Husson University partners with the Caleb Group and Harbor Management to provide Thanksgiving dinner to elderly and disabled

Nearly 100 meals being given to Bradford Commons and Kenduskeag Terrace residents

BANGOR — At Thanksgiving, most of us are thinking about eating large amounts of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. It’s a holiday where Americans celebrate the bounties of the season.

“It’s not a time of year when we usually think about what it means to be an elderly or disabled person, on a fixed income, who lives alone and struggles to pay the bills,” said Bob Sedgwick, the director of dining services at Husson University. “For many of these individuals, food insecurity is a daily challenge. Here at Husson, our campus culture emphasizes the importance of character and humility. So, when the opportunity presented itself to make Thanksgiving better for some struggling members of our community, we jumped at the chance to be involved.” 

Starting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26, Husson’s Dining Services team will be preparing 96 free Thanksgiving meals at the University’s Dickerman Dining Center for elderly and disabled residents living at Bradford Commons and Kenduskeag Terrace in Bangor. Harbor Management manages both facilities.

The all-volunteer Dining Services team at the University helping to prepare these meals includes Husson University Chef Dave Schultz. Schultz is well known to area food aficionados as the co-winner of the “Professional Chef” and “People’s Choice” awards at Maine Lobsterpalooza’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese competition in 2017. Assisting the chef in the preparation of the Thanksgiving meal will be Sedgwick; Carole Bemis, an administrative assistant in Dining Services; and Julie Perkins, Dining Services’ purchasing and technology coordinator.

The 96 completed meals will be picked up by Laurie Holmes, the resident services coordinator for the Caleb Group and her husband at 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving. They will then immediately deliver the meals to elderly and disabled residents at Bradford Commons and Kenduskeag Terrace. Caleb Group Property Manager Kim Scheid and the rest of the organization’s office staff have volunteered to assist in the meal delivery process. Bradford Commons is located at 201 Husson Avenue and Kenduskeag Terrace is at 117 Court Street.

While serving residents is part of Holmes’ job, she finds an enormous amount of personal satisfaction in bringing smiles to residents’ faces when they receive a Thanksgiving meal. “There is something that makes Thanksgiving a special holiday. It’s a time when we remember to be grateful for what we have. Getting a hot Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings does more than satisfy someone’s hunger – it lifts their spirit, and that’s something we should all feel good about.”

Food insecurity in America continues to be a significant issue among the elderly and the disabled. According to 2020 edition of The State of Senior Hunger in America, an annual report produced by the Feeding America network, 5.3 million seniors, or 7.3 percent of the senior population, were food insecure in 2018. In 2013, nearly one in three (31.8 percent) food insecure households included a working age adult who had a disability.

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Tiny moon shadows may harbor hidden stores of ice

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Hidden pockets of water could be much more common on the surface of the moon than scientists once suspected, according to new research led by the University of Colorado Boulder. In some cases, these tiny patches of ice might exist in permanent shadows no bigger than a penny.

“If you can imagine standing on the surface of the moon near one of its poles, you would see shadows all over the place,” said Paul Hayne, assistant professor in the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics at CU Boulder. “Many of those tiny shadows could be full of ice.”

In a study published today in the journal Nature Astronomy, Hayne and his colleagues explored phenomena on the moon called “cold traps”—shadowy regions of the surface that exist in a state of eternal darkness.

Many have gone without a single ray of sunlight for potentially billions of years. And these nooks and crannies may be a lot more numerous than previous data suggest. Drawing on detailed data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the researchers estimate that the moon could harbor roughly 15,000 square miles of permanent shadows in various shapes and sizes—reservoirs that, according to theory, might also be capable of preserving water via ice.

Future lunar residents, in other words, may be in luck.

“If we’re right, water is going to be more accessible for drinking water, for rocket fuel, everything that NASA needs water for,” said Hayne, also of the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences.

Visiting a crater

To understand cold traps, first take a trip to Shackleton Crater near the moon’s south pole. This humungous impact crater reaches several miles deep and stretches about 13 miles across. Because of the moon’s position in relation to the sun, much of the crater’s interior is permanently in shadow—a complete lack of direct sunlight that causes temperatures inside to hover at around minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

“You look down into Shackleton Crater or Shoemaker Crater, you’re looking into this vast, dark inaccessible region,” Hayne said. “It’s very forbidding.”

That forbidding nature, however, may also be key to these craters’ importance for planned lunar bases. Scientists have long believed that such cold traps could be ideal environments for hosting ice—a valuable resource that is scarce on the moon but is occasionally delivered in large quantities when water-rich comets or asteroids crash down.

“The temperatures are so low in cold traps that ice would behave like a rock,” Hayne said. “If water gets in there, it’s not going anywhere for a billion years.”

In their latest research, however, Hayne and his colleagues wanted to know how common such traps might be. Do they only exist in big craters, or do they spread over the face of the moon?

To find out, the team pulled data from real-life observations of the moon, then used mathematical tools to recreate what its surface might look like at a very small scale. The answer: a bit like a golf ball.

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