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09.24.2014

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Fire department installs new heat source

NE-MFD-EfficiencyME-boiler-clr-c2-sh-38Staff photo/Kathy McCarty
    JON FREDERICK, town manager for Mapleton, Castle Hill and Chapman, shows off the new pellet boiler at the firehouse during an open house held Sept. 12. The boiler will help reduce the fire department’s energy costs, using locally-produced pellets from Northeast Pellets in Ashland. The boiler was obtained through an Efficiency Maine grant program.

By Kathy McCarty 
Staff Writer
    MAPLETON — The Mapleton, Castle Hill, Chapman Fire Department has a new heat
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Potato harvest begins

By Scott Mitchell Johnson
Staff Writer
    PRESQUE ISLE — Many Aroostook County schools are now closed for potato harvest recess and farm machinery and crews are in the field.
    According to Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board, Monday was the “unofficial” start of the annual potato harvest.
    “There’s been people harvesting for the last couple of weeks to go into processing plants direct out of the field, so some have been in the field already,” he sai
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Maine potatoes a big draw at The Big E

NE-BIG-E-MAINE-POTATOES-CLR-DCX-ALL-39Photo courtesy of Tim Hobbs
    LOVE THOSE SPUDS — Visitors of The Big E, the largest fair in the Northeast, clamor for a baked Maine potato. Officials with the Maine Potato Board are currently at the 17-day fair in West Springfield, Mass. overseeing the baked potato booth in the Maine Building. About 83,000 potatoes are sold during the fair each year. This year’s Superior potatoes were grown by Barry Campbell of Monticello and Irving Farms in Caribou.

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Partnership to bring adaptive recreation to The County

By Scott Mitchell Johnson
Staff Writer
    PRESQUE ISLE — Aroostook County is known for its many recreational opportunities, and now thanks to an innovative partnership, people with physical disabilities will be able to experience the great outdoors.
    Beginning this winter, the Nordic Heritage Center and Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation will offer free Nordic skiing or snowshoeing lessons to participants on Friday afternoons from January through March. Afterward, they will gather for
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Landfills receive DEP payments

By Kathy McCarty 
Staff Writer
    Over $400,000 in reimbursement checks have been sent to 11 municipalities for landfill closure and clean-up costs, bringing the payment total to $863,000 since January 2013.
    In 2012, Gov. Paul R. LePage signed legislation so the Maine Department of Environmental Protection could pay back its bills to towns and cities who closed or remediated their landfills which were causing environmental and public health risks.
    “Towns and cities did the righ

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Amish community continues to grow

NE-AmishBarnRaising-clr-cx1-sh-38Photo by David Shaw
    THE GINGERICH FAMILY held a barn-raising at their Bangor Road property in Easton recently, with friends and family from the Amish community coming together to help with the project. It doesn’t take long to construct even a building this size, when you have many people working together as a team.

By Kathy McCarty 
Staff Writer
    The Amish community continues to flourish in the region, with a recent barn-raising event at the Gingerich home on the Bangor Road in Ea
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