Video of Lynx Crossing Rt. 11 in Northern Maine

A recent facebook video shows a group of adorable Lynx crossing Rt. 11 in Grindstone, Maine which is between Millinocket and Sherman.

Posted by Rob Michaud on Thursday, March 7, 2019
Lynx Crossing the Road by
Rob Michaud

According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, the Canadian Lynx is federally a threatened species and a species of special concern in the State of Maine.  They are more commonly found in Western and Northern Maine, where snow depths are deepest in the state, but the species is expanding into eastern sections of Maine.

Lynx heading down the snowbank on to Rt. 11 in Grindstone Maine. Photo by Rob Michaud

Right now male lynx are on the move to find female mates, so maybe sites like this will be happening more commonly now that it’s breeding season.  Be on the lookout!

Recent Pics From Aroostook County, Maine

The scene today at the NWS Office in Caribou, Maine


With the sephamores aligned horizontal, Bangor & Aroostook F3-A #42 has stopped her southbound freight of pulpwood on February 28th, 1979 in Oakfield, Maine
Photo credit: James Marcus,
United Flight 4933 sits in the snow off the runway in Presque Isle after Monday’s incident.
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Old Farm Windmill by Earlene Dyer Lawrence
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Sunset in Perham by Rick Katie Michaud
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Morning Gathering by Anna Lightbown

PI Passengers stuck on unheated plane at -6F

To the editor of The County:

I once had a friend who traveled to a remote location for work and had such a horrible travel experience he said he would never return to that area again. This explains my recent experience with our Presque Isle Airport and United Airlines.

Although I do live in The County, I will gladly drive, walk, or take a bus to Bangor before using Presque Isle Airport with its current choice of airlines again.

On the day of departure I was pleased to see we were able to board at our scheduled departure time. Unfortunately, we then had to sit on the tarmac for an hour in an unheated plane while they de-iced it. The plane was so cold that you could actually see your breath. Needless to say, every individual was freezing. I might add that the outside temperatures that morning was -6 Fahrenheit.

On our return flight, we were delayed for several hours for reasons I am still unsure of in Newark, New Jersey  (the only place our airline provider flies to from Presque Isle). We were shuffled around Newark’s airport to 4 different gates before boarding almost 3 hours after our scheduled departure time. What a horrible experience United Airlines provided for their patrons.

So here is my concern, the City of Presque Isle chose to use United Airlines to offer airfare service out of and into Presque Isle. I have heard story after story of similar or worse experiences and I am very concerned that, like my friend who travelled to India and never wanted to return, we are promoting similar opportunities to anyone who visits our location by allowing this type of unacceptable airline service to continue.

Northern Maine has a hard enough time trying to convince people to visit or move to our towns. Unfortunately, I am sure that the many people who have travelled to northern Maine are now back at their homes or places of business promoting or explaining how horrible their experience to northern Maine was. Not because of our people, not because of our location, not because of our opportunities, but because of the experience of their travel.

Presque Isle made a bad decision of airlines and they need to fix it.

Loren Gordon

Caribou

Winter Smelt Fishing in Northern Maine

Guest Blogger: JJ Roy & Aroostook County Tourism

Once again this year Mother Nature has been kind to Aroostook County. The County has had early snowfall and the cold weather has allowed our lakes to freeze early. This winter wonderland provides outstanding conditions for our snowmobile enthusiasts and skiers alike, but also means the ice fishing season in northern Maine is off to a strong start. I am fortunate because once again, I am able to take part in the great winter pastime of smelt fishing, which has now become an annual tradition in the month of January for me. I am very thankful for this .

Ice Fishing in the Saint John Valley by Chris Michaud

My smelt ice fishing adventure involves meeting up with an old friend and spending an evening (into the morning) out on Long Lake in St. Agatha in a traditional ice fishing shack/cabin. It is always a certainty that we will have a great time with fantastic fishing, great conversation, some reminiscing, and many laughs. Cabins are scattered all over Long Lake between January and March, each one unique in its style and amenities, creating a community of ice fishing enthusiasts out on the frozen lake throughout the winter season. It really is a sight to see.

Many locals are diehards and others participate when their work and home schedules allow. Everybody has an opinion as to where the best spots are on the lake and what time of day or night is best for smelt fishing. The cabin I fish in has been placed in the same spot every year for over 30 years. Some folks fish throughout the night to truly take advantage of some of the best fishing in the state of Maine. What I have seen over the course of the last few years is that a new wave of individuals are being introduced to the sport which is great and will surely keep this winter tradition alive for many years to come.

The cabin we will spend the evening in is aged but still practical and effective. It has a propane tank outside supplying gas to the lanterns and heaters. It is nice and warm on the inside but yes, still very cold outside so very important to dress appropriately. Snowmobiles are typically the best way to get to the cabins out on the lake however many locals will use 4 wheel drive trucks and keep access paths plowed throughout the winter months. We have ten lines attached to the ceiling of the cabin that we will drop down into the hole, each line dropped at various depths. A match stick is tied to the line about half way between the floor and the ceiling and our eyes are on the stick; any movement will result in the line being pulled up and the catch unhooked and placed in a nearby 5-gallon pail. Throughout the night we will bait our hooks and check our lines. The baiting of each hook is critical for success. Our choice of bait is small cut up dorsal pieces of smelt on most hooks and the occasional stomach, also from a smelt, on select hooks.

Ice Fishing Shacks on Eagle Lake by Stacey Belanger

The tradition of smelt fishing in January dates back to my high school days in the early 1990s. Back then, we would kick off the New Year by dropping lines in the lake at midnight in the hopes of catching some of the first smelts of the year. The ice fishing season in Maine runs from January 1 through March 31. Earlier in the season has always been best for us as the biting slows down later in the season when the smelt are heading to streams and brooks for the spring spawning season

Ice smelt fishing is truly an authentic Aroostook winter experience and a great tradition. The actual act of fishing is the best part for me but it is also a treat to bring home a few dozen smelts and pan fry them up for a great meal. My method of cooking is to clean each smelt and then roll in flour or ploye mix and fry in butter for a few minutes. They cook quick and can be eaten whole.

Want to learn more about smelt fishing in Maine? Check out this video:

Smelt Fishing on Long Lake

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Aroostook County Ice Fishing

Aroostook County’s long winters require fishermen to expand their skills to include ice fishing. The beauty is that the same fertile lakes that attract anglers all summer long are open in the winter for more sport fishing.

Ice Fishing in Aroostook County
Preparing an ice fishing trap on a Maine lake.

A Must-Try Tradition: The County has a long, rich tradition of winter fishing that is woven into our local culture as much as farming and forestry. For decades now, hearty County residents have taken to frozen lakes with fishing lines as a means to break up the long northern Maine winter in hopes to catch a fresh meal of smelt, trout, salmon or lake trout (locally called togue). Many of us long-time residents remember trudging through deep snow and slush with “tip-ups” and an ice chisel in hand (younger generations now have the advantage of power augers) to spend a long weekend day on one of the famous Fish River Chain of Lakes. The major lakes of the Chain – Long, Cross, Square, Eagle, Portage and St. Froid – all hold fond memories of setting up the ice shack before January 15, the historic opening day, and catching the first smelt through the ice in the first minutes of the new season.

Today, ice fishing is one of several popular winter sports for residents and visitors alike. The County has vast opportunities for winter fishing that can accommodate skill levels from novice to expert.

[source: Aroostook County Tourism]

 

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