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Students Excited To Begin Their Eighth Year Of Sixth Grade At UMaine Farmington

UMaine FarmingtonFARMINGTON — More than 500 new students were welcomed to the University of Maine at Farmington on Saturday afternoon during a matriculation ceremony. Of the 518 students, 430 are first-year students and 88 are transfer students, said Jamie Marcus, director of admissions. Eighty-eight percent of the incoming class is from Maine, representing 15 of its 16 counties, while the rest are from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont. One student is from Africa. “On behalf of the Admissions Office, I can say that I am wicked excited to officially welcome you to the University of Maine at Farmington, your new home for the next four years,” Marcus said. He said most of the first-year students come from Cumberland County, while most of the transfer students come from Franklin County. Half of the transfer students are coming in from four-year colleges. He said the Class of 2018 is very talented academically, coming in with a grade-point average of 3.0. Sixty new students will enter the UMF Honors program and 11 are Mitchell Scholars, which Marcus described as “a huge and prestigious honor” for UMF. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Former Poet Laureate Of Maine Still Trying To Find A Rhyme For “Hahd Tellin’ Not Knowin’”

betsy shollBetsy Sholl, award-winning author of eight poetry collections and a former Poet Laureate of Maine, is offering a special two-part poetry and writing workshop at Thomas Memorial Library! The first session will take place on the 12th of August, followed by the second and final session on the 19th. This will be a fun and very humane workshop focused primarily around generating new material and examining some of our favorite writers and what makes them so appealing. This is for all levels of experience, and refreshments will be provided. (read more at Thomas Memorial Library)

High School Varsity Baseball Player Pretty Sure He Can Bunt His Way To The Major Leagues

High school baseball bunterDespite clawing back time and again, the Wolverines couldn’t cling to a win May 12 against Lisbon. The Wiscasset High School boys varsity baseball team was unable to finish a late rally and fell, 9-7, to the visiting Greyhounds. Wiscasset was trailing, 3-1, in the early going until a third-inning rally tied the game. Lisbon would eke out a 7-6 advantage, but the Wolverines, like a movie monster, kept coming back. In the end the Greyhounds were able to close however, and leave Wiscasset with the win. (read more at the Wiscasset Newspaper)

Unity College Egests 146 Seniors

Unity College graduationUNITY, Maine — An international filmmaker and environmentalist urged the 146 graduates of Unity College to go out and spread the word about protecting the environment, which she warned is facing numerous challenges, the foremost being climate change. Celine Cousteau, the granddaughter of filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, spoke at the 45th annual commencement ceremony for the environmental college located in rural Waldo County. Cousteau said she had not been familiar with Unity College prior to being contacted about being the commencement speaker. She said, however, after learning about the college and meeting with administrators, faculty and staff, she has great admiration for the work they accomplish. “I am truly impressed by a small group of powerful and brilliant people,” Cousteau said. “This is a future-minded institution. You should be proud.” Cousteau is founder and director of CauseCentric Productions, a nonprofit organization that works on various causes. She is working on a multimedia project that focuses on indigenous tribes in the Brazilian Amazon and the threats to their world. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

International Panel Of Photographers Warns That Unless We Start Rationing Soon, We May Run Out Of Poses For Elderly Actresses Within A Decade

Glenn CloseBates College will confer honorary degrees on four leaders from the arts, business, journalism and technology during the college’s 148th Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 25. Delivering the Commencement address and receiving an honorary degree will be Isabel Alexis Wilkerson, author of the acclaimed “The Warmth of Other Suns.” Also receiving honorary degrees during the ceremony will be pioneering computer scientist John Seely Brown, renowned actress and social activist Glenn Close, and leading Maine entrepreneur and champion of corporate social responsibility David Shaw. Commencement concludes the undergraduate careers of the Bates Class of 2014, expected to total 450 graduates representing 31 U.S. states and 34 other countries. The ceremony will begins at 10 a.m. on the Historic Quad and will be livestreamed at bates.edu/live. Conferring the honorary degrees will be Bates College President Clayton Spencer. “These four remarkable individuals embody in their lives and work the values we strive to instill in our students,” Spencer said. “With astonishing talent, creativity and drive, they have pushed the boundaries in their own fields and have opened new worlds for all of us.” (read more at the Twin City Times)

Children At Wiscasset Library Reading Of “Scary Larry” Say They’ve Seen A Lot Worse Over By The Computer Terminals

Scary Larry reading at the Wiscasset Public LibraryHow are you feeling? Coreysha Stone’s presentation of “Scary Larry” at the Wiscasset Library Story Time was a very fun way for the children to relate to their emotions. Stone read her third book, “Scary Larry,” and afterwards went over all of the different emotions that Larry the cat had felt. The children enjoyed some group singing of “If you’re happy and you know it” and then created their own pasta impersonation where they made a face displaying their emotion of choice out of pasta and yarn. (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)

State Champs In Creative Problem Solving Can’t Figure Out How To Get To Iowa; Hope To Compete In An Irony Competition Next Year

Westbrook Odyssey of the Mind winnersWESTBROOK – In just the second year of a creative problem-solving competition, two teams of Westbrook Middle School students have qualified for the world finals taking place in Des Moines, Iowa, in May. Now, their biggest problem is raising the money to get there. The two teams, each made up of seven students ranging from fifth to eighth grade, collected first place at a southern Maine Odyssey of the Mind event on March 16, and went on to win first place at the state championship on March 29. The world finals will be held at Iowa State University, May 28-31. According to Amanda Bramble, the Westbrook Odyssey of the Mind program coordinator, the program has students from kindergarten through high school work collaboratively in teams of five to seven to solve an intricate problem. Bramble says teams choose a specific problem and develop an in-depth solution. (read more at American Journal)

Wiscasset Interim Superintendent Says He’s Going To Need More Money For Clothes If He’s Forced To Stop Raiding Alan Alda’s Wardrobe

Wiscasset School SuperintendentEven with the $365,983 in budget cuts the Wiscasset School Board approved in a workshop on March 22, Wiscasset residents should brace themselves for a bigger tax bill this year. Interim Superintendent Wayne Dorr said March 24, there are still many unknowns within the budget and the current $9.8 million budget will assuredly change before the voters act upon it sometime in May. According to Dorr, last year’s local share of the school budget was just over $5 million. Early projections for anticipated revenue include about $1.1 in state-subsidy and $900,000 in tuition. Both these numbers are subject to change, Dorr said. With the $9.8 million budget, minus the projected revenue, Wiscasset taxpayers’ local share would be about $7.8, an increase of roughly $2.8 million over last year’s share. Besides the state subsidy and tuition revenue, other budget items which will likely change the numbers include costs for insurance, fuel, telephone, legal fees, custodial service, copier leases, administrative/business office expenses, and special education funds. (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)

UMaine Farmington President Says She Doesn’t Want To Go On The Cart

Monty Python and the Holy Grail going on the cartFARMINGTON, Maine — A hoax email sent Monday evening to University of Maine Farmington students and staff claimed the university’s president, Kathryn Foster, had died at her home Monday afternoon. In fact, Foster was alive and well in Machias, conducting university business at the University of Maine System’s Board of Trustees two-day meeting. The email, sent at 5:07 p.m., purported to be from Robert Lively Jr., associate provost. “Dear All: I am very sorry to inform you that Kathryn A. Foster, UMF’s recently inaugurated President, very suddenly and unexpectedly suffered a stroke and passed away late this afternoon at her home in Farmington,” the email read. “Kathryn was a beloved leader, an accomplished scholar, and a warm, generous, friendly soul. She will be sorely missed by her students, her colleagues, and the entire UMF community.” It was signed Robert L. Lively, Jr., interim president. He remains associate provost. The email included a link to a website where students and staff could leave their condolences, but it actually led to a pornagraphic website. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

25 Mainers Test Positive For Exposure To Dangerous Levels Of Magazine Articles

Lisbon Maine residentAUGUSTA, Maine — The test results are in for 25 Mainers who recently volunteered to test their bodies for a battery of chemicals commonly found in consumer products. Every participant, from current and former lawmakers to mothers and an electrician, tested positive for phthalates, a group of chemicals used to soften plastics that studies have linked to serious health problems, such as reproductive birth defects among boys and higher rates of asthma and allergies, according to the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, a coalition of environmental and health organizations that announced the findings Tuesday afternoon at a State House event. Levels in some participants far exceeded national averages. Paige Holmes, 34, who lives in Lisbon with her two young sons, tries to avoid phthalates by using glass and stainless steel containers instead of plastic and switching out her vinyl shower curtain for a cloth one. Since becoming pregnant with her first boy seven years ago, she has taken steps — from buying organic and local foods to making her own household cleaners to reading product labels — to limit her family’s exposure to chemicals. So she was astounded to discover she had the highest overall level of phthalates in the study group. Two types of phthalates commonly found in personal care products were detected in her body at levels higher than those of more than 90 percent of all Americans. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

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