The One Hundred Club

The Original Sleeper_s Store founded by Joseph Sleeper. Sleeper_s today is in the same location.

Sea turtles, mighty redwoods and the lucky koi fish.  The list of 100-year-old survivors is not long.  Sleeper’s market in Caribou passed the century milestone in 2014.  It now looks very different from the first store, but the service and the values remain.

Rooted firmly on the corner of Route 1 and Lyndon Street, the small store has been a hub for generations.  Caribou looked much different one hundred years ago. Continue reading “The One Hundred Club”

“The Love Is Still There” Daughters Affected by Breast Cancer

Jordan and Kathy Haddad

Jordan Haddad is a 22-year-old student and Maine resident. She spent most of her childhood being raised by her mother and father and arguing with her older and younger brothers.  Jordan’s life changed when her mother, Kathy, was first diagnosed with breast cancer when Jordan was around 10. Jordan’s older brother, John, was 12 and younger brother, Thomas, was 7. Continue reading ““The Love Is Still There” Daughters Affected by Breast Cancer”

Owls Flying On and Off the Court

Dan talking to his players on the bench during a game.

Recruiting is the first part of building a college basketball roster. Establishing trust, buying into the system and creating a culture comes next. Players with diverse backgrounds, from all over the country, need to come together as one. The coach recruits them to play basketball. There are some coaches who go beyond that and want their players to have successful lives as students, athletes and as people. Daniel Kane, second-year head coach and athletic director at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, brings his players together with honesty, commitment and trust. Continue reading “Owls Flying On and Off the Court”

Music in the Smallest of Places

Dream big!  That is what Adam Metzler did.  Adam is a high school band teacher for the Central Aroostook Jr./Sr. High School.  Here he would fulfill his dream.

“I’ve always dreamed of rebuilding a program from scratch.  It was small, but the enthusiasm was there,” Adam said.

The teacher before him drove the program into the ground.  Only six students were left to work with.  Interest in music was at its lowest point before Adam got the reins. Continue reading “Music in the Smallest of Places”

Not Just a Counselor

Ralph McPhearson, the guidance counselor here at UMPI.

When finding a profession, there are many different pathways people can take. Sometimes it may not be what they were expecting, but in the end, they make it a lifelong career. This is the case for Ralph McPherson, who is a counselor for students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He is one of the main staff members on campus who helps students with problems that they may not be able to talk to anyone else about. Continue reading “Not Just a Counselor”

Historic Neighborhood Fights to Preserve Its Integrity

As the world continues to progress, many neighborhoods fight to preserve their character.  One such neighborhood is doing so by getting its land registered with its local historic registry.

Browne’s Addition is a small neighborhood where the past has mixed with the present. Considered by some to be the first Spokane suburb, Browne’s attracts many tourists. Three years ago, the neighborhood council members began working to get their district listed on the city’s register of historic places. Continue reading “Historic Neighborhood Fights to Preserve Its Integrity”

The Disorder No One Talks About


Griffen Lovely is a lot like other 20-somethings you would know. He enjoys spending time with his family, hanging out with friends and playing sports. On the surface, he appears to be just like anyone else his age. In reality, Griffen has been battling with a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder for several years. Continue reading “The Disorder No One Talks About”

Season of Change

UMPI_s Emily Ward attacks the ball in victorious 3-0 game vs. Unity on Oct.

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s women’s soccer team faced what could have been a major setback mid-season. Last season former coach, Trevor Parent, announced his resignation. Rallying together after the announcement, the team members pushed through a series of changes. Dan Kane, UMPI’s athletic director and head coach of the men’s basketball team, was there for the women when the news broke. Assuring the team that a temporary coaching staff would be assembled, Kane eagerly got to work. Continue reading “Season of Change”

Pulitzer Winning Photos Are Interactive to the Mind

Where would the world be without photos? Movies wouldn’t be around. History and journalism are now more visual media than ever. Journalists use photos in television, the web and newspapers. People are drawn to imagery, no pun intended. Pulitzer Prize winning photos are the ones that you can sense. They are the photos in which you can smell, see, hear, touch and taste what is within the photo. They break your empathy and make you show emotions. They make you feel like a part of history by seeing them. That is a Pulitzer Prize winning photo. Photojournalists are responsible for capturing these photos and transporting them into people’s minds. Continue reading “Pulitzer Winning Photos Are Interactive to the Mind”

A Night Full of Laughs and Entertainment During the Variety Show

The University of Maine at Presque Isle hosted its first ever Variety Show on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m.  It was filled with several acts from students, faculty and staff. The show was hosted by Los Angeles-based comedian, actor and voice actor, Justin Rupple. Community members, faculty, staff and students filled Wieden Auditorium for a fun and entertaining night at UMPI. Continue reading “A Night Full of Laughs and Entertainment During the Variety Show”