Small town America at its best: Van Buren, Maine, gateway to the St. John River Valley

Looking north:

An aerial view of U.S. 1 north of the downtown business district.  On the lower left, blue buildings are the education complex (grades K-12, adult ed, and administration offices) with sport fields behind.  The  reddish structure opposite is a Catholic Church; the treed area stretching behind that is actually a historic, park-like cemetery.  Farther out, a clear space of industrial park under development.  And on the right, with a rail spur running beside it  --  the international border of Canada -- the clean, usually quiet St. John River, meandering its way south to falls below the town line.  No moose in sight, but you can count on there being some hiding nearby in the woodlands.

Who Are We?

GO Van Buren is a varied group of individuals, all residents of Van Buren, Maine and its surrounding communities, each of us proud of our place as "Gateway to the Saint John Valley."  GO Van Buren is primarily TOWN oriented, not commerce oriented . . . so we have more latitude to work freely for the general benefit of all, without the natural constraints of commercial, political or fraternal interests . . .  and you are welcome to participate regardless of age or affiliation.  But your input and participation are needed. We can be reached by clicking the 'Contact Us' menu button above; all questions and comments are given our prompt attention.  

What do we do?

GO Van Buren's ongoing projects include:

1] Our Aroostook Artisans Craft Fair, growing in popularity and prestige; the next schedule will be announced here.  Click 'Craft Fair' above for details.

2]  A fascinating tour of down-town Van Buren in tri-fold leaflet form reminiscing 'the way we were' and giving interesting trivia, plus a sort of 'Treasure Hunt' of things to find during the walk.  You can copy it free of charge for use at reunions, as goodwill tourist handouts, etc. -- and it even has a space to insert your business card, advertising copy, or other message.  Send a stamped, self-addressed #10 envelope to: GO-Van Buren Downtown Tour, 68 Main St., Ste. 101, Van Buren, ME 04785

3] The GOPHER, a community newsletter offering news and info about our town and neighboring communities -- publication currently suspended but will be reactivated soon.  Several online issues will be reproduced on line to supplement the paper issues available to those who do not have internet access.  Here we will also publish feedback, articles too long for the printed edition, and who knows what else?

4] An email SUBSCRIPTION LIST will keep you 'in the loop' between Gopher issues.  To subscribe, sign up at; we promise not to intrude with regular messages filled with useless junk; you'll be emailed only when there's actually something to tell you

5] Blogs -- an online resource (right here) that offers you a place to voice opinions as well as contribute valuable information about Van Buren.  Here you can speak your mind openly or anonymously about whatever concerns you -- whether on local, state, or national issues.

6] The 'OPPORTUNITY' page here introduces you to some of what's available for you to consider for your retirement years or simply as a way to escape by joining our pleasant, safe little community -- we'd welcome you as a newcomer.

7] Our newest effort is the online store, offering goodies of interest to lovers of Maine wildlife -- but sales are also an attempt to support this website.  Take a look and give us some feedback.

Discontinued:  Unfortunately, it has become necessary for Go-Van Buren to shut down the EconDev project. There were varied and multiple reasons for this reluctant decision, but the tragic loss of one of our members Theo Nykreim, who was a driving force behind our efforts, was a major factor (see Blogs, above). With deep regret, therefore, this withdrawal must be considered permanent.  Thank you for your understanding.