Hands-on academics at THMS
By Tina Shute
The Republican Journal Photographer

BELFAST (May 24): Troy Howard Middle School seventh-grade students welcomed the community Wednesday, May 20, to its Academic Fair.

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A sampling of projects undertaken by youth included: digging out a canoe, crafting jewelry, improving the area's habitat, studying the history of bread-making and constructing a wood-fired oven.

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Chelsea Larrabee makes jewelry from dry beans. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Noah Klewin sharpens an ax on a machine owned by his grandfather. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Hannah Bailey molds clay that she dug from the school grounds to make pots. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Devin Richards constructs a chicken coop. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Chapin Lamont makes cedar shakes with a tool he crafted. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Grant Starrett dug out a canoe. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Damien Ball serves bean hole beans to Jordan Hodges and Ginny Fudge. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Baxter Smith, right, explains how to make Dutch oven apple crumb pie. Michael McFadden, left, delves into the history of bread-making in Maine. He offers samples of B&M brown bread. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Garden Project instructor Jon Thurston and Sam Lear test the temperature of the newly built wood-fired oven. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Dakota Beers holds a cold frame. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Ben Flood builds a light table made of PVC pipe for the greenhouse. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Kelsey Grass and Kristina Mehuren share their knowledge about caring for baby chicks. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Chris Warren uses a hand-crank ice cream maker. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Romy Carpenter provides information about caring for the habitat. Next to her is a boardwalk to be placed behind the school. Plants, trees and flowers will also be added. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Lacey Drukee and Madison Cummings paint a sign for the garden stand. The paint is comprised of screened clay and plant materials. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Allison Hurd decorates socks with dye she got from mixing Kool-Aid, flowers, bark, lichen and other plant material. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Ashley Littlefield and Jessica Pendleton make paper and press flowers. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Dakota Black makes papyrus paper with a self-made press. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Physical education teacher Henri Bouchard, center, shows John Hoeltzel a way to chisel while Shawn Secotte works on a pole for a water tower. (Photo by Tina Shute)


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Sam Lear removes bread from the newly built Acadian wood-fired oven. (Photo by Tina Shute)