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New parent-child program

LINCOLNVILLE — A new Parent-Child Morning Garden program will begin at Spindlewood on Monday mornings, beginning Sept. 19, with Elisa Olds as teacher.

Olds is a recent graduate of LifeWays Early Childhood and Human Development training and holds a bachelor’s degree from Hollins University with a focus on special education.

Spindlewood is now enrolling parents, grandparents and caregivers with children ages 1 to 3. Siblings under age 1 are welcome free of charge. The program is 9-11:30 a.m. and offers creative and nurturing activities, circle time, story, warm snack and a morning walk on woodland paths to visit the sheep and hens. The first semester will run through Dec. 12. To register, contact Susan Silverio, spindlewoodmaine@gmail.com, 230-4221. Spindlewood is also enrolling 3- to 6-year-olds for the mixed-age preschool program beginning Sept. 13.

Spindlewood is a full member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America, as well as a representative site of LifeWays North America. For more information, visit www.spindlewoodmaine.com.

Backpacks needed

Penquis has partnered with Blueberry Broadcasting and Dunkin’ Donuts to collect backpacks for children who otherwise would not have one to start the school year.

In these challenging economic times, the requests for backpacks have outnumbered donations. Penquis is reaching out to individuals, churches, businesses and community partners to ask for help in collecting backpacks.

Backpacks may be dropped off at:

• Rockland, 170 Pleasant St.

• Bangor, 262 Harlow St.

• Dover-Foxcroft, 50 North St.

Donations are needed by Aug. 20 so they can be distributed to families in time for school.


Bentley University

BELFAST — The family of Michael L. Nickerson has announced that he has received his master’s degree in financial planning from Bentley University’s McCallum Graduate School of Business. Bentley University, in Waltham, Mass., is one of the top five business schools in New England. Mike is husband to Meg and father to Amanda, Caitlin and Jared.

Nickerson is a certified public accountant and has been practicing public accounting in Belfast since 1983, where he is president and CEO of Nickerson Professional Association. He is a past board member of several local organizations including the Waldo County YMCA and the Belfast Maskers. He sits on the boards of the Maine Community Foundation, the New England Graduate Accounting Study Conference, the Deborah Lincoln House and the Group Home Foundation, and he is a trustee of the Gadd-Romanow Charitable Foundation. He is a past president of the Maine Society of CPAs and in 2009 was appointed by the governor to the Maine Board of Accountancy.

Conflict resolution course

BELFAST — Many people tend to avoid dealing with conflicts because they are not sure how to do it. Gaining some skills in understanding and responding to conflict in a respectful and positive way is personally encouraging. It is also a way to promote “civility,” which seems to be in short supply right now. Given the tone in Washington, conflict resolution is needed more than ever.

The University of Maine Hutchinson Center is offering the college course PAX 360/598, Conflict Resolution In Relationship in the fall semester from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 29, with two online sessions.

This three-credit University course is offered in a weekend format to accommodate working people and full-time students. Many professionals benefit from these skills both at work at in their personal lives. It can be taken for either undergraduate credit (PAX 360) or graduate credit (PAX 598). The primary goal will be developing the fundamental insights and skills needed to understand and resolve conflicts, whether in personal, workplace or professional relationships. Each week will offer discussion and ample practice in components of effective communication, appreciating social diversity, and use of such current techniques as the Circle Process. The format of the course allows each student to apply the materials to an area of interest in the personal or professional life.

For more information email the instructor at Joanne.Boynton@umit.maine.edu or call 338-1522.

Kid’s Club program

ROCKPORT — As children return to school, the Penobscot Bay YMCA encourages parents looking for safe, educational and fun activities outside the classroom to take advantage of its Kid’s Club Program. The Penobscot Bay YMCA, a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, and a pioneer in after-school programs, offers quality after-school offerings to help youth learn, grow and thrive.

The Kid’s Club program meets from the end of school until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parents may enroll for two, three or five days. Weekly routines include nutritional snacks, arts and crafts, swimming, rock climbing, outdoor games, field trips, cooking, Wii games and themed projects. New this year, the Y is offering enrolled children one free program a day. Free programs include rock climbing, swim lessons and youth sports classes. To view the current program guide, visit the Penobscot Bay YMCA’s website at www.penbayymca.org.

For more information and to enroll, contact Meghan Gustafson, mgustafson@penbayymca.org, or Lydia Fournier, lfournier@penbayymca.org, or call the Y at 236-3375.

Anatomy-physiology lab

BELFAST — Knowing that anatomy and physiology are required for nursing and many degrees in the health fields, the UMaine Hutchinson Center has developed BMB 208 (with lab), and it is being taught locally in Belfast for the fall semester with the lecture starting Aug. 30 and the lab Aug. 31.

Anatomy and Physiology is an intermediate-level lecture and laboratory course about the structure of the human body and how it works. Participants will examine the science of how our bodies are structured and how bodily structure relates to body function. Anatomy and Physiology, BIO 208/210, is a required course for most traditional and alternative health care fields. The lecture meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, and the laboratory meets 10 a.m. Wednesdays. The laboratory and lecture together are worth four college credits.

This course is taught by UMaine Hutchinson Center STEM faculty member Dr. Jan Pitcairn. Pitcairn is a lecturer in the School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine and holds a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Florida. She has taught A&P and other life science courses for more than 12 years and recently was instrumental in developing the A&P lab manual used for the course.

To register or for an appointment to meet with an academic advisor, call the Hutchinson Center at 338-8000 or visit the Hutchinson Center Science website at http://www.hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu.

Family law course

BELFAST — The law and legal issues touch every one of our lives at one time or another. The UMaine Hutchinson Center is responding by offering a course this fall where students can learn the basics of family law and develop a better understanding of the law. Susan Longley, a sitting Probate Court judge, will teach POS359 Legal Basics for Family and Business Professionals at the Hutchinson Center this fall, at 5:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, starting Sept. 1.

Learn the basics of family law so that you have a better understanding of the law and its relationship to everyday issues and disputes involving businesses and families. Feel more confident in work with clients, customers and families and know the legal boundaries and case law that define the laws we all live with.

A follow-up course in the spring term will develop more skills in alternative dispute resolution and other legal topics. You will be able to analyze and critique family and business disputes that will give you a professional edge and allow you to be a resource in your chosen profession.

There are no prerequisites. Call the Hutchinson Center at 338-8000 or 800-753-9044 to register for this course.

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