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Town of Fort Fairfield Public Hearing Notice

There will be a public hearing regarding the Tri-Community Recycling and Sanitary Landfill Interlocal Solid Waste Agreement during the regular Town Council Meeting on Wednesday, December 20th at 6:00 p.m., in the Town Council Chambers.
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Become Volunteer Fire Fighter In Fort Fairfield Maine



Have you ever thought about becoming a Volunteer Firefighter? Are you interested in serving your community? The Town of Fort Fairfield is seeking Volunteers for the Volunteer Fire Department. This is a great opportunity for training and education, and also gives you a sense of pride in helping your Community. For more information about becoming a volunteer, you may contact the Fort Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department at (472-3800).
COMMUNITY CENTER GYMNASIUM
GENERAL HOURS
Monday-Friday (weather & events permitting)
6:00am-noon


Indoor Walking/Exercise - The community center gymnasium is open to the public for walking/exercise Monday through Friday from 6:00am-12:00 noon (except holidays).  The hours are subject to change and will be posted accordingly.  There is no charge to use the facility for this activity and all are welcome.

Co-ed Volleyball - Starting in late October, Co-ed volleyball for ages 16 and over will held at the Fort Fairfield Community Center every Sunday evening from 6-8pm through the end of April.  The program is informal with teams being selected each night from all those in attendance.  There is no charge to participate in the program and all are welcome.

Adult Basketball - The community center is open for adult basketball from 6:30-8:30pm starting in late October.  Play is informal with teams being selected each night from all those in attendance.  The cost is $2 each night.  If there is sufficient interest amongst all players, we will organize a league and have scheduled play for each team.  Please contact the Recreation Department 472-3882 for more information, or click this link to see our current recreational happenings for more details. 

Youth Sports & Activities - For information on other programs, including current youth sports information and other activities, please visit the recreation department webpage and click on Current Recreational Happenings or contact the Recreation Department at 472-3882.

Community Center Rules
MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOL
The pool is open mid-June through late-August annually.  Use of the pool is free to all residents!
GENERAL SWIM HOURS
Every Day (weather permitting)
1:00-4:00pm
6:00-8:00pm


SWIM TEAM – The swim team is open to all for boys and girls up to 18 years of age as of May 1. Practices will begin in June and are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4:00-5:00pm throughout the months of June and July. A more complete schedule of practices and meets will be made available to team members during the first week of practice.

SWIM LESSONS – Are available to boys and girls 18 years of age and under with lessons following pre-set guidelines established by the American Red Cross. Lessons are held Monday through Thursday. There are two sessions of lessons each summer and parents have the option to sign up their children for either session or you can sign them up to participate in both sessions. There is a limit of 10 students per class for most lessons so please be sure to register early to insure enrollment. The registration fee is $5 per student which is due at the time of registration. We are an authorized provider of the American Red Cross.

LAP SWIM – Lap swim and aquatic exercise will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:00-6:00pm starting in June and continuing through the end of July. During this time the pool is reserved for those intending to use the pool for aquatic exercise purposes and lap swimming only. There is no fee to participate in lap swim or aquatic exercise and all adults are welcome.

Swimming Pool Safety Rules

For more information call:

POOL PHONE – (During the season) – 472-3883

REC DEPARTMENT PHONE – 472-3882
The Fort Fairfield Economic Development Board meets regularly to work on strategies and explore opportunities to enhance the economic climate of our community.  The Board consists of five members appointed by the Fort Fairfield Town Council and two Town Council Representatives (non-voting members) supported by the Town’s Marketing and Economic Development Director and other staff.

Current members are Gary Sirois (Chair), David Dorsey, Edith Helstrom, Stev Rogeski and Shane McGillan.

Current Council Representatives are Jason Barnes and John Herold.

For more information about the Fort Fairfield Economic Development Board, please contact Marketing and Economic Development Director, Tim Goff, at 207-472-3802.

Fort Fairfield Economic Development Board Bylaws

Fort Fairfield Municipal Land Incentive Program
The Town of Fort Fairfield is committed to improving its economy and economic opportunities for its citizens through a variety of programs designed to promote development and investment in our community.  The Municipal Land Incentive Program makes commercial land available to developers who meet program requirements.
 Welcome to Friendly Fort Fairfield!

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Fort Fairfield is the sixth largest community in Aroostook County with a population of roughly 3450.  The town is centrally located, and lies equal distance from the two largest cities in The County with both Presque Isle and Caribou eleven miles away.  Fort Fairfield is also situated on the eastern border with Canada and has a round-the-clock border crossing into Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. 
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Fort Fairfield is a dual township, encompassing more than 78 square miles. The topography is mainly rolling hills used for farmland with the majestic Aroostook River slicing through the countryside.  Fort Fairfield’s quaint and charming downtown lies on the banks of the river, and plays host to Aroostook County’s premier summertime celebration, the Maine Potato Blossom Festival.

Major employers in the community include; mail order and specialty pharmacy I-Care Pharmacy, 35MW biomass energy producer ReEnergy, skilled metal manufacturers K-Pel Industrial Services and Stainless Food Services, agriservices company Cavendish Farms, livestock feed producer Lucerne Farms, food grade starch producer Western Polymer, the US Customs and Border Protection, alternative energy design and installation company County Energy Solutions, mechanical-electrical engineering firm Armstrong Engineering, and Pineland Farms Natural Meats which operates a large cattle feedlot.

In addition, Fort Fairfield -- once the Potato Capital of the World – remains a major potato growing community, but it isn’t just potatoes that’s growing in our fields these days.  Broccoli, hops and a variety of grains are grown commercially in Fort Fairfield.

Also growing in Fort Fairfield is our community of Amish families, many of whom own and operate their own successful businesses and farms.  These Amish craftsmen make furniture, fabricate buildings, work with a variety of sheet metal and roofing materials and operate vegetable and dairy farms.

Fort Fairfield is also home to a well-respected school system with a dedicated, caring faculty and staff teaching in modern facilities, a Carnegie Library, two medical clinics, a bank, a credit union, a full-service post office, a grocery store, a dentist’s office, two gas stations, several gift and specialty shops, restaurants and more! 

With low-cost land, some of the lowest power costs in Maine, a water and sewer utility designed for industry, an active rail line, and a community dedicated to fostering business - Fort Fairfield possesses the tools and the infrastructure needed to help businesses grow!  For additional information about our community please click on the links below or call our Economic Development Director, Tim Goff, at 207-472-3802 or email tgoff@fortfairfield.org  and let us show you why Friendly Fort Fairfield is ready to put your business to work! 










Bike & Ride in Aroostook



With its scenic rolling hills and miles of fields and forests, Aroostook County is a perfect place to enjoy the open road and abundant scenery on two wheels - whether people powered or on a motorcycle!  There are plenty of rewarding options for riders of all skill levels, and road-tripping is a favorite past time of many locals who are more than willing to share their favorite routes to see views for miles or to catch a glimpse at the wildlife that Aroostook County is famous for.


The Maine Department of Transportation has also created a series of cycling routes throughout Maine that seek to provide guidance to those looking for a taste of the various regions in our state.  Follow this link to a route through central Aroostook that travels along the Aroostook River and passes many beautiful farms and sites of interest.
International Appalachian Trail

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The International Appalachian Trail (IAT) was created by volunteers in Maine, New Brunswick, and Quebec 20 years ago.  The IAT starts east of Baxter State Park (the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail) and makes its way over more than 700 miles to Cap Gaspe, Quebec.

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The IAT travels along the Maine - New Brunswick border before crossing the international border between Canada and the United States in Fort Fairfield.


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There is a trailhead located at the end of Sam Everett Road in Fort Fairfield for people interested in hiking this scenic section of the trail (NOTE: Hikers must call the U.S. Border Patrol in Fort Fairfield, 207.472.5041 before walking on the border clearing trail and say when they will be hiking there.  Hikers must stay inside the cleared area of the border until crossing into New Brunswick. A valid passport is required for all hikers entering either Canada or the United States).  
For thru-hikers, Fort Fairfield offers a host of services including a grocery store, restaurants, drug store, banks, laundry mat, and health clinics a short distance from the trail.  Currently, there are no lodging accomodations available in Fort Fairfield, but there is a lean-to available for overnight use along the Fort Fairfield section of the trail (at mile 134 north from Baxter State Park).  No fires are allowed at the campsite.


Related Links:
International Appalachian Trail
US Customs and Border Protection
Canada Border Services Agency
Fort Fairfield Business Directory


 
Fort Fairfield Railroad Museum

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The Railroad Museum is located at the old Bangor & Aroostook Railyard at the corner of Depot & Brown Streets.

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The museum collection is comprised of a display of locomotive and cars.  It includes a newly refurbished combination sleeping-dining car used for elegant gourmet dinners and other events. 

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The Canadian-Pacific Railroad station (1875) was moved out of the floodplain along the Aroostook River to this site in 2000. 

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A public pancake breakfast and open house is featured during the Maine Potato Blossom Festival on the 3rd Saturday in July.    


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An antique farm machinery display is set up near the B&A Railroad museum.  It features large and small horse drawn equipment for transportation and farming potatoes, hay, flax, and grain.  Some equipment goes back to the time when oxen were used to plow the fields around Fort Fairfield. 

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Adjacent to the museum is an old stone railroad station which is privately owned (and as of October 2016 for sale).

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The Frontier Hertiage Historical Society maintains the Fort Fairfield Railroad Museum and is always looking for volunteers and donations to help maintain, preserve and restore the many historic buildings and artifacts in their collection.




McIntosh One-Room School House
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The McIntosh School is the only restorable one left out of the twenty-six listed in Maine in 1904.  It was built in 1848 before churches and other public buildings, and was also used for town meetings, social gatherings, church services, weddings, baptisms and funerals. 
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The school was originally located near the corner of Route 1A and Route 167.  It was moved to its current location near the Fort Fairfield Railroad Museum off Brown Street. The blackboards are still in place and so too are the privy compartments - one each for girls and boys!  Volunteers from the Frontier Heritage Historical Society have worked to restore the school house and host school groups and tours throughout the year.   





Historic Friends Church
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Located on Route 1a, Friends Church is the oldest still-standing church in Fort Fairfield.  It was built in 1859-1860 by the Haines family and a bunch of their Quaker friends, who, according to oral history, were part of the Underground Railroad before and during the Civil War. 
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The church was later used as a neighborhood community church and is being restored by Frontier Heritage Historical Society. 
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Friends Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and plays host to the annual Hymn Sing typically held on the first Sunday of the Maine Potato Blossom Festival.
Fort Fairfield Blockhouse Museum
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The Blockhouse museum is a 1976 replica of the original structure located on the banks of the Aroostook River which served to prevent transport of lumber into Canada during “the Bloodless Aroostook War” of 1839.
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 The Blockhouse is filled with artifacts from early Fort Fairfield History including agricultural items, antiques, photographs and documents. 
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The Frontier Heritage Historical Society maintains the blockhouse and the historical artifacts displayed within it and welcomes the public to tour the blockhouse museum from 10am to 1pm on the second Saturday of each month.  The historical society also maintains the McIntosh School (one-room schoolhouse), Fort Fairfield Railroad Museum (at C.P. Park) and the historic Friends Church.
Riverside Pavilion & Park
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The Riverside Pavilion sits overlooking the majestic Aroostook River at the corner of Route 1A and North Caribou Road. 
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The pavilion is a popular picnic spot, thanks to its scenic location, adjacent playground and multiple covered picnic tables with charcoal grills set amidst acres of lush park space. 
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The pavilion features bathroom facilities and potable water.  The large covered picnic area has seating for roughly fifty and has a sink to aid with clean-up.  There is a boat landing on the Aroostook River nearby.
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For more information about Riverside Pavilion, including rental fees and to reserve use of the facility, contact the Fort Fairfield Town Office at 472-3800.
Related Link:
Riverside Pavilion Rental Agreement






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F.A.R.M. Park!

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F.A.R.M. Park is a 7000 square foot pole barn constructed in 2006.  The facility, which is located off of the West Limestone Road, plays host to dozens of performances, weddings and events annually and can seat hundreds of people under its covered roof. 
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The F.A.R.M. Park property features bathrooms with shower facilities, as well as ample parking.  The spacious fields which surround the facility can be used for camping, with privately owned RV hook-ups located on an adjcent property.
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  F.A.R.M. Park hosts two large bluegrass festivals annually, and has also hosted the Maine Potato Board Industry Dinner, rising Country Superstar Matt Mason, and dozens of private and community celebrations.
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For more information about F.A.R.M. Park, including rental fees and to reserve use of the facility, contact the Fort Fairfield Town Office at 472-3800.
Related Links:
F.A.R.M. Park Rental Agreement
County Bluegrass Festival
Maine Potato Blossom Festival




Fort Fairfield Flood Prevention Information

The Town of Fort Fairfield has been a proactive community when it comes to managing and mitigating the risks possed by flooding.  springflood2015                     Spring 2015 Flooding North Caribou Road

Some of the steps taken by the town include creating a warning system, curating a library of floodplain information, establishing an annual outreach meeting with emergency management, transportation, media and other stakeholders as well as establishing protocols for flood events.  

Fort Fairfield has been recognized for these efforts by being designated as a Storm Ready Community by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration since 2001 and as a Federal Emergency Management Agency Project Impact Community since 2000.

The following are links to local and national flood prevention information:

Notice of Available Local Flood Prevention Services

Flood Prevention Information Available at Fort Fairfield Public Library

National Floodplain Insurance Program Information: www.floodsmart.gov

National Community Rating System Resource Information: www.CRSresources.org 







Fort Fairfield is the sixth largest community in Aroostook County with a population of roughly 3450.  The town is centrally located, and lies equal distance from the two largest cities in The County with both Presque Isle and Caribou eleven miles away.  Fort Fairfield is also situated on the eastern border with Canada and has a round-the-clock border crossing into Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. 

Fort Fairfield is a dual township, encompassing more than 78 square miles. The topography is mainly rolling hills used for farmland with the majestic Aroostook River slicing through the countryside.  Fort Fairfield’s quaint and charming downtown lies on the banks of the river, and plays host to Aroostook County’s premier summertime celebration, the Maine Potato Blossom Festival.

Major employers in the community include; mail order and specialty pharmacy I-Care Pharmacy, 35MW biomass energy producer ReEnergy, skilled metal manufacturers K-Pel Industrial Services and Stainless Food Services, agriservices company Cavendish Farms, livestock feed producer Lucerne Farms, food grade starch producer Western Polymer, the US Customs and Border Protection, alternative energy design and installation company County Energy Solutions, mechanical-electrical engineering firm Armstrong Engineering, and Pineland Farms Natural Meats which operates a large cattle feedlot.

In addition, Fort Fairfield -- once the Potato Capital of the World – remains a major potato growing community, but it isn’t just potatoes that’s growing in our fields these days.  Broccoli, hops and a variety of grains are grown commercially in Fort Fairfield.

Also growing in Fort Fairfield is our community of Amish families, many of whom own and operate their own successful businesses and farms.  These Amish craftsmen make furniture, fabricate buildings, work with a variety of sheet metal and roofing materials and operate vegetable and dairy farms.

Fort Fairfield is also home to a well-respected school system with a dedicated, caring faculty and staff teaching in modern facilities, a Carnegie Library, two medical clinics, a bank, a credit union, a full-service post office, a grocery store, a dentist’s office, two gas stations, several gift and specialty shops, restaurants and more! 

With low-cost land, some of the lowest power costs in Maine, a water and sewer utility designed for industry, an active rail line, and a community dedicated to fostering business - Fort Fairfield possesses the tools and the infrastructure needed to help businesses grow!  Please keep reading for additional information about our community and all we can do to make Friendly Fort Fairfield your development destination, or call us at 472-3800!

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