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Fourth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival Calls for Submissions

Fourth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival Calls for Submissions

We are pleased to announce the beginning of the contest segment of the Fourth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival. The Festival is open to any Maine student attending a public or private high school in Cumberland, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties.  Students may submit one poem—no longer than one side of a typed page—on any subject by the deadline, March 1, 2011.  Nationally-known, Maine poet Wes McNair will select twenty finalists, who will be honored at a reading and awards ceremony on May 1 from 3-5 p.m., at Merriconeag Waldorf School, in Freeport. Awards will include gift certificates and publication in a Festival anthology.

Chicken Re-Coop

Chicken Re-Coop

We have six laying hens on my little hobby farm.  And just a few nights ago when I was checking on them before bed I noticed one of the ladies was wheezing pretty bad.  "Hmmm...

Project Linus - Blankets needed

Project Linus - Blankets needed

It’s hard to believe that it’s the end of January already.  The year 2010 is just a memory – and it’s amazing that for Project Linus of Cumberland County, we delivered a grand total of 1651 blankets!  Wow!  Thank you everyone for contributing.  So many children. .

MAINE MCDONALD’S® SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR SPIRIT OF THE GAME AWARD

MAINE MCDONALD’S® SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR SPIRIT OF THE GAME AWARD

Nomination deadline is February 16, 2011.

AUBURN, Maine (Feb. 3, 2011) – Organizers of the Maine McDonald's® High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games are seeking nominations for the 2011 Maine McDonald’s® Spirit of the Game Award. Two high school seniors – one from the East division, one from the West –will be honored during Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Weekend at Husson University in Bangor on March 11 and 12. The nomination deadline is February 16, 2011.

The Maine McDonald’s® Spirit of the Game Award was created in 2009 to honor two high school seniors who embody the spirit of the sport, exemplify sportsmanship, support and inspire their teammates and coaching staff, and show an ability to overcome obstacles and boundaries.  In 2010, the awards were renamed to honor inaugural recipients Joshua Titus of Auburn and Patrick Thibodeau of Cumberland.

STATEWIDE ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZE TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION & AWARENESS MONTH

STATEWIDE ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZE TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION & AWARENESS MONTH

Every year, thousands of teenagers across the State of Maine experience dating violence.  February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in youth relationships and promote programs that focus on prevention. The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault are calling on Mainers to help recognize this important month, not only for youth in Maine, but for communities statewide.

Dating violence is “controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It occurs in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships and can include verbal, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, or a combination of these behaviors.”  Dating violence often starts with what may seem like minor behavior, such as teasing and name calling.

The DownEast Pride Alliance (DEPA) “Business After Hours” Networking Event

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
5:30pm-7:30pm
NOSH
551 Congress Street, Portland

Delicious appetizers, cash bar & media table will be provided. Nosh serves classic NY-style deli sandwiches with a new twist with meats that are butchered, brined & roasted “in house” and served on locally baked bread. See you at NOSH for cocktails and conversation! FMI: http://www.depabusiness.com/

Maine Students Score Better Than in Most States on National Science Test

Maine students outperformed students in most other states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the only test of student achievement that allows comparison of student performance across states.

Maine tied for the fifth highest science score in grade 4 and tied for eighth highest in grade 8. By some measures, such as percent of student proficiency, Maine ranks even higher on the test, which was administered in 2009 and is being reported today.

Statewide at the fourth grade, 42 percent of students in Maine scored at the “proficient” level or above. In the eighth grade, 35 percent of students scored at or above the “proficient” level.

Maine’s lower-income students are doing well compared to in other states and the nation as a whole. In Maine, 29 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch in the 4th grade scored at or above the “proficient” level compared to 16 percent nationally.