Aroostook Photos 10/22/2019

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This morning’s sunrise in Northern Aroostook
Photo Credit: Jeanne Deschaine Theriault

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Trout under a bridge at Mantle Lake Park in Presque Isle (archives)
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Bucks Rd in Sherman
Photo Credit: Katie Lovett
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This morning’s cold and foggy sunrise at Madawaska Lake
Photo Credit: Brenda Ketch
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Chapman Sunset
Photo Credit: Courtney Blackstone Fico
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Aroostook River
Photo Credit: Amanda Sherman
Still some color along the Aroostook River in Presque Isle
photo credit: Loretta Schmitz-Coty
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Aroostook Photos – 10/17/2019

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This barn near the Fort Fairfield and Limestone town line was recently lost to arson.
Photo Credit: Dale Keegan
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Easton Maine looking at Mars Hill over a corn field.
Photo Credit: Dale Hudson
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At the Top of Peek-a-Boo Mountain in Weston, ME near the fire tower!
Photo Credit: John Bartlett Jr.
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Early morning skies at Long Lake
Photo Credit: Jeanne Deschaine Theriault
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Plowing a field with an Amish Farmer
Photo Credit: Cameron Pierce
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Chickadee Silhouette
Photo Credit: Loretta Schmitz-Coty
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Early morning fog on a chilly morning at Madawaska Lake
Photo Credit: Brenda Ketch
Celebrate Caribou native Jessica Meir’s historic trip to the ISS aboard Soyuz MS-15. On September 25, 2019 she became from first woman from Maine to journey to space! Featuring the official mission patch!
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Amish in Easton
Photo Credit: Dale Hudson
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Foliage at Madawaska Lake
Photo Credit: Brenda Ketch
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Katahdin Scenic Overlook from I-95
Photo Credit: Earlene Dyer Lawrence
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Reflections on the Presque Isle Stream
Photo Credit: Amanda Sherman
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Evening in Grand Isle
Photo Credit: Janet Marie G. Cyr
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Colors at the UM Presque Isle campus
Photo Credit: UMPI
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Halloween-Like Scene on Academy St. in Presque Isle
Photo Credit: D Thorne Madore‎
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Lost Locomotives of the Allagash on Eagle Lake
Photo Credit: Trevor Graves
A ride through the colors
Photo Credit: Loretta Schmitz-Coty
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Recent Amish Barn Raising
Photo Credit: Vonda Lavway
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Farm field with Mars Hill in the background
Photo Credit: Carl Pickel
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A peaceful night on Munson pond in Fort Fairfield
Photo Credit: Rick Kavanaugh
Fall scene in Mars Hill
Photo Credit: Lovena West
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Hiking trail covered in leaves at Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle
Photo Credit: Patricia Brewer
Full Hunter’s Moon rises over a field in Washburn
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Golden Hour on Portage Lake
Photo Credit: Pamela J Martin
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Aroostook Fall Photos

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This morning on Long Lake, St. Agatha
Photo Credit: Richard Marston
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Last night’s sunset on the Aroostook River
Photo Credit: Amanda Sherman
This photographer was able to lure in this young Allagash bull with his moose call. Moose calling is a bit of an art. Can you do it?
Photo Credit: Caleb Lewis
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Photo Credit: Caleb Lewis
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Early Morning Contrails in St. Agatha, Maine
Photo Credit: Chris Michaud
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The new research greenhouse at the University of Maine at Presque Isle

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Colors on the Presque Isle Stream
Photo Credit: Amanda Sherman
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Start of a new day at Shin Pond
Photo Credit: ‎Cathie Ann McLellan Heath
Fall Colors in Grand Isle
Photo Credit: Lisa Arnoldy
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Handsome Road Hazard in the North Woods
Photo Credit: Sheila’s Maine
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Route 11 North of Patten
Photo Credit: ‎Carl Pickel‎
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North Maine Woods off the Jack Mtn Rd.
Photo Credit: ‎Kris Collier‎ 
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Sunset at Madawaska Lake. Cloud and tree reflections were beautiful on the still water.
Photo Credit: Brenda Ketch
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A favorite place to stop on the way to The County
Photo Credit: ‎Matthew Bielinski‎
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Aroostook Peak Foliage

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Morning Silence at Shin Pond
Photo Credit: ‎Cathie Ann McLellan Heath‎
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Peak Foliage viewed from the top of Haystack Mountain in Castle Hill. Scopan Lake is visible in the background.
Photo Credit: Kim Osborn
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Cary Lake in Littleton
Photo Credit: Monica Leavitt
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Sun hits some golden trees
Photo Credit: Anna Lightbown
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Katahdin
Photo Credit: Sarah E. Wentworth Photography
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Big Boy in New Sweden
Photo Credit: Mary Crowley

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Fish River Bend – Fort Kent, Maine
Photo Credit: Chris Michaud
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Madawaska Lake
Photo Credit: Brenda Ketch
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Jessica Meir flies past Caribou High School last Saturday evening. She graduated from this school in 1995
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Admiring the foliage on a road north of Patten
Photo Credit: Shawn Duren
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Fall Colors 10/2/2019

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Camp in the colors – Easton, Maine
Photo Credit: Dale Hudson

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Foggy Haystack in Castle Hill
Photo Credit: Joe Delaney
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State of Maine mascot
Photo Credit: Loretta Schmitz-Coty
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Church on a hill in Northern Maine
Photo Credit: Brenda Ketch
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Colors across the border in Grand Falls, NB
Photo Credit: Jeanne Deschaine Theriault
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Harvest in Aroostook County Presses Forward
Photo Credit: Earlene Dyer Lawrence
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Foggy Colors in Mars Hill
Photo Credit: Lovena West
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Colorful reflections on Hanson Lake in Presque Isle
Photo Credit: Loretta Schmitz-Coty
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Aroostook Photos – 9/29/2019

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Colors on the Prestile Stream in Easton
Photo Credit: Earlene Dyer Lawrence

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Cleaves Rd. PI yesterday morning
Photo Credit: Earlene Dyer Lawrence
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Hanson Lake in Presque Isle
Photo Credit: Amanda Sherman
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As the early morning fog was lifting, the colors just seemed to pop in Westfield
Photo Credit: Lovena West
Serenity
Photo Credit: Jeanne Deschaine Theriault
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Alder Brook Lake in West Chapman Maine
Photo Credit: Dale Hudson
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Colors Popping
Photo Credit: Rick Katie Michaud

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Astronaut Jessica Meir passing over her home town of Caribou aboard the ISS last Friday evening
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Pesticide used by Maine Potato Farmers labeled a likely human carcinogen and being banned around the world

Aroostook County potato farmers may need to rethink how they fend off late blight in the future.

Spraying for Late Blight

Chlorothalonil, the pesticide of choice among Aroostook County potato farmers to control late blight since the 1970s, has recently been labeled a “likely human carcinogen” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has been banned in Europe. Farmers can make up to 20 applications of Chlorothalonil in a growing season.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension crop specialist Steven Johnson  says there are newer pesticides out there that would be a good replacement. “I’ve been working on this for the last 10 years,” Johnson said. “We have a lot better and newer chemicals that have better and longer efficacy. Newer fungicides are used at a much lower rate and generally speaking are less toxic to people, aquatic life and non-target organisms.”

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The Presque Isle Bus Loop to launch October 15 with fixed route connecting riders to services across Star City

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PRESQUE ISLE – A first-of-its-kind fixed route bus service in northern Maine will connect riders to housing, work, education, healthcare, social services and retail locations throughout Presque Isle when the service launches on October 15, 2019. At a press conference today, leaders with the Going Places Network announced details for The PI Loop, including the route, location of bus stops throughout the Star City, technology features and ridership fares.
To introduce the new service and encourage community members to use it, Going Places officials announced the first two weeks of the service will be offered at no charge to riders. The bus will run seven days a week, Monday through Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The initial bus scheduled released today will be effective October 15 through October 31, as officials assess ridership needs and make any adjustments for a schedule that will be released effective November 1.
The bus will travel around Presque Isle making stops at 16 locations that run from the University of Maine at Presque Isle on the south end of the city to the Aroostook Centre Mall on the north end. On the western side of the community, the bus will make three stops in the Skyway Industrial Park and include Northern Light A. R. Gould Memorial Hospital as a stop on the eastern side.
“The PI Loop will revolutionize access to resources in our community by giving riders a safe, affordable, convenient, Wi-Fi enabled bus system that will help people get where they need to be each day,” said LeRae Kinney of SAD 1, who along with Jamie Chandler of ACAP, co-chair the Going Places Transportation Network, which has spent the past several months getting the project off the ground.
In sharing the details of The PI Loop, both Kinney and Chandler noted that the new bus service is an economic development initiative with many benefits intended for the ridership, including customers of all ages and ability, and the community at large. The two group leaders shared that the work of the Going Places Network is focused on creating a positive impact on public transportation in the region, connecting community members in an inclusive way, and maximizing the collective impact, input and energy of numerous stakeholders.
“The PI Loop will provide several pathways and opportunities for residents, and visitors alike, who will have access to a dependable, reliable and affordable public transportation option that will change the face of our community and provide equal access and opportunity to everyone,” said Chandler.

Going Places Network members include more than a dozen non-profit organizations, government agencies and businesses. Engagement in getting The PI Loop off the ground has expanded to include a number of other community leaders and members of the Presque Isle Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs, which have adopted The PI Loop as their joint community project this year.
Aroostook Regional Transportation System (ARTS), a member of the Going Places Network, will provide the service beginning October 15 in a brand new 36-seat, fully accessible, metro style passenger bus recently purchased with a donation by philanthropist Mary Smith.
A regular fare for the bus, which consists of a one-on, one-off, will cost riders $1.75. A roundtrip fare is $3.50. Discounted fares are available based on eligibility criteria. The lower rates will be offered to individuals 18 years and under, 60 years and older, persons with mobility disabilities, and active military and veterans and spouses with military ID. Children five years of age and under will ride for free with a parent or guardian.
Regular and frequent users of the service will also have the opportunity to purchase either a Go Pass or Go Card. The Go Pass features two options: a 31-day and a seven-day. Both offer unlimited ridership for the designated period. The Go Card allows riders to load (and reload) funds with a declining balance when scanned each time the user boards the bus.
“These fares are comparable to other transit systems,” said John Duncan, interim executive director for ARTS. “We wanted to make it as convenient and accessible as possible for community members to ride The PI Loop. This service is available and open to everyone. We hope to see you on The PI Loop!”
Riders will be able to purchase fares using cash (exact change only), credit card or EBT on the bus. Go Passes and Go Cards can be purchased at kiosks at ARTS, ACAP or the Presque Isle Housing Authority office, and also from one’s own computer or mobile device. The kiosks were strategically placed to assist riders with creating their accounts, purchasing fares, Go Cards and Go Passes.
Access to the service is further enhanced electronically with a specially-designed mobile phone app and website that will allow community members to pay for The PI Loop fares on-line, to track the bus and see its location in real time using GPS technology, and receive any alerts. A County-based firm, Sweden Street of Caribou, is building the technology to support Presque Isle’s new public transportation initiative.

“We are working to make it easy for riders to plan their trips on the new bus. We aim to create an online user experience that is intuitive and easy to use. Expect the PI Loop application to be on par with or better than apps you may be accustomed to when travelling around the country or internationally,” said Steve Wimmer of Sweden Street Software and Consulting. “The project has provided an incredible opportunity to take advantage of modern technologies and the cloud to create a web site and mobile app for Aroostook County residents, and visitors to the area, to use to ride the bus.”

Presque Isle City officials, including City Manager Martin Puckett and members of the City Council, have been involved in the Going Places Network meetings and planning for the coming launch of The PI Loop. Improving access to public transportation options in the Star City has been among Puckett’s goals since he first became city manager.

“I am very excited to see the PI Loop service start in the Star City. The collaboration has led to an innovative transit service that is not only a first in Aroostook County but in the State of Maine. The new service will meet the transportation needs of a wide range of the population,” said Puckett.
In the coming weeks, the Going Places Network will announce two additional significant sponsors, who along with recently announced presenting sponsor Katahdin Trust, will be among the three major initial supporters recognized with signage on the bus exterior. The PI Loop bus will also be rolling into Presque Isle with its newly designed wrap prior to an inaugural special run of the bus for media and community supporters on October 1.

Advertising opportunities for local businesses and organizations in the bus interior will be made available to interested entities in the coming month.

The first four months of service for The PI Loop are considered the pilot phase. Any adjustments will be made moving forward based on ridership and feedback from consumers during this period. In addition, an area-wide transportation feasibility study will be conducted by a private consulting firm working with the Going Places Network and ARTS during this initial period.

The pilot phase and feasibility study will provide Going Places members valuable data to make any future adjustments to the route, bus stop locations and operating hours of the service. That information will help assess where best to place bus shelter structures, which will be installed in 2020. The shelters will shield people waiting for the bus from the elements and serve as an income source with advertising options available on the units.