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.

Free Meals for Children and Summer Bus Routes Begin June 21

Free meals for children and KVCAP’s free summer bus routes return to several Somerset County communities in late June.  This effort is funded by the New Balance Foundation’s Move More Kids Program and the U.S.

All State Music Festival in Gorham

There will be music making on the Gorham Campus of University of Southern Maine (USM) this week.  Over 400 high school musicians from Maine will converge on

USM forthe Maine Music Educators Association's annual All State Music Festival.  Last November, students went through rigorous auditions to secure a spot in one of

the threehonors performance groups: Orchestra, Band, Chorus.  Competition is keen and being accepted one year does not guarantee acceptance the next year.

Students will rehearse May 19th & 20th on campus, then move to Windham High School for the concerts on May 21st.  Order of the concerts is as follows: 2:00 pm

Orchestra; 3:30 pm Band; 5:00 pm Chorus. Tickets may be purchased at the door.  Ticket prices are $8.00 each for ONE concert; $6.00 each for TWO concerts ($12.00

total); $5.00 each for all three concerts. ($15.00 total).

Mount View High School PeaceJammers Celebrate With Sherin Ebadi

Mount View High School PeaceJammers Celebrate With Sherin Ebadi

PeaceJam is an international community service organization based in Colorado, established in twelve countries, and supported by twelve Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.  These Laureates have challenged PeaceJam members, who are of high school age, to create service learning projects that answer a Global Call to Action Challenge. Mount View High School PeaceJammers found it fitting to select   combating extreme poverty and environmental degradation as their focus since MSAD 3 is an economically challenged farming community.  We narrowed our focus on sustainable agriculture and recycling to help the Mount View community.

In 2006 we conducted a dumpster dive, where we hauled trash out of the school dumpster; weighed the bags; sorted the waste into trash, returnables, recyclables, and compostables; and then used the collected data as justification to begin a sorting system in the cafeteria at the new Mount View Complex, which opened in 2009.

Spring 2011 Walk & Bike to School Events in Your Neighborhood

• Auburn, The Walton School, Walk to School Day, May 5
• Biddeford, Community Bicycle Center, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Wednesdays, starting April 6
• Bridgton, Stevens Brook Elementary School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 17
• Brunswick, Jordan Acres Elementary School, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Thursdays, starting May 5
• Brunswick, Longfellow Elementary School, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Days, all year
• Bucksport, Miles Lane School, Walk to School Day, May 13
• Calais Elementary School, Walking School Bus, Tuesdays & Thursdays starting April 26
• Camden, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 18
• Cutler, Bay Ridge Elementary School, Daily Walk & Ride to School Days, June 13 – 17
• Dresden Elementary School, Grades 3 -5 School Bike Trek, May 25
• Eagle Lake Elementary School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 25
• Falmouth,

High-altitude balloon lauch

It will occur sometime between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. at the Pittsfield Airport.

A group of UMaine students, working in collaboration with students from Maine Maritime and USM, are planning will launch two high-altitude balloons.  They will be equipped with experiments, sensors and tracking software as part of a project funded by NASA. UMaine Prof. Rick Eason is leading this effort.  The equipment and experiments will be stored in the form of payloads, that will drop by parachute once the balloons reach altitude.  The balloons will also carry tracking beacons, with their paths to be displayed on the Web

The balloons are about 6'-8' in diameter, and it will go up to about 80,000 feet in altitude.


Town of Farmington Office Staff celebrating the Royal Wedding

Town of Farmington Office Staff celebrating the Royal Wedding