As the war in Ukraine continues and many flee for their lives, some in the state of Maine, including here in the County, want to send some support. The Maine Realtor Association and the Maine Tourism Association have joined forces to send supplies of food and clothing to Ukrainian people.
It’s been about two years since the Covid 19 pandemic began. People have been impacted in many different ways and several resources have been made available. We begin a new series called A Path Forward...Lessons From the Pandemic. A program called the Community Care for Social Change Program, became available during the pandemic to assist people who have to quarantine or isolate in their homes.
It's been three weeks since we hosted the Helping Hands for Warm and Safe Homes telethon. For the third year now, we've partnered with The Aroostook County Action Program and United Way to raise money for those in need of emergency fuel or safe housing. News Source 8's Ashley Blackford has the latest on how it went.
In an effort to encourage young adults to stay and work in The County, Husson University has partnered with a group of young adults to offer a discount for their programs. News Source 8's Ashley Blackford has the story.
A need for paramedics around the state has prompted Northern Maine community college to partner with Washington County Community College. NMCC offers an emergency medical services program and now students from both campuses can enroll. News Source 8's Ashley Blackford explains.
Getting students excited about a career in the medical field is something a hospital in The County is looking to do. Northern Light AR Gould is opening up its doors for students to come in and get a hands-on look at which jobs are available at a hospital. News Source 8's Ashley Blackford explains.
A recently-received grant from the state of Maine's Department of Economic and Community Development will establish regionalized assessing and code enforcement services for County communities. In this week's Aroostook 2020, Kathy McCarty met with those involved and has more.
Out migration is a concern among many in Aroostook County, and attracting new people to the area is what a lot strive to do. In this week's Aroostook 2020 Ashley Blackford sat down with a man who has traveled and lived in many parts of the country, but he's decided to call The County his home.
Members of the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce now have access to more educational opportunities, following the signing of an agreement between the Chamber and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. In this week's 2020 segment, Kathy McCarty has more on how Chamber members will be eligible for a 10 percent discount on undergraduate courses and more.
An effort to improve and increase benefits for members of credit unions in both Aroostook and Penobscot Counties is in the works. In this week's Aroostook 2020, News Source 8's Ashley Blackford speaks with the president and ceo of The County federal credit union..who will take over both operations if a merger is approved.
A program at Tufts University is paving the way for doctors to come to rural areas in Maine. The Maine Track attracts students who often times go on to establish a practice in the state. News Source 8's Ashley Blackford explains.
Purchasing tickets, checking schedules and tracking the route will all be things people will be able to do on a new app that will soon launch. The new metro bus is expected to go into drive in Presque Isle in October. In this week's Aroostook 2020, News Source 8's Ashley Blackford sat down with the app software developer to find out what goes into this kind of project.
If you're looking for an adventure, you may want to start in Madawaska. In this week's Aroostook 20-20, Kathy McCarty speaks with Madawaska's town manager about how the Four Corners Park draws many to the town.
Drawing people to Aroostook County to live and work is an important part of growing the economy, but drawing them here to visit is also important. Tourism season usually spans over the summer months for most areas, but as News Source 8's Ashley Blackford finds, tourism in The County continues throughout entire year and that brings in a lot of revenue.
Getting around the city of Presque isle will be made easier this fall. Transportation has been identified as a major issues in The County. Today the Going Places Network was announced and that will bring a new bus to the Star City.
A connection is being made between Houlton and New Brunswick and it's one that will benefit both sides of the border. A new transmission line is going up and construction is underway on a substation that will connect Houlton Water Company costumers to NB Power. News Source 8's Ashley Blackford explains.
More people will be able to access the homeless shelter starting next week. On July 1st Homeless Services of Aroostook will be changing a portion of their shelter to become low barrier. News Source 8's Ashley Blackford explains.
Chapman has long been a part of the tri-community collaborative effort with Mapleton and Castle Hill. That willingness to work with others now includes the town's snowmobile and ATV club. In this week's Aroostook 2020, officials explain how collaboration led to the creation of a multi-function facility in the community.
A partnership between a dentist, dental students and local organizations is providing free dental care for people in Aroostook County this week. For Aroostook 2020, Ashley Blackford takes a look at what this program is and how it could potentially attract people to the area.
It's been one year since we aired our Aroostook 2020 show. Last year the Caring for The Crown report was released which gave us an updated look at what has happened in the County since 2003 and includes updated recommendations for how to overcome our current challenges. News Source 8's Ashley Blackford has been taking a look what changes have been taking place over the past year and how things will go moving forward.
The University of Maine at Fort Kent attracts students from all over the world but they aren't just drawn to the academics. Many students come to play on the successful sports teams that have become known around the world. News Source 8's Ashley Blackford has the story.
In an effort to get more people into the trades, a business in Houlton is collaborating with the Region Two School of Applied Technology to get a new program up and running. In this week's Aroostook 2020 News Source 8's Ashley Blackford finds out how this partnership could benefit the County for years to come.
A program in the county that's giving students hands on experience is proving beneficial for both students and the hospitals where they're doing their clinical rotations. In this week's Aroostook 2020, News Source 8's Ashely Blackford visits the Laboratory department at Cary Medical Center, where one student will soon graduate with not just a degree, but also a job.
Aroostook County is made up of dozens of small towns that have attracted people from across the nation. In this week's Aroostook 2020, News Source 8's Ashley Blackford sat down with the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Fort Kent's enrollment management executive director to find out what drew him and his family to the area.
It's considered a hidden gem by many in Aroostook County. It's attracted people locally, nationally and even internationally. The Maine school of science and mathematics located in Limestone has been in operation since the mid 90's and as News Source 8's Ashley Blackford finds this school has put this small town on the map.
A partnership that has expanded over nearly two decades is once again opening up a life changing opportunity for two students in Houlton. In this week's Aroostook 2020, News Source 8's Ashley Blackford explores the Rotary program that sends students on a summer exchange trip.
Next year will mark Maine's 200th birthday! Recently a meeting with held with representatives from all 16 counties to discuss what will be done to celebrate. News Source 8's Ashley Blackford has the story.
Tomorrow WAGM, in partnership with Catholic Charities and United Way of Aroostook, will come together for the Operation 24 telethon. The goal is to raise money for Catholic Charities, who supplies food for the 24 pantries, County-wide. In this week's Aroostook 2020 News Source 8's Ashley Blackford finds out how different organizations coming together can make a big difference for those in need.
A program at NMCC is attracting students from across New England and beyond, including one who came to the US from Africa. In this week's Aroostook 2020 News Source 8's Ashley Blackford finds out how the program is drawing people to the County.
Getting career experience is something that typically doesn't happen until after high school, but students in Aroostook County have the opportunity to get a jump on their futures with career and technical education. In this week's Aroostook 2020 News Source 8's Ashley Blackford visited the CTE center at Presque Isle High School to see how they set students up for success.
In the Caring for the Crown report prepared for Aroostook County, the main recommendation to help sustain and help grow the economy was collaboration. As we told you last night, The Aroostook Agency on Aging will be part of a new partnership that will provide a network of workshops to better manage health issues. News Source 8's Ashley Blackford explains.
It's a profession that is always hiring, and one of the County's colleges is training students to fill positions in the field. In this week's Aroostook 2020, News Source 8's Ashley Blackford speaks with NMCC's plumbing and heating instructor about the need for more people in this profession.
Coming to the county for secondary education is something hundreds of students do every year, but keeping them here after graduation can be a harder task. NMCC offers programs that don't just equip students with knowledge, but also the possibility of a career right here in the county. News Source 8's Ashley Blackford explains.
Keeping people here in the County is an important goal, and Northern Maine Community College is doing what they can to make that to happen. In this week's Aroostook's 2020 News Source 8's Ashley Blackford heads to NMCC to check out one of the programs that allows students to get an education, and an opportunity for employment once they're done.
Helping people to achieve their career, financial and small business goals...that's what New Ventures Maine is doing in Aroostook County. The organization is equipping people with the skills to help grow the economy. News Source 8's Ashley Blackford explains.
2018 was the year the Caring for the Crown report was released. The report detailed population numbers and gave recommendations of what the community could do to prevent outmigration. In this week's Aroostook 2020 I sat down with the county Administrator to hear what the plan is moving into the New Year.
It's said the different between success and failure is a great team and that certainly holds true for some organizations in the county. Every month businesses, health care providers and nonprofits gather together for the Aroostook Collaborative meeting. In this week's Aroostook 2020, News Source 8's Ashley Blackford explores what the importance is of working together.
The Aroostook County Action Program is looking for people who want to further their education. Every year ACAP helps around 200 people break down the barriers and get equipped with the proper training needed to succeed. News Source 8's Ashley Blackford has more.
The Heating Homes with Helping hand telethon was a major success that at last count raised more than 57 thousand dollars. But no single person was responsible for making that happen. Here is this week's Aroostook 2020 on how collaboration can have a major impact.