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SAD 1 budget rejected twice

SAD 1 budget rejected twice

By Anthony Brino
Staff Writer

PRESQUE ISLE — Voters in Castle Hill, Chapman, Mapleton, Presque Isle and Westfield again rejected a school district budget and its property tax increase, putting the school board and administration back at the drawing board a month before students return.

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PIHS grad finding a place in politics

PIHS grad finding a place in politics

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Photo courtesy of Isaac Michaud

Isaac Michaud, a college student from Presque Isle, with former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina at an event in New Hampshire in November of 2015.

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Potato board honors family

Potato board honors family

Young farmer, longtime staffer also recognized

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Photo courtesy of Patricia Sutherland

Tim Hobbs, of the Maine Potato Board, left, with Bruce and Jerry Flewelling of Easton, the board’s farm family of the year.

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Mapleton woman urges fairs to drop pig scrambles

Mapleton woman urges fairs to drop pig scrambles

Also opposed to sheep riding

By Jen Lynds
BDN Staff

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.

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LePage joins Blossom parade

LePage joins Blossom parade

Hosts town meeting

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Photo courtesy of Peter Steele

Governor Paul LePage in the Maine Potato Blossom Festival Parade in Fort Fairfield, before a town hall meeting he hosted with a small crowded in the town.

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PI, Fort farmers’ markets in full swing

PI, Fort farmers’ markets in full swing

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Photo courtesy of Kim Smith

Presque Isle officials, farmers, vendors and community leaders at a ribbon cutting for the Presque Isle’s new public market pavilion, home to a weekly farmer’s market and open to other community events.

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Tornado touches down in Perham

Tornado touches down in Perham

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Photo courtesy of Todd Foisy/The National Weather Service

The National Weather Service surveyed about 100 yards of tornado damage on Tuesday north of Tangle Ridge Road in Perham.

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Hitting the trails

Hitting the trails

Nordic Center ready for event

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Photo courtesy of Dave Allen

Mountain bikers taking a zigzagging route up a slope at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle during the 2015 Nordic Trail Festival.

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NEW JUNIOR MISS

NEW JUNIOR MISS

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Contributed photo/David Deschesne, Fort Fairfield Journal

The 2016 Junior Miss Maine Potato Queen is Madison Miller of Washburn, center, the daughter of Greg and Kellie Miller.

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LITTLE MISS BLOSSOM

LITTLE MISS BLOSSOM

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Contributed photo/David Deschesne, Fort Fairfield Journal

Emily Collins of Mapleton, center, earned the 2016 Little Miss Maine Potato Queen title, as well as Miss Congeniality, during the pageant held July 11 during Maine Potato Blossom Festival week in Fort Fairfield.

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MAINE POTATO QUEEN

MAINE POTATO QUEEN

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Contributed photo/David Deschesne, Fort Fairfield Journal

Kelsie Washington of Caribou, second from left, the daughter of Rey and Christiane Washington, was crowned the 2016 Maine Potato Queen during the annual pageant held Saturday, July 16, at the Maine Potato Blossom Festival in Fort Fairfield.

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This week’s PDF

A PDF version of this week’s Star-Herald is now available for download.

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