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BANGOR – Building a sense of community through the arts will be the subject of a conference at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Bangor YWCA and the Union Street Brick Church. Students from high schools in Bangor, Brewer, Old Town, Hermon, Corinth, Newport, Dexter and Greenville will assemble in downtown Bangor for the first of two regional Building Community Through the Arts conferences to be held this year.
BCTA is a project organized in 2000 by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education for high schools in the Penquis region. The project uses dance and theater to help high school students enrich academic curriculum, explore social issues and work closely together.
Dance and theater artists from around the state have been working with participating academic classes for two weeks, helping students in those classes create original plays or dances. On Nov. 20 the students, many of whom will be performing for the first time, will gather to show each other the results of their work and to reflect on the experience.
The classes from Bangor area high schools include English classes taught by Jody Bower in Bangor, Paul England in Brewer, Rebecca Stitham in Old Town and Chris Greene in Hermon.
Admission to the conference is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For information on the schedule of performances, call participating teachers, or MAAE organizer Susan Potters at 646-1192.
YMCA youth leader
BANGOR – The Bangor YMCA announced that Caitlin Edwards, 17, of Bangor has been named the first Interact Leader of the Month. The Interact Leaders Club is a nine-month program for eighth- through 12th-graders who want to develop leadership skills, presentation and career skills while serving the community through local and international service projects.
A senior at Bangor High School, Edwards is active in drama, Sub-Deb and senior class council. She also spends time as a tutor-volunteer at Mary Snow School. She enjoys playing piano, drawing and painting, reading, writing, theater and skiing, and her future plans include college and travel.
Since the summer, Edwards and her brother, Ian, have been helping their parents, Lori and Mike, build their new home.
Edwards said she joined the service club because she wanted to get out into the community and volunteer her time. As club secretary last year, she helped coordinate the Battle of the Bands, featuring performances by Bangor High School bands at the Bangor YMCA. The event raised enough money to support two Brazilian foster children for one year – the focus of the club’s international project. This year, Edwards takes on the role of president of the Interact Leader Club.
For more information, call Nancy Cambridge, youth and family director, at 941-2815. The Bangor YMCA is located at 127 Hammond St.
ORONO – Six Maine undergraduates in construction-related fields of study have been awarded a total of $13,000 in college scholarships by Associated Constructors of Maine Inc. The scholarships were presented at a ceremony with host Jack Kelley, the association’s education foundation chairman. Kelley serves as president of the Associated General Contractors of America.
Recipients of the awards are:
. Kimberly Ouellette of Manchester, $4,000 Herbert Sargent Scholarship. She is a senior majoring in construction management at the University of Maine.
. Shane Amoroso of Rumford, $3,000 CPM Constructors-Eldon Morrison Scholarship. He is a senior majoring in construction management at the University of Maine.
. Gaeten Bergeron of Hebron, $2,000 Cianbro Corporation Scholarship. He is a junior majoring in construction management at the University of Maine.
. Jamie Garland of Anson, $2,000 Carl Cianchette Memorial Scholarship. He is a junior majoring in civil engineering at the University of Maine.
. Daniel Glover of Windsor, $1,000 Reggie Parker Memorial Scholarship. He is a freshman majoring in electrical technology at Southern Maine Community College.
. Anthony Vachon of Brewer, $1,000 Bill Green Memorial Scholarship. He is a freshman majoring in electrical construction at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle.
Logan College of Chiropractic
ST. LOUIS – Kelley Pendleton of Bangor was named to the dean’s list of Logan College of Chiropractic at the end of the school’s summer trimester.
New England School of Communication
BANGOR – It started out as a 12-minute presentation for campers attending a five-day Healing Our Nations through Our Youth conference this summer at the University of Maine. It wound up as a 17-minute video, part of an annual report scheduled for review by a congressional subcommittee on funding for American Indian health services.
The video is the creation of Kristopher “Kit” McCall of Hermon, an alumnus of the New England School of Communications, and his Picasquared Productions. McCall, who did the photography, editing and graphics for the video, received an associate’s degree, with honors, from NESCom in May.
The video, boiled down from 18 hours of footage, was deemed so effective by American Indian leaders in Congress, it became a centerpiece for their presentation seeking congressional funding for 2004.
Narrated in part by Donna Augustine, a Micmac spiritual leader and tribal elder from New Brunswick, the video includes interviews with campers and counselors, and emphasizes the value of heritage to American Indians, and the perils of alcohol and drug abuse. It also focuses on alternatives to the substance abuse lifestyle.
The video, part of the annual report of the Nashville Area of Indian Health Services, was viewed by the board of the Indian Congress in October before being sent to the United States Congress, said Robert Paul, cultural director at Indian Township near Princeton.
University of Maine
ORONO – The University of Maine Bookstore, UM Printing Services and the UM Army and Navy ROTC are collaborating on a project intended to boost the spirits of Maine service men and women who are not at home during the upcoming holiday season.
One thousand UM postcards will be made available at various campus locations. Members of the UM community and visitors will be encouraged to write a message on a postcard and the bookstore will cover the cost of mailing it to a Mainer serving in either the National Guard or the Reserves. Cards may also be sent to active duty military personnel if an exact address is provided.
Printing Services donated the printing of the cards and ROTC is helping to facilitate the process. The cards are available at the bookstore, Printing Services and the UM Public Safety desk in Memorial Union. Tables will be set up in various dining halls at mealtimes to make the program available to UM students.
HINCKLEY – The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Organic Milk Producers will sponsor the 2003 Fall Dairy Forage Conference Nov. 13 in Hinckley.
Two forage agronomists from the University of Vermont will be among the participants, along with speakers from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Heather Darby from UVM will discuss her recent research on alternative forage crops for the Northeast. Sid Bosworth, also from UVM, will speak on harvest and management for nutritional quality.
UM speakers include Rick Kersbergen on small grain silage and Matt Williams on seeding grains and forages. A farmer panel also will be part of the program. Chris Reberg-Horton, sustainable agriculture specialist, will lead a discussion of on-farm research for the 2004 growing season. One pesticide recertification credit will be offered for attendance.
A registration fee of $5 per person is requested and will include lunch. For a brochure and registration material, call Rick Kersbergen at the Waldo County Extension office at (800) 287-1426 or e-mail richardk@ umext.maine.edu.
ORONO – Ninety-two students in the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development were recognized recently for outstanding academic achievement. The students, representing communities throughout 14 Maine counties, six other states and Canada, were honored at the Fall Presidential Academic Achievement Award Ceremony, attended by faculty and family members.
College Dean Robert Cobb and faculty advisers congratulated and presented each student with a Presidential Academic Achievement pin. The one-time award is presented to students who have earned a 3.50 or higher grade point average during the most recent semester and maintained at least a 3.0 average over the past two semesters. Area students earning the award were:
. Alton – Angela Wilcox.
. Bangor – Erin Fry, Sara O’Connell, Keith Turner, Melissa Turner.
. Brewer – Sarah Hussey, Jane McIntosh, Danielle Russell, Lindsay Thornton.
. Glenburn – Jamie Paschal.
. Hampden – Sarah Gerry, Elizabeth Leicht.
. Hermon – Lucas Lockhart.
. Indian Island – Awendela Dana.
. Kenduskeag – Stephanie Partridge.
. Milford – Adam Lyons.
. Old Town – Bethany Johnstone, Todd Rand.
. Orono – Sarah Hildebrand, Brooke Leger.
. Veazie – Nicholas Runco.