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Kent Writes Book on Small-Town Ski Area

Richard Kent, an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine, has produced “Words for a Mountain,” a collection of essays, poems and photographs in celebration of the small-town ski area of Black Mountain and the surrounding community in the River Valley near the Maine towns of Rumford and Mexico. Kent grew up ski racing on Black Mountain and returned in the late 1970s to ski coach and run programs at the mountain for 21 years. Profits from the sale of the book will go to the Black Mountain ski area, which lost its funding in the spring. Since then, community members and skiers around the world have been raising funds to keep the area operational, Kent says. Award-winning author Monica Wood (“When We Were the Kennedys”) wrote the book’s foreword. “Words for a Mountain” is available on Amazon.

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