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For Immediate Release

January 23, 2018

Hegemann Named Festival Director

Fort Fairfield native, Meg McLaughlin Hegemann has been named as the new director of the Maine Potato Blossom Festival.

Hegemann has experience planning a variety of events, as well as a deep love for the potato industry and the festival that celebrates it.meg 350 “Working the fields gave me a connection to the land here such that no other place felt like home.” After decades in Missouri, Meg and her husband, Brad, moved to Fort Fairfield in June 2016.

As director, Hegemann will work with existing volunteers and recruit new ones to facilitate the week long event. “The Festival doesn't just celebrate the town of Fort Fairfield, it celebrates an industry that in many ways defines the County. It takes cooperation from a lot of people and places to make it happen. I look forward to working together to make the 2018 Festival one of the best.”

The 2018 Maine Potato Blossom Festival will take place July 14 – 22 with the parade on Saturday, July 21. To sponsor an event or volunteer, contact Hegemann at mpbf@fortfairfield.org.
TAMC’s First Baby of 2015 welcomed into the world and showered with gifts

by Jason Parent, TAMC Communitcations and Development Department

Aroostook County – TAMC’s first baby of 2015 was welcomed into the world on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2015) at 8:29 p.m., and today the family from Fort Fairfield was showered with gifts from the Medical Center, as well as local businesses and organizations.  Benjamin Thomas Dorsey weighed in at 8 pounds even and measured 19.5 inches long.
Benjamin is the first child born to Brianne Bubar and E.J. Dorsey of Fort Fairfield.  
The happy couple was not anticipating having the first baby of the New Year as he was not due for another nine days, but circumstances, including some revelers welcoming 2015, helped usher in the newborn.

“I was awoken at midnight by neighbors who were throwing up some fireworks to celebrate the New Year.  It was then I started to feel the first contractions,” said Bubar.  “I was surprised.  I didn’t expect him to be early, but guess he wanted us to get the New Year started with him.”

In honor of the special delivery, the family was presented with several gifts.  Included was a special basket full of items for newborns donated by Machias Savings Bank.  A blue hand-knit outfit made by a volunteer with the Aroostook Agency on Aging was also presented, as was a hand-made quilt donated by the Crown of Maine Quilters and a basket of books donated by the Washington County-based non-profit organization Maine Books for Maine Kids.  A bag of books was also presented through the Raising Readers program.

In addition, a keepsake item and a special baby sleep blanket were presented by the staff in the TAMC Women and Children’s unit.  The blanket is designed to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

“We’re very thankful to receive the gifts,” said Bubar.  “We’re also very thankful for the wonderful labor and delivery staff here at TAMC who made the experience the best possible.  They all did an outstanding job and were most helpful and comforting!”

Benjamin Thomas Dorsey was delivered by TAMC OB/GYN Dr. Joyce Hebert.  Assisting in the delivery were Katie Brown, RN, labor and delivery nurse, and Diane Deschesne, RN, nursery nurse.

“It is a wonderful experience being able to help bring in the New Year baby for this great couple.  We have an excellent team here at TAMC and this reminds us all why we just love doing what we do.  We not only have the pleasure of welcoming new lives into the world, but in many cases we see families get their start and watch them grow,” said Hebert.  “We share in the joy of this new addition to our extended family.”

Benjamin’s maternal grandparents are Catherine Bernard and Rick Thompson of Fort Fairfield and Thomas and Roxanne Bubar of Fort Fairfield.  Paternal grandparents are David and Nancy Dorsey of Fort Fairfield.  He also will be welcomed home by eleven-year-old big brother John Dorsey.

Identical gift baskets to the one presented to the family of Benjamin were also donated by Machias Savings Bank to The County’s three other hospitals to present to their first babies born in the New Year.  The gift by the bank, with local branches in Houlton, Presque Isle and Caribou, is part of a collaborative program to introduce the newest residents of Aroostook County to the community.

Special Deliveries is a partnership between Machias Savings Bank and WAGM-TV that provides for the broadcast of photos and birth announcements of babies born at all County hospitals on the region’s only commercial television station weekly.  The newborns, whose parents sign an appropriate waiver to have their child’s birth announced, are featured each Wednesday and Thursday on the 5:30 p.m. edition of NewsSource 8 and during other broadcasts on WAGM.

“This partnership is about the future of The County and the future of our bank.  We believe strongly in community and supporting young parents as they bring the future generation into our corner of the world.  We are delighted to be a part of this exceptional moment in a parent’s life. Together with WAGM we are thrilled to be able to welcome Maine’s newest residents,” said Chris Fitzpatrick, senior regional vice president, Machias Savings Bank. 

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