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The “Tribirds” balloon, depicting three South American birds, will fly in the 2016 Crown of Maine Balloon Fest, scheduled for Aug. 25-28. The balloon’'s pilot is Marcos Bonimcontro of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who also designed and built the balloon.

Presque Isle prepares for balloon fest less than one month after Texas tragedy

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 22, 2016, at 6:49 a.m.
Despite last month’s fatal hot air balloon crash in Texas, organizers of the 13th annual Crown of Maine Balloon Fest, which starts on Aug. 25, remain optimistic about upcoming attendance and demand for rides.
Beryl Kenney, a retired farmer who turns 93 in September 2016, used to grow potatoes and chickens on a 70-acre property that became part of the Presque Isle Air Force Base.

92-year-old County man recalls full life in farming

By Anthony Brino on Aug. 22, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Beryl Kenney, who turns 93 this September, likes to go to Easton with his wife, Donna, to watch Amish youngsters farming with horses. “When I was kid, I was just like the Amish,” Kenney said at his home earlier this year. “I used to drive horses …
A Presque Isle woman was arrested and charged with operating under the influence after crashing her car in some trees off Interstate 95 in Smyrna on Saturday night.

Presque Isle woman arrested after crashing car on I-95 in Smyrna

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 21, 2016, at 4:58 p.m.
Jillian Madore, 53, lost control of her 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer while traveling north on the interstate, police said.
The driver of this 2002 Ford pickup was arrested on an OUI charge Saturday afternoon after he drove through an Oakfield intersection too fast, lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole.

County man charged with OUI after crashing truck into pole

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 21, 2016, at 2:31 p.m.
A Ludlow man was arrested late Saturday afternoon after he struck a utility pole with his pickup truck in Oakfield.
The former executive director of the Houlton Humane Society will not be charged with a crime in connection with the death earlier this year of a dog that she admitted died in her care.

Former Houlton shelter director will not be charged with crime in dog’s death

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 19, 2016, at 5:36 p.m.
The former executive director of the Houlton Humane Society will not be charged with a crime in connection with the death earlier this year of a dog that she admitted died in her care.
The severely deformed feet of Abdelkhalek El Malyani are evident in this photo of him taken in 2013 at the Sidi Moumen Cultural Center in Casablanca, Morocco.

With Maine woman’s help, this Moroccan man will have surgery to fix his feet

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 19, 2016, at 2:58 p.m.
Abdelkhalek El Malyani’s feet and heels face inward, so the soles of his feet face each other, and he has trouble walking and is in pain.
OFFUGO...

Aroostook Outdoor News: 8.18.16 edition

on Aug. 18, 2016, at 3:01 p.m.
In this edition: 1) An alumni and all-comers #XC #RunXC #crosscountry #race in #Caribou. 2) #5k, #10 #run #walk #roadrace #trailrun in #VanBuren, #Houlton, #PresqueIsle and WoodstockNB #ExploreNB. 3) A venerable #biketour #cycling in #FortKent and the #SaintJohnValley #SJV. Plus lots more! #offugo… #AroostookThing of the week: The Allagash Wilderness …
Kim Wagaman, a behavioral therapist, takes Dustin Strasser, 19, left, to visit Evan Roth, 12, whom he helps mentor.

We want to know: Have you ever been a mentor or mentee?

By Adanya Lustig on Aug. 18, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
We want to know about how some people uplift the lives of others, even when they don’t have to.
As many students in the St. John Valley return to school this week, voters in Madawaska have for the second time in two months rejected a proposed budget to pay for that education.

Madawaska school budget again fails at referendum

By Don Eno, St. John Valley Times on Aug. 17, 2016, at 5:26 p.m.
As many students in the St. John Valley return to school this week, voters in Madawaska have for the second time in two months rejected a proposed budget to pay for that education.
Nicole Hutchinson (right) gives her sister Darcie a hug in this undated photo from the late 1980s. Darcie was killed Sept. 13, 1996, by a drunken driver. The state's first official Mothers Against Drunk Driving walk will be held Saturday in Houlton.

Houlton to celebrate life of woman killed by drunken driver with official MADD walk

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Aug. 17, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
Friends and family of a Houlton graduate killed by a drunken driver 20 years ago will gather to mark the inaugural Aroostook County Walk Like MADD event.
POLL QUESTION

Three Ruby Tuesday restaurants close in Maine

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 15, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
The Ruby Tuesday restaurant at the Bangor Mall has closed, apparently along with the South Portland and Biddeford locations.

Firefighters tackle difficult fire at Madawaska paper mill

By Don Eno on Aug. 15, 2016, at 10:24 a.m.
After more than four hours, firefighters were able to clear the scene about 8:30 p.m.
MAINE FOCUS
Research has shown home visits reduce the likelihood of pregnancy complications, infant deaths, family violence and child maltreatment. They also contribute to improved parenting practices and school readiness. But the state hasn't followed through on its commitment to increase access to home visiting and improve collaboration between home visiting agencies.

Maine got millions to help moms and babies, but has little to show for it

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 15, 2016, at 6:18 a.m.
DHHS said it would reach more families and collaborate with other home visiting programs. But competition between the groups has only gotten worse.
OFFUGO...

Aroostook Outdoor News: 8.11.16 edition

on Aug. 12, 2016, at 1:23 p.m.
In this edition: 1) The #Acadian Festival has a bit of an #outdoor flair in #Madawaska. 2) #5k #run #walk #roadraces in #Patten, #Washburn and #PresqueIsle. 3) A #MountainRun in #MarsHill. Plus lots more! #offugo… #AroostookThing of the week: The Mars Hill Mountain Challenge in Mars Hill. When is a …
Willis Nason

Hodgdon man accused of possessing child pornography

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 12, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
A Hodgdon man who was indicted last week on a charge of possession of sexually explicit material of minors under the age of 12 was arrested Friday.
Matthew Davis, facing murder charges in the killings of Michael Kitchen and Heidi Pratt in Oakfield in 2013, enters a hearing in Aroostook County Superior Court.

Effort to move trial in 2013 Oakfield double-murder case denied

By Anthony Brino on Aug. 11, 2016, at 7:55 p.m.
The trial against Matthew Davis, who is accused of killing two Oakfield residents and setting their home on fire in 2013, is set to get underway in September in Houlton despite attempts by defense attorneys on Thursday to move the proceedings outside of Aroostook County.

Mars Hill woman dead after crashing car into Harrington house

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 11, 2016, at 7:08 p.m.
A Mars Hill woman died late Tuesday night after crashing her Toyota sports car into a house in Harrington.
MAINE FOCUS
Maine Families served 2,393 families with 2,644 children in all counties in state fiscal year 2014.

How Maine quietly handed off financial oversight of a $23M program for infants

By Erin Rhoda on Aug. 11, 2016, at 6:16 a.m.
The circumstances raise questions about transparency and accountability.

Kidnapping suspect accused of assaulting corrections officer

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 10, 2016, at 5:42 p.m.
HOULTON | A Houlton man charged with kidnapping in March after allegedly holding a woman captive for several hours has been indicted on a new charge of assault on an officer. Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins released the results Tuesday of the grand jury indictments handed down on …
Three people were arrested in a heroin and cocaine bust in Presque Isle on Wednesday.

Three arrested in Aroostook County heroin, cocaine bust

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 10, 2016, at 4 p.m.
A local couple and a Bronx man were arrested on Wednesday morning in connection with the distribution of heroin and cocaine, officials said.
 

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