Murder in Millinocket

A Millinocket man died after a shooting that occurred on Sunday,  March 15, 2020. Cameron James Pelkey, 23, was tragically shot during an altercation before officials could get involved. He died days later at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he had been treated. The incident took place in a Millinocket home at 308B Penobscot Ave., where Pelkey was being held hostage along with another man and a woman.

Pelkey was life flighted to Bangor after being shot. The other two hostages were taken out of harm’s way as law enforcement apprehended the shooter. The small town of Millinocket is left wondering how something like this could happen.

“It’s messed up. I think I heard the gunshot from my house. I didn’t think anything cynical was going on when I first heard it,” Kyle Cocoran, who was a former friend of Pelkey, said.

The shooter was 45-year-old Jason Mulligan, who lived in Bangor before the incident. Mulligan is being held at the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor in connection with Pelkey’s death. He is being charged with murder now that the victim has died and currently is facing up to life in prison.

Pictured above is the shooter, Jason Mulligan.

Pelkey’s last good deed was carried out Thursday, March 19. It was always his decision to donate life so that others might have a chance to live, so his organs were donated to those in need.

Many are mourning the loss of young Cameron Pelkey’s life, from his family of blood or by bond to the people he worked with and surrounded himself with daily.

“I used to work with him a few years back. Cameron was a good guy. I can’t believe someone would set out to hurt him,”  Kyle Cocoran said.

The motive in Pelkey’s death is still officially undetermined. The town hopes to heal from this great loss. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, funeral arrangements are being withheld for the time being. The family would like to remember Pelkey’s contentment and peaceful lifestyle along with his sense of humor. Pelkey’s friends will remember  a caring soul who was always there when times were tough.

“If you wish to do something in memory of Cameron, please consider donating blood or becoming an organ donor at RegisterMe.org,” the Pelkey family said.

Victim, Cameron Pelkey.

 

Inside a Grocery Store During COVID-19

We live in a world that keeps changing. Because of this, many of us are getting used to a new type of normal. Sheltering in place has kept us from friends and family, all for the good of our own health. Essential workers put themselves and those they live with in the face of danger daily. As I type this article from my rural community, the coronavirus has yet to hit us. The curve starts to flatten slowly but not nearly enough before this deadly virus hits the town of Millinocket, Maine.

In the seemingly ghost town of Millinocket, things everywhere have changed to accommodate the virus. For many the biggest visual change right now is in the Hannaford grocery store. If you have not been shopping for a while, you might be surprised to see stores and the precautions they take.

Photo of what a lot of stores around the world look like during these extraordinary times.

When going to the Millinocket Hannaford and other essential stores during this time, customers and employees alike should be aware of these changes. When first arriving at the store you should be courteous of the set limits put into place. Millinocket’s Hannaford allows only 45 customers in the store at a time to help control confined spaces. As you walk to the sliding glass doors you may think that you want a cart. Due to lack of cleaning supplies and the importance of surfaces needing to be clean, baskets are no longer available for use.

The grocery cart will be sprayed down with germ-killing chemicals by an employee and handed directly to a customer as needed. As you enter the store, be sure to be mindful of the six-foot rule even with the employees. You might even notice red arrows on the floor. These arrows are placed to help everyone stick to a six-foot rule. It was once a better time when we could enter a store and walk wherever we wanted to whichever aisle. But it is a new world and we all must do our part to help protect one another.

“The arrows are easy to forget about right now. I was hauling a U-boat down the wrong side of the store,” Kyle Corcoran, an employee at Hannaford since 2019, said.

Once done making your way around the store, you might notice the red tape in the shape of a square by each cash register. This is there to protect customers waiting in line and endorse the six-foot rule. Sneeze shields are put up at every register. Surfaces are being wiped down repeatedly and anything that may get touched is sanitized directly after.

This is a brand-new way of shopping. It may seem inconvenient, but customers and employees are being kept safe. So, as you place your face mask on with the intention to venture out to a store, please know that safety is a main priority. Stores are providing us with a new normal.

UMPI Has What?

New opportunities open at the University of Maine in Presque Isle. A video production studio located on the bottom floor of the Center for Innovative Learning will be accessible for students, staff and faculty. The video production studio offers students with project-based classes better resources to use. So, if you take pride in your work and want to learn or practice previous knowledge, this is a great place to start. The studio will be open throughout the week on the same days the CIL is open, with posted hours.

“At UMPI, we have many great things. But a lot of times the things that hurt us are a lack of resources,” Dr. J. said.

Dr. J. went on to explain how she feels that a Video Production Studio will benefit everyone. She hopes that not just her own students take advantage of this room, but all UMPI’s students, faculty and staff, as well. The room is filled with very nice equipment that can be checked out and used. The equipment is durable and can be used for school projects or personal projects. “It is something I have wanted and advocated for, for 12 years,” Dr J. said

A couple of years ago there was a grant and with enough people on board, this grant was approved and went on to what is now called the Video Production Studio. It’s been a slow process since July, but after finding a room in the basement of the CIL, the Video Production Studio finally had a home on our campus. The room was used previously for storage and it is thought that back in the day it was once used for radio. The room’s soundproof walls make it perfect to work in comfort.

“What do these students really need?” Dr. J asked.

Dr. J. explains that hands-on equipment will help students get prepared for life after UMPI. She hopes that students will feel free to use the room whenever available, whether it is for a project, a class or just to gain some extra learning experience on their own.

“It’s good to know something like this is available,” UMPI freshman Chessintra MacArthur said.

Students are invited to take full advantage of the studio. Hours will be posted online through the Center for Innovative Learning web page. Any other questions about the Video Production Studio can be answered online at http://wp.umpi.edu/instructional-design/video-production-studio/.

Picture Perfect

Despair, anger and tragedy. These are just some of the emotions people over time have captured perfectly in the form of a photograph. The people capturing these photos and experiencing all these emotions firsthand help tell the story. Photography is a way to take images that help tell a story. Photos are the first thing most people tend to look at, so a good photo is bound to attract an audience. A lot of photos may not get the credit they deserve, but many photographers dream of earning the Pulitzer Prize. There are many ways a photo is worthy of the Pulitzer Prize. For instance, a photo that traps raw expressions of strong emotions.

     In the film, “A Glimpse of Life,” many photographers share their stories along with their heartbreaking photos that at one point in time sparked a nation. Their talent with a camera is plain to see. 

     For example, in 1945 there was an amazing image taken of a group of soldiers putting up an American flag. This was during the battle of Iwo Jima. The photo shows teamwork and hope, but that’s not all. Joseph John Rosenthal captured history for all to see on the day he took this photo. The Iwo Jima image is a perfect photo that has sparked a nation and because of that it was a perfect winning photo for the Pulitzer Prize.

     A stunning photo captured in the year 1963 has also been deemed worthy of the Pulitzer Prize. In this photo we see a man is pulling a gun on another man. This photo is titled “Ruby Shoots Oswald.” Robert H. Jackson, who took the photo of this crime, describe the event as very fast, but he acted right away. “He fired and then I fired.” 

     In the photo “Boston Fire” (1970), tragedy struck. In the picture you can see two people falling to their deaths. Stanley Forman was responsible for taking this prize-winning photo. Forman said there were flames everywhere. Forman heard a loud crunch and then people were falling. “And then I turned around because I didn’t want to see them hit,” Forman said. With such sad and graphic imagery, consumers were left with a need to find out these people’s stories. 

     The next photo depicts a young woman trapped in the water after a mudslide in Colombia. This is one of many photos taken during the event in 1986. This photo does a great job at raising questions and the sad story attached to it is enough to show its importance. Natural disasters are unfortunately life changing for some people. That was the case for the woman in the photo whose life was taken by the mudslide after 72 hours of being trapped. “No one could understand how they could be so close and talking,” Carol Guzy said. Water can add dramatic instability to a situation, but photos capture water well. 

     In a photograph titled “Water Rescue,” it shows a last resort effort to save a drowning girl. This picture is a lot about timing. Timing is very important when taking a photo. The photo should help tell the story, but also make people ask questions. “She’s going to drown or she’s going to be saved and that’s the picture you need,” photojournalist Annie Wells said.

     Photos are a way to tell a story and these stories should be told with pride. The Pulitzer Prize has a lot to do with how much the photo gives away. You only want the photo to tell part of the story so that readers will view the article until the end. The winning photos throughout the years do a great job at showing huge amounts of emotion through a single picture. 

 

Woman trapped in the Columbian Mudslide.

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!