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For Immediate Release

January 23, 2018

Hegemann Named Festival Director

Fort Fairfield native, Meg McLaughlin Hegemann has been named as the new director of the Maine Potato Blossom Festival. Hegemann has experience planning a variety of events, as well as a deep love for the potato industry and the festival that celebrates it.meg 350 “Working the fields gave me a connection to the land here such that no other place felt like home.” After decades in Missouri, Meg and her husband, Brad, moved to Fort Fairfield in June 2016. As director, Hegemann will work with existing volunteers and recruit new ones to facilitate the week long event. “The Festival doesn't just celebrate the town of Fort Fairfield, it celebrates an industry that in many ways defines the County. It takes cooperation from a lot of people and places to make it happen. I look forward to working together to make the 2018 Festival one of the best.” The 2018 Maine Potato Blossom Festival will take place July 14 – 22 with the parade on Saturday, July 21. To sponsor an event or volunteer, contact Hegemann at mpbf@fortfairfield.org.
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The Fort Fairfield Police Department is investigating a recent spate of vandalism that has endangered continued open access to the Riverside Park Pavilion facility.  On two separate occasions in recent weeks, vandals have created disgusting messes and damage to the bathroom facilities located in the pavilion.

“We are concerned that an individual, or a group of individuals, have jeopardized use of this facility by their careless and inappropriate actions,” said Police Chief, Bill Campbell.  “Officers have stepped up patrols in the area and are actively investigating these incidents to find those responsible.”  

The first act of vandalism involved someone using the entire facility as a toilet, leaving behind a men’s restroom that needed extensive cleaning and disinfecting.  The second incident was much more serious, as someone bent the rod in the top of the toilet bowl which kept the water running all night, flooding the facility.  As a result, the Town Manager and staff are considering locking the facility when it is not signed out by residents and service organizations.

“It really is a shame that a nice public facility like this, which is available not only to our residents who are enjoying the nearby park and picnic facilities but also to visitors to our community and passersby, may no longer be readily available and open to the public,” stated Town Manager, Jim Risner.  “While we would prefer to allow folks to use the facility 24/7, we may be forced to discontinue this practice if this senseless vandalism and damage is not stopped immediately.”

                Anyone with any information about the person or persons responsible for the damage is encouraged to contact the Fort Fairfield Police Department at 472-7831.

















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