"Daytime at the Maine Winter Sports Center in Fort Kent," an 18" x 24" oil painting by Dolores Dumont of Fort Kent. INSETS: U.S. biathletes trained at Aroostook County's Maine Winter Sports Center compete in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Front cover: Russell Currier of Stockholm, Maine. Photo by Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image. Back cover: Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid, N.Y. Photo by Kathryn Olmstead.
THE NORTHERN MAINE JOURNAL OF RURAL CULTURE
Echoes is a quarterly journal of rural culture filled with feature stories, essays, colorful photos, poetry, humor and personal stories about qualities of life at risk in today's world.
The magazine focuses on positive values rooted in the past that have relevance for the present and the future. Its stories suggest there is permanence in the midst of change and value in remembering our roots.
Published since 1988 in Aroostook County, Maine, Echoes celebrates the diverse cultures and natural beauty of northern Maine and adjacent Canada.
You can now notify Echoes of your address changes in the fall and spring by using our online form so you won’t miss an issue. Please notify Echoes at least two weeks prior to address changes.
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The Maine Winter Sports Center has one month to go to reach the pledge of $400,000 in matching funding.
As you may be aware, we are losing our longtime funding source on April 30th and need to replace that funding to continue operations. A Presque Isle native has offered to match all donations up to $400,000, creating the opportunity for us to generate $800,000, but the match ends on April 30th.
As of March 29th we were at a little over $150,000 toward that $400,000 goal. I’m excited by the progress, but we have a lot of work to do in a month.
WHY THIS MATTERS
- The Maine Winter Sports Center is well known for its race programs, but it is less well known that its year-round Healthy Hometowns programming is in over 140 communities from Eliot to Fort Kent and Farmington to our isolated outer isle, helping thousands of kids and their families developing a healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle year-round.
- We offer statewide coaches education and race programming for middle school through to Olympic Development programs. These have sent 13 kids, include our own Russell Currier to the Olympics and one to the Paralympics in our 15 years. While the majority of the attention is focused on opportunities for kids from Aroostook County, we have many kids in our race programs from southern and Western Maine as well.
- Our programs are designed to be accessible for everyone. Programs costs are very reasonable and scholarships are available for those who might need help.
If you value the work we do, or have been touched by a part of our programming and would like to help ensure we can continue to make a difference in Maine please go to www.mainewsc.org and click on the Donate Today link in the header.