March 25, 2018
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County nonprofit reinstates potluck suppers

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A new tradition may be starting at Central Aroostook ARC, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.

In May, the agency held its first potluck supper in 14 years. It was attended by approximately 100 people, including parents, guardians, staff and individuals who attend program.

At the request of those who attended the supper, Central Aroostook ARC will host a second potluck at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the building that houses the agency’s special-purpose private school, Opportunity Training Center. The potluck has a barbecue theme, but the event will focus on the first 25 years of the organization.

Steve Richard, the longest-tenured executive director of Central Aroostook ARC, often refers to the “founding fathers” of the agency whose hard work launched and built its special-purpose private school in 1967, then established day programs for adults, and became an association with eight programs and one mission — to provide the people in their programs the necessary support to reach their highest potential.

During the event, the agency’s goal is to remind parents, guardians, staff and families of the efforts made by the founders of Central Aroostook ARC.

For more information, contact Natasha Millette, special projects coordinator, at 762-5591 or

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