Summer 2017

 Hello everyone.  It is time to get ready for the summer.  After this winter, I am sure you are ready for warn summer nights.  I know I am.  Listed below are the events that will be happening in the skies above our heads this summer.

    Probably the best way to keep up to date on astronomical events would be to join the UMPI/Aroostook County Astronomy Club’s Facebook page.  This page will provide you with interesting astronomy articles and information on upcoming astronomical events and club activities. Continue reading “Summer 2017”

Preserving Theater for All


A crowd stands outside the theater entrance.  Soon, a stage crew member opens the doors.  They say, “Come in.  Enjoy the show.”  People walk inside UMPI’s Wieden Auditorium and find their seats.  Not long afterwards, the room goes dark and the stage lights up.  Performers then give the audience members an experience that won’t be forgetten anytime soon. Continue reading “Preserving Theater for All”

The Start of a Great Adventure


Spring is always an exciting time. Classes are winding down for the semester, seniors are getting ready to graduate, either from high school or college, and there is a general feeling of anticipation for summer. This year, there is one more reason to be excited. Dr. Jacqui Lowman, a professor at UMPI, has finally set out on her Appalachian Trail Adventure. Continue reading “The Start of a Great Adventure”

In the End…Everything Matters


We are now in a world where we use the phrase “binge watching” in our everyday vocabulary. When we hear this, we usually know that someone is binge watching a certain TV show. We spend hours and hours watching something until the season, or seasons, are over. In the time that we could be doing homework or other activities, we choose to binge watch an entire show in one day. Netflix has become a main source of material for binge watching. They come out with original series that have whole seasons, and we spend our day wasted away on that certain show. There is a new show on Netflix that is definitely binge worthy, and brings up an important topic that we may not think about as much as we should. Continue reading “In the End…Everything Matters”

April 28 and 29 – International Astronomy Day events


Astronomy Day was first celebrated on California in 1973.  It was developed as a program to share information about astronomy with the general public.  In 1973, astronomy day was only held in the fall.  Today, it is held in the fall and the spring.

This year’s Spring International Astronomy Day is scheduled for April 29.  Throughout the world, thousands of people will have an opportunity to learn about astronomy and, weather permitting, look through telescopes at the sun and the nighttime sky.  These events are sponsored by groups such as astronomy clubs, observatories, planetariums, libraries and other entities that promote astronomy and space science. Continue reading “April 28 and 29 – International Astronomy Day events”

Art Is the Transformation of Identity


Jessalyn Levesque is a mixed media artist who focuses on drawing, painting, sculpture, performance and photography. She originally comes from Missoula, Montana, and moved to the East Coast in her senior year of high school. She spent five years and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Continue reading “Art Is the Transformation of Identity”

Maine Markets Sprouting Up

“You walk though and you hear English, French, German, Old German….”  It isn’t just the food that keeps Kim-Anne Perkins coming back to the Presque Isle Farmers’ Market.  It’s the sense of a community gathering place.  “Maine is known to be particularly white,” she explained.  “Going there lets you see the real cultural diversity, that’s not reflected in skin color.”  Last summer, she added to that diversity when she brought some Chinese students along.  She also recalls an Amish meeting with 15 to 20 carriages lined up, as distant relations came in for what may have been a marriage or reunion.  “It’s another piece of texture in what we have here.” Continue reading “Maine Markets Sprouting Up”

Becca Told Me To

Many people have heard the term “Pay It Forward.” It’s the idea that you will do something positive for strangers (buy their coffee, mow their lawn, etc.) and tell them to then pay it forward. That means they will then in turn do something positive for another stranger. The idea is that this circle of positive acts will keep growing and promote friendliness, compassion and goodwill among humanity. A meaningful social experiment that caught on globally, Hollywood even made a film about these acts of kindness. Continue reading “Becca Told Me To”