The Presque Isle Historical Society hosted a fall foliage ride aboard Molly the Trolley on Saturday. Kim Smith, secretary/treasurer of the Board of Directors, served as tour guide, narrated the trip, providing historical information along the journey, including discussion of the area's first settlers.
A former County advocate for domestic violence awareness who now works at the state level was back in this neck of the woods recently. Francine Garland Stark is the Executive Director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. She was formerly the executive director of the Hope and Justice Project. She recently took part in the Walk It Up Presque Isle event put on by her former organization. Garland Stark says she enjoys getting out and visiting her member agencies often, especially during domestic violence awareness month.
We at WAGM are gearing up for an important evening tomorrow night, one that will hopefully help you make an informed decision at the polls on November 6th. We're hosting a second congressional district debate. This is video from the congressional debate in 2016. Aroostook Partnership Advocacy Chair and co-moderator Jason Parent says the second congressional district is one of the races to watch this year...as it's one of the key races that will dictate the balance of power in Congress. In the runnning are republican Bruce Poliquin, who currently holds the seat, democrat Jared Golden, and independents Tiffany Bond and Will Hoar. Parent says it's important for people to hear from all four candidates...he adds that it's important to host a debate up here so that Aroostook County's voice is heard and have the issues we face here come to the forefront of the conversation. He says topics of conversation will include the economy and workforce expansion, the opioid crisis, and health care.
Residents of Ridgewood Estates in Madawaska had a busy morning packing up clothes for those in need. They loaded up six boxes of clothes, which ended up weighing a total of 240 pounds, which will be sent to hurricane victims in Florida. The clothes were a donation in the Loving Memory of Rella Beaulieau and Martha Beaupre's Family. Every three months, residents meet together to discuss community events and current affairs in the world, and do their part to make the world a little bit better.
Community members in Presque Isle took part in an annual walk to raise awareness of domestic violence. Walk It Up Presque Isle is put on by the Hope and Justice Project. The event is about supporting survivors and honoring victims of domestic violence. Before beginning the walk, attendees heard from domestic violence survivor Dian Weaver.