Volunteers at the Biathlon

The IBU 2016 World Cup Biathlon was held at the Nordic Heritage Center, Presque Isle, Maine, Feb. 11-14, 2016. All the people involved with the Nordic Heritage Center were so excited to have this big event and welcome the athletes from all over the world. The staff members for this event are as remarkable as the athletes, because they are all volunteer. They are from different places and have different jobs. But they come for one thing: to contribute their time and passion for this big event.

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The SEAM That Pulls Us Together

A batch of students sat around an oval table. For a close group of friends, they were unusually serious. They were discussing goals and fundraising. “Our goals are twofold: to be a bigger presence…and to get involved with the community,” Margaret Hart, the on-campus Student Education Association of Maine president, said.

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A Walk Worth Taking

February’s First Friday Art Walk started on the quiet second floor of the Center for Innovative Learning on the University of Maine at Presque Isle campus. Everyone viewed featured artist Owen Smith’s art and talked in hushed voices. Despite the quiet, the room had excitement buzzing throughout the air. There were pieces on display that one wouldn’t expect to see on the Reed Art Gallery walls. One consisted of a large collection of different scissors entitled “A Morphological Study of Potential Terrorist Acts.” Another was a collection of different variations of “Starry Night” by Van Gough that Smith bought from many different artists online.

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Behind the College of Arts and Sciences

For about a year, Pamela Easler has been a part of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. She does many different things to help it run smoothly. Her job is not one specific task. It is several and not always the same every day. Everything she does keeps her very busy. This ranges anywhere from keeping track of budget spending to helping other people accomplish their duties. “I provide administrative support for full-time and adjunct faculty.” She does all of this while maintaining close relationships with the faculty. This includes 23 full-time and (depending on the class schedule) around 30 adjunct faculty.

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A Hero Among Us

When we are walking through the University of Maine Presque Isle campus, there is a hero among us: Saint the service dog. Dr. Jacqui Lowman, known as Dr. J. to her students, has had Saint since August of 2010. Dr. J. was born with health and physical challenges caused in part by her spina bifida. Saint is her first service dog. When asked why this was she said, “I always thought that other people needed a service dog more than I do. That one day it would be bad enough that I would need a service dog. When I asked my doctor when that day would come she said, “‘Birth.’” On that day Dr. J. learned that a service dog could be of use to her now, that she needed one and that she had deserved one from the moment she was born.

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Emergency Preparedness Is Everyone’s Job

Do you remember the ice storm of ’98? If you were living in New England at the time, it was an event that is pretty difficult to forget. This natural disaster left most Mainers without power for weeks. The storm also cost millions of dollars in clean-up and repair to damaged homes and businesses. For the short term, the storm taught many Mainers just how unprepared they were to weather such a storm. It has been 20 years and the ice storm is just a memory but it could quickly become the present. Are Mainers prepared?

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Find a Slice of Pizza, Find a Slice of Home

Located on U.S. Route 1 in Monticello, Maine, is a small convenience store that sells everything you might possibly need in a pinch including groceries, household supplies and gasoline. It also has a large variety of takeout options including pizzas, subs, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, French fries, onion rings and so much more. To many, the Monticello Country Store looks like any small town store. But to the people of Monticello, the store is much more than that.

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