Leaving the Owls Nest

The tour group poses for a photo. In the background there is the National Mall and the Capitol Building.

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”

No One Is Above the Law

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”

Breaking Boards

Pat Karpen reads her piece, Breaking Boards.

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”

The Sweetest School in the State

Potential design for the towering art project. The size is proportionate to the real sculpture.

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”

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”

Respect for the Fallen

The four retirees stand proudly around their comrade_s grave. From left to right_ Sgt. William Caron, Cpl. Arnold Gahagan, Trooper Kim Espling and Cpl. Bert Ouellette. Not seen, Troop F leader Brian Harris.

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”

Looking Through Photos in the Dark

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”

Coins, Cards and So Much More

Sherer’s collection fills more than 10 large display cases. The cases are filled with collectables ranging from antique silver dollars to Mookie Betts rookie cards.

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”