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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:50

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PEDAL POWER — Reagan Wright is all smiles as she pedals her pink tractor through downtown Houlton Friday evening in the annual Chamber of Commerce’s Parade of Dolls.

RSU 29 sends same budget to referendum vote | Print |
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:49

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AT THE MIC — Monticello resident Laurice Grass-Bell addresses the RSU 29 board at last Thursday’s budget meeting.

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — With the opening of school just a few short weeks away, the RSU 29 school board is hoping the third time is the charm for its proposed $12.75 million budget for 2014-15.
    A group of about 50 residents, including those on the school board, attended last Thursday’s district budget meeting and spent more than three hours debating various line items in the spending plan.
    Another referendum will be held Aug. 27 with polls open in each of the four communities that make up the district. The poll times are as follows: Houlton, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Littleton, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monticello, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Hammond, 4-8 p.m.
    Presenting the exact same spending plan that failed at the polls in July, board members and Superintendent Mike Hammer stated they believed in the budget they were presenting and were opposed to making any more reductions to it.

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55th annual Potato Feast Days celebration is success | Print |
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:43

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SACKED — Kaydence Acott, left, and Elijah Fournier bounce their way to the finish line during one of the many children’s potato-themed games held at the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce Saturday morning as part of Potato Feast Days.

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — The 55th annual Potato Feast Days celebration was another “mashing” success for the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce.
    “It was another amazing weekend for us,” said Jane Torres, executive director for the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce. “There was a moment (Saturday) when I was standing in front of the library and could look downtown and see the community market and there was also the craft fair and the town was just filled with people. It was so nice to see people everywhere.”
    Torres said she has noticed an encouraging trend at all of the town events this summer.
    “Families are coming and they are staying longer,” she said. “People came to the craft fair and then stopped into the County Co-Op or Sadies Bakery and then on to the Community Market.”

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Show n’ Shine will go on | Print |
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:42

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — Lots of fun is planned for this weekend’s 15th annual Show n’ Shine event held at the Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum in Littleton.
    The Saturday and Sunday show is free to the public and the participants and is scheduled rain or shine. The Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum will also be opened throughout the weekend and tours will be given for a nominal fee.
    “The show is able to be free of cost because of the support of so many sponsors,” said Tim McAtee, one of the organizers of the weekend show. “It is a community event, which draws many people into the area.”
    Last year, more than 200 participated in the event.
    “We are hoping to exceed that number this year,” said McAtee.

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Balloon Fest ready to lift off | Print |
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:41

By Scott Mitchell Johnson
Staff Writer
    PRESQUE ISLE — Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet are the seven colors of the rainbow, and those colors and more will fill the skies in the coming days as a dozen hot air balloons are expected to participate in the 11th annual Crown of Maine Balloon Fest.
    Hosted by the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce and the Mapleton Lions Club, Balloon Fest will be held Thursday, Aug. 21 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 24 at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds in Presque Isle.
    “We expect to have 12 hot air balloons flying in this year’s festival,” said Floyd Rockholt, Balloon Fest chair. “There were a couple of balloons that we thought were coming, but due to circumstances beyond our control, are unable to. However, we were able to contact some other pilots and they have agreed to come and be part of the festival.

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