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Orient Town Office - Reclamation Center-Transfer Station

Emergency Phone Numbers

Selectmen - Tax Assessors - Overseers of the Poor - Road Commissioners

School Board - Superintendent of Schools

Clerk / Registrar of Vital Statistics - Registrar of Voters

Tax Collector/Treasurer - Tax Assessors Agent - Auditor

Code Enforcement Officer - Plumbing Inspector

Fire Wardens - Animal Control Officer - Ballot Clerks

Cemetery Sexton - Rep. to the Ambulance Committee

Health Officer

Planning Board - Board of Appeals - Shoreline Zoning Officer

Orient Food Pantry



State Senator - State Representative

U. S. Post Office

U. S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services



Information about the Town of Orient, Maine

The Town Office

The Town of Orient Office is located in the former school house on the west side of School House Road (Old Route 1) just south of Boundary Road and directly across from the western end of Peters Cove Road.

Orient Town Office
82 School House Road
Orient, ME 04471

207-448-7729
FAX 207-448-7044 or possibly 2707
Orient04471 <AT> yahoo.com

The Town Office Hours are:

Mondays between 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Tuesdays between 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Wednesdays between 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Thursdays between 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Fridays between 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Saturdays and Sundays and Holidays - Closed

Unless otherwise posted

The Town Clerk is Alicia F. A. Silkey

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The Orient Reclamation Center - Transfer Station

The Town of Orient Reclamation Center is located on the west side of U. S. Route 1, just north of the power line and immediately north of the power line service road. All persons depositing items at the Orient Transfer Station must display an official Orient Transfer Station Tag...all items deposited must have been generated within the Town of Orient.

The Reclamation Center supervisor is:

Nick ________
349 Number 9 Road
Orient, ME
Not online

Compensation to the supervisor is paid at the rate of $8.00 per hour and payment is made biweekly. Reclamation Center Assistants are also paid $8.00 per hour.

Starting in April 2010, the Orient Town Selectmen have initiated a PASS procedure wherein all who use the Orient Transfer Station must show a valid TRANSFER STATION PASS. One Pass will be given to each residence and additional passes may be purchased for each resident. ONLY solid waste generated in the Town of Orient may be disposed of at the Orient Transfer Station. A schedule of fees for large items and regulated waste has been approved and is available at the Transfer Station and at the Town Office.

Please display your Orient Transfer Station PASS in the windshield of the vehicle you use when you deliver waste to the transfer station.


Site Phone: 448-2726

Hours of Operation

Summer Hours start the first weekend in June

Saturdays 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Wednesdays 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM
Sundays 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM - June 1st thru Labor Day ONLY

There is consideration to have the Transfer Station open on Mondays starting in 2011

CLOSED HOLIDAYS

Only SOLID refuse generated in Orient may be deposited at the Orient Transfer Station.
Please display your Orient Dump PASS on the windshield of your vehicle(s)

Winter Hours (between Labor Day and early June):

Saturdays 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Wednesdays 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM

CLOSED HOLIDAYS

Unless a valid sticker is attached to your freon-containing appliance by a Certified Refrigeration Mechanic, there is a charge of:
$25.00 to deposit refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners (freon compressors)
$18.00 to deposit appliances with freon compressors if an appropriate sticker has been affixed to it by a certified mechanic.

Rubber tires are accepted but must have had the steel wheel removed. $2.00 for each tire up to 16" radius or $3.00 for tires up to 24 " radius.

Fees for other items are listed on forms available at the Transfer Station or at the Town Office.

Wood products are accepted to be burned but must NOT contain nor be encumbered with any roofing, sheetrock or other non-combustable materials.

Only SOLID refuse generated in Orient may be deposited at the Orient Transfer Station.
Please display your Orient Dump PASS

Town of Orient Transfer Station Information

GENERAL WASTE

1 — Burn Areas
Everything that is authorized as being burnable should be put on one of the burning pads enclosed by the three - 3 foot concrete walls: wood or lumber with any metal such as nails in one and natural wood and brush in the other.

PROHIBITED from burning: painted wood, plastics, roofing materials, chemicals, rubber, foam, synthetic materials, gypsum wallboard/sheetrock and pressure treated (green stained) lumber. Remove all traces of sheetrock from studs, etc. Unpainted construction waste must be stripped to its natural state...or it is not acceptable.

Materials prohibited from being burned should be put in the dumpster under the roof (see #3, below)

2 — Compactor
Household trash and garbage, small plastic items, cardboard boxes

3 — Dumpster Under the Roof
Non-burnable items including: roofing materials, furniture, large plastic items, foam rubber, coated wire, painted, laminated and pressure-treated lumber -
Posted fees for heavy items apply

4 — Transfer Station Building
Fluorescent Ballasts, Fluorescent light Bulbs, Mercury vapor lamps, Televisions, computer monitors and microwave ovens must be placed inside the back of the Transfer Station shed for storage -
Posted fees apply

5 — Dumpster for Metal See the Attendant.
Scrap metal, steel vehicle wheels, metal pipe and aluminum may be placed inside the roll-off container.

White goods including stoves, clothes washers & driers and other metal cabinets are accepted.- Posted fees apply

6 — Household Items containing Freon or other gases
Accepted upon
payment of a fee - See the Attendant.

Air Conditioners and Refrigerators, - A fee of
$25.00 must be paid for each of the following items: each AC with a compressor containing Freon gas; each refrigerator with a compressor unless it has been emptied by a refrigerator technician and a sticker has been attached.
So that children can’t be trapped inside,
refrigerator doors and freezer doors must be removed from the box . . . freezer drawers must be separated from the box and placed in the appropriate receptacle for metal or plastic.

7 — Rubber Tires - See the Attendant.
Rubber tires MUST be removed from their metal wheels which may be placed in the dumpster for metals. -
Posted fees apply

CONSTRUCTION (and demolition) WASTE

Truckloads of construction and demolition waste are accepted but
fees apply depending on the amount of waste dumped - see the Town Clerk for information about the disposal of construction and decontruction waste and demolition permits required by Planning Board Regulations.

Regarding Chemicals, Liquids and Hazardous Waste

Liquid Waste is not accepted.

Paint & Varnish - Remove the lid at home, let dry to a hard state, re-cover the can and place in the open non-crusher dumpster under the roof.

Other chemicals and all other hazardous waste including but not limited to toxic liquids, engine oil, cooking oil and household chemicals are not accepted.

Batteries are accepted — recycle automotive batteries, dry cell batteries, rechargable batteries through Walmart or VIP or other sellers - Posted fees apply

Propane gas bottles and canisters are not accepted.

Asbestos, Medical Waste, Dead Animals, Contaminated Soil, Industrial and Commercial Agricultural Waste is NOT ACCEPTED!

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Dial 911 for ALL EMERGENCIES
To Save a Life - To Report a Fire - To Stop a Crime (in progress)

Click here and read about NonEmergencies

To Summon an AMBULANCE: 911 or 448-7002 in Danforth
The Downeast Emergency Medical Service (which serves Orient by contract) is a paid service and they will render a billing statement after services have been completed. The Downeast EMS headquarters can be reached at P. O. Box 552, Calais, ME 04619
Phone 207-454-2773
Their billing is done by the Bangor Fire Department.


To Contact an AROOSTOOK SHERIFF: 1-800-432-7842 or 532-7317

To Contact a MAINE STATE POLICE: 911 or 1-800-924-2261
Contact Maine State Police for assistance on the lakes


To Contact a MAINE WARDEN SERVICE: 911 or 1-800-924-2261 locally
or 435-3231 at Ashland
Contact Maine State Police for assistance on the lakes


To Contact a MAINE FOREST RANGER: 911 or 207-463-2331

To Contact the Maine
POISON CENTER: 911 or 1-800-442-6305

To Contact MAINE HUMAN SERVICES: 1-800-432-7338

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For more detailed information about EMERGENCIES, see the
Chiputneticook Lake Area
Emergencies Page


Orient Selectpersons

Three resident Selectmen govern the Town of Orient. Each Selectman is currently (2010-2011) elected to a three year term and each term is staggered, thus one Selectman is elected every year while the other two continue the remaining year(s) in their term. In addition to Selectmen's duties each Selectman serves the town as a Tax Assessor, as an Overseer of the Poor and as a Road Commissioner.

The regularily scheduled Selectmen’s Meeting is (usually) during the second Wedesday of each month and (usually) at 6:00 PM...sometimes at 5:00 PM during winter months. The day and time will be announced and posted at the Town Office Bulletin Board along with an agenda on the official Warrant, seven days in advance of the scheduled meeting.

Compensation for each Selectman's position is $1,500.00 per year based on attendance at 12 Monthly Meetings. Payment is monthly if the selectman attends that month's meeting..

Selectperson - Current term expires upon the qualification of the Selectperson to be elected at the Annual Town Meeting in 2011
Victor Alexander
461 Number 9 Road
Orient, ME
448-7748
Not online

Selectperson - Current term expires upon the qualification of the Selectperson to be elected at the Annual Town Meeting in 2012
Terry Silkey
1763 U. S. Route 1, Orient, ME 04471
448-7339
taaf2000 <AT> 207me.com

Selectperson - Current term expires upon the qualification of the Selectperson to be elected at the Annual Town Meeting in 2013. Mr. Ellis serves as Chairman of the Selectman's Board in 2010-2011.
Donald L. "Bones" Ellis
21 Shore Drive, Orient, ME 04471
448-2924
spspecial <AT> msn.com

At its 2010 Annual Town Meeting, citizens of the town of Orient authorized the addition of two additional Selectmen to make a total of five (5). By State Law, in addition to an election for the Selectman whose term expires in 2011, two additional Selectmen will be elected at the 2011 Annual Town Meeting (August). It has not been determined yet, how long the terms of the Selectment to be elected then will be. Nomination Forms will be made available at the town office prior to the 2011 Annual Town Meeting.

At their April 2011 meeting, the Selectmen voted 2 to 1 to hold a Special Town Meeting to reconsider the town's action last August and to nulify the town's decision to increase the number of Selectmen to five (5). That Special Town Meeting is scheduled to be held at the Town of Orient Office on Friday, May 6th - Time unknown ... phone the town office. Residents must be present to vote.

Orient Tax Accessors

The three Selectpersons currently fill this office.

 

Orient Overseers of the Poor

The three Selectpersons currently fill this office.

 

Orient Road Commissioners

The three Selectpersons currently fill this office.

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Orient School Committee

Typically three Orient residents serve three year terms on the Orient School

Committee.Compensation for this position is $400.00 per year based on attendance at five Meetings.

Sue Lamach
Current term expires upon the qualification of the School Board Member to be elected at the Annual Town Meeting in 2011
Schoolhouse Road at Peter's Cove Road
Orient, ME 04471-0217
448-7362
No E-Mail address is currently available

Dale Foley
Current term expires upon the qualification of the School Board Member to be elected at the Annual Town Meeting in 2012
US Route 1, Orient, ME 04471
No E-Mail address is currently available

Julie Bartlett - Chair
Current term expires upon the qualification of the School Board Member to be elected at the Annual Town Meeting in 2013
233 Boundary Road
P. O. Box 217, Orient, ME 04471-0217
448-7292
No E-Mail address is currently available

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Superintendent of Schools

Richard E. Cote - 2010 to Present

Mr. Cote received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Maine in 1972 and Master in Administration from the University of Southern Maine in 1997.

He has worked at various Maine elementary schools as Teacher, Assistant Principal, Athletic Director and Superintendent since 1973. He has coached all sports at the middle school level, advised several clubs, taught Adult Education, has served on School Boards and as Board Director and has held memberships in community clubs such as the Lions, Elks, Optimist, MPAs, PTAs and a variety of school committees.

He is presently serving concurrently as Superintendent at SAD 14 (Danforth), RSU 84 & Union 108 (to which the Town of Orient belongs)

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Orient Clerk / Registrar of Vital Statistics

The Clerk of the Town of Orient is elected at the Annual Town Meeting. Current term expires upon the qualification of the Clerk to be elected at the Annual Town Meeting in 2011. Compensation for Town Clerk is based on $9,000.00 per year and paid on a biweekly basis.

Alicia "Lisa" Adams Silkey
1763 U. S. Route 1 , Orient, ME 04471
448-7339
Orient04471<AT>yahoo.com

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Orient Registrar of Voters

Compensation for this position is $350.00 per year and $8.00 per hour at elections.

Susan Lamach
1 Peters Cove Road, Orient, ME 04471
448-7362
Not online
Current term expires upon qualification of the Registrar of Voters who will be elected in January 2011.

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Orient Tax Collector & Treasurer

The Tax Collector / Treasurer of the Town of Orient is elected at the Annual Town Meeting. Current term expires upon the qualification of the Treasurer/Tax Collector to be elected at the Annual Town Meeting in 2011. Compensation for Treasurer is based on $10,000.00 per year, prorated and paid on a biweekly basis. Compensation for Tax Collector is $9,000.00 per year.

Alicia "Lisa" Adams Silkey
1763 U. S. Route 1, Orient, ME 04471
448-7339
Orient04471<AT>yahoo.com

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Orient Real Estate Assessor's Agent

This is a paid service being provided under contract by:

Just Value Associates, PLLC
P. O. Box 1357, Presque Isle, ME 04769
207-540-1401
Michael D. MacPherson
mike <AT> justvalueassociates.com

The Town of Orient was re-valued in 2006 and is planning another reassessment soon.
Orient is valued at 88% and we should be at 100%

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Orient Code Enforcement Officer
Orient Plumbing Inspector

A paid service provided by contract at the rate of $4,000.00 per year by:

Mike Noble
871 Enfield Road, Lincoln, Maine 04457-4144
Res. 207-794-2528
Cell 207-290-1538
FAX 207-723-7007

MNoble<AT>midmaine.com

Consultation is available in Orient by Appointment

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Orient Fire Wardens

Before burning debris outdoors, please contact the warden or alternate warden to obtain a burning permit.

Tim Lewit, Warden
136 Sunset Park Road
Orient, ME 04471
448-7383
E-Mail -
SunsetPark<AT>hughes.net

Victor Alexander, Alternate Warden
461 Number 9 Road
Orient, ME
448-7748
Not online

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Orient Animal Control Officer

This is a contract service at the rate of $350.00 per year being provided by:
Gregory P. London
P. O. Box 1727, Houlton, ME 04730
Office - 532-3342
Residence - 532-4532
No FAX phone number is currently available.
E-Mail -
london<AT>ainop.com
Background Experience
Past Deputy Warden, Avid Fisherman, hunter, trapper and animal lover

Education
1981 Graduate of Houlton High School

Occupation
Manager, Houlton Rite Aid

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Orient Auditor

This is a paid service being provided under contract by:
Douglas Hollingsworth, Bangor

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Orient Ballot Clerks
Ballot Clerks are appointed to serve for State and Federal Elections for a two year term. The same or different Ballot Clerks are appointed for each Town Election. Compensation is paid at the rate of $9.00 per hour.

Heather Zakupowsky - Current term expires in January 2010
Donna Foley - Current term expires in January 2010

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Orient Cemetery Sexton

Compensation is paid at the rate of $8.00 per hour.

Grounds Keeper

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Representative to the Ambulance Committee

Compensation for this position is $100.00 per year.

Alicia "Lisa" Adams Silkey
1763 U. S. Route 1 , Orient, ME 04471
448-7339
Orient04471<AT>yahoo.com

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Orient Planning Board
Membership on this Board is compensated at the rate of $300.00 per year. Members include:

Heather Zakupowsky (2012), Chair; Don Ellis (2012), Sherm Roberts (2011),
Ed Vose (2012),
Iilene Hawthorne (2011), Alternate,
- Lisa Silkey is the Planning Board's Recorder.

Orient recently enacted specific construction restrictions applicable to all areas of the town. ALL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION must be approved by the Orient Planning Board. Applications for a "Building Permit" are available at the Orient Town Office. A reasonable fee is applicable.

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Orient Shoreland Zoning Officer
This position is not a paid Orient position and Shoreland Zoning in Orient is under the jurisdiction of the Northern Maine Regionional Office of the Bureau of Land and Water Quality, Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Shoreland Zone Regulations which are imposed by the State of Maine are in effect in the Town of Orient. All construction within the Shoreland Zone (within 250 feet from the normal high water mark) requires a permit. Construction in wetlands also requires permitted approval. Orient currently operates under the 30% rule.

Mark Russell
Northern Maine Regional Office
Bureau of Land and Water Quality
Maine Department of Environmental Protection
1235 Central Drive
Skyway Park
Presque Isle, ME 04769

Eric Hitchcock does site checks

207-764-0477

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Orient Board of Appeals
Membership on this Board is paid at the rate of $50.00 per meeting and it meets if and when needed. Members include:

Julie Bartlett, Dale Foley, Sr., Anson Taber
(Alternates, Chandra Campbell and Donna Foley)

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Orient Health Officer

This position is a required position and is paid at the rate of $50.00 per year

Ellen Bartlett is the Orient Health Officer

 

Orient Food Pantry

Monthly supplies come in during the first week of the month (except if it follows a Holiday)

Distributions to Orient Residents are on Thursdays and Fridays
Distributions to residents of other participating municipallities are on Fridays

For emergency distribuions phone the Orient Town Office during it's business hours


Maine Governor

Gov. Paul LePage
1 State House Station, Augusta, Me 04333
governor@maine.gov
207-287-3531
www.maine.gov/governor/

 

Maine State Senator

Sen. Roger L. Sherman
State of Maine Senate District 34
2 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0002
1-800-423-6900 or 207-287-1540
or
P. O. Box 682, Houlton, ME 04730
207-532-7073
RSherm_2000<AT>yahoo.com

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Maine State Representative

House District 8 - Amity, Hodgdon, Houlton, Orient & Cary

Rep. Joyce Fitzpatrick
State House of Representatives
2 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0002
1-800-423-2900 or 207-287-1400
or
Hon. Joyce Fitzpatrick, Houlton, ME 04730
207-532-9035 Cell 207-521-7472
jaf@pwless.net

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United States Senators

Susan M. Collins
Caribou Office 207-493-7873

413 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
202-224-2523
e-mail through
http://collins.senate.gov

Olympia Snowe
In Maine 800-432-1599

154 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
202-224-5344
e-mail through
http://snowe.senate.gov

 

US House of Representatives
Maine 2nd District Representative

Michael H. Michaud
445 Main Street, Presque Isle, ME 04769
207-764-1036 - Fax 207-764-1060
e-mail through
www.michaud.house.gov

437 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20515
(202) 225-6306

and

 


To reach a Maine Fish & Game Warden 24 hours a day
call the local Reginal Communications Center in Houlton 800-452-2261

or try the Reginal Warden's Headquarters in Ashland 207-435-3231


The U. S. Post Office in Orient

... was destroyed by fire in 2009. All mail is now being distributed through the Danforth Post Office ... the ZIP CODE for all Orient addresses remains 04471.
Raylene Page, Postmistress
207-448-2958

Roadside delivery of mail is via Highway Contract Carrier
Jennie Faulkner is the current contract vendor. All Orient mail addresses have been updated to coincide with the 911 Emergency Address protocols - HC 61 is no longer part of the mail address. If any Orient property owner doesn't know his 911 Emergency Address (mail address) he should contact the Town of Orient Clerk or the Postmaster. Reflective House number signs were made available at the town office free of charge...please post one of your number signs on your named road and the other on your building.

To replace the Post Office Boxes lost by the fire, FOUR sets of 16 Cluster Boxes have been installed on the grounds of the Orient Town Office and are under the supervision of the Orient Town Clerk (207-448-7729). To obtain use of one of these delivery boxes, contact the Town Clerk.

The rental cost for Cluster Box "UNITS" are $10.00 per year, payable to the Town of Orient.

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U. S. Department of Homeland Security
(DHS)
U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Local FIELD OFFICES of CBP

Starting on June 1, 2009, all who enter the USA must present appropriate credentials to prove identity and citizenship. Commonly accepted credentials include:

US Passport - US Citizens
US Passport Card
- US Citizens
Canadian Passport
- Canadian Citizens
Canadian Citizenship Card or Cdn Naturalization Certificate
- Canadian Citizens
NEXUS Card (New Version)
- All CBP/CBSA Trusted Travelers - US and Canadian Citizens
SENTRI Card
- All CBP/CBSA Trusted Travelers - US and Canadian Citizens
FAST Card
- All CBP/CBSA Trusted Travelers - US and Canadian Citizens
Enhanced Drivers License
as issued by certain (limited) States and Provinces
Maine does NOT issue an Enhanced Driver's License at this time.

Youngsters under age 16 may continue to present a Birth Certificate. NEXUS credentials are now being issued free of charge to children age 17 and younger.

Port of Orient, ME
Boundary Road at The Thoroughfare
Orient, ME 04471
207-448-2427

Orient Summer Hours Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day
7:00 AM to 11:00 PM EDT seven days a week
Unless the traveller possesses Remote Port Entry Program credentials, no passage IN during closed hours. Gates block passage during the hours that this US Port is "closed" and abandoned.
Customs Canada in Fosterville observes concurrent summer hours...usually.

Orient Winter Hours Labor Day thru Memorial Day.
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT seven days a week
Unless the traveller possesses Remote Port Entry Program credentials, no passage into the U.S. during closed hours. Gates block passage into the U.S. during the hours that this US Port is "closed" and abandoned. Passage INTO CANADA is permitted daily until the date the Fosterville Port closes earlier (November 30) and both ports are abandoned and all passage is blocked by gates and barricades. After the closing date in November, Fosterville closes at 4:00 PM EDT (5:00 PM Atlantic Time).

When both US and Canada Ports are closed, Remote Port Entry Program (RPEP) credential holders may enter the USA and although they may leave the USA, they must have valid authorization to enter Canada when that port is abandoned. If the gates don't work properly, authorized credential holders should press the silver button on the RPEP kiosk under the portico to state their need to the CBP Officer who answers...speak directly and loudly into the microphone.

NOTE: New RPEP Kiosks have been installed at the CBP Ports of Orient and Forest City, ME and function properly (for the most part). Old RPEP credentials will no longer work (except when activated in an emergency) using the old readers on the face of the kiosk in Forest City and on the side of the kiosk in Orient. Old cards must be held in close proximity to the reader to establish a connection with CASC in Houlton. Old RPEP cards do NOT have a thin black frame around the holder's picture on the face of the card.

New RPEP Cards are in the process of being issued to established RPEP Credential Holders through the Port of Houlton and work at the new kiosks using the new readers. New RPEP Cards (thin black frame around the picture) should be held close to the "shelf" above the blue light AND the credential holder must then present his (proper) finger ON the fingerprint reader before a connection will be made with CASC in Houlton. Prompts are given via the SMALL monitor next to the fingerprint reader on the new kiosks. The LARGE monitor at the top of the kiosk in Orient tells the user how the system works, the large monitor in Forest City is not functioning...yet.

If these procedures fail, a connection BUTTON on either reader will initiate a phone connection with CASC in Houlton.


 

The Port of Forest City, ME
207-448-2288

The DHS/CBP plans to destroy and rebuild the port building in Forest City starting in the spring 2011. The port will be staffed during regular hours and hopefully the RPEP equipment will work when the port is abandoned ... we'll see. It would be a good idea to phone Houlton to see if the RPEP credentials are working if you will be inconvenienced if the equipment is temporarily off line during the reconstruction.

This port is open 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM Daily - Memorial Day thru Labor Day and the Fosterville, NB Customs Office is open concurrently 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM Atlantic Time daily.

PortPASS/CanPASS Credentials to enter either country at unattended ports during "closed" hours are no longer honored by the United States but are still being honored by Canada but ONLY at the Port of Fosterville. The privileges granted by this program are moot, however, when the US Border Ports are unoccupied and the gates are closed as passage in either direction is prohibited, except for emergencies. Since July 27, 2009, travelers leaving Forest City, Maine may NOT enter Canada after 4:00 PM and before 8:00 AM ET daily even if they possess CanPASS Credentials.
Remote Port Entry Program (RPEP) credential holders may enter and leave the US when the border ports at Orient and Forest City ME are closed and abandoned.
If the gates don't work properly, authorized credential holders should press the silver button on the RPEP kiosk under the portico and state their need to the CBP Officer who answers...speak directly and loudly into the microphone.

During the winter months, the Port of Forest City, ME (207-448-2288) is open 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM six days a week from Labor Day thru Memorial Day...closed Sundays and Federal Holidays

Read the NOTE about the new RPEP Kiosk, above.



 

Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)

The Port of Fosterville, NB
506-894-2281

The Fosterville, NB Customs Office (506-894-2281)
is open 7:00 AM until 11:00 PM ET daily (8:00 AM to Midnight Atlantic Time) between May 15th and November 30th.

Between November and mid-May, the Fosterville Border Office opens at 9:00 am closes at 5:00 pm Atlantic Time
(i.e., 8:00 to 4:00 Eastern Standard Time)...Sunday thru Friday.
The Fosterville Port is (REPORTED to be) open on Saturdays from 8:00 am thru midnight, Atlantic Time (that's 7:00 am to 11:00 pm Eastern Time) Year Round

PortPASS/CanPASS Credentials to enter either country at unattended ports during "closed" hours are no longer honored by the United States but are still being honored by Canada but only at Fosterville. The privileges granted by this program are useful when the US Border Gates are still open and Canada Customs has closed, e.g. 4:00 ET through 5:00 ET during the winter. When the US gates are closed, passage in either direction is prohibited (to all but RPEP credential holders) except for emergencies. (Press the silver button on the RPEP kiosk under the portico to request that the CBP Officer who answers to open the gate...speak directly and loudly into the microphone.)


 

The Port of Forest City, NB
506-894-2288

The Forest City, NB Customs Office opens at 9:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM Atlantic Time (that's 8:00 - 4:00 Eastern Time) seven days a week year round. NO ENTRY into Canada is allowed except when this port is open and manned.

Except for EMERGENCIES, only holders of RPEP credental holders are allowed passage into the USA when that port is closed and abandoned.
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The Ports of Houlton / Woodstock and Vanceboro / St. Croix are open 24 hours a day, year around.

If you find the need to make an EMERGENCY CROSSING of the border from Canada into the United States at the Orient/Fosterville Port or at the FC,NB/FC,ME port when either US port is closed and abandoned, it would be prudent to phone the Houlton Port at 207-532-2131 before crossing or as soon thereafter as possible.

When all four US and Canada Remote Ports are closed, Remote Port Entry Program (RPEP) credential holders may enter the USA and although they may leave the USA, they must have valid authorization to enter Canada when that port is closed and abandoned. Existing CanPASS credentials are currently honored by Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) ONLY AT THE FOSTERVILLE PORT provided that the user's CanPass Card has been entered to the electronics at the Fosterville port.


Starting on June 1, 2009, all who enter the USA must present appropriate credentials to prove identity and citizenship. Commonly accepted credentials include:

US Passport - US Citizens - Fee
US Passport Card
- US Citizens - Fee
Canadian Passport
- Canadian Citizens
Canadian Citizenship Card or Cdn Naturalization Certificate
- Canadian Citizens
NEXUS Card (New Version)
- All CBP/CBSA Trusted Travelers - US and Canadian Citizens - Fee for adults
SENTRI Card
- All CBP/CBSA Trusted Travelers - US and Canadian Citizens - Fee
FAST Card
- All CBP/CBSA Trusted Travelers - US and Canadian Citizens - Fee
Enhanced Drivers License
as issued by certain (limited) States and Provinces - Fee
Maine does NOT issue an Enhanced Driver's License at this time.

Youngsters under age 16 may continue to present a Birth Certificate
NEXUS
credentials are now being issued free of charge to children age 17 and younger.


The "Field Offices" of both the CBP and the CBSA are the only official locations at which travellers are allowed to enter each country. Except under only a few limited conditions, travellers may not enter either the USA or Canada at any location other than via an esablished "Port of Entry." Crossing these friendly borders BETWEEN official Ports of Entry is prohibited and when prosecuted, the offense carries a heavy fine. CBP and CBSA Officers may NOT authorize such entries even into their own country. To prevent unauthorized border crossings, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are charged with interdicting and apprehending travellers who illegally enter Canada and officers from the Office of Border Patrol are charged with interdicting and apprehending travellers who illegally enter the USA.

Only qualified NEXUS and Canadian Border Boat Landing Program (CBBLP or I-68) credential holders may enter the USA without reporting personally at a recognized and established Port of Entry. Certain other reporting requirements apply when those credential holders do enter the USA by boat. Such credentials are available to trusted US and Canadian citizens.

For more information about crossing our local international borders, visit:

US – Canada LAND Border-Crossing Notes

and

US – Canada WATER Border-Crossing Notes


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