Fall Robotics Workshop Schedule is Set

STATEWIDE: Maine Robotics has announced it's fall workshop schedule for teachers, parents and coaches who want to get started with the LEGO(r) MindStorms Kit or who are interested in participating in the FIRST(tm) LEGO(r) League here in Maine.

The workshops are being held in 5 communities around Maine, including Falmouth, Auburn, Farmington, Bangor, and Farmingdale.  Participants will spend the day building and learning to program the LEGO(r) robots to do simple and intermediate tasks.  No previous experience or equipment is needed, all equipment is provided by Maine Robotics.

Maine Robotics is Maine's premier provider of robotics and engineering afterschool programs and works with over 1300 students and teachers each year in developing a higher degree of STEM literacy.  We welcome you to come participate at these workshops and join the hundreds of schools and thousands of children in Maine that have become engaged in science, engineering and technology

UMaine Sponsors Trip to Pondicherry Park in Bridgton

BRIDGTON—University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the Loon Echo Land Trust, is offering a tree identification tour of Pondicherry Park in Bridgton on Friday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. 

Ken Canfield, district forester with the Maine Forest Service, will lead the tour through the park.  Pondicherry Park includes 66 acres of woods, wildlife habitat, wetlands and streams. It is a unique public park in the center of Bridgton, Maine.
For more information about the park, visit the website at

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested. Please call the UMaine Extension office in Cumberland County at 800-287-1471 (in Maine) or 207-781-6099 before Monday, Aug.

Antique Nursing Collection Continues on Display at the Falmouth Heritage Museum

Antique Nursing Collection Continues on Display at the Falmouth Heritage Museum

What was nursing like in the days gone by? Do you know what it was like to ‘attend’ a mail order school of nursing?

The answers to these questions can be found at the Falmouth Heritage Museum display of nursing memorabilia including clothing, invalid feeders, bed pans and many other items used by the nurses of old. 

The Museum is located at 60 WoodS Road in Falmouth past the Falmouth Police Department. It is open every Saturday in July and August from 10 am to 3 pm.



Joins Statewide “Tools for School” Campaign to Provide 500 Students in Southern Maine with Backpacks Stocked with Notebooks, Calculators, Rulers and More!    

July 13, 2011 - KENNEBUNK, ME.  As children and adults throughout Maine enjoy a well deserved summer vacation, the United Way of York County and several community partners are thinking ahead to make sure that children enter the new school year ready to learn, equipped with the tools they need to succeed, by joining a statewide effort to provide donated items such as backpacks, calculators, pens, pencils, rulers and composition notebooks to children unable to afford them. 

“One of our primary goals at United Way is to create and support efforts that help children and youth meet academic milestones and graduate on time,” says Kathryn Davis, President and CEO of United Way of York County.

WinterKids appoints new Executive Director

WinterKids, the non-profit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity, today announced the appointment of its new executive director, Julie D. Mulkern. Mulkern, who served as WinterKids' development director since September 2008, brings 12 years of professional non-profit experience to the organization, including resource development, program development, and staff and volunteer management in the public health sector.

"We are very pleased to welcome Julie to the executive director post," said Anna Fincke, president of the WinterKids board of directors. "Her creative vision, compassion and experience will shape and expand WinterKids in exciting ways, and guide our efforts to get more kids outside and active in winter.

Windham Primary School Student-Gardeners Invite Community to Celebrate Agricultural Success at Open

Gardens are the culmination of students’ education in healthy eating habits through CPPW.

WHAT: Since receiving a grant from the federally funded Healthy Lakes Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative, students age 5 to 9 at Windham Primary School (WPS) have been working regularly in their “open-air classroom,” a series of raised bed gardens. With guidance from local farmers and gardeners, the students have planted and nurtured vegetables, including radishes, carrots, broccoli, lettuce, beans, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins and spinach.

At the Windham Primary School Open Garden Night, the students will exhibit their sprouting gardens while teachers and CPPW representatives explain how gardening can contribute to an overall healthy lifestyle.