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Harvest Fest

Houlton Pioneer Times Photo/Joseph Cyr
NE-CLR-HarvestFest-dc2-pt-39Sonny Folsom gives tractor rides to children Saturday at the annual Harvest Festival in downtown Houlton. A large crowd came out for

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Council approves cemetery fee increase

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — The third time proved to be the charm in passing along a rate increase for cremated remains.
    Members of the Houlton Town Council had previously discussed the rate increase at two prior meetings, but each time, expressed reluctance to raise the cost of a burial.

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Community event brings healing

Pioneer Times photo/Gloria Austin
NE-CLR-memorial-dc-pt-39REMEMBERING — On Saturday, the first “Mike and Heidi” Memorial Ride/Walk was held in Oakfield to remember a slain couple, Mike Kitchen and Heidi Pratt. During the walk, participants planted bulbs in a raised garden bed on the couple’s vacant house lot. Remembering her sister, Brenda Hersey, left, and her relatives Jerri and Rebecca Crandall Anderson, right, get ready to plant their bulbs.

By Gloria Austin

Staff Writer
    OAKFIELD — It was a bittersweet ceremony for two people whose fate is still haunting those in the tight-knit community of Oakfield.
    On Saturday, the first “Mike and Heidi” Memorial Ride/Walk was held in memory of a slain couple, Mike Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49. The couple was killed in their home Sept. 23, 2013, before it was set ablaze. Thirty-two-year-old Matthew Davis of Houlton was charged with those murders.

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RSU 50 budget heads to referendum

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer
    DYER BROOK — Four weeks into the school year and RSU 50 is still attempting to finalize its budget for the year.
    Residents of Crystal, Dyer Brook, Hersey, Island Falls, Merrill, Moro, Mt. Chase, Oakfield, Patten, Sherman, Smyrna and Stacyville will vote on the proposed budget at the Oct. 2 referendum. This will be the third time RSU 50 residents will vote on a budget. The last two times, the referendum was defeated at the local polls.

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It’s potato digging time once again

By Scott Mitchell Johnson
Staff Writer
    PRESQUE ISLE — Many Aroostook County schools are now closed for potato harvest recess and farm machinery and crews are in the field.

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Mock disaster drill planned Saturday

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — Emergency response teams from around Aroostook County will converge on the Tate and Lyle facility Saturday morning for a mock disaster drill.

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Staying warm

Pioneer Times Photo/Joseph Cyr
NE-CLR-Fans-dc2-pt-39A large group of football fans braved the cold temperatures Friday night to watch Houlton High School take on Dexter in their first night game. Temperatures dropped to the 40s during the game, making it a chilly night

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This week's PDF - September 24, 2014

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

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