Guest speaker shares NHS facts

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Rotary Club

    The Mars Hill Rotary Club met on Dec. 22 at 6:30 a.m. at the Aroostook Health Center. Special speakers were members of the staff and student body at Central Aroostook High School. 

 Betsy Allen, National Honor Society adviser, spoke to the group about what the NHS does at school and in the community. They help with the Senior Citizen breakfast each year as well as with the Thanksgiving dinner. The group will be spearheading a recycling effort at school. Betsy also recently took a trip with 19 students to Portland to see “A Christmas Carol” play.
    Leeanne Grass, FFA chapter president at CAHS, spoke to the group about that organization, which stresses leadership. This year they spent time at the Fort Street Elementary School showing the students how to press apples to make cider. The group also made Christmas wreaths. They plan to make a community garden beside the school and are getting ready for State Competitions in May.
    Ryan Guerrette, CAHS athletic director, spoke of the sports programs at school. The soccer team had a good year and made the playoffs. The newly formed Booster Club is raising funds for various projects needed by the teams. There is an Athletic Trainer that has been hired to attend to any injuries incurred during games. The cheerleaders look to be a strong team again this year and the ski team has had their first meet.
    He reported that the gym floor and bleachers have been redone and a new sign will be erected in the gym listing the basketball players that are members of the 1,000 Point Club. CAHS has 20 names to put on the sign — the most in any school in the state! Adam Metzler is the new golf coach at CAHS.
    Elaine Boulier, Fort Street principal and the school’s curriculum coordinator, spoke of the service learning projects that each class will be involved in. Each class will be doing some kind of community project — with the pre-K and kindergarten group planning on planting flowers around he school. Other sites for projects will be the local nursing home, and around the town and businesses.
    Fred Boyd spoke to the group about the new playground at Fort Street. This revitalization was done this summer and includes some new swings, teeter totter and an X Wave. Many individuals and organizations have helped with the necessary funds for this project.
    Kevin Grass, principal at Central Aroostook Junior Senior High School, spoke about this year’s gift drive by the Student Council. This year saw over 50 children helped from over 25 families. The council members amazed Kevin when they wrapped around 400 gifts in 35 minutes!
    He also spoke about the APEX learning program being used by the school This program is designed to help students with an online curriculum. They can “catch up” on classes they may need to be at grade level — or take advanced placement classes. There are currently 17 students involved with this program.

Books, calendars available

    Copies of “I Remember When in Mars Hill” are now on sale at the Mars Hill Town Office. At a cost of $25, these books include 37 stories of Mars Hill through the years.
Written by various individuals, there are stories and memories about local and farm families, sports, Main Street, postal service, Eagle Scouts, and much more.
    Copies of the Birthday Calendar are also available for $6. Sponsored by the Mars Hill Rotary Club, proceeds will be used for various Mars Hill projects.

    Tomi Henderson is the correspondent for Mars Hill, Blaine, Bridgewater and Westfield. She can be reached at 429-9126 or e-mail     


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    LIVING NATIVITY — Members of the Bridgewater Baptist Church took part in the Living Nativity on December 19 and 20. There were many folks who drove especially to see this sight – a reminder of the true reason that we celebrate Christmas. 







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    CHRISTMAS SCENE — Shepherds Breann Bradbury, left, and Isabelle Wright took part in the Living Nativity at the Bridgewater Baptist Church on Dec. 19 and 20. 







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    PLACING SECOND in the Light up the Town large business category in Mars Hill was F.A. Peabody.







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    PLACING FIRST in the Light up the Town large business category in Mars Hill was the Mars Hill IGA.







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    SHALLIE’S PLACE, at left, earned third-place honors in the Light up the Town small business category in Mars Hill.











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    CLAIMING THIRD-PLACE HONORS in the Light up the Town large business category in Mars Hill was Sargent and Tweedie Transportation, Inc. Their windows were some of those painted by Jennifer Mahan’s sixth-grade class at Fort St. Elementary School. 







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    PLAYGROUND DONATION — Mars Hill PTCO members along with the friends and family of the late James Theriault gathered for a photograph following the dedication of the new playground equipment at Fort Street Elementary School. James and Al's Diner helped raise funds with the Pizza for Playground events held. His generosity helped make the purchase possible. A plaque in memory of James Theriault has been placed on the piece of equipment he helped purchase.