MWSC Announces New Board Members
Posted: 04/21/2014
The Maine Winter Sports Center is creating a new company, focused exclusively on programming, while the 10th Mountain Center and Nordic Heritage Center will now be under the direction of a new entity, Aroostook Nordic Inc. 
 
As a result of this reorganization, the MWSC is creating a new board to oversee its programming operations. We are still in discussions with a couple more candidates, but this is the MWSC’s new board as of April 21. We are honored and excited to have such strong leaders join the effort.
 
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Echoes Magazine Features Aroostook County on the World Stage
Posted: 04/02/2014
The front cover of Echoes features 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. For more go to Echoes website at: http://www.echoesofmaine.com
 
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Penobscot Valley Ski Club – Maine’s largest—recognizes impact of Maine Winter Sports Center in greater Bangor area with donation to fundraising campaign.
Posted: 03/06/2014
$5,000 gift will be matched, creating $10,000 in donations
 
Caribou, Maine -The Penobscot Valley Ski Club (PVSC), based in the Bangor area, announced a $5,000 gift to the Maine Winter Sports Center’s fundraising campaign. That campaign is looking to raise $900,000 by April 30th in an effort to keep the MWSC programs available to Maine.  
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NBC OLYMPICS AND USOC TO PRESENT UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE OF SOCHI 2014 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES
Posted: 03/05/2014
NBC Olympics to Present 52 Hours of Paralympic Winter Games Coverage Across NBC and NBCSN
 
Live Coverage Begins with the Opening Ceremony Friday, March 7 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCS

TeamUSA.org to Provide Comprehensive Live Streaming Coverage
 
STAMFORD, Conn. – NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee will present an unprecedented 52 hours of coverage of the upcoming Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games across NBC and NBCSN including 27 hours of live coverage, beginning with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, March 7 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN.TeamUSA.org will live stream all events from the Paralympic Winter Games
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Annual BKL Festival a Success in Wateville
Posted: 03/04/2014

The Maine Winter Sports Center was well-represented at the New England Nordic Association's BKL Festival at the Quarry Road Recreation Area in Waterville on February 22 and 23. 

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Maine Winter Sports Center Announces Major Gift
Posted: 02/27/2014

Presque Isle native, Mary Smith, has given a gift that, if matched, could generate up to $900,000, enough to guarantee continuation of programming.

 

Presque Isle, Maine - A little over three weeks ago the Maine Winter Sports Center announced a reorganization that would require it to secure a new source of funding for its programs beyond April 30, 2014. Since that time we have been working to secure that new funding and committed to ensuring the programs continue.

 

“The Libra Foundation has been a remarkable partner for 15 years,” said Andy Shepard, President and CEO of the MWSC. “The legacy of that support can be seen in the worldclass venues that continue to bring the world to Maine and in the world-class programs that are impacting thousands of kids and their families across the state. The time has come for Libra to focus on other initiatives around the state and for the MWSC to define a new funding model for our programming. Mary’s remarkable gift is a major step in that direction.”

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Event Schedule of IBU Youth/Junior World Championships & Other Events in Central Aroostook
Posted: 02/21/2014

Check out these links to the schedule and other events happening during IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Presque Isle, Maine

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Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT Needs Assistance
Posted: 02/13/2014
Our friends at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont will be hosting Junior National Cross Country Ski Championships at the end of the month and need some help. They are looking for someone willing to pick up a brute sled (large plastic sled that tows behind a snowmobile).  It is located in Jackman, Maine at Jackman Powersports. They would comp the individual, or couple, with a 2 night stay at Trapp Family Lodge and even throw in some meals!  
 
If you are able to help please contact Paul McNeal at pm@trappfamily.com
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MWSC Launches its Fundraising Campaign
Posted: 02/12/2014

Please donate now to help us continue making a difference.

The Maine Winter Sports Center has developed a global reputation for the quality of our programming and the impact we are having in Maine. For the past 15 years the financial support of the Libra Foundation has made that all possible, but now it is time for us to develop a new funding model.

Our award-winning programs are in over 140 communities across Maine, from Eliot to Fort Kent and Farmington to the outer isles, our Youth and Olympic Development race programs are having unprecedented success and our events are bringing the world to Maine. If you value the work we are doing, or have been affected by our programs and would like to see us continue making a difference in Maine, please help by giving generously. We need to raise at least $550,000 by March 31 and you can help make the difference.

Click here to DONATE TODAY!

 

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Penobscot Ski Bash a Smashing Success
Posted: 02/11/2014

 With a cloudless sky overhead on Sunday and plenty of snow underfoot, more than 300 people participated in the second annual Penobscot Ski Bash at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course. The goal of the event was to get families outside and active on cross-country skis and snowshoes, and to showcase what the Bangor region has for outdoor winter facilities. 

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Downtown Ski Fest Highlights Community Spirit
Posted: 02/10/2014

CARIBOU – Friday evening, while most people were wrapping up another workweek, crews from the City of Caribou, Soderberg Construction, Caribou Parks and Rec, and the Boreal Outdoor Club were just beginning the ambitious task of transforming downtown Caribou into a Nordic ski arena.  Hauling over 90 truckloads of snow from the surrounding area, crews worked late into the night to turn Sweden Street and the adjacent parking area into a winter wonderland for the weekend’s line up of cross-country ski events.

 

Saturday showcased the newly evolved Downtown Ski Festival.  The event was a collaborative effort of several organizations including the City of Caribou, the Boreal Outdoor Club, the Parks and Rec Department, the Caribou Rotary Club, the Maine Winter Sports Center, Cary Medical, and other area businesses.  Taking the annual Aroostook Youth Ski Festival, Middle School Ski Sprints, and the Aroostook Cup citizen race series, the group combined these events into a one-day festival in the downtown.  To top it off, participants and spectators at the festival had the chance to view homegrown Olympian Russell Currier compete in his race debut in Sochi, Russia on large screen televisions thanks to local dowtown business, Options RTO.    

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Bangor Daily News - Letter to the editor
Posted: 02/09/2014
Outdoor lifestyles
 
I want to express how much I value the work that Maine Winter Sports Center has done in Maine communities as well as in my own life. This nonprofit organization has inspired active, outdoor lifestyles in countless Mainers. MWSC’s Healthy Hometowns program has generated enthusiasm in all ages about playing outside. The competition program helps athletes in Maine take their pursuits to the next level, all the way from regional skiing competitions to the Winter Olympics.
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Watch Senator Collins speech celebrating Russell Currier and the MWSC!
Posted: 02/08/2014
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important! Libra Foundation announces they will end funding to the Maine Winter Sports Center
Posted: 02/05/2014
Please help us continue making a difference in Maine
 
The Maine Winter Sports Center has developed a global reputation for the quality of our programming and the impact we are having in Maine. For the past 15 years the financial support of the Libra Foundation has made that all possible, but now it is time for us to develop a new funding model.
 
Our award-winning programs are in over 140 communities across Maine, from Eliot to Fort Kent and Farmington to the outer isles, our Youth and Olympic Development race programs are having unprecedented success and our events are bringing the world to Maine. If you value the work we are doing, or have been affected by our programs and would like to see us continue making a difference in Maine, please help by giving generously. We need to raise at least $550,000 by March 31 and you can help make the difference.
 
At this moment the Maine Winter Sports Center is in the process of setting up a new operating entity and cannot accept any donations until complete. Please check back soon and please stand by for our fundraising campaign. Thank you for your support and we look forward to hearing from you!
 
Have questions? Call 207-492-1444 or email mwsc@mac.com.
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Caribou Historical to Honor the Caribou Downtown Ski Festival and Ski Sprints
Posted: 02/04/2014
“The Caribou Historical, is going to have a display at the Historical Center & Museum during the month of February.  The display will be up for the month of February to honor the Caribou Downtown Ski Festival and Ski Sprints and the Henry Anderson Ski DAG as well as the biathlon taking place at the end of the month in Presque Isle.
 
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MAINE WINTER SPORTS CENTER’S OMAR BERMEJO NAMED TO US PARALYMPIC SKI TEAM
Posted: 01/30/2014
Former marine is seventh MWSC athlete named to represent United States at the Sochi Games 
 
Caribou, Maine—Omar Bermejo (Grand Rapids, MI) was nominated today to represent the United States as a member of the Cross-Country and Biathlon Teams at the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.  Bermejo, who lost his right arm in a motorcycle accident, previously served the U.S. through five tours of Iraq with the Marine Corps.  Sochi will mark his Olympic debut. 
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Family Ski Program Begins in Freeport
Posted: 01/30/2014

 FREEPORT – This past Saturday families from the greater Freeport area participated in the first session of the Freeport Family Ski Program at the Hunter Rd. Fields in Freeport, ME.  Despite cold temps and blustery winds, over fifteen participants ranging in age from 6 to 60 came out to enjoy a morning of learning and fun on Nordic skis.   The Freeport Family Ski Program is the result of collaboration between RSU 5 Recreation and Community Education, the Maine Winter Sports Center and community volunteers.  It is designed to provide opportunities for families to get outside together while developing Nordic skiing skills and experiencing different Nordic skiing venues throughout the community. 

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MAINE WINTER SPORTS CENTER’S KRIS FREEMAN NAMED TO US OLYMPIC SKI TEAM
Posted: 01/22/2014
Four-time Olympian is sixth MWSC athlete named to represent United States at the Sochi Games 
 
Caribou, Maine—Kris Freeman (Andover, NH) was nominated today to represent the United States as a member of the Cross-Country Ski Team at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.  After a difficult, and at times trying, early season, Freeman went to U.S. National Championships and secured his spot as the second ranked male distance skier in the country.  
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Benefit Supper for Chris & Debbie Currier
Posted: 01/21/2014

After the wonderful news about Russell being named to the US Biathlon Team for the Winter Olympics, there was excitement and anticipation in the air. A lot of people wanted to do something to honor this achievement and help in some way. As a result, some Caribou friends of the County skiing community have decided to host a benefit supper to raise money to help send Chris and Debbie Currier to Russia to see Russell compete in the Olympic Games.

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Local Reaction to Russell Currier Making the Olympic Team
Posted: 01/19/2014
In case you missed it here is the link to the story on the local reaction to Russell Currier making the Olympic Team.
 
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Russell Currier Named to Olympic Team
Posted: 01/13/2014

Currier is first athlete to come completely through the MWSC programming to earn a spot on Olympic Team

Caribou, Maine Stockholm, Maine’s Russell Currier was again the top American at US Biathlon Olympic Trials in Ridnaun, Italy today, completing a dominating performance to earn a spot on the 2014 US Olympic Team. The trials format scored each competitors top three-of-four races over the past two weekends and discarded the lowest score. Currier finished the four race trials with 3 first places and a second to secure his spot. 

 

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MWSC athletes, Russell Currier, Jeremy Teela and Casey Smith make their final push for Olympic Team selection this weekend.
Posted: 01/10/2014
The final phase of Olympic trials come down to an IBU Cup series this weekend in Ridnaun, Italy and three MWSC athletes are in the mix. Russell Currier is leading the results so far with a first and a second place finish among the Americans in a format that includes the two races from last weekend and the two races from this coming weekend. Each athlete gets to keep their top three results from the four races. There are four men in the finals and two slots still to be filled for the Sochi Olympic Team. Already named to the team are MWSC alumni, Tim Burke, Lowell Bailey and Annelies Cook.
 
Tomorrow’s race is a 20K Individual Races, starting at 10AM (4AM EST). The final race will be Sunday’s 10K Sprint, also at 4AM EST. The team will be announced Sunday evening.
 
Check out these links of Russell and Seth Hubbard, the MWSC biathlon coach in an ad campaign for Vicks. They are exceptionally well done.
 
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23 Junior Team members attend Thanksgiving Camp in Quebec
Posted: 12/05/2013

With the race season beginning in the middle of December, getting on snow over Thanksgiving break is a crucial part of getting race ready.  23 members of the Maine Winter Sports Center Junior Team spent their break last week at Foret Montmorency in Quebec.  The Junior team is a state wide racing program for any skier who has made a Maine team such as the J2 or Eastern High School team.  This camp is one of 5 for Junior team members to attend during the year.

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Emera Maine Donates $250,000 to Maine Winter Sports Center and its Healthy Hometowns Program
Posted: 11/18/2013
A big announcement from Emera Maine in Presque Isle came today in the form of $250,000.
 
Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service Company announced a major sponsorship with the Maine Winter Sports Center and its Healthy Hometowns program. Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service President Gerry Chasse announced a donation of $250,000 to the program at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle.
 
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Restored Bigrock Mountain Gifted to Aroostook County Community Organization
Posted: 11/07/2013
Bigrock Mountain will now be owned by its regionally-based, non-profit operator
 
The Maine Winter Sports Center, with the support of the Libra Foundation, has announced its intention to make a gift of Bigrock Mountain ski area in Mars Hill and all the mountain’s assets, to the non-profit Bigrock recreational entity that was created to operate it. The gift, when combined with demonstrated strong fundraising potential, will allow the mountain to continue serving as a critical and robust community asset.
 
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Gala Fundraiser planned for November 9th to support County’s effort to host 2014 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships
Posted: 10/25/2013
Aroostook County – The Organizing Committee of the upcoming 2014 International Biathlon Union Youth/Junior World Championships is planning a gala event to both build enthusiasm and raise dollars to support the region’s efforts to again roll out the welcome mat to the World’s best young biathletes.
 
The Junior World Biathlon Championships Fundraising Gala is set for Saturday, November 9, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Campus Center at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  The evening will feature fine hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and live and silent auctions with a wide array of donated items.
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Presque Isle's Wintergreen Arts to host Halloween inspired fun this Saturday
Posted: 10/23/2013
Spooky Happenings also Include:
Monster Cupcake Decorating and Special Pumpkin Art! 
Hope to See You at Wintergreen Arts Center for a Fang-tastic Good-Time!
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Arooskis Fall Training Camp In Baxter State Park
Posted: 10/08/2013

 BAXTER STATE PARK – Clear skies and fall foliage made for the perfect backdrop to Maine Winter Sports Center’s annual Arooskis Fall Training Camp.  Over the weekend of October 4th-6th, a group of 9 adults joined the Maine Winter Sports Center for a weekend of adventure in and around Baxter State Park.  The group consisted of individuals from central and northern Maine and western New Brunswick.

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The Development Team experienced all that the coast has to offer in Freeport.
Posted: 08/26/2013

Freeport, ME-   The Development Team spent one of their summer weekends experiencing all that the coast has to offer in Freeport.  The main reason for spending time in Freeport was to participate in the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools for archery and stand-up paddle boarding.  For this particular age group, this was a great way to have fun and learn new skills from these activities both having similarities to cross country skiing and biathlon. 

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Healthy Hometowns Collaborates with the International Mountain Bicycling Association in Northern Maine
Posted: 07/23/2013

MAPLETON - Last week Healthy Hometowns staff and a representative from the International Mountain Biking Association’s Trail Solutions program had the opportunity to collaborate on two different conceptual trail projects in northern Maine.  The Trail Solutions program is recognized internationally as a forerunner in trail planning, design and construction and Trail Solutions staff members have been involved in projects around the world.  During his weeklong visit trail consultant Dan Hudson and the Healthy Hometowns staff spent time working with a newly formed, community-based non-profit organization called the Greater Haystack Trails Association. The group is in the initial planning stages for the development of a multi-use, non-motorized recreational trail system that will connect Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle, to Haystack Mountain in Mapleton.  Dan and the Healthy Hometowns staff also visited the New England Outdoor Center in Millinocket to evaluate plans for a mountain bike trail system on the 1400-acre property. 

  

 

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Healthy Hometowns' Adventure Initiative Finds Success with First Teen Leadership Expedition
Posted: 07/08/2013

 Healthy Hometowns recently hosted its first-ever Teen Leadership Expedition, a six-day canoeing and backpacking trip through the 100-Mile Wilderness area southwest of Baxter State Park.

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Historic Black Mountain of Maine has started an on-line fundraising campaign to keep operating.
Posted: 06/28/2013
Historic Black Mountain of Maine has started an on-line fundraising campaign to keep operating. Please visit the link below and give generously.
 
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