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RSU 29 budget fails for second time

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — For the second time in a month, voters in RSU 29 have rejected a proposed budget for the upcoming school year.
    At the polls July 15, only 261 voters (5 percent) cast ballots. There are about 5,125 registered voters in the communities of Houlton, Littleton, Monticello and Hammond. The $12.75 million budget failed by a vote of 123 in favor, 138 opposed.

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Neighborhood gangs in Houlton

Photo by Karen Donato
FS-Gang1-dc-pt-29THE GANG’S ALL HERE — The “Charles Street Gang” with a few kids thrown in from Elm Street returned to Houlton over the Fourth of July holiday to enter a float in the parade and then reminisce about their childhood adventures at the Inman cottage at Nickerson Lake. They are, from left, in front: Steve Rich, Peter Webb, Eugene ‘Connie’ Conlogue and Woody Dunphy. Row two: Joe Inman, Ann Leavitt Colbath, Jami Pierce Brown and Connie Reece Barry. Row three: Judy Baulch Long, Ann Caldwell Lanford, Jim Donald and David McQuade. Row four: Bill Colbath, Peter Caldwell and Tom Brown. Not pictured were: Helen “Ducky” Boomer, Gary Bossie and Lewis Sullivan.

By Karen Donato

Special to the Pioneer Times
    HOULTON — A gang in Houlton in the 1940s and ‘50s? Could that be? It seems there really was one and probably many more. The tale of the “Charles Street Gang” came to light after a gathering last summer of some of the members at Nickerson Lake.

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Bellows begins walk in Shiretown

Pioneer Times Photo/Joseph Cyr
NE-CLR-Bellows-dc-ptshar-30WALKING TOUR — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows launched her 350-mile “Walk Across Maine for Jobs and the Economy” Sunday with a noon kick-off press conference in Houlton. Bellows is walking from Houlton to Kittery to meet voters over the next 24 days. With Bellows are her husband Brandon Baldwin (to her immediate right) and many of her supporters.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    HOULTON — Knocking off an incumbent in politics can often be viewed as an uphill battle.
    Which is precisely why Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows has decided to embark on a 350-mile “Walk Across Maine” where she will visit 63 communities to promote jobs and the economy as her campaign platform. Bellows kicked off her campaign in Houlton Sunday afternoon at Riverfront Park.

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Young angler

Contributed photo/Mike Saunders
FS-CLR-wheaton-dc9-pt-30Five-year-old Cooper Scott from Danforth won the boys’ fishing contest during the Mickey Finn Children’s Day at Rideout’s Lakeside Lodge Saturday. The event

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Wings and Wheels event takes flight this weekend

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — Plan to make a trip to the Houlton International Airport for the second annual Wings and Wheels/Cruise-in on Saturday.
    Last year, 1,500 people attended.

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‘American Pickers’ television show plans visit to Maine

By Kathy McCarty  
Staff Writer
    Staff from the popular reality show “American Pickers” are planning a trip to Maine in the near future and want to know what treasures may be hidden away in attics, garages and barns throughout the state.
    “The ‘American Pickers’ crew are headed to Maine sometime in the next couple of months. We’re looking for leads throughout the state, specifically interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them,” said Junior Gauthier, associate producer of “American Pickers 6.”

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Motorcyclists ride for Wounded Heroes

Pioneer Times Photo/Joseph Cyr
NE-CLR-Motorcycle-dc1-pt-30READY TO ROLL — Members of the United Vets Motorcycle Club of Aroostook County, including many guests, gather for a pre-ride conference Sunday morning. About 70 motorcyclists participated in the event.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    HOULTON — If there is one thing members of the United Vets Motorcycle Club like more than riding, it is helping fellow veterans.
    That was the premise Sunday morning as members and guests gathered at the American Legion Chester L. Briggs Post 47 in Houlton to complete a 100-mile motorcycle ride to benefit the Wounded Heroes Program of Maine.

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This week's PDF - July 23, 2014

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

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