The Star-Herald

UMPI president briefs club on nursing program, greenhouse

The Mars Hill Rotary Club met on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 6:30 a.m. at the Aroostook Health Center.  The guest speaker was Dr. Ray Rice, president and provost at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He spoke about the programs that have been added in recent years at the college.

The Agricultural Science Program includes biology, chemistry, soil science, agribusiness and more.  It also includes hands-on learning experiences. The college plans to break ground on a greenhouse in the spring of 2019.

Another program now offered is the bachelor of science in nursing program in collaboration with the University of Maine at Fort Kent.  This program is important in order to help with the shortage of trained professionals in the nursing field.

They also offer a “your pace” program for working learners to go at their own pace in order to complete degrees.  There are typically around 100 who enroll each term, mostly in the business program.

Rice also spoke on question 4, a $49 million bond package that, if approved by voters in November, will be matched by at least $49 million in private and other public funds to support Maine’s public universities.

Library happenings

The Walter T. A. Hansen Memorial Library board of directors held their monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4.  The board welcomes ideas from their patrons and the public on programs that they would like to see offered.

The Bidding for Good Auction will also take place early next year and the Board welcomes items to be offered in the auction.  Crafts, food items, services and more are typically listed and help support the library in expanding their collection and making improvements.

Adult ed

The Mars Hill Adult Ed program will begin on Monday, Oct.15.  The following classes will be offered: quilting, Mondays and Thursdays; woodworking, Tuesdays; wallet making, Thursdays; and low-impact exercise, Mondays. Please call Kathy at 425-3771 to register.

Harvest supper

The St. Joseph’s Catholic Church annual Harvest Supper will be held Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Main Street, Mars Hill.

The meal will be offered from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.   The cost is $9 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under.  All are welcome to stop by for a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings.           

Aroostook Health Center

Upcoming events for the week of Oct. 10-16 include: Wednesday will feature Beauty Parlor at 8:30 a.m., Table Tennis at 9:30 a.m. and Karaoke with Larry, Larry and Bill at 1:30 p.m.   Thursday will feature Beauty Parlor at 8:30 a.m., Bingo at 9:30 a.m., Card Games at 1:30 p.m. and Bridgewater Free Baptist at 6:30 p.m. Friday will feature Jingo at 9:30 a.m. and Music by The Countrymen at 1:30 p.m.  Saturday will feature Bingo with Paula at 1:30 p.m. Sunday will have televised church in the day room. Monday will feature Nails with Shallie & Melissa at 9:30 a.m. and Communion with Pastor Kierstead at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday will feature Beauty Parlor at 8:30 a.m., Bingo at 9:30 a.m. and Apple Turnovers with Ice Cream at 1:30 p.m.  All of these activities are subject to change. If you would like to volunteer to help with any of these activities, call Connie or Vicki at 768-4915.

Music night

Thursday Night Music is back in Bridgewater.  From 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, stop by the Historical Building.


The William Cousins Post 118 of Mars Hill will host Bingo on Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m. at the Post. There are cash prizes. Refreshments are available.

Tomi Henderson is the correspondent for Mars Hill, Blaine, Bridgewater and Westfield. She can be reached at 551-6791 or e-mailing

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