Meet Arthur at this year's Colby Bookstore Kid's Character Party

Meet Arthur at this year's Colby Bookstore Kid's Character Party

It's Arthur's 35 Anniversary in Print, and he's coming to the Colby Bookstore to celebrate! Arthur is a fun-loving eight-year-old aardvark that millions of kids around the world identify with as one of their own. His experiences in books and on television speak to the everyday trials and triumphs of real children everywhere. Whether it's convincing his parents that he's responsible enough to take care of a new puppy, or realizing the consequences of a little white lie, Arthur shows that nobody is perfect. One thing's for sure though; kids can always count on him to tell the story from their perspective.
The Colby Bookstore’s fifteenth annual children's book character party is Saturday, March 5th from 1 – 3 PM at The Colby Bookstore in Cotter Union, on the campus of Colby College in Waterville. There will be story telling, cookie decorating, other fun activities, and the opportunity to meet our special guest – Arthur!

Maine Children's Home Donates Clothing and Toys to Over 1,500 Maine Families

Maine Children's Home Donates Clothing and Toys to Over 1,500 Maine Families

WATERVILLE, Maine - Today the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers, based in Waterville, Maine announced the results from their annual Christmas Program that donates clothing and toys to underprivileged Maine children during the holiday season. This year, with the support of many local businesses and individuals the organization packaged and distributed 1,562 boxes for Maine children ranging from Sanford to Presque Isle.

For over 35 years, the program has provided new toys, books, games and clothing to underprivileged boys and girls throughout Maine.

"I am very grateful for all the support we received from all the individuals and businesses that pitched in this year; it was a real team effort.

Mark Your Calendar: Infant-Toddler Awareness Day, Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mark Your Calendar: Infant-Toddler Awareness Day, Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mark your calendar to join us for the 7th Annual
Infant-Toddler Awareness Day To highlight the importance of supporting our youngest children and the release of the 2nd Annual School Readiness Report developed by the Maine Children's Growth Council in collaboration with the Maine Children's Alliance

To spotlight how Maine children are faring in their early development

Thursday, January 6, 2011
1 to 3 pm
Hall of Flags
Maine State House, Augusta
Speakers will include:
Dana Connors, President, Maine Chamber of Commerce
Rep. Meredith Strang Burgess (R-Cumberland)

Come enjoy WMSt's Winter Wonderland Gala

Waterville Main Street's biggest fundraiser of the year, their Winter Wonderland Gala, is coming to the Hathaway. This year's event will take place Wednesday, November 10th from 6-9 p.m. and will include a catered meal, live auction, silent auction and more! Tickets are available at Barrels, WMSt, or by calling 680-2055. FMI: http://www.watervillemainstreet.org/events.php. The Hathaway was also the recent venue for a WMS-sponsored contra dance during Harvestfest weekend, at which fun was had by all!

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Campaign

AUGUSTA - National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 24-30. Here in Maine, public health officials are marking the week by focusing attention on a new statewide campaign to help prevent childhood lead poisoning from home improvement projects. Beginning this month, all stores in Maine that sell paint or paint removal supplies will be displaying a poster with brochures that warn customers about the danger of lead paint dust that can result from home painting or repair projects performed in homes built before 1978.
"In about 20 percent of the children we have identified with lead poisoning, lead paint dust from do-it-yourself home projects was the likely cause of the poisoning," said state toxicologist, Dr. Andrew Smith.

Youth Obesity Program - We Can!

At Waterville Junior High School, health teacher Jane Dean is teaching sixth-graders how to see through deceptive junk food marketing, improve activity levels and make healthier snack choices.

At the Mitchell Elementary School in Waterville, Wendy Lagasse of MaineGeneral Health System's Prevention Center is presenting a program to third-graders in an effort to get the children to break from a national statistic -- that children average six hours a day watching TV or playing video games.

Numerous studies show a direct correlation between time spent in front of a screen and elevated risks for weight gain and related health problems, says Alan Majka, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Educator in the Kennebec County Office in Augusta.

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.