Give the students of Eastern Maine Technical College an A for effort in their attempt to make sure every planned activity for their winter festival, “Arctic Fun,” was attempted even if it wasn’t completed to perfection.
Athletic Director Lisa Hanscom planned four days of fun-filled activity for this college of 600 full-time students who, for the most part, are commuters.
Only about 100 students live on campus while the rest drive anywhere from 20 to 60 miles a day to attend classes. Last week, more than 200 stayed around a little longer each day, participating in activities designed to foster teamwork and school spirit, and vying for the title of “Arctic Fun” champion.
The competition was neck-and-neck right up to Thursday’s final events, but those who major in automotive and truck and heavy equipment took home top honors, followed by electrical power and nursing technology.
Throughout the week, students of all ages participated in relay races, pillow polo, a pudding-eating contest, volleyball, cribbage, Whiffleball, tug of war, three-on-three basketball and a snow sculpture contest.
It was that last event that proved most challenging since the weather deprived students of the critical element: snow. But one group didn’t give up. Its members went to the Bangor Mall, found a snow pile, contacted Roy Daigle, the mall manager, for permission, and set about their sculpting.
“The snow sculpture was a symbolic effort,” said Cathy Marquez of Student Support Services. “I had to judge that part of the competition, and I had to look pretty hard just to find it.” In a corner of the Sears parking lot, behind a snowbank, the electrical power students managed to “scrape off the heavy black stuff, cut out a square, and carve `EP’ in snow,” she said. “They made a pretty strong showing considering no one else thought about doing this.” It earned them some points.
Throughout the week, students participated in a scavenger hunt; Wednesday night at Sawyer Arena the EMTC club ice hockey team — with players from 18 to 40 — defeated Maine Maritime Academy of Castine 15-6, and Thursday students enjoyed a catered lunch at Johnston Gym. Since building teamwork and getting people involved were goals of the festival, Marquez said, the work of Hanscom and her student volunteers could be deemed “a complete success.”
One of our newest institutions is the recipient of two gifts that will enhance the lives of residents of the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor.
Peter Adams Anderson advised us the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 185 of Bangor recently donated two remote-control television sets to the veterans home.
“This is not something we regularly do. We have a small bank account,” he said. “But it was something we wanted to do. There are lots of things they could use there, including volunteer help.”
Administrator Susan Crane is most appreciative of the support the new facility is receiving from local organizations.
The newest of five veterans homes in Maine, the facility is a private, nonprofit organization that “is very dependent on veterans in the community to help us,” Crane said.
“Veterans throughout the state have been very generous in donatiog items such as televisions. The Vietnam veterans donated sets for our living room area. Others have donated ones for patient rooms.”
Crane said that veterans and civic organizations “have been generous in donating other items for our activities program as well. They’ve really been wonderful.”
Crane feels fortunate local groups have been as generous and supportive of this facility as they have of the other four in Maine. “But we still do have needs,” she said.
“We have other areas that folks have been helping with such as coming in and volunteering with our activities program, putting on parties or visiting one-on-one with our patients.”
Anything you can to do help make the residents feel welcome would certainly be appreciated. If, like the local Vietnam Veterans of America chapter, you or your group would like to make a donation or volunteer time, call activities director and volunteer coordinator Kathy Talbot at 942-2333.
We received a request from Salvation Army Maj. Glenn Avery we gladly pass along to you.
“The Salvation Army Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen needs some volunteer groups to prepare and serve lunch for hungry Bangor area residents,” he wrote.
“The first and second Tuesdays of each month are open as are a few days at the end of each month. The 7-day-a-week soup kitchen served 29,000 meals last year.”
If your group can help feed the hungry, call Avery at 942-2990.
The Standpipe, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; 990-8288.