Aroostook Aspirations Initiative’s Gauvin Scholar’s voted on the Best of Aroostook and Big Country 96.9 was voted the best radio station! See all the winners right here!

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Aroostook Aspirations Initiative/Facebook

The 10 categories are the best representation of businesses and locations in the County. Voting took place during Aroostook Aspirations Initiative’s Scholar Weekend.

The Best of Aroostook:

Best Radio Station – Big Country 96.9

Best Coffee Shop – Dunkin’ Donuts

Best Locally Owned Grocery Store – John’s Shurfine

Best Ice Cream – Houlton Farms Dairy Bar

Best Skiing – Big Rock Mountain

Best Gas Service Station – Daigle Oil Company

Best Locally Owned Restaurant – Grammy’s Country Inn

Best Car Dealership – Pelletier Ford

Best Lake – Portage Lake

Best Festival – The Maine Potato Blossom Festival

Executive Director, Kristen Wells, said it’s crucial that Gauvin Scholars realize their impact in their communities.

The Best of Aroostook activity allows their opinions to be more thoughtfully developed, their voices to be heard, and their collaborative decisions to be publicized," said Wells. "This is also an opportunity for them to defend, and more fully support, the businesses, services and activities they care about here - in all parts of Aroostook County. We remind them that without their patronage, their favorite places to go and things to do may not survive."

Winners will receive a certificate from Wells. Big Country 96.9 will have Aroostook Aspirations Initiative in studio to receive our award, Thursday, August 10th around 3:15 p.m.

One Gauvin Scholar said she’s glad her opinion matters and she has the opportunity to vote:

I feel proud and excited to know that businesses in my area are getting recognized for the hard work they put in, day in and day out. I’m also super happy that I played a part in helping them get recognized,” said Libby Theriault, 2017 WAGM-TV Gauvin Scholar.

Contact Aroostook Aspirations Initiative at to learn more. Make sure you like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter @AAI/GauvinFund. Stop by the office to donate at 754 Main Street Presque Isle. Send an email to or reach out by regular mail at 26 North Street Box 138, Presque Isle, ME 04769.

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