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RSU 29 budget passes second hurdle | Print |
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:52

Pioneer Times Photo/Joseph Cyr
NE CLR RSU 29 bdgt dc pt 20SWEARING IN — Jon Bither, right, signs documents after being sworn in Monday evening as moderator for the RSU 29 district budget meeting. To his right is Kelly Grant, supertinendent’s secretary. In the background, seated from left are board members Sue Tortello, Jim Quirk and Fred Grant along with Superintendent Mike Hammer.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    HOULTON — A group of about 60 individuals spent little more than an hour Monday approving a $12.87 million budget for RSU 29.
    Monday night’s meeting featured very few comments from the public, which was a far cry from last year’s gathering where many individuals posed questions and suggested revisions. This time around, the budget was approved without any modifications from the public.

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Gateway Bridge repairs planned in Houlton | Print |
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:33

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — Repairs to the town’s Gateway Crossing Bridge will now happen without impacting local taxpayer dollars.
    The Houlton Town Council voted May 11 to expand its downtown TIF (Tax Increment Finance) district to include the Gateway Crossing Bridge so funds from that district could be used to pay for needed repairs to the structure.

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BFD trainees pass tests | Print |
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:20

By Kathy McCarty  
Staff Writer
    BRIDGEWATER — Volunteer fire departments, like Bridgewater’s, are in constant need of firefighters. But to become a firefighter takes dedication, with countless hours of training necessary on a regular basis.

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Cote promoted to state police major | Print |
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:54

NE CLR Cote promoted dc ptshar 19Maj. John Cote
By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    HOULTON — The Maine State Police Troop F barracks in Houlton is losing its top officer following the promotion of John Cote.
    A 26-year veteran of the force, Cote was recently promoted to the rank of Major of Operations Division and has relocated to the Augusta branch of the Maine State Police. A Houlton native and current resident of Mars Hill, Cote previously served as lieutenant at Troop F, the highest rank one can achieve at a regional branch, since July 23, 2013.

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RSU 50 adopts budget | Print |
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:54

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer
    As the rain tapped on the roof at Southern Aroostook Community School during Monday’s RSU 50 meeting, board members were discussing approval for roofing projects in the district.

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