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26 January, 2018 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 19 Family fun raises funds for Stronghearts Cross-country skiing through woodland neral expenses for their child. trails, sledding, ice skating and snowshoe- Those who wish may bring potluck ing are just a few of the activities that will items for the bonf'rre potluck. Area mer- be available as part of the 16th annual chants will be donating food items, and Winter Sports and Fun Day on Saturday, there is a Dead River raffle for 50 gallons February 10, at 10 a.m. at the Pottle Tree of fuel oil. Farm in Perry. Events will be ongoing and The Outdoor Adventure Center at scheduled throughout the day. Washington County Community College In addition to fun, the event provides will provide free cross-country skis, snow- funds for Stronghearts, a Perry-based shoes and skates. There is no admission foundation established in 2002 by Brian charge. Event T-shirts, backpacks and and Sue Duffy in memory of their son mugs are available for donations of$10. Seamus, who died of a congenital heart The Winter Sports and Fun Day will be defect, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, held no matter what the weather is. Last year, Stronghearts raised $4,807 and For more information about Strong- was able to help families caring for chil- hearts and Congenital Heart Defect dren with congenital heart defects with Awareness Day, go to medical expenses, travel and meals, sent or contact Sue and Brian Duffy at PO Box three children to Camp Meridian and also 177, Perry, ME 04667; 207-214-2117; or donated funds to assist a family with fu- . FIVE-YEAR-OLD ISABELLA PEREZ does her best on the new ice rink at the Sipayik winter skate party that was held on a sunny Saturday, January 20. (Robin Farrin photo) HIGH-STAKES BINGO issa Dana or Gen Doughty at 853-2600 A high-stakes bingo game will be held ext. 259. on Sunday, January 28, at 12 noon at the BENEFIT RAFFLE Indian Township Bingo Hall. Doors open A benefit fundraiser for David Nicho- at 8 a.m with early birds starting at 10 las will be held on Saturday, February 3, a.m. Admission is $75. Big money prizes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the youth and are listed for this bingo, with a total pay- recreation building. Nicholas is currently out of $19,500. For more information or undergoing treatment for cancer, and the to reserve your seat, please contact Bea funds raised will be used for travel, food Lilly at 796-6140 or 904-9626. and other expenses. To donate or help with WOMEN'S NIGHT this raffle, please see Denise Altvater, Ber- Project Launch is hosting a night of nice Greeley, Sandra Yarmal or Lori reflective painting with Ellen Nicholas on Keezer. Desserts are being sought for the Tuesday, January 30, at 5 p.m. at the Tran- bake sale. Bakers who wish to contribute sition House location. For those needing should make sure their goodies are peanut assistance with childcare, please call Mel- and tree nut free. PEACEFUL RELATIONS pi January is National Stalking Awareness Sa el elected to Month. Those wishing to learn more about Sipayik tribal council topic are welcome to contact Tori Neptune at 853-0093 Monday through Janelle Sapiel was elected to the Sipay- Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, or call the ik Tribal Council in a special election held hotline number anytime at 1-877-853- on January 18. She received 139 votes, 2613. with Pos Bassett receiving 82. Sapiel will fill the seat that had been WATER TESTING KITS held by Philip Farrell Jr who resigned Water testing kits are available at the last month from the council. She will serve housing authority office. If you would like until the regular tribal council election that to test your tap or well water, please pick will be held in September. up a kit. State police report for the Quoddy area The report for State Police Troop J in- ed. cludes the following incidents from east- On January 15 Tromer David Barnard ern Washington County. stopped a vehicle on Main Street in Co- On January 10 Trooper Dana Austin lumbia Falls, and the operator, Andrew stopped a motor vehicle on Route 1 in Smith, 33, of Steuben vas summonsed for Harrington. After further investigation operating after suspenson. Rebecca Kennedy, 32, of Harrington was Trooper Kim Sawyelsummonsed Dav- summonsed for operating after suspension id Palczewski, 33, of Calais for operating and permitting unlawful use. with a suspended regis:ation and for op- On January 12 COrporal Micah Perkins erating an unregisterednotor vehicle af- and Trooper Recruit Shaunna Beaudoin ter a traffic stop in Bang for an expired responded to a crash in Baileyville where inspection certificate. the operator, Jenelle Poplaski, 41, of Top- On January 16 Troper Dana Austin sfield was arrested for operating under the stopped a motor vehiclon the Marshville influence of drugs. Trooper Blaine Silk Road in Harrington. Aler further investi- assisted as a drug recognition expert, gation, Dylan Nelson,17, of Columbia Trooper Dana Austin stopped a motorFalls was summonsed ar operating after vehicle on Main Street in Machias. After suspension. further investigation Rafael Rosario De On January 18 Tro~per Dana Austin Jesus, 41, of Machias was arrested for vi- stopped a motor vehicleon North Street in olation of conditional release and operat- Calais. After further irvestigation, Paula ing after suspension. Corporal Christopher Johnson, 49, of Pembroke was sum- Smith and his canine Winger assisted, monsed for attaching false plates. On January 14 Trooper Recruit Shaun- On January 21 Trooper Kim Sawyer na Beaudoin summonsed Frederick Dear- summonsed Shane Kerrigan, 21, of Calais born, 41, of Princeton for illegal for attaching false plate~ and for operating attachment of plates after a traffic stop in an unregistered motor ~ehicle after a traf- Princeton. Corporal Micah Perkins assist- fic stop for speed in BMeyville. LAND ROBERT G. COSTA GPS Mapping Boundary Line Surveys Soil Test Environmental Permits Mortgage Surveys Septic Design 953 South Meadow Road Perry, ME 04667 (207) 726-3914 Sipayik skating party draws community by Susan Coopersmith Children, some holding onto walkers and The ice glistened in the sunshine on folding chairs for support, apprehensively January 20, when more than 100 Sipayik glided on the ice inside the bright yellow community members gathered at a newly expandable rink. People of all ages de- constructed skating rink at the Kcipeskiy- lighted in the four wheelers, some riding ak ball field for a winter skate party. This inside while the more adventurous were afternoon-long event was an outdoor spin- towed behind in sleds. Climbing out of a off of the New Year's Eve Rock Your sled after her ride, Annette Sockabasin, a Mocs event. These activities are part of Passamaquoddy elder, said, "It was so Sipayik's strategies to battle the opioid much fun. I can't remember how long it's epidemic in the community and are de- been since I've done that. We are so signed to provide healthy "partying" al- blessed today. I am very grateful for ev- ternatives. They also offer needed eryone that has come out and helped as moments of healing for tribal members, well." "We must lift each other and heal from Childlike joy and wonder permeated the our weakest of moments of 2017 and be- atmosphere at this event. Its organizers yond," community activist Holly Cleaves hoped the outdoor party would "create a says. "The community is struggling to fred sense of freedom from the heavy somber the necessary peace within their spirits, energy that sits on top of Sipaylk," a free- homes and daily living. It certainly takes a dom necessary, they say, "to heal peo- community to help each other stand. This pie's inner childhood spirits." At the rink, is a unique power of strength we [Passa- as adults and elders looked to the children maquoddy] have been practicing our en- to teach them to let laughter back into tire existence." their heavy hearts, hungry, cold bodies Several Sipayik residents, inspired by a were not ignored. Partygoers feasted on Calais skating rink initiative, set out earli- hamburgers, hot dogs and sweet treats, er in the month to raise the $2,400 needed drank cocoa, toasted s'mores and warmed to purchase a rink. Gedinka, Indian Town- their toes at the fire. ship tribal government, the Sipayik Revi- Sipayik's activist groups and volunteers talization Team and many other private will continue to collaborate in the battle to donors contributed to the fund. When the beat the opioid epidemic in "Indian coun- disassembled rink arrived, volunteers try" by providing opportunities, like the from the community, including the fire skate party, where the community can heal department, rallied to construct it and get and people of all ages will relearn how to it filled and frozen in time for the event, party, gather and be involved and active. During the skate party, smiling parents (Holly Cleaves contributed to this arti- stooped to tie their little ones' skate laces, cle.) Safe& Secure m Your Home WE ALSO INSTALL OTHER STANDBY GENERATORS Pmvidi I;om etion and for d Beari l lmt 1961 RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL Commercial Refrigeration Sales and Services 337 North St Calais - 207-454-8619 - Fax 207-454-3038