Aroostook County Maine Photos – 8/13/2019

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Today’s foggy sunrise in Aroostook County
Photo Credit: Anna Lightbown
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A golden sunset on Long Lake – St. David
Photo Credit: Lisa Arnoldy
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The “Million Dollar View” in Weston
Photo Credit: Amanda Sherman
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Cotton Candy Sky & Moon in Island Falls
Photo Credit: Jean Townsend
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New Potatoes being dug and ready for sale at Carter’s Market in Caribou
Photo Credit: Carter’s Market
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Meduxnekeag River, Houlton Maine
Photo Credit: Amanda Sherman
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Making the world’s largest Ploye (pancake) during Fort Kent’s 150th anniversary celebration
Photo Credit: Patti Dzienis
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Crown of Maine Photos – 8/10/2019

Leaves are starting to change a bit. Oxbow, Maine
Photo Credit: Cold Woods Homestead
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Sunset on the Aroostook River in Presque Isle
Photo Credit: Amanda Sherman
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Recent pics from hikers who trekked in to the Lost Locomotives of the Allagash between Eagle and Chamberlain lakes
Photo credit: Dylan Tranchemontagne
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Sunset in Grand Isle/Lille
Photo Credit: Janet Cyr
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The sun rises over Long Lake in St. Agatha
photo credit: Richard Marston
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Sunset on the Presque Isle Stream
Photo Credit: Amanda Sherman
Early morning in Caribou
Photo Credit: Anna Lightbown
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Pink Potato Blossoms
Photo Credit: Kelly McCallum
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An early morning cup of coffee in the fog at Van Buren Cove – Long Lake
Photo Credit: Austin Levesque

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Crown of Maine Photos – 8/5/2019

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A Maine Black Bear appears on a dirt road in Sinclair
? Keith G Albert
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A Waxing Crescent Moon hangs low in the Aroostook County Sky Last Night
? Stacy Jones
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Durepo Pond
? Kelly McCallum
Kids Fishing on Galilee Pond (near Deboulie) in the North Maine Woods.
? Wade Trosper
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Fort Kent
? Chris Michaud
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Crown of Maine Photos – 8/2/2019

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Moose encounter while 4-Wheeling
? Dale Keegan
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A scene while fishing one evening in Limestone
? Kim Osborn
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An early morning visitor to a farm in Fort Fairfield. You couldn’t tell where he was in the grain field until he stood up!
? Roxanne Bubar
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A beautiful view of a rainbow from a recent thunderstorm
? Dale Keegan
A tranquil sunset among the Aroostook County wildflowers
? Dave Fleming
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Last night’s sunset on the Aroostook River in Washburn
? Amanda Sherman
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 Photos – 7/31/2019

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Aftermath of the storm that just went through Caribou. Minutes before it hit there were people working inside the trench (blue) and now it’s full of water. They got out safely (and quickly). Note the hastily abandoned shovel…
? Anita Clark Johnston
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Light Snow Last night in Oxbow
? Cold Woods Homestead

After the Storm in Connor Township
? Pamela Brauneis
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Fort Kent Block House
? Chris Michaud

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Sunset on Cross Lake this evening
? Devon Cote

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Caribou Sunrise
? Vickie Ketch
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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Presque Isle getting Public Bus Route

Beginning in October 2019, Presque Isle will see the launch of a new continuous bus loop around the Star City with strategic stops. The PI Loop will be made possible by a grant received by the Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP) from The Maine Community Foundation. The goal of the grant was to overcome problems faced by families with young children in the Presque Isle area. Transportation was quickly identified as a large problem for this segment of the population.

A fixed bus route is going to revolutionize our city,” says Going Places co-chair LeRae Kinney, Director of MSAD #1 Adult and Community Education. “Transportation is one of the major barriers in our community. By creating The PI Loop, we are not only assisting those without a driver’s license or vehicle, we are creating opportunities for employers, employees, students, and families that simply did not exist before. This bus route will change lives. It allows for parents to better care for their children and allow students to be more involved in after school and community activities that were not an option before, especially in the cold winter months. I am excited to be part of a group of community members that have the passion, the vision and the grit to do the hard work to make this dream a reality. “

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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Sitel Closing, Caribou to lose 100 jobs

According to Sarah Geist of the Sitel Group Public Relations Team the Caribou Sitel office will be closing its doors on October 31, 2019.

Sitel Office in Caribou, Maine. Photo credit: RobinandBob Jalbert‎

Geist said in an email to a local paper that “due to recent business changes, Sitel Group has made the decision to stop operations at its Caribou, Maine location.”

Sitel is a call center for customer service. 100 jobs are expected to be lost from this closure. Affected employees are being encouraged to apply at other Sitel locations across the country.


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Fort Fairfield Potato Blossom Festival Starts Soon

The town of Fort Fairfield is busying getting ready for the 72nd annual Maine Potato Blossom Festival July 13 to the 21st.

Potato Blossoms dot the landscape around the time of the Maine Potato Blossom Festival

There are a few new events this year including a kids closet clothing sale put on by the Fort Fairfield Housing Authority, historical tours of the town aboard Molley the Trolley and a Tough Tater and Tater Tot obstacle course.

There will also be the new Chamber’s Smokin’ Barbecue Cook-Off on July 13th put on by the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce. The cook-off starts at 8 a.m. and goes to 6 p.m. Judging begins at noon and peoples choice tasting from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 5 p.m.

The long time events will also be part of the festival again including pageants, class reunions, a movie under the stars, musical events and many kids and craft events.


Kids wrestling in the mashed potato pit during the Fort Fairfield Maine Potato Blossom Festival.

The festival will also continue to stay true to its heritage and focus on traditional agricultural events such as a potato picking contest, mashed potato wrestling, antique tractor pulls and displays of farming technology throughout the years.

The most popular event of the Maine Potato Blossom Festival is the parade which will take place on Saturday, July 20 starting at noon. This is the largest parade in Aroostook County and draws huge crowds and many politicians. Line-up begins at 10am. The parade starts at the Fort Fairfield High School and goes down main st.

The Maine Potato Blossom Festival Parade is the largest event of its kind in Aroostook County

Traditionally, the Maine Potato Blossom Festival happens when the potato fields are in bloom. This year, however, it’s not certain how many fields will be flowering because of the late start to planting. Keep your fingers crossed!

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 County Tourism Red River Camps

by Aroostook County Tourism

Already dreaming of a weekend getaway? Check out Red River Camps in Deboullie for your next Aroostook adventure! With peaceful off the grid living, miles of hiking trails, and endless fishing and canoeing, you’ll love the experience this Aroostook sporting camp has to offer.

Canoes at Red River Camps
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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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My Aroostook Adventure: Spring Fishing Trip

Looking to plan your next fishing trip? Fish Aroostook! Whether you prefer trolling on a lake, river, or fly fishing a stream, we’re confident our abundant waters will make for great fishing and even better memories. Thanks to Aroostook County Tourism for the video!

Aroostook County Maine Fishing Adventure
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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