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Bridge to Hope walk raises $10,442

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NE-CLR-Ribbon-dcx-pt-43FIGHTING CANCER — The ninth annual Bridge to Hope cancer walk drew nearly 250 walkers to Houlton Saturday morning and helped raise $10,442 to assist local families in their cancer battles. The walk began with a balloon release at the Gentle Memorial Building followed by a short walk through downtown Houlton.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    HOULTON — When the first Bridge to Hope cancer walk was held in 2005, it drew about 50 people and raised about $800.

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Council hires Stewart, Ketch as department heads

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — The Houlton Town Council confirmed two new department heads during an Oct. 14 meeting, ending several months of interviews.
    Councilors unanimously approved the hiring of Christopher Stewart as public works director and Nancy Ketch as community development director and grant writer. Ketch takes over the post from Lori Weston, who resigned Aug. 10 to take a job at Bangor Savings Bank.

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ACAP, Region Two sign partnership for early childhood education program

Pioneer Times photo/Gloria Austin
FS-CLR-acap-dc1-pt-43SIGNING — David Keaton, left, director of Region Two School of Applied Technology, and Connie Sandstrom, executive director of the Aroostook County Action Program, signed a memorandum of understanding agreement to enhance the early childhood education of local high school students. The agreement brings Head Start students and Region Two early childhood education students together in the classroom to build skills and provide experiences that will benefit all.

    HOULTON — The Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP) and Region Two School of Applied Technology came together Oct. 15 to form a unique partnership in Aroostook County.
    Connie Sandstrom, ACAP executive director, and Dave Keaton, director of Region Two School of Applied Technology, signed a memorandum of understanding agreement to enhance the early childhood education of local high school students participating in that program.

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Collins, Bellows hold first debate in County

By Paula Brewer
Special to the Houlton Pioneer Times
    PRESQUE ISLE — Though they found some common ground on veterans’ benefits and public education, U.S. Senate candidates Shenna Bellows, a Democrat, and incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins remained divided on raising the minimum wage and providing universal health care during Monday night’s debate in Presque Isle.

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Hodgdon-Houlton school systems open after-school programs

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NE-CLR-AfterSchool-dcx1-pt-42MIXING IT UP — Hodgdon High School’s Anna Neher creates a tasty treat as part of the After-School program.

    The After-school Programs (ASP) in Hodgdon and Houlton are off to a spectacular start. These programs are funded by the 21st Century Grants, which are directed and managed by Maine Family Resource Center (MFRC), a non-profit organization, based in Danforth.  

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Newspaper wins 12 press association awards

    AUBURN — The Houlton Pioneer Times won 12 awards in the 2014 Maine Press Association Better Newspaper Contest as the organization held its annual fall conference Oct. 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn.
    Staff Writer Joseph Cyr won six first-place awards. His article on the local reaction to the Boston Marathon bombing took top honors in the Spot News category.

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This week's PDF - October 22, 2014

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

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