Auction to benefit Walter T.A. Hanson Library patrons

14 years ago

Auction to benefit

Walter T.A. Hanson Library patrons


by Tomi Henderson

The Walter T.A. Hansen Memorial Library Benefit Auction is now open for bidding. Money is being raised to buy new books and other items for patrons to enjoy. Items can be viewed and bid on at

Some of the items are 100 gallons of heating oil; two tickets to see the UMO hockey team vs. Boston on Jan. 16, 2011; a $100 Walmart gift card; gift certificates for auto care and groceries; and other gift cards. Check out the site to see what you can bid on to help out the library.

Adult rec activities

Adult programs at the Recreation Center have begun with the following schedule: Walking, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Men’s open gym basketball, Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.; indoor soccer, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.; Women’s open gym basketball, Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.; Co-ed volleyball (beginning Jan. 9), Sundays from 2 – 4 p.m.; Yoga, Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; and Graves’ karate, Mondays at 6 p.m.

For more information, call the Recreation Department at 429-8429.

Ski for Life Program

This year the Recreation Department, in conjunction with Big Rock Ski Area, will be offering to all kids in grades K-12 the opportunity to learn to ski and try equipment for just $5 per session. This program will meet every Saturday morning beginning Jan. 8, 2011. Check-in will be at 9:30 a.m., with lessons at 10 a.m. You are not obligated to attend every Saturday.

Check-in and lessons are mandatory for the program. For the $5, the kids will receive all-day equipment rental, all-day lift ticket and a group lesson.

There will be a sizing and pizza party night at Big Rock for everyone interested in the program at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. This will be to distribute more information on the program and for kids to be registered. There will be a sign-up sheet at Fort Street Elementary School and at CAHS so they can be sure to have enough pizza for everyone. Parents can also e-mail the Recreation Department at with your name and number attending by Dec. 1.

Anatomy fundraisers

The CAHS anatomy class is planning a trip to Philadelphia in April to visit the Mutter Museum. There are eight students that plan to pursue a career in the medical field, and the museum features past medical marvels that shaped the treatments and medications offered today. In addition, the students hope to also see the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Liberty Bell Center, the National Constitution Center, Eastern State Penitentiary and Liberty 360 — a 3-D panoramic theater showcasing America’s historical journey.

The class will be holding several fundraisers to raise the money necessary for them to take the trip. They have a private donor who has pledged $1 for every $2 that the students raise.

Current fundraisers include tickets on a quarter side of beef, which will be available in mid-January. Tickets are six for $5. The beef is being donated by Donovan Family Farms and will be cut to the winner’s specifications by Garey’s Slaughter House.

Another is a “calendar” sale for the month of January. Tickets are $10 each. There are 22 chances to win cash as they will draw a ticket on 22 of the 31 days in January. There will be two $200 drawings, four $100 drawings and 16 $20 drawings.

For more information, contact Leigh Belair, anatomy teacher, at 425-2811.

Central Aroostook Historical Society

The CA Historical Society will be holding a public meeting on Monday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the CAHS Music Room. This meeting is for any of the Mars Hill, Blaine, E Plantation, Robinson and Westfield community members who would like to be part of the discussion of the former Mars Hill Ski Way / Ski Way of Aroostook and the old early one- or two-room school houses in the area. The ski area is planning a 50th anniversary celebration for 2011.

The society is looking for any old memorabilia. If you have any pictures or newspaper articles of any event that has taken place at the mountain in its earlier years or would be related to area schools in the early 1900s and would like to share them with the society, it would be greatly appreciated.

Community Cupboard

The Mars Hill Community Cupboard will distribute food twice a month during December by continuing the second Tuesday of the month from 1-3 p.m., but will change the second date to the third Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. instead of the fourth Tuesday. This is due to the December holiday. Distribution dates will be Dec. 14 and 21.

Food is distributed at the Mars Hill and Blaine Community Center on ACI Street in Mars Hill. This local food pantry serves residents in need from the areas of: Westfield, Mars Hill, Blaine, Bridgewater, Robinson and E Plantation.

Mars Hill Community Cupboard is also a station for RSVP members who would like to volunteer and a distribution center for the Aroostook Agency on Aging, a supplemental program for anyone in need who is aged 60 or older.

For more information on the Food Pantry, contact Cathy Cropley at 429-8043.

Rotary Club

The Mars Hill Rotary Club met on Tuesday morning, Nov. 23, at 6:30 at the Aroostook Health Center. The special speaker was Henry Carpenter, Section 28 supervisor at the Northern Lighthouse in Mars Hill. The organization provides respect, understanding and strength-based services to families. They currently have 45 employees and two clinicians working with 35-40 families.

There is a Girls’ Treatment Facility with room for six residents. There are also HCT In-Home Therapy Services that deliver in-home clinical and behavioral support services for children and adolescents with a mental health diagnosis throughout central Aroostook County.

NLH recognizes that the child cannot be helped outside of the context of the family unit, and therefore strives to offer services for the entire family. They offer help with family values, healthy relationships, independent living skills, healthy boundaries, self-worth and responsibility.


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