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

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**
Contact us for a private viewing or more information…





Aroostook State Park Winter Fun Day

The annual Winter Fun Day was held at Aroostook State Park over the weekend. Events included snowmobile rides around the lake, a sliding hill, skiing and more. Click below to enjoy a 4k video shot on Echo Lake.

Aroostook State Park Sliding
Kids slide down a hill on to Echo Lake at the 2018 Winter Fun Day at Aroostook State Park
winter fun day at Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle
Young passengers on an around-the-lake snowmobile ride .
Crown of Maine Videos – Winter Fun Day 4K

The annual Winter Fun Day at Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle was held on Saturday February 24, 2018. Enjoy a few minutes of 4k video shot on Echo Lake near the sliding hill.View

For Sale: 1/2 acres of land on Madawaska River in Caribou

1/2 acre of land on Madawaska River in Caribou, ME. Property has a paved driveway in, and a nice spot for a camper or maybe a small camp someday.

Land for Sale on River in Caribou
Land for Sale on River in Caribou





Land for Sale on River in Caribou
Land for Sale on River in Caribou
Land for Sale on River in Caribou
Land for Sale on River in Caribou

River is good for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and swimming. There is a store within walking distance, and town is about 5 minutes away. Property is semi secluded and a nice escape from the city. Majority of the property is wooded, and there is a large area of shrubby bushes that could be cleared out to give a much larger camping area. Convenient and cute spot.

Property has nice rocks to sit on, and watch the water, and the property is located right next to the bridge that crosses the river. Great spot to watch the kids play in the water.

Asking $9,500, but am willing to listen to offers, and trades. If offering a trade, please realize you most likely will need to bring it to northern Maine. Looking for Ford pickups, Harleys, 4×4 wheelers, side by side, Rolloff/towtruck, or possibly all sorts of other things.

I may consider financing depending how much you have down.

Contact Seller via Facebook

Aroostook County Maine Ice Fishing Video

First video of the new series “My Aroostook Adventure”  from Aroostook County Tourism. We are proud of The County and all that it offers throughout the 4 seasons. The County…a place we fondly call home.

ice fishing aroostook county
ice fishing in aroostook county


First Friday Art Walk in Presque Isle

Participants in this months First Friday Art Walk;

Wintergreen Arts Center is hosting the inspiring work of local artist Filomena Irving during the month of February. Her Opening Reception, “The Awakening,” will be held on February 2, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, during the First Friday Downtown Art Walk.

Painting by Filomena Irving
Painting by Filomena Irving
Painting by Filomena Irving
Painting by Filomena Irving
Painting by Filomena Irving
Painting by Filomena Irving
Painting by Filomena Irving
Painting by Filomena Irving





Refreshments will be served and musical entertainment provided by classical pianist Liudmila “Mila” Mamontova. The evening event is free and open to the public.

Filomena “Mena” Irving is a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and a former middle school science teacher in Washburn. She is an artist who says she has taken over half a century to awaken her latent desire to paint.

“I have always known that I had it in me,” said Irving, “but it wasn’t until my husband encouraged me to attend a painting workshop hosted by Tim Gagnon that I actually awakened my latent desire and turned it into a new career.”

Irving works in acrylics and watercolor. Her subjects are predominantly landscapes, seascapes, and florals. Her passion for travel and gardening often translate themselves into her paintings. Her paintings are largely influenced by her imagination, the works of other artists, and the beauty that surrounds her.

“One could describe my style as impressionistic, and eclectic, varying with my mood and my medium,” said Irving. “My art gives voice to my experiences as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter.”
A collection of the artist’s wearable art will also be on display including colorful headbands, scarves, and beanies.
Filomena Irving currently lives on a farm in Washburn with her husband Scott.

**The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Reed Art Gallery will present Unfolding, an exhibit focused on objects and memory by Jennifer Leigh Jones, from January 22 through March 16, 2018. The public is invited to view the exhibition throughout the show’s run and attend the Gallery Reception on Friday, February 2, from 5-7 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m.; light refreshments will be served. This reception is being held in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk. The Reed Gallery is located on the second floor of the University’s Center for Innovative Learning.

Jones’ work explores the relationship between objects and the memories they trigger. She is fascinated by the manner in which the mind processes life events, from the extreme traumas that life can sometimes yield to the soft tranquility of playing with a tea set. Each object she portrays in her work is inextricably bound to the memory of events.

Jones is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing and serves as the Department Chair at Navarro College in Waxahachie, TX. She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing in 2009 from the University of North Texas where she taught as an adjunct professor until 2014, when she became a full-time professor at Navarro.

In 2009, she was named “one of the Dallas Top Nine Artists at the F.I.G. to watch” in D Magazine. Her prolific work has been exhibited nationally. She has participated in over 80 art exhibitions, alongside several of today’s most renowned art figures, such as: Nato Thompson, Chief Curator at the New York-based public arts institution, Creative Time; Terri Thornton, an artist and Curator of Education at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Thomas Feulmer, Director of Education and Programming at the Rachofsky House in Dallas, TX; Gavin Morrison, curator of the Fort Worth Contemporary Art Gallery; Janis Goodman, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC; Dallas Art Fair co-founder Chris Byrne; Gail Sachson, immediate past Chair of the Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission and past Vice-Chair of the Dallas Public Art Committee, and many more.

Her recent exhibitions include a solo show at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, TX; Ex Post Facto, Warehouse Living Arts Center, Corsicana, TX ; Dallas Art Fair, F.I.G, Ro2 Gallery; Texas Art Contemporary Fair, Houston, TX, Ro2 Gallery. Jones has been named a finalist three times in the Hunting Art Prize, located in Houston, TX.

All are invited to view the show between January and March and to come out to the First Friday Art Walk on February 2 and take part in the free reception and artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. In addition, Unfolding will be open during the First Friday Art Walk on March 2 from 5-7 p.m. Please follow gallery happenings on the Reed Gallery Facebook page,

The Reed Fine Art Gallery is located on the second floor of UMPI’s Center for Innovative Learning and is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The gallery is closed Saturdays, Sundays, and University holidays. For more information about this event, please contact Reed Gallery Director Hyrum Benson at (207) 768-9441 or

**NMCC Our artist is Martin Gallant. He paints in watercolors and acrylics.

** President House at U.M.P.I. will be opening from 3-5 p.m. for meet, mingle and enjoy light refreshments as we kick off First Friday Art Walk.

Wanted: Someone to Tear Down a Barn!

Owner of this barn in Presque Isle is looking for a contractor or company who is insured to give them a quote on tearing the barn down. They don’t want to be responsible for anybody getting injured. We can talk about what to do with the demo as well.

The barn is 30×40 not including the added shed on the side that has already collapsed.

They have some quotes already but really need to weigh their options. If interested please contact them through Facebook

Located in Presque Isle

Barn Needs to be Torn Down
The owner of this barn is looking for soneone to tear it down in exchange for keeping the material

Army National Guard Northern Maine Readiness Center

Construction will begin this Spring on the Army National Guard’s new training facility in the Presque Isle industrial park.

Maine Army National Guard’s Northern Maine Readiness Center

Army National Guard’s Northern Maine Readiness Center will be on the corner of Edgemont and Central Drive. The first class training facility for guard members will be 40,000 square feet and located on the corner of Edgemont and Central Drive in Presque Isle’s Industrial Park.   The $15.5 million regional readiness facility will replace an older station in Caribou and is expected to be complete in the summer of 2020.