Eastern Maine Community College of Bangor student Nichole Rackliff of Ellsworth will spend a semester abroad as a George J. Mitchell Scholar studying at the University College Cork of the National University of Ireland on the country’s south coast.
Rackliff will spend her time studying agriculture and business management to accompany her business studies at EMMC.
She hopes that in the future she will be able to join Veterinarians Without Borders, an animal aid group.
Rackliff stated in her application essay that “studying abroad will give me experience in another culture that will prepare me for the many different cultures I will work with while volunteering with Veterinarians Without Borders.”
The scholarship covers tuition, books and fees for students, as well as about $900 per semester for living expenses.
For information about the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, call George J. Mitchell Scholarship Exchange coordinator Dorry French at 767-5210, ext. 4117, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Herb Young Benefit Dinner and Auction held Oct. 1 at Central Aroostook High School in Mars Hill was a tremendous success.
The dinner and auction, organized by Jamie Guerrette, Tiffany Faulkner and a host of others, was staffed by more than 50 volunteers.
The event began at 4:30 p.m. and within 10 minutes the line was out the door and snaked around the building.
In addition to the money raised for the Young family, two individuals had offered before the event to have their hair cut to benefit Locks Of Love if a certain amount of money was raised.
That money quickly was raised, so the dinner also served to benefit Locks Of Love.
In the end, $28,000 was raised to assist the family.
Proceeds will benefit Young, a Bangor Publishing Co. employee who was injured in a car accident on Sept. 3.
He remains in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Herb and Gail Young, who reside in Mars Hill, have four children and two grandchildren.
“It was very gratifying, as a co-worker of Herb, to see how much he means to others, and how the community came out in force to show him that,” wrote his colleague Jen Lynds.
“In Maine, and in Aroostook County especially, people step forward again and again, even when they don’t have that much to step forward with.
“It is one of the best things about life here.”
Anyone who would like to assist the family during this difficult time can write a check payable to Gail Young mailed to P.O. Box 282, Blaine 04734.