In Remembrance of Potato Harvests Past

EDITOR’S NOTE: Former Madawaska resident and potato picker John LaChance, 69, who now lives in Carson, Calif., recalls working the harvest as a youngster in the St. John Valley.  Article published in The Star Herald

 

Boys Picking Potatoes in Aroostook County, Maine

Another day like yesterday. Wake up before dawn. Eat breakfast in the dark, in the silence of the dark before dawn. Put on clothes with dried mud on the knees and mud-hardened gloves with holes at the tips. Thank your mother for the paper-bag lunch she’s prepared for you. Ride on a bus in the dark, while everyone tries to get another half hour of sleep as the driver plays a rackety radio to keep awake.

Then, you’re out of the bus and into a cold morning before sunrise, with frost all over the ground. You take shelter in an old barn until the ground unfreezes and the wind stops blowing. A half hour later, you greet the farmer or his wife who brings in your tickets from the previous day, only to be disappointed that they’ve drawn you short by three barrels. Live with it, because nobody believes you and nobody cares. Choose a basket for the day’s work from the pile, all of them pretty worn and dirty.

When you hear the digger out in the field, you follow the others out of the barn, clutching the paper bag that has your sandwiches and a soda. One of the farmer’s paid workers comes over the rise with a bunch of twigs and starts sectioning off the field for as many pickers as there are. Some argue for less or for more and, during the course of the day, sections will be mysteriously realigned by people who want less or who want more.  View Full Article

I Survived Picking Potatoes T-Shirt


For many years in Northern Maine, school would recess in the Fall and kids would spend long hard days working in the potato fields. Pick up potatoes, fill a basket, dump the basket in a barrel and repeat. When the barrel was full you earned $0.25. Repeat until sunset or longer. Many kids would use the money to buy school clothes or other necessities. Were you part of this tradition?

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Aroostook Events: September 8, 9 2018

 

Movies in the Park 2018
September 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Movies start at dusk in the Riverside park area. Movies are shown weather permitting. Movies in the Park are sponsored by Taco Bell. Popcorn is provided by Graves Shop n Save. Movie goers are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets and soft drinks. Updates can be found at www.presqueislepd.com. The movies are brought to you free of charge thanks to the Presque Isle Police Department.

Sept 7 Early Man

Bike Board and Ski Road Bike Ride
September 8 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

PRESQUE ISLE: Bike Board and Ski Road Bike Ride. Saturdays; 7:30 a.m. at BB&S rear entrance behind Northeastland Hotel. 20-30 miles; 1.5-2 hours. Pace: moderate to fast; 16-18 mph. All abilities ride; no mountain bikes. Focus on improving group riding skills, safety and etiquette. Spirited at times, but we regroup several times along the way. Contact Andrew Bouchard (207-551-7027) or andrew@bikeboardandski.com FMI

Welcome Week at UMPI
September 8 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

 

 

 

Book Sale at Fort Fairfield Library
September 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fort Fairfield Public Library will be hosting a book sale! Stop by and pick up hardcovers for 50 cents, paperbacks for 25 cents (unless otherwise listed). Cash only. Discover books for all ages, bestselling authors, literary treasures, and more! For more information, please contact Dianna Leighton at (207) 472-3880 or dleighton@fortfairfield.org

BikeMaine 2018


September 8 @ 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BikeMaine 2018 is headed to the St. John Valley and northern Aroostook County.
“BikeMaine is a celebration of Maine’s people, places, culture, and food,” BikeMaine Ride Director MaryBeth Luce said. “As we started to think about where we wanted to go in 2018, northern Maine – and specifically Aroostook County – really stood out for us. Geographically, Aroostook County is the largest county east of the Mississippi, and there’s so much about northern Maine that we’d like to showcase for our riders, most of whom come from out of state. It’s a very special place.”
BikeMaine will visit the northern Aroostook County communities of Presque Isle, Caribou, Madawaska, Fort Kent, and St. Agatha.
September 8-15, 2018
Capped at 450 Riders

Presque Isle will be having lots of events on Saturday September 8th as well as Saturday September 15th! More information as the time gets closer.

Wide Awake and Dreaming Opening Artist Colleen Kearney-Graffam
September 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Artist and adjunct Southern Maine Community College Faculty presents showcases a collection of art in an exhibition that begins September 8th and ends November 20th.

Annual Pig Roast
September 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Tickets available from all officers, $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 50/50 with $2500 to the winner

Caribou Fly-In
September 9 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The City of Caribou and the Caribou Municipal Airport committee are hosting a Fly-In on September 9th from 1-6 pm.

Come for the fun, food & fuel!
Stay for the epic event!

• 100LL Fuel only $2.99/gal.
• Each fly-in participant will receive a raffle ticket and a chance to win a free fill-up courtesy of the City of Caribou Events & Marketing Department.
• Lunch from The Warehouse Bar & Grill: Lobster Rolls, Chicken Salad sandwiches, Burgers, Potato Salad, & Warehouse Chips
• Shuttle to events in Downtown Caribou: the fun continues at Sunday on Sweden Street! until 9pm.

Please contact Shane McDougall at smcdougall1977@gmail.com for more information.

Special Edition: “Sunday on Sweden Street” with BikeMaine
September 9 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Help us welcome our BikeMaine visitors!

Starts at 5pm:
Wildlife Encounters – 5:30pm, with the Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge

Mawitan’ej E’pijig – 6:25pm

La Recolte Cajun Band – 7pm
Plus, celebrate our Acadian heritage with prizes from our neighbors in Acadiana, courtesy of Lafayette, Louisiana!

Your favorite TOS food & craft vendors, the Maine Swedish Colony Dancers, Four-Season truck display, Crown Of Maine Productions, Inc. videos, free Photo Booth, a historic walking tour, and much more!

Northern Maine Brewing Co. LLC. and the Maine Beer Company will be there!

This will be epic 🙂

More information coming soon!

 

 

I Survived Picking Potatoes T-Shirt


For many years in Northern Maine, school would recess in the Fall and kids would spend long hard days working in the potato fields. Pick up potatoes, fill a basket, dump the basket in a barrel and repeat. When the barrel was full you earned $0.25. Repeat until sunset or longer. Many kids would use the money to buy school clothes or other necessities. Were you part of this tradition?

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Crown of Maine Balloon Festival Schedule of Events

Crown of Maine Balloons

Tethered Rides

Tethered balloon rides will be available on Friday and Saturday evenings.  They will start at 5:00 p.m. and will cost $10:00 for 12& over and $5:00 for children under 12.  Tickets will be limited to 150 per evening.  They will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A specific time slot will be assigned for the purchased ticket.  Tickets will go on sale each evening at 4:00 p.m.

 

COMBF Craft Fair

There is a craft fair on Friday night from 4-9 p.m. and Saturday from 11a.m.-9 p.m.

2018 List of Events

August 21 (Tuesday)
6:00 pm Volunteer and Crew Training

August 23 (Thursday)
5:30 am – Thursday Morning Flight (PRE-COMBF Flights by Available Balloons)
5:30 pm – COMBF Opening and Ribbon Burning
5:30 pm Thursday Evening Mass Ascension – Northern Maine Fairgrounds
6:00 – 9:00 pm New Energy on Main Street – Presque Isle Street Fair – Sponsored by the PI Elks Club and the PI Downtown Revitalization Committee

August 24 (Friday)
5:30 am Friday Morning Mass Ascension – Northern Maine Fairgrounds
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm Craft Fair & Vendors Open – Northern Maine Fairgrounds
5:00 pm Tethered Ride Tickets Go on Sale – Limited to 150 passengers on a first-come first-serve basis – Tickets $10 for those 12+, $5 for children under 12
6:30 pm (Following Mass Ascension) Tethered Rides – Northern Prosthetics and Orthotics sponsor.
5:30 pm Friday Evening Mass Ascension – Northern Maine Fairgrounds
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm “No Pressure” entertains on stage behind Forestry Building – Sponsored by Irving Woodlands, LLC.
DUSK – Balloon Glow – Northern Maine Fairgrounds

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August 25 (Saturday)
5:30 am Saturday Morning Mass Ascension – Northern Maine Fairgrounds
7:00 – 10:00 am Meet the Pilots and Crew Breakfast – Chapman Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club, Chapman Cost: $8 per person – The public is invited to come and enjoy breakfast
8:00 am – Citywide Yard Sales
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Kids Karnival – Sponsored by the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest Committee. Inflatable bounce houses and slides sponsored by Caribou Parks and Recreation Department, PI Rotary Club and Cary Medical Center
11:00 am – 9:00 pm Craft Fair and Vendors Open – Northern Maine Fairgrounds
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lemonade and Cookies served by the Spragueville Extension – Northern Maine Fairgrounds
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Children’s Muster – Sponsored by the Presque Isle Fire Department and includes a series of Firefighter’s Muster Games designed for children ages 6 – 12.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Family Fun on the Field – Family Friendly Activities for all Ages – Sponsored by The Aroostook Medical Center
2:00 – 4:00 pm Meet and Greet the Pilots – Come to the Northern Maine Fairgrounds to talk with the pilots and learn about hot air ballooning.
4:30 – 7:30 pm “Tennessee Haze” entertains on stage behind Forestry Building – Sponsored by Irving Woodlands LLC.
5:00 pm Tethered Ride Tickets Go on Sale – Limited to 150 passengers on a first-come first-serve basis – Tickets $10 for those 12+, $5 for children under 12
6:30 pm (Following Mass Ascension) Tethered Rides – Northern Prosthetics and Orthotics sponsor.
5:30 pm Saturday Evening Mass Ascension – Northern Maine Fairgrounds
7:45 – 9:15 pm – Movie “Up” on the stage behind the Forestry Building
DUSK – Balloon Glow – Northern Maine Fairgrounds

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August 26 (Sunday)
5:30 am – Sunday Morning Mass Ascension – Northern Maine Fairgrounds
8:00 – 10:00 am COMBF Closing Breakfast – served by the Order of the Eastern Star, Lunar Chapter #126 at the Trinity Masonic Lodge 130 AF&AM – 230 State Street, Presque Isle.

Aroostook Events – August 17 – 19 2018

Aroostook Band of Micmacs 24th Mawiomi of Tribes

August 17 @ 8:00 am – August 19 @ 8:00 pm

Come join us in celebrating our culture through ceremonies, dancing, drumming, socializing with our people and just plain ole having family fun. This is a drug and alcohol free event that is OPEN TO EVERYONE. There is absolutely NO ENTRANCE FEE to attend, just show up, have fun and enjoy our culture. We hope that all can attend this beautiful showcase of our culture through dancing, drumming, singing, artistry, foods and so much more. This is not just a Native American event, as we pride ourselves in sharing our culture to the local area, so come on over and prepare to make so many memories. MC, Drum groups, Dancers will be announced on a later date. Welalioq ms’t (Thank you all).

 

Portage Lake Summer Roundup Weekend

August 17 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

6:30PM Friday: The Portage Lake Historical Society will hold a variety show; donations will be collected at the door. Contact Corrine Routher if you’d like to perform. Also at 6:30, there will be a luminary jar display at the town hall gazebo to benefit the historical society.
8:00AM – 3:00 PM Saturday: There will be an indoor/outdoor yard sale at Our Lady of the Lake church.
12:00 PM Saturday: The annual Portage Lake Whoopie Pie Festival will take place on August 18 from 12PM until 3PM. Vendors will be selling all flavors of whoopie pies, from the traditional chocolate to out-of-this-world creations. Taste a sample or take a dozen home, and cast your vote for fan favorite! For more information, call Taunja Jandreau at 435-4361.
4:00 PM Saturday: The Portage Hills Country Club and Portage Lake Snowmobile Club will host the annual pig roast at the clubhouse beginning at 4:30 PM. For more information, contact the clubhouse at 435-8221.
7:00 PM Saturday: annual canoe carry. Long before Europeans arrived in Aroostook, two important river chains led native Americans from the St. John River into the vast interior woodlands: the Fish River and the Aroostook River. The connection between these two waterways was a short portage between Little Machias Lake and Portage Lake. Each year, Jim Dumond leads a group of enthusiastic participants in a re-enactment of this portage. The public is welcomed and encouraged to participate in the final stage of the portage, which is the paddle across Portage Lake to the old seaplane base, where an enthusiastic crowd, including members of the Wesget Sipu Fish River Tribe, awaits. Join “les portageurs” at the bottom of the lake (near the intersection of the Maine Woods Road and West Road) by 7:00 PM. Call Jim Dumond for more information at 277-1864.
9:00 PM Saturday: A fireworks display at the Forestry Wharf on Portage Lake will begin at 9PM. If you plan to watch the display from your watercraft, please remember that the law requires you to have lights on your craft after dark.
9:00 PM Saturday: Dance to Too Far North at the Portage Hills Country Club from 9PM to midnight. For more information, contact the clubhouse at 435-8221.
12PM Sunday: Watch the town parade on Main Street, sponsored by the Portage ATV club
1:30PM Sunday: join the community softball game at the baseball field, sponsored by the Portage Lake Rec. Department. Bring your own glove.

435-4361

 

2nd Annual Washburn August Festival BBQ Cookoff

August 17 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This event will start on Friday August 17th with registration beginning at 4pm. The cooks meeting will start at 6pm Friday night.

Registration Fee: $25.00 for each team. Must register before July 31st to ensure space is available. To register call 227-2663 or send private message.

Cooking area will be located in the Town of Wade Garage Parking Lot in Washburn. Rough camping is available but limited so register early. No electricity or water is available. Porta potties will be on site.

Meats to be cooked:
1 – Pork Butt
2 – Pork Ribs

Cooks may enter both categories or just one.
Turn in containers will be provided for each category.
Fuel is wood or charcoal only.
Meat will be inspected before cooks meeting.
Proper storage of meat is required and must be maintained below 40 degrees F or above 140 degrees F.
Proper handling of food is required, vinyl or latex gloves should be used.

Judging will begin on Saturday 1:30 pm with rib turn in and 2:00 pm for Pork butt turn in.

There will be a Champion in each of the meat categories as well as a 1st runner up. Champion in each category to recieve $500 and 1st Runner ups $100.

Also we will be selling 100 tickets to feed the public for $5 each and the public will vote on their best sample of Pork Butt.

We are looking for sponsors as well, each sponsor will receive 2 tickets for the “best sample” voting.

There will also be live music Friday night and Saturday, along with a beer tent.

Register now!! Call 227-2663 or send message to Donna Turner.

Bike Board and Ski Road Bike Ride

August 18 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

PRESQUE ISLE: Bike Board and Ski Road Bike Ride. Saturdays; 7:30 a.m. at BB&S rear entrance behind Northeastland Hotel. 20-30 miles; 1.5-2 hours. Pace: moderate to fast; 16-18 mph. All abilities ride; no mountain bikes. Focus on improving group riding skills, safety and etiquette. Spirited at times, but we regroup several times along the way. Contact Andrew Bouchard (207-551-7027) or andrew@bikeboardandski.com FMI

Portage Lake Summer Roundup Weekend

August 18 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

6:30PM Friday: The Portage Lake Historical Society will hold a variety show; donations will be collected at the door. Contact Corrine Routher if you’d like to perform. Also at 6:30, there will be a luminary jar display at the town hall gazebo to benefit the historical society.
8:00AM – 3:00 PM Saturday: There will be an indoor/outdoor yard sale at Our Lady of the Lake church.
12:00 PM Saturday: The annual Portage Lake Whoopie Pie Festival will take place on August 18 from 12PM until 3PM. Vendors will be selling all flavors of whoopie pies, from the traditional chocolate to out-of-this-world creations. Taste a sample or take a dozen home, and cast your vote for fan favorite! For more information, call Taunja Jandreau at 435-4361.
4:00 PM Saturday: The Portage Hills Country Club and Portage Lake Snowmobile Club will host the annual pig roast at the clubhouse beginning at 4:30 PM. For more information, contact the clubhouse at 435-8221.
7:00 PM Saturday: annual canoe carry. Long before Europeans arrived in Aroostook, two important river chains led native Americans from the St. John River into the vast interior woodlands: the Fish River and the Aroostook River. The connection between these two waterways was a short portage between Little Machias Lake and Portage Lake. Each year, Jim Dumond leads a group of enthusiastic participants in a re-enactment of this portage. The public is welcomed and encouraged to participate in the final stage of the portage, which is the paddle across Portage Lake to the old seaplane base, where an enthusiastic crowd, including members of the Wesget Sipu Fish River Tribe, awaits. Join “les portageurs” at the bottom of the lake (near the intersection of the Maine Woods Road and West Road) by 7:00 PM. Call Jim Dumond for more information at 277-1864.
9:00 PM Saturday: A fireworks display at the Forestry Wharf on Portage Lake will begin at 9PM. If you plan to watch the display from your watercraft, please remember that the law requires you to have lights on your craft after dark.
9:00 PM Saturday: Dance to Too Far North at the Portage Hills Country Club from 9PM to midnight. For more information, contact the clubhouse at 435-8221.
12PM Sunday: Watch the town parade on Main Street, sponsored by the Portage ATV club
1:30PM Sunday: join the community softball game at the baseball field, sponsored by the Portage Lake Rec. Department. Bring your own glove.

435-4361

Caribou Community Clean Up

August 18 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Roll up your sleeves and join us for a few hours of fun work beautifying downtown Caribou! members of the Downtown Team will spearhead easy tasks to build community pride and make areas of Sweden & Main Streets shine! Family teams can also hit the streets and help with litter pick up.
Participants will receive a Caribou Community Cleanup T-Shirt and a hot dog lunch in the downtown mall.
August 18, 2018
8am – 11am: Cleanup
11am – Noon – Lunch
Downtown Caribou – Meet at the Caribou Statue!
Work will include:
Litter Pick-up
Painting light pole bases
painting grates
planting/weed pulling
Yard work in Lyndon Park
Get your group together and sign up at:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090E4CA9AB2AA7F58-caribou1
Brought to you by Caribou’s newly appointed Downtown Team!

28th Annual Tour de la Vallée

August 18 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

FORT KENT: 28th Annual Tour de la Vallée. Bring family, friends on a challenging grand tour of the St. John Valley. Bike 25, 50, 62, or 100 miles, mountain bike 35 miles, or walk/run 3k, 5k, or 10k. Fully supported; rest stops, medical, mechanical. Cost: $30/individual, $60/family; individuals must raise $100 in pledges. Supports local cancer patients, families. Visit www.paradiscancerfund.org/tour-de-la-vallee FMI

4th Annual Baxter Outdoors/Katahdin Woods & Waters Wild Maine Weekend 5k/10k/Relay

August 18 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday, August 18

Mt. Chase: 4th Annual Baxter Outdoors/Katahdin Woods & Waters Wild Maine Weekend 5k/10k/Relay. Course weaves through pristine KWW National Monument; mostly dirt logging roads. Registration: 8:30 a.m. at Mt. Chase Lodge. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Cost: $30/5k Solo, $35/10k Solo, $55/10k Team. Evening fun, food, entertainment at Shin Pond Village after race. Visit www.baxteroutdoors.com FMI

Open House 2018

August 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

OPEN HOUSE 2018
WE WILL BE HAVING A GET TOGETHER ON FRIDAY NIGHT AUGUST 17, 2018 A MEET AND GREET
ON SATURDAY THERE IS A BBQ FROM 10-2 AUGUST 18, 2018 AND DINNER DANCE TO BE HELD AT THE
CARIBOU MOTOR INN. COST IS $30 A PERSON, DINNER INCLUDED. YOU MUST PRE REGISTER FOR THE DINNER DANCE.

101 NOYES RD, CARIBOU, MAINE 04736

 

LORING MILITARY HERITAGE CENTER
​​LORING A.F.B. MAINE 1953-1994​

Caribou Historical Center and Museum

August 18 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Each Saturday during the months of July & August, the Caribou Historical Center and Museum will be featuring ‘Musical Memories’ – music and comedy skits from the 1940s thru the 1960s. Highlighted will be the Big Bands, folk songs, easy listening, the early years of rock n’ roll and soft rock of the ‘60s. There will also be some space for dancing. We will be open to the public from 12:00 to 4:00 pm each Saturday. We are located at 1033 Presque Isle Rd. Everyone is welcome. Stop in and reminisce to the calmer sounds.

Summer Events at the Nylander

August 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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2nd Annual Washburn August Festival BBQ Cookoff

August 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This event will start on Friday August 17th with registration beginning at 4pm. The cooks meeting will start at 6pm Friday night.

Registration Fee: $25.00 for each team. Must register before July 31st to ensure space is available. To register call 227-2663 or send private message.

Cooking area will be located in the Town of Wade Garage Parking Lot in Washburn. Rough camping is available but limited so register early. No electricity or water is available. Porta potties will be on site.

Meats to be cooked:
1 – Pork Butt
2 – Pork Ribs

Cooks may enter both categories or just one.
Turn in containers will be provided for each category.
Fuel is wood or charcoal only.
Meat will be inspected before cooks meeting.
Proper storage of meat is required and must be maintained below 40 degrees F or above 140 degrees F.
Proper handling of food is required, vinyl or latex gloves should be used.

Judging will begin on Saturday 1:30 pm with rib turn in and 2:00 pm for Pork butt turn in.

There will be a Champion in each of the meat categories as well as a 1st runner up. Champion in each category to recieve $500 and 1st Runner ups $100.

Also we will be selling 100 tickets to feed the public for $5 each and the public will vote on their best sample of Pork Butt.

We are looking for sponsors as well, each sponsor will receive 2 tickets for the “best sample” voting.

There will also be live music Friday night and Saturday, along with a beer tent.

Register now!! Call 227-2663 or send message to Donna Turner.

Pig Roast

August 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

$5 – $12

There will be a Pig Roast at Grant Memorial United Methodist Church to benefit local children in need.

Portage Lake Summer Roundup Weekend

August 19 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

6:30PM Friday: The Portage Lake Historical Society will hold a variety show; donations will be collected at the door. Contact Corrine Routher if you’d like to perform. Also at 6:30, there will be a luminary jar display at the town hall gazebo to benefit the historical society.
8:00AM – 3:00 PM Saturday: There will be an indoor/outdoor yard sale at Our Lady of the Lake church.
12:00 PM Saturday: The annual Portage Lake Whoopie Pie Festival will take place on August 18 from 12PM until 3PM. Vendors will be selling all flavors of whoopie pies, from the traditional chocolate to out-of-this-world creations. Taste a sample or take a dozen home, and cast your vote for fan favorite! For more information, call Taunja Jandreau at 435-4361.
4:00 PM Saturday: The Portage Hills Country Club and Portage Lake Snowmobile Club will host the annual pig roast at the clubhouse beginning at 4:30 PM. For more information, contact the clubhouse at 435-8221.
7:00 PM Saturday: annual canoe carry. Long before Europeans arrived in Aroostook, two important river chains led native Americans from the St. John River into the vast interior woodlands: the Fish River and the Aroostook River. The connection between these two waterways was a short portage between Little Machias Lake and Portage Lake. Each year, Jim Dumond leads a group of enthusiastic participants in a re-enactment of this portage. The public is welcomed and encouraged to participate in the final stage of the portage, which is the paddle across Portage Lake to the old seaplane base, where an enthusiastic crowd, including members of the Wesget Sipu Fish River Tribe, awaits. Join “les portageurs” at the bottom of the lake (near the intersection of the Maine Woods Road and West Road) by 7:00 PM. Call Jim Dumond for more information at 277-1864.
9:00 PM Saturday: A fireworks display at the Forestry Wharf on Portage Lake will begin at 9PM. If you plan to watch the display from your watercraft, please remember that the law requires you to have lights on your craft after dark.
9:00 PM Saturday: Dance to Too Far North at the Portage Hills Country Club from 9PM to midnight. For more information, contact the clubhouse at 435-8221.
12PM Sunday: Watch the town parade on Main Street, sponsored by the Portage ATV club
1:30PM Sunday: join the community softball game at the baseball field, sponsored by the Portage Lake Rec. Department. Bring your own glove.

435-4361

 

 

Summer Events at the Nylander

August 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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The Museums of the Salmon Brook Historical Society Hours

August 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Museums of the Salmon Brook Historical Society will be open for tours Sundays from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and Wednesdays from 8:00 – 10:30 am from now thru September 2, 2018, except Sunday, August 5. Tours are available at other times by contacting Rita at rtkngsbry@gmail.com at least two weeks in advance to make an appointment.

ALSO:

The next meeting of the Salmon Brook Historical society will be held on July 1`8, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Museum’s barn on Main St., Washburn. Following the business meeting there will be a dessert social and refreshments. Please bring a dessert or a refreshment to share. All are welcome.

 

 

New Potatoes from Aroostook County

Blog Credit: Patricia Sutherland & Aroostook County Tourism

There are many food seasons for foodies to enjoy in the county! Fiddleheads, local strawberries, fresh peas, beet greens…YUM

But the very best of all, and you are welcome to come to Aroostook and join us – new potatoes!!!

potato blossoms in Presque Isle
potato blossoms in Presque Isle

All along Route 1 and other roads as you drive throughout the county, you will see simple farm stands with the (usually) hand painted sign saying “new potatoes”. These kiosks are typically on the honor system. You simply put your money into the container. Aroostook families so enjoy these “new” potatoes and eagerly seek them out in early July

potato blossoms. photo by Lovena West
potato blossoms. photo by Lovena West

 

 

New potatoes are available from mid-July into October, from round whites and reds earlier, followed by russet varieties a little later. Personally, and I’m sure there are others like me, I don’ t care what that first bag costs … I am so craving those potatoes!

Luckily, new potatoes are typically sold in five pound bags and priced at maybe $5 for those really early potatoes and generally go down to $4 – $3 as the season goes on. Grocery stores also will carry them as they become more available, as will farmers’ markets. But the roadside stands are traditional.

So what is a “new potato” and what do you do with it? You love it!

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New potatoes carefully dug from Aroostook’s fertile soils have an earthy goodness. They are small, the beginnings of our famous potato crop, and can be even smaller than an egg. The earliest ones will be the smallest and will increase in size as the season goes on. The great thing about new potatoes is not only the size but the freshness of their taste. The skin of the new potato is barely there, so no need to peel. Just a mere hand washing will remove any dirt from the potato. Simply boiled are the best. Then smash them a little, add butter and savor. The flavor is as delicate as the skin.

Potato Blossoms with Katahdin in the Background
Potato Blossoms with Katahdin in the Background. Photo by Stacy Jones

A traditional preparation in the county is to boil new potatoes with either fresh garden peas or green beans and serve the potatoes and your green vegetable with butter and cream. Yum O!! Truly one of the highlights of the summer!

So take a drive to the county, stop at one of our “new potatoes” stands, pick up a bag of potatoes and give yourself a treat of new potatoes from the county! I guarantee you will be back for more!

Blog Credit: Patricia Sutherland & Aroostook County Tourism




 

Maine Potato Blossom Festival Schedule

potato-blossoms
potato-blossoms

Saturday, July 14
8a-3p Town Wide Yard Sale
Register by June 29 at Festival Headquarters. $5 to be included on the map.
Maps available July 2.
Sponsored by Quality of Place Council

9a Chess Tournament, United Parish Church, 4 Church St.
Registration: Early $20/Day of $25
Hosted by UMPI Chess Club

10a Horseshoe Tournament, Riverside Park
$10 person/$20 Team
Hosted by Boy Scout Troup #194
Sponsored by Emera Maine and Precision Custom Woodworking

 

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Sunday, July 15
7-10a Snowmobile Club Breakfast, Fort Fairfield Snowmobile Club, Strickland Road
$8 adult/$4 under 12

1p Fort Fairfield High School Alumni Social, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Cafeteria $5
Hosted by FFHS Alumni Association

4-5p Hymn Sing, Historic Friends Church, Houlton Road
Hosted by Frontier Heritage Historical Society

Monday, July 16
7p The Pre-Teen / Teen Miss Maine Potato Queen Pageant, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Gymnasium
$8 Admission
Sponsored by Northeast Packaging, Inc.

Tuesday, July 17

8:30a Girls Softball Tournament, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Athletic Complex
Girls age 9-12, register through your local Recreation Department
Hosted by Fort Fairfield Parks & Rec, 472-3882
Rain date: July 19
3-6p Family Canoe & Kayak Fun Day, boat launch on Monson Pond
Hosted by Frontier Fish & Game Club

6p 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Community Center Gymnasium
Register by 5:45 pm. $30 per team
Hosted by Fort Fairfield Parks & Rec, 472-3882

7p Pet Show, CP Park
$2 per pet, leashes required
Hosted by Central Aroostook Humane Society
Sponsored by FIELDS Realty

6 & 7p Planetarium Shows, Francis Malcolm Science Center, 776 Houlton Rd, Easton
Reservations Required, 488-5451
Sponsored by Spudnik

Wednesday, July 18
9a Swim Meet, Fort Fairfield Municipal Swimming Pool
18 and under register through your local Recreation Department
Hosted by Fort Fairfield Parks & Rec, 472-3882
Sponsored by White Smiles
Rain date: July 19

11a – 2p Library Open House, 339 Main St
Check out NASA@MyLibrary and get your picture taken on the moon!

6p Wednesday Evening Fiddlers, Bandstand
Sponsored by Maine Credit Unions

6:30p Baby & Bike Parade of Superheroes, Town Clock through Fields Lane
Pre-register at 472-3651
Sponsored by H.O. Perry Insurance

7p The Little & Junior Miss Maine Potato Queen Pageant, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Gymnasium
$8 Admission
Sponsored by Northeast Packaging, Inc.

Thursday, July 19
11a-2p Spudnik Customer Appreciation Open House, 110 Airport Drive, Presque Isle

5p Maine Potato Board Annual Meeting & Industry Dinner, The Forum in Presque Isle
Sponsored by The Maine Potato Board, Maine Potato Growers and Farm Credit East

5-8p Potato Picking Contest, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Athletic Complex
Sponsored by Hillside IGA

5-8p Cary/Pines Inflatable Adventure Park, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Athletic Complex
Sponsored by Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services
Rain location: Community Center Gymnasium

6p FFHS Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Cafeteria
Social Hour at 5 pm, Induction Ceremony at 7 pm.
Reservations required – lgardner@msad20.org. $30

6:30p Gospel Singers at the Bandstand
Sponsored by Maine Credit Unions

7:30 Karaoke at the Beer Garden
Hosted by Fireman Fred Parsons

8:30 Movie Under the Stars, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Athletic Complex
Despicable Me 3 – Rated PG
Sponsored by Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services
Rain location: Community Center Gymnasium

Friday, July 20
9a Bike Rodeo, next to CP Park
Ages 12 and under, bring your bike and helmet!
Sponsored by the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club

10a Coloring Contest Judging, Village Square
Sponsored by County Federal Credit Union

11a Spuddy Buddy Challenge, County Federal Credit Union
Pick up your clue card and help Spuddy find his lost buddies.
Ages 6-12 pre-register at 472-7838. Only 40 clue cards available!
Sponsored by County Federal Credit Union

12-2p & 5-7p Blockhouse Tours
Sponsored by Frontier Heritage Historical Society

2p Splash & Dash, Fort Fairfield Municipal Pool
$15, Register from 12:30 – 1:30 pm, ages 8-12, swim and run – 2 distance options
Sponsored by TAMC, register at 768-4008.

4p Speed Chess Tournament, St Paul’s Episcopal Church Tent
Hosted by UMPI Chess Club

5p Adam Nadeau, Main Stage
Sponsored by Fields Realty, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, and Emera Maine

6p Mashed Potato Wrestling, Food Court
Hosted by Fort Fairfield Fire Dept
Sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

6p Sip & Paint, St Paul’s Episcopal Church Tent
Guided painting event with an agricultural theme. Professional artist, choice of wine and light snacks for an evening and painting you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
$35, register at 762-3576, ID Required
Hosted by Wintergreen Arts Center
7-10p Star City Syndicate, Main Stage
Sponsored by Fields Realty, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, and Emera Maine

Saturday, July 21
6-10a Pancake Breakfast, Old Depot Site
$5
Hosted by Frontier Heritage Historical Society

6:30a 3 Person Golf Scramble, Aroostook Valley Country Club
Pre-register at 476-8083 or 800-980-8747

8a-5p Arts & Crafts Show, Fields Lane
Hosted by Laureate Gamma Sorority

8-10a One Room School House Tours, Old Depot Site
Hosted by Frontier Heritage Historical Society

8:30a 5 Miler Road Race, CP Park
$15, Registration starts at 7:30a, Walkers start at 8:30a, Runners start at 9a
Hosted by Fort Fairfield High School Baseball Team
Sponsored by Hillside IGA, Fort Fairfield Lions Club and Maddog Mowing

10a-1p Blockhouse Tours
Hosted by Frontier Heritage Historical Society

10a Tribute to Military Veterans, Paul Lockhart VFW Post 6187
Hosted by Fort Fairfield High School Class of 1967
Call Mary Rochford Hunter for more information. 207-227-8652

11:30a Human Chess Game, Food Court
Sponsored by DRD Audio/Video

11:30a Andrew Silver, Bandstand (magician)
Sponsored by Maine Credit Unions

1p Antique and Unique Car Parade

1:15p 2018 Maine Potato Blossom Festival Parade
Sponsored by the Maine Potato Board, Rathbun Lumber, and Cassidy Orthodontics

3p 3rd Annual International Tater Tot Eating Competition, Food Court
$5 Registration, Men’s, Women’s and Youth Divisions
Sponsored by Boondocks Grille and Maine Agri-Women

3p Antique Tractor Pulls, Riverside Park East
Hosted by Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club
Sponsored by Kilcollins Farms

3p Andrew Silver, Main Stage (magic/juggling/variety show)
Sponsored by Fields Realty, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, and Emera Maine

4p Pine & Spurs Riding Club Horse Show, Damboise Road
Game Classes. Open to the public and free of charge.

4:30p Guy & Andy Show, Main Stage
Sponsored by Fields Realty, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, and Emera Maine

5:30 Juggling workshop, Bandstand
Sponsored by Maine Credit Unions

6:30 Tom Hayes, Main Stage (comedian)
Sponsored by Fields Realty, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, and Emera Maine

7:30 The Maine Potato Queen Pageant, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Gymnasium
$8
Sponsored by Northeast Packaging, Inc.

8p The Altar Boys, Main Stage
Sponsored by Fields Realty, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, and Emera Maine

Sunday, July 22
9a Pine & Spurs Riding Club Horse Show, Damboise Road
Performance Classes. Open to the public and free of charge.

10a Community Worship, Bandstand
Hosted by United Parish Church

10a Spud Cycle Classic Bicycle Race & Tour, Fort Fairfield Public Library
25 mile race, 12 mile tour end at Hillcrest Estates
Registration 8-9:30a at Fort Fairfield Community Center, $15
Hosted by Fort Fairfield Rec Dept
Sponsored by SW Collins, Hillside IGA, Bike Board & Ski

10a-2p Car Show & Shine, Riverside Park
Antique tractors and farm equipment will also be on display.
Hosted by Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club
Sponsored by Caldwell’s Auto, Kilcollins Farms and TGN Detailing

12-2p Blockhouse Tours
Hosted by Frontier Heritage Historical Society
12 Rubber Duck Race, Bridge to Fort Fairfield Boat Landing
$5 per duck
Hosted by Frontier Fish & Game Club

2p Flotilla of Fun, Forbes Landing to Fort Fairfield Boat Landing
Bring your non-motorized water craft, life jackets and paddles to join in the fun.
Canoe and kayak rentals available upon reservation by calling Kayak Country, 540-6573.
Hosted by Fort Fairfield Parks & Rec

4:30-6p Baked Bean Supper, Knights of Columbus Hall
$8
Hosted by Frontier Fish & Game Club

Singer/Songwriter Sunday on the Main Stage
4p Jacob Graham
5-7p Travis Cyr
7-9p Putnam Smith & Ashley Storrow
Sponsored by Fields Realty, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, and Emera Maine

FIREWORKS ON THE AROOSTOOK RIVER!
Sponsored by the Maine Potato Board, McGillan Inc, and ReEnergy.

THANKS SO MUCH TO OUR 2018 SPONSORS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT!




Walmart’s funeral potatoes are confusing

Funeral potatoes are a staple in Utah, Idaho and Mormon kitchens, but the rest of the internet just discovered this creepy-sounding dish.




Walmart ads on Facebook have recently been featuring Salt Lake-based Augason Farms’ dehydrated funeral potatoes and the name is apparently disturbing to out-of-staters.

They may sound threatening, but the story behind the name isn’t quite that scary — funeral potatoes are often served at post-funeral gatherings in Utah. The quick and cheaply-made casserole can feed a lot of people with just a few ingredients and is easy to freeze. No one has tracked down the exact origin, but recipes for “Funeral Potatoes” first surfaced in LDS Relief Society cookbooks in the early 1900s, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Weekend Events: March 10,11 2018

Events Happening this Weekend:

Saturday 3/10/2018:

10 am-1 pm: Planet Head Day, Wieden Hall Gym, UMPI, FMI 768-9482
7 pm: Northern Star All Talent Show, Presque Isle Middle School

Sunday 3/11/2018:

10 am: Northern Maine Bridal Expo 2018, The Northeastland Hotel, Presque Isle
2 pm: Northern Star All Talent Show, Houlton Community Arts Center




House For Sale: 1791 Chapman RD Chapman Maine

Single Family
3 Br 2/1 Ba ±1,768 sqft.
±13.0000 Acr.

1791 Chapman Rd. Chapman, Maine House for Sale

If you want country living, low taxes, peace and quiet, large workshop, 13 acres of land just a few miles from town, look no further! This turnkey 3 bedroom home with 2.5 bathrooms is ready and waiting for you. The home offers an open floor plan with a large living room and dining room. If one floor living is what you’re looking for, this place has it as well. The laundry area is just off the entry way with a half bath nearby. If it’s garage space and a killer workshop you’re looking for, wait till you see what this property has to offer. As HUGE 36×40 workshop with 12 foot ceilings and radiant floor heating is a handyman or handy woman’s dream. There is also a large, heated 2 car garage as well. Entry to the basement from the outside is handy and the basement is dry as a bone and could be finished to add more living space. Too much to describe for this property, I’m running out of room. So come see this wonderful home for yourself.




Big Bear Real Estate Company
(207) 764-4600




Log Home For Sale: Oakfield, Maine

Log Home, Barn and Land

$88,000
log home for sale - oakfield, maine
log home for sale – oakfield, maine

24×40 Log home, 12×24 New covered deck with plastic decking and P/T frame. New 24×26 Barn with 220 elec. and 9hx12w insulated door. All metal roofing, drilled well, septic, electric, DISH tv, satellite internet. Home completely stained in 2017. Nestled at the end of a town maintained Rd. Groomed ATV and Snowmobile trails cross the property. Brook with trout, apple trees, deer, moose,turkey, grouse and more. Adjacent to thousands of acres of commercial woodlands. Home is two bedrooms plus a full loft considered a three bedroom on appraisal. Large bathroom with laundry adjacent to master bedroom. Home office in second bedroom. Two heat sources. Propane and Pellet. Block chimney. All appliances stay. New stainless fridge and propane stove. Front load washer and dryer. Craftsman lawn tractor, push mower also included. Opportunity for 300+ tap Maple syrup operation. Community tax relief money available to new owner. Covers your taxes and heat…
**No Owner financing**
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