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Asselin named Houlton’s new town manager

NE-CLR-Town-Manager-dc-pt-31Butch Asselin
By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    HOULTON — The town has turned to a familiar face to be its next town manager.
    Police Chief Butch Asselin was unanimously supported as the next municipal leader during Monday night’s town council meeting. Asselin replaces Eugene Conlogue who served as town manager from September 2012 until his abrupt resignation on April 18. Prior to that, Doug Hazlett served as town manager for seven years.

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Wings and Wheels soars to success

Pioneer Times photos/Gloria Austin
FS-wingswheels-dc10-pt-31UP AND AROUND — Stunt pilot Jim Parker entertains the crowd at the second annual Wings and Wheels by flying sideways, upside down and straight up and back, while throwing in a few loops and barrel rolls. The Jim Parker Airshows was a new piece added to this year’s show that turned out to be a hit.

Second annual event draws thousands to airport

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — It was the perfect day for roaming around at Houlton International Airport. A slight breeze, sunny skies and the second Wings and Wheels event.
    Around 2,500 people agreed.

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Mil rate remains steady

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — For the second straight year, taxes will remain stable in the Shiretown.
    Thanks to efforts Monday evening by the Houlton Town Council to creatively fund several line items in the 2014 budget, the town will be able to keep its mil rate steady at $21.75 per $1,000 of valuation.

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Annual Peanut Carnival, parade return Aug. 6-7

    HOULTON — The “Just For Kids” summer program, sponsored by the Houlton Recreation Department, will once again hold its annual Peanut Parade and Carnival. This year’s parade is set for Wednesday, Aug 6, at 10 a.m. in downtown Houlton.

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Expansion tabbed at Riverfront Park

Pioneer Times Photo/Joseph Cyr
NE-CLR-Riverfront Park-dc-pt-30NEW  TABLES — Members of the Riverfront Park committee check out the new picnic tables at the park. Members include, seated from left, Lori Weston, economic development director for Houlton, and Jane Torres, Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce executive director; and standing, committee members Don Collins, Scott Dionne, Roger Larson and Bob Anderson.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    HOULTON — Taking a stroll along the Meduxnekeag River in Houlton is a far different experience than it was generations ago.
    A parcel that was home to a prosperous lumber and hardware store in the late 1960s and early ‘70s (Horten Building Supplies) has blossomed into a picturesque picnic area now known as Riverfront Park.

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Potato farmers eye healthy crop

Recent rain welcomed in the County
By Scott Mitchell Johnson
Staff Writer
    While soggy fairgoers may not have appreciated the recent rain, those in the potato industry are welcoming the precipitation.
    Gregg Garrison of Double G Farms, Inc. in Blaine said Friday that rain was needed.
    “We are a little dry; we could use some rain, but if we get some timely rains, we’ve got the potential to have a real nice crop,” he said. “My kids and I actually picked some samples for the Fair this morning and the crop looks like it’s in really good shape.

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This week's PDF - July 30, 2014

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

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