Village on the Green #130

Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947


3000 Outdoor Center Rd.

Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947


Ten Most Intriguing Mainers: Bruce and Annemarie Albiston

November 01, 2019

One day you wake up and no one can understand you. In 2005, Annemarie Albiston’s father suffered a massive stroke, leaving him diagnosed with aphasia. “It’s a loss of language—not intellect,” Annemarie says. “It robs you of your communication. “It can affect not only your verbal speech but your ability to read and write. My father lost all three. He knew what he wanted to say but couldn’t get it out. Sometimes aphasia can affect comprehension, too, so yes might mean no. The brain is unbelievable.”

University of Maine Foundation presents awards to six alumni at 85th anniversary celebration

October 25, 2019

As part of its “Celebrating Success” 85th anniversary luncheon, the University of Maine Foundation presented one alum from each of UMaine’s colleges with the President Abram W. Harris Award. 

The award was established in 2003 by President Harris’ grandson Abram “Pete” W. Harris III ’50 and his friend Marion Waterman Meyer ’51. Each award recipient demonstrates exemplary and extraordinary leadership, contributions to his or her community and/or service to UMaine — the essence of Harris’ efforts as the president of the University of Maine from 1893 to 1901. 

“These six outstanding UMaine alumni represent a sampling of the outcomes of a University of Maine education,” said Foundation President/CEO Jeffery N. Mills. “Our work in fundraising helps to ensure that a UMaine education can become a reality for more outstanding alumni. In 85 years, funds held at the Foundation have supported thousands of UMaine students with scholarships and other resources.”

2018 Visionary Award

Bruce and Annemarie Albiston were recognized as 2020 Vision Quest's 2018 Visionary Award recipients. The award recognizes humanitarian achievement in guiding others toward their peak potential, exemplifying the quintessence of the 2020 Vision Quest mission. 

Angels Among Us

A sign hanging over a nearby window reads: “If you can dream it, you can build it.” It’s an appropriate motto for Annemarie and her husband, Bruce, who two years ago built this center, which sits at the foot of the Sugarloaf ski resort and serves as a gateway to the outdoors for people with physical and mental disabilities.

Adaptive Center big winner in CVOA raffle

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Each year the Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association holds a raffle to help fund its shooting range located about one mile north of the Sugarloaf Access Road. March 18 at the CVOA annual meeting and dinner event, Tom O’Hara of Carrabassett Valley won the top prize in the annual raffle, a Sugarloaf season pass.

The Adaptive Outdoor Education Center is an awesome and inspiring place for disabled Mainers

This is an impressive program and place, with a goal of providing quality outdoor recreational and educational opportunities, and an improved quality of life, to people of all ages with disabilities. 

Bruce and Annemarie Albiston have donated their time and money to develop the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center.

Bruce and Annemarie Albiston, co-founders of the Aphasia Center of Maine and the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center have been named recipients of the 2016 Spurwink Humanitarian Award.

New Adaptive Outdoor Education Center for families in Carrabasset Valley

CARRABASSETT VALLEY - Aphasia is a communication disorder that affects more than 2 million Americans. They experience trouble speaking, reading and writing. One couple in Carrabasset Valley has dedicated their time and personal funds to creating a retreat for those dealing with the disability.

Adaptive Water Sports Weekend

On the weekend of September 2-4, the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center partnered with Pine Tree Camp to put on the first Water Sports Weekend. It was a two day event held at Pine Tree Camp and there were a total of 17 participants and 20 volunteers.

Senator Angus King unties a knotted rope at the Open House at the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center, ceremoniously opening the center.

2nd Annual Andre R. Hemond Aphasia Retreat

This weekend, a little over a dozen families dealing with Aphasia have come to the Pine Tree Camp in Rome, ME for a little fun and some tips on how to make communication easier. 

Carrabassett’s new Adaptive Outdoor Education Center is a fantastic place for creating heart warming moments & memories for people of all ages with all sorts of disabilities, to enable them to get out into the great outdoors that we all love!

Bruce and Kayla from the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center stopped by the studio to talk about the brand new building located on the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center access road and some of the activities and events happening this season…

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