Lean year for talent

by Phil Stuart

Since 1956, the Bangor Daily News has been selecting high school boys basketball players for their allstate team, considered to be the top five talented players in the Pine Tree State. The newspaper also selects a second and a third team of five players each plus a list of 20 or more considered to be in the honorable mention category.

For the first time since 2005, no Washington County player was listed among the top 35 or 40 players in the state of Maine.

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Spring break fun in winter weather

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Green against the odds Despite the cold spring

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UMO: Wellspring of promise

by  V. Paul Reynolds

The New England Outdoor Writers Association (NEOWA) is a large group of outdoor writers and photographers that promotes wildlife conservation and professionalism in outdoor communication. Each year, NEOWA awards significant scholarships to a wildlife major from all six of New England’s land grant universities. The hope is that these wildlife majors will go on to reach out to the public and tell the story of wildlife conservation and the important role that sportsmen and sportswomen play in wildlife management and funding.

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A sure sign of spring

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New president visits University of Maine at Machias

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

One day after news broke that Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy will be the 21st president of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias (UMM), she was  enjoying an afternoon reception with UMM personnel and students in Machias. Ferrini-Mundy will begin her term as president of both campuses on July 1.

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Dinner with a Vue raises funds for Ugandan orphans

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Riverside Inn owner Cynthia McDonough attended a concert at the University of Maine at Machias sponsored by the local charity Little Hands of Hope. She said she was moved after hearing Kristen Johnson speak about the orphans her charity cares for in Africa. Two weeks later the pair were at another fundraiser together, this time as co-hosts.

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Spring voices raised in song  

UMM’s Community Chorale under the direction of Prof. Gene Nichols will present their spring concert on May 1 in the Performing Arts Center. Accompanied by pianist Lee Downing, the program will include the works of Bach, Billings Orff, Brahms and an original piece, “Winter in Maine,” written by Judy Armstrong of Machias. Members of the chorale are Marge Ahlin, Judy Armstrong, Kate Atkinson, Brian Beal, Gloria Bodman, Gerr Durant, Chris Guy, Doug Guy, Beth Goodliff, Kate Jumper, George McBride, Lora Mills, Joy Richardson, Joseph Shaw and Bill Wadsworth.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

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April Vacation Arts Camp, ‘Escape to Polynesia,’ April 17-19, 10 a.m.-noon, for ages 6-13. Space limited, email alison@eastportartscenter.org. Eastport Arts Center.

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“Vermicomposting at Home” Build a small-scale worm garage! Ages 6-12. Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. - noon. Please pre-register with Tara at 207-255-3345 to reserve a spot.

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Seen in the Rose M. Gaffney sharking lot

Living near the ocean can be harrowing at times, none more so than when you find yourself parking next to a shark at the local elementary school. Shark experts suggest avoiding eye contact and parking very slowly.

Rose M. Gaffney second-grader and resident shark expert Sam Allen (pictured) said that his favorite kind of shark is the megalodon. Fortunately for local drivers, megalodons are notoriously difficult to fit into sedans.  Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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