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Houlton’s new police chief adjusts to County life | Print |
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:15

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NE-CLR-NewChief-dc-pt-8MEET AND GREET — A meet-and-greet for Houlton’s new police chief Terry “Joe” McKenna was held Thursday evening at the County Co-Op on Main Street. Taking a moment to meet with the new chief are, from left, Jon McLaughlin, Marty and Joe McKenna, and Jane Torres, Houlton town councilor.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    HOULTON — For the past two months, Houlton’s new police chief Terry “Joe” McKenna has been getting acclimated to life in northern Maine after spending the bulk of his life in central Florida.

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St. Mary’s Food Pantry bears Madigan’s name | Print |
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:22

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MADIGAN HONORED — Mildred Madigan, center, was honored Thursday by the St. Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church when the church officially renamed its food distribution center to the Mildred Madigan Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry. Madigan ran the pantry for 25 years before recently stepping down. Taking part in the presentation are, front row from left, Polly Bell, Kathy Dyer, Madigan and Lisa Hardy; and back, Thyrele Robertson, Sue Spinney and Roger Dyer.

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — For 25 years, Mildred Madigan has been a pillar of support of the St. Mary’s food pantry.
    So it is only fitting that her name will soon be adorn to a wall inside the food pantry, located in the basement of St. Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church. Officials announced Thursday they were changing the name of the food pantry to Mildred Madigan Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry at St. Mary’s in her honor.
    Madigan said she found out the day before Christmas that the church was thinking of renaming its pantry in her honor.
    “It was such a wonderful Christmas present,” said Madigan. “It was such an honor and a privilege to have the pantry named for me.”

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Public speaks about RSU 50 concerns | Print |
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:22

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer
    There are no easy answers regarding which direction RSU 50 should explore in regard to the recent Ames Associates building condition assessments.
    At a Feb. 4 special meeting, the RSU 50 board learned there were a number of issues with its school buildings. Leading the list of critical issues is the need for a new roof on Southern Aroostook Community School in Dyer Brook.
    RSU 50 is a consolidated school district made up of the Southern Aroostook and Katahdin school systems. If the board were to do everything recommended by the architects, it would cost the district nearly $9.1 million based on today’s estimate.
    At a Feb. 9 board meeting, directors heard from many concerned citizens interested in the fate of their district. Some residents fear the potential closing of schools in their communities in favor of a new centralized 7-12 school, while others worry about the tax burden to do all the lengthy items needing repair to keep all schools open.

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A season of love .... | Print |
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:16

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HAPPY FAMILY — Sierra and Fred Fitzpatrick are a thankful couple, as their baby, Brayden, has made it through his third surgery since his birth to reconstruct his intestines. A Boston doctor is writing a paper on Brayden’s case.

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer
By looking at him, you wouldn’t know this 10-month-old baby was any different than any other. He is bubbly; aware his feet move; loves sucking on his finger and giggles heartedly when playing peek-a-boo.
    However, he is different. He is hooked to a feeding tube, has a colostomy and has yet to digest solid food and is facing his third surgery since birth.
    Fred and Sierra Fitzpatrick’s son, Brayden, is a miracle without a doubt. His tiny body has withstood a great deal.
    “I was pretty healthy until I went into labor at 32 weeks,” said Sierra, Brayden’s mom.
    An ultrasound showed he had started retaining fluid on his heart. The news was devastating.
    Sierra was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and delivered through Caesarean birth. Doctors placed the 3-pound, 11 ounce boy immediately on an oscillator (breathing ventilator) and inserted tubes into his tiny chest to drain the fluid.

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Commissioners receive ‘clean’ county audit | Print |
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:15

By Joshua Archer
Staff writer
    CARIBOU — Aroostook County Commissioners met last week to discuss the annual independent auditors’ report, and according to County Administrator Douglas Beaulieu, the process went smoothly and Aroostook County is in good financial health.
    Gisele MacDonald, CPA for Felch and Company, LLC of Caribou, who spent time with County administration — getting to know internal controls, asking questions, examining operations, and viewing how transactions were processed — attended the Feb. 4 session.
    MacDonald presented her reports on the 2014 financial statements of Aroostook County and its unorganized territories at the meeting and stated, “This is a clean report and the opinion on the financial statement is there are no exceptions.”
    Exhibit A of the financial statement reported where Aroostook County was at the end of 2013 with $2,033,001 in current assets, $1,477,567 in capital assets, and total assets of $3,510,568, offset by liabilities of $497,640 for a total net position or fund equity of $3,012,928.
    The net cost of operating county departments such as: emergency management, public safety, law enforcement, and the fire marshal came to $3,187,436, with general revenue totaling $3,118,308.

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