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Wings and Wheels flies in Saturday | Print |
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:22
By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer

HOULTON — The fourth annual Houlton International Wings and Wheels festival takes off Saturday, July 23 at the town’s airport.

Throughout the day, vendors will be selling a variety of items, including handmade crafts to an assortment of concessions. In 2014, about 2,500 people came out for the event. Last year, inclement weather resulted in fewer attendees and a number of events, including the air show and skydiving, had to be cancelled.

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United Vets group rides for a purpose | Print |
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:11
By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
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Motorcyclists with the United Vets Motorcycle Club of Houlton head out Sunday morning on their third annual Wounded Warrior ride.  
 

HOULTON — For members of the United Vets Motorcycle Club of Houlton, there are no greater joys in life than hopping on a bike to hit the open road or helping a fellow veteran in need.

So when those two elements come together in the form of the third annual Wounded Heroes Ride, it is the best of both worlds.

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Councilors consider tax-cutting options | Print |
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:09
By Jen Lynds
Staff Writer

HOULTON — Town Councilors on Monday evening introduced a measure to transfer $165,000 from the municipal surplus account in an effort to reduce taxes, holding firm to the suggestion despite some disagreement over whether that figure was the best choice to institute tax relief.

The town customarily sets its tax rate in July, and in the past, the town has dipped into its surplus fund to offset taxation and hold or lower the tax rate.

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Dedicated cemetery employees ‘unsung heroes’ | Print |
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:06
By Jen Lynds
Staff Writer
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Ralph Boyington of Houlton mows the grass on a section of Evergreen Cemetery known as Angel's Hill while his colleague James Wallace trims nearby with a weed whacker on Friday, July 15, 2016. The two are a dedicated tag-team who carefully maintain municipal resting places with a sense of duty to the deceased while also caring for the needs of the living, according to Milton Cone, the town’s fire chief and cemetery superintendent. “They are the unsung heroes in this place.”  
 

HOULTON — Just after 1 p.m. Friday on a section of Evergreen Cemetery called “Angel’s Hill,” Ralph Boyington of Houlton negotiated his lawn mower along a downhill grade as his colleague James Wallace stood nearby with a weed whacker.

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Woman seeks to end ‘inhumane’ events | Print |
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 12:22
By Jen Lynds
Staff Writer

HOULTON — A Mapleton woman is hoping that an incident in which a piglet died after it allegedly was left in a hot car during the Houlton Agricultural Fair will draw more attention to an online petition she started in an effort to remove pig scrambles and sheep riding competitions from annual fair events.

Kim Lauritsen is the owner of Moon Dance Studios in Presque Isle. She said on Monday that she found both pig scrambles, in which children try to catch piglets running loose in a pen, and sheep riding competitions, in which children try to ride on the back of a sheep as long as possible in order to win a prize, “totally unnecessary and inhumane in an agricultural community.”

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