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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)

UMaine Football Team Adds Another Red Shirt To Their Program. Three, If You Count Victims

Zedric Joseph UMaine football playerA University of Maine student is being held on a murder charge in connection with a double stabbing in Florida that resulted in the death of a 23-year-old man. Zedric Joseph, 23, of West Palm Beach was being held at the Richmond County Jail in Augusta, Ga., according to a jail official. Joseph, who played football for the University of Maine, was brought to the jail shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on warrants out of West Palm Beach for one count of murder and two counts of aggravated assault, the jail officer said. The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday afternoon that they had issued the warrant for Joseph. The Richmond County Jail officer said that Joseph was being held until West Palm Beach police arrive to pick him up and return him to Florida. The Florida sheriff’s office confirmed that deputies received a report of a stabbing Friday in the 1600 block of Quail Lake Drive in West Palm Beach. When deputies arrived, they found two victims. A woman had been stabbed in the hand and a man had suffered multiple stab wounds. Both were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The man, Ricardy Chery, 23, died from his injuries. The woman, Vashti Laurore, 23, was treated for her injuries and then released from the hospital. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Waterville Has A Winning Math Team All Of A Sudden For Some Unexplained Reason

Waterville math teamWATERVILLE — After school on Thursday, a group of high school students were working on their game plan for their upcoming competition. The students were practicing meticulously while the coach was working on strategy and figuring out his best starting lineup. This wasn’t the baseball team getting ready to start its campaign, or the football team prepping for next year’s season. It was the Waterville Math Team. Since the mathematics team — and it’s a team, not a club — was created in the fall of 2012, it has grown from six students to 16. The team has climbed steadily in the central Maine standings to second place out of 24 teams, behind only Erskine Academy. It is now 15th out of 143 teams in the state. The growth of the Waterville team mirrors that of the Maine Association of Math Leagues, which began in 1969 with 10 schools and has grown gradually to the size it is today, according to Brian Twitchell, secretary of MAML and the central Maine division representative. (read more at Kennebec Journal)

UMaine System Expected To Boom When 260 Laid-Off UMaine Teachers Go Back To School To Get Another Vaguely Useful Degree

Classroom. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorAUGUSTA, Maine — The University of Maine System will cut up to 165 full-time positions in the budget year that begins in July and would be forced to cut another 95 positions on top of that under across-the-board cuts under consideration in the Legislature. University of Maine System Chancellor James Page told the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee Friday that the anticipated 165 positions will be cut across the system’s seven campuses because of a $36 million budget shortfall in fiscal year 2015, despite already having cut 521 positions since 2007. Cuts under consideration by the Legislature would add some $9.3 million to the budget hole, which translates to another 95 positions. Revenue projections for future years don’t look any better. Page said it’s possible that the system will have to cut a total of about 500 positions between now and 2019. “There are going to be cuts, painful cuts,” said Page to the Bangor Daily News following his testimony to the budget writing committee. “The whole system has to learn how to live within a more efficient budget.” (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Central Maine Community College Hands Out Awards For Pursuing Higher Education Without Explaining Why Education Would Keep Running Away Like That

Classroom. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorA recent alumnus, staff member, and student of Central Maine Community College – and the college itself – were honored recently at the eighth annual awards luncheon presented by College for ME-Androscoggin. Doreen Dignan was one of three students recognized for their efforts to pursue higher education while juggling the demands of school, families and careers. A resident of East Livermore, Dignan graduated with honors last year with a degree in accounting. While enrolled at CMMC, she maintained a full-time job and a full course load while caring for her ailing husband. Dignan is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and is employed at Mechanics Savings Bank. She is now enrolled at St. Joseph’s College where she is working toward a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Jean Blais, learning and advising representative at CMCC, received an Advocate Award in recognition of her work with students. (read more at the Twin City Times)


John Wagoner Megan CreneBANGOR, Maine — Two people were taken to jail after an alleged incident in a Husson University dormitory room late Saturday night, according to police. The sequence of events leading to the arrests of John Wagoner, 19, of Durham and Husson student Megan Creney, 19, of Waterford started around 11 p.m., Bangor police Sgt. Cathy Rumsey said. Wagoner is not a Husson student, she said. Husson security had asked for assistance from Bangor police after responding to a dorm room incident in which the people inside were uncooperative, the sergeant said. She added that security were concerned an assault had taken place. Officers found a visibly intoxicated Wagoner, who had refused to leave the room upon being ordered to do so as he was not a student, Rumsey said. Wagoner and Creney were allegedly yelling obscenities at police. The pair were issued disorderly conduct warnings, and Wagoner allegedly continued to refuse to leave despite warnings he would be arrested. When police tried to handcuff Wagoner, Creney stepped in between despite warnings not to interfere, Rumsey said. Creney struck an officer in the face and shoved the officer away from Wagoner, she said. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Local High School Point Guard Briefly Considered Passing The Ball To A Teammate

Maine High School varsity basketballFresh off an opening-round victory, the Wolverines are Augusta bound. Now that the where is known, that only leaves the who and when. The Wiscasset High School boys varsity basketball team will tip-off at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 at the Augusta Civic Center against the Western Class C conference champion Dirigo Cougars. The boys team is coming off a tightly-contested dual against the Old Orchard Beach Seagulls. The two teams battled, scraped, built-up leads and knocked them back down in what would be a 66-59 Wiscasset victory after all the dust had settled. (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)

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