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Thirty years since historic solo balloon flight of Col. Kittinger
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Contributed photo by Mark Bouchard
    Col. Joe Kittinger, above, pictured smiling around the launch of the Rosie O’Grady Balloon of Peace, below, on Sept. 14, 1984.

Trans-Atlantic adventure among former reporter’s biggest stories

By Brenda Ketch
Special to the Aroostook Republican

    The night of Sept. 14, 1984, remains in my memories as one of the most exciting and memorable nights of my career as a news reporter and photographer. I was working for The Aroostook Republican & News at that time, and my assignment was to photograph the beginning of Col. Joseph W. Kittinger’s trans-Atlantic balloon flight from Caribou. Kittinger had hopes of becoming the first pilot to fly solo acros

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Harvest Hoedown a hit at Hilltop
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Aroostook Republican photo/Natalie De La Garza
    Taylor Gillian and Vydia Saunders get ready to jump off a hay bale to finish the obstacle course at Hilltop last week during hoedown festivities.

By Natalie De La Garza
Staff Writer

    CARIBOU — A nod to Aroostook County’s agricultural heritage, Hilltop School kicked off the season last week with their annual Harvest Hoedown.
    A collaboration between the school and the Caribou Parks and Recreation Department, with help from Caribou FFA, the girls varsity soccer team and the Maine Agri-Women, hundreds of community members enjoyed a fun afternoon filled with games, arts and crafts, baked potatoes and apple cider and, of co

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Woodland school looks to enhance security system

By Theron Larkins
Staff Writer

    WOODLAND — The school board met on Sept. 15 at the Woodland Consolidated School for their regular meeting.
    One of the most important decisions made at the meeting dealt with the school’s safety. The idea of increasing the school’s security system was brought up during a meeting earlier this year, but on Monday, Woodland Principal Susie Schloeman expressed her desire for the board to make a decision on the matter that night. She explained that it is very easy for strangers or undesirables to wander into the building, as the front door of the school is currently left unlocked.

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Second dormitory open for MSSM

By Natalie De La Garza
Staff Writer

    LIMESTONE — An additional dormitory for the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone this year has led to a bump in enrollment for the unique high school.
    In early 2014, a long-term care facility in Limestone completed construction of its new building, Rising Hill. The former building, Limestone Manor, was acquired by the Maine School of Science and Mathematics and will mean more Maine students will have an opportunity to study at the residential high school.

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Heroism, tragedy remembered on Sept. 11
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Aroostook Republican photo/Natalie De La Garza
    Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department Chief Scott Susi receives a flag presented by Volunteer Captain Lance Longley. Pictured in back are some of the Teague Park faculty and students who attended the ceremony. Students are, from left, front row: Chloe Sleeper, Alyssa Evans, McKenzie LeTourneau, Z’niya Cooley, Naomi Cote, Abbie McNeal and Landon Thompson. Teague Park students and Caribou Middle School students attended the ceremony along with many community members.

By Natalie De La Garza
Staff Writer

    CARIBOU — Eleven-year-olds Madison Hewitt, Emily Collins and Livia Bouchard weren’t alive when terrorist attacks struck at the Twin Tow

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Officer’s actions save life of Caribou man

By Natalie De La Garza
Staff Writer

    CARIBOU — Even though Caribou Police Officer Chad Foley said he was only doing his job, a Caribou man is alive today thanks to the officer’s quick action.
    Foley was out on patrol in rural Caribou the morning of Sept. 6 when he came across an adult male sitting near the road straight-legged and hunched forward. Foley stopped and asked if the gentleman was OK, and the response was a headshake “no.”

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PDF Download 09.17.2014

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

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