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First tree

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NE CLR Trees dc pt 20The makeover of downtown Houlton began early Monday morning as the first of 25 Linden and Japanese Lilac trees was planted in front of the Elks Lodge on Main Street.

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RSU 29 budget passes second hurdle

Pioneer Times Photo/Joseph Cyr
NE CLR RSU 29 bdgt dc pt 20SWEARING IN — Jon Bither, right, signs documents after being sworn in Monday evening as moderator for the RSU 29 district budget meeting. To his right is Kelly Grant, supertinendent’s secretary. In the background, seated from left are board members Sue Tortello, Jim Quirk and Fred Grant along with Superintendent Mike Hammer.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    HOULTON — A group of about 60 individuals spent little more than an hour Monday approving a $12.87 million budget for RSU 29.
    Monday night’s meeting featured very few comments from the public, which was a far cry from last year’s gathering where many individuals posed questions and suggested revisions. This time around, the budget was approved without any modifications from the public.

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Red Cross joins community to honor Real Heroes

Staff Photo/Joshua Archer
NE Heroes DC7 All 20CHOSEN — Heather Miller, middle, of Houlton received the Extra Mile Award. With Miller are Karen Thibodeau, left, branch manager of Machias Savings Bank; and Nicole Thibodeau, assistant branch manager of Machias Savings Bank.

By Joshua Archer

Staff Writer
    CARIBOU — Those who dared to be more than ordinary over the past year were honored last Wednesday at the Red Cross Annual Real Heroes Breakfast.

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State convention

Pioneer Times Photo/Gloria Austin
NE clr knights dc pt 20The Knights of Columbus held the State of Maine Fourth Degree Exemplification in Houlton

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Community Market opens Saturday

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — After a long winter break, vendors at Houlton’s Community Market are anxious to get out and showcase their goods starting Saturday.

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Hodgdon announces honor parts

    Hodgdon High School Principal Mary Harbison has announced the honor parts for the Class of 2015. Rachel Harmon has been named valedictorian, while Hannah Sherman is salutatorian; and Jessi Tracy is first honor essayist.
    Rachel Claire Harmon is the daughter of Dennis and Jennifer Harmon of Hodgdon. She has participated in varsity soccer, hockey and softball for all four years. She was captain of both her soccer and softball teams, as well as her school’s club volleyball team.

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VaJoWa celebrates 50th

Pioneer Times photo/Gloria Austin
sp vajowa s pt 18CELEBRATING 50 — VaJoWa Golf Club in Island Falls is celebrating its 50th season. Getting ready for a host of events through the summer are, from left, Warren Walker, general manager and Dave Grant is the new professional at the club, who will be overseeing the club, while offering individual lessons, junior golf, along with clinics.

By Gloria Austin

Staff Writer
    ISLAND FALLS — Looking at VaJoWa Golf Course today, many would never know that it was once primarily grazing land, as Vaughan Walker’s cattle herd would roam the hillsides. The golf course has been etched out of rocks and grassy farmland to become one of the most challenging courses in southern Aroostook.

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This week's PDF - May 20, 2015

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

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