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Residents gather in Monument Park to raise awareness | Print |
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:50

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BRINGING MESSAGE HOME — During the Hope and Justice Project Domestic Violence Awareness vigil, students from Carleton Project and Houlton High School, along with community members, performed an interactive skit on dating violence.

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — Last Wednesday in Monument Park, the Hope and Justice Project held its annual domestic violence awareness vigil called “Talk It Up” Houlton.
    Facing Military Street in the park is the Peace Pole. It was pointed out that the monument stood for peace in the home, community and world. But, it all starts within the home.
    “We meet here each year to honor and remember victims of domestic violence,” said Chief Deputy Darrell Crandall. “We do this because it is the right thing to do. For many of us, it is also because we feel we have so much left to do and need this fellowship of like-minded people who have a passion for preventing future tragedies.”
    Crandall could not answer the question of “why” it has taken society so long to embrace victims and denounce offenders.
    “Events like this, help change that,” he said. “The Sheriff’s office has intervened and investigated some very serious incidents this year. We had cases involving victims being held against their will and assaulted for hours … even cases where victims were repeatedly choked unconscious and several assaults where the report of the crime was prevented. With all of this tragedy, it is sometimes hard to see the positive things that are going on.”

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Hodgdon students gear up for Heidi’s Hope Serve-a-Thon | Print |
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:49

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SIGN OF SUPPORT — Showing her town pride is Hodgdon’s 2014 Gauvin Scholar Meghan Hebert as she stands in front of her town sign. Hebert will spend the day with past classmates and giving back to her community on Saturday, Oct. 18.

HODGDON — Students in Hodgdon are in a hurry to sign up to be a part of the first-of-its-kind Heidi’s Hope Serve-a-Thon on Saturday, Oct. 18, which will not only help spruce up their town, but also raise money for scholarships for County kids who have dreams of attending college.
    The teens will help clean up, spruce up and help preserve a variety of locations throughout the community.
    Four projects are planned throughout the town and include a variety of projects sure to please everyone. The first project includes a busy and very physical day with great big Christmas trees. Pleasant View Tree Farm needs help with their more aged trees, controlling the boughs at the base of their beauty. The students can spend the whole day dreaming of Christmas.

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Sign-up now for Adult Education’s Intro to welding course | Print |
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:45

Adult Education at Region Two CTE in Houlton is offering a 6-session “Introduction to Welding” course for adults who want to learn the basics of arc welding and related skills. This is an introductory course and may be followed by an intermediate level course later in the school year.

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2014 potato crop looks good | Print |
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:37

By Scott Mitchell Johnson
Staff Writer
    PRESQUE ISLE — As Aroostook County potato farmers begin to wrap up this year’s harvest, officials with the Maine Potato Board say the crop looks good.
    “Things have been going well,” said Tim Hobbs, director of development and grower relations for the MPB, of the 2014 harvest. “The crop looks great, the quality is excellent, and the yield — in some areas — is about average, and in some other areas, it’s a little bit above.”
    While there is no official start date to the season, the majority of growers began harvesting Sept. 22 or before, and should be wrapping up this week.
    “For years and years and years, everybody said you shoot to be done Oct. 10,” said Don Flannery, executive director of the MPB. “The way the industry is today, you can dig a lot of potatoes in the course of a day if you have good weather. Oct. 10 is usually when people are wrapping up, but it’s all weather dependent.”

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Candidates to consider municipal questions at Oct. 15 forum | Print |
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:37

VAN BUREN — On Oct. 15, the Aroostook County Municipal Association will host a forum designed to provide municipal officials an opportunity to meet the candidates for both the Maine House of Representatives and Maine Senate.
    The event will begin at Van Buren High School at 6:30 p.m. The candidates’ particular focus will be the nature of the state government-local government relationship and various other issues. The association had originally scheduled two events, but due to lack of response, the second one scheduled for Houlton has been cancelled and all candidates are invited to attend the Oct. 15 event in Van Buren.
    Candidates invited to participate in this session include: Senate District 1, Peter Edgecomb, Caribou, and Ken Theriault, Madawaska; House District 146, Troy Haines, Mapleton, and Dustin White, Washburn; House District 149, Carol McElwee, Caribou, running unopposed; House District 150, Craig Lawrence, Frenchville, and Roland Martin, Sinclair; and House District 151, John Martin, Eagle Lake, and Michael Nadeau, Fort Kent.

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