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BAR HARBOR - College of the Atlantic's "unique approach to academics," its "eclectic and brilliant" faculty, have once again netted the school a place among the best colleges in North America. In Princeton Review's annual "The Best 376 Colleges," released Monday, College of the Atlantic is noted as offering an outstanding undergraduate education. An annual ranking by Forbes Magazine places COA among the top 200 colleges in the nation.

COA is also one of only five colleges to appear on the review's "Green Honor Roll" in each of the four years of the Princeton Review rating. The popular college guide also labeled COA students as among the most engaged in the nation. This year it took a third place ranking in the category of "Most Politically Active Students."

The annual guide includes only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges. The Forbes guide, available online, includes 650 schools.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011 05:38

COA presents conversation on mathematics

BAR HARBOR - Noted and popular mathematician John Allen Paulos, author of the best-selling "Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences," joins Dave Feldman, College of the Atlantic faculty member in physics and mathematics for the college's Coffee & Conversation series on Tuesday, July 26 at 9 a.m. The conversation will be held in Deering Common Campus Center. Refreshments will be served.

Paulos, who teaches at Temple University, is a monthly columnist for ABC News. He has written several books focused on the state of thinking today, most recently, "Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up." "Innumeracy" was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly five months when it came out in 1988. Its sequel, "A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper" was on the readers' list of the Random House Modern Library's compilation of the 100 best nonfiction books of the century.

About "Innumeracy," Isaac Asimov commented, it "would improve the quality of thinking of virtually anyone." And Douglas Hofstadter, author of "Godel, Escher, and Bach," called it "better than an entire high school math education!"

BANGOR - For 45 years, professional golfers from all over the world have converged on Bangor Municipal Golf Course to compete in the Greater Bangor Open Golf Tournament. On July 20, 2011, golfers, sponsors, and supporters from around the region will be supporting Penquis Autism Community Services as they compete in this year's Greater Bangor Open.

This is the second year the Open has named Autism Community Services as the recipient of the donation. Rob Jarvis, PGA certified professional, Bangor Municipal Golf Course, said, "We have had nice response since announcing Penquis Autism Community Services will be our primary charity this year."

The number of Maine children identified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder has increased significantly in the past eight years, 276 percent from 2000 to 2008. "Supporting children and families with Autism creates a stronger community. Every child should have the opportunity to reach his/her highest potential, and this is a way to show our support," said Jarvis.

BANGOR - The next Downtown Bangor Artwalk will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12. This free open studio tour draws large crowds to meet local artists and to celebrate downtown Bangor as a destination. Meet up with your friends or family, enjoy a meal at a downtown restaurant and explore the many cultural resources the city has to offer. The August event provides several interactive venues that will expand your art-loving sensibilities.

A great place to start is on the hill at 170 Park Street where galleries One Lupine and This Handmade Life feature handmade works from local and Maine artisans. If you are a fiber enthusiast, be sure to visit the studio at One Lupine where Jodi Clayton produces fine silk and wool apparel; you can find her working on either a felting or spinning demonstration.

Upstairs at 170 Park Street photographer Jodi Renshaw of Studio 36 will be holding a photo contest to benefit the Bangor Humane Society. Everyone is encouraged to participate: One vote costs one dollar and you vote on your favorite photograph. Money raised goes to the Bangor Humane Society, so be sure to buy more than one vote. Included on the second floor, artist Sally Gilbert will be hosting a 'Yart Sale.' Bring your skills at haggling. Come find a 'bartgain.' Twenty percent of cash sales will be donated to the Downtown Bangor Arts Collaborative.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:38

Buzz Briefs - 08/24/11

Ten Bucks Theatre holds auditions for 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'

EDDINGTON - Ten Bucks Theatre announces "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" auditions Sept. 10 and 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eddington-Clifton Civic Center 1387 Main Road (Rt. 9)

Participants will be reading from the script. Monologues are welcome, but not necessary.

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" features a charming rogue contriving to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce martinet.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 05:38

Hundreds walk to raise awareness of ALS

BANGOR - The 4th Annual Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS brought a large crowd to Hayford Park on Thirteenth Street on Saturday morning. Hundreds of walkers came out both in teams and as individuals to show their support and raise awareness of ALS.

"The turn out here as been wonderful," said Janice Von Brook, chair of the Bangor Walk. "We all work really hard each year to make this all possible, walk organizers, participants, everyone. It is great to see the community come together to help those battling with ALS. We're a big family here. We have more planned for next year and hope to draw an even larger crowd of supporters."

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. Each year, Walk to Defeat ALS events are held in more than 170 communities nationwide and include over 120,000 participants and volunteers. Each of The ALS Association's 41 Chapters participates in the national signature event, collectively raising more than $100 million since the program's inception in 2000.

Monday, 24 October 2011 08:52

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penlope Cruz), he's not sure if it's love or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. (Disney Pictures)
Monday, 24 October 2011 08:41

The Three Musketeers

The hot-headed young D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers (Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson) in this reboot of Alexandre Dumas' story. They must stop the evil Richlieu (Christoph Waltz) and face off with Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) and the treacherous Milady (Milla Jovovich). The action adventure is given a state of the art update in 3-D. (Summit Entertainment)
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:57

Mainer selected as Earth Ambassador

Challenger Learning Center's Jennifer Therrien honored by NASA

One Maine educator's dedication to the environment is out of this world.

Challenger Learning Center of Maine Education Director Jennifer Therrien, named a NASA earth ambassador in September, is traveling to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland to study climate change.

Therrien, who directs the educational programming at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine, will attend a two-day workshop Oct. 13-14 and join earth scientists investigating climate change. She will study how to effectively communicate the ideas of global climate change to the public.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:03

'The Marvelous Wonderettes'

Penobscot Theatre revisits the '50s and '60s

BANGOR - Penobscot Theatre, Bangor's professional theatre company, continues its 38th season with one of the most popular musicals of the last 15 years, 'The Marvelous Wonderettes' by Roger Bean. Picking up where 'Forever Plaid' left off, 'The Marvelous Wonderettes' assembles a quartet of women performing the '50s and '60s hits that were popularized by women. This utterly charming revue is in performance from Oct. 26 - Nov. 13 at the historic Bangor Opera House.

''The Marvelous Wonderettes' has everything you could want in a musical, a great score, beautiful design elements, a hilarious yet meaningful story and an incredibly talented cast that deliver amazing vocals and crisp choreography,' said Interim Artistic Director Nathan Halvorson.

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