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College Starts Sustainable Agriculture Farm On The Site Of A Sustainable Organic Dairy Farm That Went Out Of Business

Inigo Montoya. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it meansFAIRFIELD — A layer of crunchy snow covers the 120-acre former dairy farm in a corner of Kennebec Valley Community College’s Harold Alfond Campus on a gray afternoon in mid-December. It’s the last day of the fall semester and there’s hardly anyone around, but signs of all the work that has been put into the farm are everywhere. There are laying hens, Katahdin sheep and pigs in a newly refurbished barn and two large high tunnels, which are like greenhouses, teeming with spinach, swiss chard, lettuce and other vegetables. Not far away, construction workers are putting the final touches on a brand new building, the Center for Farm-to-Table Innovation, which is scheduled to open in January. The end of the semester and the first harvest of the farm’s produce — which totaled more than 6,800 pounds this fall — mark an important milestone for KVCC and it’s fledgling sustainable agriculture program. It’s been just more than one year since the school launched the program, along with a culinary arts program, making it the only community college in the state to offer a degree in sustainable agriculture and give students the chance to run a working farm. “I think this time of year is the real test of what we’ve been able to do,” said Richard Hopper, KVCC president, as he made his way through the snow to one of the high tunnels. “When you come out here in the snow and ice, and open up one of these white buildings and see all the vegetables, it’s phenomenal.” (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

UMaine Supervisor Hates Christmas, No One Quite Knows The Reason. But I Think That The Most Likely Reason Of All, May Have Been That His Heart Was Two Sizes Too Small

umaine orono hates christmasORONO, Maine — An email from a University of Maine supervisor, directing employees to refrain from displaying Christmas or other religious-themed decorations on campus, has sparked outrage on the campus and in the community. The story, first reported by WABI-TV on Wednesday, spread wildly across social media: A Facebook group called Bring Cheer Back to UMaine had more than 600 members as of Thursday. UMaine officials said the email from Monday, Dec. 8, was sent by Daniel Stirrup, the university’s executive director of auxiliary services, to his departmental managers. The university released the following as the text of Stirrup’s email: “Just wanted to remind everyone that Auxiliary Services is not to decorate any public areas with Christmas or any other religious themed decorations. Winter holiday decorations are fine but we need to not display any decoration that could be perceived as religious. This includes xmas trees, wreaths, xmas presents, candy canes, etc. What is allowed are winter themes, plain trees without presents underneath, decorative lights, but not on trees, snow flakes, etc. If you are unsure, best to not use or ask me for clarification.” (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

USM Students Worried That Budget Cuts Might Mean They’ll Run Out Of Classes To Skip

usm budget cut protestsPORTLAND, Maine — More than 100 University of Southern Maine students, alumni and faculty entered a University of Maine System board of trustees meeting on Monday while chanting “Invest in USM” and “Stop the cuts” and carrying signs with slogans such as “Reject austerity.” The trustees had just taken a lunch break and were about to resume their meeting on fiscal matters at the University of Maine System when the students entered Sullivan Gym, effectively holding up the meeting. After about 15 minutes, University of Maine System trustee Sam Collins, who is the chair of the board, stood up to address the students. “I would be concerned if you weren’t here because that would show your lack of passion for your school and your lack of passion for your courses and your professors,” he said. The chants grew louder and some in the group booed. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Stocky Girl Scores

maine girls soccerThe fourth seed Lincoln Academy girls soccer team (8-3-3) defended its home turf against fifth seed York (7-5-2) 1-0 Oct. 29 under the lights in Newcastle. York brought their solid passing and physical game to town, and the Lady Eagles matched their intensity and sent them packing. The first half was a whirlwind, as the two teams raced end to end at a fever pitch. The Eagles unleashed 12 shots on net and the Wildcats 11 in the half. Emma Rohrer stopped shots from Lillian Bisset, Ashley Mason, Olivia York, and Sophie Schumacher. At the other end of the field, Miranda Achorn handled 11 York shots to send the game into the halftime break tied at 0-0. The Eagles scored off a wild scramble on a corner kick with 31:56 to go in the second half. Leslie Sandefur headed the corner kick, which was blocked by York keeper Kelsey Cole. Olivia York was at the right post, but Cole blocked her offer with the rebound going to the top of the 18. Lillian Bisset was in the right place at the perfect time and booted the ball to the back of the Wildcat net to score the winning goal.  (read more at the Lincoln County News)

University Of Southern Maine Faculty Member To Perform Brahms Third Racket

laura kargulSince 1989, Laura Kargul has directed the piano program at the University of Southern Maine School of Music and performed each fall in its Faculty Concert Series. I’ve attended at least half of these concerts, and I’ve already reserved my tickets for this Friday’s, which will mark Kargul’s 25th anniversary at USM. I am one of many who consider Kargul’s annual fall performance to be one of the high points of Maine’s cultural calendar. With a long history of bookings in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Kargul is known as a preeminent interpreter of 19th-century Romantic composers. For her 25th, she’s chosen a program of personal favorite works. Before intermission, she will perform several works by Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms that are seldom heard today. The second half will feature the Sonata in B Minor by Franz Liszt, which has always been an audience favorite. (read more at The Forecaster)

USM Professor Of Economics And Women And Gender Studies Demands More Non-Existent Money To Teach Imaginary Students About Ovaries And Stuff

susan feiner USMStudents and faculty gathered in opposition to the cuts released earlier in the day by the president and provost. Susan Feiner, professor of economics and vice president of the faculty union AFUM, announced that AFUM speaks out strongly against the ill-advised cuts that, according to her, completely compromise USM. “Programs are explicitly detailed in the course catalog,” said Feiner. “With the faculty cuts, most programs don’t be able to deliver the degrees. Faculty are not pieces on an assembly line.” Feiner explained that AFUM opposes the cuts and will support faculty with grievances. Paul Christenson, professor of music, echoed Feiner. “We all have our own areas of expertise,” said Christenson. “We are not cogs on a machine. The classes we teach are specialized and cannot be taken on by our colleagues.” Jerry LaSala, professor of physics and chair of the faculty senate, agrees that USM cannot be sustained with the additional 18% reduction in faculty, on top of a 25% reduction in the past five years. “Another 18% makes it virtually impossible for students to complete their degrees,” said Feiner. “Programs cannot be delivered with these faculty cuts.” (read more at the Free Press)

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)

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