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Voters approve Sunday sales | Print |
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:26

Beer, wine now available

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer

HOULTON — Local residents once again will be able to purchase beer and wine on Sundays.

By nearly a 5-to-1 margin, voters approved a citizens’ petition that sought to allow all stores in town to sell beer and wine on Sundays.

A total of 508 people, or 79 percent of voters, cast ballots in favor of the measure, while 133 were opposed. With about 3,400 registered voters in town, a total of 644 people cast ballots in the election, according to Town Clerk Cathy O’Leary. That puts the voter turnout at about 19 percent.

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LePage talks regionalization, successes | Print |
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:25
By Jen Lynds
Staff Writer

HOULTON — Gov. Paul LePage told a small crowd in Houlton on Wednesday evening that Mainers could accomplish greater things and save more money if they worked together and embraced regionalization.

This was one of the sentiments that came out in the last of three town hall meetings LePage held in Aroostook County last week. Approximately 40 people attended the event in Houlton, where the governor discussed a host of topics, including energy, education, the environment and legislation and action in the State House in Augusta.

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Dental clinic serves many children | Print |
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:13
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Ellie Blackstone of Washburn gets her teeth checked by a dental assistant Friday at the free dental clinic sponsored by Aid For Kids and Dental Care of Maine. More than 50 youths from around The County participated in the free clinic.  

HOULTON — More than 50 children received free dental care at the Rollerama in Houlton June 16 and 17.

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Gardeners lament loss of club | Print |
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:12
By Jen Lynds
Staff Writer

HOULTON — Erin Nason can still picture her grandmother sitting at her kitchen table in southern Maine each spring, surrounded by packets of flower seeds, plotting what her garden would look like as she readied for planting.

And of course, Nason said, her grandmother “couldn’t wait” to meet up with her garden club friends again.

So when the Houlton resident got into the hobby more seriously recently and grew tired of scouring the internet for planting tips, she thought there might be a local club she could turn to for support.

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Voters approve school budgets | Print |
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:00
By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer

Voters in RSU 29 and RSU 50 gave their approval to 2015-16 budgets while at the polls Tuesday, June 14.

The $13.1 million spending plan for RSU 29 passed by a vote of 618 in favor, 189 opposed.

The budget features a $282,653 increase in spending over last year. 

However, thanks to a large anticipated carryover balance, coupled with a one-time refund from the Maine Public Employees Retirement System, the actual tax impact next year is a decrease of almost $11,000.

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