Mid Coast Hospital’s Clinical Laboratory is Nationally Recognized and Certified for Excellence

Mid Coast Hospital’s Clinical Laboratory is  Nationally Recognized and Certified for Excellence

Mid Coast Hospital’s Clinical Laboratory is

Nationally Recognized and Certified for Excellence

The clinical laboratory at Mid Coast Hospital has been recognized nationally and recertified for excellence in services by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The notification of certification followed an on-site inspection of Mid Coast’s facilities and equipment.

“The CAP review examines all of the records, processes, and quality control procedures of the laboratory during the proceeding two years and evaluates the competency and education of the staff and its overall management,” explained Sue Ross, MT(HEW), Laboratory Director.

“The high level of knowledge, skill, and commitment of all the laboratory professionals here at Mid Coast is the reason we are able to meet the stringent standards of the College,” she said.

81st Annual Maine Drama Festival

In the upcoming weeks, over 2000 students from 70 high schools will be preparing for the 81st  Annual Maine Drama Festival.  
March 9-10, at eight regional competitions across the State, schools will present plays ranging from the classics to original student-written plays.  Schools compete in two classes: Class A (over 550 students) and Class B (less than 550 students). 

At each of the regional competitions, a panel of three judges will decide which performances advance to the State Finals (March 23-24).  The Class A finals will be held at Falmouth High School and Class B will be held at Yarmouth High School.  The outstanding performance at each State Final will be nominated by the judges to participate in the New England Drama Festival (April 26-28 in Guilford, N.H.)

The performance schedules for each of the regional sites will be available on the Maine Drama Council website 

Student artists to be celebrated on 2012-13 laptop screensaver

Twenty student artists will have an audience of more than 72,000 students and teachers for their artwork starting this fall. The 20 students from across Maine have won the honor to have their artwork included in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative laptop screensaver for the 2012-13 school year.

More than 380 Maine students submitted images to be considered for the 2012-13 screensaver. Students and teachers voted on their favorites, and two of the 20 featured works were the top vote getters. An independent panel of three judges selected the other 18 pieces.

Many of the images are photographs, though several students used pencil, paint, clay and other media to create their images.

“The arts are an essential part of the student experience in Maine. The arts offer students the opportunities they need to explore their passions, discover their talents and apply their creativity,” said Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen.

16th Annual Margaret Chase Smith Essay Contest

The University of Maine Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan is accepting entries for its 16th annual essay contest for high school seniors.

From church sermons to conference sessions and campaign speeches, there is high anxiety expressed in these years of post-9/11 and the Great Recession that the American Dream is unraveling and that succeeding generations will see lower standards of living. In this year’s essays, the library invites Maine high school seniors to assess the current state of national affairs and describe their vision of the American Dream for the 21st century.

Entries are due April 2, 2012. Results will be announced May 1.

UMaine Career Fair

The University of Maine is holding its annual Career Fair Wednesday, February 1 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the New Balance Student Recreation Center.

Some 85 companies, organizations and graduate school programs have registered to exhibit at the fair this year, and are looking forward to meeting students who could become interns, summer employees or fulltime employees, says Patty Counihan, director of the UMaine Career Center (, organizer of the event.

Typically, about 1,000 or more students descend upon the Career Fair, dressed professionally and armed with portfolios and resumes -- looking to learn about companies, agencies and organizations. An informal chat with a company representative could open the door to a formal job interview, Counihan says.

Many participating employers are Maine-based, she says.

Coffin Elementary School in Brunswick Celebrates 5-2-1-0

Coffin Elementary School in Brunswick Celebrates 5-2-1-0

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