College Dreams

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This is an older piece, written for The Star-Herald in May 2004 after my brother received his PhD.

On May 25, my younger brother walked across the stage at Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J., and officially became Dr. Jason Woodsome Harger, Ph.D. in molecular genetics.

Not bad for a kid whose first career goal was to be a mailbox. Read more

SAD 1 to offer free flu shots

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Another story I wrote this week for The Star-Herald. Not the most exciting of topics, but this is what you do when you’re the newspaper of record.


By Kristine A. Harger
Special to The Star-Herald

PRESQUE ISLE – Thanks to federal stimulus money, SAD 1 will be able to offer free flu shots to students this year. The program was announced at the July 8 SAD 1 board of directors meeting. Read more

Board adopts conservative spending plan

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I wrote this for my former employer while visiting northern Maine. I like to keep my finger in things. :)

By Kristine A. Harger
Special to The Star-Herald

PRESQUE ISLE – The Maine Potato Board approved a $1.4 million budget for 2009-2010 at its July 17 meeting. The spending plan represents a 5.4 percent drop from the 08-09 budget.

For the potato board, conservative budgeting isn’t anything new. Read more

Remembering Dad on Father’s Day

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I wrote this in either 2002 or 2003, when I was working for The Star-Herald newspaper in Presque Isle, Maine. My periodic column was called “Musings.”


This Sunday, June 15, fathers everywhere will receive breakfast in bed, golf balls, bad ties, sports videos and cards ranging from side-splitting funny to tear-jerker sweet from their spouses and children. Yep … it’s Father’s Day.

I’m planning on sending my father (he’s in Connecticut so this won’t ruin the surprise) a wine book that will allow him to make notes on what varieties and brands he likes, doesn’t like, and what foods they best complement. But I still don’t have a card picked out.

You see, my father is not an emotive man. I’ve never seen him cry or belly-laugh, although he has this great smirk and chuckle. I have seen him get mad – I get my impatience from him. Most of the time though, he’s pretty stoic.

So a mushy card that goes on and on about how I’m Daddy’s Little Girl, or some other sappy stuff, is not for me and my Dad. No, I need a card that somehow acknowledges … Read more

Board approves fuel, refuse collection bids

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By Kristine A. Harger

Special to The Star-Herald

PRESQUE ISLE – The SAD 1 board of directors approved bids for fuel and refuse collection at its Aug. 6 meeting.

Only one bid for each type of fuel was received. Read more

SADs 1 and 32 submit plan with reservations

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by Kristine A. Harger
Special to The Star-Herald


PRESQUE ISLE – The SAD 1 and SAD 32 boards of directors have approved submission of a reorganization plan to the state commissioner of education, but that doesn’t mean the boards approve of the plan.

“This is not a good law, (but) … we have responded as we have to respond,” said Charlie Anderson, SAD 1 business manager. Read more