrested a wanted Rhode Island man who allegedly fled from troopers on Tuesday morning. Sgt. Brian Harris said police went to arrest Jean Rodriguez, 20, on a criminal trespass charge after he had been seen in an abandoned house on Sewell Street. …
From the community

Domestic violence/sexual assault training to take place at UMPI

By Casey Faulkingham on Oct. 07, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Aroostook County Task Force on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is hosting a free training geared toward law enforcement officers, law enforcement students, and advocates for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault on Oct. 14 and 15, at the University of Maine at Presque Isle …
Jean Rodriguez

Maine State Police looking for wanted Rhode Island man

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 07, 2014, at 11:47 a.m.
ISLAND FALLS | Maine State Police are searching for a wanted Rhode Island man who fled from troopers on Tuesday morning. Sgt. Brian Harris said police went to arrest Jean Rodriguez, 20, on a criminal trespass charge at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday when he fled on foot. Harris said Rodriguez …
Don Hanson

Maine State Police searching for Westfield man accused of eluding troopers on turnpike

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 07, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
AUBURN | Maine State Police are seeking an Aroostook County man who fled from troopers late Monday night. Don Hanson, 33, of Westfield had led troopers on a short pursuit along the Maine Turnpike, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. Trooper Jason Wing had pulled Hanson …
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Molunkus Valley Sno-Drifters Halloween party

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 07, 2014, at 8:13 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Molunkus Valley Sno-Drifters clubhouse, 58 North St., Sherman For more information: 207-267-1200 SHERMAN, Maine — The Molunkus Valley Sno-Drifters will hold their fourth annual Halloween party 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the clubhouse, 58 North St. All ages welcome. …
James Shaw

Presque Isle man suspected of domestic violence arrested after standoff

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 06, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
A Presque Isle man was arrested Monday morning after members of the Maine State Police tactical unit broke down the door of his Skyway Street home where he was barricaded and threatening to harm himself and his girlfriend, according to Presque Isle Police Chief Matthew Irwin. …

Arrest made after state police respond to ‘critical incident’ in Presque Isle

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 06, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
An arrest was made late Monday morning in Presque Isle hours after a Maine State Police negotiating team responded to a “critical incident,” according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. McCausland said he did not know the identity of the young …
Temple Theatre, Houlton

After 95 years of film, Houlton movie theater to enter digital age

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 05, 2014, at 7:54 p.m.
HOULTON — For more than 12 years, Michael Hurley has worked to keep open the Temple Theatre, a 95-year-old cinema that long has been the center of Market Square in Houlton. His dream, however, has always been for a local proprietor to take over ownership of the cinema. While that …
A 2002 Western Trailer Truck crashed into a home on Saturday in Oakfield.

Oakfield man arrested after truck crashes into home, causes garage to detach

on Oct. 05, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
A 34-year-old man was arrested Saturday after the truck he was driving struck a River Road home and caused the garage to detach, Maine State Police said Sunday. Christopher Crowe of Oakfield was charged with aggravated criminal mischief, Sgt. Josh Haines said in a press release. Crowe …

More than 2800 without power after crash in Oakfield

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 05, 2014, at 5:49 a.m.
More than 2800 Emera Maine customers in Oakfield were without power on Saturday evening after an accident in the southern Aroostook County community. Susan Faloon, spokeswoman for Emera Maine, said late Saturday evening that a tractor-trailer struck a pole just before 9 p.m. on River Road in …
Below normal seven-day average stream flow compared  with historical stream flow.

Below average September rainfall near record levels in parts of Maine

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff on Oct. 04, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.
Precipitation was below normal in parts of the state last month, reducing water levels in some brooks, rivers and streams across the region, according to an official at the National Weather Service in Caribou. Dustin Jordan, meteorologist at the NWS in Caribou, said Thursday that some parts of Maine are …
Matt Kelley, 15, of Fort Kent picks potatoes while Jason Martin (background) loads full barrels on the truck during harvest at the Martin Farm in St. Francis on Monday, Oct. 29. Kelley was picking potatoes with his mother, Leslie Kelley, who took vacation from her job at the University of Maine at Fort Kent in order to work with her son. The Kelley family has been participating in the traditional harvest since Matt was in the sixth grade. He gets to keep the money they earn.

Old-fashioned way reigns supreme at one of the last farms where potatoes are picked by hand

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 03, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS | Stepping into a Martin family harvest is a bit like stepping back in agricultural time, when generations of pickers worked together picking potatoes by hand directly from the fields. It’s how things always have been done on the family farm, one of the last in the …

Potato harvest on the Martin Farm

By Gabor Degre on Oct. 03, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
The Martin Farm is one of the last remaining farms to hire hand-pickers during the potato harvest.
Bryan Kirkey, CEO of Ecoshel (far right) leads a tour of his new mill in Ashland on Thursday morning.

Dignitaries, Ashland businesses celebrate jobs, economic boost to region

By Kathy McCarty, Presque Isle Star-Herald on Oct. 02, 2014, at 7:13 p.m.
Dignitaries from both sides of the border were on hand Thursday in Ashland to celebrate job creation at four forestry-based businesses in town: shingle manufacturer Ecoshel, the biomass power plant ReEnergy, Irving Woodlands’ Ashland Sawmill and Northeast Pellets. Town Manager Ralph Dwyer was thrilled with the economic …

Van Buren selectman accused of stealing from gas station

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 02, 2014, at 4:59 p.m.
A member of the Van Buren Board of Selectmen was charged Thursday in connection with the theft of several thousand dollars from his employer, according to Aroostook County Chief Deputy Sheriff Darrell Crandall. Justin Martin, 31, faces a charge of Class C theft for allegedly removing …
The splash pad and pool concept for Presque Isle are depicted in this illustration.

Splash pad, pool project moves forward in Presque Isle

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 02, 2014, at 4:24 p.m.
One year after closing its aged indoor pool because of a variety of health, safety and financial problems, the City Council has taken steps to build a brand new, upgraded pool and splash area they say will be safer and will ease the financial strain and …
The present-day building for St. Mary of the Visitation Church in Houlton, whose parish is marking its 175th anniversary this month.

St. Mary of the Visitation Church to mark 175th

on Oct. 02, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
HOULTON | St. Mary of the Visitation church in Houlton will mark its 175th year of parish life beginning with a Mass and dinner on Oct. 9. The present parish church building is the third to grace Military Street and has served as a landmark in Houlton all these …
A tractor-trailer collided with this sport utility vehicle at an intersection around 5 p.m Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Township 13 Range 14. Two men were hospitalized with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Two injured in tractor-trailer, SUV crash in remote northern Maine

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 01, 2014, at 6:23 p.m.
TOWNSHIP 13 RANGE 14 | Two men suffered multiple injuries and were taken to the nearest hospital in Quebec on Tuesday after a tractor-trailer collided with a sport utility vehicle at an intersection in a remote section of far northern Maine. Chief Deputy Darrell Crandall of the Aroostook County …
From the community

Cleveland Road park in St. Agatha has new name

on Oct. 01, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
ST AGATHA, Maine – The St Agatha Board of Selectmen have announced that the municipal park off Cleveland Road has a name – “Parc du Lac a Menon” or “Menon Lake Park.” For years the park was simply known as the Cleveland Road Park. Last year, the town initiated a contest to …
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