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

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

Students and staff of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Coffin Elementary School in Brunswick recently held a Kindness Assembly during which they educated each other and celebrated healthy living.

Sagadahoc County Recognizes National Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

Sagadahoc County Recognizes National Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

Sagadahoc County Recognizes Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that, “Major birth defects are conditions that cause structural changes in one or more parts of the body; are present at birth; and have a serious, adverse effect on heath, development, or functional ability.“ Approximately one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect.

This year, National Birth Defects Prevention Month focuses on one of the most common types of birth defects, congenital heart defects. Each year, nearly 40,000 infants in the United States are born with heart defects, which are the leading cause of death during the first year of life. As medical care and treatment have improved, those with congenital hearth defects are living longer lives.

January 8-14 is National Folic Acid Awareness Week.

Not all birth defects can be prevented.

St. Joseph Healthcare Displays Local Student Artwork

Local school children’s talent is now on display in the St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Department. Art in the ED is the name of the program launched to help alleviate the fears of young hospital visitors, as well as recognize the talent of local school children.

The St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Department treats hundreds of children every year. Coming to the hospital can be stressful and scary to youngsters, particularly in the event of an emergency. To help calm our pediatric patients and create a colorful and inviting space, Art in the ED features student artwork on display in the pediatric waiting area.

The Helen S. Dunn School in Greenbush is the third school to participate in the new program. Students in first through eighth grade have generously shared their work to help make the pediatric waiting area more comfortable for their peers.

Jazz All State At Scarborough High School

Eighty one high school jazz musicians from all over Maine have descended on Scarborough High School for the 2012 Jazz All State Music Fesitval.  Sponsored by Maine Music Educators Association, participation is based on a rigorous auditions process which took place in October.  Students were chosen to perform in one of four ensembles:

Jazz Combo - 6 students, Jazz Band - 19 students, Honors Jazz Band 20 - students, and Honors Jazz Choir - 32 singers plus 4 students in the rhythm section.

Students will rehearse with guest conductors Thursday evening, all day Friday, Saturday morning and culminate in a concert Saturday afternoon.  The concert

will be held this Saturday, January 7th,  at Winslow Homer Auditiorium, Scarborough High School at 2:00 pm.  Admission is $5.00 at the door and the public is welcome.

Downeast Energy Announces Recipients of Its Scholarship Program

Downeast Energy will award scholarships to 14  high school seniors and graduates who are already enrolled full-time at approved postsecondary community colleges in the career and technical programs for  heating or building trades.  Each scholarship is for $500 per academic year.

The recipients of this year’s scholarships are (in alphabetical order):

1. Sara Adams, from Lisbon who is attending  University of Maine Farmington;

2. Philip Andresen, from Rockland who is  attending University of Maine at Orono;

3. Mitchell David Craig, Thornton Academy, Saco and is attending University of Southern Maine;

4. Mark Davis, from Mt Ararat, is attending Universal Technical Institute;

5. Courtney Gilman, from Maranacook and is attending Wheaton;

6. Jenna Kiely from Freeport, is attending University of Maine at Orono;


Brewer High Winter Concert

Brewer High Winter Concert

Hollywood Slots to Partner with EMCC’s Maine Hospitality Institute

Hollywood Slots to Partner with EMCC’s Maine Hospitality Institute

BANGOR – Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway is partnering with Eastern Maine Community College to participate in an innovative new program at the college. EMCC’s Maine Hospitality Institute will provide students with associate degree options in culinary arts and the recently approved hospitality and tourism management, in addition to short term, training in all facets of the hospitality industry.

Hollywood Slots’ partnership involves the forthcoming addition of table games to the Bangor facility. EMCC is developing a short-term training program that will train students on the skill sets necessary for jobs at casino gaming operations. 

“The jobs that people will be training for will be in addition to about 400 other employees who are currently working at Hollywood Slots in downtown Bangor,” said John Osborne, General Manager of Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway.