Maine’s senators urge support for ARCH aid | Print |
Monday, 09 November 2015 18:27

     WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Susan Collins, Angus King and Jerry Moran (R-KS) have sent a letter to Robert McDonald, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, urging him to provide support for the crucial Access Received Closer to Home (ARCH) program for veterans who live in rural communities.  

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Collins welcomes vet alum | Print |
Monday, 09 November 2015 18:25

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U.S. Senator Susan Collins recently welcomed fellow Caribou High School alum, Marilla Giberson Cushman, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (retired), to her Washington office. Marilla Cushman is one of the members of the senior leadership team for the Women in the Military Service for America Memorial Foundation. The foundation was established in 1985 as a private/public partnership to honor all women who served in or with the U.S. Armed Forces. Their mission is to educate the public about the achievements and contributions of military women and to operate and maintain the memorial foundation.  


Honor Flight Maine honors Maine’s 45 WWII veterans with trip to D.C. | Print |
Monday, 09 November 2015 18:24

     AUGUSTA -- Coordinators of Honor Flight Maine announced recently that 45 Maine veterans were able to take a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials built to honor their service and sacrifice to the nation. It was the fifth Honor Flight trip to be planned and executed for veterans currently living in Maine.

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A brief history of Veterans Day | Print |
Monday, 09 November 2015 18:19
By Paula Brewer
Staff Writer

     Veterans Day is one of few holidays that is celebrated on its own actual date, not moved to the nearest Monday. It wasn’t always that way. We know, of course, that it celebrates veterans who have honored this country with their military service, but when did it start, and why?

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Legacy of Loring | Print |
Monday, 09 November 2015 18:16

By Capt. Raymond Hildebrand, Ret.

     Editor’s note: The following keynote speech honoring former Loring Air Force Base military personnel and civilian workers was given Sept. 25 in Presque Isle at the annual Take Flight event, sponsored by TAMC.


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Capt. Ray Hildebrand of Stockholm, a former Radar-Navigator Bombardier assigned to the 69th Bombardment Squadron, 42nd Bombardment Wing, Loring Air Force Base, 1976-84, delivered the keynote address at the Take Flight event in Presque Isle on Sept. 25.  

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Area events honor veterans | Print |
Monday, 09 November 2015 18:11
By Christopher Bouchard
Staff Writer

     A number of events and ceremonies are planned this Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, to honor and remember those who have served. The following are among the activities taking place.

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Last year’s Veterans Day ceremony at the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Caribou was well attended despite chilly temperatures and snow-covered grounds. The keynote speaker was Brigadier General Gerard F. Bolduc, commander and adjutant general of the Maine National Air Guard. NMVCC will host another Veterans Day program this year on Veterans Day, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m. with Colonel David Cote, retired from the U.S. Air Force, offering the keynote address.  

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To idle or not to idle, that is the question | Print |
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 13:49

     It is that time of the year when many motorists let their vehicle “warm up” or idle before driving. In fact, today’s modern cars are ready to drive in cold temperatures without excessive idling, says the Car Care Council.

     “Unless you are trying to defrost the windshield or warm the interior of your car, idling is not required for today’s vehicles,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “In most cases, idling longer than 30 seconds is unnecessary. The best way to warm up your car’s engine is to drive gently at the start. Remember, a vehicle gets zero miles per gallon when idling and the result is lower fuel economy and wasted money.”

     The idea of idling before driving dates back to when cars were built with carburetors. With new fuel-injection technology, complex computer systems and thinner synthetic oils, drivers don’t need to warm up their cars before hitting the road.

     According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “When a car idles for more than 30 seconds, it has several negative effects, such as increasing air pollution unnecessarily, wasting fuel and money, and causing excessive wear or even damaging a car’s engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs, and the exhaust system. Contrary to popular belief, idling isn’t an effective way to warm up most car engines.”

     The non-profit Car Care Council has a free 80-page Car Care Guide for motorists that features several pages of fuel economy and environmental awareness tips. Available in English and Spanish, the popular guide uses easy-to-understand everyday language rather than technical automotive jargon, fits easily in a glove box and can be ordered by visitingwww.carcare.org/car-care-guide.

     The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a free copy of the council’s popular Car Care Guide or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.

Tire Safety: Check your tires for wear and tear | Print |
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 13:47

     It only takes a penny to see if your tires are worn or losing tread. Examining your tires for wear and tear, along with checking tire pressure and alignment, are essential to ensuring your vehicle’s safety on the road and helping to improve gas mileage and performance. The non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists be car care aware and check tire condition and pressure regularly.

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Getting your car ready for colder months ahead | Print |
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 13:46

     October is Fall Car Care Month. Why not take a little time to be car care aware and make sure your vehicle is ready for the harsh winter weather ahead? Taking a few simple steps now can save you the headaches and cost of an emergency breakdown later, says the Car Care Council.

     Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, the Car Care Council recommends five proactive steps to make sure your car is ready for winter driving.

     Battery – Keep the battery connections clean, tight and corrosion-free. Cold weather is hard on batteries, so it’s wise to check the battery and charging system. Because batteries don’t always give warning signs before they fail, it is advisable to replace batteries that are more than three years old.  

     Heater, Defrosters and Wiper Blades – Check that the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system are working properly as heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons, such as defrosting. Fall is also a great time to check your air filters. Wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don’t properly clean your windshield should be replaced. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months. When changing the blades, be sure to also check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir.

     Tires – Check the tires, including the tire pressure and tread depth. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop.

     Brakes – Have the brake system checked, including brake linings, rotors and drums. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.

     Free personalized schedule and email reminder service – Signing up for the Car Care Council’s free personalized schedule and email reminder service is a simple way to help you take better care of your vehicle now and throughout the year. It is an easy-to-use resource designed to help you drive smart, save money and make informed decisions.

     “Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety, reliability and fewer unexpected repairs when severe winter weather strikes,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

     The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide, also available electronically, or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.

Caribou Rec Soccer Teams | Print |
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 10:29
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Playing recreation soccer for team Barcelona were, from left, front row: Griffen McNeal, Jaden Picard, P.J. McDonough, Avery Knowles and Lauren Craig. Back: Emily Berube, Coach Ralph Knowles, Ryan Austin, Mackenzie Hite, Alden Wilcox, Coach Roger Plante and Ari Plante.

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Members of the Chelsea rec soccer team are, from left, front row: Alexis Whitmore, Kevin Hodde, Logan Griffeth, Reece Cavagnaro and Alex Levesque. Back:  Coach Ryan Griffeth, Naomi Cote, Daryl Freeman, Alexis Gustin, Selena Savage and Anna Jandreau. Absent were Oliver Peterson and Coach Jill Griffeth.

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Taking the pitch for Real Madrid in the Caribou recreation soccer league were, from left, front row:  Lacey Rideout, Jaedon Jones, Konnor Huckins, Darian Langille and Courtney Whitmore

Back:  Jacob Walton, Ashlyn Bouchard, Ethan Edgecomb, Dawson Whitten, Jude Shea and Matthew Gregson. Absent were Justin Walton and coaches Mark and Megan Shea, Dan Williams and Scott Walton.























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Playing recreation soccer for team Manchester United were, from left, front row: James Cherrier, Blake Anderson, Colin Poitras, Tilly Seaman, Cameron Belanger and Chris Corbin.

Back: Coach Tim Poitras, Carli Strid, Kaleb Finelli, Elexys Landry, Eliott Sleeper and Coach Neal Sleeper. Absent were Shelbyann Hall and Kallee Parent.


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Members of the Crew rec soccer team are, from left, front row: Jacob McDougal, Brayden Brescia, Abby Haney and Haley Dumond. Back: Coach Josh Bell, Keegan Bell, Macie Towson, Tristan Robbins, Landon Tracy and Craig Brescia. Absent were Libby Collier and Alexis Thibodeau.

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Taking the pitch for Revolution in the Caribou recreation soccer league were, from left, front row: Emily Clayton, Keanen Masse, Alex Thibodeau, Eyzic McBreairty, Luke Beidelman, Lauren Lister and Isabella Cherrier. Back: Coach James Jalbert, Deborah Uchendu, Alex Belanger, Coach J.R. Belanger, Brady Jalbert and Coach Craig Staples.



















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Playing recreation soccer for team Galaxy were, from left, front row: Jonathan Cimino, Ty Hunter, Joslyn Griffeth, Brody Anderson and Josh Pitre. Back:  Coach Michelle Hersey, Braxton McCrossin, Ava Finelli, Jayden Fournier, Calvin Hersey, Tyra Sterner, Logan Duplessie and Coach Kirk St. Peter.

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Members of the Timbers rec soccer team are, from left: Abe Bouchard, Riley Cray, Mackenzie Lagasse, Brianne Levesque, Coach Wade Trosper, Logan White, Mason St. Peter, Hailey White and Landon Albair.

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Taking the pitch for Red Bulls in the Caribou recreation soccer league were, from left: Coach Rick Bouchard, Dylan Bouchard, Daniel Olson, Amelia Godin, Althea Wilcox, Bella Sleeper, Andrew Rossignol and Coach Joe Sleeper. Absent were Madelyn Deprey, Edison Sleeper, Jace Violette, Dominic Albair-Kinny, Matthew Sneden and Coach Ryan Deprey.

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Playing recreation soccer for team D.C. United were, from left: Coach Ryan Cote, Landyn Waldemarson, Laura Plourde, Tait Margeson, Nic Freeman, Noah Kilcollins, Phoebe Solomon, Madelyn Cote, Dylan Arsenault, Isiah Michaud, Corey Freeman, Coach Joe Solomon

Absent: Gwen Anderson and Ally White.