A Non-Mainer’s Expedition in Northern Maine

A moment at the race

      A couple days ago, a non-Mainer was looking over a cultural map of Maine’s Aroostook County.  A title seemed to jump of the page and with a quite interesting theme: “CAN-AM Crown International Sled Dog Race.”

     Immediately he went to ask his friend who is from St. Agatha about the festival and what it is all about. His friend, Adam Weyeneth, said, “Yeah, I know the festival.  It’s close to where I live.  We could go if you want to?” Continue reading “A Non-Mainer’s Expedition in Northern Maine”

Shriners: More Than Just the Circus

     If you have ever seen a parade you may have seen the Shriners.  They can be spotted driving around in their tiny cars.  Some might have bought a ticket to their circus.

     Shriners are a nation-wide group that helps children and young adults in local communities.  Its members run 22 hospitals across the United States.  The patients they care for are mostly children under the age of 18.  Dick Hallett of Mars Hill served as Potentate at the Presque Isle lodge in 2006.  A Potentate is like a CEO. Continue reading “Shriners: More Than Just the Circus”

Why I Love NCAA Division III at UMPI

     It’s just about March Madness time, which reminds me of the years I spent as a grad student at UConn, waiting to see what seed the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams would receive.  Back in the ‘90s, the household names were Ray Allen (nearly 2,000 points) and Travis Knight under Coach Calhoun; and Rebecca Lobo (more than 100 colleges tried to recruit her!), Jennifer Rizzotti (point guard for their first national championship!) and Nykesha Sales (Defensive Player of the Year in 97-98) playing for the remarkable Coach Auriemma.  It was never crazier (not always in a good way) at UConn than during the month of March…and probably never more exciting. Continue reading “Why I Love NCAA Division III at UMPI”

How Does Space Change the Human Body?

     Ever since humans started to fly in to space, one overwhelming question has existed.  Can space travel change our bodies?  In the early years of space travel, this question wasn’t very important.  The men who went into space stayed there for a few hours to a few days.  A seven-day flight was considered an extremely long flight.  Today, the men and women who travel to the International Space Station stay in space for periods extending over a year.  There are some astronauts and cosmonauts who have two space times over two years. Continue reading “How Does Space Change the Human Body?”

Guns: To Restrict or Not Restrict?

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. was sight of a mass shooting on Feb. 14, 2018,

     Since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people on Feb. 14, the gun control debate has been the center of conversation once again. Should gun laws remain the same? Or should they be more restrictive? These points of view have some very strong defenders behind them. Two people, Jamie York and Elaine Walsh, offered some insight as to why they feel the way they do. Continue reading “Guns: To Restrict or Not Restrict?”

Take the Extra Step and PREP YourSELF!


     What would make you want to go to a personal responsibility workshop over spring break? If gift bags and free lunch don’t grab your attention, the empowering and eye-opening content will. It will cover many things young adults should be practicing in order to be responsible, stay healthy and be confident. Specifically it will dive into topics such as healthy relationships, communication skills, confidence, self-advocacy, HVI and STIs. While these topics may be hard to talk about, they are very important to remember not only in general, but especially when you are trying to get a foot in the door of life as a young adult. The facilitator of the event, Jenny Paul, put it best, “It’s a tough topic, but an important topic.” Continue reading “Take the Extra Step and PREP YourSELF!”

Take a Hike!

Steps at the Trail head of Deboullie Mountain

     The warm weather is just around the corner.  It is time to start planning spring and summer activities. Make sure to add Deboullie Public Lands to that list. The Deboullie Public Reserved Lands sit in the northeast corner of the North Maine Woods. With 23,000 acres (roughly 36 square miles), there is some of the most beautiful scenery in northern Maine.  Marc Deschene, a forester for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Division of Public Lands, said, “Many changes and improvements have been done to the area in the last seven or eight years.” Continue reading “Take a Hike!”

Cabin Fever Solutions

Get out of the house and the snow at the Community Center.

     Anyone who has survived a Maine winter knows it can be long and isolating if you don’t have things to do.  Some residents enjoy outdoor winter activities such as snowmobiling, skiing or snowboarding.  But many prefer to stay indoors in the winter months.  It’s easy to become restless and bored around this time of year.  The snowbanks are still steep and there isn’t a great deal of places to visit and things to do in frigid Aroostook County. But there is one option that Presque Isle residents haven’t always had the opportunity to use: the Sargent Family Community Center.  Continue reading “Cabin Fever Solutions”