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Council OKs $10.4 million spending plan

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — By a split vote, the Houlton Town Council approved a $10,399,677 spending plan for 2015 during a special meeting Jan. 20, but not without considerable discussion, and a little bit of controversy.

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What a storm!

Houlton Pioneer Times Photo/Joseph Cyr
NE-CLR-Snow-dc1-pt-4Tuesday saw heavy snow and high winds hit southern Aroostook County. Schools and many businesses closed their doors early as the storm was expected to intensify

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Houlton’s role in the history of the War of 1812 discussed

Pioneer Times photo/Gloria Austin
FS-library-dc-pt-03HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS — Librarian Linda Faucher and Leigh Cummings III display historical documents that tie Houlton to the War of 1812. The oath administered by the British authorities to the Houlton settlers and the list of those who signed are on display at Cary Library, as well as several maps outlining the Grand Communication Route.

By Gloria Austin

Staff Writer
    HOULTON — On Jan. 12, Major W.E. (Gary) Campbell of New Maryland, N.B was to speak at Cary Library on his book “The Road to Canada,” and the importance the Shiretown played within the War of 1812.
    But, due to slippery, snow covered roads, Campbell was unable to attend. However, Leigh Cummings, Jr. stepped in to read Campbell’s “script” to those who attended the lecture at the library.

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Mill Pond School crowns spelling champion

Pioneer Times Photo/Joseph Cyr
NE-CLR-MillPond-Spell-dc1-pt-4MOVING ON — Olivia Morris, left, was crowned Mill Pond School’s Spelling Bee champion Friday. Also moving on is runner-up Madison Bolling, right. With the two students is “Bee Master” Stephanie Harris.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    HODGDON — Spelling difficult words on a stage in front of your peers is never an easy proposition, but that did not deter 15 students in grades 6-8 from competing Friday in the annual Mill Pond School Spelling Bee for the right to move on the Aroostook County competition.

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11th annual Northern Star fundraiser kicks off Friday, Houlton show is Sunday

By Scott Mitchell Johnson
Staff Writer
    PRESQUE ISLE — The 11th annual Northern Star regional singing competition, which serves as a fundraiser for the United Way of Aroostook, kicks off Friday night in the St. John Valley. Productions in Presque Isle and Houlton will follow Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

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Three cheers

Bangor Daily News Photo/Ashley Conti
NE-CLR-HoultonCheer-dc-pt-4The Houlton High School cheering squad leaps in unison while performing Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor as part of

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Monticello to hold RSU 29 withdrawal hearing Wednesday

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    MONTICELLO — Residents of Monticello will soon be asked if they wish to begin the process of withdrawing from RSU 29.
    To initiate a withdrawal process, a petition bearing the signatures of at least 10 percent of registered voters from the last gubernatorial election must be submitted. A total of 337 ballots were cast last November, so only 34 names were needed to make a legal request.

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This week's PDF - January 28, 2015

A PDF version of this week's Houlton Pioneer Times is now available for download.

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