Hezekiah’s Graduation From College – Part 1

The Graduating Class


Northern Maine Community College

announces its

Commencement Exercises

Saturday morning, the sixteenth of May

Two thousand and fifteen

at ten o’clock

The Forum

84 Mechanic Street

Presque Isle, Maine

I need to insert here that our granddaughter Lydia (Heze’s sister) was graduating at exactly the same time – from York County Community College, Wells, Maine. One in northern Maine. The other in southern Maine.

Lydia decided that we and her parents should go to Heze’s graduation, because she will be having another college graduation in two years. Her sisters Elizabeth and Hannah represented the family by going to her graduation.

Graduation 1 (1)Cell phone photo

Our day started with breakfast in our motel restaurant.

Graduation 1 (2)We thought it was interesting that the coffee and cups in our motel room were “Jana” brand with the same spelling as our granddaughter.

Graduation 1 (3)These signs directed us to The Forum in Presque Isle.

Graduation 1 (4)Outside The Forum.

Graduation 1 (5)Just checking the lighting with my camera.

Graduation 1 (6)That’s a large stack of diplomas.

Graduation 1 (7)Pretty flowers on the stage.

Graduation 1 (8)Looking down on Diane, Mark, their friends Sarah and Josh and boys Gideon and Obadiah.

After sitting there for a bit, I realized that I would not see very much, so I went to the side bleachers. Cerwin joined me after he realized that I was staying. 🙂

Graduation 1 (9)

Graduation 1 (10)The room was filled with family and friends of the graduates.

Graduation 1 (11)

Graduation 1 (12)The ceremony began with bagpipers Scott Heney and Lynn Alexander.

Graduation 1 (13)

Graduation 1 (14)There he is!

Graduation 1 (15)

Graduation 1 (16)

Graduation 1 (17)Looking for his family.

Graduation 1 (18)

Graduation 1 (19)Trying to see Hezekiah.

Graduation 1 (20)From our view on the bleachers, we could see the decorated caps.

Graduation 1 (21)Invocation by Reverend Bud Fancy, Senior Pastor, Presque Isle Wesleyan Church.

Graduation 1 (22)

Graduation 1 (23)Canadian National Anthem by College Chorale

Graduation 1 (24)USA National Anthem

Graduation 1 (26)Welcome by Dr. Dottie Martin, NMCC Academic Dean

Graduation 1 (27)Charge to Graduates by Timothy D. Crowley, NMCC President

Graduation 1 (28)

Graduation 1 (29)Student Address by Duska Kingsbury who is married, has five sons, and was graduating with a 3.9 grade average.

Graduation 1 (30)Sign language

Graduation 1 (31)

Graduation 1 (32)Greetings from the Board by Robert Clark, Executive Director, Board of Trustees, Maine Community College System.

Graduation 1 (33)Commencement Address by Luke Shorty, Executive Director, Maine School of Science and Math.

  • Reflect on your personal journey.
  • Thank the people who helped you.
  • Prepare for what likes ahead of you.

Tomorrow night – Degrees and Certificates and Presentation of Graduates.

Fishing At Presque Isle

Friday evening, May 15

1 (1)It was a beautiful, calm evening.

1 (2)There were several signs of beaver in the area.

1 (3)

1 (7)Heze baiting a hook.

1 (8)

1 (4)It was a bit cool in northern Maine, but it was perfectly calm.

1 (5)

1 (6)

1 (9)

1 (10)

1 (11)

1 (12)At first I thought this was a kayaker, but then we noticed that he was standing on a board.

1 (13)Notice the cord attached to his leg – that way he won’t loose his board if he falls into the water.

1 (14)

1 (15)

1 (16)

1 (17)

1 (19)

1 (20)A red-winged blackbird left us know that it was there.

1 (21)

1 (22)

1 (24)

1 (23)

1 (25)Someone was building a campfire up river.

1 (26)

1 (27)

1 (28)

1 (29)

1 (30)

1 (33)

1 (32)

1 (31)

1 (34)Then it was time to leave the river and head to Heze’s college dorm.

2 (1)

2 (2)

3 (1)

3 (2)Showing his mom his dorm number.

3 (3)

3 (4)Removing the final items that belonged to him.

DSC_3071The sun was setting as we headed back to our motel.


DSC_3080The next day would be Heze’s graduation from college.

Traveling To Presque Isle, Maine

Friday, May 15

DSC_2893It was a bit hazy when we left Mark and Diane’s house – shortly after 6:00 AM.

Our destination was Northern Maine Community College where our grandson Hezekiah would be graduating with an Associate Degree in Diesel Hydraulics Technology on Saturday morning.

DSC_2894New leaves were beginning to fill in the brown branches of these northern trees.

DSC_2897Cerwin and I were in the middle seats as the four of us traveled in their van.

Our first stop was Dysart’s Truck Stop for breakfast – a popular eating place near Bangor.

DSC_2910Somewhere north of Bangor and south of Houlton, we could see Mount Katahdin to our west.

It is the highest mountain in Maine at 5,270 feet. 

DSC_2917Heading toward Houlton on Route 95 is a comfortable drive because there is little traffic and lots of trees.

DSC_2918It is a popular trucking route on the east coast.

DSC_2921After Houlton, we headed northwest on Route 1.

DSC_2929Mark stopped in Mars Hill to visit a friend.

DSC_2932My view from the van while we waited for Mark.


DSC_2936There were a lot of vacant buildings in this part of town.

DSC_2924This man seemed to be checking out one of the vacancies.

DSC_2939We were not far from the Canadian border as we traveled Route 1 and thought this mountain range was probably in Canada.


DSC_2945I am fascinated by old buildings and vehicles.

I would enjoy hearing the story of this car.

DSC_2950We reached our destination about 12:45 PM – just in time to have a late lunch with Heze in the college cafeteria.

DSC_2951I noticed two old trucks as we traveled to a U-Haul rental business to pick up a trailer for some of Heze’s possessions.

Then we went back to Houlton to pick up a motorcycle that Heze acquired – by trading it for his old Chevy.

DSC_2957By the time we got back to Presque Isle we were ready for supper.


DSC_2961I was delighted that fiddleheads were in season, and ordered this appetizer so everyone could taste them.

From the internet: Fiddleheads are the furled fronds of a young fern, harvested for use as a vegetable. Left on the plant, each fiddlehead would unroll into a new frond. 

DSC_2962My other favorite Maine delicacy is lobster – and lobster stew is something I often order when in this northeastern state.

They know how to make it here. I am not sure that I ever had a better lobster stew.

DSC_2963This was my personal order of fiddleheads. They were cooked in a sweet/sour sauce, and were delicious.

DSC_2964I could not leave this restaurant – after eating two of my favorite Maine foods – without taking this picture. 🙂

To the right of the sign were pictures of every Maine governor with a few stories. (Remember the name of the restaurant is Governor’s.)

DSC_3013After supper, Heze took us to his favorite fishing place in Presque Isle.


DSC_3021If I remember correctly, this is Aroostook River.

It was a beautiful evening and I have many more pictures.

I will post them the next evening I have internet service – which may be Saturday night.

Traveling To Maine

Thursday, May 14

DSC_2858This is what the moon looked like when we left the house shortly after 5 AM.

DSC_2859Thirty-five minutes later we were driving into the sunrise.

DSC_2860It was a beautiful time of day to be snapping pictures.

DSC_2861I took these in the order they are posted.











DSC_2883Early morning traffic in New Jersey.

This is the last picture I took before we arrived at Mark and Diane’s house, as I spent the time relaxing, enjoying the day, and reading.

DSC_2887A beautiful tulip in Maine.

DSC_2889Come back again tomorrow night to see where we traveled to the next day, as we spent another five hours on the road.

Going To The Creamery

Tuesday Evening, May 12

DSC_2832These first two pictures are especially for the people who loaned us car seats for Reuben and Judi’s children – as they flew to Pennsylvania this time.

DSC_2833Thanks Jon and Keri and Jakey and Crystal.

DSC_2837The Creamery recently opened and is putting the tiny village of Clay – not far from our house – on the map.


DSC_2839The ice cream is a product of the dairy farm in the background.

DSC_2840Our granddaughter Jana was dipping ice cream when we walked in the door.

DSC_2841Their website: http://www.foxmeadowscreamery.com/

DSC_2843There were a dozen or so people in front of us, and I left two people go ahead of us so we would get Jana as our server.

DSC_2844Making my root beer float.

DSC_2846Reuben chose this mix. I think there were four different flavors.

DSC_2848Cerwin ordered a “Baked Fox” with a brownie outer shell and vanilla ice cream in the center.

DSC_2850Judi and little K enjoying her order.


DSC_2853Reuben and Little Miss enjoying his ice cream.

DSC_2855With all the people coming in the door, I was surprised that the restaurant wasn’t full – then I realized that many were sitting out back watching the farmer plant corn.

There were also people on the porch that surrounds most of the building and children in the playground – which you can see beyond the people.

We are excited that Jana was hired to work here.