Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau


Aroostook County commissioners renew jail medical contract

on Aug. 24, 2016, at 1:02 a.m.
Aroostook County commissioners recently opted to retain the services of the Aroostook County Jail health care provider and made staffing decisions for the sheriff’s department.
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.
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.

Despite Acadia National Park turning 100, some in County have never visited

on Aug. 18, 2016, at 1:01 a.m.
Despite the Acadia National Park marking its centennial, there are some Aroostook County residents who have just never made the trip.
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.

Aroostook County grand jury indictments – August 4, 2016

on Aug. 12, 2016, at 1:01 a.m.
Among other indictments on August 4, 2016, an Aroostook County grand jury indicted a kidnapping suspect for the alleged assault of a corrections officer.

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 …

Houlton council uses surplus to ease tax burden

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 10, 2016, at 1:54 p.m.
Councilors voted to transfer $165,000 from the municipal surplus account in an effort to reduce taxes.

Pool sales rising with the temps

on Aug. 10, 2016, at 1:08 a.m.
Francine Lagasse, who owns and operates Francine’s Pools and Spas in St. Agatha, said she has noticed an increase in pool sales because of warmer weather.
Children and teenage volunteers who participated in one of Amy Woods Metherell's summer mini-camps in early July at the horse stable she operates, Horseplay Farm, pose for a photograph after finishing up the final event of the session, "painting" Henry, one of Metherell's horses, with nontoxic, washable paint. The short sessions on her stable property on the McSheffrey Road are designed to introduce young children to horses while teaching them about kindness and creativity.

At Houlton horse stable, woman sparks creativity, kindness in children

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 08, 2016, at 9:48 a.m.
“I love working with young children and introducing them to horses and seeing that spark in their eye when they first see a horse for the very first time,” Amy Woods Metherell said.
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 set a record for donations during the 2016 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.

Feed The County Food Drive has record-breaking year

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 02, 2016, at 3:54 p.m.
A statewide food drive geared toward feeding the needy in Aroostook County enjoyed a record-breaking year for monetary donations, according to one of the organizers.
Caeley Brown stands next to a portrait of a lion she produced in her Houlton living room recently. The self-taught artist, who is a nursing student at the University of Maine, prefers to create art for "the pure joy of it" and does not plan to make a career of it.

Nursing student’s artistic talents on display at Houlton hospital

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 01, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
Denise Brown said visitors have lauded her daughter’s lifelike portraits of Morgan Freeman, Patrick Swayze’s magnetic gaze as he dances with Jennifer Grey in the famous scene from “Dirty Dancing,” and the piercing eyes of Leonardo Dicaprio.

Blaine home destroyed in fire

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 01, 2016, at 1:19 p.m.
A couple lost all of their possessions Monday after a fire destroyed their rental home.

Weather service predicts hot temps into August

on July 29, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
The National Weather Service in Caribou says the outlook for August calls for above-average temperatures to stick around in Northern Maine.
A Patten man suffered injuries Tuesday, July 27, 2016, after his tractor-trailer went off the road in Hodgdon. State police said he was negotiating a curve too quickly when he lost control of the vehicle.

Patten man seriously injured in Hodgdon tractor-trailer crash

By Jen Lynds on July 28, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
A Patten man suffered serious injuries Tuesday in a tractor-trailer crash on U.S. Route 1 in Hodgdon.
One of several storyboards that depict the history of Houlton is pictured near Gateway Crossing, the town's pedestrian footbridge in Riverfront Park in July 2009. The town is considering drafting an ordinance to ban smoking in the park due to an escalating issue with cigarette butts being left on the ground and in the picnic areas.

Houlton council to consider ordinance to ban smoking in Riverfront Park

By Jen Lynds on July 27, 2016, at 4:33 p.m.
Town officials in Houlton are considering an ordinance to prohibit smoking in Riverfront Park due to an escalating issue with litter in the newest such area in the community.
A man dives into the cool water of the Atlantic Ocean in Northport Tuesday early afternoon.

Hot weather in Maine predicted to last into August

By Jen Lynds on July 27, 2016, at 3:17 p.m.
Officials at the National Weather Service in Caribou said Wednesday that a warming trend that began in June has continued into July, and the outlook for August calls for the above-average temperatures to stick around.

Potato industry touts benefits of potassium

on July 27, 2016, at 1:14 a.m.
The Maine Potato Board is hopeful that adding potassium to FDA food labels will help potato sales and promote one of Maine’s primary crops.

Police ramp up search for missing Houlton woman

on July 26, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
Police executed a search warrant Tuesday at the home where Cassandra Nicole Bell, who is considered missing and endangered, was last seen, extending their grid search area in the community.