New vendors, demonstrations featured at career and college fair

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Thursday morning, the Spruce Mountain High School Jobs for Maine Graduates program held a Career and College Fair. Seen talking with students is Shenna Bellows, University of Maine Office of Admissions. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)

By Pam Harnden, Livermore Falls Advertiser

JAY — Thursday morning, the Spruce Mountain High School Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) program held a Career and College Fair in the school gymnasium.

JMG Specialist Barbara Jewett said approximately 60 colleges, businesses and entrepreneurs set up displays at the fair.

At the Main-Land Development Consultants booth, Environmental Soil Scientist Eric Whitney and Senior Professional Land Surveyor Charles Buker talked about their jobs and had a game for students to play.

Shenna Bellows, University of Maine Office of Admissions, was kept busy answering students’ questions about programs available on the Orono campus. Booths from the University of Maine Farmington and Thomas College also received a lot of interest.

Nicholas Gulliver and Dylan Rider, Jay Police Department, had students heft protective gear police officers use or wear in the line of work. Some got to experience first hand what being handcuffed is like.

Many students took a close up look at an Army Jeep. Others tried to complete a certain number of exercises to win Army items from the recruiters.

Thursday morning, the Spruce Mountain High School Jobs for Maine Graduates program held a Career and College Fair. Seen talking with students is Shenna Bellows, University of Maine Office of Admissions. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)

Artist and entertainer Michael Cooper of Chesterville brought several of the masks and props he has created to use in his performances. He talked about the carving process and some of the techniques he uses, such as mime, isolation, dancing on stilts. He’s been performing for decades.

“A lot of people think it’s a big risk. I’m here to say it can be done,” Cooper said.

On Jan. 27, he will be performing at the University of Maine Farmington. The show is in honor of his dad, veterinarian Dr. E.L. Cooper, who passed away fie years ago.

One of the most popular booths was that of Stephanie Heikkinen, Maine Woods Mobile Veterinarian, of North Jay. Also there was Catherine Chapman from the Franklin County Animal Shelter. Several of the shelter’s male cats were tested for Feline Leukemia and neutered while the students watched.

The vet also castrated a small buck goat and Chapman’s male dog. Chapman held the goat in her lap while the surgery was performed. Cindy Heikkinen, the vet’s mom, also helped.

“The career fair was bigger and better than last year. We were excited to have many new vendors participating as well,” Jewett said.

pharnden@sunmediagroup.net

Thursday morning, the Spruce Mountain High School Jobs for Maine Graduates program held a Career and College Fair. Seen is Jay Police Officer Nicholas Gulliver unlocking the handcuffs he had placed on Freshman Savannah Long. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)
Thursday morning, the Spruce Mountain High School Jobs for Maine Graduates program held a Career and College Fair. Melissa and Joel Gilbert, Berry Fruit Farm in Livermore, are seen with several students. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)
Thursday morning, the Spruce Mountain High School Jobs for Maine Graduates program held a Career and College Fair. Sophomore Eric Cheverez took time to explore an Army Jeep. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)
Thursday morning, the Spruce Mountain High School Jobs for Maine Graduates program held a Career and College Fair. Seen at left Michael Cooper talks with freshmen Rayne Hayes, Sara Henderson and Hanni Johnson about his career as an  artist and entertainer. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)
Thursday morning, the Spruce Mountain High School Jobs for Maine Graduates program held a Career and College Fair. Stephanie Heikkinen D.V.M., Maine Woods Mobile Veterinarian, looks on as Bates College Data Analyst Chris Pelkey pays attention to a pair of goats she later used to demonstrate some of the services she performs. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)