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SCHOOL RECEIVES COMPUTERS FOR
SCHOOL YEAR

Pictured are Kate Rush, Vice President and Director of Technology, Thomas Gagnon, Assistant Vice President and PC Support Supervisor and Christopher Taylor, IT Support Technician for Bangor Savings Bank as they present computers and supplies to the Newport Elementary School.

Representatives from Bangor Savings Bank presented 34 re-imaged desktop computers, keyboards and mice to the Newport Elementary School on Friday, August 7th. “This gift given from Bangor Savings Bank to the Newport Elementary School signifies a commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve,” said Kate Rush, Vice President and Director of Technology at Bangor Savings Bank. These computers, which have been replaced internally with newer models, will help students develop new skills and access curriculum that they otherwise would be unable to.
The Newport Elementary School PTO has been reaching out to local businesses seeking donations of used computers or equipment in an effort to improve their computer programs. With a small computer lab shared among 318 students, and limited classroom access to computers, internet and programs, students will now have at least two fully functioning computers in each classroom.
“This donation from Bangor Savings Bank will ensure that students will no longer be at a disadvantage due to the lack of technology available in the classroom,” said Kate Rush. “It is an honor to play a role in the growth of computer programs at the Newport Elementary School.”






TEACHER AWARDED OUTSTANDING
CONSERVATION EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

Each year, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) honors an educator working in the county with the Outstanding Conservation Educator of the Year award for that educator’s dedication to fostering students’ learning and understanding of natural resource ecology, conservation biology and related curriculum. This year, the PCSWCD staff and board of supervisors presented Julie Willcott, high school teacher at Foxcroft Academy (FA), with this award at a recent banquet.
Julie’s Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture course provided a dynamic opportunity for FA students to gain direct, hands-on experiences working in and learning about agriculture.

Pictured from right to left: Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District’s (PCSWCD) Educational Coordinator, Kacey Weber presents Foxcroft Academy’s Julie Willcott with the 2015 Outstanding Conservation Educator of the Year Award.
This course and the Greenhouse Management course, which was co-taught with Foxcroft Academy teacher Jack McLeod, offered a wide variety of learning experiences for students as they toured and visited local agricultural enterprises, designed and managed an on-site greenhouse and learned about practical plant biology, chemistry and real-world applications to science normally taught in a classroom setting.Sustainable agriculture practices are such an essential part to protecting and conserving our natural resources. The effort that Julie poured into her courses directly resulted in more area youth learning about the importance of conservation. In an interview with Julie, she said that “Foxcroft Academy always graduates a number of students who express interest in exploring natural resource professions. It’s great to provide those kids with these courses, so they can broaden their knowledge base, deepen their understanding and strengthen their connection to our community. A major part of keeping kids here in Piscataquis County is showing them these opportunities in natural resource conservation professions, such as careers in sustainable agriculture, and therefore developing an appreciation for the importance of our natural resources.”
The District staff and Board were fortunate to work with Julie, Jack McLeod and their Greenhouse Management students on Sunday, May 29th as they helped plant close to 600 hardwood trees at our Law Farm property. Julie’s enthusiasm for the project and getting the students involved was incredible. “I’m most excited to see the future of the tree planting project” said Julie. “I enjoyed working with the District and see many opportunities for getting area youth involved in future projects at the Law Farm.”



THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
AT THE HARMONY FREE FAIR
The Harmony Free Fair begins on Friday, September 4th and continues
through Monday, September 7th at 1 Fairway Lane in Harmony.

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OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE FOR AREA SCHOOLS
It's that time of year again, when most schools hold their first open house. Open houses give teachers a chance to meet the parents/guardians of the children they will be teaching throughout the school year.
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AREA CREDIT UNION NAMED ONE OF
THE BEST PLACES TO WORK IN MAINE
Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union was recently named as one of
the 2015 Best Places to Work in Maine. The Credit Union has branches
in Dexter, Guilford, Dover-Foxcroft, Greenville, and Brownville.

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PINE TREE HOSPICE TO OFFER CORE TRAINING
FOR HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS
Pine Tree Hospice will offer Core Training, which is the basic training that
all hospice volunteers must complete. Core Training begins on September 8th from 5 to 9 PM; September 13th from 1 to 6 PM; September 15th
from 5 to 9 PM; September 17th from 5 to 9 PM.

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WALDO COUNTY EXTENSION TO NAME
WOMAN FARMER OF THE YEAR
The Waldo County Extension Association will announce the 2015
Woman Farmer of the Year at its annual meeting on September 1st
from 5 to 6:30 PM at Windgate Farm located on 36 Stevens Road in Unity.

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