Silent Wonder

     In June of 1947, Kenneth Arnold, a civilian pilot and businessman, on a business flight from Chehalis to Yakima, Wash., reported seeing nine objects flying at a high rate of speed over Washington’s Mount Rainier.  The objects were glowing bright blue-white and were traveling between 1,200 and 2,000 kilometers per hour at the time of the sighting.  They were of crescent shape and estimated to be 140 to 280 feet in length.  The length was determined by the collaboration of other observers who viewed the objects from the ground looking up.  Continue reading “Silent Wonder”

Bombs to Biodiversity

ammunitions maintenance building

     Loring Air Force base was originally named Limestone Army Air Field, located in northern Maine in Limestone, not far from the Canadian border.  In 1954, President Eisenhower presented the widow of Major Charles Joseph Loring, Jr., USAF, with his Medal of Honor and announced that the new Air Force Base in Maine would be named in his honor for his noble spirit, superlative courage and conspicuous self-sacrifice.  Major Loring was killed instantly when he maneuvered his damaged aircraft into enemy artillery batteries at Sniper Ridge, North Korea, saving countless numbers of United Nations ground forces. Continue reading “Bombs to Biodiversity”

Haunted Campus

St John’s School.

     It’s most likely only a few of our current UMPI students know about our haunted campus.  Where the University of Presque Isle now stands was once known as St. John’s Episcopal Secondary School for Boys.  It was established in 1884 and consisted of three buildings: the chapel, gymnasium and drill hall.  It was created for preparation for college or scientific school or to study any profession or business life.  When it opened its doors, it had about 80 students and closed in 1896. Continue reading “Haunted Campus”

World War II German POWs in Maine

POWs in the Woods

    Following the D-Day invasion, thousands of German troops were captured and taken prisoner in Normandy.  Because of housing shortages in Britain, the United States was asked to assist in with the overflow of POWs.  Due to the Geneva Convention, troops had to volunteer, for they could not be placed in harm’s way without their consent.  German U-boats were still in the waters from Liverpool to New York and were capable of sinking the troop carriers that were bringing the German soldiers to the United States. Prisoners were asked to volunteer and serve out the remainder of the war in the United States. Continue reading “World War II German POWs in Maine”

The Pulitzer Photojournalists and Photographs

Elian Gonzales Raid Alan Diaz

    A group of Marines, carefully working together, side by side, raising the United States flag as it blows fiercely in the wind, upon a mountain of rumble and rock.  Victory is seen and the strength of unity emerges from the stillness of the moment. (Marines planting the American flag on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, 1945 Pulitzer Prize, Photography, Joe Rosenthal of Associated Press.) Continue reading “The Pulitzer Photojournalists and Photographs”

Spring Powwow

Rosalie LaBillois

    Native Voices is a club that promotes Native American awareness within UMPI and the local community.  The club is open to all students who are interested in the Native American culture.  Native Voices president, Anna Saucier, wants to make some positive changes within the club.  One of those changes will alter what was known as Native American Appreciation Day. Continue reading “Spring Powwow”