Scholarships Available for Students Pursuing Business Degrees

ELLSWORTH - Applications are currently being accepted for the Maine Community Foundation’s Patriot Education Scholarship Fund.

This renewable scholarship is designed to support graduates of Maine high schools who are currently sophomores, juniors, or seniors at a college or university in Maine enrolled as full-time students pursuing a business degree. Preference is given to applicants who have a demonstrated interest in personal and commercial insurance professions.

Deadline for applications is June 1, 2011. Applications are available at

A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation has worked with donors and educators since 1983 to provide Maine students with access to educational opportunities. The community foundation manages more than 400 scholarship funds.


2011 Maine Policy Scholars Present Memos

2011 Maine Policy Scholars Present Memos

ELLSWORTH & PORTLAND - The 2010-2011 class of Maine Policy Scholars presented their policy memos at a special commencement ceremony held at the University of Maine at Augusta. One student from each campus of the University of Maine system pursued a year-long program of applied research on a public policy question facing Maine. The memos can be read at

The 2010-2011 scholars are Anders Beal, University of Maine; Tyler Dufour, University of Maine at Fort Kent; Keren Morin, University of Maine at Presque Isle; Emily Paine, University of Southern Maine; Mary Lynch, University of Maine at Augusta; Geoffrey Cyr, University of Maine at Farmington; and Ryan Martin, University of Maine at Machias.

The scholars presented their findings on charter schools, media literacy, alternative energy, environmental sustainability and other topics to a panel consisting of former Maine Governor Angus King; Dr.

Spring 2011 Walk & Bike to School Events in Your Neighborhood

• Auburn, The Walton School, Walk to School Day, May 5
• Biddeford, Community Bicycle Center, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Wednesdays, starting April 6
• Bridgton, Stevens Brook Elementary School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 17
• Brunswick, Jordan Acres Elementary School, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Thursdays, starting May 5
• Brunswick, Longfellow Elementary School, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Days, all year
• Bucksport, Miles Lane School, Walk to School Day, May 13
• Calais Elementary School, Walking School Bus, Tuesdays & Thursdays starting April 26
• Camden, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 18
• Cutler, Bay Ridge Elementary School, Daily Walk & Ride to School Days, June 13 – 17
• Dresden Elementary School, Grades 3 -5 School Bike Trek, May 25
• Eagle Lake Elementary School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 25
• Falmouth,

Maine Maritime Academy training cruise to visit Mediterranean ports

Maine Maritime Academy training cruise to visit Mediterranean ports

CASTINE, Maine - Maine Maritime Academy students, officers, and crew will visit Mediterranean ports this spring as part of the college’s annual two-month training cruise to foreign and domestic ports-of-call. This year’s training cruise itinerary includes Norfolk, Va., May 6- 9; Valetta, Malta, May 25- 28; Civitavecchia, Italy, May 31- June 3; Cobh, Ireland, June 12- June 15; Portland, Maine, June 25-26. The ship will host a family day sail on the return leg from Portland to Castine.
Under the command of Captain Leslie B. Eadie, III, of Brewer, Maine, interim master of the training ship, State of Maine, the ship will begin sailing operations at 6:15 a.m., and will depart Castine harbor at approximately 7 a.m., on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

Climate Change Symposium in Machias, Maine

On Thursday, April 21, at the University of Maine, Machias, Science Room 102, climate scientists and local people with practical ideas will speak informally, answer questions, and engage in discussions with the public all day, from 9:00am to 5:00pm, with a free movie at 5:45pm.

The entire program is free. People can call 207-434-6228 for more information. Coffee, tea, and some organic snacks provided.

The morning session will concentrate on the science of climate change and global methods of mitigating its effects. The afternoon session will focus on local and regional efforts here in Maine, and discuss what more can be done. Presenters will appear in this order:

Morning Session:

Miane Maritime Academy commencement set for April 30

Miane Maritime Academy commencement set for April 30

CASTINE, Maine – Peter G. Vigue, chairman and chief executive officer of The Cianbro Companies will address the graduating class at Maine Maritime Academy’s (MMA) 68th Commencement on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at 11 a.m., in Alexander Fieldhouse. Vigue, a 1969 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, will receive an honorary doctorate from the college.
        According to MMA President, Dr. William J. Brennan, the college will recognize Vigue’s long record of accomplishments and his position as a respected business leader. “Pete Vigue exemplifies the talent and drive so typical of many of our graduates,’ said Brennan. “His leadership of the Cianbro Companies is significant in that the company’s values of hard work, customer service, and respect for its workforce have not been compromised with growth. It’s a company that the people of Maine can be proud of and we are pleased that one of our own is providing such exceptional guidance.

Student artists in your neighborhood to be honored at Blaine House

Augusta, ME – Student artists from across Maine will receive recognition from Maine’s First Lady at a Blaine House ceremony at 2:00 pm, on Monday, April 11.

The students, from 17 schools, will receive certificates for their participation in the Maine Youth Excellence in Art exhibition that has been on display in the Capitol Complex since February.

“These works of art are inspiring and showcase the talent of our youth,” said Maine’s First Lady Ann LePage. “Two pieces of artwork are on display currently in the Blaine House and we are making space available for a third.