California doctor makes hometown visit

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The Mars Hill Rotary Club met on Tuesday morning, June 28, at 6:30 at the Aroostook Health Center. A short report was given on the recent golf tournament (results can be found in this week’s sports section). There were 70 players for the two-day tournament held on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26.

Visiting Rotarian Dr. Toby Adelman spoke to the group about her life growing up in Mars Hill. She remembers being greeted each morning at school with neighbors and classmates Garth Gilman and Tim Griffin greeting her with “to be or not to be, that is the question,” and learning the “Sixteen Counties of our State” sung to the tune of “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” She, like most anyone else in Mars Hill that had Mrs. McKay in school, can still sing the song!

Toby is planning a special vacation this July with kindergarten and lifelong friends from Mars Hill — Anne Brown Chapman and Elisa Smith Greef. They will travel from Toby’s home in San Jose north to Elisa’s home in Olympia, Wash. This will be Anne’s first trip to California.

Toby now lives in San Jose, Calif., with her teenage daughter Shy. She is an associate professor at San Jose State University and teaches nursing to around 100 students. San Jose State has a varied group of students and Toby enjoys learning from them about their native cultures.

She enjoys teaching and works with her students at local senior centers. One advantage to having a varied ethnic group of students is that there is usually someone that can understand and speak the native language of some of the seniors that they work with.

They also work with people in a special homeless shelter that is open to families. One of her favorite classes is Laughter Yoga, which is something that can be done by any age group.

Kicking Bear Camp

Kicking Bear Camp will take place again this year at Smoldering Lake Outfitters in Bridgewater on Friday night and Saturday, July 8 and 9. Developed to impact the children of tomorrow, the camp shows youth a better way of life while providing them with a weekend of fun to experience new things and meet new friends.

The kids can enjoy a night of camping or come on Saturday only. They will learn the basics of archery as well as the rules of the camp before trying their hands at several stations set up for them. There is no cost for the camp.

The camp held in 2010 saw over 70 kids participate. For more information, contact Dave Hentosh at 429-0910 or at

Library news

The library is selling raffle tickets on four $50 gas cards. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. They can be obtained from any trustee or at the library during regular hours. The drawings will be held on Aug. 6 during the Firemen’s Muster events. Proceeds will be used to benefit the library.

The Walter T.A. Hansen Memorial Library will be conducting their third auction on the website in November and December. They are currently seeking sponsors and auction items, as well as volunteers to help gather sponsorship and items. Contact Trustee Ryan Shaw at 429-9500 for details.

The library is always looking for volunteers and fresh ideas on how to improve things for the patrons. It might be an activity at the library, fund-raising ideas, etc. If you have an idea, or would like to help out at the library, call 429-9625.

The library also has a “Buy-A-Brick” program, in which you can “purchase” a brick at the library in honor of or in memory of a person or organization. A plaque will be engraved to be permanently displayed on a brick at the library. The cost for a brick is $100. FMI, contact the library at 429-9625.

New library hours

As of June 1, the Walter T.A. Hansen Memorial Library’s operating hours will be as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8:30; Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. These new hours will add an additional five hours of open business for the public.

Chasin’ the Chasses

Donna and Dana Chasse spent Monday, June 27, visiting Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse monument site and the Badlands. The sites are absolutely beautiful! Donna can now totally understand why the old western movies showed wagons going off the sides of roads into deep ravines because she looked down some very steep drop-offs on their travels around the state of South Dakota.

On Tuesday, they drove 449 miles before stopping for the night. Wednesday saw another 441 miles pass under their feet as they drove to Columbus Falls, Mont. The temperatures were very hot, and Donna is looking forward to getting to the snow she can see on the Rockies off in the distance!

They will stay with Mars Hill native Tom McCrea and his family for a while. They will enjoy a tour of Glacier National Park on Thursday with Tom.

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