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UMPI to hold blood drive | Print |
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:05

    The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host its annual fall blood drive on Monday, Oct. 27, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Campus Center’s Multi-Purpose Room. Members of the campus and community are invited and encouraged to participate. The blood drive is sponsored by the university’s Dean of Student’s Office, the sisters of Kappa Delta Phi NAS, and Phi Eta Sigma — National Honor Society. 

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Winter Weather Safety Workshop set | Print |
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:04

    The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host a Winter Weather Sky Clue & Safety Workshop with WAGM Chief Meteorologist Ted Shapiro on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 2-4 p.m. in Folsom Hall Room 105. Shapiro will be covering everything from snow storms to ice storms to blizzards. He will help you make sense

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NATURE’S BEAUTY | Print |
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:57

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NATURE’S BEAUTY — The fiery hues of red and gold found on trees make for a picturesque scene along the Meduxnekeag River in Houlton. This view was seen from the Highland Avenue Bridge.

 
Maliseet vigil sheds light on domestic violence issue | Print |
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:53

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LIGHTING THE WAY — Betty Joseph of Houlton lights a candle Oct. 1 while holding her granddaughter Valentina Alvardo at the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians’ 17th annual Candlelight Vigil for Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness.

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — Domestic and sexual violence is an issue that affects people from all walks of life. It knows no social or economic boundaries and is a problem that impacts the lives of millions.
    October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians held their 17th annual Candlelight Vigil Oct. 1 to raise awareness for the cause.
    A small, but dedicated group gathered inside the Maliseet gymnasium for last Wednesday’s ceremony, which featured the theme, “What is done to one is felt by all … Protect our loved ones.”
    An estimated 45 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native women have experienced Intimate Partner Violence, according to information presented at the vigil. IPV is another term for domestic violence and it includes physical, sexual or psychological violence that occurs between current and former spouses or partners.

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Residents gather in Monument Park to raise awareness | Print |
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:50

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BRINGING MESSAGE HOME — During the Hope and Justice Project Domestic Violence Awareness vigil, students from Carleton Project and Houlton High School, along with community members, performed an interactive skit on dating violence.

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — Last Wednesday in Monument Park, the Hope and Justice Project held its annual domestic violence awareness vigil called “Talk It Up” Houlton.
    Facing Military Street in the park is the Peace Pole. It was pointed out that the monument stood for peace in the home, community and world. But, it all starts within the home.
    “We meet here each year to honor and remember victims of domestic violence,” said Chief Deputy Darrell Crandall. “We do this because it is the right thing to do. For many of us, it is also because we feel we have so much left to do and need this fellowship of like-minded people who have a passion for preventing future tragedies.”
    Crandall could not answer the question of “why” it has taken society so long to embrace victims and denounce offenders.
    “Events like this, help change that,” he said. “The Sheriff’s office has intervened and investigated some very serious incidents this year. We had cases involving victims being held against their will and assaulted for hours … even cases where victims were repeatedly choked unconscious and several assaults where the report of the crime was prevented. With all of this tragedy, it is sometimes hard to see the positive things that are going on.”

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