We'll tell you the story of America's first communication satellite -- Telstar and how Maine still plays host to the Andover Tracking Station... We'll wrap up The Dempsey Challenge which raised more than a million dollars for the Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing... And we'll visit King Tut's Cider Mill in Elliot, where you can taste cider that is being made just as it was one hundred ten years ago.
Original airdate: 11/2/13
This week's blog written by Bill Green:
Our first segment is on the experimental satellites called Telstar. They were the world's first communications satellites and Maine played an important role. The "Earth Station" was built in Andover, near Rumford because there were very few radio signals in the area. From the station, scientists could communicate with Telstar as it orbited.
In those days, we could not put satellites into geosynchronous orbit. Therefore, the satellite had to be tracked as it raced across the sky. Each orbit took more than two hours. The "window" in which we could communicate with the satellite was about twenty minutes on each pass.
It's a fascinating story and one that's fun to recount with Butch Phillips who was a technician on the project.
We wrap up the Dempsey Challenge. Although I had done stories with Patrick Dempsey in the past, this was the first time I had attended the event. What a great time. It has been really interesting to learn how the Dempsey family turned their personal journey into a community service. The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing helps any Mainer who has a family member affected by cancer. It is a wonderful organization. Each year, Patrick comes up for the Dempsey Challenge. It's a walk, run and ride in which participants raise money for the center. The event raises more than a million dollars each year. It's amazing to see how much "star power" Patrick has. Still, he remains a squared away Maine boy and he's fun to be around.
Segment three comes out of our archives and we're rerunning the look we took at the new Sunday River Terrain Park centered around a new trail called T72. Sunday River is investing more than one million dollars to put terrain parks together serviced by state of the art lifts. They are building a huge super pipe, a series of jumps for slope style skiing as well as lots of rails. It's going to be a lot of fun for people who enjoy those disciplines and good for recreational skiers who want to be able to get away from all that activity.
We go down to King Tut's Cider Mill in Elliot. Because you have to pasteurize cider to sell it to distributors, King Tut's has had to take a step back. Now Ken Tuttle, a third generation cider maker, will make some of the family's own cider and sell it right on the premises. However, they're also doing a good business with people who pick their own apples and bring them in for the Tut's to grind into pure, natural and delicious cider. If you're looking for family fun on a Saturday morning, give King Tut's a call. They make apple cider by appointment right up until New Year's.