Mars Hill news and notes

5 years ago

The Mars Hill Rotary Club met Sept. 25 at the Aroostook Health Center.  The guest speaker was Josh Tweedie, owner of the local IGA stores.

He and his wife bought the Mars Hill IGA, Star City IGA and Hillside IGA stores 19 months ago and have worked hard to make the stores the best they can be.  Josh has a history with the Mars Hill IGA having worked there from 1994-’98 while in school.

Some changes they have made include changing all the lighting in the stores to LEDs which has cut down a lot on the electricity needed. They also attend food shows twice a year in order to keep up on new products.  They also will order special items in as requested.

He knows that their best asset is their help.  They have over 50 full-time employees, some having been with the store for over 40 years.  They also have many part-time employees with a big turnover on student workers due to school schedules.  

They have had to stay very informed about the items affected by the tariff changes.  He noted that there actually aren’t that many items affected, only about 10 percent of things typically bought by Canadian customers.

Adult Ed classes

The Mars Hill Adult Ed program will begin Monday, Oct. 15.  The following classes will be offered: quilting, Mondays and Thursdays; woodworking, Tuesdays; wallet making, Thursdays; and low-impact exercise, Mondays.

Call Kathy at 425-3771 to register.

Aroostook Health Center

Upcoming events for the week of October 3-9 include: Wednesday will feature Beauty Parlor at 8:30 a.m., Resident’s Council at 9:30 a.m. and Exercise Time at 1:30 p.m.   Thursday will feature Beauty Parlor at 8:30 a.m., Bingo at 9:30 a.m. and BYF Potluck at 11:00 a.m. Friday is Jeans Day and will feature Exercise at 9:30 a.m. and a Potato Bar and Picking Contest at 1:30 p.m.  Saturday is a free day with games, puzzles and movies available in the day room. Sunday will have televised church in the day room. Monday will feature Nails with Shallie & Melissa at 9:30 a.m. and an Apple Pie Bake-Off at 1:30 p.m.  Tuesday will feature 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. To volunteer to help, call Connie or Vicki at 768-4915.

Craft fair

The Mars Hill and Blaine Homecoming Committee is looking into doing a fall craft fair in early November if there is enough interest.  Please contact Dave on Facebook at “Dave Collins, director Mars Hill Recreation” to sign up.

The committee will next meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. All are welcome.

Music night

From 6-9 every Thursday, stop by the Bridgewater Historical Building for some live music.

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