Sunday May 5th was a beautiful day in Limestone, Maine. Dave, Tammy, and Braydon Martin came up with their grill to make doughboys with RI, Matt Bartlett. A great time was had by all. There were probably over 200 doughboys made and enjoyed!
Today's balmy weather was whispering that summer is coming so some students and I celebrated with a evening trip up to Tasty Food in Van Buren for supper. On our beautiful drive up the border, we spotted a cow moose and her yearling calf alongside the road. The gangly legs and shaggy spring coats were pretty exciting to see for everyone in the van. We also found a yard sale with some great deals on our way to dinner. We all ate our weight in take out burgers, fries, cole slaw, and plenty of ice cream and milkshakes, while we enjoyed the swinging tables and soaked up some much needed vitamin D. In the photo, students are showing off their newfound home along with some of their yard sale treasures.
Saturday a group of our students made an afternoon trip to Woodland, Maine to Maple Ridge Farm. We were greeted by Phil and Jackie Doak. They were fantastic hosts and we learned a lot from them. Phil taught us about the process of making maple syrup. Jackie made sure there were lots of cookies and maple syrup for the students to sample. We all got to look through the farm store and buy items like syrup, jellies, soaps, cookbooks, etc. The highlight of the trip was getting to see and pet all of the sheep at the farm. Thank you again to Maple Ridge Farm. We will be back!
On Saturday, six of our students visited the Festival Market hosted by Micmac Farms in conjunction with the City of Caribou and the Presque Isle Farmers Market. Students enjoyed meeting local entrepreneurs and farmers while sampling a variety of locally produced wares. Our arms were heavy laden by the end of our visit with blueberry pie, homemade garlic pepper potato chips, handknit mittens, a variety of pickles, maple caramel corn and brittle, ethically raised pork, unique teas, smoked trout, fresh trout, and trout chowder. After we'd made our selections, Dave, the manager of the Trout Farm onsite gave us a tour of their state of the art land based trout farm. The whole operation is sustainable and focuses on raising healthy food options for Maine residents--both the trout and their waste byproduct which is used as fertilizer for the traditional farming operation. We all had a wonderful time and hope to attend again in April!
The Residential Life staff, along with our maintenance crew Tammy and Dave, put on a surprise midnight breakfast for the student body this evening. Dough boys, cereal, monkey bread, eggs and fruit/veggie platters were spread throughout the dormitory for students to enjoy. The dough boys, made by Mr. Matt Bartlett, Tammy Martin and Dave Martin, were the most popular item on tonight's menu. The midnight breakfasts are always a good stress reliever and community builder. Along with getting lots of delicious foods, the student body got to stay out of wing an additional hour to socialize and have fun
Snacks, drinks, and MURDER! What could be more fun? We had an evening of excitement as the group of students and our guest, Mr. McCartney, acted out their roles with excellent and ridiculous accents. Scandals arose, false identities were revealed, and yet no one was able to guess the true murderer. In the end it turns out it was done for the love of family, such bonds are strong indeed.
This afternoon students had the chance to come decorate their own cupcake. There was chocolate, golden yellow, and gluten free funfetti cupcakes. They could choose from chocolate or vanilla frosting. The best part was the toppings, nerds, gummy bears, mini m&ms, chocolate chips, toffee bits, and sprinkles.
On Wednesday afternoon we quickly and cheerfully loaded into the van, dressed for a night of skiing. After an enjoyable ride with good laughs, a beautiful sunset, and plenty of classic rock, we arrived to find the mountain unexpectedly dark and the parking lot empty. Unbeknownst to us, they had made a schedule change since the previous week. All hope was not lost and we decided to head back via Presque Isle to do some bargain hunting at Marden's, some grocery shopping at Grave's, and some refueling at Subway and KFC/Taco Bell. While it was unanimous that we did not have as much fun as a night of flying down the slopes, we had plenty of laughs, smiles, and good times.
On the 11th of January, a group of students went to the Northern Lanes Bowling Alley in Presque Isle. Instead of traditional 10-pin bowling, Northern Lanes Bowling Alley offers candlepin bowling. For some of the students this was their first time candlepin bowling. As the candlepin balls are much smaller with no finger holes it took some time for them to find their groove. The students adjusted quickly and they soon started to have an exciting time. Although there were no strikes, there were quite a few spares! All in all, the kids had a good time. Everyone enjoyed a quike bite to eat at Taco Bell before heading back to campus.
Here at MSSM, J Term has begun and, per usual, beyond the unique academic offerings there is also a boatload of activities and and events planned for our students. So many, in fact, we've run out of bulletin board space to advertise them! Some of the offerings over the next couple of weeks include several off campus trips, cooking and baking lessons (and eating opportunities), lots of intramural sports opportunities, and a murder mystery party. Additionally, many clubs and student organizations are planning even more opportunities for students to be involved in community service and plenty of just for fun events. There are plenty things to try, lots of ways to relax, and everything is fun!
On Saturday, December 1st a number of students attended the 5th Annual Festival of Trees at the Northern Maine Community College. This event consisted of approximately 70 wonderfully decorated trees with gifts that are raffled off to the community. The consensus among the group was that the Harry Potter themed display was our favorite. I believe we all put tickets in for that tree! The proceeds from the tickets will provide dental services for the youth of Aroostook County, at St. Apollonia Dental Clinic. When we were finished at the trees festival we headed over to town to get some lunch before heading back to campus. The winners were drawn on Sunday afternoon and although none of us won a tree there were some winners in the MSSM community. Congratulations Grillo and Adams families!
Tuesday night was a busy night on campus full of fun activities. Students were busy playing floor hockey, outside playing in the snow, socializing, and also enjoying a nice warm cup of Hot Chocolate. We all would like to send out a huge thank you to the Parents Association for the Hot Chocolate supplies and all of the other donations that were sent up after Thanksgiving break. We really appreciate all of the support!
On November 9th the movie V for Vendetta was shown in the lower lounge. This movie has become a yearly tradition, normally watched on November 5th due to the fact that that date is important to the plot of the movie. However, even though we showed the movie four days late, we still had a great turnout! 26 students showed up for the whole movie and a few others stopped by and watched for a few minutes. All in all, the students seemed to have a great time.
This evening we hosted the game show "Family Feud" in the lower lounge. 12 students attended to compete for bragging rights. Some of the surveys that were in tonight's game included "Name a famous wizard", "Name a country with a name that starts with the letter A" and "How long does the typical New Years resolution last?". The students had a good time as well as the staff that attended.
On November 4th, six students and I went to the Forum in Presque Isle to go ice skating. Ice skating has always been a popular trip and fills up pretty quickly. All the students had fun skating despite the fact a few of them took a couple falls. The fries at the snack bar seemed to be pretty popular with this group. When asked if they’d like to do it again, they enthusiastically said yes and asked when the next trip would be.
Thanks to the MSSM Parents Association, the students at MSSM were able to enjoy some caramel apples on Sunday night! Thank you Parents!
World Series Game
On Sunday night we had a decent group of MSSM students watch game 5 of the World Series in the Lower Lounge. 10 students decided to stay up until the end and witness the Boston Redsox become 2018 Champions! A fun time was had by all!
Upper C had their wing night. We played donut bobbing and it looked like a lot of fun. For snacks we had pumpkin pie, apple pie, and made caramel We had a couple ladies stay up to watch the original Ghostbusters. We had some ladies who needed to leave wing night early to get a good nights sleep before their State Cross-Country race the next day.
On October 27th, some of the students got the chance to go into Caribou to go thrift shopping. The students love trips like these because they get the chance to find items not normally found in the local Walmart and Mall, at a great price! The students also found this trip to be very convenient because on the same day was the Halloween dance and they needed to find last minute costumes and/or items to go along with their costumes. One student was able to find a sash for their pirate costume. Other students found dresses, a pie maker and other knickknacks. Some of the thrift stores that we visited were Catholic Charities, The Cubby and Affordable Finds.
On the same trip, the students and I had a good laugh because on the backside of one of the buildings it said Dollar Store and when we went in it turned out to be a Sears combined with a dollar store, so the kids went around joking about how they could get refrigerators and other furniture for a dollar.
For the past three years we have been taking students out to the Nordic Heritage Center to volunteer at the Haunted Woods Walk held by UMPI for the enjoyment of the community. As summer ends and fall approaches the students who participated the year before share how much fun it is with their classmates, and every year our volunteering group grows. This year we had 35 students participate as either guides or spooky additions to the walk. Next year our goal is to create a creepy scene of our own with an MSSM twist.
This was an event filled Saturday for MSSM students! Many students took the opportunity to sign up for one or more of the off campus trips. Some of the options to choose from were Mall Trip, Haunted Woods Walk, and The Corn Maze! 24 Students decided that they wanted to go to the Corn Maze. Gaughan's Farm in Caribou was a very popular place to be today. We were at the farm for 2 1/2 hours and almost all of our students could have spent another couple of hours there easily. Our students did the corn maze challenge, played mini golf, ate homemade ice cream, and bought pumpkins, gourds, and dilly beans! The weather was great and a fantastic time was had by all.
Friday nights at MSSM are at time for students and staff to relax and have some fun. Some nights the res life staff will host game shows, cooking activities, trips to Caribou and Presque Isle and sometimes, like tonight's activity, we host movies in the Veteran's Gymnasium. We set up the projection screen and sound system and had a variety of snacks for purchase courtesy of the key club.Tonight's feature movie was the newly released "Solo: A Star Wars Story". The movie was well attended with around 30 students taking part in the movie along with a few faculty and staff. Our movie nights are a great way to relax and unwind from a long week. Movies that we will be showing in the coming weeks and months include Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Incredibles 2 and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
On Sept 21-23 the Res Life Team hosted an 80's Weekend. We had many great events such as movies in RI apartments, Costume Contest, Dance, Human Hungry Hungry Hippos, Jeopardy, Atari Games, Rubik's Cube solving competition, playing popular board games of the 80's, Cereal Bar, and many more activities. Congratulations to Rothery for winning the 80's Costume contest.