Linked from: Piscataquis Observer
Staff, Piscataquis Observer • June 26, 2019
SEBEC — The Sebec Village Associates will be operating the community library at the Reading Room, 665 Sebec Village Road, again this summer. There are no fees to borrow books and media from the library which boasts an extensive collection of fiction and nonfiction.
Summer hours will begin on Tuesday, July 9 and are as follows: Tuesdays 10 a.m. to noon; Wednesdays 6–7:30 p.m.; and Thursdays 1–3 p.m. These hours will be throughout July and August.
Susan Small has generously created and donated a lovely 60- by 82-inch quilt which is being raffled as a fundraiser to buy additional books. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Reading Room during any event, such as July 4 or whenever the library is open.
The Sebec Village Associates wish to thank the Tabitha and Stephen King Foundation for their support of this and other community libraries. Through their generosity we are able to provide a wonderful library for all ages to enjoy.
The Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society held its second meeting of the year on June 25th.
Treasurer, Lana Washburn, reported that all bills are paid and that dues for the year are coming in slowly.
The book treasury maintains a balance of about $3400.
It has been a busy summer at the Parish House Museum even though the building only officially opened last week. Many new items have come in over the winter/spring season and something new arrives every week!
The newest item of interest to the general public is the receipt of two DVDS featuring home movies compiled by John and Joe Michaud (sons of Andrew Michaud). One of these videos shows scenes in Brownville Junction and people of the area; the second is video of scenes along the Canadian Pacific Railroad from Quebec, through Maine, and in to New Brunswick. These home movies were made by Andrew Michaud and his dad, Sam Michaud, from 1939 through the 1950s. These can be found on YouTube.com but will also be featured as the program following the July 30th, 7pm meeting of the Society at the Parish House Museum. All are welcome to attend.
The BJHS scoreboard is now in the hands of Suzette East for restoration. It is hoped that the face of the unit will be completed by mid-August, in time for the BJHS Alumni Reunion. Whether the clock and lights can be repaired is yet unknown.
The Society had hoped that the bathroom renovation project scheduled for this year would be completed by now but that has not yet come to fruition.
The group is always looking for new volunteers and members! Contact Susan at 965-8070 for more information.
Membership is $5 per year. You can send dues to B-BJ Historical Society, PO Box 794, Brownville ME 04414.
Linked from: Bangor Daily News
SEBEC — Sebec Village will host a variety of exciting events on Thursday, July 4 starting with a breakfast at the Sebec Village Christian Church at 7:30 a.m, at 734 Sebec Road. A 5K Road Race takes off at 8 a.m. with a starting line-up just down the hill from the church. The annual parade is at 9:30 a.m. The canoe race launches at 10:30 a.m., and if you are participating be sure to arrive before the parade as logistics can be challenging once the parade has begun. The famous Sebec Chicken BBQ runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 665 Sebec Road. Dine in at the air-conditioned Reading Room or you can take out. Pony Rides and other fun activities will be available on the grounds of the Reading Room. While in the village be sure to purchase tickets for a chance at a hand-made quilt that is being raffled to support the village library. These events occur rain or shine.
The Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club (PARC) will be participating in the 2019 American Radio Relay League Field Day at the camp of David Ramsey and Debbie Kaczowski on the Sebec River on the weekend of 22 and 23 June. We will be operating continuously for 24 hours from 2 pm Saturday to 2 pm Sunday. We will be using the callsign K1PQ, which is the callsign assigned to us by the Federal Communications Commission. This event is open to the public.
PARC is an affilieated ARRL radio club and meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Milo Town Hall. The club also runs a UHF repeater on Stickney Hill on 444.950. We provide public service communications to area organizations such as the Dover Foxcroft and Milo/Brownville Kiwanis. We assisted with the Kenduskeag and the Piscataquis River races with our last club event being to provide communictions support to the 2019 Sebec River Race. Check out our Facebook page "Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club".
WHAT IS ARRL FIELD DAY?
ARRL Field Day is the single most poppular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations
Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all FUN!
It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bik-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums .. these are large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.
But despite the development of very complex. modern communications systems - - or maybe because they ARE so complex - - ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Ama Radio people (also called "hams") are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.
WHAT IS THE ARRL?
The American Radio Relay League is the...Read More