Michael Bradley Wood was born on February 18, 1952, in Worcester, Mass., to Louise Lewis and Osgood Bradley Wood. The third of four children, he arrived three minutes before his twin brother Robert, making him the elder and therefore the wiser of the two, as he never let Rob forget. He first demonstrated his penchant for using car bumpers fully and frequently at the age of three when he crawled into the family car and released the emergency break.
Mike graduated from Williams College in 1974 with a B.A. in history and art history. He earned his teacher’s certificate from the University of Maine in 1976. He was launched into his lifelong career as an educator with a reference from his professor at Williams College, stating that Mike “was not a great student, but he is an enormously decent person.” Similarly, every one of his references for his initial position at Deer Isle-Stonington High School gave him above-average marks in all categories, except for his personal appearance. It was, in part, Mike’s imperfections that made him an exceptional teacher in and out of the classroom. Mike was undeniably and unapologetically himself, rarely spotted in a pair of clean pants without holes in his pockets, but always with a moment to spare and a sparkle in his eye.
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GSA graduates 76 at June 13 commencement
BLUE HILL—Fair skies, seasonal temperatures, hugs, tears of joy, cheers and optimism set the tone for the George Stevens Academy Class of 2021 commencement.
Longtime area pastor Vencill to come out of retirement
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Rev. Dr. Jacquelyn Brannen, Katahdin District superintendent, have appointed Rev. Gary R. Vencill to serve the Brooksville United Methodist Church and the Penobscot United Methodist Church effective July 1.
Grassroots group seeks collaborative solutions for climate adaptations
BLUE HILL—If you’ve noticed milder winters, warmer waters, and a spike in sweltering summer days, you’re not alone. “Many, many people, hundreds of people, told us that they’ve noticed over their lifetimes that Maine is warming up,” said Dr. Cassaundra Rose of the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future. “Climate change is already a reality for Maine.”
Blue Hill Public Library
Book Bingo is back for the summer and everyone is invited to participate. Starting Monday, June 21, bingo cards will be available for kids, teens and adults. Participants are invited to complete fun book-themed challenges like “read a book outside” or “read a fairy tale.” Prizes, such as limited edition buttons (five original designs by Claire Malina and Kendall Chapman to collect!), will be awarded for finishing a row or a column, as well as special prizes for finishing the whole card.
Blue Hill Pride Celebration commemorates fifth anniversary of Pulse nightclub shooting
BLUE HILL—At 3 p.m. on June 12, the bells of the Blue Hill First Congregational Church tolled 50 times, marking the fifth anniversary of the June 12, 2016, mass shooting at Pulse, an Orlando, Fla. gay nightclub, in which a 29-year-old man killed 49 people and wounded another 53.
Bay School graduates look beyond pandemic
BLUE HILL—Many members of the 2021 eighth grade class of The Bay School, who graduated on June 10, said they look forward to attending high school and putting the pandemic behind them
New trail system offers woodsy summer diversion
BLUE HILL—There are roughly 261 stair steps between Parker Point Road and South Street, part of the relatively new and improved Heart of Blue Hill trail system developed by Blue Hill Heritage Trust to provide a pleasant and accessible path between downtown and the South Street commercial area. A typical afternoon sees students walking home from The Bay School, runners getting their steps in, and walkers with dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Sedgwick voters approve GSA tuition increase and other warrant items
SEDGWICK—Sedgwick voters, on June 4, approved a George Stevens Academy $1,000 per student tuition increase 105-40. The approval will cost the town $51,000 for the 2021-22 school year.
Fishermen's Wives donate $10,000 to Blue Hill YMCA
Safety programs, swimming lessons on tap
Blue Hill Public Library
The library’s ongoing plant sale closes this Saturday, June 12, so check it out while there is still time! We are very grateful to all who have donated plants, as well as everyone who has patronized our sale. There are no longer limits on the number of people who can come to the library, and people are welcome to read and relax. We still ask that people wear masks, but everything else is pretty much back to normal.
Making it in Mobile: 19 Years of Resilience in a Competitive Industry
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More Mayhem, Please!
I bought back the General Mayhem ’68 Dodge Charger! If you’ve watched my Roadkill show (on MotorTrend cable TV or on the MotorTrend app), then you know why this is a big deal to me. Not only did I get my hands back on one of today’s most unaffordable body styles, but also on a car that meant a lot to my career and that provided some of the best days ever on the show. Here’s the story
Results of the first-ever Camp Chef Showcase!
FRANÇOIS TREGOUET ON ENERGY OBSERVER
“Your Karate's a Joke!”
A Personal Journey to Prove It’s Not and to Reignite the Warrior Spirit
BRAD ROWE IFBB Pro and Trainer to the Stars!
Success in bodybuilding is often assumed to correlate with contest wins and high finishes at the Mr. Olympia and Arnold Classic. Yet there are many other avenues available today, some far more lucrative than relying on prize money or even supplement contracts. One man who exemplifies the level of success possible beyond the stage is Brad Rowe. Though he was no slouch on stage, he gained far more visibility appearing in national commercials for companies like GoDaddy, Coca-Cola, Kia, Taco Bell and Dannon Oikos, some of which aired during Super Bowls. More recently, Brad’s prominence as an elite personal trainer got a major boost when Mike Tyson hired him to be his full-time strength and conditioning coach, training him for his 2020 comeback fight at age 54 with Roy Jones Jr. I spoke with fellow native New Englander Brad about why he stepped away from competing, how he became part of Mike Tyson’s training camp, and his major project that stands to make him one of the biggest players in the growing field of anti-aging and cutting-edge athletic performance.
NEBRASKA COULD LET STATE BANKS OFFER CRYPTOCURRENCY SERVICES
Nebraska banks that want to cash in on the cryptocurrency tech craze could start offering services to customers who own Bitcoin and other digital assets under a bill backed by Monday state lawmakers.
COUNTRY QUEEN BLAMES DIVORCE ON CHEATING NFL STAR HUBBY!
JADED Jana Kramer has finally filed for divorce from retired NFL sex addict Mike Caussin — citing the former football tight end’s “adultery” and “inappropriate marital conduct,” according to court papers!
Michael B. Wood
After a full day of gardening with his wife, Mike Wood died on April 2, 2021, suddenly and serenely under a spring sky full of birds, serenaded by peepers, at his home in Deer Isle, Maine, after a very full life.
CARRIE & MIKE DEFY THE ODDS!
Marriage survives shaky lockdown