One of the bulidings of the Maine Military Authority on the grounds of the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone.

LePage halts contract for Maine Military Authority in Limestone

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 23, 2016, at 5:23 p.m.
A contract executed by the Maine Military Authority was halted by Gov. Paul LePage today after he announced that it had been underbid, a move that he said resulted in unexpected costs to taxpayers while also threatening jobs at the Aroostook County facility.

Before addiction there’s a child

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 12:31 p.m.
A look at preventing one of the largest public health problems of this time.
The last time Jake had a full year of school was three years ago, in sixth grade.

The solitary journey of a Maine boy expelled from school

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 11:44 a.m.
It’s clear why many schools opt to kick out kids like Jake. But in the long run, doing so may cost more and make communities less safe.

Aroostook Outdoor News: 9.22.16 edition

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 2:14 p.m.
In this edition: 1) An #Allagash waterway trip departing from #Caribou. 2) Awareness and historical information walks in #FortKent and #PresqueIsle. 3) A celebration of the outdoors, trails, and #FallFoliage in #Madawaska. Plus lots more! #offugo… #AroostookThing of the week: the Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Moose and …
The grave markers of Jewett Williams' ancestors, which have been restored in preparation for the return of the Civil War veteran's remains from Oregon to the family burial site, can be seen Sept. 16 in Hodgdon.

Despite dispute, Maine Civil War veteran to be laid to rest in Hodgdon

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Sept. 22, 2016, at 2:11 p.m.
Hodgdon Town Manager Jim Griffin said town officials have been busy over the past week getting the cemetery ready for the ceremony.
Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier uses a magnifying glass and flashlight to examine the authenticity of a $20 bill on Wednesday morning.

Counterfeit bills found circulating in Fort Kent

By Jessica Potila, Fiddlehead Focus on Sept. 21, 2016, at 8:55 p.m.
Thus far, U.S. $20 and $50 bills have been discovered.
The entrance to The Aroostook Medical Center's emergency department and day surgery center can be seen in this June 2016 file photo.

Presque Isle hospital concerned about city pursuit of 911 service

By Anthony Brino on Sept. 21, 2016, at 4:36 p.m.
Presque Isle’s city government is set to run its own 911 and ambulance service in a move that’s being questioned by the long-time provider, The Aroostook Medical Center.
Northeast Pellets' Ashland mill after the reconstruction in 2011.

Ashland heating pellet mill scores UMFK biomass deal

By Anthony Brino on Sept. 21, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
Ashland-based Northeast Pellets has won a new contract with UMFK that’s set to boost employment.
University of Maine System Chancellor James Page.

UMS rolls out plan for unified budget for 7-campus system

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 19, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
The University of Maine System Board of Trustees approved Monday a plan that would ultimately give system leadership more oversight and control of spending at its seven campuses.
An 83-year-old Houlton man was hospitalized over the weekend after a crash in Littleton on Saturday.

Houlton man, 83, hospitalized after Littleton rollover

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 19, 2016, at 9:38 a.m.
The car vaulted into the air, rolled over once and came to rest on its roof.
Maine Focus
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services used federal funds in 2015 to pay for services for seniors and residents with disabilities even though federal law restricted the use of those funds to services for children and their families.

After denying it misused millions in welfare funds, Maine changed its spending to follow the law

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 19, 2016, at 6:13 a.m.
“The BDN has their facts wrong,” DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said in June. Then, her department retroactively changed its spending to line up with the law.
A map of the proposed Number Nine Wind Farm.

Despite energy deal loss, huge wind farm is still on track in Aroostook

By Anthony Brino on Sept. 19, 2016, at 6:08 a.m.
Despite the termination of an electricity purchase agreement, plans for what would be the largest wind farm in the state proposed for Aroostook County are still on track.
Maine Game Wardens Adrian Marquis (left) and Ed Christie (right) flank 13-year-old Zachary Gagnon as they get ready to take a boat ride on Long Lake. The wardens help Gagnon, who has a rare form of bone cancer, stay positive by keeping in touch and taking him for short trips, including aboard a plane.

Mom urges support for pediatric cancer research as son struggles with rare cancer

By Paula Brewer, Aroostook Republican & News on Sept. 18, 2016, at 12:22 p.m.
Peggy Gagnon of Caribou is on a mission to raise awareness and spark research to help combat childhood cancer.

Houlton councilor charged with domestic violence assault

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 16, 2016, at 4:40 p.m.
Houlton Police Department Acting Chief Daniel Pelletier confirmed on Friday that John White Jr., 40, of Houlton was taken into custody on the charge.

Aroostook Outdoor News: 9.15.16 edition

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 11:17 a.m.
In this edition: 1) Fundraising and awareness walks and runs in #FlorencevilleBristol, #Limestone, #Houlton, and #Millinocket. 2) The #CaribouMarathon in #Caribou. 3) #GreatMaineOutdoorWeekend #GMOW events in #AroostookCounty and statewide! Plus lots more! #offugo… #AroostookThing of the week: The Play4Zach Fundraiser in Caribou tonight. Rarely do I use this calendar to …
Rusty Metal Chickens practicing for the catwalk can get a bit distracted by tasty greens and grubs on the ground.

Move over Calendar Girls, it’s time for Rusty Metal Farm poultry photo shoot

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 15, 2016, at 2:35 p.m.
FORT KENT | Fame is such a fleeting thing, but even on Rusty Metal Farm there is always the chance for those 15 minutes of celebrity status. This week, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it’s the Rusty Metal chickens’ turn to shine in the spotlight and strut …

Maine Town and City Clerks Association announces annual awards winners

By Eliza Porter on Sept. 15, 2016, at 12:46 p.m.
STATE — Winners of the Maine Town and City Clerks Association annual awards are: * Kim McLaughlin, town clerk of Old Orchard Beach, was named Clerk of the Year on Sept. 13 at the Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association’s 21st annual business meeting. The award is presented annually to a …

Limestone Rotary Club seeks donations of items for 66th annual live auction

on Sept. 15, 2016, at 8:09 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Location: Limestone Community School, Limestone, Maine For more information: Phil Adams at 325-4136, Larry Zenzius at 325-4667 or Peter Huntress at 325-4948 LIMESTONE — The Limestone Rotary Club will hold its 66th annual live auction at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, …
Robert Craig

Florida man, 80, indicted in strangling death of Presque Isle resident

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 14, 2016, at 4:25 p.m.
VAN BUREN | An 80-year-old Florida man accused of strangling to death his 86-year-old Presque Isle neighbor has been indicted on a murder charge by the Aroostook County grand jury. Robert Craig of Clearwater, Florida was among the indictments handed down by the grand jury on Sept. 9, according …

Annual harvest supper at Wallagrass school

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 4:02 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Wallagrass Elementary School, 45 Church St., Wallagrass, Maine WALLAGRASS, Maine — The St. John Vianney Parish/St. Joseph Church annual harvest supper will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Wallagrass Elementary School. Adults $9; children $5; children under 4 free. …

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