Steve Rusnack and his daughter, Isabelle.

Teen, 2 men honored for life-saving efforts by Aroostook Red Cross

By Jen Lynds on May 27, 2015, at 6:12 a.m.
CARIBOU | Just after 10 p.m. on May 15 last year, Steve Rusnack of St. John Plantation came upon a car accident on Route 161 in St. Francis, where the driver had lost control and flipped over his vehicle. As Rusnack approached, he saw a flicker of flame rise …

Time Warner buys Houlton-based Polaris Cable

By Darren Fishell on May 26, 2015, at 5:16 p.m.
Internet giant Time Warner Cable in May purchased the Houlton-based cable provider Polaris Cable for an undisclosed price. Time Warner Cable Northeast LLC disclosed the May 1 purchase in a filing with state utilities regulators Friday, seeking approval to provide phone services in the service areas of Houlton, East Millinocket, …

Fellowship supper to feature Siket’s prize-winning chili

on May 26, 2015, at 3:31 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Some like it hot, some like it medium and others like it mild, but most will be captivated by the special recipe, prize-winning chili cooked up and offered up by the Rev. Bruce Siket at the May 30 fellowship supper being held in the parish hall immediately following the …
A Maine Forest Service helicopter makes another round with a water bucket in tow to extinguish a Memorial Day fire in a field adjacent to a wooded area near 330 Belanger Road in Caribou.

Fire burns nearly 6 acres in Caribou

By Joshua Archer, Aroostook Republican & News on May 26, 2015, at 2:31 p.m.
A fire that engulfed a wooded area near 330 Belanger Road in Caribou was put to rest Memorial Day thanks to the efforts of the Maine Forest Service and members of the Caribou Fire Department. Forest Ranger Mike Daigle said Tuesday that the fire, which was reported …
Blake Emery (center) is 20 years old and was born with severe brain damage because of strokes he suffered during his mother's pregnancy. As a result, he has developed multiple medical issues and is confined to a wheelchair. His family has entered a contest to win a handicapped accessible Van. He is pictured here with his brother, Alex, and sister, Tori.

Presque Isle family hopes to win handicapped-accessible van in contest

By Jen Lynds on May 26, 2015, at 6:07 a.m.
Twenty-years ago, when Wendy Emery’s son Blake was born with severe brain damage because of strokes he suffered during her pregnancy, she knew each day going forward would have some difficulties. It soon became apparent, however, that despite multiple medical issues that left him confined to …

Large fire burns in Caribou

By Evan Belanger on May 25, 2015, at 5:25 p.m.
Firefighters are battling a large fire in Caribou. The blaze is under the jurisdiction the Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department. Assistant Capt. Danny Raymond said four other departments have responded to help contain the fire as well as the Maine Forest Service, which is using a helicopter to help combat …

SAD 33 proposed $3.3M budget less than 1 percent over last year’s, but local share going up

By Julia Bayly on May 25, 2015, at 8:34 a.m.
FRENCHVILLE | Residents in SAD 33 are looking at an $88,132 increase to the local tax appropriation to fund education due to a more than 10 percent loss of funding from the state. “The state’s share of the budget is down $188,371,” said SAD 33 Superintendent Fern Desjardins. “Local …
A truck carrying potatoes overturned and spilled its load Sunday at Bangor and Barton roads in Linneus. The road was temporarily blocked while the truck was removed from the roadway.

Spuds ditched when farm truck spills its load Sunday

By Julia Bayly on May 25, 2015, at 8:25 a.m.
LINNEUS | A truckload of seed potatoes ended up in a ditch Sunday and not in a field when it overturned in southern Aroostook and spilled its load, according to Sgt. Brian Harris of the Maine State Police. Christopher Hagan of Houlton, no age given, was driving a 1994 …

State forces Easton to conduct first revaluation since 1992

By Kathy McCarty, Presque Isle Star-Herald on May 24, 2015, at 9:56 a.m.
A revaluation project mandated by the state is under way in Easton, involving all residential and commercial properties, with the exception of McCain Foods and Huber, which are already valued at 100 percent. “Easton’s last revaluation occurred in 1992. State officials came last year and told us …

Gateway Bridge repairs planned in Houlton

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on May 24, 2015, at 9:43 a.m.
Repairs to the town’s Gateway Crossing Bridge will now happen without impacting local taxpayer dollars. The Houlton Town Council voted May 11 to expand its downtown Tax Increment Finance district to include the Gateway Crossing Bridge so funds from that district could be used to pay for …
A hummingbird waits out a snow squall Saturday morning in Danforth.

Snow graces The County on Memorial Day weekend

By Evan Belanger and Kaylie Reese on May 23, 2015, at 6:55 a.m.
CARIBOU | Residents in some parts of northern Maine kicked off their Memorial Day weekend with snowfall. The National Weather Service in Caribou reports there were accumulations of approximately 0.3 inches in some parts of northern Maine early Saturday morning. The snow melted quickly, according to forecaster Mark Bloomer. …

Monticello man convicted of stealing workers’ comp loses appeal

By Jen Lynds on May 22, 2015, at 3:35 p.m.
PORTLAND | Maine’s highest court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a Monticello man who collected more than $45,000 in workers’ compensation benefits while operating an engine repair business. Stephen Tucker Sr., 63, was convicted of theft by deception in April 2014 by an Aroostook County jury. The Monticello …
Ryan Pelletier

St. John Valley native new Frenchville town manager

By Julia Bayly on May 22, 2015, at 12:21 p.m.
Before taking over as Frenchville town manager, Ryan Pelletier worked two decades in road construction, and he is hoping the contacts he made along the way will help ease the transition into his new job. “After working in construction for 22 years, I was looking for a …
Shelley Spiers cuddles a baby chick, one of the 1,200 that arrived at Bouchards' Country Store on Thursday.

Day-old chicks cause cute ruckus at Fort Kent farm supply store

By Julia Bayly on May 22, 2015, at 6:36 a.m.
Call it a case of extreme carpooling. Bright and early Thursday morning Janice Bouchard was on her way back to Fort Kent from Caribou with 1,200 day-old chicks in her car destined for her Bouchard’s Country Store. “When Janice called from the road, you could really …
One lane of Interstate 95 in Oakfield was shut down and will remain closed Wednesday evening, May 20, 2015, after a tractor-trailer hauling a delimber struck the overpass.

I-95 overpass struck by delimber has ‘major structural damage’

By Jen Lynds on May 21, 2015, at 3:25 p.m.
OAKFIELD | One lane of Interstate 95 will remain closed at least until September because of damage caused to an overpass struck by a delimber being hauled on a tractor-trailer Wednesday. A beam supporting the overpass sustained “major structural damage” and will need to be repaired, a team of …

Aroostook Outdoor News: 5.21.15 edition

on May 21, 2015, at 2:13 p.m.
42 #ThingsToDo #Outdoors in (or near) #Aroostook in the next 38 days. How many can you do? In this edition: 1) An Owl Prowl in Caribou. 2) A nighttime glow run in Presque Isle. 3) A color run and kite festival just across the border in New Brunswick. Plus lots …

Houlton Community Market opening Saturday

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on May 21, 2015, at 1:13 p.m.
After a long winter break, vendors affiliated with the local Community Market are anxious to get out starting this Saturday to showcase their goods. The Community Market is held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from Memorial Day Weekend to Columbus Day. One new development this …
Dorothy Peterson in 1935

Stately pine on elderly woman’s mind before she died

By Kathryn Olmstead on May 21, 2015, at 11:47 a.m.
I had just packed the last load of stuff into the car before a 10-day trip near the end of April when the phone rang. “Are you the lady who writes for the newspaper?” the caller asked. Our chat was animated, but brief, full of facts and family history. She …
One lane of Interstate 95 in Oakfield was shut down Wednesday evening after a tractor-trailer hauling a delimber struck the overpass. State police Trooper Chuck Michaud said in a written statement Wednesday evening that the delimber was too high. The investigation is ongoing.

I-95 north reduced to one lane after delimber hits overpass in Oakfield

By Jen Lynds on May 20, 2015, at 6:53 p.m.
One lane of Interstate 95 in Oakfield was shut down Wednesday evening after a tractor-trailer hauling a delimber struck an overpass. The crash occurred at about 2:30 p.m., when Gary Theriault, 58, of Fort Kent was driving southbound on the Oakfield-Smyrna Road in a 2003 Western Star …

Pedestrian struck by car in Presque Isle

By Jen Lynds on May 19, 2015, at 6:24 p.m.
A Presque Isle woman escaped serious injury Tuesday afternoon when she was struck by a car while walking across a downtown street. Presque Isle police Cpl. Tom Pearson said that Jacqueline Goodine, 51, was hit while walking across the road at the intersection of Davis and …
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