Margaret Chase Smith Essay Contest
The Margaret Chase Smith Library is pleased to announce the topic of its nineteenth annual essay contest – immigration policy. The competition is open to Maine high school seniors. Entries are due by April 1, 2015. Prizes ranging from $50 for five honorable mentions to $1000 for first place will be announced on May 1. For more information or to enter, please contact John Taylor at the Margaret Chase Smith Library, 56 Norridgewock Avenue, Skowhegan, ME, 04976, or by telephone at 474-7133.
The topic was selected because of its timeliness and urgency. Although a nation of immigrants, the United States currently finds itself sharply divided by this issue. Like most Americans, Margaret Chase Smith believed in the ideal of the melting pot. Her maternal grandfather was born in Quebec and immigrated to Maine in the mid-19th century. As Smith entered public life, immigration policy was marked by the rigid national ethnic quotas of the 1920s, followed by economic concerns about employment competition during the Great Depression of the 1930s, and then by fears of foreign infiltration and Communist subversion during the 1940s and 50s. Against this historical backdrop of alternating cycles of welcome and wariness toward foreigners, the Margaret Chase Smith Library invites students to weigh in with their opinions on what federal immigration policy should be in the 21st century.
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I am a bad influence on children and dogs. I don’t even own any dogs. But it’s true. When I see a happy puppy, I want to play with it, get it riled up and excited – you know, not calm and sedate like many people like their dogs. I don’t mind puppy kisses, and I kind of want to give them treats for no good reason other than the fact that they are dogs and therefore awesome. I inject chaos into the lives of dog owners.
And with our kids it’s much the same. I like to rile them up, play with them until they are giggling and out of breath and absolutely fired up. I’m the person who taught them how to pillow fight. I taught them that beds were bouncy, that splashing is fun – and we all know most kids don’t need encouragement to splash in puddles.
Millennium Marine USA fulfilled pledge to The Lost Fishermen’s Memorial Association in Lubec
EASTPORT – Cory Guimond, president of Millennium Marine USA, has fulfilled a pledge he made in July 2014 to donate to the building fund of the Lost Fishermen’s Memorial Association (LFMA) in Lubec $3,000 for every kit boat that was sold in Charlotte County, New Brunswick, Canada and Washington County, Maine, USA. He would also donate $3,000 for every completed fishing boat sold in Charlotte County and Washington County. Even after experiencing a major setback due to a fire at the boat yard, Guimond has contributed $6,000 in December 2014 to help the LFMA raise the necessary funds to build a Memorial Park which will honor Lost Fishermen from both Charlotte County, New Brunswick and Washington County, Maine.
The park will be a place where family members and friends can visit to honor those lost at sea. The Memorial Park will feature sculpture in the form of a wave by Jesse Salisbury, renowned local granite sculptor. The names of the lost fishermen from both sides of the border will be inscribed on the wave.
The question of what is worse - being sick with three healthy kids or being sick with three sick kids - is really hard to answer. But I think I finally have an answer: being sick with three sick kids who don’t exactly act sick. As in, they have the goop, they have the coughs, they probably have all the things that I have but can only express how achy and tired they are by being rude.
Which is awesome.
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