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100th anniversary of deputy’s disappearance

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NE-CLR-Hillman-dc-ptar-51INVESTIGATING — Sgt. Luke Dyer of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department is trying to get the name of Deputy Harold C. Hillman added to the national registry for slain officers.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    ISLAND FALLS — On Dec. 21, 1914, Aroostook County Sheriff’s Deputy Harold C. Hillman left his Island Falls home for what his wife thought was a routine police matter.

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Sisters carry on legacy

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FS-CLR-ketch-dcx2-pt-51FOREVER SEAT  — Houlton Middle/High School officials have marked a seat in the reserved section in memory of Jack Ketch, who passed away in June. Ketch was a life-long Houlton basketball fan.

Longtime Shire fan honored

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer
    It was his place. His spot. Never contested. He could chitchat and joke with everyone around him. He could bellow at those passing by. It was after all the best seat, according to him.

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Council gives initial OK to $10,389,996 budget

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — If the town’s proposed 2015 budget is approved as presented, residents of Houlton may see yet another hike in their property tax bills.
    The town council agreed to bring forth a 2015 spending package in the amount of $10,389,996 during a special meeting Monday. That budget figure, which is an increase of $536,891 (5.1 percent) over last year, is based on the recommendations of the Board of Budget Review and Town Manager Butch Asselin.

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Rest area receives funding

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — Thanks to ongoing efforts between the town of Houlton, the Aroostook County Commissioners and the Maine Tourism Association, the Visitor Information Center should be funded for 2015.
    According to Houlton Town Manager Butch Asselin, the Maine Tourism Association has agreed to give $30,000 to the town to use for the center, while the Aroostook County Commissioners are providing an additional $15,000.

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Hugs for Santa

Houlton Pioneer Times Photo/Joseph Cyr
NE-CLR-RecSanta-dc2-pt-51HUGS FOR SANTA — Cloey Nightingale, 6, of Houlton is all  smiles as she gives Santa a big hug Saturday at the Gentle Memorial

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AARP Maine debuts film to spotlight Friends of Aroostook

    HOULTON — AARP Maine announced Friday the statewide release of “With Friends Like These,” a new short film spotlighting the extraordinary story of a community program in Aroostook County dedicated to feeding the hungry in Maine by donating their own locally grown and harvested produce.

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This week's PDF - December 17, 2014

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

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