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Graves karate students compete in Bucksport; earn trophies | Print |
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:44

BUCKSPORT — Martial arts students from regional branches of Graves’ Institute of Self Defense recently traveled south to compete in a tournament recently.
    Along with the normal sparring and Ju-Jitsu divisions, this Bucksport event featured grand championship fighting open only to competitors who had won a first-, second- or third-place award at a previous 2014 event. Only one huge three-foot trophy was awarded to the winner of each championship division as a best-of-the-best incentive.
    Fighting and Ju-jitsu sections were determined by age, weight, gender and belt color, which connotes experience levels from novice white belts to intermediate green belts to advanced brown belt levels. Black belts have their own men and women’s divisions — open for those 17-34 years of age, senior for 35-45 year olds; and executive for those 45 and older. Over 150 trophies were presented to the top three finishers in 52 point sparring and throwing groups.

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Churches will again offer noontime Lenten lunch-services | Print |
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:29

    Beginning at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, February 25, and continuing for the next four Wednesdays, the churches of the Southern Aroostook Ministerial Association (SAMA) will sponsor a five-week series of Lenten lunches, consisting of a variety of soups and breads. At approximately 12:30 each week, the host church will then offer a time of spiritual preparation for Easter, which could consist of Scripture readings, a brief reflection, prayer, music, discussion, etc. – all while attendees are still seated and finishing up their meal.

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GHCA’s annual supper raises $4,400 | Print |
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:19

The Greater Houlton Christian Academy (GHCA) annual Valentine’s Day supper was deemed a success by organizers.
    GHCA held its annual Valentine’s Day spaghetti supper on Feb. 7, raising over $4,400. Tony Bowers, Peter Holmes, Barrett Potter and Wayne Watson were the evening’s auctioneers and had a great time “egging” on bidders during the dessert auction.
    “This event is always a lot of fun and we had another full house,” said John Bishop, head of school. “We  are grateful to the community for the great support.”

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Animal Response Team looks for volunteers | Print |
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:14

By Joshua Archer
Staff writer
    CARIBOU — Darren Woods, director of Aroostook County Emergency Management, looks at preparedness as a whole for Aroostook County and realized there’s a need for pet sheltering in case an emergency should occur.
    This past fall Woods applied for a Homeland Security grant that helps with sheltering, which is where a majority of their funding has come from. He received $750 to get the team started.
    Woods has put together a small core animal response team that would cover Aroostook County and they’re looking for enough volunteers, at least a dozen per team, to create northern, central and southern tiers to lessen travel time during an incident.

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Tweedie hired by NMDC to assist veterans and families | Print |
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:07

CARIBOU — Officials with Northern Maine Development Commission have announced the hiring of Tracy Tweedie as workforce resource coordinator for veterans and their families working out of the Houlton office.
    Tweedie is no stranger to NMDC, having worked for the organization as a workforce program manager for nearly four years beginning in June of 2010.
    The workforce resource coordinator for the statewide Maine Rural Veteran Coordination Pilot (RVCP) project in the two-county local workforce development region, Aroostook and Washington, will work within NMDC’s Economic and Workforce Development Division.

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