"The Buck (Does Not) Stop Here"

Main Street Bucksport's second installment of a special speaker's series, The Buck (Does Not) Stop Here. The series features six Bucksport High School alumni who are doing innovative and creative work here in Maine and throughout the world. During the day, the featured speakers will meet with current Bucksport High School students. In the evening, there will be a public presentation at the Alamo Theatre. Each speaker will present a short presentation about their work followed by a moderated panel discussion where we will explore how our community contributed to their success, the value of occasional failure, and discuss ideas for Bucksport as we continue with our transition from a paper making town to whatever the future holds. There will be a reception in the lobby of the theatre following each event. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar.

The evening events are free and open to the public. The Buck (Does Not) Stop Here is made possible by a generous grant from the Hancock County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

This second event will feature the following speakers:

Melissa Osborne is a self employed owner of South Basin Properties LLC, where together with her husband, Michael, they design, build and sell custom homes in Maine. Before diving into the world of home construction and real estate, Melissa worked for 18 years as a scientist at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor Maine, ending her career there as the Senior Manager in the pre-clinical in vivo studies group. While at JAX, Melissa’s scientific career started in the investigation of the genetic contributors to Type 1 Diabetes, and moved to overseeing the genetic and phenotypic quality of the thousands of animal models distributed by the laboratory. Lastly her scientific focus shifted to development of animal models of rare and orphan disease and executing pre-clinical in vivo studies for pharmaceutical companies and small biotech companies. Melissa graduated from Bucksport High in 1996, went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and Medical Biology from the University of New England in 2000, earned a Master of Science Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Maine in 2005. She is a lover of St. Bernards and Newfoundlands and shares her home with her husband Mike and their two dogs: Charlie the St. Bernard and Sadie the Newfoundland, where together they enjoy gardening, painting and exploring the Maine outdoors.

Tony Sohns is a naturalist and natural history educator. He was born in Bangor and raised in Bucksport by a pack of wild coy wolves along the shores of Silver Lake. He was sent out west to be tamed by professionals at Oregon State University. They spent five years and put their best scientists to the task but ultimately he escaped and like a salmon, he migrated home to the bank of the Penobscot River where he was hatched and has spent the past 20 years hunting and gathering throughout the continent and in and out of various scientific and educational institutions. To this day he is considered wild and untamable. He is also the co-founder and co-owner of the Rock and Art Shops in Bangor, Ellsworth, and Bar Harbor.

Ryan Pickoski is a licensed in Maine as a skull and skeleton taxidermist. Through his company, Bare Bones, he processes over 400 skulls a year using the Dermestid beetle skull cleaning method for European mounts. He also works for the University of Maine in their osteological department helping maintain their collection. Ryan was born on an Air Force Base in Germany and grew up in Bucksport. A graduate of Bucksport High School in 1995, he joined the Air Force where he packed parachutes for the F-16 ejection seats. After living out west for many years he moved back to Maine and took a job at the paper mill here in Bucksport, where he worked for 16 years. He has been a chaperone for the Bucksport High School Outing Club since 1995 and still leads students on trips across the country. Ryan is a recent graduate of Eastern Maine Community College with a degree in Fire Science Technology and where he was named Student of the Year. He currently works for Orrington Fire Department part time as a firefighter/EMT. He resides in the “townsite” in Bucksport with his wife and 3 children.

November 5, 2018 - 6:00pm