Leaving the Owl’s Nest shares the story of a trip to Washington, D.C. Brandy Smith, Tiffany Smith, Tong Liu and other UMPI Owls spread their wings and flew to the nation’s capital. The trip was a spectacular, cultural immersion for both Chinese and Americans on the trip. Continue reading “Leaving the Owls Nest”
David versus Goliath, a Boston newspaper versus the institution of Catholicism: “Spotlight” is the story of a team of reporters. The team members covered a story that affected the world. They fought to oust the repeated accusations of molestation within the church. Secrets buried, the accused protected, and thousands upon thousands of silenced victims are all stories that the Spotlight team made public. Continue reading “No One Is Above the Law”
When is it OK to stop pursuing a story? When the president calls you out, the CIA or how about the entire Republican party teaming up to discredit your reporting? For Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, they couldn’t stop. What they were on to was too important for the nation and for “the future of our democracy.” Continue reading “Revealing an Ugly Truth”
A hushed crowd listens as Pat Karpen reads through the literary nonfiction story she’s been writing since the new year. With her classmates, the group shares stories from their lives, emotionally telling stories that allow viewers to connect with the authors on a personal level. “Literary nonfiction uses the tools and techniques from fiction and poetry to create stories,” Deborah Hodgkins, the group’s teacher and mentor, said. Continue reading “Breaking Boards”
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”
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”
Just like he’s done thousands of times before, Hubert Ouellette laces up his boots. The state police issued black leather is cracking, showing their wear. He’s suited up for his job many times, but never for a task like this.
Temperatures circling zero degrees and waist-deep snow could not stop Maine State Police Troop F. Four retired officers and one active dug out their snowshoes, an extra pair of socks and a few holiday wreaths. Paying no attention to the cold, the group honored lost officers by visiting their graves for the holidays and leaving the wreaths behind. Continue reading “Respect for the Fallen”
Babe Ruth stands about 10 feet in front of home plate, slightly toward third base. Yankee Stadium is full and on its feet. The 1949 Yankees line the first base line, hats off, listening to Babe speak. There is no color but it is a sunny day. He leans to his right on a baseball bat while speaking to the crowd. His back is visible, and his number three is the focal point of the piece. Banners and American flags wave above the third deck, as the Sultan of Swat says goodbye. This photo won the 1949 Pulitzer prize. Every person in attendance got, as John White said, “a front seat to history.” Nat Fein captured it forever. Continue reading “Looking Through Photos in the Dark”
Icy winds on an early February Sunday could not stop collectors as they met for the monthly Coin and Card Show. James Scherer hosts the event at the Hampton Inn. It takes 10 large display cases to show off his collection, ranging from sports cards to silver bars. And it wouild likely take libraries to contain his knowledge of collectibles. Scherer’s amassed his knowledge during a lifetime of trading of cards and collectibles. He’s done this as a hobby. He’s also done it for a living. You may have seen him at the Aroostook Centre Mall. Continue reading “Coins, Cards and So Much More”
Time is winding down on the mechanical scoreboard as number 14 dribbles across half court. She fakes right, goes left and puts up a shot. It touches only the net as it slides through the rim. Count it. Continue reading “Shooting Star”