Community High School third trimester honor roll

on July 02, 2014, at 9:20 a.m.
Community High School, Fort Kent Third trimester honor roll Grade 12, high honors: Emma Brickman, Stevie, Daigle, Amber Devoe, Lauren Doak, Samantha Dubay, Elizabeth Green, Amelia Guimond, Rudy Martin, Amanda Ouellette, Danielle Ouellette, Steffany Paradis, Demi Pelletier, Kelsey Pelletier, Paige Pelletier; honors: Krista Albert, Veronica Caron, Olivia Chouinard, Nicholas Hebert, …

Madawaska school committee to get look at revised school budget

By Julia Bayly on July 01, 2014, at 6:23 p.m.
MADAWASKA, Maine — A week after voters rejected the proposed budget at referendum, the Madawaska School Committee will get its first look at the revised fiscal year 2014-15 school budget. Superintendent Ginette Albert said Tuesday she is “very confident” the new budget, which does include some monetary cuts, will meet …

15 central Aroostook teens charged with underage drinking after police break up pit party

By Julia Bayly on July 01, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — State and local law enforcement officials broke up a pit party last week and as of Tuesday had charged 15 with underage drinking with more likely to be charged, according to Caribou Police Chief Michael Gahagan. Using information received through tips, observation and social media sites, members …

Caribou man arrested after allegedly trafficking meth, bath salts

By Jen Lynds on July 01, 2014, at 5:14 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — A Caribou man was arrested and charged with two counts of felony trafficking in scheduled drugs on Tuesday after he was allegedly found with methamphetamine and synthetic hallucinogens, commonly referred to as “bath salts.” Ward Ballard, 49, first came to the attention of police during a traffic …

Houlton councilors reroute cash to hold line on taxes

By Jen Lynds on July 01, 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — During a special meeting on Monday evening, town councilors made last minute revisions to the budget that they believe will enable them to hold taxes at the current rate. Some councilors, however, said during the meeting that they feared the town might be setting itself up for …

More than 1,700 briefly lose power in Fort Kent area

By Julia Bayly on July 01, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — About 1,700 Emera Maine customers in Fort Kent, Eagle Lake and New Canada were without power for 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon before crews found and repaired the problem. Crews had been in the area already working on upgrading lines in the Wallagrass area when two of …

Two Presque Isle teens charged with theft, assault after allegedly stealing sandwich

By Julia Bayly on June 30, 2014, at 5:36 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Two Presque Isle juveniles were charged with assault and theft late Sunday after allegedly stealing a sandwich from the local Walmart and fleeing on foot. On Monday, Presque Isle Police Chief Matthew Irwin said a clerk at the Main Street Walmart attempted to stop the two …

Man arrested in Presque Isle after allegedly flashing a minor

By Julia Bayly on June 30, 2014, at 4:59 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A mother’s quick thinking resulted in the capture of a man who allegedly exposed himself to a minor in a drugstore parking lot Sunday afternoon. Jeffrey Robinson, 52, of 17 Terrace Street, Perth Andover, New Brunswick, has been summoned on misdemeanor charges of visual sexual aggression …
Team Houlton Farms Dairy rider Brian Hupe refuels with some Houlton Farms Dairy chocolate milk on a recent ride in Aroostook County. When it comes to proper post-exercise recovery, there is plenty of good science that says chocolate milk is not only tasty, but has a near perfect ratio of carbohydrates to protein.

Houlton cyclists drink chocolate milk as post-workout recovery fuel

By Julia Bayly on June 30, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Health question for the day: Is a vice actually a vice if it’s good for you? When it comes to chocolate milk, a treat often associated with childhood naps and story time, good science supports its use outside of story hour as a go-to, post-exercise recovery …
Pre-K teacher Crystal Folsom gets a hug from first-graders on the last day of school in Monticello.

Due to shrinking funding, Monticello’s Wellington School’s out forever

By Robert F. Bukaty on June 30, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
MONTICELLO, Maine — Across the state, school is now out for summer. At the Wellington School, school is out forever. With shrinking funding from the state and taxpayers unwilling or unable to make up the difference, the Regional School Unit 29 board decided in April that it would be best …
Houlton Police Officer Gary McGuire escorts Gary Schillinger out of a cruiser in Houlton on Friday, March 14, 2014.

Houlton sex offender gets 10 years in prison on child porn charges

By Jen Lynds on June 27, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — A convicted sex offender and lifetime registrant on the state’s sex offender registry was sentenced to 10 years in prison on June 18 after waiving his right to trial and pleading guilty to a number of sex charges. Gary E. Schillinger, 60, of Houlton pleaded guilty in …

13th defendant pleads guilty in federal court to being part of major bath salts distribution ring in Bangor

By Judy Harrison on June 27, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A member of a conspiracy to distribute bath salts in northern and coastal Maine pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to a drug conspiracy charge. Jacob Gagnon, 25, of Van Buren, formerly of Bangor, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent …
It was all smiles and wagging tails for Gunner as he embarked on the last few miles of a journey that brought him from Tennessee, where he was rescued from an abusive situation, to northern Maine and a new home with Danielle Cote in St. David.

Dogs seized from animal abuse case in Tenn. safe at Fort Kent rescue organization

By Julia Bayly on June 27, 2014, at 2:04 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — It was a tail-wagging, tongue-lolling, paws-up happy ending for three dogs that arrived in Fort Kent on Thursday afternoon as part of a larger animal abuse rescue operation. It was a long way for Gunner, Marilee and Daisy, whose prospects only weeks ago looked dismal. Earlier …
Diners enjoy lunch at the Inn of Acadia's Voyageur Lounge, where traditional Acadian food is given an upbeat and gourmet twist.

Former Madawaska convent transformed into boutique inn to provide local flavor, St. John Valley experience

By Julia Bayly on June 27, 2014, at 7:37 a.m.
MADAWASKA, Maine — Somewhere, the sisters of the former Mary of Mediatrix of the Filles de Sagasse, or daughters of wisdom, are smiling. A year ago, local businessman Jonathan Roy converted their old Madawaska convent building into the Inn of Acadia, a boutique-style hotel that this summer was recognized by …

For second year, Madawaska voters fail to approve school budget in time for new fiscal year

By Julia Bayly on June 25, 2014, at 7:04 p.m.
MADAWASKA, Maine — For the second year in a row, the Madawaska School Department is heading into its new fiscal year without an approved budget. It failed to pass at the June 24 validation referendum by a 238-191 vote. Residents did approve the school budget at the annual town meeting …
Presque Isle City Hall building

Presque Isle officials consider finding another building to serve as City Hall

By Kathy McCarty, Presque Isle Star-Herald on June 25, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — City officials are weighing their options as they consider whether to continue to maintain City Hall at its present location on Second Street or to move city government to a new site. Maintenance costs were cited as one reason for considering a change. “From time to …

US Department of Labor announces $157,430 additional funding for Maine Military Authority employees laid off

By Julia Bayly on June 24, 2014, at 6:43 p.m.
LIMESTONE, Maine — Workers affected by layoffs at the Maine Military Authority are getting some help from the U.S. Department of Labor thanks to $157,430 in supplemental funding, according to information released Tuesday afternoon by the labor department. The funds are in addition to $869,000 the department has already been …
Jesse Marquis

August bail hearing set for St. Francis man accused of killing girlfriend

By Julia Bayly on June 24, 2014, at 9:27 a.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — A bail hearing postponed earlier this month for a man accused of killing his longtime girlfriend in St. Francis is now set for Aug. 26 at Superior Court in Caribou. The hearing for Jesse Marquis, which was continued on June 12, is at 9 a.m. at the …
All 13 members of the Jerome and Joyce Jackson family take a moment to relax together on the porch of their new St. Francis home. The family was able to purchase the house thanks to a program through USDA Rural Development.

Family of 13 finds a home, community in northern Maine thanks to USDA program

By Julia Bayly on June 22, 2014, at 1:32 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS, Maine — Jerome and Joyce Jackson knew they had found the house of their dreams in St. Francis. What there were not expecting was being embraced by the small community where they just moved to raise their 11 children. “Finding a home for the Jacksons was no easy …
Laurie McIntyre stands on the banks of the St. John River in Fort Kent as her son Eric completes the final few yards of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail which began in Old Forge, New York.

Completing 740-mile canoe trip is one way to spend a 21st birthday

By Julia Bayly on June 22, 2014, at 11:26 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Six days into his 38-day, 740-mile canoe trip up the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Eric McIntyre, alone on a New York river, came close to calling it quits. But on Saturday, McIntyre paddled into the trail’s terminus at the Fort Kent boat landing where he celebrated …
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