UMaine Develops Novel Crimping Device for Maine Business

ORONO, Maine -- A unique tube-crimping device created by students and staff at the University of Maine's Advanced Manufacturing Center ( for a Rockland, Maine marine products company is helping to streamline the company's operations to the point where its business emphasis may change.

Students and staff at the Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) last spring designed, machined and assembled a compressed air-powered stainless steel tube-crimping device for Gemini Marine Products & Custom Canvas. The device reduces hours of work to minutes by replacing a process in which employees previously clamped, drilled and filed four small holes through stainless steel tubes and the plugs on either end of a hinge. They then used small-press fit pins to hold the pieces together.

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.

Making science classes interesting

ORONO - In an effort to improve and strengthen science teaching in Maine middle and high schools, the University of Maine is organizing the first Summer Academy of the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership June 27-July 1.

The academy is supported by a National Science Foundation grant enabling the partnership, and takes place at the Schoodic Education and Research Center on Schoodic Peninsula on the Maine coast.

It provides a weeklong opportunity for middle and high school teachers to get together with resource coordinators, teaching partners from the University of Maine and others to learn new ways to make science interesting and meaningful for students, says Michael Wittmann, associate professor of physics and the main planner for the event.

"Next year, a group of middle school science teachers in Penobscot, Waldo and Hancock counties will be teaching with high quality materials that improve students' understanding of science," Wittmann says.

Fairmont School Students Spray Paint the Streets

Bangor, ME— 4th and 5th graders at Fairmont School in Bangor are partnering with the Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Bangor Area Storm Water Group (BASWG) and the City of Bangor to spray paint a important message on the streets of Bangor.

The students will visit the neighborhoods around the school in Bangor on June 15, 2011 to stencil, REDUCE YOUR USE OF LAWN CHEMICALS, DRAINS TO STREAM on pavement near storm drains to remind residents that stormwater flows unfiltered to Kenduskeag Stream.  The stencil also depicts a Rubber Ducky, which has become the symbol of stormwater pollution since the original “Ducky Ad” aired on television in 2005. This year a new advertisement featuring the red duck promoted safer lawn care, by encouraging Mainer’s to cut back on lawn chemicals, mow higher and leave grass clippings.

Nine teen moms will graduate from Good Samaritan Agency's Teen Parent Education Program

A graduation ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 9th at 10:00 a.m. for Good Samaritan Agency’s Teen Parent Education (TPE) Program, an alternative education program for pregnant and parenting teens. The graduation ceremony will take place at the Good Samaritan Agency, located at 100 Ridgewood Drive in Bangor.  9 young women will graduate from Good Samaritan Agency’s Teen Parent Education Program.  Marie EZ Saucier, Accounting Manager for Webber Oil will be the key note speaker.  Come celebrate the accomplishments of these young moms.

Good Samaritan Agency is a non-profit agency founded in 1902 and offers services to single parents, including an alternative education program and a daycare program in addition to adoption services. For more information about the agency’s services, call Good Samaritan at 942-7211.



BANGOR – While many of Maine’s colleges and universities are planning tuition hikes for the fall, Beal College has no plans to raise tuition in September.  The decision was made this spring by Beal College President Allen T. Stehle. 

“Career training is essential for obtaining employment in this challenging economic environment and the cost of an education should not be a barrier,” said Stehle.  “While the quality of our academic programs continues to rise, our tuition levels will not.” 

The tuition cost per year for a full-time student at Beal College is approximately $6,900.  The current tuition per 3-credit course is $575. 

Besl College will celebrate its 120th anniversary this October.

Please contact Erin Leighton at (207) 947-4591 with any questions.


New School of Accounting for Husson University

Bangor, Maine – Husson University’s College of Business announces a new “School” of Accounting.  According to Dr.