3 Arrested for Poaching Fiddleheads in Fort Fairfield

Fort Fairfield, Maine (AP) – Fort Fairfield Police with backup from the Maine State Police, U.S. Border Patrol and Maine Warden Service arrested three individuals Saturday afternoon on the South Caribou road in Fort Fairfield. No names have been released.

An anonymous tip led Fort Fairfield police to 3 individuals harvesting young fiddleheads out of season on the banks of the Aroostook River around 4pm. “We weren’t expecting any problems with this so early in the season,” said Fort Fairfield patrol office Jim Simmons. “The snow is still so deep which provides sprouting fiddleheads some protection from being harvested out of season.” The individuals had to dig through almost three feet of solid packed snow to reach the sprouting plants. When apprehended, they had filled almost three 5 gallon coolers with the green delicacies.

A cooler of illegally harvested fiddleheads

The young plants were estimated to have a street value in New York of almost $5,000. Officer Simmons says the confiscated plants will be donated to local food pantries.

Law enforcement officers pile confiscated fiddleheads near a building on the South Caribou Rd. in Fort Fairfield

In Aroostook County, fiddlehead season runs from April 25th to May 25th explains Fiddlehead Warden Lucas Green of the Maine Warden Service. While no permits are required to pick them, out of season poaching has become an increasing problem with each passing year. “As word spreads and popularity of the plants grow we have more people trying to make a quick buck from them”, says Green. “Picking the plants too early hurts the sustainability of the species. We encourage everyone to harvest fiddleheads in season only.” Harvesting fiddleheads out of season carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $10,000 fine.

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Allagash Flooding of 1991

During the 1991 ice-out season, Allagash experienced some of the worst flooding on record! Check out the video below from WAGM.

Flooding along the St. John river in 1991 by WAGM
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Fiddle-heading is a rite of passage in Aroostook County, marking the transition from harsh winters to the warm summer days ahead. As the snow and ice recede, locals take to river banks and other favorite places in search of the baby ferns. Pickers guard their favorite fiddleheading spots as tightly as their best fishing holes! Fiddleheads have a very short harvest season so pickers need to be on their toes and ready to go. Dream about warm Spring days ahead harvesting these green delicacies with our fiddlehead mugs, clothing and totes!

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Aroostook County Photos

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Fish River flowing northward to St John and the banks of Clair, NB. Canada

Captured Yesterday at First Light off the Tressel in Ft. Kent.

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Sunset at Madawaska Lake 

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Spring in Aroostook County

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Posing for a pic in Houlton

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Sunset on Blackstone Hill in Perham

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Ice conditions in Fort Kent
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Sunset at the Masardis boat landing

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Deer Rides Ice Chunk Down River in the Allagash [video]

In April of 2018 a young deer went for the ride of its life. The Spring thaw was underway and ice in the St. John river was on the move. The deer, apparently trying to cross the river, got stuck on a chunk of ice and started floating downstream.

Young deer trapped on a ice flow in the Allagash by Tylor Kellys Camps

Luckily this story does have a happy ending! Farther down stream, Bev Jandreau also noticed the deer floating by and was able to record it making it to safety.

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Presque Isle Flight Missed Runway says NTSB

The preliminary report on the accident of United Flight 4933 says that on March 4th at 11:43 am United Express landed between runway 1 and the taxiway in light to moderate snow at the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle. The failed landing was the second attempt to land. An earlier approach had been aborted.

A damaged United Flight 4933 sits damaged in the snow after missing the runway on March 4th, 2019. Photo Credit: Nathan Theriault
NTSB crews examining United 4933 a few days after the accident

The report says radar track data shows the aircraft was aligned right of runway 1 during both approaches.

The preliminary NTSB report can be found here:


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Moose Charges Maine Man [video]

Joey Ouellette spotted a young moose sitting and not moving on his property in Van Buren on Sunday, March 17 and decided to investigate. Ouellette walked up the steep snow and ice covered Lake Road that heads to Long Lake to check on the moose calf that he thought might be injured or sick.

A young moose gets up and puts its ears back as Ouellette approaches. It’s clearly not happy.

“Moose typically go the other way,” Ouellette said but as he got closer the moose calf stood up, put its ears back and let out a growl.

Ouellette began running down the hill and managed to take refuge in a nearby snowbank until the moose passed by.

Video of young moose charging man in Northern Maine. Thanks to News Center Maine for the video.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife recommends the public keep a safe distance from moose and other wildlife to avoid injury or upsetting animals.

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New Sweden School Roof Collapse Aftermath [video]

A recent piece of drone footage shows the aftermath of the roof collapse at the former New Sweden School.

Drone view of the New Sweden School roof after it collapsed. Photo by Dennis Anderson

On June 14, 2017 the town voted to close the school which was subsequently sold. On March 6, 2019 the roof collapsed under excessive snow weight.

Many in the community feel this is too bad given that the building is not very old and many had hopes it would be put back in use.

Posted by Dennis Anderson on Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Drone video shows the aftermath of the roof collapse at the former New Sweden School. Video by Dennis Anderson

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Deer, Deer and More Deer

Video of a large group of deer spotted in Aroostook County, Maine today. They sure have had a hard winter so it’s good to see so many! Thanks to the Pens and Needles Maine Facebook page for capturing this!

Large group of deer posted in a video by the Pens and Needles Maine Facebook Page

Amazing!!! 🦌🦌🦌

Posted by Pens And Needles Maine on Friday, March 15, 2019
Deer video by the Pens and Needles Maine Facebook Page

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Harvest Postcard from Aroostook County

Welcome to Aroostook County Maine, better known as “The County”. When you’re up in The County, you’re way up north. Take a tour of the Northern Maine potato harvest with Tim Sample in this 1990s Post Card From Maine that appeared on the CBS Sunday Morning Show.

A girl picking potatoes in Aroostook County, Maine circa 1993

Traditionaly, schools in Aroostook County would let out for a few weeks in the Fall so students could help out with the harvest and earn some extra money, money that was essential for them to buy necessities like new clothes for school. While most farms had upgraded to modern harvesting equipment (even in the early 1990s) negating the need for hand pickers, a handful of small farms still employed kids to do the work.

Kids Picking Potatoes in Aroostook County, Maine. (1990s)

Posted by Chad Wilcox on Saturday, April 22, 2017

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