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Memorial ride, walk planned in Oakfield to honor couple

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NE-CLR-Walk-dcx-pt-35IN MEMORY — A ride and walk will be held in the Oakfield area to honor the memory of Mike Kitchen and Heidi Pratt on Saturday, Sept. 20.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    OAKFIELD — It was nearly one year ago that the small community of Oakfield was stunned by the shocking murder of Michael Kitchen and Heidi Pratt.
    On Sept. 23, 2013, Kitchen, 51, and Pratt, 49, were killed in their home before it was set ablaze. A 32-year-old Houlton man, Matthew Davis, was charged with those murders. His trial is expected to start sometime this fall.

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Flags, flowers honor memory of slain soldier

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NE-CLR-Patten flags-dc-pt-33IN MEMORY — Flags and flowers line Main Street in Patten in memory of Specialist Dustin J. Harris, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Each year, Marty Arbo places the flags, while Green Valley Association clients tend to the flowers. Showing off the flowers and flags are, from left, Rowena Harvey, Rae Bates, Laurie Porter and Reona Porter.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    PATTEN — Thanks to the continued efforts of honoring a local veteran’s ultimate sacrifice, Main Street in Patten comes alive each summer with an impressive array of military flags and flower barrels.

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Restructuring plan detailed for RSU 29

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — Back-to-school time can be a difficult transition for many children. After a summer filled with days of sleeping in, getting back into a regular routine is often challenging.
    For students in RSU 29, however, that regular routine will be dramatically different for several grades as the district has instituted a number of substantial changes for the 2014-15 school year.

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Rockwell named Houlton Higher Education Center interim director

NE-CLR-HHEC-dcx-pt-35Tracy Rockwell
    HOULTON — The University of Maine at Presque Isle announced that Tracy Rockwell has been appointed in mid-August to serve as interim director of the Houlton Higher Education Center for the upcoming semester.
    Rockwell replaces Chuck Ames, who served the University for more than 30 years.

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Tuesday vigil

Pioneer Times photo/Joseph Cyr
NE-CLR-Vigil-dc-pt-35People gathered outside the Houlton District Courthouse Tuesday morning to raise awareness for stopping animal abuse. Taking part in the event are,

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RSU 29 budget vote is today

The RSU 29 school budget referendum will be held today, Wednesday, Aug. 27, with polls open in each of the four communities that make up the district. The poll times are as

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This week's PDF - August 27, 2014

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

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