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One week left to register for emergency preparedness conference

Bangor Daily News on April 09, 2014, at 2:45 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Participant and exhibitor registration will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, for the sixth annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference. The Conference will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22 and 23, at Augusta Civic Center.  Attendance is free to all participants but pre-registration is requested to account for meals and materials. There …
Dan Higgins

Ellsworth, preparing to leave regional school district, picks new superintendent

By Bill Trotter on April 09, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A familiar face is returning to the largest municipality in Hancock County to lead its new school department. Dan Higgins agreed last week to be the school superintendent for Ellsworth, which will withdraw from Regional School Unit 24 at the end of June. Ellsworth voters decided last …
Alan Smith

Dover-Foxcroft area school superintendent leaving to take job at southern Maine district

By Stuart Hedstrom, Piscataquis Observer on April 09, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — After five years on the job, RSU 68 Superintendent Alan Smith will be leaving the district at the end of the current academic year. During the correspondence portion of an April 1 school board meeting, Vice Chair Jenny Chase read Smith’s resignation letter aloud. Smith wrote that …
Cynthia Hillman-Forbush

Hillman-Forbush resigns from Houlton school board

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on April 09, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — Houlton will soon be short one member on the RSU 29 school board following the resignation of Cynthia Hillman-Forbush. Hillman-Forbush submitted her letter of resignation from the board Monday evening, but it does not take effect until May 16. Hillman-Forbush was not in attendance for Monday’s meeting …
Dave Anderson, new superintendent of SAD 63 and principal of Holden schools.

Forensic audit of RSU 63’s finances in progress, Holden area school official says

By Nell Gluckman on April 09, 2014, at 12:54 p.m.
HOLDEN, Maine — A forensic audit of the financial records of Regional School Unit 63 is underway, according to a school unit official. RSU 63 serves the towns of Holden, Eddington and Clifton. A copy of the statement made by superintendent David Anderson at a school committee meeting on March …
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Lecture: Traditional Chinese Decorative Art & Design

By Nancy Walker on April 09, 2014, at 12:51 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: Maine College of Art, Osher Hall, 522 Congress St., Portland, Maine For more information: 207-775-3052; Professor Guo Xianlu, President of the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts will be delivering a public lecture on ‘Traditional Chinese Decorative Art & Design’ …

Harpswell charter school moves ahead with plan to buy building from town

By Dylan Martin, The Forecaster on April 09, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
HARPSWELL, Maine — Harpswell Coastal Academy, the regional charter school that opened last year, is seeking to purchase the former West Harpswell Elementary School building as its permanent home. The Board of Selectmen discussed the sale of the 9 Ash Point Road building in an executive session on Monday evening, …
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Artist Lecture: Dan Mikesell

By johanna cairns on April 09, 2014, at 9:13 a.m.
Monday, April 14, 2014 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: IMRC Center, Stewart Commons, 104 IMRC, Stewart Commons, University of Maine, Orono , Maine For more information: The University of Maine Intermedia MFA program is pleased to announce the fifth presenter, New York based artist Dan Mikesell for their …
Mel MacKay, head of John Bapst Memorial High School stands on the sidewalk outside the school as classes let out in Sept. 2009.

6 Maine schools make national list of most challenging high schools

By Nell Gluckman on April 09, 2014, at 8:43 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor is the most challenging high school in northern New England, according to a list compiled by the Washington Post. “America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” created every year by the news organization, ranked the local private school 379th out of 2,029 …
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EMCC to offer Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

Bangor Daily News on April 08, 2014, at 4:20 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine Community College will offer a new two-year degree program in Criminal Justice starting in the fall of 2014. The Associate’s Degree will assist students in developing marketable skills for potential careers in law enforcement, private security, legal studies, and criminal investigation. The first-year class will admit 24 …
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UM offers $16,000 scholarships to Maine adults

Bangor Daily News on April 08, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Maine adults who want to return to college may qualify for as much as $4,000 per year in scholarships for up to four years, in a new Adult Degree Completion Scholarship Fund announced by the University of Maine System. The System’s fund aims to help Maine people complete their academic studies — …
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UMA Bangor to host admissions event for homeschoolers

Bangor Daily News on April 08, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: UMA Bangor, 124 Eastport Hall For more information: 207-262-7804 BANGOR, Maine — The University of Maine at Augusta will host an admissions event for homeschooled students and their parents 2:30-5 p.m. April 16, in 124 Eastport Hall on the UMA Bangor …
Keith Laser

After less than a year on job, Calais school superintendent headed to Lincoln

By Tim Cox on April 08, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — Keith Laser, superintendent of Calais schools, is headed to Lincoln to lead Regional School Unit 67, which serves Lincoln, Chester and Mattawamkeag. Laser, 60, who has been on the job in Calais less than a year, said he was offered the position on the evening of Wednesday, …
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Trekkers hires Alaina Ennamorati as new Development Assistant.

Trekkers Hires New Development Assistant

By Alaina Ennamorati on April 08, 2014, at 1:19 p.m.
THOMASTON, MAINE – Trekkers, an outdoor-based youth mentoring organization, welcomes Alaina Ennamorati as its new Development Assistant. Alaina grew up in Waldoboro, Maine and served at Trekkers as an AmeriCorps member from September 2012 to August 2013. Alaina is a graduate of Northeastern University with a B.A. in Journalism and …
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Ron Pesha of Lubec was honored with the Norman W. Duzen Community Service Award. Presenting the award is Marianne Moore, president of the Washington County Extension Association.

Washington County Extension Association Honors Volunteers

By Tara Wood on April 08, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
Machias, Maine — The Washington County Extension Association (WCEA) honored several volunteers April 1 during its Annual Meeting at the Rose M. Gaffney School in Machias. Ron Pesha of Lubec was honored with the Norman W. Duzen Community Service Award for his contributions to the West Quoddy Head Light Keepers …
Janet E. Waldron

UMaine VP Janet Waldron leaving to take position at University of North Texas System

By Nell Gluckman on April 08, 2014, at 11:38 a.m.
ORONO, Maine — University of Maine official Janet Waldron will leave her position as senior vice president for administration and finance to become vice chancellor of finance at the University of North Texas System, effective April 28. Waldron has led UMaine’s office of administration and finance for 11 years, according …

York may sic attorney on U.S. News & World Report for leaving them off top schools list

By Chris Hayden, The York Weekley on April 08, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.
YORK, Maine — York school officials on April 2 discussed having an attorney contact U.S. News & World Report over the magazine’s leaving the district off its list of top schools last year. The top 10 high schools in Maine ranking, which was released last spring, is due to come …
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"Fort Halifax" front cover

Meet the Author – Daniel Tortora, Author of the newly published Fort Halifax, Winslow’s Historic Outpost

By Pamela Bonney on April 08, 2014, at 9:53 a.m.
Monday, April 28, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Winslow Public Library, 136 Halifax Street, Winslow, Maine For more information: 207-872-1978; Daniel Tortora, assistant professor of history at Colby College, has published a book on the history of Fort Halifax. Released on April 1st by The History Press, …
Rep. Bruce MacDonald, D-Boothbay

Bill to reduce funding to virtual charter schools advances in Legislature

By Christopher Cousins on April 07, 2014, at 6:43 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A measure that would reduce funding for virtual public charter schools in Maine has gained initial approval in the House and Senate but faces an uncertain future. Democrats call LD 1617 a common-sense measure that recognizes the fact that online virtual schools have lower overhead costs compared …
Students walk near the football field at the University of Maine in Orono recently.

UMaine relying more on lower-paid professors as budget shrinks

By Nell Gluckman on April 07, 2014, at 6:06 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Jason Canniff teaches 4½ college courses at the University of Maine: two freshman composition classes, one upper-level persuasive writing class and two courses in the honors college, one of which he co-teaches. Typically he works 60 hours a week instructing, grading papers and preparing lessons. This week …
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