Aroostook motel owner says local shoppers, businesses should support each other

Contributed to The by Steve Dobson owner of Aroostook Hospitality Inn located in Washburn and Van Buren

I own and operate two small mom and pop motels in The County, by the name of the Aroostook Hospitality Inn.

That was a great Crown and Down column Paula Brewer wrote about supporting local businesses, and I agree with everything said. However, the local business owners also need to understand they cannot scalp the local shoppers and tourists who shop here.

The Aroostook Hospitality Inn in Van Buren, Maine

Let me give you an example. I needed some toner for one of my laser printers. I had been buying my equipment from a local office supply store. When I went back to the store where I bought the printer, I told them what I needed. No problem, they had it in stock. When they brought it out to me the bill was $145. I thought that was a bit much but it was a local person so I paid it.

When I got back and opened it up, it was an Amazon product. I decided to check what the store paid for the product through Amazon. Much to my amazement, they paid $35 for the product, and it was shipped free.

I took it back and complained. This particular business said they had to make a living and they could not take it back because the package had been opened. Needless to say I have never returned to that particular business, and I tell everyone who happens to  ask what my experience has been with that business.

I believe that businesses can and will thrive in Aroostook County, if everyone would work together and treat people fair and honest. I believe that most businesses in The County are fair and honest, but it only takes a few to give everyone else a bad name.

Steve Dobson
Aroostook Hospitality Inn
Van Buren

Van Buren Fire Drone Video

Some incredible aerial footage of the fire last week on Main St. in Van Buren captured via drone by their fire department.

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1 of 2 videos showing the near loss of other buildings…..I cannot Thank our mutual Aid Departmenst enough and our TEAMS of Fire fighters for the OUTSTANDING JOB that they did to save the nearby buildings!!Thank You, St.Leonard, Grand Isle, Limestone and Grand Falls!!Also – VB Water district for keep the water flowing in the hydrants and making sure we had enough water!!

Posted by Van Buren Fire Department on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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Aroostook Photos

Some photos from around the Crown of Maine over the last few days.

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This morning on Long Lake.
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Family stroll earlier today in Medway
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Madawaska Lake awoke to a Winter Wonderland earlier this week
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Aroostook County people take Spring snow storms with a sense of humor!
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Sunrise earlier this week
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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 Photos from the Weekend

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Before Monday’s snow storm in Madawaska. Photo credit: Chris Michaud
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Monday’s sunrise in Aroostook County. Photo Credit: Lovena West
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Congrats to Reyce Dube on a spectacular catch while ice fishing on Saturday!

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Late day sunshine at Madawaska Lake 

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The bears are waking up and coming out of their dens…just in time for the 5″ to 11″ of snow ! ๐Ÿ“ท Jeremy Dugal
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Grand Falls is a town located in Victoria County, New Brunswick, Canada. Grand Falls is situated on the Saint John River. The town derives its name from a waterfall created by a series of rock ledges over which the river drops 23 metres.

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Sunset Halo

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White out Conditions on Aroostook Roads Today

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Abrupt end of the road in Fort Fairfield. Photo Credit: Fort Fairfield Police Dept
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Centerline Rd. in Presque Isle. Photo Credit: Laurie Archer

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Aroostook Photos 4/2/2019

Photos from around Aroostook County Maine over the past week.

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Morning on the Bangor Rd. In Easton

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Northern Aroostook

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Maple Syrup Season in Northern Maine 

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Ahhh, the Thaw …… welcome to the #stjohnvalley, but PLEASE be gentle!
Taken in Frenchville last week

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Country Road Sunrise

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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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