Westmanland, ME

UMaine Fort Kent Is Totally Happy To Let You Have Your Kitty On Campus

It's hard enough to find an apartment that'll let you have pets. For years, I had cats. Not a collection of them or anything, but it seemed like in my younger days living with girlfriends, there were always cats involved. And at times, it can be hard to find a place to live when you have pets. It's easier to find places that allow cats as opposed to dogs, but even then it can still be a pain.
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Isolated Showers Today Lead to Overcast Skies Through the Evening

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - Good morning everyone and happy Tuesday. We had some heavy rain move through the area overnight. In far eastern portions of the county, they picked up just over an inch of rain since midnight in Presque Isle. In western portions of the county, they picked up around a half inch in some places. That is because the bulk of the rain came through that area before midnight. We do need the rain in some places, but this was too much to receive all at once. That is why the national weather service had placed us in a flood watch overnight. All of this was courtesy of a low pressure system that stretched all the way across the country into the Midwest. We will have some more chances for rain today, but they will be isolated and won’t really add to our rainfall totals. Any shower that moves through will be short lived. Into the overnight hours, we will be left with some clouds blanketing the region. High pressure is in place to our south and that will allow us to see the sun in the near future.

One Of The Deadliest Roads In The Country Is In Maine

According to a recent report by esurance, one of the most dangerous roads in the country is in Maine. Nearly ten people a year lose their lives on US Rt 1. The fact that US Route 1, which starts at Maine's border with New Hampshire and ends in Fort Kent, is the longest road in Maine is a contributing factor. Additionally, the scenic highway is not just traveled by locals driving to work, school, shopping, and just going about their lives. The road is also heavily traveled by visitors to our state. And, in most cases, these visitors are not as familiar with the road as the locals are.

“We know that no one likes to hear that their electricity bill is increasing...”

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - Versant Power announced Thursday they would be seeking a 28% increase of their distribution rate on electricity bills for the Summer of 2023. Both the Office of the Public Advocate, as well as Governor Janet Mills expressed doubt in Versant’s need for a rate increase, with Governor Mills calling on Versant to abandon the rate increase all together. WAGM reached out to Versant Power for comment regarding the lack of support for their proposed rate increase, Judy Long, Communications Manager for Versant Power had this to say:

44th Madawaska Acadian Festival Mass set for Grand Isle on Aug. 15

GRAND ISLE, Maine – The 44th annual Madawaska Acadian Festival will include the celebration of Mass on Monday, August 15, at 1 p.m. at Mizpah, a retreat center located at 129 Doucette Road in Grand Isle. All are welcome to attend. The Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Jacques...

Heavy Rainfall Expected Overnight Tonight Leads to Flooding Concerns

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - Good evening everyone and happy Monday. This evening’s weather setup shows the low pressure system and stationary front currently splitting the state in half in terms of weather. Through the southern part of the state, hot and humid weather has continued throughout the day as sunshine did make an appearance further south. For us, we’ve been stuck on the cold side of the system, leading to showers this morning, and a lack of sunshine during the afternoon keeping temperatures on the cooler side.

Joe Lachance Receives 2022 SCMA Legacy Award

Madawaska, Maine (WAGM) - A Madawaska Man has received an award from the Southern California Motorcycle Association, Newssource 8′s Jonathon Eigenmann has more on the story. Joe Lachance, the President, and Founder of the Madawaska Four Corners Park received the 2022 Southern California Motorcycle Association Legacy award. Lachance was honored by the SCMA for his contribution to the motorcycle lifestyle along with creating a motorcycle tourist destination in Madawaska. This is the 12th year the SCMA is giving out the award. The Awards board came to Madawaska to present this award to him. When talking about the award, Lachance says he loves the simple things when it comes to motorcycling.

UMFK professor presents on Webster Ashburton Treaty for Maine Speaks

FORT KENT, Maine – The University of Maine at Fort Kent Associate Professor of History and Education Dr. Paul Buck II will present on the “Webster Ashburton Treaty (1842) and Maine’s Northern Border” on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel in Lille, Maine. The event is free and open to the public.

A Sound Mind: Youth Prevention Services

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - While much of the talk regarding the topics of Mental Health Disorders revolves around Treatment, Prevention also plays an important role in combating the crisis affecting communities nationwide. In our continuing series, A Sound Mind, Brian Bouchard takes a look at one service aiming to give kids the tools they need to succeed.

This Intersection in Ashland Separates Locals from Tourists

There's nothing complicated about it, you just need to read the road signs. For some, that's clearly too much of a task. It's a small intersection in The County that, at times, can make a driver's blood boil. The convergence of the Presque Isle Road (Route 163) and Route 11 is nothing crazy. There isn't an elaborate traffic pattern, there's only one stop sign, and it isn't all that busy. There's even a sign that explains how the flow of traffic works, but people clearly don't read said sign.

Historical Society honors longtime Fort Kent residents with bench dedication

FORT KENT, Maine — The Fort Kent Historical Society at its annual picnic on Sunday honored longtime Fort Kent residents Jim and Gerry Robinson by dedicating a bench to the couple. The granite bench, which the Robinsons’ nephew Dr. David Smith purchased, was installed outside the historical society’s Paul...