Sometimes the Best Service Dog Is a Horse

Angel Is Trotting Around Dr. J’s Yard

Dr. Jacqui Lowman has had Saint, who has been helping with her mobility needs, for the last nine years.  “Saint has been a good dog.  But unfortunately, it’s time for me to look for another service animal,” Dr. J said.  As much as she has enjoyed having Saint, she has decided to go with something that will live longer.  Dr. J has decided to get a horse.  “Her name is Angel and she is a Dales Pony.  She is black and will be 30 inches tall when she is fully grown,” Dr J said.  Dr. J decided to get a pony over another dog because of the heartache.  “Dogs have been great, but it’s always breaking your heart when they die.  My miniature would live two to three times longer than a dog, so I wouldn’t have to go through the heartache as often,” Dr. J said. Continue reading “Sometimes the Best Service Dog Is a Horse”

The Sweetest School in the State

Potential design for the towering art project. The size is proportionate to the real sculpture.

University of Maine at Presque Isle art students are licking their lips in preparation for their newest project: a 50-foot lollipop sculpture.  The sculpture will replace the wind turbine that caught fire last year.

The project is projected to take 8-12 months of work to complete.  The size of the candy will be approximately 30 feet in diameter.  The frame of the sucker will be built using a steel frame, canvased with large—but thin–sheets of aluminum.  These wrap around the structure as if they were papier mâché. Continue reading “The Sweetest School in the State”

Is the Sky Falling?

View of James Road with the field mentioned to the left.

Nighttime skies in northern Maine are undeniably beautiful. With no smog or city lights to take away from the Milky Way or constellations, stargazers can spend hours looking up at the view. But what happens when in the midst of stargazing you see something in the sky falling? Sofia Crouse and her friends shared firsthand their experience the night in mid-February when they saw something they could not explain. Continue reading “Is the Sky Falling?”

Heat Wave Takes Northern Maine by Storm

The hot sun beams down on Presque Isle, melting the snow and troubling the lives of the members of the community.

One thing Northern Maine is best known for is the cold. An unexpected heat wave, however, hit the county starting in mid-March of this year. Temperatures have been reaching the upper 90s, which is unheard of for this time of year in northern Maine. Students attending UMPI are shocked by the sudden heat wave. Continue reading “Heat Wave Takes Northern Maine by Storm”

Pantry Thief!

Recent photos have popped up all over campus to try to catch The Pantry Bandit. Witnesses say he stuffs his pockets to the brim and doesn’t even attend UMPI. The pantry is intended for students of the university to help one another out, and this so-called “man” takes without any care. The account to follow will express how terrifying this incident truly is. Continue reading “Pantry Thief!”

Usain Bolt Coming to UMPI

Olympian Usain Bolt is coming to UMPI.

     The fastest man on earth is coming to the University of Maine of Presque Isle on Saturday, April 6, for sports clinic. The Jamaican sprinter will travel to northern Maine to greet community members and students during a sports clinic, which he will be running, no pun intended. The clinic will consist of speed and agility drills run by Bolt in Gentile Hall at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to everyone of all ages. Continue reading “Usain Bolt Coming to UMPI”

Vortex Snowmobile Tank

Vortex Snowmobile Tank

There has been extremely cold weather with big snowfall this year, which has certainly caused a lot of troubles for commuting to school. Thanks a lot to school workers who always get rid of lots of snow from the roads and parking in time. They even need to work in the wee hours of the morning and evening for everyone’s convenience. Continue reading “Vortex Snowmobile Tank”

April Fool’s Day Every Day

D.J. Stone sits on the edge of the waterbed he inherited from his mother. Beside him on the bed is a pile of trousers. As he slips his leg into a fifth pair of pants, he laughs. His wife, Maria, has sewn the hems together on this pair as well. “I stayed up all night doing it. I even made sure to do all of the dirty laundry. I didn’t miss a single pair!” Maria proudly states. D.J. looks at his wife adoringly, “I’m late to work a lot because of her pranks, but the joy they bring makes jeopardizing my job worth it.” He lovingly recalls the time she put raisins in the toothpaste tube causing brown goo to ooze out when he squeezed it. He chuckles at the memory of a friend’s dinner party. Maria snuck into the bathroom and melted Tootsie Rolls all over the toilet seat. “Last night he got me pretty good!” Maria smiles, “He served me a plate of Oreos, but he replaced all the filling with toothpaste.” The love in the room is palpable. Continue reading “April Fool’s Day Every Day”

Breaking News: Weather Update

Breaking News_ Weather Report.

What is happening in the County this year? Record breaking snow depths, powerful winds that cause whiteouts and huge ice walls along the roads is what describes our current situation here in northern Maine.

Well, according to the recent news and studies, the weather doesn’t seem to get better. The National Association of Snowing is pushing for a declaration of a national emergency, since the snowfall is estimated to continue even in the summer months, with world record-breaking amounts of snow. There is also a possibility that snow will continue all the way to December of 2019.  And scientists are assured that we will have a continuous winter until the winter of 2020. Continue reading “Breaking News: Weather Update”

Pett and Meeko Take Third Place at the Can-Am Crown

Meeko and one of her dog friends.

The crowd gathered, stretched and squinted to see who was coming through the trees to claim third place in the Can-Am 250. Abi Pett and her team charged across the finish line to a mixed reception Monday morning. Family and friends were cheering. They came quickly to unhook the team and congratulate Pett. Others turned away muttering. Pett finished behind Martin Massicotte and Andre Longchamps with a time of 28 hours, 19 minutes and 45 seconds. Third place of the Can-Am comes with a $2,500 purse. There are some who feel Pett and her team should not be eligible for the prize money. Pett’s lead dog was a cat named Meeko. Continue reading “Pett and Meeko Take Third Place at the Can-Am Crown”