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HPD, sheriff add less lethal options
By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
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Houlton Police Chief Joe McKenna, right, reviews the department's newest weapon -- a bean bag shotgun -- for officers to use with patrolman Theron Bickford. The weapon is used when situations needing less than lethal force are required.  
 

HOULTON — In the ongoing effort to provide law enforcement officials with the tools needed to do their jobs, both the Houlton Police Department and Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office

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Sprinkler time!
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Cooling off in the sprinkler at the Just For Kids Playground in Houlton Monday is Jasmine Roshto. Temperatures soared into the upper 80s over the weekend and into Monday before cooler weather broke early Tuesday.  
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Boy and Boot gets makeover
By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
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Houlton's Boy and the Boot statue has been restored and is fully functioning thanks to the efforts of the Houlton Fire Department and a private individual who collected nearly $1,000 for the project. The iconic statue is celebrating its 100th anniversary in the Shiretown.
 

HOULTON — For 100 years, the town has served host to a picturesque sculpture with a mysterious background.

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Houlton's own statue came with mystery
By Michael Clark
Special to the Pioneer Times

Editor’s Note: The following is a first-person history of the Boy and the Boot statue by Michael Clark, a Houlton resident who has been one of the biggest supporters of keeping the statue in its pristine condition.

HOULTON — In 1914, Clara P. Frisbie left the sum of $1,000 to the town to be used to beautify Monument Park. In 1916, Robert Palmer, who was superintendent of parks, prepared a spot on the corner of Main Street and Broadway, just be

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Bear earns ‘Legislator of the Year’ award
By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer

HOULTON — For two terms in the Maine House of Representatives, Henry John Bear has tried to bring a better understanding of issues facing Native American people in the state to his fellow legislators.

Now, his efforts have been recognized by the Maine American Legion. A resident of Houlton, Bear was selected by the American Legion as one of the group’s “Legislators of the Year” at its annual state convention Saturday, June 18 in Bangor. The presentation was

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Midnight Madness celebrates 30th year
By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer

HOULTON — For 30 years, the streets of downtown Houlton have come alive and stayed that way into the wee hours of the evening as part of the annual Midnight Madness celebration.

Saturday will be a busy day in the Shiretown with a bundle of activities planned. Local merchants are busily preparing for the shopping event and are hoping for record sales. Each participating business is encouraged to decorate or dress up based on the theme of the event. Whichever busine

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Boat owners, operators decry reporting mandate
By Jen Lynds
Staff Writer
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Boaters prepare to leave the wharf at Rideout’s Lodge & Cabins in Weston on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. A large crowd of citizens who occupy East Grand Lake for both pleasure and profit during the summer have expressed frustration at enhanced enforcement of reporting requirements for boaters that they bemoaned as both an annoyance and detrimental to business.  
 

WESTON — A large crowd of citizens who occupy East Grand Lake for b

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