WABI (Channel 5) reported members of the Penobscot Community HealthCorps visited the University of Maine campus in Orono to teach students how to explore their health care options available under the Affordable Care Act.
The Maine Edge previewed the Maine Beef Producers Association’s (MBPA) 24th annual Beef Conference on Dec. 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and Hilton Garden Inn are sponsoring the event. This year’s theme is “Keeping Your Herd Healthy.”
The Bangor Daily News reported the new Brewer Community Center will provide 18 wireless computers that will be connected to the University of Maine to offer online or satellite classes, according to Gordon Stitham, Brewer Housing Authority’s executive director. Stitham said the facility is meant to be used by the community and offer more educational opportunities to residents.
The Maine Edge advanced the Open Mic Poetry Night to be held Thursday Dec. 5 at the Bear’s Den Cafe and Pub in the University of Maine’s Memorial Union. Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, is hosting the free event that is open to all university and community members who enjoy the written and spoken word.
Certified therapy dogs will visit Fogler Library to offer stress relief and comfort to students, staff and faculty members as the semester comes to an end. The dogs are scheduled to be in the library from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 and Monday, Dec. 16 and from 2–4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. No appointment is necessary and everyone is welcome to visit with the animals. For more information or to request disability accommodations, call Gretchen Gfeller, Fogler’s public relations manager, at 207.581.1696.
Six University of Maine choral groups will ring in the holiday season at the Yuletide Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Collins Center for the Arts.
The University Singers, Collegiate Chorale, Oratorio Society, Athena Consort, Black Bear Men’s Chorus and Euphony will all take part in the UMaine School of Performing Arts’ annual presentation and will join together for a candlelit finale of traditional holiday favorites.
Margaret Radke, a 90-year-old woman from Orono, will be among the more than 200 singers adding their voices to the Yuletide Concert. The 60-year member of the Oratorio Society has been singing since she was 9 years old growing up in Minnesota.
“I had a voice teacher when I was in my 30s who told me I would be singing into my 90s,” she laughs. “I had to prove her right.”
Despite having polio in her throat as a teenager, Radke — who once had a three-octave range — continued to sing. She sang when she attended Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minn., where she majored in biology and chemistry, as well as at the University of California, where she earned a graduate degree in zoology, and at the University of Maine, where her husband, the late Frederick Radke, was a biochemistry professor.
“Music was my outlet and solace,” says Radke, who shared her love of music with her children and grandchildren. Radke’s daughter, Eileen Nokes and son-in-law, Ted Nokes, and their two sons all majored in music at UMaine.
Radke says she cherishes the friendships she developed with directors and singers of all ages during her six decades with the group, and she encourages people throughout Maine who love to sing to join the group. “It’s very open and has dedicated people of varying abilities,” she says.
The Oratorio Society is a mixed choral ensemble of community members and university students; University Singers are members of an advanced concert choir who come from a variety of academic disciplines; the Collegiate Chorale is a mixed ensemble open to all students; the Athena Consort is a select women’s choir; the Black Bear Men’s Chorus includes students, faculty, staff and community members; and Euphony is an innovative contemporary choral group.
Admission is $12, free with a valid student MaineCard. For tickets, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.1755. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to the show.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on a coat drive started by University of Maine student Patrick Herbert to give back to students in need. With the help of organizations such as UMaine’s Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, Herbert was able to add his coat drive to the campus thrift shop and food pantry. Herbert and Lisa Morin, coordinator of the Bodwell Center, spoke to WABI about the importance of the program.
Tri-Town Weekly reported the Freeport-based Maine Clammers Association will be among the many organizations to attend the Maine Green Crab Summit Dec. 16 at the University of Maine. The group will join the discussion on the damage the invasive green crab is inflicting on the state’s clamming industry and will use information from a Maine Department of Marine Resources study to explore ways to fight the problem.
The Associated Press, Sun Journal and Portland Press Herald were among news organizations to report on cost and expected economic impact details of a proposed floating offshore wind project led by the University of Maine and its partner companies. The details filed by the Maine Aqua Ventus project say the planning and construction of the project will create at least 340 jobs and make the state a hub for development. Utility customers would pay 23 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity, which is higher than market rates, but UMaine officials said it’s important to consider the economic and environmental benefits. The Modesto Bee, Miami Herald, WGME (Channel 13), The Sacramento Bee, NECN, WLBZ (Channel 2), Boston.com, and WABI (Channel 5) carried the AP report.
A presentation made by University of Maine nursing students at a Veazie town council meeting was cited in the Maine Public Broadcasting Network article “Chlorination by-products raise concern about Maine community’s drinking water.” The students’ presented on the health effects of trihalomethanes (THMs), which are formed when chlorine and other disinfectants are mixed with organic matter, after residents showed concern over chemicals in their water. The students said exposure can lead to an increased risk of bladder, colon and rectal cancer.
This month the University of Maine Museum of Art is offering three holiday programs for children and their families, and hosting the popular community event, Weihnachtsmarkt.
All the events at the Museum of Art, 40 Harlow St. in Bangor, are free and open to the public. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Kathryn Jovanelli, 561.3350.
In addition, three exhibitions will be on display in the museum galleries: Susan Burnstine and Lynn Saville’s “From the Shadows,” Sachiko Akiyama’s “On Finding Home,” and Gregory Kalliche’s “GPOY.” The exhibitions are on display through Jan. 4.
6th annual Art Factory
11 a.m.–4 p.m., Dec. 7
Create lasting memories this holiday season at this family-fun event. A variety of art-making stations will be set up for participants of all ages to create a card, ornament or gift. Supplies are free and instruction will be given throughout the day. The event is sponsored by WBRC Architects and Engineers.
Weihnachtsmarkt — Christmas Market
11 a.m.–3 p.m., Dec. 15
The University of Maine German Club — Deutscher Verein — annually organizes a traditional Weihnachtsmarkt or Christmas market. This year’s event will be held at the UMaine Museum of Art. The market will feature holiday treats — including cookies, stollen and Gluhwein — and traditional decorations. Proceeds will benefit UMMA exhibitions and education programs.
Get bedazzled on New Year’s Eve
6-8 p.m., Dec. 31
Welcome the new year with a glittering crown or tiara. For this family-friendly event, all of the supplies are provided. UMMA is a participant in the Downtown Bangor Partnership’s Downtown Countdown to 2014.
The University of Maine’s University Bookstore has selected the Black Bear Mentor Program as the recipient of proceeds from this year’s commemorative ornament. The Black Bear Mentor Program is offered through the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism and matches UMaine students with local youth to act as role models. This year’s ornament features the UMaine Flagship Crest and is available at the bookstore and online. The annual commemorative ornament program began in 2003 to benefit university student organizations that work to help others in the community. “The students in organizations like the Black Bear Mentor Program dedicate their energy and talent to making a difference,” says Dean Graham, associate director of the University Bookstore. “The University Bookstore is honored to recognize their important work through the ornament program.”
Learning more about the invasive European green crab and its effects on Maine’s coastal and marine resources will be the focus of a Dec. 16 conference at the University of Maine.
Maine Sea Grant, Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), Maine Coastal Program and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will hold the Maine Green Crab Summit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wells Conference Center on the Orono campus.
The public is welcome to attend the free event that aims to offer an opportunity for researchers, fishermen and coastal community members to share information about green crabs, as well as discuss different approaches for green crab control, future management and research.
“Although these invaders have been here for decades, in recent years they have proliferated to a level that is causing severe impacts on the clam fishery and is having other impacts on coastal ecosystems,” says Paul Anderson, Maine Sea Grant director and marine extension program leader.
During the conference, DMR officials plan to release data from a coast-wide survey the organization conducted in August to gain a better understanding of how severe the European green crab invasion in Maine is.
Researchers from UMaine, DMR, University of Maine at Machias, USGS and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Coastal Program are among those scheduled to present.
Online registration is required by Dec. 9, and limited funding is available to commercial fishermen to help with travel costs. Lunch will be provided. The summit will also be streamed live online and recorded for those unable to attend.
More information about the summit, including the event’s agenda and details for accessing the webcast, can be found on Maine Sea Grant’s website. A snow date of Dec. 18 has been set.
The Maine Sea Grant college program at UMaine is one of 33 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states and is focused on improving Maine’s coastal communities.
The Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News reported four members of the University of Maine football team and head coach Jack Cosgrove were honored by the New England Football Writers’ Association. Cosgrove was named the Jack Grinold New England Coach of the Year and quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was named the Gold Helmet Player of the Year. Wasilewski was also named to FCS All-New England team along with offensive lineman Jeff Gakos, linebacker Christophe Mulumba and cornerback Kendall James.
The winter 2013 issue of the London-based Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine features an article written by University of Maine sociologist Kyriacos Markides. The article, based on Markides’ work, is titled “Inner River: A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality.”
James McConnon, an economics professor at the University of Maine and a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist, was interviewed by the Sun Journal for an article titled “Shopping forecasts call for increase in holiday spending.” McConnon said holiday shoppers are predicted to spend between 2.4 and 3.9 percent more this year, even though consumer confidence is still cautious. He said with the shorter shopping season, retailers are going to provide good deals and consumers will be looking for them.
The Working Waterfront reported on the publication of a journal article written by University of Maine marine scientists Robert Steneck and Richard Wahle. “American lobster dynamics in a brave new ocean,” was published in a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science titled “American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem: U.S.-Canada Science Symposium.” The journal includes scientific presentations made at the symposium in November 2012. Steneck and Wahle’s research states that due to fewer predators, warming water, an influx of warm-water species and risks of disease, traditional conditions of the American lobster in the North Atlantic no longer exist.
The Bangor Daily News previewed the upcoming Penobscot Theatre Co. production of “Cinderella: A New Telling of an Old Tale.” University of Maine student Ira Kramer is starring in the play as the prince.
The 2013 Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration will be Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.
The 19th annual event features baskets, carvings and beadwork, as well as demonstrations, storytelling, music, drumming and dancing. It is free and open to the public.
Native American artists from Maine, including national award-winning members of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, will showcase their talents, as will members of the next generation of weavers and artists.
For more information, call 207.581.1904 or visit umaine.edu/hudsonmuseum.
The University of Maine School of Computing and Information Science is hosting the COS 125 Student Game Exhibition 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in Jenness Hall’s Soderberg Center. There will be 11 teams competing for three cash prizes. Members of the public are invited to attend the free event to view and try the games and vote for their favorite teams.