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2, Saturday | March 26, 2011, Bangor Daily News PERSPECTIVE 2011 LIFE, LEARNING & LEISURE

CCA Emphasizes “Community” in Various Productions ■ BY DEBRA BELL, SPECIAL SECTIONS WRITER


hink that the Collins Center for the Arts just presents world-class entertainment? Think again. The CCA makes a place for the community in some of its productions.

And the community loves it.


The stage of the CCA has long been home to performers of all ages and ability levels. Its roots at the University make it the main stage upon which large concerts such as the School of Performing Arts’ Yuletide Concert are performed. The Robinson Ballet’s troupe performs The Nutcracker annually with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. And in the 2010-2011 season, it welcomed 12 munchkins, dancers, and a children’s choir on stage; all before the halfway mark of the CCA’s season. According to Associate Director Adele Adkins, The Natalie MacMaster concert on December 7, 2010, included the Bangor Area Children’s Choir as a performing group, at MacMaster’s request. “The Bangor Area Children’s Choir performed as part of the concert,” Adkins said. “They had a six to seven minute solo and for the kids, it was a fabulous experience all around. Natalie MacMaster was thrilled and the kids were thrilled.” Another perennial favorite at the CCA is The Nutcracker, performed yearly by the Robinson Ballet and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. This year the holiday favorite included the vocal talents of the Bangor Area Children’s Choir during performances on December 18 and 19. And on Monday, January 24, “The Wizard of Oz” provided the opportunity for 12 local children to serve as munchkins during the performance. This kind of experience, Adkins said, is something that doesn’t come along too terribly often. Part of the outreach mission of the Wizard of Oz is to provide opportunities for children to experience working in a professional theater company. “They requested that we provide 12 children to take part in this show,” Adkins said. “In most states, this is the first experience these kids have working with a professional company.” And for the “munchkins” involved in the Orono performance, it was a phenomenal experience. Colette Sabbagh, mother to 10 year old munchkin Lana (also a member of the Lollypop Guild) and 8 year old munchkin Hanna, said the experience was really wonderful. The girls, along with 10 other local children, were trained and prepped by the staff at the Penobscot Theatre. “The girls had a wonderful experience,” Sabbagh said. “They felt like Penobscot Theatre did a really good job prepping them for what would happen on stage, and I know the girls appreciated the opportunity to perform with professionals. They’ve got the bug now.”

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Children rehearse for the Wizard of Oz at the Penobscot Theater in Bangor this past January. The touring company that put on the show January 24 at the Collins Center for the Arts recruited 12 children from the area to perform as the munchkins in the show.

Maine-based Apogee Arts. Alison Chase/Performance was a full evening performance of dance and movement featuring a new work, “Devil Got My Woman,” as well as four classic works: “Tsu-ku-tsu,” “Ben’s Admonition,” “Femme Noir” and “Star Cross’d.” These works showcase human form and movement through dance and visual artistry. That performance sparked an interest in furthering a collaborative relationship between Apogee Arts and the CCA. The relationship would be symbiotic and would also ultimately benefit the community — far beyond the CCA’s auditorium. “We had a wonderful experience with the [CCA],” said Apogee Arts board member Peter Neill. “The chemistry among all the people involved was great, the facility was spectacular, and the audience was very healthy and enthusiastic and responsive to modern dance,” Neill said. That one experience caused Chase and her board to consider how they could enhance the CCA while also reaching out to the public. What resulted from discussions between Chase, her board president Peter Neill, Adkins and CCA Executive Director John Patches, was a COLLABORATIONS collaboration that would go beyond the bounds of the theater. It would go public. On November 19, 2010, the CCA debuted a special treat from “We are going to train our dancers as educators,” Neill said.

“Schooling them in pedagogy enables us to take dance into unexpected places including corporations and schools. Dance can serve as a way to free people through movement. Dance is a great way to break down barriers.” Initially, the program will start by allowing Chase’s group to develop new programming at the CCA. Apogee Arts would be able to use the resources of the CCA to develop new shows during the off-season when the stage is available for work shopping. “The real glory of the [CCA] was the time slot available to us between shows,” Chase said. “We typically mount new works in the summer, and having the CCA available, from an artist’s point of view, that’s a gold mine. “The usefulness of being in a theater is to add the necessary production layers and adjust the choreography to the scale of the proscenium,” Chase said. In addition to utilizing the resources of the CCA for mounting new productions, the CCA will be able to use the resources of Chase’s trained dancers to go into classrooms, corporate offices, and businesses to break the stereotypes of dance. And Chase’s background in education only enhances the new collaboration. “Both the Collins Center and my dance company had much the See CCA, Page 3


COLLINSCENTER An Evening of Motown and R&B with


and The Bangor Symphony Orchestra Saturday, March 26 at 8:00 pm A first class vocal quartet that covers the music of groups from the Four Tops to the Platters to the Temptations. C0-PRESENTED WITH THE BANGOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Belcea String Quartet Friday, April 1 at 8:00 pm – Minsky Recital Hall The Belcea Quartet has gained an enviable reputation as one of the leading quartets of the new generation.

Imago Theatre ZooZoo Sunday, April 3 at 3:00 pm Imago has been hailed for their sophisticated, highly entertaining works for all ages.

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tive impetus will be to show that dance is essentially movement. “We’re using movement as an integrative process,” she said. “Learning to communicate non-verbally is part of dance. I’ve had people with Parkinsons participate fully and creatively in classes we’ve done before. [One of the things we can teach] is how to learn to read body language. We’re all movers, so we can take a non-traditional approach to education and outreach.”

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the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Concerts — concerts aimed at showcasing music to young people in elementary, middle and high school — and is host to myriad conferences, concerts, recitals, and lectures of interest to people young and old. The CCA also offers a movie series and Live from the MET operas simulcast over a huge retractable screen. This kind of programming not only broadens the horizons of young people, but brings the community in to experience first-class entertainment and facilities.

same mission — to get more interest in the arts,” she said. “We can introduce dance as a program to help fight obesity, to teach movement styles, nutrition, relaxation, breathing, and posture. For kids, this is the generation of fusion. It’s important to let them know that there are lots of different forms of dance and forms can be fused. If we introduce the habit of having a life that involves movement OTHER OPPORTUNITIES we can get them out from behind the screen.” The stage of the CCA has also been host to HUDSON MUSEUM Chase indicated that part of the collabora-

Photo by Leslie Bowman courtesy of Alison Chase

Alison Chase is the Artistic Director of Alison Chase/Performance, and her company has formed a partnership with the Collins Center for the Arts to utilize their stage and facilities. In return, Chase’s company will collaborate with the CCA on outreach activities.


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The Hudson Museum, located on the second level of the CCA, has long been a gem to the community. People of all ages can enjoy one of the largest cultural collections in Maine and can participate in programs offered throughout the year. The new Museum features three galleries, including a Maine Indian Gallery, a World Cultures Gallery and the Merritt Gallery for special exhibits. In addition to exhibitions, the Museum hosts lectures, special events, and an annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration. For more information about the Hudson Museum, its exhibits and Photo Courtesy of the Collins Center for the Arts special events, or to schedule a tour, visit Located at the University of Maine, the Collins Center for the Arts is a major entertainment hub for the group state,




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Maine Coast and Waterways Represent a Kayaker’s Dream ■ BY BRIAN SWARTZ SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR


ith a 3,000-mile indented coastline and 2,500 ponds and lakes (not to mention rivers and flat-water flowages), Maine offers kayakers the ideal location to explore nature’s beauty by water. Kayaking’s a popular summer pastime in Maine. Viewed from the air, Maine seems awash in water; countless kayaking opportunities exist along quiet streams and bogs, the latter often frequented by waterbirds and moose. Even on lakes abuzz with outboards and personal watercraft (routinely called “jet skis,” no matter the manufacturer), kayakers nose into tributary streams and venture into shallows that would ground larger boats. For tourists lacking their own kayaks — and rooftop-mounted kayaks roll everywhere in Maine from April to October — outfitters often rent kayaks, paddles, and PFDs (personal flotation devices) and, for a nominal fee, deliver and retrieve this gear at the appropriate location. Ask the outfitter about the better kayaking destinations, what to expect on the local salt or fresh water, and what to avoid. No kayaker ever wants to match wits with Eastport’s swirling Old Sow whirlpool, that’s for sure. For novice kayakers, outfitters offer lessons and trips at popular tourist destinations like Bar Harbor and Camden. Outfitters also organize specific “destination” trips; I’ve seen outfitters trailer kayaks and bus (or “van”) kayakers to Eastport, Pemaquid, and other ports not associated with frequent kayaking. Outfitters based at less “touristy” destinations, such as Castine or New Harbor, guide trips into coastal waters as pretty as those found around tourist-

packed ports. All outfitters offer specific trips and training; often called “tours,” trips can run from three hours to all day to multiple-day — and price out accordingly. Outfitters can also customize trips, especially for experienced kayakers. Outfitters offer inland trips, too, with river runs popular during quiet summer flows. Along the Penobscot River between Howland and Milford, for example, kayakers can land on the islands owned by the Penobscot Nation and explore Olamon Stream and the Passadumkeag River. A hand-carry boat ramp on Route 2 in Milford offers access to Sunkhaze Stream and its namesake national wildlife refuge. Some kayakers seek whitewater (and white-knuckle) adventures on Maine rivers. Contact outfitters to see what lessons and trips they offer. Every good rain storm can kick up whitewater on smaller streams, and dam operators provide daily water releases on the Kennebec River and the West Branch of the Penobscot River. Place names like Exterminator Staircase and Troublemaker let kayakers know what to expect along the West Branch. Looking to dabble in sea kayaking? Log onto to find outfitters in particular coastal regions. I recommend checking out several outfitters’ Web sites to compare classes, prices, and trips. Don’t hesitate to contact individual outfitters to discuss the details, such as appropriate clothing. By the way, chuck the cotton jeans and T-shirts when kayaking. Wet cotton plasters against the skin and hastens thermal transfer, and a wave-splashed novice kayaker suffers immeasurably while paddling among the Porcupine Islands off Bar Harbor (or anywhere else, for that matter). Pay attention during a guide’s

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pre-trip instructions. Ask questions. Practice entering and exiting a kayak, and once ensconced in its cockpit, start paddling, always obey the guide, and enjoy the trip. Believe me, Bar Harbor looks far different from sea level – and kayakers don’t disturb birds and seals nearly as much as boaters do. Ditto kayaking on inland waters. Canoeists and kayakers alike can quietly approach a water lily-munching moose on a Katahdin Region pond. Just don’t get too close. Kayakers venturing out unguided should, according to the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors, file a float plan that names the trip’s participants, destination, date(s), and expected return time. Download a float plan at;

click “Trip Planning.” Leave the float plan with someone who will notice if kayakers do not return when expected. Every year in Maine, Maine game or marine wardens receive reports about overdue kayakers. Most “lost” kayakers quickly turn up, sometimes island-beached by strong winds and waves, sometimes neglectful about contacting a friend to say, “We’re back.” But Maine waters annually claim a few kayakers, so be smart and file a float plan. To find the nearest boat launch for a kayak trip, log onto and click “Boating Facilities.” Belonging to the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks & Lands, the Web site lists several options for finding boat launches in Maine.

Maine’s inland waterways are perfect for kayaking, as epitomized by two Presumpscot River kayakers easing their way beneath Babb’s Bridge in Windham on a perfect October afternoon (left) and a young kayaker paddling past the Wire Bridge on the Carrabassett River (above).

Two kayakers paddle across Stonington Harbor. From this port, kayakers can reach many outer islands and even travel to Isle au Haut.

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Improvement Projects Should Improve the Value of a House


ost Americans watching mortgage rates rise are deciding that now is the time to buy or sell before it’s too late. Whether you want to sell, or just improve your home’s value before you tap into your equity, here are five things experts suggest you consider before calling your bank or putting the “for sale” sign on your lawn. Make only renovations that count. Experts agree that the right renovations, especially bathrooms and kitchens, affect the marketability of your home. Bathrooms have become a popular remodeling choice, and for good reason — they have the highest rate of return of any home addition or home remodel. Real estate agents agree that a gleaming kitchen with state-ofthe-art appliances, cork or hardwood flooring, stone countertop and lots of cupboard space can sell a house the instant a prospective buyer sees it.

Conversely, a cramped, ill-lit kitchen with outdated linoleum and harvest gold appliances might actually scare buyers away. Improve what you can’t renovate. If you can’t afford to renovate, update and refresh key rooms instead. Replacing an old countertop, repainting cupboards and walls, and installing new door pulls and lighting make big improvements to your kitchen for a very modest price. Similar touches increase the appeal of older bathrooms, too. Fresh paint throughout your home is another low-cost, highreturn project; it makes everything look cleaner and brighter, and buyers love a house they won’t have to redecorate immediately. Maintain where you can. Depending on the age of your house, you can expect to spend between one and three percent of its value every year on maintenance and repair. Your mainte-

Whether purchasing a wide-screen TV (above) or installing new windows (right), homeowners should calculate if specific projects will provide a good return on investment. Even painting a room (below, left) can make it more inviting.

nance budget should increase as your house ages, so remember to include funds to replace major systems as required. Foundations and roofs are things that are difficult to inspect, but in the long run minor repairs can save you about ten times the cost of work

necessary to replace or rebuild. Don’t overimprove. Before you commit to any big project, ask, “Is this three-car garage or pool out of character for my neighborhood?” If the answer is yes, you may be consigning your house to an oddity status. If your house is improved beyond the scope of all the neighborhood homes that surrounds it, it is likely that the value of your home won’t be realized when it comes time to sell.

Dunnett Continued from Page 7 with four feet of venting and clamps. Does the competition charge extra? • Icemakers are installed in refrigerators at no charge; door reversals on fridges and dryers are free. How about the competition? • Parts department for the do-it-yourselfer. Does the competition carry parts? • Can get any parts within a day or a few days. Can the competition? • Will remove old appliances. Will the competition? REBATES

We’ve all had this experience: You buy some-

thing with a rebate, get extra copies of the receipt, fill out the rebate form, enclose the receipt, mail it away, and wait. And wait. And wait. Finally, you call to see what’s up, and it turns out the rebate form was filled out incorrectly, or you forgot something, or it was lost. This is nothing new. Industry experts suspect nearly a third of rebates go unpaid as customers forget about them or give up trying to track them down. Dunnett’s takes care of rebates for its customers, with a staff person whose sole job is to fill out rebates for customers. And if the rebate gets lost or a problem arises, Dunnett’s will pay you the rebate and deal with the manufacturer later. Make sure you ask the competitor if they do any of that.

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Dunnett Continues to Make Headway in a Tough Economy ■ BY DAVID M. FITZPATRICK, SPECIAL SECTIONS WRITER


he economy has hit us all hard, but Dunnett Inc., an appliance dealer with a 62-year history in Bangor, has weathered the storm — even as fewer people are buying fewer appliances. While independents across the country have suffered due to intense competition from big-box stores, Dunnett’s continues to flourish. Owner and General Manager Jack Eisentrager said that, in his 34 years, this has been one of the toughest recessions he’s seen as fewer people are building or remodeling homes, or simply putting off appliance replacement a bit longer than they’d like. Dunnett carries washers, dryer, dishwashers, ranges, and refrigerators, along with microwaves and range hoods, all from basic to highend models, from affordable, entry-level units to the biggest and best, such as elite kitchens from Viking and Wolf. There’s even the Elmira line of antique- and retro-style kitchen appliances, customized versions of standard appliances made to look like something from decades long past. In all, Dunnett represents 19 quality brands, so there’s something for everyone.


price,” Eisentrager said. Second, some are victims of — you guessed it — scratches and dents. These aren’t appliances plowed into by forklifts; rather, they have minor scratches, dents, or nicks, but work just fine. Most are General Electric, which has an entire distribution center for these ding-and-nick victims. Dunnett’s buys them at fat discounts and sells them to you at 30 to 40 percent off normal list price. These are new units that carry full warranties, with imperfections usually so slight as to not be noticeable, and often obscured by abutting cabinets or on the tops of refrigerators where they’re unseen. The Closeout and Scratch & Dent Room is a hit-or-miss thing; you might find exactly what you’re looking for, or maybe nothing that you want. And it isn’t for everybody. “Most people will look; some people will buy and some won’t. But there are some people that won’t even look at it,” Eisentrager said, noting that he buys these dinged units by the truckload. “The products are all checked over by our technicians before they’re sold.” And just like everything else it sells, Dunnett’s services those appliances. “It definitely has been a nice niche market for us,” Eisentrager said. “It’s been good for the consumer and good for us. It gives them a nice discount, it gives them a new product with a full warranty — just not perfect.”

If the challenging economy has put a dent in your appliance plans, consider visiting the special room at Dunnett’s where the products have been dented a little. It’s the sprawling Closeout and Scratch & SERVICE Dent Room, located upstairs over the showroom, and it’s full of qualService is vital, and Dunnett’s is one of the few appliance dealers ity appliances from two sources. First, there are the closeouts — last year’s models that manufac- that actually services what it sells. That can be pretty important when turers have sold to Dunnett’s at hefty discounts. “When the models it comes to parts. “Sixty-five percent of the models change every year,” Eisentrager change, a lot of times we can go in and buy products at a discounted said. “It used to be, years ago, you could carry 50 parts and solve 80 percent of the problems. Now — forget it. Electronics, electronic control boards, electronic switches — they change every year.” Luckily, Dunnett’s can get many parts in the next business day, and others within three to five days. And Dunnett’s will visit customers’ homes to fix any problems. Servicing what a company sells seems to be a fading art in the retail world, but it’s business as usual for Dunnett’s. “We really do bend over backwards trying to make things right with consumers,” Eisentrager said. “Having our own service department allows us to react quickly to issues, try to take care of a problem before it becomes an issue — and do it in a timely fashion.” Dunnett does it with a well-trained staff. Nobody in sales has been there fewer than five years, with some over 15. There are service technicians who have been there for 25 years. Eisentrager has been there 34. “We don’t get that rotation of employees,” he said. Part of the Dunnett showroom, where you’ll find major appliances from many brands. Upstairs is the Closeouts and Scratch & Dent Room, where shoppers can find last-year “They’re well trained, they know their product, and models and gently damaged appliances, all priced with substantial discounts. they can guide people to what’s best suited for

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Displayed in the showroom at Dunnett Inc. are a retro-style range and hood manufactured by Northstar.


Dunnett’s belongs to a buying co-op that gives the store the buying power of the big-box stores, so its prices are competitive. But aside from price, Eisentrager offered a slew of things to consider if you’re shopping around. • Over 62 years serving Eastern Maine families. How long has the competition been here? • Best sales and service for 15 years, according to Market Surveyors of America. Does the competition come close? • Four technicians to handle customer needs. Does the competition have in-store service technicians? • Free delivery to most areas with a $349 minimum. Does the competition charge? • Free LP conversion of gas appliances. Does the competition charge? • Dryers and ranges come with all the cords, installed; dryers come See DUNNETT, Page 7

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Six Inexpensive Projects Can Update a Time-Worn Kitchen ■ BY ARA


ith the amount of time you spend in your kitchen, why settle for out-ofdate features and decor, especially since it is easy to give your kitchen a 180-degree makeover? Try these six simple projects, and in no time at all you’ll have a kitchen where you will want to spend more time.


One of the easiest ways to make your kitchen feel warm and inviting is with updated lighting. And, luckily it can be an easy and quick project with the many conversion kits and lighting fixtures available today. Start by swapping any cold and unstylish fluorescent tube lighting with more decorative chandeliers or flush-mount lighting to flood your kitchen with ambient light. Next, fill in shadowy areas — or highlight objects you admire — with spot lights, such as recessed cans or dangling pendant lamps. Soon your kitchen — and your mood — will be glowing. Time: Two to six hours depending on the number of fixtures. UPDATE YOUR SINK WITH AN ECO-FRIENDLY FAUCET

When it comes to your kitchen faucet, you may think that it’s not broke, why fix it? But as a workhorse and focal point of your kitchen, that shouldn’t be the case. Instead, update your faucet with a functional, stylish, and environmentally friendly model. Available at Lowe’s, options such as Anabelle or Dorsey Eco-Performance kitchen faucets from Moen offer pullout/pulldown functionality with three unique settings, such as: • Eco-performance stream or spray for tasks like washing dishes that require a constant, yet low-water flow; • A full-flow option when filling a pot or pitcher. his simple kitchen update can yield up to a 32 percent water savings, while also adding exquisite styling in to your To save water and update a kitchen’s appearance, install an eco- kitchen. friendly, yet stylish faucet. Time: 90 minutes.

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To update a water- or detergent-stained wall behind a kitchen sink, install a dynamic backsplash that lets water spots and grime be washed away. SHORTAGE OF STORAGE

necessities and reduce clutter. Time: Six hours. With so many gadgets, appliances, and, don’t forget food, kitchen storage can quickly become sparse. Start by organizing your current storage, purging any items that you haven’t used in years. Next, if you have room, add a kitchen island or additional cabinets to provide more storage and work room. Or, if space or cash is limited, search your local flea market or online at for alternative options, like a vintage china cabinet or an antique overhead pot rack to house all your


Tired of cleaning food or grease splashes from your kitchen walls? Spruce up drab or dirty-looking kitchen walls with a dynamic backsplash on walls near the sink or stove top. Hundreds of styles, textures, and patterns can increase the sophistication in your kitchen and make it easier to clean. See UPDATES, Page 10

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Stylish Kitchen Cabinetry Can Solve Space Storage Issues ■ BY ARA


ne of the beauties of custom cabinetry is the ability to create the look you want with the storage solutions you need. Consumers remodeling or building a kitchen crave the ability to maximize space options. Not all kitchen cabinetry allows for solutions that are personalized to your special requirements. “Customers want to use every inch of space efficiently, and that is why interesting and functional custom cabinetry storage solutions, i.e., drawers, underneath the sink cabinets, islands and pantries, are some of the most requested details from custom cabinetry clients today,” notes Vince Achey, vice president of sales and marketing for Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry. The classic challenge of how to organize the “under the sink” area is often left unattended in stock cabinetry options. Working with custom cabinetry offers a myriad of options, including built-in pull-out drawers and stainless steel caddies compartmentalized to organize cleaning supplies, cleaning gloves, and sponges. The stainless fixtures are even offered in a new soft, champagne powder-coated finish for a more sophisticated look. Then there is that awkward space next to the stove that sometimes ends up being a faux cabinet or filler strip. When buying custom cabinetry, this space can easily be converted to house serving trays and baking sheets. The location is perfect for accessibility and in a custom kitchen can be elegantly hidden behind beautiful pilaster detailing. Central kitchen islands not only become the focal point for most fabulous custom kitchens, but a superb place for functional storage. Islands offer the opportunity to create storage options on all four sides, maximizing what is often a substantial

Updates Continued from Page 9 substances, apply cabinet cleaner such as Liquid Gold to a cloth and buff cabinets until they shine. Replacing old handles and hardware on your cabinets with a new stylish design and finish to match your new faucet will add the final polished look to your

furniture piece. Shelves can be built in for cookbook library storage, with room for a row of long narrow drawers next to them for cutlery, cooking tools, and linens. Some of the bottom drawers may be deeper to house gadgets, pots or pans and custom cabinetry typically have self-closing, heavy-duty drawer hardware to handle heavier items. For smaller, awkwardly sized items, custom cabinetry drawers are scaled to hold aluminum foil and kitchen wrap boxes, pot holders, and slim-jim cooking and baking tools. Drawers can be customized with dividers of wood or stainless steel and can even be fitted with a vertical drop-in knife block. Add in apothecary drawers for better organizing of rubber bands, scissors, trussing twine, and other small but necessary cooking paraphernalia, and you have a truly customized storage program. Let’s not forget about food storage! Pull-out drawers inside cabinet doors of the pantry can be the perfect hideaway for a hot sauce collection utilizing tilted, layered tiers for holding your precious bottle collection at an angle for maximum capacity. A spice drawer directly above keeps ingredients for your favorite recipes together and in one place, but displayed simply so that finding things is a cinch. “Custom cabinetry is the only way to go to utilize every inch of space in your kitchen and make storage easy, convenient, and accessible as well as beautiful. A well-designed kitchen space has plenty of storage choices and when it is custom, the options are endless,” states Achey. “We know our customer has specific storage needs and we try to accommodate them in every way possible, with designs that are smart and functional,” Achey says. No matter what your dream kitchen looks like, functional, customized storage solutions will make all the difference.

kitchen. Time: Two to five hours depending on the number of cabinets.

Advance the technology Don’t limit your technology to your phone and your TV; transform your kitchen with innovative appliances. Whether it’s a microwave that fits in a drawer, a refrigerator

with a TV, an oven that you can program, or a customized wine and beverage cooler, adding new upscale appliances can take enjoyment in your kitchen to a whole new level. However, if these high-end appliances are out of your budget, upgrade your current appliances with new energy-efficient models in the latest finishes. Time: Two hours shopping plus waiting on deliveries.

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When remodeling a kitchen, utilize beautiful cabinetry that solves existing space-storage problems.

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Homeowners talk with a Qualey Granite & Quartz representative during a Bangor Home Show, held each spring at the Bangor Auditorium and Bangor Civic Center. Qualey Granite & Quartz will be at the show scheduled for April 15-17, 2011.

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Down East Sunrise Trail Opens to Outdoor Recreationists ■ BY BRIAN SWARTZ SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR


ANCOCK — With a snip of a yellow ribbon on Sept. 21, 2010, outdoor recreationists gained full access to the 85mile Down East Sunrise Trail that extends from Washington Junction in Hancock to Ayer Junction in Pembroke. And according to Phil Savignano of the Maine Office of Tourism, “this trail is just what” vacationers want: diverse opportunities for outdoor recreation. During a ceremony attended by state government officials and outdoor recreationists representing various organizations, the Down East Sunrise Trail officially opened for its entire 85-mile length from Washington Junction in Hancock to Ayers Junction in Pembroke. “I’m having a hard time not jumping up and down today,” said Sally Jacobs of the Sunrise Trail Coalition, which led initial efforts to convert the Maine Central Railroad’s Calais branch into a multiple-use trail. In spring 2008, Hampden contractor Vaughn Thibodeau & Sons started rail-corridor reconstruction in Machias. In September 2009, the trail’s easternmost 32 miles opened between Route

A bicyclist rides along the DEST in Franklin.

Riding east-bound on the Down East Sunrise Trail, an ATVer departs the Schoodic Bog in Sullivan.

1A in Whitneyville and Route 214 in Pembroke. Along its length, the Down East Sunrise Trail crosses blueberry barrens, parallels the East Machias and Machias rivers, passes beautiful marshes and streams, and accesses the Schoodic Bog, a breath-taking natural area “below” Schoodic Mountain. One interesting 4mile stretch parallels Route 1

between Cherryfield and Harrington. Trail heads exist at Washington Junction, on Route 193 in Cherryfield, at the Route 1 dike in Machias, in East Machias, and at Ayer Junction in Pembroke. At various points along the trail, signs direct outdoor recreationists to nearby motels and stores. Businesses “are hooking up to the trail,” said Sally Jacobs of the

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Three ATVs form a west-bound convoy along the Down East Sunrise Trail in Jonesboro.

our natural beauty, for touring and for outdoor recreational activities.” He believes the DEST “is going to provide year-round recreation” opportunities. After the Sept. 21 opening ceremonies concluded, officials cut a yellow ribbon to open the trail to waiting ATVers, bicyclists, and run-

ners. Within the hour, ATVers were already cruising across the Schoodic Bog 15 miles to the east, where signs mandate a 15-mile-per-hour speed limit. Bicyclists caught up a little while later. For more information about the DEST, log onto

Following the route of the Maine Central Railroad’s Calais Branch, the Down East Sunrise Trail curves from west to east (left to right) beneath the Schoodic Mountain cliffs in Hancock County. The open water on the right is the Schoodic Bog.


direction at trail intersections. • Route 1 features wide shoulders from Houlton sst, don’t tell anyone, but the best biking to Caribou. With their concentration not limited to in Maine — road and off-road — exists white-line riding, bicyclists can enjoy the roadside in Aroostook County. Forget the Acadia scenery, from curious dairy cows to the Maine National Park carriage roads and the Solar System (wave “hi” to Jupiter and Saturn) to asphalt Portland trails: To enjoy long, languid rides blossoming potato fields and an incredible sunacross beautiful terrain, cyclists should target The flower patch north of the Aroostook River. County. • Along the Route 1 corridor, myriad country Why? At least five factors make Aroostook a roads lure bicyclists to explore the bucolic scenery bicycling heaven: away from the highway. • An extensive multiple-use trail system stretches Although narrower than Route 1, these paved from Houlton to Presque Isle, then radiates from country lanes feature less traffic and wind over hill there to Caribou, Fort Fairfield, Mapleton, and and dale. The road network widens geographically Washburn. From Caribou and Washburn, the trail between Caribou and Mars Hill; by consulting system extends to New Sweden, Stockholm, and good maps (I recommend The Maine Atlas and Van Buren. Gazetteer), bicyclists can ride 10, 20, even 40 to 50 The 18-mile St. John Valley Trail connects Fort miles without crossing their own tracks. Kent, St. John, and St. Francis along the St. John • The scenery constantly changes, yet always River in northern Aroostook County. blends small towns, farms and fields, distant hills, Aligned along the Aroostook Valley Railroad and and forest and stream. Bangor & Aroostook Railroad corridors, the multiI cannot imagine describing any Aroostook ride ple-use trails cross farm fields, brush against Coun- as “boring”; yes, broccoli and potato fields all look ty towns, plunge through thick forests, and span alike, but their surroundings — farm buildings, beautiful rivers and streams. Bicyclists will share streams, wooded edges — shift with the undulating terrain. • Aroostook in high summer is absolutely gorgeous. Yes, natural beauty abounds across Maine, but in The County (as on Mount Desert Island), bicyclists experience that beauty every time they crest a hill. Views extend east into New Brunswick and west into The County’s commercial forest. • Unlike in car-crazy Bangor and Portland, fewer vehicles buzz along the Aroostook highways and byways. Except in downtown Presque Isle — avoidable via the Presque Isle Bike/Walkway — bicyclists won’t hop from traffic light to traffic light while pedaling between Houlton and Caribou. Bicyclists seeking additional information about County rides should consult “Explore Maine By Bike,” published by the Maine Department of Transportation. This full-color guide details 33 loop rides, including Tour 1: The County, Tour 2: Potato Country, Tour 4: St. John Valley, and Tour 5: Katahdin Views. Each tour lists detailed information, including highway numbers/street names, specific distances, and road conditions. “Explore Maine By Bike” also describes the Well-maintained trails await bicyclists willing to ride offmultiple-use trails found in Aroostook County. road in Aroostook County. For more information about Aroostook the trails with ATVers, horse riders, and a few jog- County bicycling opportunities, log onto: gers, but for long-distance off-road rides far from • Hit “Click here to the maddening crowd, only the Down East Sunrise explore bike tours in Maine” and click “Aroostook.” Trail between Hancock and Pembroke matches The • Click “Things to Do” County’s off-road trail system. and then “Bicycling.” Adequate signage sends bicyclists in the right •


Sunrise Trail Coalition. “There are new snowmobile and ATV maps showing the trail and their connections. The ATV clubs have already stepped up and have trash cans [in place] so that we can help to maintain the trail.” The Down East Sunrise Trail is a beautiful place to get off the beaten path and head out,” Savignano said. “Our research tells us that people come here because of

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Maine’s Travel & Adventure Expo Highlights Vacation Fun It has been said that when one is in Maine, one experiences a feeling as though they are on vacation, even when they are simply living or working here. Sometimes we Mainers are so busy working hard or tending to the needs of our families that we don’t fully appreciate this special place called “Vacationland.” Maine is a big state, with many offerings for varying tastes, usually within a day’s drive. Perhaps more notably, people come here year after year from other states, countries, and continents to experience what we have quite literally in our backyard. The question about traveling within Maine quickly becomes, “Where do I find information about all of the different options in Maine?” This is where Maine’s Travel & Adventure Expo comes into play. The inaugural event will be held April 1-3 at the Bangor Civic Center at Bass Park in Bangor. Visitors to the Travel & Adventure Expo should expect a wide array of travel options all in one room. Everything from lodging — B&Bs, hotels, and resorts — to transportation options and adventure attractions like skydiving and white-water rafting will be featured at the Expo. For vacationers who still feel the need to escape beyond the state’s borders, nearby vacation destination options will include a pavilion from the Maritime Provinces and others from as far away as Jamaica. Organizer Bret Blanchard says the time is right for people to start thinking about treating themselves to something fun. “Our state has so many options for people who like to relax and people who crave a thrill,” says Blanchard. “With Maine’s Travel & Adventure Expo, we are putting many of those options on display, while giving people a chance to educate themselves on some of the more unique opportunities for vacations and adventure both here in Maine and outside the state as well.” The adventure component of the Expo is particularly exciting, as everything from white-water rafting to hiking to skydiving will be displayed from a number of businesses offering those types of adventures here in the Pine Tree State. “It’s amazing to me just how much there is to do in Maine for thrill seekers,” says Blanchard. “You can parachute one day, paddle through Class 5 rapids the next day, and climb Mount Katahdin the day after

that…and that’s just in northern Penobscot County! When you look at the state as a whole, we have endless opportunities for fun and adventure.” Maine’s Travel & Adventure Expo will also be offering a culinary adventure throughout the weekend with delicious food from Montes International Catering in Bangor. The Expo will also feature live music throughout the event and information sessions during each of the three days, giving attendees a chance to learn more about specific areas or events that interest them. “This isn’t going to be your run-of-the-mill trade show where you show up and just look at a row of booths and leave,” says Blanchard. “It’s a family event. You could spend an hour, or you could spend the day,” Blanchard says. “We have door prizes, including a stay at a 5-star resort in Mexico, an ‘Ultimate Adrenaline Rush’ package of a skydiving jump and a white-water rafting trip, and a kayak from Old Town Canoe; and we will have a kids’ area for the youngsters, too,” Blanchard says. “It will be a first-class event highlighting tourism and fun in a state that is world-renowned for both,” Blanchard says. On Friday. April 1, adults visiting the Expo will receive two entries for door prizes with admission. Saturday is Family Day with balloon animals and story-telling for the kids, and on Sunday, door prizes will be drawn at 4 p.m. The winners who are present for the drawing will also win a $100 gift certificate. Maine’s Travel & Adventure Expo runs: • 12 noon-8 p.m., Friday, April 1; • 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, April 2; Photo by Jesse Schwarcz • 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, April 3 . Viewed from a whale-watching vessel, a humpback whale hurtles from the sea Admission is just $5 for adults and $4 for seniors, and chilfar off the Maine coast. dren age 12 and under get in for free.

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Among the adventures and fun awaiting people vacationing in Maine are balloon rides high above Aroostook County (left), lighthouse cruises along the Midcoast (above), and hikes along the spectacular Cutler Bold Coast (below).

Flying and kayaking opportunities await visitors to Greenville in the Moosehead Lake Region.

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Older Americans Travel Far Individually and in Groups ■ BY SHEILA GRANT


hese days, older Americans are on the go. Luckily, the travel industry is keeping pace by offering special discounts and itineraries geared toward the interests of

seniors. Many motor coach companies offer discounted trips for AARP members, with destinations in Europe, Australia and beyond. Cruise ship companies offer discounts; so do hotel chains. The age at which travelers qualify varies between companies, so check before booking. “The thing I enjoy most is doing the multigenerational trips,” said Priscilla Kimball, a travel agent with Bangor Travel Services. “These tours are designed for grandparents, their children and their children’s children. They are able to choose a destination and an itinerary that has things for every age group. It’s just a great trip for grandparents to have time and make wonderful memories with their families. The ones I’ve done, the families seem to enjoy them so much because they’ve had special time together.” Often, destinations offer special perks to multi-

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Senior citizens ride on the Incline Railroad, a tourist attraction that ascends Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tenn.

generational families that take into account the varied interest spans and stamina levels, such as closing the hotel pool to other guests for an hour so that grandchildren being tended by grandparents don’t have to wait so long for turns. Multigenerational trips are available from Alaska to Hawaii, in many of the national parks and at destinations beyond the United States. Groups of friends are also traveling and building memories. “I have had clients that have chartered a six to eight passenger barge to go down one of the rivers in France,” Kimball said. “Couples get together to split costs, have special trips with their friends, enjoy the wonderful food.” These trips can be based around common interests as much as a destination. “I did one in Scotland for three couples who stayed on the barge at night, but got off and went to play different golf courses during the day,” Kimball said. These can be unique trips tailored to suit the needs and interests of the traveler. While there aren’t entire cruise ships devoted to senior travelers, these floating vacation destinations are still very popular with older crowd, Kimball said. “They are all-inclusive and reasonablypriced so you can find something in your budget, and there are numerous destinations to choose from.” Cruises generally have a base price that covers lodging, meals and on-board entertainment. Alcoholic beverages, gambling and excursions off the ship at ports of call all come at an extra cost. Another reason cruises may appeal to older travelers is the flexibility. If they want to explore, they can get off the ship in port and sign up for the various excursions offered. If they would rather relax, they can always stay aboard and enjoy the ship’s amenities. “That’s appealing, to be able to do as much or as little as you want,” Kimball said. “and they know up front pretty much what they’re spending.” Kimball said that organized travel experiences tend to appeal to older travelers, because the details are already taken care of. There’s no worry about how to get to the hotel, where to eat or which sites to visit when the vacation includes a host and/or guide to make those arrangements. “I’ve also been doing train trips that appeal to all ages,” Kimball said. Companies like Grandluxe Rail Journeys offer premium train travel with dining cars and comfortable accommodations. “Just the train ride adds romance,” Kimball noted. Like the motor coach and cruise companies, these train tours offer destinations all over the world.

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Portable GPS units are particularly handy for hikers using the mountain and woodland trails in Maine. Last July, hikers were everywhere in the Pine Tree State; two Appalachian Trail hikers reach the Abol Bridge on the West Branch (above), and two other hikers ascend the Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail (right).

Equipment Features Can Vary Between Portable GPS Units ■ BY SQUIDO.COM

By What would be the characteristics and how do you decide on the suitable GPS for hiking or backpacking? It’s time to work this out.

How does it operate? GPS stands for Global Positioning System. This really is a cool phrase that tells you where you happen to be, kind of like those excellent maps inside the malls that have a dot that says, “You Are Here.” They do this by talking with government satellites. You can find over 24 of the satellites, but the Global Positioning System only requires three to be able to locate your area. It performs this by triangulation.

Hey, I can see forever! The new GPS , if Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) enabled, can measure your area to within 3 meters (approximately 10 feet); however, don’t count on that manner of accuracy. The Global Positioning System needs to be capable of verify your area to 30 feet or less.

Since a GPS for hiking relies on overhead satellites, the equipment may possibly have difficulties measuring your position if you’ve got substantial trees overhead, or are down in a canyon with steep surfaces or if there plenty of tall buildings in close proximity. The GPS can tell you your present area. Quite a few devices have numerous coordinate nomenclatures. In other words, the GPS can show you where you happen to be in diverse techniques; Degree Decimal Minutes (DDM), Degrees-Minutes-Seconds (DMS) and/or Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM). You’ll be able to program your GPS to track your movements. It can make a line on its map, showing the exact path that you took. The accuracy or interval from the factors for the path might be adjusted. Some men and women separate these features, but I believe they’re the identical operation. One, the Point to Point is just a single “step” from the route. The way this function works is that you just set a point that you need to hike to that is the “way point.” :et’s suppose that you just put in the area that your vehicle is parked and you need to get to the campground area. You identify the coordinates of the campsite, so you set those coordinates into the GPS, and it can tell the distance and bearing

• Battery power: Look at the kind of batteries the towards the campsite. This would be a point to point. A route would basically have numerous way unit needs and how long they will keep working. If the display screen is backlit, then the device may points. possibly go through batteries faster in case you are Deciding on a GPS For hiking hiking at night. Finally, lithium batteries will keep working There’s only one particular question you must longer than rechargeable. Lithium batteries also ask to determine which GPS for hiking to pick; operate well in cold weather. Some types use a sleep what are my must haves. mode that will keep battery power. In the event you need to simply observe your A GPS for hiking may be a fantastic addition to mileage and elevation or locate way points, a sim- your backpacking tools, however, it is not to pler product really should be sufficient. But, if become the single piece of navigational equipment recording your hiking excursions on a map and within your pack. having the capability to upload and obtain your Prior to even contemplating a Global Positionmaps to and from your laptop is crucial, a higher- ing System, ensure that you know how to read and priced device will likely be necessary. Therefore, handle a compass and map. These two items really what would be the alternatives out there? should permanently be within your hiking gear. A • Durability/waterproof: Most hiking GPS GPS is really a technically complex device and devices are tough and sturdy. Even with that being mainly because of that, the GPS can crash. Battertrue, when deciding on a Global Positioning Sys- ies can fail; a chip can go on the blink. Simply tem, be sure that it’s going to hold up to your form because you use a GPS does not mean that you canof hiking. not become lost. You will discover there are rubber carrying cases As soon as you purchase a GPS for hiking, you for some versions that you may purchase to help may like to begin GPS Geocache hunting. It’s a fanprotect it even more. Just be sure that in the event tastic high technical game of hide and seek. you drop the GPS on the ground or a rainstorm Get out there and take pleasure in your new passes above your head, that it is going to still oper- found Global Positioning System; however; don’t ate. depend on it solely.

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A Premium Choice Broadband customer receives a D-Link router from Rick Dexter, the company’s equipment manager. Premium Choice Broadband provides high-speed wireless Internet access to 2,500 customers living from Jackman to Rockwood, the Katahdin Region, and south to coastal Hancock County. The company has expanded into Franklin and Somerset counties.

Premium Choice Broadband Expands Services & Coverage on Schoodic Mountain near Sullivan and on Hammond Ridge in Township 1, Range 8 near ncreased demand for high-speed wireless Millinocket. Leasing space atop Schoodic MounInternet access across rural Maine has spurred tain’s single privately owned tower, PCB installed a significant growth during the past year at Pre- solar-powered transmitter that “can reach almost mium Choice Broadband, according to CEO everywhere, any town within 20 miles,” he said. Bill Varney. The company is owned by Tim Varney. From its solar-powered transmitter on HamPremium Choice Broadband offers high-speed mond Ridge, “we’ve had a lot of growth,” Varney wireless Internet access from the Moosehead Lake said. “They don’t have high-speed Internet access Region (including Jackman) east to the Katahdin around the lakes up there, Millinocket Lake and the Region, south to coastal Hancock County, and west others.” From this tower, Premium Choice Broadalong the Route 2 corridor into Somerset and band can also reach camps and homes on Ebeemee Franklin counties. The company uses a WiMax ver- Lake in Township 5, Range 9 in Piscataquis Counsion of Motorola Canopy and a fiberoptic Internet ty. feed from Oxford Networks; this feed connects to Related to the Hammond Ridge project was “a PCB’s new headquarters at 12 Stevens Road in small relay tower” that PCB erected in Medway. Brewer and to a company-owned tower at Bomarc Signals from this tower reach businesses and resiIndustrial Park in Bangor. dences in East Millinocket, Medway, and portions From an extensive network of towers spaced 20- of Woodville. 30 miles apart, PCB transmits an encrypted “subAccording to Varney, PCB also installed a relay scriber” signal recognized by a fixed receiver at a on a tower at the Pelletier Brothers Inc. shop on the customer’s business or home. The size of this signal Golden Road; this relay’s signal reaches people living on the nearby lakes. At its tower atop Big Spencer Mountain near Moosehead Lake, Premium Choice Broadband “added more solar capacity there and made improvements so it’s now a relay site” transmitting a backhaul signal to a leased tower in Jackman, Varney indicated. “We’re already live there,” he said, noting that PCB “wants to feed to the year-round and seasonal homes” Mike Russell, the chief operating officer for Brewer-based Premium Choice Broadband, on Long Pond east displays a map of the company’s coverage area and towers on his computer screen. of Jackman. Besides its new Premium Choice Broadband provides high-speed wireless Internet access primarily for customers living in rural towns or remote geographical regions. transmitter atop Schoodic Mounis based on a customer’s needs; Premium Choice tain, Premium Choice Broadband expanded to Broadband offers six business and residential plans Gouldsboro and Sullivan in Hancock County. “We with speeds ranging up to 5.0 megabytes per sec- added a site in each town. We feed those sites from ond, either download or upload. Plans are priced Franklin,” Varney said, noting that the Gouldsboro according to speed. site reaches Corea and “some parts of Winter HarFor Mainers living in lightly populated areas that bor.” are not attractive to hard-wired Internet access Elsewhere in Hancock County, PCB placed a providers, Premium Choice Broadband is the per- transmitter on an Ellsworth tower “to reach the fect solution for obtaining high-speed wireless outskirts of Ellsworth and Newbury Neck [in Internet access. The phones ring often at the PCB Surry] and down that way,” Varney said. offices as people learn about the company’s servic“We added a small tower in East Blue Hill to help es. cover some people we couldn’t reach from our Blue “Business has been quite good in the last year,” See PREMIUM, Page 16 Varney said. “Our customer base has gone up about 30 percent to almost 2,500 customers. A lot of our growth has been [by] word of mouth. People did not realize that we were available in a lot of areas. “When they find out that we are, they call us,” he said. Steady growth requires PCB to continually expand its system. The company “added 15 new sites” in 2010, Varney indicated, and those sites position PCB for additional expansion in 2011. According to Varney, in 2010 Premium Officer Manager Denise Knowles performs technical support for a Choice Broadband Premium Choice Broadband customer. added “new solar sites” ■ BY BRIAN SWARTZ, SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR


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Premium Continued from Page 15 ple we couldn’t reach from our Blue Hill tower,” he said. “We added a small transmitter, placing it atop a building on Caterpillar Hill” in Sedgwick, Varney said. “We’re reaching more people along that part of the coast. We’re now available on Johnson Point in Penobscot.” Premium Choice Broadband expanded westward to Franklin County in 2009. Municipalities now served in Franklin and Somerset counties include Canaan, Cornville, Madison, New Sharon, Norridgewock, and Skowhegan. Varney noted that grants from the ConnectME Authority helped Premium Choice Broadband “offset some of the costs” related to various projects during 2010. The ConnectME Authority identifies regions either not served or underserved by broad-

band Internet access and works with different companies to offer such service in those regions. Private investment has funded 98 percent of the Premium Choice growth, Varney pointed out. Premium Choice Broadband often reaches many customers from one tower; sometimes Maine’s hilly topography blocks signals to specific locations. Then the company might construct a smaller tower or lease transmitter space atop an existing tower to reach people lacking high-speed Internet access. “With some of these small relay towers, we pick up four, five, or six people,” Varney said. “We serve very well some of these areas where they can’t get any other source of high-speed wireless Internet access. “If adding a small relay tower will bring our capabilities to these customers, then that’s where we will go,” he said. In the past year, “we’ve made a lot of upgrades” to existing equipment, he indicated. To

eliminate downtime caused by power outages, Premium Choice Broadband installed generators or back-up batteries “on some of our towers,” Varney said, specifically mentioning the batteries installed atop Blue Hill to power the company’s transmitter there. “When the power goes out at a tower, it enables our customers to continue getting Internet service, as long as they have power, too,” he said. “Our downtime is minimal. There’s very little of it now,” Varney emphasized. “Our customers have been very happy with the upgrades that we’ve done.” For customers needing assistance, Premium Choice Broadband’s service system is available seven days a week. This service is available from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Friday and from 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For its customers, Premium Choice Broadband now offers voice-over Internet phones through its existing system. The company is a dealer for

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Andy Breda remotely monitors a Premium Choice Broadband transmitter from the company’s headquarters at 12 Stevens Road in Brewer. Breda is the company’s network manager.

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Direct TV and HughesNet highspeed Internet service. Both services require separate satellite dishes. Premium Choice Broadband now offers a lower-priced plan, called PCB Lite, “for those people who are on a strict budget,” Varney said. Last year the company installed Azotel, a new software system that “gives us a complete management system for our whole network,” he said. “Cus-

tomers can check their usage via their own portals. They can make changes to their accounts.” With Azotel, service technicians based at PCB’s Brewer offices “can examine our transmitters and backhauls” and run diagnostic tests remotely, even rebooting a transmitter if necessary, Varney said. The software provides PCB with “traffic-shaping and load-balancing capabilities,” he indicated. During 2011, “we plan to con-

tinue growing internally with the towers that we already have,” Varney said. Premium Choice Broadband will also seek isolated regions not yet serviced by highspeed Internet access. Business owners and private residents interested in obtaining high-speed wireless Internet access should contact Premium Choice Broadband at (207) 7352611 or (888) 488-3638 or log onto

Some Colleges Offer Degrees in Technical Communications ■ BY ARA


apid technology advances are changing everything, from how we make phone calls to programming the washer to clean a load of clothes as energy efficiently as possible. Making the best use of those advances still relies on some “old school” communication skills, however. Every new gadget comes with its own instruction manual, whether hard copy, online, or both. That’s just one of the reasons technical communication is growing faster than the average for all professions, a projected 19.5 percent from 2006 to 2016. In fact, technical writers and editors no longer fit the stereotype of people stuck in office cubicles translating complex scientific jargon into easily understandable sentences. New technologies have helped technical communication to grow far beyond that. Software that allows individuals to publish from a desktop, develop Web platforms and Web pages and manipulate graphics and images all fall within technical communication today. For those interested in technical communication, the challenge can be finding a degree program that adequately prepares them for a career in the field. The diverse skill set needed due to the new technologies involved and the organizational and writing demands of such a position aren’t typically found in a single program. However, institutions of higher learning are starting to address that need. “Professional communication is a growing career opportunity in today’s economic environment,” says Donna Rekau, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at DeVry University. “This new curriculum focuses on pragmatic skills needed to take advantage of those opportunities.” Someone choosing this course of study can

expect to learn how to create, manage and edit materials using both traditional print and electronic media. Tasks a technical writer and editor might be required to do include organizing material, maintaining records, standardizing information, reviewing and revising text, selecting and using visuals, studying drawings and arranging for publication and distribution of materials. Technical writers also prepare scientific, technical and medical reports, design operating and maintenance manuals, write instructions, and develop promotional materials.

“The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies program provides a well-rounded education that develops critical-thinking and problem-solving skills which support careers in fields involving business and technical communication,” says Rekau. Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree can also benefit by finding a school that offers online classes. As more students have to work part-time to help pay for college, online classes offer some welcome flexibility, allowing students to fit academics into their schedule. Technology has made the world ever more interconnected. Technical communication skills help make those connections more meaningful, offering a career path that is rewarding.

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Businesses Work With Colleges to Find Talented Employees ■ BY ARA


lass is always in session if you’re a company looking to gain a strategic edge in hiring entry-level college graduates. The pool of work-ready college graduates is as high as ever, but current financial conditions have forced the bar even higher for companies looking to hire. One way to make sure that job candidates are ready to produce when they graduate is to bring your company to the classroom. There’s no need for CEOs to hit the white erase board, but it is a good idea for your company to reach out to various

Jesse Schwarcz, a student at the New England School of Communications, is an aspiring professional photographer who gained invaluable experience while “shooting” games at the 2011 Eastern Maine Basketball Tournament in Bangor.

local colleges and begin to work on tailoring a curriculum that meets your business needs. “Public, private, and proprietary colleges have been working with industry professionals for years,” says Robert Pope, president of Brown Mackie College - San Antonio. “But if you’re a company that has never worked with a higher education institution on programs meant to meet your organizations’ human resources needs, here are three tips to get you started.” 1. Determine what educational need you want to address. Establishing your needs beforehand will help you better understand the type of employee you need. Employers should consider the type of skill sets their employees need to have, the type of equipment or software programs they will be using on a day-to-day basis and any types of certifications they may need to prepare them for on-thejob tasks. By conducting and documenting an audit of the types of tasks you will expect your employees to complete, you will know the type of experience and educational background you seek in potential employees. 2. Join a program advisory committee. Now that you’ve established the skill set your employees will need, seek out colleges that offer program advisory committees on their campuses. These committees invite local business owners to provide feedback about the curriculum, supplies and the key areas of focus students interested in particular industries should have before entering the workforce and potentially applying for a job with your company. Partnering with local colleges to assist in planning a curriculum creates efficiency in the education system and ensures that students are learning the exact skills they need to work in high-demand, sometimes technical industries. 3. Start an externship program. A key component of many college courses is the externship, or supervised practice performed in a real-world work setting, outside the classroom. Business owners should consider establishing an

externship program that would provide students with a first-hand look at the expectations of the job they’d like to have upon graduation. You would also provide students with a network of contacts. Externships benefit the employer through lowerthan-standard labor costs. In addition, you might spot a future employee with whom you want to maintain contact and potentially hire. Think of the externship as a trial run that can help you avert a costly hiring mistake. Upon completion of a degree program, career counselors, and students can leverage the partner-

ships created with you and other employers to place students into a job that caters to the interests and educational background of the student. At the current crossroads in the U.S. economy, many employers, students and educators are rethinking higher education and arriving at the conclusion that now is the time for an approach that is more practical and less theoretical. Active partnerships between industry and education are an obvious way for the “customer” (the employer) to a get a “product” (the college graduate) that is better suited to the employer’s specific needs.

Many businesses are working with local colleges to find talented and motivated graduates ready to fill vacancies in the job force.

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Beal College Classes Prepare Students for Future Careers ■ BY ERIN LEIGHTON


stablished in 1891 and located in Bangor, Beal College is a private, locally owned career college with 120 years of service to Maine citizens. Beal College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The structure of the college is ideal for students who want a targeted education that provides skills for the careers of today and tomorrow all within a supportive, small school environment. Beal College is best known for its unique MOD system where classes are offered in eight-week terms. Each MOD, full-time students take two classes and parttime students take just one class. During the course of a 12-month

school year, six MODs are offered, and classes typically run MondayThursday. Many students attend school just two times per week and most programs have evening classes available in addition to day classes. With a student population of approximately 450, students benefit from the caring atmosphere where success is everyone’s goal. The admissions and financial aid application process is easy to navigate. Tuition is affordable and financial aid is Beal College students benefit from the care and support provided by college faculavailable to those who ty and staff. qualify. Prospective students choose one of six start rather than having to wait for the Many things were added in dates to begin their studies, traditional semester. 2010 to improve the student experience at Beal. “It was a very exciting year for Beal College, and we anticipate that 2011 will be just as exciting as we prepare to celebrate our 120th anniversary this October,” says Erin Leighton, Director of Admissions at Beal College. “There is an entirely new energy here on campus as a result of the improvements that were made last year. Students seem more enthusiastic than ever before about being a part of what we do here. I look forward to seeing this energy grow as Beal continues to evolve,” said Allen Stehle, President of Beal College. So far this year, changes have been made to the class-registration process to make things more convenient for students who are preparing to graduate. A new

classroom was added for the sle of having to leave campus. Medical Assisting program, addiBeal College offers career tional equipment was purchased training in the following areas: for the Fitness Center that • Healthcare Professions; opened last spring, and addition• Business and Administrative al restrooms for students were Studies; built. • Criminal Justice; “We have a few other projects • Childcare; in the works for 2011; the first is • Human Services and Couna fresh design for our Web site, seling Professions. which we plan to unveil this Call today for a campus tour at spring,” says Leighton. The Web 1-800-660-7351. Visit us online site will be redesigned by Suther- at to land Weston Marketing Commu- download an application or request information. Classes nications. In February 2010, Beal start soon! expanded its Student Lounge and purchased brand new leather couches for students to enjoy. The Fitness & Wellness Center opened on campus last March, equipped with exercise mats, treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights, and exercise bikes. The Center also has shower and changing rooms available and free fitness classes, like Zumba and yoga, are offered to students and employees each MOD. In June 2010, the Beal Café, an on-campus food service, opened. Students now For students, the small class sizes at Beal College enjoy healthy provide an important advantage; instructors have food options time to work closely with students during each without the haseight-week MOD.

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Since the Beal Cafe opened in June 2010, students enjoy healthy food options and avoid the hassle of leaving campus to get a meal.

Beal College opened its Fitness & Wellness Center in March 2010. During each MOD, various fitness classes are offered for free to Beal College students and employees.

College Students Enjoy Home Cooking Delivered to the Dorm


fter going off to college, 67 percent of students find what they want most is a taste of home delivered to their mailbox, according to a survey conducted by The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. While care packages are a tradition, few parents may realize how much their kids miss home cooking — or at least free food. According to the survey, 40 percent of students say finding money for food is the worst part about eating at college, with dorm food a close second at 33 percent. The survey also revealed that 47 percent of students would welcome home-cooked meals, such as meatloaf and macaroni and cheese, if shipping the hot meals weren’t an issue. The survey confirmed food is still the best way to a man’s heart. Forty percent of male students said home cooking is what they missed most. On the other hand, 42 percent of female stu-

dents missed family, and only 24 percent cited home cooking as what they missed most. The survey also revealed that men miss sweets the most, while women prefer comfort food, such as chicken soup.

Use these tips to create the perfect care package: • Mix it up. Send home-baked sweets, such as cookies, alongside hearty snacks, like trail mix. Pack items securely in airtight

decorative tins or disposable plasticware. You can even send a birthday cake by placing the cake in a tin and packing the frosting separately. Include candles, a card, presents, and decorations for an instant birthday party. • Pack carefully. Ensure baked goods are cool before packing. When shipping multiple items, pack the heaviest ones on the bottom and make sure all items are tightly sealed. Never leave air pockets in containers. Fill gaps with air-filled wrap, so the goodies look as good on arrival as they did when they left the oven. • Be the dorm favorite. More than 70 percent of students surveyed wanted to share their care packages with friends and roommates, so pack a little extra. Consider sending treats for special occasions and holidays or to celebrate milestones, like the end of midterm exams. Even though your kids may be miles away, it’s easy to share a little taste of home.

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Students Enjoy Exciting Adult-Ed Classes at UTC in Bangor ■ BY DAVID M. FITZPATRICK SPECIAL SECTIONS WRITER


f you or your high-school children have never attended classes at United Technologies Center, you may be missing out on something big. UTC’s popular day program serves students in seven area high schools, as well as home- and private-school students, who are pursuing technical training. But at night, the school makes use of the facility and equipment to provide courses through a robust Adult Ed program. UTC Adult Ed consistently changes its curriculum throughout the year, focusing on a variety of professional and technical courses. Its instructors, who are highly accomplished in their fields, teach the evening courses. UTC offers about 30 adult-ed classes in the evenings and the summer, covering everything from CNA and medical terminology to small engines and auto-body work to electricity and computer software — and beyond. Area professionals, many of whom run businesses by day, teach the courses. “We’re in it … to offer the

Photos by Jesse Schwarcz

Student Jonathan MacKay (left) wires into an electrical box as instructor Jeremy Gifford watches at the United Technologies Center on the Hogan Road in Bangor. MacKay took the Basic Electricity course to save money while rewiring the house that he recently purchased.

public something that they tion Coordinator. haven’t had a chance to get — at a reasonable price,” said Chris- THE BENEFITS OF LEARNING tine Dunbar, UTC’s Adult EducaThis school year, 453 highschool students have enrolled in the day courses at UTC, and adult-ed enrollment is well on its way to that number. And those adult students are at UTC for many different reasons. Gene Nardi comes from the pre-computer generation, but uses computers a bit on his job. He started at UTC with a beginner’s computer course; currently, he’s learning Microsoft Word. Nardi likes the personal attention he gets in the small classes. “They’re very friendly and they Instructor Randy McEwen (left) teaches Outdoor Navigation to his class. take their time,” he said. “It’s very McEwen, a registered Maine Guide, also teaches a Maine Guide course individualized, which I really like at UTC. a lot … I’m sure I’ll be taking

other courses here — probably more on the computer. It’s enjoyable, and I think it’s a good learning experience.” Jonathan MacKay came from the computer generation, so he had other needs. He recently graduated from UMaine with a degree in landscape horticulture and bought a house that needed rewiring. To save money, he’s taking UTC’s Basic Electricity course and is already deep into doing his rewiring. “If I didn’t take this class, it would have been extremely daunting,” he said. He’s opening a landscaping business this spring, and plans to take the Small Engine Repair course to maintain his equipment. If it’s anything like the electricity course, he expects it will go well. “The instructor’s been topnotch,” he said. “He really knows his stuff; he’s been very patient. It’s been a good class.” Charles Sisson had a 12-year career as a military policeman,

Ron Jack teaches Auto Detailing & Reconditioning, bringing with him over 20 years of autodetailing experience and a set of ethics that demands quality, pride in one’s work, and topnotch customer service. He currently runs a company called Universal Detailing, and if there’s one thing he enjoys as much as doing a good job, it’s imparting his knowledge to others. Jack’s mission with his class is to raise the levels of competency and confidence with the people doing auto-detailing work, and he has a passion for teaching. “People want to learn, and I want to teach, and I love what I do,” said Jack. His son, Ryan, hung around the shop since age 7, learning and helping as he got older. Now, he’s right there with his father, helping teach the class. His involvement began as work, but “It progressed into ‘This is really fun... I can learn some more,’” Ryan said. “Being in a teaching environment — it’s very rewarding,” Jack said. “I came to the school with the idea of trying to help people, and raise the bar in the industry,” he said. Randy McEwen can appreciate that. A long-time outdoorsman, he began 10 years ago trying to find a course to learn how to use his GPS device. He was unable to find a suitable course, but two years later, he took over teaching UTC’s Outdoor Navigation course. After becoming a certified Maine Guide, he also took over UTC’s Registered Maine Guide Recreation course. Today, McEwen operated Central Maine Navigation, and teaches on the side. His students range from aspiring Maine Guides to avid fishermen to those who had been lost in the woods and don’t want to be again, and they come from all over the state. THE ART OF TEACHING McEwen says he loves UTC. “It’s just a great facility to come Success for those students and teach in,” he said. “It’s a good relies on the adult-ed instructors. place to come and learn.”

but his career had to take a different path. “My combat injuries prevent me from doing that skill in the civilian world,” he said. “So now I’m looking for another set.” As a bus driver for Hampden, he shuttled students to UTC’s day program, and one day asked a student to bring him a brochure about the evening courses. He’s taking Welding I now, with Welding II up next. Sam Wood enjoys welding to have a trade he can fall back on, but his primary interest is personal. He and his father are taking the course together; his dad recently bought a steel-hulled boat and wanted to be able to repair it, but Wood is looking forward to fixing up his 1930 Ford Model A Roadster. “It’s beautiful,” he said. “Actually, it’s a dog right now, but it’s beautiful to me.” The welding course is teaching him how to do what he needs for the car, and he’s also creating a trade he can fall back on. So far, he loves it. “I feel pretty good about it — it’s very hands-on,” he said. “Before you know it, you know what you’re doing, and [the instructor will] move you on to something else,” he said. Joe Keresey is focusing hard on a welding career. He’s taking the course with his brother, and has hopes of working on big projects at somewhere like Bath Iron Works. “Like they say, go big or go home,” he said. Steven Paul knows about going big; he’s taken Basic Electric, Auto Detailing twice, and Welding and Small Engine Repair three times each. His education at UTC has led to starting a business fixing small engines and detailing cars. “The instructors are really good,” he said. “Hands-on everything, and they show you in detail what you’ve got to do and how to do it. You get stuck, they help you out.”

Ryan Jack demonstrates buffing down a car while students look on. Ryan, 17, assists his father, Ron Jack, in teaching his Auto Detailing & Reconditioning class at UTC.

A United Technologies Center student works in the safe confines of a welding booth while attending a welding class.

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Residential Living & Rigorous Academics Attract Students ■ BY BRIAN SWARTZ


t the Limestone-based Maine School of Science and Mathematics, high school students receive an intense, studentoriented education that, when combined with life skills learned while staying in the school’s dorm, prepares them to succeed in college and in life. “We are a magnet school, a public high school meant to attract highly motivated students,” said Michael Sonntag, MSSM’s interim executive director. He is also the vice president of academic affairs at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. According to Sonntag, MSSM offers a core curriculum that emphasizes English, math, and science, but the curriculum also stresses other subjects. In establishing MSSM 15 years ago, the state envisioned that the school “will contribute to the Maine economy” by graduating future scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians who would work in Maine, he indicated. “The United States and Maine need more professionals in these areas,” Sonntag said. “They are part of that ‘knowledge economy,’ which is the future. “But engineers and scientists need a quality of life,” Sonntag said. “They need to appreciate art and music,” and with its many electives, MSSM also attracts students interested in the arts, history, and theater. Many MSSM graduates are already working in Maine, one as

each student’s family, room and students. It’s a big adjustment.” board costs $7,900 per year. The phrase “first-year stuFinancial aid is available for qual- dents” encompasses all students ifying families, Perkins indicated. attending MSSM for the first Students report to Limestone time, no matter their respective the third weekend in August; ages and prior school grades. school ends the third weekend in This year, one such student actuMay. While adhering to “the ally is a senior; others leaped a same school vacations as the reg- grade to attend MSSM. ular public schools,” MSSM closPerkins explained that “each of es for three weeks at Christmas, the last three years, we’ve had 10then reopens for the two-week J- 15 ninth-grade students coming term in January, Perkins said. here.” Already required to take “Our students have extended sophomore classes taught at a MSSM STUDENTS LIVE ON [Thursday-to-Sunday] breaks college level, these students must CAMPUS about once a month so they can quickly adjust to dorm life while visit with their families,” she said. learning self-discipline. Jandreau and Page represent The school offers classes only Dintaman explained that for the typical MSSM students, for grades 9-12. Each year each student, “it’s an adjustment described by Admissions Director Pamela Perkins (herself an MSSM grad) as “very bright, very motivated.” These are students “who don’t find their niche in a regular public-school system” and seek “a camaraderie” that they find at MSSM, which is “a very close-knit community of learners,” she said. High atop High Street in Limestone, MSSM shares facilities with the Limestone Consolidated School. Both schools maintain separate classes, classrooms, Dan Jandreau and Imogen Page are members of the MSSM Student and curriculums, but share the Senate. Jandreau, who hails from Medway, was attracted to MSSM by auditorium, cafeteria, gym, and library. The MSSM students live the school’s emphasis on college-level math. Page lives in Blue Hill; not sure what to expect when she came to MSSM last August, she in an adjacent dorm; Sonntag discovered that her classes challenged her intellectually and that she noted that MSSM “is a public enjoyed living in the dorm with other students. residential boarding school” open to students from throughout Maine. approximately 80 potential stu- learning how to manage your According to Admissions dents participate in “a lengthy time, how to take care of yourDirector Pamela Perkins, herself and complex admissions self, getting up in the morning, an MSSM graduate, Maine resi- process” involving stringent test- doing your laundry, getting yourdents pay no tuition. Students ing, personal interviews, and ref- self to your meals.” All first-year must live on campus; payable by erences, Perkins said. School offi- students undergo a daylong oricials stress to applicants that entation before August classes being successful at MSSM begin; this orientation includes requires hard work. various workshops about devel“Students are coming into an oping study and dorm-living environment where they have to skills. work very hard to survive acaAcademic success requires demically,” said Dean of Residen- extensive homework and intential Life Dale Dintaman. “For sive studying, he indicated. All their first semester here, it’s a students have two-to-four hours huge challenge for our first-year of homework per day, six days a “What you hear from people who have graduated from MSSM is that the college workload is no different than here. It’s just the same,” said Imogen Page, a sophomore who hails from Blue Hill. “I came up here, and I’m so much more prepared for college than all of my friends back home,” said Dan Jandreau of Medway. “I’ve been accepted by colleges I never would’ve thought about applying to.”


Michael Sonntag is the interim executive director at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone.

Dale Dintaman is MSSM’s director of residential life.

the former state economist, another as a business owner, a third as an MSSM teacher. No matter where these graduates attended college — and all MSSM grads do so — they were ready for the experience.

Photo courtesy of Luke Shorty

While participating in their J-term 2011 project at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas, Maine School of Science and Mathematics students Stephanie Fowler (left) and Philip Moon investigate the anatomy of a lionfish while CEI research Skylar Miller watches.

Diverse Learning Opportunities Await Students Attending MSSM Maine. Such a school’s not imagination: It’s reality at magine a public high school where students the Maine School for Science and Mathematics. research lemon sharks and lionfish, create Each January, MSSM students participate in a hydroponic gardens, and develop math-relat- two-week J-term by completing internships at ed software that could be used throughout local businesses or government agencies or taking specialized classes at MSSM’s Limestone campus. This past January, 10 students flew with teachers Luke Shorty and Dr. Deborah Eustis-Grandy to the Bahamas to conduct scientific research at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, the Island School’s research wing. According to Shorty, the MSSM students split into two groups. One group donned snorkels and swam among Bahamian patch reefs to survey native groupers and invasive lionfish, a NEWS Photo by Brian Swartz Pacific species that Luke Shorty, a mathematics teacher at the Maine School of Science and Mathe- competes with the matics in Limestone, stands beside a deep-water container hydroponic garden grouper for similar inside Lab 14, an indoor greenhouse partially heated by the sun. Students are food and shelter. researching plant growth rates and sizes while growing food sustainably. See J-TERM, Page 24 ■ BY BRIAN SWARTZ, SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR


week, and all students participate in a “structured study” from 7-9 p.m., Sunday-Thursday. Firstyear students “take a study-skills class their first semester,” Dintaman said. “They must also be in a study hall during the [school] day. “There are still times they have to be studying on their own, to be self-disciplined ... to effectively use their time during the day,” he pointed out. MOTIVATION IS KEY

First-year orientations and study halls do not guarantee individual success, however, Dintaman stressed. “The No. 1 question is, ‘Do you have the motivation to be here?’ That’s the key to success here, being motivated,” he said. “When you come here, you’re making a big sacrifice,” Dintaman explained. Students “are leaving home” and “moving into a dorm, a small community of many other teen-agers. They have roommates, so they lose some privacy. “Some students will also give up the sports” they played at a prior high school, Dintaman said. He indicated that MSSM offers basketball, baseball, and soccer, and perhaps a half dozen students play on Limestone varsity squads. First-year or not, students are not left on their own after classes begin. “Our residential program is a very structured environment,” Dintaman stressed. “We provide the support within the residential community. There is a high level of adult presence; we’re providing supervision throughout the entire day and through the night.” Students live in one-, two-, or three-bedroom suites, with boys and girls assigned to separate wings. Of MSSM’s 118 students, 60 percent are male, and 40 perSee MSSM, Page 22

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Living in what Dintaman describes as “a selfmonitoring community,” students often report violations to MSSM staff. “They’ve learned to trust us that we handle the information they give us in a very professional and obviously very discreet way,” he said.

Continued from Page 21 cent are female. Dintaman and the assistant residential life director live in dorm apartments. So do five residential staffers, who “have degrees in math, English, or science. They’re available here in the evenings to work with the students,” Dintaman said. Many faculty members “live close by and provide time outside the classroom to help the students with their academics,” he indicated.



“Our rigorous academic program” attracts students to MSSM, Dintaman said.“The curriculum is taught at a college level, whether math, science, or the English classes with English comp, British Lit, or American lit.” The school year encompasses fall and spring semesters, with English, math, and science classes lasting all year. Electives — including history, Chinese culture, and food science — run for a semester. All students take core courses and choose their electives; academic interests vary among students, and not all focus exclusively on math and science. “I decided to come here because I’ve always loved math; it’s always been my strong suit,” Jandreau said. He enjoys “the challenge and the fact that I can learn so much. You’re in this world where everyone is knowledgeable. You can help other people [academically], and everyone can help you in some way. “It has that close-knit feeling that I really like,” he said. He has sought and received academic assistance from older classmates and from teachers; Jandreau especially enjoys discussing math problems with them. Classes challenge him to excel; “you really learn what your limits are,” he indicated. “It really opens up your mind as to what you can do. “Attending MSSM, it’s the experience of a lifetime. You get so much more out of education by coming up here. You become a better person through the education that you receive here,” Jandreau said. According to Dintaman, if teachers notice a particular student “doing well in a class … but not

Photo by Jessica Baker

Students participate in a science lab (above) at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. A public residential boarding school located in Limestone, MSSM offers students a rigorous academic program with all classes taught at the college level. Two students study in a common area inside the dorm (below, left).

being challenged,” MSSM “will quickly move” that student “up into the next level academically. When we do that, we offer a lot of academic support. We want our students to be challenged.” Last year, Page came with her mother “just to have a look” at MSSM, which “was the closest boarding school” to their Blue Hill home. Page applied for admission, and while “I’m not a math-and-science person, really, I decided to stay here.” “I was very dubious when I came here,” she said. “I thought, ‘Okay, I can give it a month, and I can go home if I don’t like it.’ But I’m not going back. “I’m really interested in government and politics and history,” Page said.“The English program is excellent; I’m in AP (advancement-placement) English comp, and I love it. I think it’s the best English course I’ve ever been in.” Perkins noted that MSSM offers “more AP classes than any other public school in the state.” Students earn college credits for each AP course they pass. “The classes are more interesting. The people who are in them want to be there,” Page said. “The subject matter is more difficult. It’s taught more quickly. You have to be on your toes all the time. “I love living in the dorm,” she said. “It’s such a great environment for getting work done.” She recalled that when “my first English essay was due,”

she went to the adjacent apartment “with a jar of chocolate-covered almonds and my paper.” Knocking on the door, Page introduced herself to the two female students and “gave them chocolates to edit my paper. They thought this was really funny, and we just started talking. We became good friends.” A SAFE, CARING, AND NURTURING SCHOOL

At MSSM, “the students are very appreciative of the environment they live in,” Dintaman said. “It’s a very safe, nurturing, caring environment. “Regardless of who you are or what you are, you’re accepted here,” he stressed. “You can wear what you want. You can be who you want to be. “The No. 1 reason students come here, they’re motivated to learn, and they want to get the education,” Dintaman stated. “No. 2, they’re here because they’ve learned this is a safe environment, that they’re not going to be teased or ridiculed for who they are. “There is a high level of respect here for the facilities, a high level of respect for faculty or staff,” he said. “The students and faculty respect each other.” Alcohol, drugs, and tobacco are banned on the MSSM campus, and “students appreciate and respect that,” Dintaman said. Possessing a banned substance triggers a response he described as “both punitive and educational.” Possession equals “a major school violation,” and three such violations lead to expulsion, Dintaman explained. For an alcohol- or drug-related violation, “we [also] do an assessment to determine the student’s level of usage and whether there is an addiction there or not,” he indicated. “We then educate the student and monitor them to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Jandreau and Page participate in extracurricular activities at MSSM. Both won election to the Student Senate this year, and Page (a jazz enthusiast) belongs to the MSSM photo club and an a cappella music group. On weekends, MSSM organizes student trips to Presque Isle movie theaters or stores; students can also go cross-country or downhill skiing at nearby outdoor recreation facilities. According to Dintaman, “we do some unique activities” such as holding a Pancake Night, an Iron Chef contest, Food in Film, school dances, game nights, a Gatsby Ball, and a medieval feast replete with students dressing as medieval characters while enjoying period food. The school will expand outdoor-education and leadership-development opportunities for students next years, he indicated. In cooperation with UMPI, students can use certain indoor recreational facilities at that college. Many students are involved with community service, from volunteering with the Limestone Recreation Department to assisting Aroostook County social-service agencies to clearing trails at the Nordic Heritage Center. THE FUTURE

The MSSM concept is catching on overseas; the school’s “Outreach to China” will take Sonntag and MSSM teachers Jess Baker and Pete Pedersen to Hefei, China this spring to visit a high school with some students who “may want to transfer here,” Sonntag said. The Chinese school’s administrators are “studying our organization and programs to see if they could adapt them to their needs.” He indicated that UMPI has “a relationship” with Siyuan University in Xi’an, China. Siyuan University, which has an affiliated high school, “wants a relationship with MSSM,” Sonntag said. In Aroostook County, MSSM and UMPI have created “a professional development school relationship,” he said. Education majors at UMPI intern a full school year at MSSM; during that time, they spend one semester in classroom observations and then teach an elective course the next semester. “This is beneficial for both schools,” Sonntag said. “Our students learn about teaching in a unique school like MSSM; their teachers participate in teacher education courses here.”

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Students Learn in Many Ways at UM College of Liberal Arts & Sciences ■ BY DEBRA BELL, SPECIAL SECTIONS WRITER


he University of Maine’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the intellectual heart of the university, where students acquire the means for discovering, navigating, and thinking critically about the rich physical, intellectual, and cultural environments that surround them. UMaine LAS students become involved with hands-on experiences in the classroom, in the laboratory, and in the field, experiencing ways in which they can have a direct positive impact on the world. This is how students within LAS are provided with learning that lasts a lifetime. The University of Maine’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is also the largest liberal arts and sciences college in the state. Students are provided with a rich diversity of subjects in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, math, and the visual and performing arts, including over 41 undergraduate majors, 21 graduate degree programs, and 39 minors. Here are just some of the things that UMaine LAS students are doing to put their degree to work.


Sometimes it takes a little jolt of coffee to focus a degree. And at UMaine, they drink Fair Trade. For political science major Sarah Adams Bigney, her degree was augmented by a job at the Oakes Room Café in UMaine’s Fogler Library. As a barista in the coffee shop, she handled coffee — and enjoyed it — every day. And while some students never think about where their coffee originated from, Bigney began to wonder about the journey from tree to cup. “I drink coffee every day [and] love it,” she said. “But I never even thought where it comes from, what it looks like. It’s mind-blowing. And once you start asking that about one thing in your life, you have to start asking that about your food, clothes, everything you buy. It Photo courtesy UMaine University Relations can be very overwhelming, but for some reason coffee has been a International Relations student Sarah Bigney took a cue from her partproduct people can start that process with.” time job in the University of Maine’s Oakes Room Café to discover how During her senior year at UMaine, she traveled to the Chiapas the coffee she served was obtained and distributed. What she learned region of Mexico to meet, interview, research and photograph workabout fair trade has helped her land a job dealing with the fair trade ers for her honors thesis on Fair Trade coffee. This experience was movement. made possible through the School for International Training as part of a month of independent research time. rights groups and farm coalitions. All with the focus of spreading fair Today, as a UMaine graduate, she’s an organizer at the Lewiston- trade and advocating for workers’ rights and protecting the environbased Maine Fair Trade Campaign. The coalition is comprised of 60 ment. organizations including labor unions, environmental and human “This is different from the fair trade work I was doing as an under-

graduate but it’s still the same objectives of supporting workers’ rights and environmental sustainability,” says Bigney. “Now I’m going at it from the policy side instead of the purchasing side. The manufacturing base has been hit hard by trade policy, so our work is really about trying to save the jobs we have and hopefully creating new jobs.” SAMATHA DANIS: BROADCAST JOURNALISM

Last April, UMaine broadcast journalism major Samantha Danis was awarded one of five first place awards in the You Tube and Pulitzer Center’s “Project: Report” competition. She won a $10,000 grant for an international reporting assignment for the Pulitzer Center on an assignment of her choice. She, and several classmates, chose to enter this contest as an assignment in Sunny Hughes’ broadcast journalism class. Danis was one of 10 semi-finalists for her report “A Day in the Life of Alice Fogg”, a story about an 82-year-old woman who has made more than 1,000 pillows for injured American soldiers abroad. She was one of 10 semi-finalists from 148 Photo courtesy Samantha Danis entries and she won a new UMaine broadcast journalism student computer and high definiSamantha Danis was one of five winners tion camera. in the “Project: Report” competition. Her round two submisDanis is the first woman to receive this sion, “Without a Sound”, award in the five years that YouTube and highlights a hard of hearing the Pulitzer Center have run the contest. Hampden Academy student and his family, and a part-time faculty member in the UMaine Division of Lifelong Learning who is deaf and the challenges they face. The winners received a trip to Washington D.C. for three days of workshops, a reception, viewing the winning videos, and a chance to See LIBERAL ARTS, Page 24

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Zoology. The fragment, they said, closely matches the skull of a short-nosed Indian dog from Continued from Page 23 New Mexico. learn about international reportFurther scientific testing, ing options. including a DNA analysis done And Danis, a Biddeford native, by University of Oklahoma chose to report on improvements researcher Cecil Lewis at the in maternal mortality in Belize. Molecular Anthropology Ancient DNA Laboratory. The further SAMUEL BELKNAP III: tests support that the fragment ANTHROPOLOGY GRADUATE was from a domestic dog and not STUDENT from a wolf, coyote or fox. Instead, it is closely related to a During research into the species of Peruvian dog human diet in the New World The paleofecal sample was graduate student Samuel Belk- recovered in the 1970s from nap III discovered evidence of Hinds Cave in southwest Texas domesticated dogs in the human near the Mexican border. diet. His discovery will be docuThis discovery was unearthed mented in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology and in several other scientific journals. “I didn’t start out looking for the oldest dog in the New World,” Belknap said. “I started out trying to understand human diet in southwest Texas. It so happens that this person who lived 9,400 years ago was eating dog. “ It just goes to show that sometimes, great scientific discoveries come not when we are looking for specific answers but when we are thorough we are in our examination of the evidence and open Photo courtesy UMaine University Relations While earning his degree in anthropol- to what data it provides,” he ogy from the University of Maine, said. The skull fragment, known graduate student Samuel Belknap III, as BE-20, is 9,400 years old made a major discovery that North and was found in an intact American humans may have eaten paleofecal sample. That indidomesticated dog as part of their diet. cates that humans in the New during research into the diet and World used domesticated dogs in nutrition of human beings dur- their diet. ing the Holocene Era in the “This is an important scientifLower Pecos Region of Texas. ic discovery that can tell us not Belknap and fellow UMaine only a lot about the genetic histograduate student Robert Ingra- ry of dogs but of the interactions ham first identified the bone between humans and dogs in the found in the sample as a frag- past,” said Belknap. ment of the right occipital “Not only were they most likecondyle — where the skull artic- ly companions as they are today, ulates with the atlas spinal verte- they served as protection, huntbrae. Ingraham visually identi- ing assistants, and also as a food fied the bone at Harvard Univer- source,” he said. sity’s Museum of Comparative While the bone indicates that

ancient North American humans may have eaten dogs, but they were not used solely for food. In fact, ancient humans held domestic dogs in much the same reverence that we hold them in today. It’s unknown whether this dog was viewed as a pet, a guardian, or as a food source. MOLLY HOYT: INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

UMaine senior Molly Hoyt, a native of St. George started her college experience without a major in mind. She knew she wanted to incorporate her love of culture and of working with people who need a step up. And it all began in high school. Her experiences in with Trekkers, an outdoors-based youth mentoring group based in Tenants Harbor, provided her with education, experiential, and cross-cultural learning experi-

ences. And Trekkers encouraged her to get out and explore diverse cultures. In 2008, Hoyt went on her first trip to Tanzania courtesy of the non-profit Cross-Cultural Solutions. As “Trekkers definitely got me to Tanzania,” she says. “It gave me the confidence to just leave the bubble of the small town, to do something that was totally radical and different.” And that’s where Hoyt discovered her passion. “What drew me to Africa is how the people always seem happy, no matter their circumstance,” Hoyt said. “I went to Tanzania trying to find what I wanted to do with my life. I found that I love culture and love people.” She also discovered a unifying activity while in Africa: Soccer. While teaching the preschoool

J-term Continued from Page 21 The students counted and measured groupers and lionfish while working with CEI scientists. Afterwards, the students coalesced their data into detailed reports. The other group studied lemon sharks and the Bahamian creeks where their young are born. The research focused on how development could affect lemon shark populations, Shorty said. “The lemon shark is an apex predator,” he explained. “If many of the creeks were lost to development, would the shark’s population crash? If this happened, it would cause the food chain to collapse.” Both MSSM groups presented their research findings to CEI staff and visiting scientists. The CEI staff “told us our research was more thorough and presented better than some colleges do,” Shorty said. The Island School “is very excited to partner with us again next year,” and Eustis-Grandy has developed an experiment that she would like MSSM students to conduct at CEI in the January 2012 J-term. “One thing that should enhance the shark-population data is to better quantify the biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of the tidal creek systems in which they’re studying shark abundance,” said

children English, she discovered that kids of all ages were playing soccer, a sport Hoyt played throughout high school. She was asked to start the first all-girl soccer team, despite a lack of equipment. “Some of the kids were playing barefoot,” she says. “One person that had cleats would share one [shoe] with another kid.” Hoyt spent a year at Emmanuel College, and transferred to UMaine in 2008. And she was determined to make her actions count. She contacted her high school coach to request donations of used equipment and began fundraising in her hometown to help the African kids. “We were able to come up with four boxes of about 200 pounds of soccer equipment,” she says. In December of 2009, she delivered the equipment and spent three more weeks in the

Eustis-Grandy, who chairs the MSSM Science Department. She suggested that next January, MSSM students could be involved in “sampling and identifying plankton, invertebrates, and other fish species that inhabit the creeks” and in “looking at changes in temperature, salinity, and water depth within the different areas of a creek as the tide position changes. “All of these further our goal of providing hands-on field research experiences to our students,” Eustis-Grandy said. At a location near the MSSM campus in Limestone, students are conducting research inside Lab 14, an indoor greenhouse partially heated by the sun. According to Shorty, the research focuses on growing food sustainably with two hydroponic garden systems: nutrient film technique and deepwater containers. A $3,000 Fast Track Grant from the Maine Community Foundation funded the Lab 14 research, which began last fall. Students planted basil, butterhead lettuce, and dill in deep-water containers; as the plants grow with their roots immersed in fertilized water, students measure their size and record this information. According to Shorty, the nutrient film technique involves growing plants inside PVC pipes converted into gutters. A pump recirculates fertilized water to a pipe’s slant-

community. “(The youngsters) were so excited to have shin guards, cleats, and shirts,” she says. “They look up to soccer players in their country and they were excited to feel that much more like a real soccer player.” At UMaine, her degree is in International Relations. Her hands-on training in Africa has expanded her classroom experiences and provided her with insight into real problems in the world. These student profiles were developed based on student highlight articles on the University of Maine’s Web site, Quotes in this story are taken from the Web site’s student highlights articles. Photographs are courtesy of the University of Maine’s University Relations Department.

ed top; the water trickles downslope past the growing plants. Located inside the greenhouse is a composting system that utilizes European red worms. These worms feed on MSSM food and paper scraps, reducing the school’s carbon footprint and producing a liquid fertilizer that students call “worm tea.” Students use this nutrient-rich tea as fertilizer for the hydroponically grown plants. An MSSM graduate himself, Shorty teaches mathematics. The school’s math team “is No. 1 in Maine,” he indicated, and students “want to keep it that way.” He explained that MSSM uses an online software called Moodle. Math students are placing on this software “old questions from the Maine Association of Math Leagues,” Shorty said. An MSSM-developed program lets “students log in and take mock rounds” based on those MAMAL questions, he indicated. The software “fires the questions at them during a timed response period, just like in math team competition,” Shorty said. “The questions are tough, and the students get competitive experience that feels like the real thing,” he said. Shorty noted that MSSM “wants to roll out this software to other schools in the state” sometime in the near future.

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UMM Offers Liberal Arts Education With Environmental Focus ■ BY BRIAN SWARTZ SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR


he University of Maine at Machias is New England’s only public Environmental Liberal Arts college, offering “a liberal arts education steeped in environmental sustainability,” says President Cynthia E. Huggins. For environmentally conscious students seeking an affordable education at a small public university, “we are an excellent choice,” she says. “We are providing students with a liberal arts college education while teaching them how to live their lives and make a living without short-changing future generations by eliminating resources and assets.” At UMM’s 43-acre hilltop campus overlooking the Machias River and downtown Machias, some 1,000 students pursue various majors — from Biology to Education, from English and Book Arts to Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management — that all incorporate an Environmental Liberal Arts focus. “We traditionally have been a liberal arts college,” Huggins explains. “We also feel that environmental sustainability is the

greatest problem of the 21st century. Our faculty and the students we attract are interested in environmental issues and sustainability.” At UMM, “‘environment’ means natural, social, economic, and cultural environment,” Huggins says. Reflecting this extensive environmental focus, each UMM major includes four interdisciplinary core seminars that all students must take before graduating. Titled Recreation and Wellness, Natural Environments, Community and Place, and Humans and Nature, the core seminars involve students in classroom instruction and in offcampus learning in Down East Maine’s majestic outdoors. “We use Washington County as a sustainability laboratory to teach a liberal arts education to our students by blending the environment and education together,” Huggins explains. “We do that by infusing sustainability issues into all our degree programs,” she says. Among the unique degree programs offered by the University of Maine at Machias are: • English and Book Arts. In this interdisciplinary fine arts program, students study litera-

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Students in the University of Maine at Machias GIS Lab prepare maps for various local and state agencies.

ture, writing, and book publishing, from papermaking to traditional letterpress printing, bookbinding, and marketing. Students literally transfer their writing — fiction, poetry, and non-

fiction — onto paper that they make in a course taught by Associate Professor of Art Bernie Vinzani. Students can then produce a

book containing their writing. “They’re creating a work of art,” Huggins says. “It’s a very popular program,” so popular that in July 2010, approximately 100 people attended the international Paper and Book Intensive at UMM. • Geographic Information Systems. Students learn that geospatial technology has far-ranging applications, from economics and marine biology to outdoor recreation and psychology. Tora Johnson, Director of Geographic Information Systems, introduced this program to UMM several years ago; today GIS is available as a certificate, an associate degree, or a concentration within the Environmental Studies degree program. • Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management. This program prepares students for diverse managerial careers in outdoor recreation and tourism services. Students participate in on-the-job internships, often in Washington County, and attain such national certifications as American Coaching Effectiveness, Boating Safety, CPR, and Water Safety Instructor. Because the National Recreation and Park Association has accredited this program, gradu-

ates can become Certified Park and Recreation Professionals, a certification that enhances employment opportunities. • Marine Biology. A popular major, this program takes students into UMM laboratories and to the Down East coast to research marine life and ecosystems. Through its partnership with the Beals Island-based Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education, UMM can “use that facility as our field station,” Huggins says. “It’s a wonderful relationship for both of us.” Dr. Brian Beal, Professor of Marine Ecology, teaches at UMM and conducts research — often assisted by Marine Biology students — at the field station. “Many students do an internship there for a summer or a semester,” Huggins points out. In mid-December 2010, Huggins learned that the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching had bestowed its coveted 2010 Community Engagement Classification on UMM for the first time. The award recognizes UMM’s “significant commitment to and demonstration of community See UMM, Page 27


Prospect (massive mid-19th century granite casemate fort, picnic facilities, scenic views along the Penobscot River, various weekend activities during summer); • Fort McClary State Historic Site, Route 103, Kittery (19th-century blockhouse and other buildings, additional ruins, scenic views of Portsmouth Harbor); • Fort O’Brien State Historic Site, Route 92, Machiasport (Civil War earthworks, picnic facilities, scenic views across Machias Bay); • Fort Point State Park, Cape Jellison, Stockton Springs. Follow the signs from Route 1 (beach, Fort Point Lighthouse, hiking, historic ruins, picnic facilities); • Fort Popham State Historic Site, Route 209, The University of Maine at Machias campus occupies a hill just west of the Machias River in Down East Maine. Phippsburg (semi-circular granite fort, scenic views across Kennebec River); • Grafton Notch State Park, Route 26, Grafton Township (backcountry hiking, hiking on several mountains, picnic facilities, scenic views, waterfalls, wildlife);

Experience Maine this summer by visiting a state park or state historic site. Scattered from Fort Kent to Kittery and managed by the Department of Conservation, these places provide access to beaches, lakes, historic buildings, islands, and wilderness. The parks and historic sites open to visitors are: • Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Aroostook County (camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, swimming); • Aroostook State Park, off Route 1 in Presque Isle (boating, camping, hiking, scenic views from Quaggy Jo Mountain); • Bible Point, Mattawamkeag Lake in Island Falls; • Birch Point State Park, off Dublin Road, Owls Head (beach, picnic facilities, scenic views across lower Penobscot Bay); • Bradbury Mountain State Park, Route 9, Pownal (camping, hiking, mountain biking, scenic views from Bradbury Mountain summit); • Camden Hills State Park, Route 1, Camden (camping, hiking, mountain biking, scenic views from various mountaintops, access road to Mount Battie and World War I Veterans Tower); • Cobscook Bay State Park, Lower Edmunds Road, Edmunds Township (camping, hiking, seashore); • Colburn House State Historic Site, off Route 27, Pittston (historic Colonial-era house and barn); • Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, off Route 130, Bristol (colonial ruins, Fort William Henry, historic cemetery, museum); • Crescent Beach State Park, Route 77, Cape Elizabeth (beach, beachcombing, scenic views, swimming); • Damariscotta Lake State Park, Route 32, Jefferson (beach, picnic facilities, swimNEWS Photos by Brian Swartz ming); A visitor to Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec walks past the • Eagle Island State Historic Site, Casco photogenic West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. Several scenic Bay, Harpswell. Summer home of Admiral and interesting state parks and state historic sites are Robert Peary, accessible by boat from Harplocated in Down East Maine. swell and South Freeport (beachcombing, hiking, scenic views, wildlife viewing); • Holbrook Island Sanctuary, Back Road on Cape • Ferry Beach State Park, off Route 9, Scarbor- Rosier, Brooksville (access to Goose Falls, beach, ough (beach, beachcombing, hiking, picnic facili- hiking, picnic facilities, scenic views toward Casties, scenic views, swimming); tine); • Fort Baldwin State Historic Site, Route 209, • John Paul Jones State Historic Site, Route 1 KitPhippsburg (picnic facilities at parking lot, ruins of tery (Maine Sailors and Soldiers Memorial); pre-World War I coastal artillery post with three • Katahdin Iron Works, off Route 11 north of batteries, historical markers identifying site of 1607 Brownville Junction (iron furnace and kiln); Popham Colony); • Lake St. George State Park, Route 3, Liberty • Fort Edgecomb State Historic Site, just off (beach, camping, hiking, swimming); Route 1, Edgecomb (War of 1812 blockhouse, pic• Lamoine State Park, Route 184, Lamoine nic facilities, scenic views across the Sheepscot (beach, boating, camping, playground, scenic views River); across Eastern Bay to Mount Desert Island(; • Fort Halifax State Historic Site, Route 201, • Lily Bay State Park, Lily Bay Road, Beaver Cove Winslow (historic Colonial-era blockhouse, picnic (beach, boating, camping, scenic views across facilties); Moosehead Lake); • Fort Kent State Historic Site, off Route 1, Fort • Mayall Mills, Mayall Road, New Gloucester Kent (historic mid-19th century blockhouse); (historic mill ruins); See PARKS, Page 27 • Fort Knox State Historic Site, Route 173,

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First UMFK Student Graduates in Women Face Unique Challenges When Returning to College the new Business/Applied Forest Management Program


ave Carver, UMFK professor of Forestry & Environmental Studies, recalled that “there was never any doubt that he was a star.” He was speaking about the first time that he met senior Ryan Wishart. “He certainly is a trail-blazer.” Wishart graduated last May as the university’s first graduate of the business major in Applied Forest Management program. The Soldier Pond native is the “pioneer” student of the hybrid program. The Business/Applied Forest Management program combines the fundamentals and practical experience of forest fechnology with the concepts and skills of a business major. The program was launched in fall 2008. Professor Hobbins and Dr. Roger A. Roy, associate professor of Mathematics & Business, collaborated to develop the hybrid forest technology/business management model in response to the needs of forest company stal-

warts, such as Huber and Irving Woodlands. Those companies expressed an interest in hiring UMFK graduates who had both the forest technology “field skills,” along with the requisite business acumen, to make good managers, with talent to succeed and grow within the industry. It was designed as a classic “win-win” scenario. It was a win for prospective UMFK graduates entering the forest industry and a win for the forest companies that would employ them. Wishart received an Associate of Science in Forest Technology at UMFK in 2006 and now is employed by Seven Islands Land Company in Ashland as a utilization forester. In that capacity, Wishart oversees all merchandizing of wood fiber from stump to mill, ensuring efficient processes and maximization of profits, both in the woods, and at Seven Island’s facilities in Portage Lake. Wishart began his coursework in the Business/Applied Forest Management program while it still was in its final approval stage; before it officially became a university program. He studied under the watchful eye of his advisor, Dr. Roy. He enrolled in the business side of the program while employed fulltime, taking several on-line classes. Adjustments to the program’s course sequencing Photo courtesy of UMFK were made to fit his Ryan Wishart is the first graduate of the new schedule. His Business/Applied Forest Management program supervisors at at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Seven Islands

worked with him by arranging his work schedule accordingly to accommodate his on-campus classes. As the Forest Technology/Business Management program’s first graduate, Wishart personifies the term “rural sustainability,” according to Dr. Roy. “Ryan, and future graduates, will prove to the rest of the world that with the proper combination of skills and education, you can make a living in the North Maine Woods and still preserve its natural beauty for the enjoyment of future generations. That is what rural sustainability really means.” Ryan said that he feels a difference on many levels now that he has attained a baccalaureate degree. “It was one thing to know the technical side of the industry and how things needed to be done,” he said. “But now I recognize it as a business, a big business in the State of Maine. I now examine each task as to how it fits into the business as a whole and strive to make each process cost efficient and environmentally responsible,” he said. Wishart senses that having now earned a bachelor’s degree, majoring in business, his coworkers may now look at him as someone destined for a management-level position within the company. He clearly hopes that it will. When listing off a long list of tasks he might be assigned on any given day, Wishart did not appear fazed by the challenge. “Thanks to my education at UMFK, I have all the tools necessary to perform any task that my employer gives me,” he said.


easons for returning to school are as varied as the women who elect to return to college. It may be the feeling of unfinished business for the degree left incomplete some years ago, an empty nest, a divorce, an economy forcing career changes, or simply self-fulfillment. If any of these scenarios fits you, welcome to the ranks of the thousands of women returning to college this year. “Research indicates that returning female college students tend to succeed; most notably, the really busy women,” says Dr. Maureen Nixon, dean of academic affairs at South University in Virginia Beach. “So, even if you have been out of school for a while, busy women bring a clear advantage to their studies such as life experience, perspective, and analytical and critical thinking skills.” In her role, Nixon works with many busy college students and offers the following tips for success to both men and women. 1. Create a schedule. Most people lead pretty full lives with never a spare moment, and now you are adding classes and study time. Create a schedule utilizing a weekly calendar, blocking off class times and specific study times. Be sure to delegate chores that everyone can do. If you have children, help them feel connected to your role as a student by giving them new responsibilities that support your efforts. 2. Have a backup plan for child care. All working parents encounter the need for a backup plan for child care for their job. Pursuing your advanced degree is no different. Even if you have a partner who fully supports you, there may be a night when work intervenes in his/her life as well and everyone’s stress level will be much lower with a backup plan in place. 3. Enlist the support of family or friends. Attempting to balance work and family life while adding education into the mix can be tough. If possible, gain the help of those around you in supporting your schedule. You become a role model for your children, nieces, nephews, and even friends when you demonstrate the importance of your education.

Although this suggestion may work for some women, research indicates that first generation college students sometimes receive little, if any, family support. Nixon suggests that you find support from other people if you are in this position. “Team up with other students, exchange contact information with a classmate for each class you are taking, and perhaps most importantly, locate and utilize the resources that you need on campus such as your instructors, librarians or tutors,” she says. 4. Plan rewards. Keep in mind that living on

“overload” is only for a specific frame of time, not forever. Build small rewards into each study session if needed or at the end of the term. When you reach the successful end of a term, plan something with your family or friends that you haven’t been able to do with the time constraints of your classes. 5. Learn to say “no.” Refine your schedule so only the essential fills your hours. Although you may be reluctant to give up certain meaningful activities, ask yourself if you can return to this activity upon completion of your degree. Is it worth the sacrifice for future returns on your career goals? Put a plan into place to ensure attaining your goal ,and you will join the ranks of those who walk across the stage in cap and gown, degree in hand, with a world of opportunity awaiting you.

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The University of Maine at Machias enjoys a coastal location that provides the perfect natural laboratory for students to get hands-on experience in their classes. These students are participating in a marine biology lab.


says. “It’s community service. It is especially important that we contribute in any way we can to Continued from Page 25 improving the economy and the quality of the lives engagement,” Carnegie President Anthony Bryk of people living here in Washington County,” she reported in a press release. stresses. “For us, community engagement takes “For the university, I define ‘community engage- many different forms,” such as applying research in ment’ as the participation of members of the cam- marine biology and environmental tourism to benpus community in the lives of the surrounding efit local businesses. region, the people, and the businesses,” Huggins Faculty and staff members provide their expertise to assist local businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Dr. Kevin Athearn, Associate Professor of Environmental and Community Economics, has worked with various groups, and UMM’s fine arts faculty and students “collaborate with the thriving arts community in Washington County,” Huggins says. “We view the university as playing a critical role in Washington County,” she says. “We are part of the community; we are here to help that community as much as we can. “The combination of our environmental focus and liberal arts degrees is appealing,” Huggins says. “We are attracting more students not only from Maine, but from across the country. And the number of part-time students is a good indicator that we’re serving the needs of the adult population in Washington County. “We’re a hundred years old, and we University of Maine at Machias Professor Doug McNaught takes intend to be here for another hundred his class outside on the college’s scenic campus. years,” Huggins says.

Elizabeth (fishing, picnic facilities, playground); • Vaughan Woods State Park, on Salmon Falls River, South Berwick (hiking); • Warren Island State Park, off Grindle Point, Islesboro (camping, fishing, hiking); • Whaleback Shell Midden, Business Route 1, Damariscotta (hiking trails, scenic views along Damariscotta River, oyster shell midden created over hundreds of years by Indian tribes); • Wolfes Neck Woods State Park, Wolfes Neck Road, Freeport (hiking trails, picnic facilities, seashore, scenic views).

• Mt. Blue State Park, Route 142, Weld (ATVing, beach, boating, camping, hiking, mountain biking, Mt. Blue, swimming); • Owls Head State Park, (picnic facilities, saltwater beach, scenic views, Owls Head Lighthouse); • Peacock Beach State Park, Route 201, Richmond (beach, picnic facilities, swimming); • Peaks-Kenny State Park, Route 153 (Greeleys Landing Road), Dover-Foxcroft (beach, boating, camping); • Penobscot Narrows Observatory, accessible through Fort Knox State Historic Site on Route 173, Prospect (elevator to three viewing floors ranging from 400 to 420 feet above the Penobscot River); • Popham Beach State Park, Route 209, Phippsburg (beachcombing, magnificent sandy beach, picnic facilities, NEWS Photos by Brian Swartz scenic views of Kennebec From a scenic overlook on Quaggy Jo Mountain’s North Peak in River Estuary, swimming); Aroostook State Park, hikers can gaze east across Echo Lake toward the • Quoddy Head State Park, adjacent Presque Isle farmland. off South Lubec Road, Lubec (Gulliver’s Hole, hiking, peat bog trail, picnic facilities, scenic views across Lubec Channel, seabirds, West Quoddy Head State Park); • Range Ponds State Park, Route 122, Poland (beach, boating, picnic facilities, swimming); • Rangeley Lake State Park, South Shore Road, Rangeley Plantation (beach, camping, hiking, picnic facilities, swimming); • Reid State Park, Seguinland Road, Georgetown (beachcombing, hiking, picnic facilities, seabirds, three beaches, swimming); • Roque Bluffs State Park, Roque Bluffs Road, Roque Bluffs (beautiful beach, hiking trails, picnic Visitors can enjoy waterfront at Lily Bay State Park facilities, scenic views); on Moosehead Lake (above) and at Cobscook Bay • Scarborough Beach State Park, Route 207, State Park in Edmunds Township (below). Scarborough (beach, beachcombing, swimming); • Sebago Lake State Park, off Route 302, Casco (beach, boating, camping, picnic facilities, swimming); • Shackford Head State Park, Eastport (hiking trails, scenic views of Cobscook Bay and Passamaquoddy Bay); • Storer Garrison State Historic Site, Route 1, Wells (historic plaque); • Swan Lake State Park, off Frankfort Road, Swanville (beach, picnic facilities, swimming); • Two Lights State Park, Two Lights Road, Cape

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