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Four-year-old Harper Pearson started her first ever day of public school as a pre-kindergarten student at Fort Kent Elementary School on Thursday, Aug. 17. Behind Harper is her sister Emmy Lou Demar, a first grader.

They’re back to school in The County

on Aug. 17, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.
In Fort Kent, Maine School Administrative District No. 27 buses buzzed about town Thursday morning, stopping the flow of traffic every so often to gather up children, who were sporting new shoes and clothes and were carrying backpacks that were sure to be heavier on the ride home.
Chuck Cabannis of Vassalboro reeled in the biggest fish -- 45 ⅞ inches long -- in the Fort Kent-based International Muskie Derby held over the weekend.

Fishermen, ploye fans enjoy weekend of festivities in Fort Kent area

on Aug. 14, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.
This year marked the 10th that the derby partners with the annual Ploye Festival, which the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors, making for a busy and well-visited town during the weekend.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Masardis

on Aug. 14, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
The operator, who was not wearing a helmet, lost control of the motorcycle, hit an embankment and went airborne into a patch of trees.

Masardis man severely injured in motorcycle crash

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 14, 2017, at 8:12 a.m.
Devin Stoltz, 39, suffered serious injuries after he failed to navigate a corner and crashed into a group of trees.

Storms knock out power to more than 5,000 Mainers

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 13, 2017, at 5:05 p.m.
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Two people stop to comfort Joseph Culver (center) of Charlottesville, Virginia, as he kneels at a late night vigil to pay his respect for a friend injured in a car attack on counter protesters after the "Unite the Right" rally organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017.

Mainers rally in support of Charlottesville victims

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 13, 2017, at 1:23 p.m.
People from across the state are organizing vigils and rallies to stand in solidarity with the victims of the weekend violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one dead and 19 injured.
Charolette Grange works hard to earn a top spot in the children's Ploye Eating Contest on Friday evening during Fort Kent's Ploye Festival.

Muskie Derby, Ploye Festival draw hundreds to Fort Kent

on Aug. 12, 2017, at 7:39 a.m.
The 24th Annual Ploye Festival is now in its 10th year combining with the International Muskie Derby. The events have regularly drawn hundreds of St. John Valley residents, visiting relatives, anglers and vacationers exploring what northern Maine has to offer.

PenAir says PI service unaffected by bankruptcy

on Aug. 11, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
The company said that it will, however, maintain its Boston regional hub that operates flights to Bar Harbor, Presque Isle and Plattsburg, New York, along with its Alaska routes.
This earthen dike is the eastern terminus of the large levee protecting downtown Fort Kent from flood waters of the St. John River. A proposal would extend the levee to the Fish River bridge on East Main Street.

Border Commission awards $250,000 for Fort Kent levee extension

on Aug. 11, 2017, at 1:51 p.m.
In 2008, both rivers crested at the same time, inundating the area, forcing the evacuation of area residents, and causing millions of dollars worth of damage to buildings and infrastructure. Addressing deficiencies in the town’s levee protection system was identified as a high priority in the community’s most recent Capital Investment Program.

Fraudulent Phone Call Alert

on Aug. 11, 2017, at 9:06 a.m.
Rail bridges such as this one crossing Dickey Brook in Frenchville are slated for repairs or replacement in the next three years as part of a nearly $16 million Maine Northern Railways project. Nearly half of the cost is being funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Nearly $16 million in work to strengthen rail system in Aroostook, northern Penobscot

on Aug. 10, 2017, at 2:37 p.m.
The project will allow the Maine Northern Railway to carry more freight and improve possibilities for job growth.
Clement Thibodeau, 85, of Caribou was last seen in Caribou on Saturday, July 15. Maine State Police have issued a Silver Alert in hopes of locating Thibodeau, who is believed to be driving a gray 2013 Chevrolet Equinox with license plate number 638A.

DEEMI using aerial photography in search for missing priest from Caribou

on Aug. 10, 2017, at 2:31 p.m.
Bishop Robert P. Deeley of the Catholic Diocese of Portland also issued a statement offering “sincere thanks to the many public safety officials and local residents who have searched for Fr. Clement Thibodeau in recent weeks.”

Police shoot injured nuisance bear in Madawaska

on Aug. 08, 2017, at 9:07 a.m.
The bear had been reported in the area near the Gateway Motel on U.S. Route 1 earlier this spring, when residents said it appeared to have some sort of fishing trap or other contraption stuck on one of its front legs.
Contractors with Mid-Maine Restoration, Inc. put the finishing touches on the gold leaf project atop the Aroostook County Superior Courthouse in Houlton. The clock tower cupola was restored with gold leaf thanks to a private fundraiser.

Clock tower makeover glowing gold over Houlton

on Aug. 07, 2017, at 5:38 p.m.
The clock tower cupola and weather vane were restored to their original grandeur with the application of gold leaf, thanks to a private fundraising effort that raised nearly $16,000 for the project.
Convicted murderer Anthony Lord walks into court at the Penobscot Judicial Center, where he was sentenced Monday to life imprisonment.

Man who killed two in 2015 rampage gets life for murders

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 07, 2017, at 5:03 p.m.
Anthony Lord, 37, of Crystal, who killed two people and wounded three others in a two-county rampage over two days in July 2015, was sentenced Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to life in prison.

Family dog that fatally mauled newborn boy to be euthanized

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 07, 2017, at 11:10 a.m.
No charges will be filed in the July 29 mauling death of an infant in Bangor, but the dog will be euthanized.
A Mars Hill teen was charged with felony theft after a state trooper found nine stolen traffic and town line signs at his home while investigating an unrelated matter.

Teen faces felony theft charge after state police find stolen traffic signs in his home

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 06, 2017, at 9:53 a.m.
A Mars Hill teen faces a felony theft charge after a state trooper found stolen traffic and town line signs inside his home on Saturday.

Caribou ambulance heavily damaged after striking utility pole in Monticello

on Aug. 04, 2017, at 11:40 a.m.
“The pole broke away from the base and a power transformer dislodged and fell to the ground. The power lines became tangled in the trees, causing a power surge leading to the outage.”
The Rev. David Raymond, pastor of the Parish of the Precious Blood, presides over a prayer service at the Sacred Heart Church in Caribou on Wednesday night, seeking the safe return of missing former priest Clement Thibodeau, 85, who has been missing since July 15. More than 100 gathered at the church to pray and offer their support.

Community prays for missing Caribou priest

on Aug. 03, 2017, at 2:38 p.m.
“Today Lord, we cry out to you on behalf of Father Clem who is missing. We, his family and friends anxiously and patiently await his safe return or just to hear news of his whereabouts.”
An Amish driver, horse and buggy travel on Forest Avenue in Fort Fairfield in September 2011.


Paul Cyr Photography (paulcyr.zenfolio.com)

Fort Fairfield group, Amish community partner on road safety

on Aug. 02, 2017, at 3:39 p.m.
They are distributing a brochure called “Sharing the Road Safely: Amish Horse Drawn Vehicles and Motor Vehicles,” and aiming to have the publication included in local driver training classes. They are distributing a brochure called “Sharing the Road Safely: Amish Horse Drawn Vehicles and Motor Vehicles,” and aiming to have the publication included in local driver training classes.