Robert Milardo, a professor of family relations at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News article, “Despite recent decline, Maine’s divorce rate is still among highest in U.S. Why?” Milardo said the majority of divorces occur by the seventh year of marriage because around year five to seven, the romance starts to decline and conflicts increase. He also said having young children can put stress on a relationship, and couples are less likely to divorce the older they are when they get married. “Those people who are marrying in their late 20s or early 30s develop more stable relationships. They enter the marriage more financially secure and more secure in themselves,” Milardo said.
Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, co-wrote an opinion piece on climate change for the Bangor Daily News with Darryl W. Lyon, a lieutenant colonel in the Maine National Guard. The article is titled “Maine is a leader in confronting climate change in the High North.”
The Portland Press Herald mentioned the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Harvest for Hunger program and interviewed program organizer and UMaine Extension educator Barbara Murphy for the article “Maine food pantries connecting with farmers to provide fresh produce.” For more than 15 years, gardeners across Maine have grown nearly 1.9 million pounds of produce for Harvest for Hunger, according to the article. In most counties, the food is taken to food pantries to distribute, but in Oxford County, the program hosts weekly distribution nights where 180 families pick up produce, watch cooking demonstrations and sample dishes made with the food they receive that week, the article states. Murphy said it’s encouraging to hear the Oxford County families say they are changing their eating habits or are better able to pay household bills because of the program.
An op-ed on local wood banks written by Jessica Leahy, an associate professor of human dimensions of natural resources at the University of Maine, and Sabrina Vivian, a senior studying ecology and environmental sciences, was mentioned in the Bangor Daily News article, “Wood banks start to catch on in Maine, but not without some growing pains.” Waldo County Woodshed, a Belfast-based nonprofit that seeks to provide firewood to low-income residents, began after a local business owner read the pair’s op-ed in the BDN, according to the article. “Each one has to be grassroots, to fit the need of the community,” Leahy said about starting wood banks. “The more the idea spreads, the more the communities can be proactive. It’s people being self-sufficient, spending time together and helping each other,” she said. The Sun Journal also published the BDN report.
The Bangor Daily News reported about 40 English teachers from Harbin, China, and the surrounding area toured John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, met city officials and visited the University of Maine to learn about American education and government. According to the article, the delegates were scheduled to attend a foreign language education workshop at UMaine, which has actively recruited foreign students, including from China.
The Bangor Daily News published the latest article in the yearlong “The People Next Door” series by Sandra Butler, a professor of social work at the University of Maine, and Luisa Deprez, a professor and department chair of sociology and women and gender studies at the University of Southern Maine. “Living in a house of cards: A look back at people in Maine who are just scraping by,” is the pair’s latest column to share stories of Mainers struggling in today’s economy.
Today’s Energy Solutions published a Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP) news release announcing a new agreement between Maine MEP and the University of Maine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC). The partnership, which will place a Maine MEP project manager at AMC, will promote closer collaboration between the organizations with the goal of enhancing the services available to manufacturers in the state, according to the release.
A five-session University of Maine Cooperative Extension beginning beekeeping course starts 6:30–8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Washington County UMaine Extension office, 28 Center St., Machias.
Master Beekeeper Andrew Dewey will teach the course, which will be held Thursday nights, except for March 19, through April 2. The course also will be available remotely at Washington County Community College, 1 College Drive, Calais.
Course topics include the honeybee colony, constructing hives, seasonal management, pests and diseases and honey production. Students will visit a local hive for observation and hands-on experience during a field lab. Class graduates will become members of the Washington County Beekeepers, a chapter of the Maine State Beekeepers Association.
Course fee is $60 per person or per couple to help cover the cost of materials. Class size is limited to 15 people in Machias and 10 in Calais. Thursday, Feb. 19 is the registration deadline. To register, and for more information, visit or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To request a disability accommodation, call 800.287.1542 (in state) or 207.255.3345.
The Top Gun Entrepreneurship Acceleration program is an annual five-month business accelerator for entrepreneurs. Top Gun combines mentoring and curriculum in three locations statewide: Orono, Portland and Rockland. The program is offered through a partnership among the University of Maine, the Maine Technology Institute and the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development.
The University of Maine’s Target Technology Incubator coordinates and hosts the Orono Top Gun class as a part of its focus on helping Maine-based startups and innovative companies grow their businesses.
Entrepreneurs enrolled in the program:
- Participate in biweekly training sessions, each one focused on a single business topic
- Are assigned one or more mentors who provide guidance and answer questions throughout the five-month period
- Engage with other entrepreneurs who share successes, failures and lessons learned
- Receive guidance, practice, and feedback on business pitches
- Get a chance to deliver a business pitch and/or showcase a business to an audience of over 300 potential investors, business leaders and journalists
Participants from the 2013 class from Penobscot, Hancock, and Piscataquis counties include:
- The Juice Cellar, Belfast
- Specialty Sweets, Bangor
- The Loyal Biscuit Company, Belfast, Camden, Rockport, Waterville
- The Northern Maine Distilling Company, Brewer
- GenoTyping Center of America, Bar Harbor
- Oats Any Time, Palmyra
- Sandra B. Dressing and Dressage, Dover-Foxcroft
Of Top Gun’s 79 graduates, close to 95 percent are still in business. To date, Top Gun graduates have landed over $8 million in grants and other financing.