Three Maine women and a teen who are leaders in social justice, community advocacy and cultural preservation will be honored at the 29th annual Maryann Hartman Awards on March 24 at the University of Maine.
This year’s Maryann Hartman Award recipients are Maria Girouard of Orono for her advocacy for the preservation of the cultural heritage and rights of the Penobscot Nation; Deborah Thompson of Bangor for her work on recognizing and preserving the rich architectural history of Bangor; and Florence Reed of Surry, for her initiative in creating Sustainable Harvest International, connecting Maine to the global community.
Girouard, Thompson and Reed join 88 distinguished Maine women who have been honored with Maryann Hartman Awards, named for the late UMaine associate professor of speech communication who was a renowned educator, feminist, scholar and humanist. Hartman Awards are given by UMaine’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program to recognize Maine women for their inspirational achievements in the arts, politics, business, education, healthcare and community service.
High school senior Nicole Maines of Portland will receive the Young Women’s Social Justice Award. She is the 17th recipient of the award, begun in 2001 to recognize young women who have distinguished themselves through their dedication and contributions to justice and social change.
The Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony will be held 5:30–7:30 p.m., March 24 in UMaine’s Buchanan Alumni House. This year, the free public event is part of Women’s Leadership Week, a University of Maine 150th anniversary observance. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.1228.
Short biographies of this year’s award winners follow:
Maria Girouard, member of the Penobscot Nation, is an historian and environmental activist. She is the health and wellness coordinator for Wabanaki Health and Wellness, which serves all tribally enrolled Native Americans in Penobscot, Washington and Aroostook counties. Girouard also serves as a community organizer for the Penobscot Nation in the Maine-Wabanaki REACH, which is investigating and reporting on Wabanaki experiences with the Maine child welfare services. She is the former director of the Penobscot Nation’s Department of Cultural and Historic Preservation. Girouard’s activism work centers on water quality.
Deborah Thompson has been a major force in the historic preservation movement in Maine for nearly 40 years. She was largely responsible for Bangor’s Historic Preservation ordinance, which was the first in Maine. In the 1970s and 1980s, she conducted an extensive preservation survey of Bangor that still informs local and state preservation commissions. She has since conducted several other surveys throughout the state. She is the author of Bangor, Maine, 1769–1914: An Architectural History and edited Maine Forms of American. She is currently at work on a book about Bangor architect Wilfred Mansur with co-author Earl G. Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.
Florence Reed is the founder of Sustainable Harvest International (SHI). In the early ’90s, Reed worked in environmental conservation and sustainable agriculture as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama, and launched SHI in 1997 in the basement of her parents’ home. Today, the successful nonprofit dedicated to environmental conservation and alleviating poverty is found in three Central American countries. SHI provides farming families in Central America with the tools and resources to overcome poverty, and focuses on efforts to preserve tropical forests.
Nicole Maines of Portland has been actively involved in challenging gender norms in Maine and nationwide. Maines advocates for the equal rights of all members of the LBGT community. At age 13, she was instrumental in helping defeat a bill in Maine that would have limited transgender rights. She has also set legal precedent in protecting the rights of transgender people’s use of public bathrooms and access to all school facilities, programs and extracurricular activities in a way that is consistent with their gender identity. Maines speaks nationwide about her personal experiences, and continues to advocate on behalf of transgender children and adults.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece, “Maine’s older adults need affordable housing options” by Jennifer Crittenden, the fiscal and administrative officer of the University of Maine Center on Aging. Crittenden is a member of the Maine chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications. Members’ columns appear in the BDN every other week.
Kenneth Palmer, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting article “History shows LePage faces uphill battle to change state constitution.” According to the article, Gov. Paul LePage wants amendments to the Constitution of the State of Maine that would replace the secretary of state position with a lieutenant governor and get rid of the income tax. LePage also said he is considering proposing an amendment that would change the way the state elects its treasurer and attorney general, from election by the legislature to either a popular election or appointment by the governor, the article states. According to records at the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, of the approximately 1,200 amendments proposed in the state’s history, 172 have been approved by the legislature and voters. “I think the point is, the constitution reflects Maine culture, which is relatively moderate, doesn’t like a lot of rapid change, but does want to keep things up to date,” Palmer said. Seacoast Online and the Bangor Daily News carried the report.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the executive director of the Municipal Review Committee (MRC), a group representing the trash disposal needs of nearly 190 Maine towns, updated the Hampden Town Council on a proposed solid waste processing facility that will turn trash into biofuel. At the meeting, the MRC told councilors they reached an agreement with Maryland-based company Fiberight to build the facility, according to the report. Committee members also said they were pleased with the findings of a report by students from the University of Maine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI) led by Hemant Pendse, a UMaine professor who leads the FBRI research team focused on creating and commercializing new bioproducts. The team was tasked with studying Fiberight’s operations to determine if its technology will work in the colder temperatures of Maine.
WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and FoodCorps are offering a free cooking class for income-eligible families April 29–May 20 at the UMaine Extension Somerset County office in Skowhegan. The four-session class is designed for income-eligible families with children living at home. Parents will be taught how to prepare quick and easy meals while youth make healthy snacks. Participants who complete the program will receive a cooking kit that includes recipes and kitchen tools.
The Maine Edge published a University of Maine Cooperative Extension news release announcing a one-year poultry egg business project that it’s offering to 4-H members ages 9–18 and their families. The statewide project is intended to generate income for participants and provide learning experiences in business, entrepreneurship, keeping records, documentation, problem-solving, food safety and animal husbandry. Participants will learn and follow state and local regulations for producing and selling poultry eggs.
More than 50 summer camps from around the state are expected to participate in the University of Maine’s fourth annual Summer Camp Fair for Kids 4–7 p.m. March 11 in the New Balance Student Recreation Center on campus.
Camp representatives will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the available programming for children and teenagers.
Formerly known as the Camp Bangor Fair and hosted by the United Way of Eastern Maine and associated with the Camp Bangor Program, the event typically attracts more than 500 visitors. Parents and children interested in local and regional summer camps are encouraged to attend.
The fair is free and open to the public. All attendees will receive a free day pass to the New Balance Student Recreation Center.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and FoodCorps are offering a free cooking class for income-eligible families 5–6 p.m. Wednesdays, April 29–May 20 at the UMaine Extension Somerset County office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan.
The four-session class is designed for income-eligible families with children living at home. Parents will be taught how to prepare quick and easy main meals while youth make healthy snacks. Participants who complete the program will receive a cooking kit that includes recipes and kitchen tools.
For more information, including questions about eligibility, as well as to register and request disability accommodations, call 207.474.9622 or email email@example.com.
“Maine’s Climate Future: 2015 Update,” a new report from the University of Maine, was featured in stories by the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and the Associated Press. The report highlights the effects of climate change in Maine, such as intense precipitation events, warming temperatures in the atmosphere and ocean, and rising sea levels. Ivan Fernandez, a professor in the UMaine School of Forest Resources, Climate Change Institute and School of Food and Agriculture, is one of the report’s authors. He said the next 35 years will likely bring as much change to the state’s climate as the last 100. Fernandez said those changes included about three degrees in temperature warming, two weeks longer of a growing season and a sea level rise of about six-tenths of a foot, the AP reported. Seacoast Online, I-95 (95.7 FM), WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) and WRAL-TV (in North Carolina) carried the AP article.
John Mahon, the John M. Murphy Chair of International Business Policy and Strategy at the University of Maine, and Michael Hastings, director of UMaine’s Office of Sponsored Programs, wrote an opinion piece for the Portland Press Herald. The article is titled “Public university students should get two years of free tuition.”