Reducing fuel & fertilizer conference

As fuel and consequently fertilizer prices continue to rise, farmers will need to find ways to grow their crops more efficiently.  Reducing tillage operations is one way to do this, and it comes with environmental benefits as well!
A conference on no-till corn production will take place on December 9 at Governor’s Restaurant in Waterville from 9:30 am-3:00 pm.  Sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), this conference will feature presentations on the benefits of no-till production on soil health, basics of no-till production and managing manure in no-till systems. Also featured will be a panel of Maine farmers who have tried no-till production and will share their experiences and knowledge.

Comedy of Errors to be Performed at UCB on November 8th and at UMA on November 10th

The Theater at Monmouth will present Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors on UMA's Bangor and Augusta campuses on November 8th and 10th respectively.

The play will be performed on Monday, November 8 at University College of Bangor, UMA's Bangor campus in room 124 of Eastport Hall at 7:30 pm. It will be performed on Wednesday, November 10 on UMA's Augusta campus in Jewett Hall Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

Both shows are free and open to the public. Because of limited seating, tickets will be distributed on the Augusta campus at the Information Desk in the Randall Student Center, and on the Bangor campus in 126 Eastport Hall.

For more information, please click here or contact Robert Kellerman at (207) 621-3401, or at

Maine High School Juniors Invited to Compete in Statewide Writing Contest

Maine high school juniors are invited to submit entries for A Journey Into Writing, the Maine Community College System’s statewide writing contest.  Entries will be accepted December 1, 2010 through January 23, 2011.

Joining Wesley McNair this year as judges are award-winning Maine authors Lewis Robinson and Susan Kenney. Lewis is the author of two novels and is currently the writer-in-residence at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.  Kenney is the author of five novels and taught fiction for 25 years at Colby College.  McNair, a poet, has authored or edited 18 books, including poetry, nonfiction, and five anthologies of Maine writing.

A Journey Into Writing was created in 2004 as a way to encourage creativity and inspire young writers to develop their craft. The contest is sponsored by the MCCS with support from U.S. Cellular.

Maine high school juniors are encouraged to submit an original poem, short story, or essay of up to 1,500 words.

Maine Students to Cast Their Ballots in Maine’s Student Mock Election 2010

Secretary of State to Host “Rally and Tally” Event in Augusta

WHO:   Elementary, middle, and high school students from across the state; the Secretary of State; gubernatorial, congressional and legislative candidates.

WHAT:   Students at over 150 schools are casting ballots in Maine’s Student Mock Election 2010. Students will cast mock ballots for the offices of Governor and U.S.

Student Creativity in a Digital Age

When two students with disabilities at Messalonskee High School in Oakland, Maine, wanted to raise awareness about the lack of accessibility in their school, they made a video. Within 24 hours, hundreds of students, teachers and even the school board members had seen it.
"It made 300 students instantly aware of something about which they didn’t have a clue," says Dave Boardman, an English teacher at Messalonskee who is pursuing a Ph.D. in education literacy at the University of Maine. "They convinced 12 adults that there had been a major oversight. The school board made a decision and a guarantee to fund automatic door openers last year. They couldn’t have done that with an essay."
Such is the power and potential of the Internet and the new age of multimedia communication it has produced.
Boardman, a former newspaper reporter, is a big proponent of digital age writing and communication.

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.

11th Annual National Lights On Afterschool

On Thursday, October 21, Waterville area afterschool programs and other supporters will join a nationwide series of rallies for afterschool – the 11thannual Lights On Afterschool.  More than 15 million children are unsupervised each weekday after the school day ends, according to research from the Afterschool Alliance.

The Lights On Afterschool rally will feature the Waterville Chief of Police, Governor's staff, local businessman and mentor Chris Gaunce, Waterville Junior High Assistant Principal Kristin Gilbert, Colby mentoring participants, Congressional staff, and youth M.C.s.  Many local programs providing afterschool and summer learning opportunities will be exhibiting and participating in the festivities.

What: Lights On Afterschool Rally and Ceremony, Governor's Proclamation
When:  3:30 to 5:00 PM, Thursday, October 21, 2010 (ceremony 4:00 – 4:30)
Where:  Castonguay Square, City Hall, Waterville (rain location REM Center)
Who: Poli