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Workshop on animal foot, claw and paw prints

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The Coastal Children’s Museum will be celebrating the snowy season with an educational workshop on animal foot, claw and paw prints.  On Wednesday December 17th at 11:00 a.m. Brett Willard, Program and Grounds Manager for Merryspring Nature Center will be at the museum teaching children about the different …
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Coach Mary Gagnon, Shane Gagnon, Paxton Brown, Ian Brenner-Simpson, Zak Stevenson, Atty Brown

Homeschool Robotics Club Places 2nd in State Competition

By Mary Thibodeau-Gagnon on Dec. 16, 2014, at 9:24 a.m.
The Mega Builders, a 4-H homeschool robotics club based in Hancock County, competed in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) State Competition in Augusta Saturday December 13th. As the only homeschool group participating out of 72 teams and a FLL rookie team, they were thrilled to win a 2nd Place Trophy …
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Post Mortem Mourning Practices in 18th & 19th Century New England – Spirits Alive Lecture Series

By Diane Brakeley on Dec. 15, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Shettleworth Lecture Hall, Portland, Maine For more information: Saturday, January 31 at Maine Historical Society, Shettleworth Lecture Hall at 489 Congress Street, Portland, at 1:30pm. In addition to wearing only black apparel for …
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Maine Herb Society meeting

By Karenj810 on Dec. 15, 2014, at 4:49 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: University of Maine Cooperative Extension Penobscot County Office, 307 Maine Ave, Bangor, ME For more information: 2079418236; January 8 Natural Cleaners and Home Products With Taryn Reece, Navel Jelly Studios This post was contributed by a community member. …
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Maine Sen. Andre Cushing

Students invited to serve as Honorary Pages in Maine State Senate

on Dec. 15, 2014, at 4:34 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Sen. Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot) is inviting students to visit the State House to take part in the Senate’s honorary page program during the first session of the 127th Legislature, which convenes in January. As an honorary page, students take part in the legislative session by distributing documents and assisting …
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Karin Cole

Mercy Hospital’s Dr. Cole becomes Fellow of American College of Surgeons

on Dec. 15, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – Dr. Karin Cole was among 1,640 Initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons during the Convocation ceremony at the College’s 2014 annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco, Calif., last month.  This year’s class of Initiates was among one of the largest …

Scarborough superintendent a finalist for Massachusetts school job

By Alex Acquisto, The Forecaster on Dec. 15, 2014, at 3:27 p.m.
Scarborough Superintendent of Schools George Entwistle III is a finalist for the position of superintendent of Lexington Public Schools in Massachusetts. The Lexington superintendent search committee announced its three finalists last week. Others are Superintendent Mary Czajkowski of the Barnstable, Massachusetts, Public Schools and Deputy Superintendent Kaine …
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Opera Presentation at the Brewer Public Library

By Katie Conner on Dec. 15, 2014, at 12:21 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Brewer Public Library, 100 South Main St., Brewer, Maine For more information: 2079897943; Join us for our next opera lecture! On Wednesday, January 14, at 5:30 pm, we will be hosting Esther Rauch for a talk on The Merry …
Veteran Rockland area school employee Connie Beal urged the Regional School Unit 13 Board at its Thursday night meeting to approve a new contract.

Aides, cooks, custodians, bus drivers protest lack of contract with Rockland school district

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 15, 2014, at 11:22 a.m.
Contract talks between teacher aides, custodians, bus drivers and cooks have reached a stalemate with the Rockland area school board after more than two years without a new deal. The Maine Labor Relations Board appointed a mediator late last month to try to bring the two sides …

Windham schools will remain closed Tuesday after school officials received email threats

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 15, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
Students were sent home early from Windham schools Monday morning after district officials say a “threat” was made. Cindy Kennie — executive assistant to the superintendent of Regional School Unit 14, which includes Windham and Raymond — said the district began dismissing students from all schools in …
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Husson University student art exhibition and community art project will take place on Monday, December 15 from 1 pm - 6:30 pm in the art studio classroom located in the basement of Hart Hall.

Husson University Exhibition and Community Art Project

By Eric B. Gordon on Dec. 14, 2014, at 2:55 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Husson University – Art Studio, Hart Hall – Basement – One College Circle, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-941-7004; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eric B. Gordon Executive Director of Marketing and Communications 207.992.4925 Student Creativity to be Showcased …
Parent Nathan Davis voiced concern at Thursday night's Regional School Unit 13 board meeting about a Dec. 4 police search at Oceanside High School East

Police searches of schools common, draw little opposition

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 13, 2014, at 7:45 a.m.
School administrators, law enforcement and even some students and parents say random school-wide drug sweeps by police are no big deal, but some civil liberty advocates disagree. Last week, a pair of drug-sniffing dogs and their handlers went through Oceanside High School East in Rockland to check lockers and backpacks. …

Life after withdrawal — RSU 20 towns figure out their next steps

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 12, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
SEARSPORT | The eight communities that are part of the soon-to-be much smaller Regional School Unit 20 are figuring out what life will be like after the district’s dissolution. On the to-do list for Searsport and Stockton Springs, the only RSU 20 member towns that will remain in that …
U.S. Rep Chellie Pingree (second from left) of Maine and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (right) of Minnesota listen to Michael Chadwick (second from right), principal of the Beatrice Rafferty School on the Passamaquoddy Reservation, during a tour of the school with Ron Jenkins (left), superintendent of Maine Indian Education, in this June 2014 file photo.

Pingree: Spending bill would provide up to $20 million for new Passamaquoddy school

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 12, 2014, at 3:12 p.m.
PLEASANT POINT | A congressional spending bill that appears to be headed toward approval contains up to $20 million for a new elementary school for the Passamaquoddy Tribe, according to U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree. Pingree released a prepared statement early Friday indicating that the Beatrice Rafferty School is the …
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Rep. Christine Burstein, D-Lincolnville, is serving her first term in the Maine House.

Maine awarded early education funding to benefit RSU 3

By Amy Sylvester on Dec. 12, 2014, at 12:45 p.m.
AUGUSTA – A $14.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow several Maine school districts, including Regional School Unit 3, to provide free access to pre-school for 4-year-old students. “We know that early childhood education is a smart investment in the future of our kids and of …
Joyce Hedlund has been named interim president of University of Maine at Machias.

Former community college head named interim president of University of Maine at Machias

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 12, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.
BANGOR | The former president of Washington County Community College will take the reins as president of the University of Maine at Machias on an interim basis, the University of Maine System announced Friday morning. Joyce Hedlund, a Fort Kent native, will step out of her year-and-a-half-old retirement on …
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Rep. Brian Hubbell, D-Bar Harbor, is serving his second term in the Maine House.

Rep. Hubbell praises early education grant benefiting Maine schools

By Amy Sylvester on Dec. 12, 2014, at 10:21 a.m.
AUGUSTA – A $14.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education announced this week will allow school districts to provide free access to pre-school for more than 500 additional Maine children. “This is an encouraging step toward implementing universal prekindergarten in Maine,” said Rep. Brian Hubbell, D-Bar Harbor. “We …
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Audio Production Course

By charles collins on Dec. 11, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Husson University Southern Maine , 340 County Road, Westbrook, ME For more information: 207-874-5800; Are you a musician interested in producing your own recordings? Does the idea of a career in live sound, music production, film or TV sound …
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Peggy Rockefeller Farms Manager C.J. Walke tends to a herd of four Belted Galloway cows recently added to the college-owned farm at Norway and Crooked roads in Bar Harbor. The cows will enhance educational experiences in sustainable agriculture, renovate pasture land at the farm, and help reduce the college's "foodprint."

VIDEO: COA adds 4 ‘Belties’ to Peggy Rockefeller Farms

By Bob Mentzinger on Dec. 11, 2014, at 4:11 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, MAINE — Cows are back at Peggy Rockefeller Farms. For College of the Atlantic, the four new Belted Galloways recently unloaded at its Peggy Rockefeller Farms will improve pasture land, enhance the college’s “foodprint” and provide educational opportunities in sustainable agriculture for COA students and the Mount Desert …
The University of Maine in Orono.

Email discouraging Christmas-themed decorations at UMaine causes uproar on campus

By Nick McCrea and Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 11, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
ORONO | An email from a University of Maine supervisor, directing employees to refrain from displaying Christmas or other religious-themed decorations on campus, has sparked outrage on the campus and in the community. The story, first reported by WABI-TV on Wednesday, spread wildly across social media: A Facebook group …
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