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Tuesday, 17 November 2020 17:06

Maine Arts Commission announces 2021 Fellows

AUGUSTA – Exemplifying artistic excellence, the Maine Arts Commission is honoring seven Maine artists – this year’s recipients of the Commission’s 2021 Fellowship awards.  The Arts Commission is celebrating Dianne Ballon, Gabriel Frey, Sarah Haskell, Jocelyn Lee, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Michael O., and Tim Whitten for their artistic achievements. 

The Maine Artist Fellowship awards each recipient $5,000 based on one of the following categories: Belvedere Handcraft, Fine Craft, Literary Arts, Multimedia/Film, Performing Arts, Traditional Arts, and Visual Arts.

“Congratulations to this year’s fellowship winners,” said Julie Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission. “This year’s cohort of Fellows is uniquely diverse – reflecting the growing range of demographics across our state. There were many qualified applicants and it is always difficult for our panels to choose just one. Our 2021 Fellows should be especially proud of this accomplishment.”

ORONO — Alumni and friends of the University of Maine will gather online Oct. 16–18 for what organizers describe as “the most unique Homecoming in UMaine’s history.”

As in the past, UMaine’s annual Homecoming — an event which normally attracts more than 10,000 visitors to Orono each October — will feature a variety of social events, programs, sports and entertainment. However, this year those activities will be presented as virtual events — both live and prerecorded — due to pandemic-related health and safety precautions.

“As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, turn those lemons into lemonade,” says Annie Cutler, vice president of the UMaine Alumni Association and Homecoming coordinator. “It became evident months ago that Homecoming could not be held as an in-person event. So, with President (Joan) Ferrini-Mundy’s enthusiastic support, we’ve pulled together dozens of programs and activities that alumni and friends can enjoy from a cozy chair or couch at home.”

The UMaine Alumni Association has a long history of bringing people together in the name of Maine’s flagship university, and it will do it again this year, says President Ferrini-Mundy.

“During the pandemic we’ve learned a number of lessons, including how to continue to gather, celebrate and have important conversations with people from all over, remotely, and the Alumni Association has been a leader in this area,” says President Ferrini-Mundy. “We will miss seeing everyone on campus for Homecoming this year, but the online offerings will continue the tradition of bringing Black Bear Nation together.”

As detailed on Homecoming’s website, programming starts on Friday, Oct. 16 at noon EST with a welcome and Q&A session with President Ferrini-Mundy. It will be followed by a presentation by Habib Dagher, executive director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, who will explain and demonstrate the cutting-edge offshore wind power technology developed at the UMaine facility.

Other featured virtual programming on Friday includes an interview and Q&A session featuring Political Science Professor Richard Powell, UMaine 2020 Distinguished Maine Professor Award recipient; socials and presentations offered by a variety of academic departments; a dress rehearsal of the Pride of Maine Black Bear Marching Band; “Stargazing,” hosted by UMaine’s Versant Power Astronomy Center from its Jordan Planetarium; and a wide assortment of on-demand videos related to the university’s history and alumni. 

Saturday’s agenda includes more virtual socials and gatherings. Black Bear Athletics will be hosting a virtual “Tailgate Party,” along with a replay of UMaine’s 2018 Homecoming football game against Albany. University faculty members currently involved in COVID-19-related research will discuss and answer questions about the pandemic. Several academic units, alumni groups and clubs will hold virtual socials throughout the day. On-demand video programming will remain available, including the Collins Center for the Arts’ popular “Six Picks” performance series.

Sunday’s offerings include continued access to all on-demand programming and online shopping opportunities featuring Maine crafters, the Alumni Association’s online store, and University Bookstore.

Wednesday, 07 October 2020 11:52

ARTober goes virtual

BANGOR – October is still a month to celebrate the arts in Bangor.

As with many events during this time of COVID, ARTober, a celebration now in its fifth year, is taking a different form. Instead of an in-person kickoff event at the Bangor Arts Exchange to highlight and celebrate the arts that enrich our city, Bangor’s Commission on Cultural Development is hosting a Virtual ARTober.

Information is available on the Commission’s expanded Facebook presence and on a new website:

This year’s ARTober will highlight a different aspect of the arts in Bangor for a full week in October. The breakdown is as follows:

■       The week of October 5 celebrates Performing Arts

■       The week of October 12 celebrates Music

■       The week of October 19 celebrates the Visual Arts

■       The week of October 26 celebrates the Written Word

There will be links to artists and arts groups, links to events, a taste of performances and a few events. One such event will be Listen at Lunch,taking place at noon each day during the week of October 26. Listen at Lunch features readings from Bangor writers, poets and those who appreciate the written word.

Those wishing to be included in this celebration can fill out the form on the bangorartober website. The committee is collecting descriptions, videos, photographs, and links to the many creative institutions in Bangor. Every attempt will be made to promote the creative elements of our community and to showcase a wide variety of Bangor’s arts on its website and Facebook page.

The Bangor Committee on Cultural Development hopes to make this year’s ARTober celebration safe, informative and fun.  The Arts in Bangor are very much alive, and the Commission on Cultural Development seeks to assist in any way possible as they seek ways to share in this time of social distancing. They need your appreciation and support during these unusual times. Please make a point of staying informed about the many ways Bangor’s creative individuals and organizations are continuing to provide our citizens with opportunities to enjoy the arts in this difficult time.

Annual event to be renamed COVID Independence Day to honor Mainers

BANGOR – The Greater Bangor 4th of July Corporation, the non-profit group that organizes the Independence Day festivities for the greater Bangor region, has been monitoring the latest news and meeting with state and local officials for guidance regarding Gov. Janet Mills’ four-phase plan to reopen the state and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s current recommendations.

BANGOR - Penobscot Theatre Company has announced its 47th season, an assortment of plays and musicals professionally produced and staged at the company’s historic home.

After the unexpected curtailment of the current season, Penobscot Theatre Company looks forward more than ever to lighting-up the marquee and welcoming patrons to the historic Bangor Opera House for the 2020-21 Season. Performances are set to begin just after Labor Day and extend into early July. 

“We have great confidence in the future of Penobscot Theatre Company and we’re eager to share an extraordinary line-up,” said Producing Artistic Director Bari Newport. “By subscribing, you’re committing to Penobscot Theatre Company - to our institution, to the artists you’ve grown to love and to the value of theatre in our community. Of course, the health and safety of our artists and audience are our highest priority, and we’ll remain closely attuned to public health guidelines in the coming months.  Improvisation is at the heart of our craft and if we must adjust our plans, we will; but at this time, based on all the information at our disposal, we’re proceeding cautiously but optimistically.” 

PORTLAND - Holler folk trio The Ghost of Paul Revere have announced the lineup for the 2020 edition of their annual Ghostland festival, scheduled to take place on Labor Day weekend, September 4 and 5, in two Portland venues.

Ghostland was founded in 2014 as a way for The Ghost of Paul Revere to share and celebrate the natural beauty of Maine and the spirit of Portland with fans from around the country.

The weekend is scheduled to open with a unique concert at Port City Music Hall on Friday, September 4, where the band will play one traditional set of songs pulled from their own catalog, along with a second set of carefully selected cover songs.

Tickets for the Port City Music Hall show are only available with the purchase of a two-day GA or VIP pass to Ghostland, and are available from the band’s website.

Saturday will see the band share the stage at Thompson’s Point with four other bands

The Ghost of Paul Revere – Griffin Sherry (guitar), Max Davis (banjo) and Sean McCarthy (bass) will be joined by alternative folk rockers Deer Tick, hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, Maine’s indie Americana-rockers The Mallett Brothers Band, Mipso, from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Portland-based Bell Systems, featuring Spencer Albee and Geneviève Beaudoin. The duo describes their music as “thoughtfully irreverent pop music.”

Ghostland festival-goers may purchase a Saturday single-day ticket for $41 in advance, or $46 the day of show, or a two-day GA pass for $86 or a VIP pass for $121, which will include a meet and greet with the members of The Ghost of Paul Revere, and access to an exclusive viewing area at Thompson’s Point, with access to a private bar. VIP pass-holders will also receive a signed poster and other items.

One dollar from the sale of every ticket will be donated to the sTAY Strong Foundation, founded last year in memory of Taylor Steeves, a close friend to the members of The Ghost of Paul Revere. The foundation provides assistance to those affected by genetic forms of lung cancer. More information about the foundation can be found at .

The Ghost of Paul Revere formed in 2011 and made their national television debut in 2018 on Conan O’Brien’s TBS show. Last year, the band’s song “Ballad of the 20th Maine” became Maine’s official state ballad. The band’s latest release is “Field Notes, Vol. 2,” released last August, and they say they are preparing to release new music this year.

For Ghostland tickets and more information about the event, visit

ORONO — The University of Maine will offer its Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Management degree fully online beginning in fall 2020.

The program, developed as a collaboration between the Maine Business School and UMaineOnline, is the first online undergraduate business degree from Maine’s flagship university.

“We are excited to offer our BSBA in Management in an online format,” says Faye Gilbert, dean of the Undergraduate School of Business and interim provost. “The Maine Business School prides itself on delivering the highest quality business education. Now that mission can be extended to students however they choose to complete their degree.”

The Maine Business School (MBS) Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management degree is built on a foundation of diverse business courses in accounting, finance, management and marketing. In their major coursework, management students navigate the complexities of corporate, international and small business management, and hone administrative and organizational skills, such as leadership, organizational change, strategic analysis and human resources. Graduates are equipped for careers in supervisory or administrative positions in business, government and nonprofit organizations. 

Students in the online BSBA in Management are afforded all the benefits of the Maine Business School, including top-tier faculty instruction, an extensive career development program and a respected curriculum. 

The Maine Business School is accredited by AACSB International, a mark of quality that distinguishes colleges of business as adhering to the most rigorous standards of academic excellence.

Additionally, online students will receive personalized programming and resources designed specifically for online learners.

“Online students will enjoy specialized advising from our dedicated UMaineOnline team, who will support and guide through the admission and enrollment process,” says Monique LaRocque, associate provost for the Division of Lifelong Learning. “We are pleased to offer the BSBA in Management as an online option as it will now provide access to students throughout Maine and beyond who are not able to attend classes on campus.”

Applications for fall semester 2020 are available at For those interested in a special summer 2020 start, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 207.581.1561. More information on the online BSBA in Management is available online

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 11:34

UMaine announces 2020 Maryann Hartman Awards

ORONO — The 2020 Maryann Hartman Awards recognizing the inspirational achievements of Maine women will be presented to retired director of the University of Maine’s Women’s Resource Center Sharon Barker of Bangor, Penobscot Nation Ambassador Maulian Dana of Old Town and executive director of Maine Hospice Council Kandyce Powell of Wiscasset.

The women will be honored in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m., March 25 at Buchanan Alumni House at the University of Maine. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by UMaine’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and the Rising Tide Center.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 13:57

Bucksport's David Gross wins Gaziano Award

Scarborough's Nathan Mars also a winner

AUGUSTA – A Bucksport High senior is one of the winners of Maine’s most prestigious high school football awards.

The Gaziano Awards committee announced the scholarship winners of the Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards. David Gross from Bucksport High School and Nathan Mars from Scarborough High School were named the top senior football offensive and defensive linemen in the state based on their hard work on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. The two winners each received a trophy, a leather jacket and a $5,000 scholarship, the largest high school football scholarship of its kind in the country.

Award runners-up were offensive linemen Riley Parmenter from Leavitt Area High School and Jack Rogers from Thornton Academy and defensive linemen William Horton from Bonny Eagle and Camden Jordan from Leavitt Area High School. Each runner-up received a $1,000 scholarship, a trophy and a leather jacket with the Gaziano Awards logo. 

The scholarship and awards program for Maine senior high school football linemen was created in memory of Frank J. Gaziano, founder of National Distributors and a former college All-American and professional football player with a lifelong passion for local sports. Annual funding for the $14,000 in scholarships is provided by National Distributors in South Portland, the company founded by the late Gaziano. During the 10 years of the Gaziano Awards, $124,000 has been awarded by National Distributors to Maine students. This year, Nathan Mars became part of the first brother combination to win the award; his brother Logan Mars won the award in 2011.

PORTLAND - The Maine Sports Hall of Fame will induct five men and four women in its 45th induction ceremony Sept. 20 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

By percentage, it is the largest class of women inducted by the organization that was established in 1972. Five women were among the 12 inductees in 2016. “I’m thinking this is one of the most diverse groups we’ve had in terms of a variety of sports,” said new President Brian Corcoran, CEO and founder of Shamrock Sports & Entertainment. “I’m really pleased with the number of women.”

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