The Northern Lighthouse, Inc.

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Pictured here are Alan Lindquist, Houlton Rotarian, Henry Carpenter of the Northern Lighthouse and Jane Torres, Vice President of the Houlton Rotary. Henry spoke to the club about his work for the Northern Lighthouse. Henry grew up in Hammond, the son of Debbie and Billie Carpenter, and graduated from Houlton High School. Henry helps to oversee the services provided at 5 different locations in the County. Caribou, Fort Kent, Houlton, Mars Hill and Presque Isle  all have offices. The residential program in Mars Hill provides treatment for its residents who are children from the ages of 8 to 18. There is staff available 24/7 to provide the care each child needs. Structured programs require group activities, daily chores, family activities, individual and or group therapy, ability to earn allowances, reality works program, parenting skills such as parenting with love and logic and for attachment. Section 28 provides rehabilitation and community support services for children with cognitive impairments and functional limitations. Problem solving activities are provided to help children develop and maintain skills and abilities necessary to mange his or her behavioral health treatment needs. The new Houlton office is now offering a parenting class.

The Northern Lighthouse has existed since 2001 and now employs 115 people. Melvin and Linda Guiggey founded the organization by first taking needy children into their home.  Besides the residential programs there is an outreach through outpatient therapy and training services are available for elementary and high school settings.To learn more and find contact information, the website for the Northern Lighthouse is www.tnlh.org.

 

Canine visit at Rotary

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In this photo from left to right, Chris Sullivan and his guest Jerry Hammond and Dorsta, Amy Hocking and Jerry’s replacement Tom Horten  of CB Canine Unit

 

Jerry and Dorsta are retiring soon, and Tom will be taking his place with a new canine. The cost of training an officer and canine is 28,000 which to some may seem like a lot but the amount of seized property in just one search can pay for that quickly. They train for both narcotics and explosives, though not at the same time. Jerry and Dorsta gave us a presentation with Dorsta finding 4 hidden packages which had small amounts of paraphernalia in them. the came in the room with Jerry leading, when Dorsta got a sniff of narcotics she stopped and then smelled around and sat a close as possible to the package. Then she would receive her pay which is a rolled up towel that they play together with for a few moments. Then off to the next one and she found each one with out any hesitation. We were shown slides of many seizures and it is absolutely amazing how many drugs are found yet we still have such a problem. The narcotics that are found eventually get incinerated and the other possessions like cars, campers, trucks anything that is being used to transport or store the drugs in become government property which then goes to public auction where anyone can purchase it.  on occasion Jerry had to spend time in Arizona which is very different than our borders here in Houlton, we can get frustrated at times with waiting a few minutes or on a rare occasion hours but if you are in Arizona you plan on at least a six hour wait if not overnight. The gates close at midnight so you would either leave or wait until they open the next morning. It was asked about the dangers to them when they are off duty, while in Arizona they had to stay 3 hours away from the border so if they had to be to work at 5 am, they had to leave before 2 am and then work their 8 hours and drive 3 more hours back. Jerry told a story of a fellow worker that had gone to Mexico for something and stopped into a bar and saw Jerry and Dorsta’s picture on the wall wanted dead or alive 10,000.00. It was a very interesting talk and demonstration, we wish you well Jerry and Dorsta on your retirement and that will be together as Jerry is adopting Dorsta. Respectfully submitted by Tammie Mulvey

 

Milton Cone at Houlton Rotary

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DSC_0134Pictured are Amy Hocking, Milton Cone Houlton Fire Chief guest speaker of Pete Howe. Milton informed us all that it was Fire Prevention week and the importance of this week. In his experience he has found this to be the most important part of their job, to educate children and adults on preventing fires and what to do in case a fire occurs. Milton first started as a volunteer firefighter in 1976. The Houlton Fire Department currently has 30 firefighters which adds up to over 500 years experience! Milton is also the Cemetery Director and oversees the Houlton Ambulance. We are so fortunate in this area because Houlton is never looking for more firefighters people are always trying to get on the team, a big thank you to all of them! Milton also wanted to thank all the business that support the fire department. He discussed the use of smoke alarms and carbon detectors. , he said that the best ones are wired into your home with battery back up and to always check your alarms and change the battery’s as needed. 62% of homes either have no alarm or one that is not working, If you have a working alarm you have 50% less chance dying. In a “dream” world everyone would have sprinklers, you now can hook up a six sprinkler system fairly inexpensive to install but please have it done by a professional. The most often cause of home fires are: furnace, electric box, woodstove, dryers and the kitchen many of these can be reduced tremendously by having them cleaned or a having them inspected on a regular basis. One thing that can be done with your dryer is look down into the “fuzz” catcher (my term not Milton’s) and also to take the hose off and check for any back up. Also he mentioned the importance of following the manufacturer directions on all units, but especially as it gets colder on your heaters. Many people use smaller heaters in area’s that really are not safe, protect yourself and I say put on another layer of clothes instead of risking a fire. The Houlton Rotary Club would like to give a big thank you to the Houlton Fire & Ambulance, you do a great job and we appreciate it!

Dominican Republic and Water Assistance

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Rotarians Craig Bean, Amy Hocking, President and Ryan Bushey are pictured here. They spoke on the “Water Trip” to the Dominican Republic at Houlton Rotary’ luncheon meeting on September 8th, 2014. More information will be available for an up and coming journey to share Rotarian’s services with those in need of good water. Craig, Amy and Ryan particularly loved their experiences in the Dominican Republic.

Bob Blanchette and his Computers and Technological Journey

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Bob shared his journey with technology recently at Houlton’s Rotarian luncheon which began during his days at WHOU. Bob had great stories and showed images of the various equipment that he has used over the years. He also had great advice about the use and protection surrounding today’s technological world. Pass word protection is extremely important considering the attacks on our privacy by savvy “pirates” (my word). Bob is not too fond of Apple products and knowing the handicaps of my computer, I can understand this viewpoint. Still Bob was careful in educating all of us on all of the choices out there and there are plenty to fit everyone’s individual needs. Everyone appreciated Bob’s enthusiasm and expertise on a subject that is near and dear to his heart.  Respectfully submitted, DH

Walking to Greenland

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Houlton Rotarian Bob Ellis, Dr. Will Richard and Houlton Rotarian Torrey Sylvester are pictured here with Will’s book “Maine to Greenland, Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast” which is published by Smithsonian Books. Dr. Richard is a research collaborator with the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and holds a PhD in geography. He is also a Maine Guide. Will fascinated the Houlton Rotary on September 29th’s luncheon meeting with the story of the trail and showed wonderful photos of his journeys on the trail from Maine to Greenland, Iceland and onto Europe. A copy of the book can be purchased for $40.00 and one is available to check out at the Cary Library in Houlton.DSC_0128

Madelene’s Study in Spain

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Houlton Rotary speaker 7/28/14 – Madelene Anderson, seen here with Amy Hocking and Chris Anderson

At the July 28th meeting, the Houlton Rotary Club was privileged to receive a report from Madelene Anderson, daughter of Rotarian Chris Anderson, about her recent exchange trip to Spain. Madelene shared with the Rotarians about her six month stay in Spain and the benefit she received from this experience. She had studied Spanish for a year and a half in high school, so Spain seemed to be a logical choice for the exchange study. Upon arrival Madelene was immediately immersed in the language, living with a Spanish host family and attending school where all the lecture based classes were in Spanish. She told Rotary members how her interest in Spain turned into a passion for the country during her stay. At first the new language didn’t come easy, but after a month and a half she became conversational in Spanish. Beyond practicing a new language and learning first-hand about another culture, Madelene shared with the group how the exchange trip helped to form her as a person as she experienced being more self-sufficient, traveling by herself, and learning how to live with a family of another culture.

Rideout’s Lodge and Cabins

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Amy Hocking, Emily Brown, Jim Brown

 

Jim Brown, owner of Rideout’s since 2012 spoke to Houlton Rotary recently about his acquisition of the property and his business plan for the future. Rideout’s was founded in 1947 and Jim, along with his wife Kim and his children Emily and Parker, is the 4th owner. Jim has strong connections in the area and foresees his business continuing with the historic image of Rideout’s but with new amenities. There are 8 acres across the road that now accesses the cabins and lodge. Jim hopes to sell new cabins, built to “spec” for the new owner and move the existing camps across the road onto foundations. This would maintain the lake view and improve the buildings without remodeling the old cabins at a prohibitive cost.

BENEFITS:

BUYERS HAVE UNOBSTRUCTED LAKE VIEWS AND NEW WATERFRONT COMMON AREA – MOVE “FRONT 4” CABINS
HISTORIC RENTAL CUSTOMERS WILL STILL HAVE ACCESS TO RIDEOUT’S AS IN THE PAST
RESTAURANT OPEN YEAR ROUND
FALL/WINTER VISITORS (HUNTING/SNOWMOBILE/ICE FISHING/BIRDING/PHOTOGRAPHY, ETC)
ALL SPEND $$ LOCALLY
BEST PART: YEAR ROUND EMPLOYMENT FOR LOCALS

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR Jim?:

INVEST FUNDS INTO THE COMMON AREAS (DOCKS, BOATS, GROUNDS) TO MAKE RIDEOUT’S A PREMIER DESTINATION FOR RENTERS AND ADD VALUE FOR THE OWNERS.

CONTINUE TO PROVIDE VACATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR RIDEOUT’S GUESTS (BOATS RENTALS; DINING ROOM, ETC)
CONTINUED PRESENCE IN NORTHERN MAINE
LONGER PERIODS SPENT IN NORTHERN MAINE
GAIN GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF NEEDS IN N. MAINE
CONTINUE TO BE ADVOCATE FOR N. MAINE VIA MTA – WORK WITH NMDC & ACT

SUMMARY:

Jim says he in does not want to add this to his resume but he is a huge advocate for the County, as a member of the Maine Tourism Board he want to be heard and he wants to make a difference for the greater good of a wonderful place.

To quote Jim “LET’S WORK TOGETHER TO HAVE HOULTON PIONEER TIME’S BYLINE SAY:

“NOT THE ONLY PLACE IN THE WORLD INTERESTED IN HOULTON, MAINE”.

Wings and Wheels

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Don’t forget this Saturday at the Houlton Airport!!wingsnwheels-1

Membership Award

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In this photo we have Scott Dionne, center with Past President Lori Weston, left and Pat Perry, Past District Governor to the right in the photo. Scott has just received an award from Pat for his successful work in membership for the Houlton Rotary this past year.

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Membership work award

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