Mars Hill gears up for Homecoming

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Mars Hill Homecoming days are coming up from Wednesday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 11.  

New this year will be a kids decorated bike parade on Wednesday evening.  Thursday is the ice cream social at the Northern Light AR Gould center, Friday will be the Rotary car hop supper, caricature artist, paint & sip and a drive-in movie, “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”  

Saturday you will find the junior high soccer tourney and parade at 11 a.m. featuring the Shriners’ Indy Cars. Registration forms are available at the Town Office or superintendent’s office. Other events include a car show, vendors, open house at All Star Gymnastics, 2nd Chances Kids Community Closet at 9 Maple St., watermelon eating contest, mashed potato eating contest, barbecue chicken dinner and country block party at Timberwolves, Fireman Fred, and Star City Syndicate. 

Sunday there will be the Big Run around the Mountain, Alumni Golf Scramble, and a gospel concert at the gazebo. Class reunions will go on throughout the weekend. 

For more information call Kathy 540-6325, Dawn 532-8305, or Dave 227-0485.

Rotary News

The Mars Hill Rotary met on Tuesday, July 2, with guest speaker Dr. Jason Johnson from the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  

He spoke about UMPI’s new agriculture program, in which students take mostly science courses their first year and agriculture and business management courses later on.   He explained other classes that are offered along with the traditional classes.  

They have a collaboration with University of Maine Cooperative Extension which is beneficial to the class.  They have received a $1 million donation to be used for a professorship for this program in honor of Dr. Robert Akeley by his daughter.  He shared the plans for a new greenhouse, which will be coming soon.

Rotary’s guest speaker on June 25 was Dixie Shaw from Catholic Charities.  

She spoke about upcoming events including the Aug. 4 Feed the County race at Spud Speedway, for which people may sponsor a lap to help Feed the County, and the fourth annual corn maze event at the end of August at Goughan’s Farms in Caribou.

She said last year was a record breaking year, with Feed the County putting out 1,593,876 pounds of food to County residents.  They will take anything and just recently acquired 42,000 pounds of pickles that were donated.  

Members of the Mars Hill Rotary Club met recently to clean up the Saturn site on the Presque Isle Road.  Many hours are spent mowing and keeping this site weed-free for the public to appreciate. (Courtesy of J. Shaw)

They had to build extra storage in Caribou after losing the McCain storage facility.  They also lease a building in Monticello, which is up for sale, so they are unsure of what will happen at that location.  

They are receiving a donation this week from the Hampden location from the Good Shepherd food bank of a larger freezer/cooler for the Monticello location, which can’t be installed until they see if the facility is sold, Shaw said.

She works with inmates from Houlton. One of their projects is baling clothes to be sold to buyers, which gives money back to Feed the County.  

Catholic Charities distributes 1,765 food packs each month.  They are planting their rutabagas and beets this week. They are always looking for ways to raise money to make the program sustainable.  They were offered a space in the Aroostook Centre Mall, and have that set up for items for sale in the old Claire’s store. It has been working well.  

Mars Hill Rotary meets every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m, at the Mars Hill Northern Light Continuing Care facility.