NASA Astronaut to Speak at MCI

Event:  Patterson Lecture Series Presentation
Date:  Friday, December 10, 2010
Time:  7:45 a.m.
Location:  Parks Gymnasium, MCI Campus

Stephen G. Bowen, Captain USN and NASA Astronaut, will speak at the School on December 10 at 7:45 a.m. in Parks Gymnasium as part of the School’s Patterson Lecture Series.  The talk will correspond with this year’s school theme of health and wellness and will be the second time that Captain Bowen has spoken at the MCI.

Captain Bowen was a member of the STS-132 Atlantis (May 14-26, 2010) which launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida and docked with the International Space Station on May 16 to deliver an Integrated Cargo Carrier and a Russian-build Mini Research Module to the International Space Station.  Atlantis was the 132nd Space Shuttle flight, and the 32nd Shuttle flight to the International Space Station.

Popular Roots Rock Band Barefoot Truth Comes to Maine

12/4    -  Skowhegan Opera House    Skowhegan, ME
12/10  -  Fryeburg Academy theater  Fryeburg, ME

Listen to samples of the band’s most recent music, and see video clips, here:

The band has evolved from local heroes to national stars in 2010, and is featured in the "On the Verge" section of Relix Magazine’s Sept-Oct issue. In another sign of their cross-country appeal, the song "Threads" is now available on the Rock Band Network as a ‘Rock Band’ song, complete with characters and full graphics.  

Relay For Life Cookie Sale

12/4 8:00 AM - 4 PM

Cookie Sale, Balloon Animals & Face Painting Event Location:
60 Water Street
Renaissance Center
Skowhegan, ME 04976

For more information

Open House for ESM's new Whole Life Community Support Training Center

Jean A Gallant, ESM President, will be hosting an open house on Thursday November 4th, 2010 from 2pm - 7pm. The Whole Life Community Support Training Center is located at 209 North Ave. Skowhegan, ME 04976.

ESM employs 250 people and serves over 700 consumers throughout Central Maine.

Turkey-athon has nonprofit staff dressed like turkeys

Nonprofits in Washington County are conducting a Turkey-athon to collect turkeys for low-income folks' holiday dinners. Our own Susan Farley is going to dress up like a turkey tomorrow and stand in front of the Blue Bird Restaurant in Machias to collect donations. Other WHCA staff members will be dressed as a pea, a potato and a farmer. It is rumored that County Manager Betsy Fitzgerald will be a pea as part of the effort. There is a challenge to local police departments to donate 10 turkeys each if Susan pulls off this stunt.

The turkey and her friends will be in front of the Blue Bird Restaurant in Machias from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, October 22.

Volunteers Wanted in Maine for Oct. 23, Make a Difference Day

McDonald's Breakfast Makes a Difference program will provide volunteers with breakfast and coffee from McDonald's, snacks from Newman's Own® Organics, and t-shirts.

Maine McDonald's® and Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Maine are putting out a call for volunteers for the 20th annual Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 23. In support of this national day of volunteerism, McDonald's in Maine is looking for individuals and groups willing to donate their time at several non-profit organizations across Maine. Locations, volunteer activities and the sign-up form are posted on the RMHC Maine website at

Maine Coast Foliage Color Peaking This Week

Maine foliage conditions for October 13. Credit: Maine Department of Conservation
AUGUSTA, Maine - Peak leaf color will reach all of Maine's coast this week, according to the fifth fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (DOC).
Forest rangers in the tracking zones covering the southern, middle and northern portions of the coast are observing peak color, from 85 to 100 percent, and moderate leaf drop of 30 to 50 percent.
Peak color and moderate leaf drop are also being reported throughout the tracking zone that stretches from Fryeburg and Sebago Lake to Augusta, Bangor and Dover-Foxcroft. Peak color is holding on in the western mountains region from Rangeley to Bethel, and in eastern Maine between Bangor and Calais, according to the report.
Rangers are observing foliage color past peak in Aroostook County, and in northern locations from Jackman to Greenville and Millinocket.