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Honoring a classmates’ final wishes

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NE-CLR-Kenna Cares-dcx4-pt-17HONORING KENNA — The Ward family of Houlton poses next to the pile of the more than 70 care bags that have been donated for cancer patients. The project was in memory of MaKenna Ward, their daughter who died last December after a lengthy battle with cancer. From left are Felicity, Kirk, Amy and Blake.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    HOULTON — Honoring the memory of a former classmate, students at Houlton Elementary School have been busy over the past month collecting items for cancer patients in the hopes of making a difference in the world.
    The Kenna Cares Bag project is in memory of MaKenna Ward, the 6-year-old daughter of Kirk and Amy Ward of Houlton who passed away Dec. 29 after a lengthy battle with a rare form of cancer.

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HHS students break new ground

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NE-CLR-Breaking Ground-dc1-pt-16BREAKING NEW GROUND — Students in the new Breaking Ground program at Houlton High School have been busy this spring working on growing seedlings. Among the students participating in the program are, from left, instructor Shelly Bouchard, Jacob Suitter, Kayla Bear, Heather Smith, Lauren Hogan, Morgan Nelson, Aaron Sewell, Nia Hamilton (kneeling), Alexis Hernandez, Elizabeth Barry, Tyler Hannigan (behind), Kiara Lord, Laura Beals and McKaylee Michaud.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    HOULTON — While most people have to wait for temperatures to rise and ground to thaw before planting their garden, students at Houlton High School are getting a jumpstart on the growing season thanks to a new school greenhouse.

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‘Your voice, our future’ topic of community-wide conversation

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FS-ourtown-dc-pt-16GUEST SPEAKER — Jan Greico speaks to the crowd.

By Gloria Austin

Staff Writer
    Do we live in a dying municipality or do we see what the pioneers saw? Promise in the settlement they called Houlton.
    “When proprietors decided to settle this land, everything seemed against them: climate, ice, snow, long winters, short summers, Indians and wild beasts. In due time, all these were overcome, new homes were built, good soil was cultivated, crops were planted, families reared, and a strong foundation was laid for a thriving town of the future. These settlers were a confident and independent people. It was well that this was so, for they not only needed a strong will, but strong bodies as well, to withstand the great toil of developing a land …,” wrote Cora Putnam in “The Story of Houlton.”

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Boston artist brings ‘Smart Art’ to Shiretown

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NE-CLR-Robots-dc-pt-17ROBOT MAKERS — Sandra Donnelly, left, and Russell Stairs are collaborating to offer a youth art project at the Houlton Recreation Department on making robots. The program is a combination of art, math, history and science.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    HOULTON — For any child who has ever dreamed about creating their very own robot, the Houlton Parks and Recreation Department is offering a new program that is sure to delight.

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Red Cross to honor local ‘Heroes’

    The Aroostook County chapter of the American Red Cross will be honoring 21 individuals and three organizations who’ve gone above and beyond in service to others during the annual “Real Heroes” breakfast on Saturday, May 10 at the Fort Fairfield Community Center.
    “These Heroes share a common theme of helping others in need,” says Joyce Knorr, branch manager of the Red Cross office in Caribou. “This award recognizes and thanks these very special individuals for taking action and making a difference.”

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Richardson reflects on SAD 70’s future

NE-clr-scott richardson-dcx-pt-17Scott Richardson
By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    HODGDON — Taking over a school district in March is not the easiest time for a superintendent to come on board.
    After all, starting in March, most school administrators in the difficult period of coming up with school budgets for the next calendar year. Being a first-time superintendent during this time can be a challenging venture. Fortunately SAD 70 Superintendent Scott Richardson likes a good challenge.

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This week's PDF - April 23, 2013

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

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