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The next Town Council Meeting
is going to be held on Nov. 20 at 6:00pm!

Maine State Outdoors LawsNEW:  The Town Office will no longer receive paper copies of Regulations books for Hunting, Fishing, Snowmobiles, and ATV's.  The link below will direct you to the website where you can dowload your own digital copies.  


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Fort Fairfield Celebrations of Lights

Fort Fairfield Quality of Place Council Encourages Enlightenment in Community During Celebration of Lights!

(Fort Fairfield) – The Fort Fairfield Quality of Place Council is seeking to spark some excitement in the community for the Holidays with an electrifying new project – the Fort Fairfield Celebration of Lights!  This new, community-wide initiative is designed to bring more light to some of the darkest days of the year by encouraging businesses and homeowners to create a more festive atmosphere in town by decorating their storefronts and homes.

“We’ve been meeting with business and community leaders for months now to refine our plans to bring more buzz to Main Street,” explained Phil Christensen, President of the Quality of Place Council.  “We’ve been drawing up plans to illuminate some areas downtown and working with business owners to help incentivize them to join in the fun.  The response has been terrific, and despite some challenges with this early winter weather, we are excited to put the next phase of the plan into action.”

Over the past few weeks, the Fort Fairfield Quality of Place Council has allocated several thousand dollars to replace some of the decorations that were destroyed when the Community Bandstand collapsed and to invest in additional lights to be used on a variety of downtown businesses and landmarks.  Those lights will be on nightly for all to enjoy from December 2nd until January 2nd from 4 to 10pm.  Now, the Council is encouraging property owners to join in the fun.

Any address is Fort Fairfield is eligible to participate in the Celebration of Lights Home Decorating Competition.  A top-secret panel of judges will be traveling throughout the community from 5 to 10pm on Saturday December 15th to take in the sights (and hopefully some sounds!) of participating homes to select the top three holiday light displays.  Those homeowners will win valuable gift cards and prizes from a variety of local businesses.  To register, all homeowners have to do is email ffqualityplace@yahoo.com with their name, address and phone number by midnight December 14th.  Not computer savvy?  Feel free and contact Tim Goff at 939-2440 and provide that same info and you'll be entered to win.  

“This is a great chance for the young, and the young at heart, to enjoy a tradition that many members of the Council fondly recall – driving through neighborhoods and oohing and aahing at the dazzling lights glistening on a blanket of fresh fallen snow,” added Christensen.  “It is our hope that by encouraging our residents to create some beautiful displays, we can create new traditions for everyone to enjoy.”

For more information on the program, or to get involved, please contact Phil Christensen at 227-1644 or email ffqualityplace@yahoo.com

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She has greeted guests at the entrance to the Fort Fairfield Public Library for nearly 100 years, but time and teens have taken their toll.  Joan of Arc, a plaster statue donated to the library in 1916, showed many signs of her age with worn paint, gouges and graffiti covering much of her surface. 

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NOTICE: The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Wind Power Technical Review Committee will be held on May 4th at 6pm in the Council Chambers due to the Patriot's Day Holiday on April 20th.
               
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      Fort Fairfield Announces Innovative Fire Department Plan

After an exhaustive nationwide search failed to produce the desired result, on behalf of the review committee and the Town Council, Fort Fairfield Town Manager Michael Bosse announced an innovative plan that shares responsibilities to lead the town’s fire department utilizing existing staff and drawing upon their extensive experience and abilities.

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Newcomers find success at 35th Annual Agri-Business Trade Fair

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No matter how you slice it, the 35th annual Northern Maine Agri-Business Trade Fair at The Forum in Presque Isle was a tremendous success. More than 3500 people poured into the Trade Fair over the course of the weekend, the bulk of those on Saturday as the aisles were filled with folks looking to get their hands on a wide variety of products and services on display.

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TAMC’s First Baby of 2015 welcomed into the world and showered with gifts


by Jason Parent, TAMC Communitcations and Development Department


Aroostook County – TAMC’s first baby of 2015 was welcomed into the world on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2015) at 8:29 p.m., and today the family from Fort Fairfield was showered with gifts from the Medical Center, as well as local businesses and organizations.  Benjamin Thomas Dorsey weighed in at 8 pounds even and measured 19.5 inches long.
             
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Benjamin is the first child born to Brianne Bubar and E.J. Dorsey of Fort Fairfield.  
           
The happy couple was not anticipating having the first baby of the New Year as he was not due for another nine days, but circumstances, including some revelers welcoming 2015, helped usher in the newborn.


“I was awoken at midnight by neighbors who were throwing up some fireworks to celebrate the New Year.  It was then I started to feel the first contractions,” said Bubar.  “I was surprised.  I didn’t expect him to be early, but guess he wanted us to get the New Year started with him.”

In honor of the special delivery, the family was presented with several gifts.  Included was a special basket full of items for newborns donated by Machias Savings Bank.  A blue hand-knit outfit made by a volunteer with the Aroostook Agency on Aging was also presented, as was a hand-made quilt donated by the Crown of Maine Quilters and a basket of books donated by the Washington County-based non-profit organization Maine Books for Maine Kids.  A bag of books was also presented through the Raising Readers program.

In addition, a keepsake item and a special baby sleep blanket were presented by the staff in the TAMC Women and Children’s unit.  The blanket is designed to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

“We’re very thankful to receive the gifts,” said Bubar.  “We’re also very thankful for the wonderful labor and delivery staff here at TAMC who made the experience the best possible.  They all did an outstanding job and were most helpful and comforting!”

Benjamin Thomas Dorsey was delivered by TAMC OB/GYN Dr. Joyce Hebert.  Assisting in the delivery were Katie Brown, RN, labor and delivery nurse, and Diane Deschesne, RN, nursery nurse.

“It is a wonderful experience being able to help bring in the New Year baby for this great couple.  We have an excellent team here at TAMC and this reminds us all why we just love doing what we do.  We not only have the pleasure of welcoming new lives into the world, but in many cases we see families get their start and watch them grow,” said Hebert.  “We share in the joy of this new addition to our extended family.”

Benjamin’s maternal grandparents are Catherine Bernard and Rick Thompson of Fort Fairfield and Thomas and Roxanne Bubar of Fort Fairfield.  Paternal grandparents are David and Nancy Dorsey of Fort Fairfield.  He also will be welcomed home by eleven-year-old big brother John Dorsey.

Identical gift baskets to the one presented to the family of Benjamin were also donated by Machias Savings Bank to The County’s three other hospitals to present to their first babies born in the New Year.  The gift by the bank, with local branches in Houlton, Presque Isle and Caribou, is part of a collaborative program to introduce the newest residents of Aroostook County to the community.

Special Deliveries is a partnership between Machias Savings Bank and WAGM-TV that provides for the broadcast of photos and birth announcements of babies born at all County hospitals on the region’s only commercial television station weekly.  The newborns, whose parents sign an appropriate waiver to have their child’s birth announced, are featured each Wednesday and Thursday on the 5:30 p.m. edition of NewsSource 8 and during other broadcasts on WAGM.

“This partnership is about the future of The County and the future of our bank.  We believe strongly in community and supporting young parents as they bring the future generation into our corner of the world.  We are delighted to be a part of this exceptional moment in a parent’s life. Together with WAGM we are thrilled to be able to welcome Maine’s newest residents,” said Chris Fitzpatrick, senior regional vice president, Machias Savings Bank. 

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