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Stuart Hedstrom, Piscataquis Observer • October 29, 2019
MILO — Many people in the developed world take for granted access to clean, safe drinking water, all they need to do is turn on a nearby facet or take the top off a bottle. In other nations, the process to get water involves walking for hours and then the source may be contaminated with dangerous bacteria and parasites that can lead to sickness and even death.
The Penquis Valley High School Key Club is working to change this situation for a village in the Kingdom of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland a landlocked country in southern Africa, through the Thirst Project. The Thirst Project is a national nonprofit organization bringing safe drinking water to communities around the world where it is not immediately available.
Penquis students are hoping to raise $12,000 to fund a well for an Eswatini village.
Following a Thirst Project presentation to the high school student body on Oct. 24, Key Club President/Penquis Thirst Project Coordinator Rachel McMannus said she first learned about the initiative two years ago when she attended a New England & Bermuda District of Key Clubs District Educational Conference (DECON).
“I went to DECON two years ago and I heard Evan Wesley speak and he’s their vice president of student (activation). He did an amazing presentation and just like they did here at the end they said ‘if you want to get involved text this number’ and I texted that number and then actually later found out that Dover, Dexter, Greenville, they’re all involved in it as well.
“So I came back to the club, presented the idea and they loved it so we started to get fundraising ideas and doing that. We have been fundraising for a year and a half now and our bass tournament has been our biggest event,” she said about a tourney held last summer on Schoodic Lake.
“We have raised just about $9,000 as of right now,” McMannus, a senior, said. “Our next fundraising event will be the Halloween event as well as selling our cards at the SeDoMoCha Craft Fair so we’re really excited for that.”
“We would like to have the $12,000 raised by DECON this year which is in April so we’re hoping to present the check with them at DECON,” she said with the conference taking place in Springfield, Massachusetts.
McMannus said students have responded well to the Thirst Project. “This year we’ve got a lot of freshmen who are really excited about it and want to get involved a lot so hopefully we can raise it pretty quickly and get on to raising funds for other things like Camp Sunshine and continuing the Thirst Project which is our district project this year,” she said.
Thirst Project Road Warriors, a group whose members travel around the country to speak about the organization, Mikayla Martinez and Paul Rivas told the assembled students about the water crisis around the...Read More
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Staff, Piscataquis Observer • October 25, 2019
BROWNVILLE — After several decades owner Bill Graves of B & W Glass of Brownville (the business is named for Graves and his wife Wendy) has retired and turned his business over to Josh Guffey.
Graves, a veteran himself, will be succeeded by Guffey who retired from the military on July 29. Guffey and his wife Diane have moved to the area from the South and have bought a house. They are the parents of two children, ages 4 and 3.
Guffey is certified from the Equalizer Auto Glass Academy, and he will be taking over the auto glass portion of the business.
Graves will continue to do home glass repair and he has started a new business venture “Non-Typical Handyman Services” which can be reached at 965-8014.
Observer photo/Keri Foster