What is Girls on the Run-Maine?

What is Girls on the Run-Maine?

When I first learned about Girls on the Run, I thought, “I wish I could have done a program like that when I was young!”  Now, I realize that many of us have that same reaction.

Whether you were the girl who wasn’t popular or wasn’t athletic, or maybe your parents were divorcing or you did unsafe things to please your friends.  Either way, Girls on the Run strikes a chord.  Through the program, girls, coaches and parents learn that, we all have inner strength and beauty.  Each of us can (still!) access our limitless potential.

I was a juvenile defender, a teen mentor and a women’s running coach.  I am also a life-long runner and mom to four young children.  Each experience has reinforced my belief in the transformative qualities of exercise and role modeling.   

When I learned about Girls on the Run three years ago, Maine didn’t have a program.  I knew I had to change that.  Now, I am so excited to tell Maine gir

Portland Public Schools Acquires 10th Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Bus

Portland Public Schools Acquires 10th Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Bus

CNG buses now make up more than 40 percent of the Portland district’s fleet. All of the vehicles have been funded fully or in part by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection through grants from the Federal Clean School Bus Program.

The CNG buses create less pollution and they save the district money on fuel. Prices for CNG hovered around $1.21 per equivalent diesel gallon last winter after federal fuel grants were suspended. That’s a savings of about $2 per gallon.

In 2002, the Portland Public Schools responded to several scientific studies showing that emissions from diesel school buses were possibly causing harm to children riding them. First among these concerns was the effect on students with asthma and other respiratory conditions.

University of Maine at Farmington Announces Dean’s List for Spring 2012 Semester


FARMINGTON, ME (July 27, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington announces its Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester. UMF maintains a Dean’s List each semester for those students completing a minimum of 12 credits in courses producing quality points. Students whose grade point average for the semester is equal to or greater than 3.8 are listed with high academic achievement. Students whose grade point average for the semester is less than 3.8 but equal to or greater than 3.5 are listed with academic achievement. Any incompletes must be satisfactorily completed before the student is honored with Dean’s List status. Academic achievement awarded at commencement is based on all course work taken at UMF.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college known for its commitment to student success, UMF provides a challenging yet supportive environment to prepare students for both careers and further study.

35th Annual Maine Student Film & Video Festival

35th Annual Maine Student Film & Video Festival

The Public Screening and Awards Presentation of the 35th Maine Student Film and Video Festival will be held Saturday, July 21, 2012, 12:30PM at the Waterville Opera House, Waterville, ME. The screening is free and open to the public. The screening of finalist and winning movies is held in conjunction with the 15th Annual Maine International Film Festival.  The Festival screening will be followed by a reception for the moviemakers at Jorgensenʼs, Main Street, Waterville.

MSFVF is open to Maine residents 19 years of age and younger. This year there were 26 movies entered from 18 schools and 93 students working independently representing the work of students in grades K-12 from all parts of Maine. The movies submitted to the Festival are judged on the basis of originality, content, style, and technique.

Kindergarten and Pre-K Registration for Fall 2012, Fiddlehead Center

It's never too early to help ensure your child's success in school. Fiddlehead offers several options for your family, including full or half day and a two-year kindergarten program starting at age 4.  Private pre-K and Kindergarten programs are offered in a bright and engaging facility in Gray, just 10 minutes from Windham, North Yarmouth, Raymond and Casco. Parents and students who wish to tour Fiddlehead Center are encouraged to visit our facilities. We welcome all visitors, and a staff member is always available to answer any questions you may have regarding our program. Please call the office at 207-657-2244 or e-mail us at for more information or to schedule a tour. Guests are welcome on a drop-in basis.