ORONO — Gwendolyn Beacham of Farmington is the 2015 valedictorian at the University of Maine and Katelyn Massey of Waterville is the salutatorian.
They will receive their degrees at UMaine’s 213th Commencement in Harold Alfond Sports Arena May 9.
BANGOR – The Third Annual Meals from Maine Food Packing Event & Community Food Drive will be held on Saturday, April 25 at the former Circuit City Building on Stillwater Ave., Bangor from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Food Packing Event, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, will prepare 100,000+ meals to be shipped to starving children in poverty or disaster stricken areas around the world. Heirloom seed packets will also be assembled to send with the food to create sustainable food sources.
Hannaford Supermarkets of Scarborough, ME, and Superior Nuts & Candy of Chicago announced Thursday they are recalling certain packages of pine nuts due to the potential for Salmonella contamination.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Food and Drug Administration revealed the presence of salmonella in a certain package of pine nuts, which are sold at Hannaford stores.
BANGOR – During the month of March, a total of 10,162 jars of peanut butter and jelly were collected in response to a unique, annual food drive overseen by Bangor Savings Bank. This year’s drive also encouraged those donating to share their act of kindness on social media: for each “selfie” donors took at the bank branch they donated in, Bangor Savings contributed an additional two jars of peanut butter. The jars of peanut butter and jelly were then distributed to local food pantries across the state.
“Bangor Savings Bank recognizes that many Mainers struggle to put food on the table,” said Bob Montgomery-Rice, president and CEO of Bangor Savings Bank. “We started the peanut butter and jelly drive several years ago as a targeted way to collect a food item that is high in protein and often in short supply and high demand and as a way to involve our employees, customers and the public in giving to their community. We’re impressed by the community’s response and willingness to help their fellow Mainers.”
Consumer reported glass found in jar
WASHINGTON – Beech-Nut Nutrition, an Amsterdam, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,920 pounds of baby food products that may be contaminated with small pieces of glass, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced recently.
SKOWHEGAN – The Color (Mid) ME Fun! Color Walk fundraiser is set to kick off in Skowhegan on Saturday, May 2. This event, geared to be the first annual, anticipates participants from across Mid-Maine walking to support critical local issues currently impacting neighbors and communities. Walkers have the opportunity to sponsor a specific cause - Food and Fuel, Youth Homelessness, Financial Independence or a general Live United Fund – by gathering pledges from family and friends.
The Color Walk is a one-mile family fun walk starting and finishing at the Federated Church, 13 Island Avenue in Skowhegan. Color stations will be located along the downtown area of the route, splashing walkers in color (FDA-approved colored cornstarch). Participants are encouraged to wear white and finish in color, as we Live United as a community. After the event, family friendly fun will be had on the grounds of the church, including refreshments, games and entertainment for children.
ORONO – The 21st HOPE (Help Organize Peace Earthwide) Festival will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Maine's Student Recreation and Fitness Center. The free festival celebrates the earth and our connections to each other and is held each year around Earth Day. This year’s HOPE Festival theme is Simple Solutions to Big Problems. More than 60 organizations will showcase their work for a better world. They will share information, offer demonstrations, sell buttons, T-shirts and other products, and encourage people to get involved.
“There is so much for everyone to do for the whole day,” said Ilze Peterson of the Peace and Justice Center, who helps organize the festival. “It’s a great chance for people to celebrate spring, its coming, and make connections to the earth and each other and reaffirm that together, we can make a difference. We don’t have to put up with things the way they are.”
De gustibus non disputatum est. It’s a snotty way of saying: You can’t argue with taste. Which is why there are so many Justin Beiber fans in the world. You like what you like for reasons that may or may not make sense to you – and probably make even less sense to your parents.
I mean, look at every generation’s circular argument about what makes good music. After a certain age, you kind of just like what you like and all the new stuff sounds weird and loud, and your criticism starts to sound a little like Grandpa Simpson. And by you, I mean me.
BANGOR – The Third Annual Meals from Maine Food Packing Event & Community Food Drive will be held on April 25 at the former Circuit City Building on Stillwater Ave, Bangor from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Food Packing Event will prepare 100,000-plus meals to be shipped to starving children in poverty or disaster stricken areas around the world. Heirloom seed packets will also be assembled to send with the food to create sustainable food sources
BANGOR – Each year, EMMC’s Medical Staff awards undergraduate scholarships to Maine students who are pursuing an education in healthcare. This year, the Medical Staff expanded the guidelines to recognize individuals engaged in a wider range of studies. Nine scholarships will be granted to support students’ education in nursing, occupational therapy, speech therapy, dietetics, medical laboratory sciences, radiography, surgical technology and medical assistance.
“We like to encourage Maine students to pursue healthcare careers right here at home,” says Ashley Robertson, MD, president of the Medical Staff and medical director of Care Management. “As leaders in the Bangor medical community, we recognize the importance of inspiring a new generation of students to become our partners in delivering care to future patients.”
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