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Houlton Rec. Dept. Tennis Clinics | Print |
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:11

Pioneer Times Photo/Joseph Cyr
SERVING IT UP — The Houlton Recreation Department held a number of tennis clinics over the summer with Lucas Anderson serving as the instructor. Taking part in one of the sessions are,

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Riverside Farms’ riders compete in horse show | Print |
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:10

Riders from Riverside Farms participated in the final Aroostook Riding Club horse show on Aug. 10 on the McIntyre Road in Hodgdon. However, for many, it was their first horse show ever.
    The girls ages 7-15 — and coming from as far away as Germany — have been working diligently towards this goal of showing, which they all achieved.

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The Camp brings homestyle food to park | Print |
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:51

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — There is a new vendor at Riverfront Park.
    The Camp, operated by Mike Farrar and Larry Williams, opened on Aug. 1 and as Williams said, “We got off to a late start, but hopefully a good finish.”
    All proceeds of The Camp will be going to the Maine Wilderness Camp Foundation.
    Farrar and Williams started the Foundation in 2007 to help youth, who may not otherwise have the chance, experience the great outdoors and wilderness areas of the state. The Foundation was set up so that youth — ages 10-18 — can participate for free.
    “We always take some of the parents with us, as well for free, to help supervise all the kids,” explained Farrar. “The Foundation has been going really well. We always have way more kids than money to take them.”
    Grants, funding and sponsorships, which organizations draw on, are limited in a tight economy.
    “We are doing this to help generate money,” Williams explained.
    Farrar added, “We were looking for a way to inject some cash flow into it so we could keep doing the trips for the kids. This is what we came up with.”
    When asked what The Camp offers, Williams smiled and said, “Good food.”
    The menu includes fast foods such as hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, fish burgers, chili dogs, corn dogs, french fries, onions rings and drinks.

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Pioneer Broadband to embark on study in Houlton | Print |
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:51

Combining video technology with fiber optics could provide video choices for
local residents
    HOULTON — Pioneer Broadband, a local telecommunication provider, is embarking on a study to determine the feasibility of providing video services in the Town of Houlton. Triple play services (the delivery of Internet, television and telephone) are readily available in metropolitan markets.
    Since Pioneer Broadband currently owns and maintains a cable TV (CATV) facility in Sherman, it already owns the equipment and has agreements with broadcasters already in place, expansion into the Houlton market may now be feasible.
    Pioneer started building fiber-optic services in Houlton two years ago and has several miles of fiber currently in place serving Houlton Internet customers. Pioneer secured pole attachment rights for the entire town from FairPoint and Houlton Water Company in 2012. Thus, they can add fiber-optic lines and expand into triple play services at any time.
    Fiber-optic cabling has many advantages compared to the existing copper infrastructure. Fiber is not susceptible to electrical interference or moisture, thus making it incredibly reliable. Pioneer has been installing fiber-optic cable in the local area since 2010 and has expert fiber technicians who specialize in construction and emergency restoration.

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Halkyard named Maine Outstanding CSR of Year | Print |
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:50

HOULTON — Chris Anderson, president of the F.A. Peabody Company, announced that Dawn Halkyard, ACSR, CIIP of the FAPCO Sherman office has been named the state of Maine recipient for “Outstanding CSR of the Year” by the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research.
    Each year The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research selects a group of insurance professionals to represent their state and compete to become the national Outstanding CSR of the Year.  This prestigious award, regarded as the foremost national award of its kind, recognizes the contributions and commitment of those who serve clients within the insurance industry.
    Entrants must have demonstrated commendable service to their agencies, their industry and their communities.
    Anderson said, “Dawn’s unwavering dedication to the insurance business and her love of community make her a most deserving recipient of this award.”
    “The Outstanding CSR of the Year Award is an opportunity to connect with and recognize exceptional customer service representatives across the nation,” said Danielle Janecka, senior vice president of the National Alliance. “Each of the state winners meets a new standard for personal and professional excellence as demonstrated by their essay, contributions to their agencies and the industry and their letters of recommendation. They clearly understand and appreciate the most precious of our assets — our customers.”

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