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Washburn District High School WASHBURN – Larry Hallowell, principal of Washburn District High School, has announced honor parts for the Class of 2001. Graduation exercises will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the high school gymnasium. Elizabeth Brissette, daughter of Vernon and Jane Brissette, is valedictorian. She …

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Central Aroostook High School, Mars Hill MARS HILL – Graduation exercises will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Central Aroostook High School gymnasium. Valedictorian is Heather Johnston, daughter of Dale and Judith Johnston of Mars Hill. She is president and past secretary of the National Honor …

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Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield Maine Central Institute will hold graduation exercises noon Sunday, June 10. Valedictorian is Rishi Li Moskalewicz, daughter of Dr. Thomas and Nina Moskalewicz of Pittsfield. Salutatorian is Mitchell Douglas Mailman, son of Stephen and Yvonne Mailman, also of Pittsfield. First honor essayist is Timothy Adam Monk, …

Biological weapons protocol talks unresolved

The July 26 edition of the Bangor Daily News carried an AP story by Alexander Higgins to the effect that the United States was withdrawing from talks designed to ratify a protocol for the 1972 United Nations Biological Weapons Convention of which this nation was a signatory. Negotiations over the …

Honor parts

Central High School, Corinth CORINTH – Honor parts for the Class of 2002 have been announced by Principal William Connors. Commencement exercises will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the Central High School gymnasium. Crystal Parker, daughter of Donald and Heather Parker of Bradford, has been named …

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Washburn District High School WASHBURN – Principal Rick Bragg of Washburn District High School has announced the honor parts for the Class of 2002. Commencement exercises will be held 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the school. Jason Thomas, son of Fred and Beverly Thomas of Washburn, has been named …

Phthalates, part 2

A March 5 letter to the editor titled, “Exposed to phthalates” contains such serious misstatements that it demands a response. Many different compounds called phthalates are used to provide important performance characteristics in thousands of consumer products. As recently measured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, actual exposures …

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Hampden Academy HAMPDEN – Hampden Academy has announced the honor parts for the Class of 2004. Graduation exercises will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at Skehan Center, Hampden Academy. Amelia Lynn Potvin, daughter of Connie and Paul Potvin of Hampden, has been named valedictorian for the Class …

Maine faulted for PVC incineration Study says state burns highest percentage of ‘poison plastic’ in nation

Polyvinyl chlorides surround daily life. From shower curtains, pipes, toys and house siding to that frustrating bubble packaging that encases products, and the credit cards that most people use to buy them, PVC is ubiquitous. In 2001, Americans threw away more than 1.4 million tons of the stuff. But this …

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Central Aroostook Junior-Senior High School MARS HILL – Central Aroostook Junior-Senior High School of Mars Hill has announced the honor parts for the Class of 2005. Commencement exercises will be held 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, in the school gymnasium. Naomi Smith, daughter of Nathan and Ruth Smith of Blaine, …

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Schenck High School, East Millinocket Thomas Tetu, principal of Schenck High School, has announced the honor parts for the Class of 2005. Commencement exercises were held at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in the Schenck High School gymnasium. Devin James Meehan, son of James and Linda Meehan of East Millinocket, …

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Ashland Community High School ASHLAND – David Deaton, principal of Ashland Community High School, has announced the honor parts for the Class of 2005. Commencement exercises were held Friday, June 3, at the Bobby Goding Memorial Gymnasium. Jeremy G.S. Baker, son of Melanie R. Baker of Ashland and Chad J.S. …

Rockland desserted Crusty Mainers expected to turn out on tart winter day for Pies on Parade

In the spring, a young man’s fancy does indeed turn to baseball. But in winter’s growling, howling days, everyone’s fancy turns to pies. Naturally, National Pie Day, sponsored by the National Pie Council, was set for the middle of the white season, on Jan. 22. To celebrate this event (and …

University of Maine chemistry professor elected as fellow

ORONO – University of Maine professor of chemistry Jayendran C. Rasaiah has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. Rasaiah, who also is a cooperating professor of physics at UM, specializes in physical, theoretical and computational chemistry and chemical physics. He was cited by the society for his …

School News

Schools Old Town High School OLD TOWN – More than 70 students applied for the new Honors Diploma Program for the coming school year at Old Town High School. The purpose of the program is to support and challenge students to reach maximum potential. The program recognizes and rewards academic …

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Schools River Coalition OLD TOWN – The River Coalition recently received a $2,250 grant from the Frederic Future Fund of the Maine Communities Foundation to support the student projects component of its Youth Empowerment Initiative. The mission of the initiative is to motivate and prepare high school students to engage …

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Schools ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ BUCKSPORT – The Bucksport High School drama club will present the musical comedy “Bye Bye, Birdie” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9; and Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 10-11 and Nov. 17-18, at the Bucksport Middle School theater. Tickets are $6, $5 students and senior citizens, available …

Puzzle obsession a common affliction

I thought I was seriously crossword-puzzle obsessed, headed for the padded cell. But after watching the documentary “Wordplay,” featuring New York Times guru Will Shortz, I realize I am a mere piker. I got addicted to crossword puzzles while riding the MTA subway three or four decades ago. I liked …

Tests on 13 Mainers find industrial chemicals

Environmental and health groups say the presence of dozens of industrial chemicals in 13 Mainers who volunteered for a study underscores the need for new policies to protect the public from potential toxins found in everyday consumer products. In an analysis being released today, the Alliance for a Clean and …

Study: Chemical in bottles may pose serious health risk

In an unusual effort targeting a single chemical, several dozen scientists on Thursday issued a strongly worded consensus statement warning that an estrogenlike compound in plastic is likely to be causing an array of serious reproductive disorders in people. The compound, bisphenol A or BPA, is one of the highest-volume …