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Dexter Regional High School will be performing a musical, “Getting to Know the Sound of Music” on Thursday, March 22nd at 6:30 PM; Friday, March 23rd at 6:30 PM and Saturday, March 24th at 2 PM. The performances will be held at the Dexter Regional High School Cafeteria on 12 Abbott Hill Road in Dexter. Tickets for this production will be $3 for students and seniors, and $5 for adults. Tickets are on sale in the high school main office. This shortened version of the well-loved musical includes the well known story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family, and all the songs you know in only 90 minutes. Audiences of all ages will enjoy this show which is being performed by students from Ridge View Community School and Dexter Regional High School. This k through 12 cast has a lot of talent and will surely bring you to your feet at the end of the show. The public is invited to attend. Dexter Regional High School and Ridge View Community School cast of Getting to Know the Sound of Music gets ready to hit the stage for multiple performances.
One of the tenents of a good work ethic is attendance, which translates into “Reliability”. Recently the students in the Tri-County Graphic Design and Communications program beat out nine other programs to win the banner for “Best program attendance for the second quarter”. They had a 94% attendance rate. Students recognized for best program attendance are as follows from left to right: Hunter Ferretti, Whitney Curtis, Briana Spaulding and Brandon Michaud. Not pictured: Kyle Choi, Andrew Foster, Dennis Peters and Andrew Sikes.
The Kidsville Pre-School Class recently celebrated Dr. Suess’s Birthday by dressing as their favorite Dr. Suess characters. The class enjoyed playing rhyming games and reading stories. Kidsville Pre-School Class students pictured in the front row from left to right: Levi Gardner and Aubrey Smith. Back row from left to right: Charlie Kinney, Tommy Kinney, Elliot Wade, and Mikey Smith.
The following local students were named to the 2017 fall semester Dean’s List at Simmons College in Boston: Alexis Lynne Lamarre, Pittsfield and Abigail Leigh Bowman, Saint Albans. To qualify for Dean’s List status, undergraduate students must obtain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, based on 12 or more credit hours of work in classes using the letter grade system. Simmons College ( is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston. Founded in 1899, Simmons is the only undergraduate women’s college in Boston, and maintains a history of visionary thinking and a focus on social responsibility. The College offers coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, including physical therapy and nutrition; liberal arts; education; behavior analysis; library and information science; management; and social work. Follow Simmons on Twitter at @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.

The Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) has published an article by Newport native Olivia McAnirlin '17 based on research she conducted at Colby-Sawyer College. McAnirlin's research focused on collecting quantitative and qualitative data, and her publication similarly combines her passion for science-based research and storytelling. As a first-year student, McAnirlin, learned about a research opportunity with former Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences Jeremy Baker that would investigate the physiological effects of hiking the Appalachian Trail. She teamed up with Dr. Baker and followed the project for four years, from the preliminary research protocol and literature review to data collection and analysis.
"It's pretty uncommon for an undergraduate student to have the opportunity to be part of a research project for four years," McAnirlin said. "It made me really appreciate the scientific process."
Along with Robert Madden '18 and Chris Manwaring '18, McAnirlin and Baker visited Hot Springs, N.C., twice to collect data on thru-hikers. They then tested the same 30 hikers when they reached Hanover, N.H. The students are working to write, edit and publish a manuscript of their research, which suggests long-distance trekking improves muscular power and aerobic capacity while contributing to lower body weight and ankle flexibility. Further outcomes will be reported in upcoming publications.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN AND KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: The Etna-Dixmont School will be holding Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019. Screenings will be held on Monday, March 19th and Tuesday, March 20th at the Etna-Dixmont School. If you are a resident of Etna or Dixmont and your child will be 4 for Pre-K or 5 for Kindergarten by Monday, October 15th you may register. At registration you will need to provide a copy of the original birth certificate and current immunization records. Also, new registrations must show two proofs of residency, which may include, driver’s license, car registration, rental agreement, a bill, or something with your address on it. If you are not currently on the registration list, contact Ms. Merrill at 992-0735 as soon as possible to register. Pre-K spaces are limited.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: Pre-Kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year will be held at Corinna Elementary School on Friday, April 6th from 8 AM to 2:30 PM by appointment only. To attend, children must be 4 years of age on or before Monday, October 15th. A copy of your child’s official state birth certificate (not a hospital copy) and immunization record and 2 proofs of residency (items with your physical address, driver’s license, rental agreement, tax bill) are required at registration time. Contact the Corinna Elementary School to schedule an appointment or with any questions you may have at 278-4263.
MSAD #53
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: MSAD #53, Burnham, Pittsfield, and Detroit has announced that Kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year. A child must be five years of age on or before October 15, 2018 in order to start school. Screening information is available by calling Manson Park School at 487-2281 prior to Friday, March 30th. The screening will be held on Friday, April 6th and Monday, April 9th at the Manson Park School. Appointments will be made after receiving the completed paperwork. As part of the screening process children will be involved in activities, which include: general readiness, vision, hearing, motor coordination and speech/language development. To complete the registration forms, you will need a copy of your child’s Vital Record of Live Birth and proof of immunization including the varicella vaccination. Call now or stop by Manson Park School to receive your registration packet.
PRE-SCHOOL REGISTRATION: The Manson Park Pre-School Program is a free program open to all families of MSAD #53. Your child must be four years of age on or before Monday, October 15th in order to attend. If you are interested in this program, contact the Superintendent’s Office at 487-5107 between the hours of 8 AM to 4 PM for an application. To complete the application you need to bring a copy of your child’s Vital Record of Live Birth and proof of immunization including the varicella vaccination. The screening will be held at Manson Park School on Monday, May 14th.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: A Pre-Kindergarten registration meeting will be held on Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at 6 PM at the Piscataquis Community Elementary School in Guilford for all children who will be four on or before October 15, 2018. There will be an AM and PM session Monday through Friday. Bus transportation to and from school will be provided for your child. Bring your child’s state birth certificate, custody papers, proof of residence and immunization record with you. MSAD #4 serves Abbot, Cambridge, Guilford, Parkman, Sangerville, and Wellington. Contact 876-4301 if you have any questions.