Austin Howell’s Final View

first_img In one of our stories written about him a few years back, What’s Keeping Austin Weird, the devoted climber explains, Carolyn Morrisroe happened to be hiking on the eastern rim of the Linville Gorge this past Sunday morning and decided to snap a few shots unaware of the weight they would carry. The photos were taken on Hawksbill, overlooking Table Rock and Shortoff Mountain. With a tragedy like this, it is easy for us to want to question the choices the victim made or become scared of some of the things we do outside. For Howell, climbing was a no brainer. It was never a question of “what if” or “should I?” It was a question of “how” and “when.” “They [the photos] illustrate nothing so much as what a beautiful morning it was when an apparently beloved climber lost his life,” Morrisroe says about her photos. Photo by: Carolyn Morrisroe The photos were taken between 11:20 and 11:40 a.m. The first emergency call for Howell came in at 11:46 a.m., reportedly.center_img The hiker found out later from news stories that her time looking toward Shortoff coincided with the time when Austin Howell was climbing and fell. Photo by Carolyn Morrisroe Free soloist Austin Howell died June 30th after falling more than 80 feet from Shortoff Mountain in Burke County. He was well loved and known as an impressively passionate and quirky climber. “When you find something that gives you that deep of a sense of peace, why would you let it go?” he says. “For most people, if they’ve really found something that’s meaningful in their lives, the choice…is going to be really obvious. The trick is admitting it.” -Austin Howell Morrisroe told us the Howell’s mother plans to put one of the photos of the beautiful view on her desk. The photos help bring some peace to family and friends of Howell to know that his final moments were spent doing what he loved in a beautiful place, on a gorgeous day.last_img read more

DI-S softball team beats Jonesport-Beals for prelim win

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Bio Latest Posts DEER ISLE — Despite a spring filled with bridge repairs and tourist arrivals, the biggest story along the Deer Isle stretch of Route 15 over the past six weeks has been the Deer Isle-Stonington softball team’s bats.Few teams, if any, in the state of Maine have averaged more runs per game this year than Deer Isle-Stonington’s 15.9. The Mariners have surpassed the 20-run mark six times this season to emerge as a breakthrough team in the Class D North playoff picture.“One thing we wanted to do coming into the year was to get better at hitting,” said Hollan Oliver, Deer Isle-Stonington’s first-year head coach. “I had one coach who told me we were one of the best-hitting teams he’s seen this year of all the Class B schools, Class C schools and Class D schools they’ve played.”Fans lined the southbound side of the highway Tuesday to see Deer Isle-Stonington put on one of its many hitting clinics in the team’s Northern Maine prelim game against Jonesport-Beals. The result, a 16-3 victory via the mercy rule, gave the Mariners their first playoff win since 2014.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSixth-ranked Deer Isle-Stonington (13-4) got off to a 2-0 start after senior Lily Gray tripled in the game’s first run and scored herself on a fielder’s choice moments later. The Mariners then took advantage of two Jonesport-Beals errors to stretch the lead to 5-0.After Deer Isle-Stonington responded to a Jonesport-Beals run with six of their own over the next two innings, the No. 11 Royals (3-12) scored twice in the top of the fourth to cut the home team’s lead to 11-3. Yet the Mariners added five runs in the bottom of the inning, and pitcher Taylor Hardy struck out the side in the fifth to secure the team’s fifth straight win.Gray, Makayla Lebel, Kaylee Morey and Abby Stinson had two hits apiece for Deer Isle-Stonington, which totaled 13 in just four innings at the plate. Hardy finished with seven strikeouts in the circle.Although Deer Isle-Stonington has been a strong offensive team in past years with averages of 9.9 runs per game two years ago and 12.2 last season, the 2019 squad has been more consistent in all facets of the game. As a result, the Mariners have made a significant leap from seven- and eight-win seasons in 2017 and 2018, respectively, to 13 wins this year.“That first practice of the season, we talked about our goals, and they said, ‘Hey, we want to go better than 8-8 [in the regular season] and get past the prelim game,’” Oliver said. “Now, here we are, and we need new goals.”Oliver, a 2003 Deer Isle-Stonington graduate and former Division I softball player at the University of Vermont, has been a big reason for the team’s big step forward. Oliver returned to the Deer Isle area in 2017 after spending several years working in rehabilitation and sports medicine in Rhode Island, and when the head coaching position opened this year, it was, in her mind, “a no-brainer.”“There’s such an opportunity here to be involved with the school and the community,” Oliver said. “The girls we have are winners, and they’ve worked really hard. This season has been a lot of fun.”Sumner softball, Bucksport baseball teams advanceDeer Isle-Stonington wasn’t the only local softball team to earn its first playoff win since 2014 Tuesday as Sumner advanced to the Class C North quarterfinals with a mercy-rule win in Sullivan. The seventh-ranked Tigers (7-10) dominated both offensively and defensively to defeat No. 10 Houlton (3-12) 13-1.Senior Lauren Hanna led the way for Sumner in the circle with 10 strikeouts and just two hits allowed. The Tigers totaled 12 hits at the plate with three from freshman Rachel Colby and two apiece from Hanna from sophomore Riley Flubacher.Both Deer Isle-Stonington and Sumner are in action again Thursday, June 6. The Mariners will take on third-ranked Southern Aroostook (12-2) on the road at 1 p.m., and Sumner will battle No. 2 Narraguagus (15-1) at 3:30 in Harrington.Also playing in Thursday’s regional quarterfinals is No. 1 Bucksport (13-3), which faces No. 9 Orono (8-9) in Class C North play at 3 p.m. Bucksport head coach Mike Carrier was announced Tuesday as Penobscot Valley Conference Coach of the Year, and senior Mikayla Tripp was named PVC Player of the Year.In baseball, No. 7 Bucksport (8-9) beat 10th-ranked Dexter (6-11) 8-2 to clinch a regional quarterfinals berth for the eighth straight season since dropping from Class B to Class C. The Golden Bucks will play on the road at 2:30 p.m. Thursday against No. 2 Fort Kent (15-1).Elsewhere in the Class C North baseball field, No. 1 George Stevens Academy (15-1) will host No. 8 Lee Academy (7-10) at 3 p.m. Thursday. The Eagles are in search of their first state title since 2004. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

2014 WHS Seniors Holly Wright, Ben DeJarnett and Gracie Defore to attend Constitutional Summer Academy in Washington D.C.

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 2013 Wellington High School juniors; Holly Wright, Ben Dejarnett, and GracieDefore after being nominated by their teacher Mike Wilmoth after completing a lengthy essay application to attend the 2013 Constructional Summer Academy held in Washington DC.The Constitutional Academy will be held July 15-20, 2013.The Constitutional Academy – Your Liberty, Your Future is a program of the Bill of Rights Institute, an educational non-profit organization based in Arlington, Virginia, whose mission is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America’s Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.Thanks to the generous support of the Bill of Rights Institute’s donors, all accepted students will receive a program scholarship which covers the cost of program experiences, lodging, meals, and site visits while in Washington, D.C.Select students will also receive a travel scholarship.For students who do not receive this additional travel scholarship, the only cost that student/family will incur is travel to and from Washington, D.C. All expenses once students arrive at the program will be covered by the Institute.The Constitutional Academy is designed for high school students who love history, the Constitution, politics, or economics. This program allows students to experience Washington, D.C. through site visits, scholar lectures and discussions, activities, group projects, and college and career panels.During the Constitutional Academy, students learn from college professors and subject-matter experts about how history, economics, politics, and current events connect.For more information click here: Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 374 weeks ago Are they constructing a constitution? Report Reply 0 replies · active 374 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down G Sugar · 374 weeks ago Constructional or Constitutional Academy? Report Reply 0 replies · active 374 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more