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Machias Savings Partners With Aroostook Aspirations Initiative

Machias Savings announced a partnership with Aroostook Aspirations Initiative (AAI) and an initial investment of $5,000. Machias Savings has already made many investments in Aroostook County with its branches in Houlton, Caribou, and Presque Isle. The partnership with Aroostook Aspirations Initiative allows them to continue to make a significant investment in Aroostook County, by helping AAI invest in Aroostook’s children who have a college degree on their list of goals.

Machias Savings often supports economic and educational based programs that also encourage community development and work with economically challenged or low income students. Machias Savings’ history of giving matches perfectly with Aroostook Aspirations Initiative’s (AAI) mission to support first generation, economically disadvantaged students in Aroostook County who want to attend college or university here in The County. Investment in local communities is an important value for both Machias Savings and for Aroostook Aspirations.

Chris Fitzpatrick, Executive Vice President of Machias Savings Bank stated “We have long supported the youth of our area by providing scholarships throughout Eastern and Northern Maine. The mission of AAI fits nicely with our desire to assist students from our hometowns gain a very valuable education to hopefully allow them to remain and prosper in Aroostook County.”

Sandy Gauvin, president and cofounder of Aroostook Aspirations Initiative, commented on how much Machias Savings’ investment in the work of AAI will help the constant push to reverse the outward migration of Aroostook’s youth. “Our young people are leaving our county at alarming rates. The outmigration statistics are staggering. If we don’t work together to reverse this outmigration, our communities may not survive. The best way to reverse this outmigration is to help our youth get a good quality, college education right here in The County. Right now, only 18 percent of the people in The County have a college degree. This needs to improve. As a graduate of one of Aroostook County’s colleges, I can attest to the quality of post-secondary education that’s available. We need to provide the same opportunity for more of our kids to get the education and skills they need to get one of the many jobs available in The County, stay here and raise their families here, and become an integral part of the economic fiber of Aroostook County. Thank you to Machias Savings for joining us and becoming a partner in our efforts to address these goals. “

The partnership between Aroostook Aspirations and Machias Savings is exciting news for Executive Director April Flagg. “Our Gauvin Scholars receive many things while they attend college in Aroostook. We offer them mentoring and guidance, financial assistance, emergency funding, and we offer the chance to network with community and business leaders from across Aroostook and the state of Maine. Machias Savings’ investment helps support the structure for our Gauvin Scholars. It helps our organization move forward, invest in more young people, and help our County grow. Businesses like Machias Savings are why Aroostook Aspirations is so important to this County. Our Scholars are the future skilled work force in Aroostook. Providing them with the support they need while attending college and allowing them to see the opportunities our businesses have to offer are important pieces of our innovative program. Our Scholars know there are jobs in Aroostook, because they have the chance to meet with community, education, and civic leaders. We deeply appreciate the investment Machias Savings has made in our Scholars and our program. We are going to make a great team.”

Founded in 1869, Machias Savings has 18 locations throughout Maine. Machias Savings is known for its exceptional customer service and commitment to community. With investments from the northern tip to the southern tip of Maine, Machias Savings often partners with innovative programs that seek to maintain or revitalize vibrant communities. Their second year investment in Aroostook Aspirations Initiative means a Machias Savings’ Gauvin Scholar will be included with the Gauvin Scholars Class of 2015.

Ray and Sandy Gauvin founded Aroostook Aspirations Initiative (AAI) in 2013 with a mission to help more Aroostook students complete college and settle in Aroostook. Often referred to as a model for the state of Maine, AAI has a powerful 24 member Board of Directors, partnerships with all Aroostook schools, colleges, and universities, and strategic partnerships with several Aroostook County businesses including Machias Savings, The Bangor Daily News, Pineland Farms, Katahdin Trust, The Aroostook Medical Center, and media partnerships with WAGM-TV, Channel X Radio, WHOU, and Townsquare Media. In May 2014, AAI announced the first class of students to receive the prestigious title of Gauvin Scholar. The Gauvin Scholars, class of 2014, are now in their second semester of college, and the program is gearing up for the next class of Gauvin Scholars, one that will be slightly larger than the initial 16 because of consistent business and local support over the last year. AAI is focused on stemming the outward migration of Aroostook’s young people and on increasing the degree attainment levels by supporting Aroostook youth as they attend college here in the County. If you would like to learn more about this innovative program, visit their website www.gauvinfund.org, like them on Facebook and/or follow them on Twitter AAI/GauvinFund, or email them at info@gauvinfund.org. If you want to help Aroostook student make college dreams degree realities, donations can be made online, in person at their physical location, 754 Main Street Presque Isle, or by mail: 26 NorthStreet Box 138, Presque Isle, ME 04769.

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Meet “Autumn” the Red-tailed Hawk

Friday, March 6, 2015 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill, Maine

For more information: 207-664-4400; downeastaudubon.org

Downeast Audubon will present a program by falconer Dick Hutchinson of Penobscot at the Blue Hill Public Library on Friday March 6th at 7:00 PM. Dick has been fascinated by raptors and falconry for over 50 years. He will introduce the audience to “Autumn,” his Red-tailed Hawk of eight years, and will talk about what falconry actually involves. This ancient practice, dating back to 2,000 BC, is a very demanding endeavor, requiring serious dedication and special permit.

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Lenten Healing Services

Sunday, March 15, 2015 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Peoples United Methodist Church, 407 Pritham Avenue, Greenville Junction, Maine

For more information: 207-862-8089

Now is the time…

The power of Jesus Christ— prophet, teacher and healer, continues to show itself in our time. Come, taste and see the Goodness of the Lord and experience his healing.

From ancient times people have sought healing of body, mind, and spirit from the Church. In keeping with this tradition, the Northern Maine District of the United Methodist Church is reaching out to all people in the downeast, Aroostook, central and highlands regions through a series of Lenten healing services called “On the Wings of Love.”

The Rev. Dr. Pat MacHugh, District Superintendent, has organized this collaborative ministry. She quotes UMC Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, saying “it’s not that the Church has a mission, but rather that the [healing] mission has a church,” a challenging reversal of how we usually view mission or “the works” of the Church.

Rev. MacHugh will open each service with Meditation and a message on the role of hope in healing and wholeness. Communion will be celebrated, and also anointing with oil that has been blessed. All people are invited to receive healing prayer in small groups or individually from experienced members of this ministry team in a safe, respectful manner. We welcome all to join and pray with us.

Services will be on the following dates and locations:

Sunday Feb. 22, at 3:00 — North Brewer/Eddington United Methodist Church, 31 Main Rd. Eddington, Me. (Rte.9)

Sunday Mar.1, at 3:00—Jacksonville UMC,

325 Jacksonville Rd., Jacksonville/E. Machias, Me.

Sunday March 15, at 3:00 — -People’s UMC, 91 Pritham Ave. Greenville Jct. Me.

Sunday March 22, at 3:00 — Stetson memorial UMC, 4 Houlton St. Patten, Me.

For directions to the churches please visit www.neumc.org under “Find a church.” For

More information contact Kelly Santiago at the UMC District Office 207-862-8089

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MECAmorphosis, MECA’s Spring Gala

Friday, May 1, 2015 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portalnd, Maine

For more information: 207-699-5012; meca.edu/mecamorphosis

MECAmorphosis celebrates the 2015 Thesis Exhibition and introduces over 80 emerging artists graduating from Maine College of Art in the BFA program, as well as raises critical scholarship funds to educate the next generation of artists.

Held in conjunction with Portland’s First Friday Art Walk this year, entrance to the Thesis Exhibition is free and open to the public. There will be light fare and interactive art throughout the College’s historic Porteous Building. The evening includes a ticketed Runway Fashion Show, which premiers the collections of our majors in Textile and Fashion Design, followed by a private Artist’s Party on the top floor, which will be the highlight of this creative spring event.

5:00PM-8:00PM BFA Thesis Exhibitions and Gala, Floors One, Two and Three (Free)

6:30PM-7:30PM Runway Fashion Show in the ICA, Floor One (Ticketed)

7:00PM-10:00PM Artist’s Party on Floors Four + Five (Ticketed)

To purchase tickets contact the Advancement Office at 207.699.5012 or go to www.brownpapertickets.com.

For more information, email advancement@meca.edu or call 207.699.5012

The Textile & Fashion Design program at MECA was created through a generous gift from Roxanne Quimby.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

TD Bank

The Hanover Insurance Group

Media Sponsors: maine. The Magazine Maine Home + Design

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Van Buren middle school students start 100-mile club

VAN BUREN, Maine — Two Van Buren District School middle school students, Jayde Violette and Sophie Rioux, apparently took the quote attributed to Michael Jordan, “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen” to heart and decided they wanted to be people who make something happen. With the assistance of teachers and staff at their school, they have organized a 100-mile club for the middle school community.

Every morning, participating students walk and run in the gym for 10 to 20 minutes, as part of this student-driven initiative to gain points in the nation-wide Fuel Up to Play program. The middle school students compete individually and with other schools to have the most number of students with 100 miles or more completed walking or biking by the end of the school year.

K-6 physical education teacher Jay Edgecomb said that almost 75% of the 85 middle school students participate in the 100-mile club at the school.

Participation in Fuel Up To Play’s activities to help students “make a difference not only in their lives, but also their community,” says the program’s website. The National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, founded Fuel Up to Play.

Edgecomb said that the national program stopped offering point rewards for a few years, but returned with them recently. Students were less enthusiastic about the program without the competitive aspect, he said.

In previous years, the students at Van Buren District School had been the number one school in Maine for points for a period of time; Rioux and Violette are motivated to build on that success, they said.

Violette explained that the students are tracking their physical activity and their healthy eating choices, which nets the school 200 points every 15 days. Rioux said she and Violette are also distributing surveys to find out in what activities students most want to participate, such as the possibility of an upcoming treasure hunt or geocaching expedition, and drawing attention to online lessons in team leadership and healthy eating, all with the ultimate goal of gaining more points. She said that even some teachers had joined the club.

The 100-mile club plan originated from an initial plan to come up with “little activities to get people to walk or run,” said Rioux.

Success appears to be broadening the students’ vision. Violette said that the two middle school students were considering starting a billion-mile club next year, although they hadn’t made a final decision yet.

Edgecomb said that the 100-mile club and the associated walking/running event in the school in the mornings is only one of many events at the school that teachers and staff offer to help keep the students healthy and happy. Just prior to the recent school vacation, students went on a Friday bowling trip, and they have participated in curling, snowshoeing, hiking, and other school activities in the past.

“We try to keep the kids busy,” he said. “We usually have some kind of activity going on.”

The students also participate in a fairly vigorous physical education program, with 45 minutes of class time three times a week and 30 minutes of recess every day, he said. Every Friday, the school rewards students who maintain high grade point averages with additional physical activities outside of the gym.

Violette said that the students had many opportunities for extracurricular activities after school, and Rioux said that during recess, they participate in many intramural sports, such as hockey, basketball, soccer and the kickball-like “matball.

Edgecomb added, “I sometimes have to kick kids out of my gym because we have no adult supervision available for them.”

Many of the students at Van Buren District School have racked up enough points in the Fuel Up to Play program that they are “ambassadors” now and can gain points by encouraging other students to participate.

The Fuel Up to Play program also includes encouragement for healthy eating, and Edgecomb is looking to find additional funding to offer the students healthy alternatives in the lunch line, to complement the salad bar the school currently offers. Edgecomb also reached out to the Power of Prevention to purchase batteries for the kids’ school pedometers for their healthy activities.

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MAINE Engineers Week – Engineering EXPO March 14th

Saturday, March 14, 2015 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Costello Field House, 37 College Ave., University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine

For more information: 207-581-2201; engineeringme.com

Save the Date! 2015 E-Wd two signature events are planned: Banquet and theeek events are almost here. E-Week in Maine for 2015 is March 8-14 an EXPO – Register Online at www.engineerME.com

The Expo is preceded on Friday, March 13th by the Maine Engineers Week Banquet at the DoubleTree in South Portland at 6:00 PM (social beginning at 5:00 PM).

DoubleTree, 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, Maine 04106

Please join us at the Engineers Week Banquet on Friday, March 13th. This year MEPC is proud to feature a keynote speaker from a local Maine company doing pioneering work. Guy Cote, President of Sevee & Maher Engineers, Inc., will be speaking about the drone that they have built to perform aerial survey work. Sevee and Maher is among the first companies in the country to do this work, and he will share their experiences with this new technology.

Engineering EXPO Information

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: University of Southern Maine, Gorham

37 College Ave.

Over 1,700 children and adults are expected to experience first-hand the many contributions that Maine Engineers make to our communities and way of life. Thanks to our sponsors, the first 900 people through the door receive a free T-shirt celebrating Maine Engineers Week.

Maine’s top engineering firms, engineering schools, educators, government agencies, industry, and engineering societies will provide hand on activities and exhibits throughout the field house. The fun, dynamic, and positive environment will help encourage our youth to pursue careers in engineering and provide a diverse and vigorous workforce for the future. No prior sign-up / registration is required to come enjoy the EXPO… we hope to see you there!

Learn more at www.engineeringme.com

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The Song Goes On: Celebrating Pete Seeger

Sunday, May 3, 2015 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: The Brick Church, Union St., Bangor, Maine

For more information: 207-478-2684; peacectr.org

On the birthday of Pete Seeger, May 3, Voices for Peace will celebrate the activist and musician with a concert and sing-along. Seeger, who rarely held a concert without inviting folks to join him, kept folk music alive and influenced generations of musicians from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen to Voices for Peace! He popularized traditional and political songs over his 70 plus-year career. Through song and action Seeger championed civil rights, spearheaded the clean-up of the Hudson River and advocated for union workers.

For 10 years Voices for Peace, enthusiastically directed by Marty Kelley, has sung in support of numerous community organizations, at rallies in the greater Bangor area and in churches from Pittsfield to Somesville, and at local senior citizen residences. Annual concerts have included being the core of the HOPE Festival Chorus performing at the Hope Festival held at the University of Maine every April. The 30-member chorus has sung in concert with portrait artist Robert Shetterly (Americans Who Tell the Truth) and Gordon Bok (Another Land Made of Water), as well as with guest performers from out of state. Sponsorship by the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine has not only provided the choral group a home for rehearsals but a strong community network that recognizes the power of song on the path to a more just and peaceful world. Honoring Pete Seeger at this year’s concert fits perfectly with the group’s mission.

“I still believe the only chance for the human race to survive is to give up such pleasures as war, racism and private profit,” Seeger told Rolling Stone in 1979. His music and work supported those beliefs throughout his life. His legacy of song will continue to inspire and encourage activists for generations to come.

Pete Seeger who died at the age of 94 on January 27, 2014 made at least two major public appearances in the last months of his life. For the Farm Aid Benefit Concert in New York in September 2013, he wrote a new anti-fracking verse for “This Land is Your Land”. His last concert was with Arlo Guthrie at Carnegie Hall at the end of November.

All his life Seeger believed, “The right song at the right moment can change history.” On the program for May 3rd will be Seeger’s “To My Old Brown Earth”, “My Rainbow Race” and “Oh, Had I a Golden Thread”. The audience will be invited to join in on the familiar tunes including, “We Shall Overcome”, “Turn, Turn, Turn”, and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”. Following Seeger’s legacy of shedding light on issues of our times through song, the concert will also include a debut performance of “The Flight of Cuatro Ojos”, written by alto and poet Judy Williams of Belfast and set to music by the late Cathy Jacobs of Ellsworth. Another debut will be Dana Williams’ performance of “Not That Kind of Music” written as a tribute to Pete Seeger by Noel Paul Stookey. Dual vocalists and instrumentalists Tracy Bigney on piano, Dana Williams, Ned Smith and Peter Phillips on guitar, Tim Rogers on flute and Laurie Cartier on drum will accompany performances throughout the afternoon concert.

When Seeger testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955

he stated, “I am proud that I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I have never refused to sing for anybody because I disagreed with their political opinion, and I am proud of the fact that my songs seem to cut across and find perhaps a unifying thing, basic humanity.”

Singing our way to basic humanity is what Voices for Peace hopes to do on Sunday, May 3rd at 4 pm at The Brick Church on Union Street in Bangor. All are invited to join in the celebration. Proceeds will benefit the peace work of the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine. For more information contact kgreenman@gwi.net, call 207-469-2122 or 207-478-2684.

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Incredible Edible Milbridge Offers Garden Workshops

MILBRIDGE – Incredible Edible Milbridge, a project of the Women’s Health Resource Library, is an initiative based around the universal language of food. By focusing on growing and sharing food, we want to create a community that is stronger, healthier, friendlier, more independent, and more resilient in the face of growing environmental threats.

Visit Milbridge during the growing season and you’ll find gardens in public areas with IEM signs that tout, “If It’s Ripe, Pick It!” These gardens tended by local businesses and volunteers make local, organic produce available to all. IEM is kicking off the season with a series of hands-on garden workshops designed to enhance your garden knowledge and inspire you to grow your own vegetables.

All of these workshops are free, but do require preregistration. Visit www.whrl.org to register, or call 546-7677.

The Healing Power of Gardening with Elin Mackinnon

Date: Saturday, March 14 from 9-11 a.m.

Location: Women’s Health Resource Library

Current research is proving that gardening is good for your mental as well as physical health. We will review how this works and the growing field of horticultural therapy. We will focus on working with children and how garden related activities have helped them with trauma, anxiety and other mental health issues. We will look at ways to get children excited about gardening and tips to ensure their success. We will review simple and inexpensive garden activities you can do with children and adults. This is a great workshop for teachers, child care workers, parents, grandparents or anyone who has children in their life.

Starting Seeds with Janis Lesbines

Date: Saturday, April 11 from 9-11 a.m.

Location: Women’s Health Resource Library

From seeds to plants, this hands-on workshop will show you how to get your garden off to a good start. Learn how to sow a variety of seeds, and transplant seedlings. Learn what makes good soil—the foundation of a healthy garden. Learn about different containers for seeds and seedlings. You will go home with your own collection of seedlings to tend and the confidence to make it happen!

Garden Tools: Show-And-Tell with Janis Lesbines

Date: Saturday, April 25 from 9-11 a.m.

Location: IEM Market Garden located on the grounds of the Red Barn Motel

The right tool for the job can make all the difference. Learn about the variety of tools used in gardening, their uses, and how to care for them. Feel free to bring tools you want to show!

Starting A Garden From Scratch with Janis Lesbines

Date: Saturday, May 9 from 9-11 a.m.

Location: IEM Market Garden located on the grounds of the Red Barn Motel

You’ll learn how to choose a site, do a soil test, dig out the sod, prepare the garden site and add amendments to the soil to grow healthy, nutritious vegetables. Come dressed to garden! You’ll go home with a soil test kit for your own garden site.

Boost Your Garden Bounty with Cover Crops with Leonore Hildebrandt

Date: Saturday, June 6 from 9-11 a.m.

Location; Lenore’s garden in Harrington

Cover crops are plants like clover, oats, field peas and winter rye. They help fertilize the ground, keep weeds down, loosen clay soils, suppress diseases and attract beneficial insects. We will tour Leonore’s vegetable garden, look at a slide show with images from last summer’s garden, and discuss the benefits of different plants and growing methods. If you’re tired of hauling manure, try sustainable gardening with the help of the sun!

Mixing Beauty and Nutrition: Combining Vegetables and Perennials in Your Garden with Janis Lesbines

Date: Saturday, July 11 from 9-11 a.m.

Location: IEM Market Garden located on the grounds of the Red Barn Motel

It’s colorful, and just plain fun to grow vegetables and perennial flowers and herbs all in the same garden bed. Come find out what goes well together, and how to make your special garden successful.

Leonore Hildebrandt is a poet who teaches writing at the University of Maine. Living “off the grid” in Harrington, Leonore and her husband Robert Froese grow vegetables, herbs, berries, and apples.

Elin MacKinnon, LCSW was recently transplanted from her Orono home of 30 years to Steuben where she and her husband live more quietly now, off the grid. She has worked as a social worker with children and families in the Bangor/Orono area for over 25 years. In the academic year her time is often split between teaching social work classes at the University of Maine and a small private practice with children.

Janis Lesbines is a horticulturalist, garden consultant and small garden designer. She remembers growing radishes in her very first garden when she was five years old. Her passion is to teach others about gardening so that they can have as much fun in the dirt as she does.

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CALAIS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS

Calais International Basketball Tournaments at 9 a.m.

5th/6th Grade Boy’s & Girl’s March 14th-15th @ CHS

7th/8th Grade Boy’s March 21st-22nd @ CHS

7th/8th Grade Girl’s March 28th-29th @ CHS

For more information call Craig Morrison 454-2761

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MWLOA seeking lacrosse officials

BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Maine Women’s Lacrosse Officials’ Association is offering new umpire classes for adults who want to umpire.

All prospective umpires are required to attend a series of classes that are taught by U.S. Lacrosse-trained umpires. Classes will be held in four different locations for four consecutive weeks.

New officials must attend a minimum of three classes to qualify for the 2015 season. All newly trained umpires will receive instructions on how to register with U.S. Lacrosse.

The nonrefundable cost for the course is $45, and covers class materials and a 2015 Lacrosse Rule Book. MWLOA dues for new umpires is $20 and is payable at the last class. All umpires must be members of U.S. lacrosse before umpiring a game, and the annual membership dues are $45.

Classes will be held 6-8 p.m. March 2, 9, 16 and 23, at Thornton Academy; 6-8 p.m. March 2, 9, 16, and 23, at Brunswick High School; 6-8 p.m. March 5, 12, 19, and 26, at Falmouth High School; and at Thomas College on a schedule to be announced.

For information, or to register, go towww.mainewloa.com or call Barbara Snapp at 721-0708.

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Why We Need a Basic Income Talk by Joe Soss

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow Street, Bangor, Maine

For more information: 581-3861

Plutocracy, Poverty and Racial Injustice Today: Why We Need a Basic Income

with Visiting Scholar Joe Soss of the University of Minnesota

Sponsored by the Scholar Srategy Network

With commentary by UMaine Professor Steve Barkan and Smith College Ph.D. Candidate Judith Josiah Martin

Free and open to the Public

Tuesday, March l7th 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine

96 Harlow Street, Bangor

Reception with light refreshments 5:00, talk begins at 5:30 p.m.

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Owl Prowl

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Caribou Bog, Taylor Road, Orono, ME

For more information: 2079892591; maineaudubon.org/events/owl-prowl-3/

March is when owls are most active. They’re hooting to establish pairs and territories. We’ll take a walk into the woods to hear and possibly see feathered nocturnal beauties. Please bring a flashlight.

Location: Caribou Bog, Orono. Take Taylor Road off of Forest, veer left to trail head.

Cost: $5. Please call Fields Pond Audubon Center at 989-2591 with questions.

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The Rides of March

Sunday, March 15, 2015 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, ME

For more information: 2079892591; maineaudubon.org/pvc

Late winter birding varies greatly from year to year. Join Sandi and Bob Duchesne for a van trip to discover what’s flying in the Penobscot Valley region. This is a good opportunity for new (and new-to-birding) residents to learn more about local winter hot spots.

Trip will cancel for bad weather – call Sandi Duchesne at 827-3782 prior to 6:45 a.m. on the morning of the trip if in doubt. Bring lunch or purchase en route.

Location: Meet the van in the parking lot behind Wendy’s in the University Plaza in Old Town (near I-95, exit 193), or FPAC at 8:00 a.m. Return at 5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free/member; $10/nonmember. Limit 10 participants. Please call 989-2591 to register.

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Franklin Street church to hold breakfast buffet

Saturday, March 14, 2015 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Location: Franklin Street United Methodist Church, 71 Franklin St., Bucksport, Maine

For more information: 207-469-3622

BUCKSPORT, Maine — The Franklin Street United Methodist Church, at 71 Franklin St., will host a breakfast buffet 6:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14. This all-you-care-to-eat meal features several entrees, beverages and homemade baked goods. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children, and $25 for a family of four or more. For information, call the church office at 469-3622 or Ed Petravicz at 469-9979.

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Winter Writing Workshop: What would the bear write?

Saturday, March 14, 2015 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, ME

For more information: 2079892591; maineaudubon.org/events/winter-writing-workshop-what-would-the-bear-write/

Explore your inner bear through poetry and short story writing exercises inspired by some favorite animal loving authors. We will walk along the forest edge and explore the winter landscape. Come prepared for the weather – warm refreshments will be provided.

Leader: Cheryl Daigle, writer, photographer, and conservationist

Cost: $10/member; $15/nonmember. Please register online at maineaudubon.org. Call 989-2591 with questions.

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Monthly Bird Walk

Saturday, March 14, 2015 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, ME

For more information: 2079892591; maineaudubon.org/events/monthly-bird-walk/

Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront. Please dress for the weather.

Cost: Free

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Land trust invites families for winter fun

Saturday, March 7, 2015 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Sebasticook Regional Land Trust Richardson Memorial Preserve, Stevens Road, Unity, ME

For more information: 207-948-3766; sebasticookrlt.org/2015/02/25/family-fun-at-richardson-memorial-preserve/

UNITY – Bundle up the kids and join Sebasticook Regional Land Trust for a morning of winter play from 10 AM – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

This event at the Richardson Memorial Preserve on Stevens Road is presented in partnership with Waldo County General Hospital and 5210 Let’s Go! Waldo County. A limited number of youth snowshoes will be available for loan, as well as hot cocoa and healthy snacks.

Go snow-shoeing, sledding, skiing, make snow angels – perhaps the weather will actually be warm enough to allow a snowman or two! There will also be opportunity to help clean out and make any necessary repairs to the bluebird nesting boxes in anticipation of spring’s return. The boxes were built and installed in 2014 by the Cub Scouts in Unity Pack 233.

Richardson Memorial Preserve is located on the Stevens Road in Unity, nearly opposite the intersection with Bailey Road. Parking is along the road. The Preserve was a gift to the community from the family of Carl Richardson in 2003. For more information about the Richardson Memorial Preserve or the SRLT, contact Jennifer at 948-3766, jennifer@sebasticookrlt.org or visit www.SebasticookRLT.org.

Driving Directions to Richardson Memorial Preserve (RMP): from Main Street in Unity turn on to Depot Street. At stop sign, turn right onto Route 220. Drive 4 miles, through Thorndike village. As you climb the rise out of the village, just past the post office, turn soft right onto Bailey Road. At stop sign, continue straight on Bailey Road. At stop sign, turn left onto Stevens Road. RMP is on the right nearly immediately, across the street from mailbox number 142 Stevens Rd.

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Trekkers Students “Ride Through History” During February Vacation

As Trekkers celebrates its 21st year of serving local youth, the Thomaston-based mentoring organization completed two educational expeditions for its 9th grade classes during the week of February vacation. Trekkers’ Program Staff led Team North Face and Team Patagonia students and their adult mentors on 10-day “Ride Through History” journeys, with experiential education that focused on the historical events that helped form our nation. Their collective exploration took them through the cultures and history of Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

Through a combination of tours, interactive multi-media, group discussions and hours of bus riding, these two groups learned firsthand about the circumstances of our country’s founding. Accompanied by adult mentors and student leaders, they also had the opportunity to connect with caring role models from their community while discovering new aspects of themselves and their peers.

In Boston, Team Patagonia’s students and mentors completed a tour of the Freedom Trail, where they learned about the beginnings of the Revolutionary War. They also visited the U.S.S. Constitution, the oldest American warship, and the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution.

In Camden, New Jersey, Team Patagonia met up with students from Trekkers’ sister organization, Urban Trekkers, for a one-day cultural exchange. The experience granted the Maine Trekkers the chance to build meaningful relationships and it encouraged cross-cultural understanding and dialogue with the urban youth.

Team North Face students participated in a community service project while in Philadelphia. They volunteered at Philabundance, a hunger relief community kitchen and adult culinary arts vocational training program that distributes 20 million pounds of food per year to agencies and area emergency kitchens serving people with food insecurity. The team filled food boxes with almost 5000 pounds of cereal, crackers and snacks!

Both teams toured the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, and the National Constitution Center and ran the infamous Rocky Steps while in Philadelphia. In Washington, D.C., students visited a variety of national landmarks, including the White House, National Museum of Natural History, Holocaust Museum, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Capitol Building. The students also toured of some of the most famous monuments and memorials, including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To learn more about Trekkers’ recent “Ride Through History” expeditions, including the trip logs and photographs, visit www.trekkers.org. If you would like more information about Trekkers or its expeditionary learning programs, please call (207) 594-5095.

Trekkers is a non-profit outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. This year, Trekkers will serve more than 200 7th through 12th grade students from the communities of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston.

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Mount Desert Island Biological Labs and RockStep Solutions Talk Collaboration at March PubHub

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Casco Bay Tech Hub, 30 Danforth St., 2nd Floor, p, Maine

For more information: cascobaytechhub.com/pubhub/

Meet the team of this unique partnership between a not-for-profit lab and for-profit technology firm at Casco Bay Tech Hub on Tuesday, March 3

PORTLAND, ME – February 26, 2015 – Dr. Kevin Strange, President at Mount Desert Island Biological Labs, and Chuck Donnelly, CEO of RockStep Solutions, have formed a unique partnership. Software developer RockStep moved onto the non-profit research laboratory’s campus at the beginning of the year, and the two firms will share the results of their collaboration at the March PubHub at Casco Bay Technology Hub (CBTH). All are welcome to attend and learn first hand from this example of businesses in Maine working together toward mutual benefit.

PubHub is held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Business Innovation Center within the CBTH, a tech community space that provides collaboration, partnerships, and networking opportunities. PubHub features a speaker with real-world business expertise to share insight on technology and how it relates to business development, growth, and entrepreneurship.

Beverages will be provided by our sponsors at Baxter Brewing and Maine Mead Works.

These generous sponsors make PubHub possible each month: J.B. Brown & Sons, Hall Internet Marketing, Blackstone Accelerates Growth, Time Warner Cable, and Harris Media Services.

What: Casco Bay Technology Hub’s PubHub

When: March 3, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Where: 30 Danforth St., Second Floor

Cost: Free, but attendees should pre-register at http://www.cascobaytechhub.com/pubhub/

In addition to PubHub, the Tech Hub hosts events and activities of interest to Maine entrepreneurs, including times to connect with people from the Maine Technology Institute, UMaine/USM Campus Ventures, and Hack Portland. Learn more about these and other events at: http://www.cascobaytechhub.com/events/

About The Casco Bay Technology Hub

Casco Bay Technology Hub (CBTH) is a non-profit organization founded to create a geographic focal point for Portland, Maine-area tech companies to build the relationships and technology culture that fuel business growth. Requirements for membership are the desire to build a tech culture in Maine, and the ability to vote for that desire by leasing space at CBTH at affordable rates.

Benefits for Maine technology companies include help with recruitment, building partnerships, networking, and education. There is no membership fee or additional associated costs. CBTH is located at 30 Danforth Street on the second and third floors in Portland, ME. If you’re interested in learning more about the Tech Hub, please visit: http://www.cascobaytechhub.com/leasing-information.php.

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