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RSU 29 gets first word on budget | Print |
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:38
By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer

HOULTON — The initial report for next year’s school budget brought some less than ideal news Monday evening for members of the RSU 29 board.

According to Superintendent Ellen Schneider, the preliminary figures released by the state Friday show yet another shift in more burden placed on local taxpayers and less money from the state. As a result, the district could be facing a $178,886 shortfall in the next budget cycle, which could mean several cuts would be needed to balance the budget.

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Moosestompers celebrates 20th anniversary | Print |
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:31
By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer

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HOULTON — The Moose is loose and he’s heading back to Houlton for the 20th annual Moosestompers Weekend, Feb. 5-7.

Hosting an outdoor celebration in February is never an easy task. There is a fine line between having enough snow for all of the snow-themed events and having too much snow in the form of a blizzard. And then there is always the risk that temperatures will be sub-zero, keeping folks from coming out and enjoying the great outdoors.

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Maine tribes awarded federal housing grants totaling nearly $400,000 | Print |
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:11

HOULTON -- The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and the Penobscot Indian Nation have been awarded federal housing grants totaling $388,466, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced in a joint statement released Wednesday.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Indian Housing Block Grant Program awarded $249,462 to the Penobscot Nation and $139,004 to the Houlton Band of Maliseets.

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RSU 29 changes Tuesday early release days | Print |
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:07
By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer

HOULTON — A change in the early-release schedule for students in RSU 29 is coming next school year.

On Monday evening, the RSU 29 board approved a switch in the district’s early-release practices and starting with the 2016-17 school year, the district will no longer release its students early every Tuesday.

“The staff suggested they would like a change,” RSU 29 Superintendent Ellen Schneider said. “We are proposing seven early release days, still Tuesday, with students getting out at 11:30 and teachers starting their in-service work at noon.”

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Elks announce poster winners | Print |
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 09:24

HOULTON — The Houlton Lodge of Elks No. 835 has announced the local winners of the annual Drug Awareness poster and essay contests. The mission of the Elks drug awareness program is to promote constructive and cooperative approaches to preventing the use of illicit substances by the youth of the United States of America.

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