Michael R. Duplessis

on May 16, 2016, at 4:09 p.m.
PROVINCETOWN, Massachusetts VAN BUREN, Maine — Michael R. Duplessis, 55, passed away unexpectedly of respiratory failure on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass. with his sisters by his side. Mike was born in Van Buren on July 16, 1960, the son of Levite “June” and …
Ethan Daigle and Sophie Saunders arrive to much fanfare for the Fort Kent Community High School prom on Saturday at Lonesome Pine Trails.

Fort Kent couple ride to prom in style, take Internet by storm

By Jessica Potila, Fiddlehead Focus on May 16, 2016, at 3 p.m.
Each year local residents here help celebrate the high school prom in a special way, but nothing compares to this Saturday, when two very remarkable Fort Kent Community High School students arrived to the dance in a police car.
Nan's Thrift Store in Fort Fairfield sustained "moderate damage" when a car crashed into it Saturday, May 12. The driver and a person inside were sent to the hospital.

Driver crashes into Fort Fairfield store, gets charged with OUI

By Anthony Brino on May 16, 2016, at 1:59 p.m.
Two women were sent to the hospital Saturday afternoon after a driver who may have been impaired crashed into Nan’s Thrift Store, according to police.

Aroostook Outdoor News: 5.12.16 edition

on May 16, 2016, at 9:56 a.m.
Better late than never ;-) In this edition: 1) #Birding trips in #Caribou and #Portage Lake. 2) #5k runs in Woodstock #NewBrunswick, #Houlton, and #PresqueIsle. 3) Celebrate the #forest way of life at festivals in Patten and Ashland. Plus lots more! #AroostookThing #offugo…   Wednesday, May 18 Caribou Rec/Healthy You …
Few things say spring in northern Maine like fresh snow on new buds. Close to 2 inches of snow had fallen by early Monday morning in the higher elevations of the St. John Valley.

7.5 inches of snowfall Monday breaks record in northern Maine

By Jen Lynds on May 16, 2016, at 9:22 a.m.
A late taste of winter touched down in far northern Maine.
James Scott (left) of England visits with Leigh Cummings of Houlton inside the Houlton Historical Museum to learn more about local history. Scott is part of a development firm in England that is building a new community named after Houlton, based on a connection the two areas shared from the 1920s through 1950s.

Former radio relay station in Houlton may lead to new connection to England

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on May 15, 2016, at 7:17 p.m.
Rugby Radio Station, a radio transmission site in the United Kingdom that once had ties to this Aroostook County community as part of a transoceanic communications network in the 1930s, is being re-imagined as a new city in England that will be aptly named: Houlton.
Kellan Gross, 16, plays the newly restored 1915 Mason and Hamlin baby grand piano while accompanied by his sister Natalie at their home in Berkeley, California. The children's father, Nick Gross, had the 850-pound piano, which once sat in his childhood home in Presque Isle, transported all the way to California.

Former Presque Isle resident recaptures memories in piano shipped to West Coast

By Jen Lynds on May 15, 2016, at 6:17 p.m.
Nick Gross said that some thought he was crazy to go to all that trouble and expense to obtain and refurbish the baby grand from across the country. But he said that the piano reminds him of the home he lived in with his father in Presque Isle, and that he will be able to pass on the heirloom and memories to his family.
Samuel Geary, 17, of Houlton, who has been charged with murder in the death of 61-year-old Keith Suitter in March 2015, appears in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton Friday morning.

Teen pleads not guilty to murder in Houlton man’s death

By Jen Lynds on May 13, 2016, at 1:44 p.m.
The 17-year old charged with murder in the death of a 61-year-old Houlton man last year pleaded not guilty.

Hazy smoke from Canada wildfires hovers over Maine counties

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 12, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
Hazy smoke from wildfires in Alberta, Canada, has been visible in the skies over some Maine counties Thursday, according to the National Weather Service’s Caribou offices.
The Caribou Fire Department received assistance from firefighters with the neighboring departments of Fort Fairfield, Limestone, and Presque Isle in subduing a fire at 341 Grimes Mill road Wednesday. High winds made fighting the fire more difficult but nobody was injured, according to Caribou Fire Chief Scott Susi.

Family of four, pet escape before Caribou home lost to fire

By Christopher Bouchard, Aroostook Republican & News on May 12, 2016, at 1:50 p.m.
Four members of a local family got out and then opened a basement door to let their dog also escape before their home was destroyed by fire Wednesday, according to Caribou Fire Chief Scott Susi.

Fire in Caribou

on May 12, 2016, at 1:45 p.m.
Caribou Fire Department fought a house fire on 341 Grimes Mill road yesterday afternoon. High winds posed additional difficulty for firefighters on the scene, and CFD were assisted by fire Departments from Fort Fairfield, Limestone, and Presque Isle. Nobody was hurt during the fire, and residents of the house are …

Cedric C. Pelletier

on May 12, 2016, at 8:57 a.m.
SERVICE NOTICE CEDRIC C. PELLETIER — 75, January 22, 2016.  Committal Service to be held 11 a.m., May 21, 2016, Allagash Baptist Cemetery. Pastor John Dik officiating.
Among the first flowers to bloom in the spring, dandelions are important food sources for Maine's pollinators, including honey bees.

‘Everything tastes better with lard’ — even this weed

By Julia Bayly on May 12, 2016, at 7:45 a.m.
The humble yellow flower is starting to make a comeback, with people familiarizing themselves with the plant’s medicinal and culinary characteristics.

Line Ads May 11

on May 11, 2016, at 8:53 a.m.
CLASSIFIED LINE ADS APARTMENTS FOR RENT PAUL BEAULIEU APTS. — 2 bedroom. 251 Main St., Madawaska. 316-7570. 2 BEDROOM STUDIO APT. — Madawaska. Heat, electricity, water included. Please contact Helen. 316-7196. 2 BEDROOM APT — Madawaska. Snow & garbage removal, heat, hot water, washer/dryer hook-up. 895-9551. 1 & 2 BEDROOM …

Public Notices May 11

on May 11, 2016, at 8:35 a.m.
MSAD #33 Request for Proposals MSAD #33 invites proposals for a construction project, to include the installation of 14 windows and the addition of aluminum siding and coil stock to be completed on the Wisdom Wing at Wisdom Middle/High School, 368 Main St., St. Agatha, Maine. Details about the scope …
Grandfather Tom Dyke with Jace Guidry, a second-grader at Pine Street Elementary in Presque Isle, looking for Callisto, the second-largest moon of Jupiter, on an interactive wall display at the Francis Malcolm Science Center.

Aroostook County science center celebrates new planetarium technology

By Anthony Brino on May 10, 2016, at 9:12 p.m.
The Francis Malcolm Science Center, home of Aroostook County’s lone planetarium, is looking at a brighter future after teetering on the edge of closure late last year.

Rena Mae (Deprey) Levesque

on May 10, 2016, at 3:48 p.m.
ASHLAND, Maine — Rena Mae (Deprey) Levesque, 63, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at a Boston healthcare facility. Rena was born in Fort Kent, June 3, 1952, the daughter of Patrick and Leone Deprey of Wallagrass. Rena earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from UMPI and worked for …

Houlton OKs spec building, hoping new business will come

By Jen Lynds on May 10, 2016, at 12:25 p.m.
“There is a shortage of commercial buildings in the Houlton area. Hopefully this will help remedy that,” Town Manager Butch Asselin said Tuesday.
Derek Sam

Man shot by officer in Presque Isle dies at hospital

By Anthony Brino on May 10, 2016, at 8:24 a.m.
A man who was shot Saturday while reportedly confronting a local police officer with a knife has died, according to the police.

From Our Files – May 4

on May 10, 2016, at 7:58 a.m.
Valley happenings since 1957 50 Years Ago — May 5, 1966 Sister Catherine resigns office at Wisdom High — One of the foremost promoters of education in SAD 33 has resigned as principal of Wisdom High School and will be replaced by Martin Daigle, present guidance director and junior high …

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