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,

Southern Maine Community College Creates Maine Fire Service Institute

SOUTH PORTLAND – Southern Maine Community College, (SMCC) along with fire chiefs from across Maine, will be announcing the creation of the Maine Fire Service Institute (MFSI) on Friday, April 29th at the Visitor’s Center at the State House in Augusta.  The new institute will be dedicated to a mission of supporting local fire chiefs in training firefighters to respond to emergency incidents and will provide training to enhance professional competency to ensure firefighter safety throughout the state.

SMCC and MFSI will partner with Fire Chiefs to develop, assist, and support local instructor training programs.  The Institute will develop a virtual academy training system based out of a centralized point at the Brunswick SMCC Midcoast Campus with up to five regional sites to deliver first responder training throughout the state.

SMCC President, Dr.

Local kids go national with their robots!

Local kids go national with their robots!

The kids from Cape Elizabeth Middle School and Yarmouth High are headed to the national championships with their…robots!
Elementary school, high school, and college students from around the world are headed for the VEX Robotics World Championship just outside Orlando.
That’s where their robots will be going head to head in international competition.
Check it out here!
We’ll go there LIVE, to meet them and get the lowdown on their creation on Friday April 15.
VEX Robotics President Paul Copioli will help introduce these rising young tech stars and talk about their incredible accomplishments in technology AND in working as a team on a complex project.


For a cutting edge peek at the technology of tomorrow, you can’t beat the brilliant creations of America’s best and brightest young technology wizards.

Benefit for South Portland Music Boosters Scholarship This Saturday

Benefit for South Portland Music Boosters Scholarship This Saturday


The Andrew Gerke Memorial Scholarship will be holding it’s second annual A Night of Remembrance benefit on April 9, 2011. The event will include a silent auction with items donated from local artists, professionals, and businesses. All of the proceeds generated from the fundraiser will go to the South Portland Music Boosters for the scholarship.

Last year, more than $5000 was raised for the scholarship and we hope to do more this year.

The event will be held at Andy's Old Port Pub on Commercial Street, where there will be live music, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and of course drinks. The event is 21+ and IDs must be present.

Andrew Gerke was a South Portland High School and University of Maine alumni who was very involved in the community, especially with the South Portland Music Department.

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.

Show Support for a 1% Increase in the School Budget

This year, the South Portland City Council has instructed the South Portland School Board to come up with a 2011/12 budget that does not include any increase in spending from last year (a zero percent increase).  Last year, the City Council gave the same instruction to the School Board, which resulted in cuts to staffing and programming.  Because of the rise in supplies and services to the school, the increase in heating, fuel and gasoline prices, and other salary increases, a zero percent actually results in a step back for our schools, our kids, and our community.  If passed, this will mean job losses and cuts in important and necessary programs and services that directly impact our children. 

Please come to the City Council meeting to show community support for a 1% increase in the school budget.  This minimal increase is important to

Chet Jordan Leadership Award Supports Students in Aroostook, Cumberland, Kennebec & Penobscot County

ELLSWORTH & PORTLAND - The Maine Community Foundation’s Chet Jordan Leadership Award offers scholarships to students from Aroostook, Cumberland, Kennebec, and Penobscot Counties.
The award honors students who are achieving their goals despite hardship, adversity, or disability. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate leadership, independent thinking, initiative, and hard work in their communities and schools.
Eligible applicants are graduating seniors at the following high schools: Bangor, Brewer, Cape Elizabeth, Cheverus, Cony, Cumberland, Deering, Falmouth, Gorham, Greely, John Bapst, Katahdin, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland, Yarmouth, and all high schools in Aroostook County.
Applications are due April 15, 2011.