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LAFB closing leaves long lasting impact

Former Air Base personnel reminisce during Loring open house weekend

By Christopher Bouchard
Staff Writer

     LIMESTONE — Loring Air Force Base was thriving with activity this past weekend, despite being closed for over two decades. The base’s bi-annual open house brought a myriad of former military personnel to northern Maine, with some coming from as far away as Tennessee and Alaska.

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Aroostook Republican Photo/Christopher Bouchard

A Boeing B-52 flies over the once powerful Loring Air Force Base on August 20 as part of a three day event in which former personnel could trade stories, enjoy a barbeque, and donate to the Loring Military Heritage Center by purchasing items at the gift shop.  

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City moves to demolish abandoned industrial site

City manager says ‘strong potential’ exists for Birds Eye freezer to fall into U.S. Route 1

By Christopher Bouchard
Staff Writer

     CARIBOU — City Council unanimously voted for the demolition of a freezer building and guard shack located along U.S. Route 1 in Caribou during their August 8 meeting.

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Aroostook Republican Photo/Christopher Bouchard

The former Birds Eye plant’s freezer building has fallen into disrepair, and poses a significant threat to those driving along U.S. Route 1 in Caribou. According to City Manager Austin Bleess, there is a possibility that it could collapse and fall into the road. Since the building’s owner, Steven Nasiff, has not made any attempts to demolish the building, City Council voted to accept McGillan, Inc.’s demolition of $87,500 for the freezer building and $750 for the guard shack during their August 8 meeting.  

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Tourism board aims to boost County 'brand'

 

5-year plan targets specific audience

By Christopher Bouchard
Staff Writer

     CARIBOU — The Aroostook County Tourism (ACT) marketing subcommittee has been hard at work on developing a five-year plan that looks to bring more tourism to northern Maine.

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Aroostook Republican Photo/Christopher Bouchard

ACT Chair Patricia Sutherland gave a presentation outlining the Aroostook County Tourism Board’s new strategy for bringing more tourism to the region during NMDC’s August 18 board meeting in Caribou.  

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Maynard wins Ms. Ambassador title

     CARIBOU — Heather Maynard of Caribou, National Ms. New England 2016, was recently crowned National Ms. Ambassador 2016 during the national pageant, held July 28 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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Heather Maynard of Caribou, front, receives the National Ms. Ambassador 2016 crown from fellow Caribou resident Kim Parent, National Ms. 2015, during a national pageant held recently in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Maynard was also the People’s Choice Award winner and is National Ms. New England 2016.

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Council holds firm to chipseal Solar Slopes
By Christopher Bouchard
Staff Writer

     CARIBOU — Council was split while deciding if the Solar Slopes subdivision deserved asphalt instead of chipseal during their special August 22 meeting. Mayor Gary Aiken broke the tie by deciding to go with the original plan to use chipseal.

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PDF Download 08.24.2016

The pdf version of this week's Aroostook Republican & News is now available for download.

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