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Maine news briefs, March 15, 2011

Ham radio operators convention scheduled in Lewiston

LEWISTON, Maine — The Maine State Ham Radio Operators convention will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, March 25, and 8 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center, 490 Pleasant St. For more information, call 784-0350 or visit

Maine Restaurant & Lodging Expo for industry workers set in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Restaurant Association together with the Maine Innkeepers Association will host the 31st annual Maine Restaurant & Lodging Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

A business-to-business trade show for Maine’s food service and lodging industry, the expo includes 165 exhibit booths with companies exhibiting goods and services used by hospitality-based businesses.

The Maine Restaurant & Lodging Expo is not open to the general public. Admission is permitted only to those who own or are employed by a restaurant or other food service enterprise, or lodging establishment. Attendees may register at the door for $15 per person. For information, call 623 2178.

UMPI to hold observance of tsunami tragedy

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The University of Maine at Presque Isle invites the public to join them as they take time from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the university’s Campus Center Owl’s Nest to reflect on the recent earthquake and tsunami tragedy and ensuing events in Japan. Participants are encouraged to engage and heal by drawing, writing poetry, lighting a candle, sitting in silence, or watching a slideshow of the latest events surrounding the tragedy. For information, call  768-9502 or  768-9582.

College planning workshops scheduled in The County

HOULTON, Maine — The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will be hosting Essentials of College Planning workshops at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 5 at  Madawaska CareerCenter, 88 Fox St., at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 7; 9 a.m. Thursdays, April 14 and 28 at Houlton Higher Education Center, 18 Military St.; 9 a.m. Wednesdays, April 13 and 27 at Presque Isle CareerCenter, 66 Spruce St. For registration, call 800-281-3703 or visit For information, call 581-3736.

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