The Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

Jumping Frenchmen of Maine Disorder is a rare ailment in which a person, when

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startled, will “jump, twitch, flail their limbs and obey commands given suddenly, even if it means hurting themselves or a loved one.”   The disorder was first observed in 1878 among lumberjacks in Maine but has been reported also among factory workers in Malaysia and Siberia. Some believe it results from a genetic mutation that blocks the calming of the central nervous system (but could be merely psychological, from the stress of working in close quarters).


German POWs in Houlton

In 1944 a major part of the Houlton Army Air Base was made into Camp Houlton, a Prisoner of War (POW) internment camp.

German POWs in Houlton

It was a violation of the Geneva Convention to force POWs to work but they could volunteer to work. Camp Houlton provided laborers for local farms to harvest peas, pick potatoes and other work but not all POWs were allowed to work on the farms for security reasons.

The prisoners were paid a dollar a day in scrip that they could spend at the post exchange, the base store, for toiletries, tobacco, chocolate, and even beer.

Fort Kent, Maine Flooding: 1930 and 2008

Flooding in Fort Kent, Maine – 1930.  Fort Kent flooded again in 2008 after receiving nearly 200 inches of snow during the 2007–2008 winter season.  Almost two days of nonstop rain also contributed to the flooding. The St. John river rose and extended into the downtown area.  Nearly 600 of Fort Kent’s 4,233 residents were evacuated. The river’s water level rose to about 31 feet which is 6 feet above flood stage.

Main St. in Fort Kent during the flood of 1930.   From the book Upper St. John Valley by Frank Sleeper
Main St. in Fort Kent during the flood of 1930. From the book Upper St. John Valley by Frank Sleeper
The Acadia hotel during the Fort Kent flood of 1930







Fort Kent Flooding 2008
Fort Kent Flooding 2008

Crown of Maine Balloon Festival 2015

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Crown of Maine Balloon Fest Balloon Blow
Balloon Glow at Dusk at the Fair Grounds.

The annual Crown of Maine Balloon Festival starts August 27, 2015.  Join us at the Fairgrounds in Presque Isle for balloon launches, balloon glows, musical entertainment, youth activities and so much more!   Festival Brochure

Crown of Maine Balloon Festival

Balloon taking off at the Crown of Maine Balloon Festival