Plans for Homecoming 2014 get under way

10 years ago


by Tomi Henderson

    This year’s events will be held on Aug. 8-10. Following the 10 a.m. parade, plans include various activities at the high school on Saturday afternoon; the committee is looking for crafters and more to set up booths with crafts, foods, etc.

    New events this year already include a photo booth; the FFA booth with baked potatoes,  hotdogs and fries; as well as a cribbage tournament at 1 p.m. The Mars Hill Fire Department will hold a mini muster this year as well as doing the chicken barbecue dinner on Saturday.
    NOTE: There will be an Outdoor Variety Show on Saturday night at CAHS from 7-8:15 p.m. Anyone wishing to participate is asked to call Dave Collins at the Mars Hill Rec at 429-8429 to sign up.

After The Bell

    Activities this week at After The Bell include:
    Wednesday, July 16, 3-4 p.m. a new session of Tri Club kicks off at Fort Street School. Please come prepared to run outside with sneakers and a water bottle. Tri Club this session is open to children age 7-14. They will be preparing for the September Ready, Set, Let’s Go Tri at UMPI. Any questions, please call Coach Amanda at 227-4500.
    Thursday, July 17 programming will take place at our Main Street location, with art camp 10 a.m. to noon. Children will complete a variety of projects that will then be displayed at the Northern Maine Fair. There is still room to register, so please contact Jamie to sign up. Lunch is at noon. There will be an afternoon session of fit and fun from 12-2 p.m. A variety of activities to get kids moving will be offered; sneakers required.
    Friday, July 18 will be a day trip to the Braden and the Mapleton pool. Join After The Bell as they leave Fort Street School at 9:30 a.m. Movies at 10 a.m., lunch will be provided. Then they will swim at the Mapleton pool at 2 p.m. The bus will return to Fort Street School at 4 p.m. There is still room to sign up.
    Tuesday, July 22, 9 a.m. to noon will be the Outdoor Adventure Club. Children will be biking. Please arrive at our Main Street location with sneakers, bike, helmet and water bottle. Lunch will be provided. Afternoon session 12-2 p.m. at our Main Street location will be gardening with Ms. Chris and Nutrition and Cooking with Ms. Amy.
    Wednesday, July 23 will be Tri Club from 3-4 p.m.

Westfield Days

    This year’s Westfield Jubilee will take place Aug. 22-24. A new committee has been formed, with some new ideas for activities for this old-fashioned weekend. The committee is headed up by Tammy Carson, who can be reached at 429-1015. Any vendors, entertainers or operators that have been involved in the past, or would like to participate this year, is asked to contact Tammy. Anyone that would like to be part of the Planning Committee is also asked to contact Tammy.

Aroostook Health Center

    Upcoming events for the week of July 16-22 include: Wednesday will feature the Beauty Parlor at 8:30 a.m., Table Tennis at 10 a.m. and Crossword Puzzles at 1:30 p.m. Thursday will feature the Beauty Parlor at 8:30 a.m., Bingo at 9:30 a.m., Horse Racing at 1:30 p.m. and Free Baptist at 6:30 p.m. Friday will feature Five Card Bingo at 9:30 a.m. and a Patio Ice Cream Social at 1:30 p.m. Saturday is a free day with Puzzles and Card Games available in the Gathering Room closet. Sunday will feature the Full Gospel Assembly at 3 p.m. Monday will feature Nail Beautiful a 9:30 a.m., Communion with Pastor Jewell at 1:30 p.m. and Gospel Group at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday will feature the Beauty Parlor at 8:30 a.m., Bingo at 9:30 a.m. and Card Games 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.

Rotary Club

    The Mars Hill Rotary Club met on July 8 at 6:30 a.m. at the Aroostook Health Center. Special guest speaker was Rotary District Governor Mike Walsh. He spoke of this year’s theme of “Light Up Rotary,” chosen by Rotary International President Gary C. K. Huang. As the famous saying goes, “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
    Rotary started in 1913 and has accomplished many things through the years. In 1946, Rotary had a hand in the start of the United Nations. In 1985, Rotary started a mission of eradicating polio, a goal that is close to being seen. As of January 2014, India is now polio-free. Afghanistan is one of the few remaining countries with a polio problem, but the dangers of being in the country are very real. Almost 60 Rotarians have been killed in the effort to wipe polio from the Earth, but Rotarians are still going on their own as the goal is so close to being met.
    It has been said, “You make a living by what you make, you make a life by what you give.”  

Library fundraiser

    Thanks go to those who helped with and attended the tag sale weekends. A decision was made to run the sale again on the weekend of Homecoming. If anyone would like to donate more items, please contact the library at 429-9625.
    The book by author Emma Gingerich, “Runaway Amish Girl — The Great Escape,” is available at the library for $10 each. For more information, check out Emma’s website at They are also available for Kindle at Amazon.
Tomi Henderson is the correspondent for Mars Hill, Blaine, Bridgewater and Westfield. She can be reached by email at