150 Years of County History Preserved

It’s getting harder to move around the library’s special collections room at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. It’s for a good reason, though. The central hallway is filled with stacks up to five feet high of huge, hardcover books.  These books are bound newspapers, part of two recent donations to the UMPI library.

Last spring, Roger Getz, director of library services at UMPI, heard that the Aroostook County Commissioner’s Office was seeking a new home for some of its archives. The main attraction in these archives was an extensive collection of Aroostook County newspapers. The collection started in the 1860s and continued until the 1990s. There were also photographs and paintings.

Getz felt that the UMPI library would be an ideal place for these archives. The library already had a lot of information on local history. He took a trip to the commissioner’s office and made his pitch. It wasn’t a hard sell.

County Administrator Ryan Pelletier wasn’t happy with the way the archives were being stored. They were hard to get to and use. Some of the items were beginning to deteriorate. “Roger reached out to us with a great presentation,” he said. “Presque Isle is a good central location.”

Pelletier hopes the move will make the collection more accessible. “It’s history that could have been lost,” he said. “People didn’t even know it existed.” He pointed out that many of the documents aren’t anywhere else in Maine.

Library staff members worked hard to organize the new resources.  They shifted the whole UMPI collection to make space. It seemed like the new arrivals would fit. But that was before the second donation came.

Northeast Publishing was Aroostook County’s main newspaper publisher. It was changing facilities and could no longer keep its collection of old papers. UMPI received this gift on short notice. “We were not anticipating the donation from Northeast Publishing,” Getz said. Once again, space was a problem.

The new materials are definitely not a problem, though. This collection of newspapers is much more current. It fills the time gap left by the other donation. “We now have a newspaper history of Aroostook from the mid-1860s to the present,” Getz said.

These resources are already proving useful. Faculty and community members have already used the papers for research. They have been used to fact-check claims of high school sports achievements. It will also be a great resource for UMPI students doing projects on local history. “It’s extremely relevant to this direct area,” Getz said. He pointed out that even advertising was recorded. This could be used in studies of County business history.

At present, library staff members are working to create enough space to make the volumes readily accessible. It’s not an easy task. The library has a small staff. They need to sort and move older news files. They need to shift more books and shelves. They need to install new shelves. They need to organize the new donations. They need to count and catalogue the new materials. And that’s on top of keeping the library running. Getz said it could take more than a year to fully finish the process.

In the meantime, the newspapers can be accessed. It will be exciting to see how people will use these resources. Hopefully this new level of opportunity will inspire new levels of creativity and research. Persons interested in using the papers should see Getz at the library.

Roger Getz shows off UMPI_s newest resource, archived newspapers.

UMPI: 2019 Year in Review

2019 was a special year for the University of Maine at Presque Isle as lots of success and memories were made on campus with students, staff, faculty and community members. Students excelled in the classroom, resulting in a great deal of recognition for the university. UMPI gave back to its local and global community. Comedians, musicians and more visited campus during the year, creating many memories that people would not forget. Select students around campus not only did well with their academics, but succeeded with extracurriculars. UMPI’s athletic teams also had an exciting year during their first season competing in the North Atlantic Conference. Through these accomplishments and milestones, UMPI definitely had a year to remember.

The year started strong with UMPI’s Medical Laboratory Technology program receiving a $200,000 training center on Jan. 10 in Pullen Hall. The men’s basketball team made history with the university’s first ever appearance in a NAC playoff game. Griffin Guerrette was named NAC Rookie of the Year and Shyquinn Dix was named 1st Team All-Conference during the 2018-2019 season. Justin Rupple hosted UMPI’s first variety show, which included entertainment from students, faculty and community members. This event proved so memorable that UMPI decided to host another variety show this semester.

The university held Planet Head Day, a cancer fundraiser, in Wieden Hall on March 16. Guest speaker Shay Stewart-Bouley spoke on March 26 at a campus diversity dialogue discussing racism. Faculty member Michelle Mishaan exhibited her art in the Reed Gallery with her painted landscapes of Aroostook County. UMPI celebrated the 18 annual University Day on April 10 with a variety of student presentations. Star basketball player Shyquinn Dix was featured on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” following his life-changing experience before UMPI. On April 5 “Free Hugs” motivational speaker, Ken E. Nwadike, Jr., gave students a night to remember during his discussion. The Cinemaniacs Film Club presented screenings of their original film “The 9th Reward.”

“The 9th Reward was the first full film that I ever made. It was very successful on campus, but I was also really proud of the accomplishment because the movie was a team effort. Everybody worked really hard to make it happen,” producer of the film, Tiffany Smith, said. “2019 was a big year, because I co-produced The 9th Reward and a documentary on the History of UMPI. It was also the year that my videography business really took off.”

The Art Club held the 4 Annual Trash to Fashion Show on April 22, creating innovative fashion pieces from recycled goods. The highly anticipated Zillman Family Greenhouse was welcomed to campus during the groundbreaking ceremony on April 25. The greenhouse will benefit the agriculture science program on campus. The women’s softball team competed in the NAC conference tournament, finishing third. Later in the month, former Owl softball player, Alissa Edwards, was hired as head coach for the program. Aaron Marston was officially hired as the head women’s soccer coach and Shea Cushman took over UMPI’s Nordic ski program.

The university held its 110 Commencement ceremony on May 11, with 112 students participating. Bringing in the new academic year, UMPI announced a new Cybersecurity bachelor’s degree starting in the fall of 2019. Cross Country coach Christopher Smith was honored for his 30 plus years of service with the athletics department. UMPI was recognized as one of the top 5 Most Innovative Schools for Regional Colleges in the North, along with four other top rankings in the “U.S. News and World Report 2020 Best Colleges” list.

Homecoming 2019 was a success as usual, filled with entertainment and fireworks for students and community members. The end of the year was especially bright when news came that UMPI had won one of the largest grants in university history. The U.S. Department of Education’s announced that the University was selected for a 2019 Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant worth nearly $2.25 million over a five-year cycle. The 8 Annual Purple Pinkie event was held on campus and through Aroostook County, raising over $3,000 for efforts to eradicate polio around the world. UMPI’s History Club established the Little Free Library on Nov. 22 in the Owl’s Nest, a large bookcase used for book exchanges with people on campus and around the community. The club’s president and well-known student on campus, Evan Zarkadas, not only founded the library, but also had other accomplishments through the year.

“The Free Little Library was an idea that I had over the summer and a project that I thought would be a great addition to this campus. I was following a few social media pages from the Free Little Library foundation and the idea was very appealing to me, and I was admitting the incredible work they do, so I decided to establish one here on campus,” Evan Zarkadas said. “One word that would describe my 2019 is Inspirational. From all of these experiences, awards, projects, learning curves, etc. I have become even more inspired to keep moving forwards, gain as much experience and enjoy life even more and keep doing great things, while at the same time give back to my community, family and friends.”

UMPI finished out the year strong with another national ranking. The university was recognized in “Washington Monthly” magazine for 2019 college rankings, earning spots in the Top 50 Liberal Arts Colleges: Northeast and Top 50 Best Bang for the Buck: Northeast.

Through student success, university awards, guest speakers and more, 2019 was one of the university’s strongest years. Many memories were made during the year that will be carried into 2020 as UMPI hopes to have an even better year as it continues to grow as an institution. The university’s success in 2019 was represented by individuals across the county, nation and world who embody what it means to be an UMPI Owl.

A Year to Remember for UMPI in 2019.

The White Lady of Millinocket Maine

 

Highway exit sign to Millinocket where the ghost story originated.

 

If you live in Maine, then you might have a good understanding of why author Stephen King based many of his stories in this state. There is fog so thick, you could cut it with a knife and nights seem to last forever in the winter. Maine is home to many ghost stories: one of its more famous ones being Haynesville Road and the paranormal activity that comes with it. But what some may not know is that there is another stretch of road in Maine that has had rumors of a ghost since the 1950s.

On their way back from their honeymoon, a couple were driving down Brownville Road. not too far from Millinocket, Maine. The couple’s car swerved off the road for unknown reasons and crashed. The husband instructed the wife to stay in the car while he went to look for help. When he returned, she was not to be found, and no one could figure out what happened to her. At least, not until she began haunting the road and nearby bridge. To this day, Millinocket locals claim to see her while driving through the Brownville Road.

One local, Kayla Mcinnis, who is attending UMPI, has this to say about the story. “My friends told me. I was at a campground and they dared me to go with them.” Mcinnis also had information as to why the Lady haunts the road. “I think the myth, the lady died and someone stole her wedding ring and she’s there for revenge.” So perhaps there is more to this story than some may know. There are many stories about ghosts seeking revenge. But Mcinnis’ next comment indicated that the White Lady may not be dangerous. “If you bring a necklace and ask her questions, she’ll show up. It worked, but none of it was dangerous.”

Another local from Millinocket, Megan Waceken, has heard stories of the White Lady but does not have any personal experiences. Waceken has some insight on the bridge where the story takes place. “It is a dangerous bridge and there’s always a lot of those bigger trucks, too, on the dirt roads,” Waceken said. “It’s not very…the best road condition there and there’s always accidents on that road with wildlife and people speeding.”

They say the location of the crash can be found on the original Brownville Road. So, if you are willing to take the trip out, beware. When the weather takes a turn and the fog rolls in, you may find the White Lady of Brownville Road walking along or on the bridge. Or if ghost stories are a little more to your liking, perhaps ask around the next time you’re in Millinocket. The locals might have a story or two of their own to share.

 

 

 

Rolling in the Dough: How UMPI Got the Largest Grant in School History

The university we all call home just got a little more help thanks to UMPI’s being selected to receive a grant worth almost $2.25 million.  The United States Department of Education made the announcement in early October that UMPI had been selected for a 2019 Title III Strengthening Institutions grant to be distributed over the next five years.

Serving as Title III Project Director, Dr. Deb Roark, UMPI executive director for university advancement and external affairs, was instrumental in UMPI’s attainment of the grant.  Dr. Roark mentioned the opportunities that the Department of Education selection brings to campus.  “We have an opportunity over these next five years to build and solidify UMPI’s reputation with respect to the student experience.”  More important to students, faculty and staff, Dr. Roark described the plan for the money’s use.  “These funds are dedicated to increasing access, improving the student experience and providing our students with the tools they need to successfully transition from the campus to their careers.”

In addition to career readiness programs, the grant allows UMPI to introduce two new bachelor’s degree programs in fields in which workers are in high-demand.  The two new majors–Computer Science and Health Administration–weave in smoothly with UMPI’s preexisting course offerings.  UMPI also is developing stronger career readiness programs and more opportunities for students to have on-site experience when they graduate.

President Ray Rice spoke to the significance of the new majors and readiness programs introduced in a campus press release: “The (new) programs here will help us to better meet the workforce needs of our region and state while providing our students with new avenues for prosperous careers…. (The new programs) will allow us to even better prepare out students for future careers.”

The grant allows UMPI to introduce another computer lab as well, as it will be needed for the new computer science major.  Renovations and updates in technology validate “U.S. News & World Report”’s 2020 Best Colleges list as a top 5 Most Innovative School for regional colleges in the North.  The chancellor of the University of Maine System, Dannel P. Malloy, spoke to the innovation offered at Maine’s universities.  “Student-focused innovation attracts investment and is one of the reasons why Maine’s public universities deliver unmatched quality and affordability.”

Receiving this grant brings only good for UMPI and its students.  Growth is what small universities such as UMPI need to survive.  Having a larger variety of majors and innovative technology will attract more students.  No matter what, $2.2 million is a lot of money that will all be used to help UMPI.

Happy Holidays from Gentile Hall!!

The Holidays are approaching fast, and Gentile Hall has the perfect gift ideas for your family and friends.  You can purchase a Gentile Hall gift certificate or a fitness class punch card!

Perfect stocking stuffers for your loved ones!  Also don’t forget about our bookstore in the Campus Center.  It has some wonderful gift ideas for family and friends.  Another perfect stocking stuffer is a Starbucks gift card.  Starbucks is located in the Campus Center as well.

All fitness classes will be free for everyone Dec. 16-20 during finals week.  This is a good time to bring friends and let them try a new fitness class!!  Students, stop by and bring a group of friends to a fitness class and destress during finals week!!

Students who are interested in participating in intramurals, please check with Jonathon Bowman for details at jonathon.bowman@maine.edu.

Students, faculty and staff, don’t forget about all the rentals we have in Gentile Hall.  Once we get a lot of snow, it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy winter activities.  We have snowshoes and cross country skis, boots and poles.  For any questions concerning our rentals, you can stop by our front desk or email Dick Gardner at richard.gardner@maine.edu  for more information.

If you enjoy downhill skiing, we have Big Rock Mountain in Mars Hill and Quoggy Jo out toward Fort Fairfield.  For those who love cross country skiing and snowshoeing, check out the Nordic Heritage Center and Aroostook State Park.  They both have wonderful trails to enjoy.  If skiing is not your thing, then check out the Forum in Presque Isle for ice skating.  Make sure you bring your student ID card for a discounted rate.  They have skate rentals available if you do not have skates.

Make sure everyone checks out our website at umpi.edu/gentile-hall for any changes in our facility hours during the holidays.

Gingerbread Cookie Protein Shake:

½ scoop vanilla protein powder

½ scoop chocolate protein powder

½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

½ cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ginger

¼ tsp cloves

1 tbsp molasses

Place all ingredients in a blender and then serve.

Easy Gift Idea: Homemade Cookies in a Jar

When giving gifts, it can be hard to determine what people may want. Something you always wonder about may be whether or not said people will actually use whatever you got them. This year, though, consider this: Homemade Cookies in a Jar!

Here’s what you will need before you start:

  • 1-Quart Mason Jar
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups (9 ounces) chocolate chips (whatever kind you prefer)
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Here’s how to layer the jar:

In a small bowl, combine your flour, baking soda and salt. Place the flour mixture in the 1-quart jar. Layer the remaining ingredients in order as listed above. Be sure to firmly press down after each layer in order to secure the ingredients and preserve the appearance of each layer. Seal the lid and decorate jar with fabric and/or ribbon when finished.

Recipe to attach to jar:

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Beat ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) softened butter or margarine, 1 large egg and ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract in larger mixer bowl until blended. Add Mason Jar cookie mix; mix well, breaking up any clumps. Drop by rounded clumps onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for two minutes. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Finished product, cookie mix in a jar.

 

UMPI Ranks Up New Awards

 

UMPI proudly displays the ranking badge for most innovative by U.S World News on their website.

UMPI has been making great leaps in innovation in the last few years. They were recently named one of the top 5 Most Innovative Schools for Regional Colleges in the North. In addition to this, they received four other top rankings as a part of the U.S News and World Report 2020 Best Colleges list.

Deborah Roark, Executive Director of University Advancement and External Affairs is proud of the direction UMPI has gone. “It’s really about judging the quality of each of the schools and it’s based on many different factors to determine the rankings,” Roark said. “The retention rates and your graduation rates and all of those kinds of things that look at the college itself.”

As a smaller institution, officials have had to be creative and work hard to get UMPI to the place it is today. Of course, being a small school doesn’t mean that they can’t achieve great things.

“I think that a small school in a setting like Presque Isle, you always have more opportunities than big schools,” said senior Evan Zarkadas. “The reasoning behind that is that there are still the same needs as in a big school but with less students. So when a student is really proactive and wants to do things, he can do them because there is the opportunities available. But on the other side, UMPI is providing the help needed for a student to succeed and pushing towards their success.”

UMPI was also named the 30 Best Regional Colleges in the North, the top 20 Public Schools in the North, and the top 15 Regional Colleges in the North for Graduates with the least debt.

“We’ve really been focusing on the Free-For-Four program with the For Maine Families program that will help our students cover those gaps,” Roark said. The Free-For-Four covers that gap between tuition and fees and what they’re receiving in their pell grants from the U.S government.

In another new ranking, UMPI also was listed as one of the top 25 Regional Colleges in the North for Social Mobility. UMPI ranked fourth on the U.S Innovative Schools list. This is determined by peer evaluation of presidents, provosts, and admissions deans to nominate up to 15 colleges for this ranking.

“I really think it’s a bright example of what our president, administration, faculty, and students have been doing in the past four years,” Zarkadas said.  “There has been a tremendous change at UMPI these last four years with our school taking a step forward in the right direction of higher education.”

UMPI continues to be more progressive by opening doors to new majors, new facilities, and developing the school towards innovation.

Top 10 Must-See Holiday Movies

Must see holiday movies.
  1. The Polar Express (2004).

     This film is based on the popular and beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. “The Polar Express” follows the adventure of a young boy who has a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. Great for any age, snuggle up with some hot cocoa and enjoy the magical soundtrack. This movie will make you believe in the magic of the holiday season again.

  1. The Santa Clause (1994).

     After accidently killing a man dressed as Santa on his roof, divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) is transported to the North Pole. Upon arrival, an elf explains that he must fill the role as Santa before the next Christmas arrives. This comical movie will have you laughing at the lengths Scott will go in order to save Christmas. Again, be sure to have the hot cocoa on hand. This movie will have you craving the yummy creaminess of rich hot chocolate.

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).

     “It’s a Wonderful Life” follows the story of George Bailey, a small-town man with big dreams to see the world. Before getting the chance to live out his dreams, George faces some hard times that leave him wanting to end it all. Through meeting someone unlikely, George is able to find and remember the importance of his role in his small-town life.

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).

     What started as a simple cartoon story has been marvelously transformed into a live action Christmas classic. Following the original story-line, the Grinch (Jim Carrey) reluctantly befriends Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen). Little Cindy Lou Who then helps the cranky Grinch find his heart amidst preparation for Christmas in Whoville.

  1. Christmas with the Kranks (2004).

     Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) opt to celebrate their first Christmas without kids on a Caribbean cruise. Their Christmas-obsessed friends and neighbors disagree with their plan. The Krank’s plan slowly comes unraveled as their preparations for their trip are interrupted by their lack of Christmas spirit.

  1. Elf (2003).

     Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) was accidentally raised thinking he was an elf at the North Pole. After spending nearly three decades building toys in Santa’s workshop, Buddy finds out the truth about his origins. Venturing to New York City, he takes on the task of finding his dad. This heartwarming comedy will have you belly laughing at all the adult humor.

  1. A Christmas Story (1983).

     This comedy will leave you telling everyone you know, “You’ll shoot your eye out.” The plot follows young Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) and one specific Christmas where all he wanted was a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Watch along as Ralphie pleads his case as to why he absolutely needs this present for Christmas.

  1. Home Alone (1990).

     Accidentally left behind from a family trip to Paris, 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) finds himself defending his home from two con men. What started as a bratty childish wish to not have a family turns into a comical defense mission.

  1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964).

     Almost everyone knows this classic heartwarming story. Rudolph, born with a glowing red nose, is seen as an outcast among the other reindeer on Santa’s sleigh team. Realizing his dreams of pulling Santa’s sleigh may be too farfetched, Rudolph nearly gives up. It is not until his friends get in trouble that he realizes his glowing nose is a gift. This movie will leave you humming “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” days after watching it.

  1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989).

     When Clark Griswold’s (Chevy Chase) hick cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) shows up unanounced for the holidays, nothing goes as planned. What Clark had hoped would be the perfect Christmas is quickly derailed. This dysfunctional family’s attempt at Christmas will have viewers laughing until the end.

Christmas Crack

The Perfect. Gift– Yummy Christmas Crack.

With the holidays on their way, surprise your loved ones with a sweet dish. This year for the holidays, enjoy the easy-to-make recipe for Christmas Crack. All that is needed are saltines, 1 cup of brown sugar, two sticks of unsalted butter, 1 package of chocolate chips and bakers choice of any fun toppings.

First preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Evenly spread out the saltines on a lined pan making sure to cover as much of the pan as possible.

Next heat the brown sugar and butter in a medium-sized bowl over a pot of boiling water. Make sure to stir often until the substance turns into a sweet, caramel liquid.

Pour the caramel onto the saltines in a nice, even spread. Then bake for only 6 minutes. After the 6 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and place chocolate chips over the dish and let the chocolate melt.

Any other toppings can be added during this time to create a more fun and unique dish. After this step, place the pan in the fridge for about an hour. The dish can then be cracked apart and enjoyed by the whole family!

 

Preventing Winter Emergencies

Nobody is prepared for an emergency.  A person can, however, take preventative measures to minimize the dangers.  In an Aroostook winter, even a simple skid can turn into an emergency situation in an instant.  Heavy amounts of snow combined with temperatures well below freezing can trap unprepared motorists.  This article will inform people of five items to keep in their cars in the winter, and how each of the items could save their lives.  Though these steps can prepare motorists in the event of an emergency, telling someone else where you’re heading before you leave is the most effective.

The first item that should be in every Aroostook County vehicle is a blanket.  Whether the blanket is shoved in the trunk or folded in the back seat, a blanket ensures there will always be heat, and they use up little space.  When a motorist calls for a tow in the winter, it takes a lot longer for the tow truck to arrive, and when it does, the tow truck driver’s priority is the vehicle.  Waiting with the vehicle is always the smartest course of action, and without a blanket it could be a very long and very cold wait.  Waiting inside a vehicle trapped in the snow as it idles can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.  The passenger compartment will fill with carbon monoxide if the exhaust of the vehicle is plugged with snow.  For this reason, running the vehicle for heat may not be an option.  It’s best to have a blanket.

The next item is actually a few items: a warm hat, pair of gloves, and insulated and waterproof footwear.  Vehicles leave the roadway in winter, largely due to ice and limited visibility.  A short walk from where a car stopped back to the roadway is almost inevitable.  Without the proper clothing, people could find themselves treading through mid-January, waist-deep snow wearing gym-shorts or a crop top.  It takes seconds for snow to soak a pair of sneakers, and a North Face coat only can keep you so warm in -10*F wind chills.

See the pattern here?  Keeping warm is going to be the toughest challenge and risking carbon monoxide poisoning is too risky.  The third item all motorists should have in their winter kit is hand or foot warmers.  They are inexpensive and provide heat for hours.  Hopefully the tow truck arrives before then.  Hand or foot warmers are a cheap insurance policy that can protect a person from frostbite.  All they require is a simple snap with the hands and instantly the warmer makes heat.

All previously mentioned items are in the car.  The idea is that the vehicle went off the road and all occupants are safe and warm while waiting for help.  The next item that should be in all winter vehicles is an external battery for a cell phone.  External chargers are less than $20 and can charge a phone to full rather quickly.  Without a charged cell phone, calling for help is that much harder: some models of external chargers include a flashlight, too.  This would be a necessity at night.  Of course, most smartphones are equipped with a flashlight, so motorists making sure that puppy is charged should be a first priority.  Without a cell phone, there is no way stranded people can let friends or family know that help is needed.  Motorists could find themselves at the disposal of other people driving by.  This opens a whole new set of dangers.  It’s in the best interest of all motorists to charge their phones before they leave the house.  And don’t forget to keep the charged backup charger in the vehicle for emergency use.

The fifth and final item that every car in Aroostook County should contain is a set of booster cables.  Electricity and cold don’t mix well.  Even good cars will not start in the cold and having a set of booster cables, and a generous friend, can save a person a couple of tow-truck calls a season.  There are even mobile battery boosters that motorists can keep in their vehicles to independently boost their vehicles.

Whether people have 20 years of winter driving experience in Aroostook County or two months, they are almost equally likely to have an incident.  Ice knows no master and the best preventative measure you can take is using appropriate precautions before hitting the roadways.  Cars without snow tires are useless on Aroostook roads this time of year: staying in or finding a different way to travel is recommended.  If travel is unavoidable, travelers always should tell a trusted person of their destination.  Taking these precautions will help any motorist stay safe in an emergency situation.