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Bicentennial Cookbook Dinner
Last year the Fogler Library Friends joined with the Friends of Orono Public Library for an afternoon reception with filmmaker Jim Sharkey and author Sanford Phippen. This was so successful that the two groups decided to make a co-sponsored event an annual tradition.
This year’s event was a very special occasion for everyone involved and for the town of Orono as the two groups joined together to organize a buffet dinner to celebrate the publication of Orono Cooks!, Orono’s Bicentennial Cookbook. The dinner was held on Sunday, November 13, 2005 from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Thomas Lynch University Club at Fogler Library. Orono Cooks!, was developed by the Friends of the Orono Public Library in honor of the town’s bicentennial in 2006. All the recipes on the menu were taken from the cookbook, which was on sale at the dinner.
Menu included: Grace Soup, Cheese Dip with Crudités and Crackers, Hummus Dip with Crudités and Crackers, Baked Zucchini Squash (vegetarian), Chicken Curry, Seafood Casserole, Rolled Oat Dinner Rolls, Broccoli-Raisin Salad, Mandarin Orange Salad, a selection of baked goods and fresh fruit.
Patrick Tarpin, the Orono High School student who designed the cover graphics for the cookbook was at the dinner and graciously took the time to sign copies for guests. Proceeds from the event were shared by the two Friends groups.
The Voyage of Archangell
Four hundred years ago, Captain George Waymouth sailed from England to the coast of Maine in search of a suitable site for an English colony. He and his crew spent twenty-nine days in May and June of 1605 sounding and exploring a very small area of the coast, which included an anchorage at the Georges Islands and the discovery of a "great river."
Did they venture up the St. George River? Or was it the Kennebec? The Penobscot? The answer to this question and more were part of a fascincating afternoon with David Morey, author of The Voyage of Archangell: James Rosier’s account of the Waymouth voyage of 1605. A True Relation. Annotated by David C. Morey. Morey made a convincing case for the Penobscot River and offered some interesting thoughts on how different history might have been had the English, rather than the French, claimed land this far to the north.
Co-sponsored by the Universtiy Bookstore, this event brought historians and Friends’ members together for a very special afternoon.
Special Collections Roadshow
I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can be tested by how we support our libraries.
Special Collection took to the road on September 25th for the first in a series of Special Collections Roadshows. The destination was Dirigo Pines in Orono, where residents and their guests had the opportunity to see what makes Special Collection special. Department head Richard Hollinger gave a presentation that covered everything from “the interesting and obscure” to the University Archives and the challenges of preservation. Items from many of the collections were on display as part of the traveling exhibit.
Journalism Matters, a panel discussion celebrating the publication of: "Journalism Matters" by Peter Cox, co-founder of Maine Times, took place on Tuesday, October 25th, 2005 in Special Collections. Panelists included: Matthew Conyers, Meg Haskell, Mark Kelley, and Kathryn Olmstead.
Matthew Conyers is a junior journalism major currently enrolled at the University of Maine. Conyers was named Editor in Chief of The Maine Campus last April, becoming the first junior in over a decade to take over that role for the paper. Before becoming EIC, Conyers served as a Sports Editor during his sophomore year and as a copy editor his freshman year. He also covers the UMaine men's ice hockey team for USCHO.com, Hockey East Magazine, and College Sports Television.
Meg Haskell started work as a reporter at Maine Times in 1999, the same year she graduated from the University of Maine with a mid-life B.A. in English. Haskell stayed with Maine Times for the three years it continued as a weekly paper, learning the ropes of reporting by covering a wide range of issues and rubbing shoulders with some of Maine’s most distinguished journalists. The paper received a first-place award in investigative reporting from the Maine Press Association for Haskell’s 2002 story on health care in Maine’s prisons; the same story took second place that year from the New England Press Association. A former registered nurse, Haskell currently writes about health and health care for the Bangor Daily News.
Mark Kelley completed his Ph.D. in Mass Communications at Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in May of 2004. He now teaches in the Communication and Journalism Department at the University of Maine in Orono.
Kelley has just completed a book entitled Telling the Truth, which explores how news consumers process information, how journalists produce the news, and whether we can actually find truth in today’s news media. His other writing credits include: Get Real: God and Media published by Faith & Life Press, Newton, Kansas, in October, 2000, a five part study series focusing on media from the perspective of faith and values, geared toward a junior high audience; and Berman’s Lament (published in 2000), a fictional account of life in local television news, taking readers inside the process and detailing the transformation of the news business in recent years.
In 2000, Kelley wrote the script for “Election 2000 Special-The Presidential Election from a Faith and Values Perspective,” anchored by Mary Alice Williams, produced by Golden Dome Productions for broadcast over the Odyssey Network.
Kathryn Olmstead is a former newspaper reporter, editor and photographer and current publisher and editor of Echoes, a quarterly magazine dedicated to preserving qualities of community at risk in today's world. A Michigan native, she taught high school English and journalism in Wisconsin and New Hampshire before moving to Maine and beginning a career in journalism. She covered central Aroostook County for the Bangor Daily News, was editor of the weekly Aroostook Republican in Caribou, was a correspondent for two agricultural newspapers published in Kansas and Vermont, and has free-lanced for various publications. She also served five years on the staff of U.S. Senator Bill Cohen. She joined the UMaine faculty in 1984 and co-founded Echoes in 1988. A graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin, she is currently associate professor of journalism and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The panel talked about Maine Times and what made it so special. They discussed the legacy of the paper and the changing role of advocacy journalism.
The event was co-sponsored by the Fogler Library Friends and the University Bookstore.
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