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Maine Exercises Children with a Local Pig Scramble

(Photo by: Jillian Knight)

Kids gathered at the Windsor Fair this past Wednesday for one of Maine children’s favorite forms of exercise; the pig scramble . Wednesday night’s gathering of 9-year olds in Windsor, Maine marked the second pig scramble of the 2016 season.

Parents dropped their child’s name into a box, as long as they were nine years of age, before the start of the event. Wednesday night was only for 9-year old children. The evening before was for 8-yr old kids, and Thursday, September 1st, was for 10-yr olds.

Out of all the names entered, only 12 contestants were chosen. The 12 piglet chasers were competing against each other to capture only 10 pigs. The two who did not capture a pig were given t-shirts for their participation. If a winner did not want to keep the piglet they captured, they could sell it back to the fair and receive $35.00.

The 2nd pig scramble of the Windsor Fair 2016 season
The children, whose names were called, stood in line listening to instructions on how to catch a pig for the pig scramble from the announcer this past Wednesday, at the Windsor Fair in Windsor, ME. (Photo by: Jillian Knight)
10 piglets are up for grabs in the Pig Scramble at the Windsor Fair in Windsor, ME on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
The 10 piglets huddled together on the field before the start of second pig scramble of the season at the Windsor Fair on Wednesday, the 31st of September. (Photo by: Jillian Knight)
12 kids chased 10 pigs to take home or sell back at the Windsor Fair in Windsor, ME.
The twelve children chosen at the second pig scramble of the season didn’t catch a pig without difficulty. Twelve children were chosen to catch ten pigs on Wednesday evening’s pig scramble for 9-year olds in Windsor, ME. (Photo by: Jillian Knight)
A 9-yr old has difficulty at the Windsor Fair's pig scramble.
A 9-yr old contestant is seen trying to get her pig in her sack after she has captured her pig by the leg. Once the sack is tied, she is able to stand off to the side until the rest of the Windsor Fair pig scramble is over. (Photo by: Jillian Knight)
A child captured a pig and can either take it home or sell it back at the Windsor Fair in Windsor, ME.
A winner stands off to the the side with his captured pig. This 9-yr old was one of the 12 participants in this year’s 2016 pig scramble at the Windsor Fair for 9-yr olds. (Photo by: Jillian Knight)

The event took place near the farm animal exhibit, where you could pet or view animals, like alpacas.

The event ended in just ten minutes, but by the end, all of the pigs were caught and the children were dirty and exhausted.

There are three pig scrambles per season. For more information on events visit their website at http://www.windsorfair.com.

Maine Honors the State’s 95 Fallen Service Members Since 9/11 in Brunswick

The foundation, Maine Fallen Heroes, held its inaugural memorial run in Brunswick, Maine this past weekend at the Brunswick Recreation Center. An untimed 5K run/walk and a timed 10K were the main events honoring the fallen and their families.

The Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation took over the mission from Run for the Fallen, which was started nine years ago. The mission continues to help the families of the fallen with financial and emotional support. The MFHF’s website offers ways to contact people for support.

“Run for the Fallen went into retirement,” says Dean Barron, the President and Founder of the Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation, “and I decided to carry on the torch so to speak. The MFHF was formed in late 2015.”

Pictured: A Maine Veteran’s Biker Club volunteered to hold flags during the opening ceremony. Picture taken by Jillian Knight

Dean has a personal connection to the foundation that he took over. His son, CPL Joshua Barron, is his fallen hero.

Joshua and 94 other heroes had their pictures lining the 3.1-mile course on Saturday for people to see as they ran past. If the families of the fallen were present, then they had the choice to stand next to their hero if they didn’t want to participate in the race. Many people showed their appreciation by stopping and shaking hands with the family members who were present and giving their thanks for the fallen heroes’ service.

The event started at 9:00 a.m. with an opening ceremony and words from Adria Horn, Director of Maine’s Bureau of Veterans’ Services. “We are here because a very select few people donated their family to us, and those people became members of an exclusive club, a club that they didn’t want to join, a club that they joined without their permission, and often times without their knowledge.”

“These races are a great opportunity to bring the community together,” says Aviation Ordnanceman First Class Petty Officer Stephen Sterling of the United States Navy, “and honor the men and women who have served in the military and given their all.”

“It’s also a great way to promote physical fitness,” says the 12-year enlisted service member currently deployed on the USS Wasp.

The activities scheduled for the day included the 10K race that started at 10 a.m. and the 5K race that started at 10:15 a.m.  After those events, there was a lunch put on by the volunteers of the MFHF and activities for children, including a 70’ inflatable obstacle course.

“It’s a special day for many of us,” said Dean, “who have lost a son or a daughter, a father or a mother, aunt, uncle, what have you.”

Pictured: Staff Sgt Jessica M. Wing of Littleton, Maine. Jessica served 23 years in the Army and National Guard. Jessica is one of the 95 biographies along the 5K course. Picture taken by Jillian Knight.
Pictured: Staff Sgt Jessica M. Wing of Littleton, Maine. Jessica served 23 years in the Army and National Guard. Jessica is one of the 95 biographies along the 5K course. Picture taken by Jillian Knight

Hundreds of people showed up to run, support the families, and pay their respects to the fallen. Dozens of active duty service members were present, including the National Guard, who volunteered to help with parking, directions, and inflating the 70’ obstacle course.

The new Maine Fallen Heroes’ non-profit foundation is working hard to push forward with events for 2016. Dean Barron says that this event was the first of many to come, and will be an annual race event.

As far as the proceeds, Barron says, “all funds raised go directly to helping the families of our fallen. We also hand out (3) $1000 scholarships to the families of our fallen for college.”


For more information or to donate, please visit www.mainefallenheroes.org.

No Changes Being Made to Obesity in America

With the start of the 31st Olympics , many people become motivated to start doing some intense exercising. No one, by any means, should immediately take up canoe slalom, archery, or taekwondo without the proper training. But, easing into an exercise routine of running or biking could be good for some viewers of the Games.

The rates of obesity increasing in the United States are not slowing down. It is continuing to be a prominent threat to the health of citizens of all ages. From studies of half of women being overweight before getting pregnant, to research indicating the lack of effect vaccinations can have on the obese, the evidence suggests that obesity is not being controlled.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that obesity is the leading cause of death in the U.S and worldwide, and that there are numerous reasons why obesity has become such an issue.

“Data collected from Infogr.am and PubMed.gov. Infographic created by Jillian Knight using easel.ly”

A big contribution is lack of exercise. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommends 60 minutes of exercise every day for children and adolescents, and 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week for adults.

A report by the CDC says that 80 percent of American adults do not get the recommended amount of exercise. So, why has it become so difficult to achieve the minimum amount of exercise suggested by the government? The reason people are not getting enough exercise is attributed to a number of factors. American jobs do not require as much physical activity as they did 50 years ago, people prefer to drive than to walk, food portions are larger, and of course, people are very stressed.

There are a few ways you can start getting yourself in gear, besides with a bike. The CDC says to start a food diary, or an exercise diary. Evidence shows that when people write things down, it makes it more real to them, and therefore more likely to be achieved. Start working your way towards daily exercise. Go for a walk, opt for the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Find friends to start an exercise group. Running is one of the cheapest ways to get exercise, so try not to let cost stand in your way of a healthy lifestyle.

The important thing is to work on decreasing the alarming statistics of what the obesity rates are projected to be in 2030. The image above illustrates the increase we will see in the next twenty years.