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Vocational students build home for longtime volunteer in Presque Isle | Bangor Daily News

Vocational students build home for longtime volunteer in Presque Isle | Bangor Daily News.

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Blacksmith fires up forge with UMaine students | Bangor Daily News

Metal began flaking off the glowing orange steel as it cooled. The student wrenched the bar sideways around a spiral jig until it faded to gray and creaked in protest.

“Cool,” said Hannah Grenier, 22, of Oxford Hills, as she walked back to the forge with a half-completed steel spiral.

“She thinks it’s cool,” said blacksmith Robert Adams, 75, of Winterport. “The end result will be cool. For now, it’s hot.”

University of Maine sculpture students and passersby gathered around a forge and three anvils Sept. 17 as guest artisan Adams led a blacksmith workshop on the creation of steel crosses and spirals he refers to as scrolls. They set up shop by the sculpture building in the Collins Center of the Arts parking lot.

As he instructed Grenier in completing her scroll, he asked for another volunteer to start heating metal in the forge.

“I like them to make stuff,” Adams said. “That’s how you remember.”

Click for the rest of the story by Aislinn Sarnacki in the Bangor Daily News.

Nemitz: Revolutionary idea triumphs over skeptics | Portland Press Herald

The e-mail landed recently in the inbox of former Maine Gov. Angus King.

It came from Jeff Mao, the state’s director of learning technology policy. He wrote to tell King that two old computers from Maine’s school laptop program – an iBook G3 from 2002 and a G4 circa 2006 – had just been “enthusiastically” accepted by the Maine State Museum as part of its permanent collection.

“I think this means we’ve all officially made history!” wrote Mao.

Indeed.

Ten years ago at this time, a task force appointed by King had just begun to get its collective head around what was a radical concept in public education: Provide each student and teacher from seventh grade on up with their own laptop computer and – voila! – watch Maine’s horizons expand.

Thanks to a $50 million surplus in the state’s general fund, the money was there.

Still, it was by no means an easy sell. the time the dust settled, the Legislature agreed only to fund laptops for seventh- and eighth-graders and deal with the high schools another day.

“I remember one legislator telling me at the time, ‘In my district, I’ve never seen an issue that stirred up this much controversy – on both sides,’” King said with a chuckle last week. “He said this is abortion, gay rights and clear-cutting, all rolled into one.”

Click for the rest of this column by Bill Nemitz in the Portland Press Herald.

Maine scores 33rd in Race to the Top | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine scores 33rd in Race to the Top | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Lab goes to sea: USM science team sails south to study oil spill’s effects on whales | Portland Press Herald

PORTLAND, Maine — A University of Southern Maine professor and  a crew of students are embarking on an expedition to learn how the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is affecting the health of whales.

The research vessel, Odyssey,  a 93-foot, two-masted sailboat packed with laboratory equipment, is now berthed at DiMillo’s Marina. The vessel is scheduled to depart Portland next Friday.

John Wise, a professor of toxicology and molecular epidemiology at the University of Southern Maine, is the lead scientist. At least 10 USM students will be on board for some portion of the three-month expedition.

The vessel is carrying Wise’s cellular molecular laboratory – the only laboratory of its kind at sea, according to Iain Kerr, chief executive officer of Ocean Alliance, the Massachusetts nonprofit that owns the $1.5 million ketch.

Wise and the crew will be hunting for cell samples of sperm, humpback and Bryde’s whales. Wise will study DNA extracted from the cells to examine the effects of pollution.

He will use his lab to grow additional cells, which in effect become a permanent living sample for further study.

The creation of new cell lines from wild marine animals is difficult if not impossible to do because the cells degrade within hours, Wise said. That’s why it’s important to have a floating laboratory.

Click on the link for the rest of this story by Tom Bell in the Portland Press Herald.

L’Ecole Francaise du Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

L’Ecole Francaise du Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine likely to adopt national school standards | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine likely to adopt national school standards | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Marine mammal conference held on Mount Desert Island | Bangor Daily News

Marine mammal conference held on MDI – Bangor Daily News.

Maine’s community colleges freeze tuition again | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Community colleges freeze tuition again | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Mentors return to Kennedy Park to aid scholars | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Mentors return to Kennedy Park to aid scholars | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Students collecting 1 million vitamins for Haiti | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Students collecting 1 million vitamins for Haiti | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Looking for the next island teacher, Part One

Below is a link to a blog post by Eva Murray, a Maine island-dweller and regular contributor to the DownEast.com blogs. This one apparently is the first part in a series about finding a teacher to guide the children on Matinicus. The post is fun, especially since she ended up on the island answering an ad for, you guessed it, teacher. Now she’s on the school board. Ms. Murray “writes of all-things Matinicus, including wrenches, whoopie pies, and wayward reporters in search of quaint Maine,” according to her blog. — KM

Looking for the next island teacher, Part One

Close to Home: Falmouth students lend habitat help in Mississippi | Portland Press Herald

 Close to Home: Falmouth students lend habitat help in Mississippi | Portland Press Herald.

Volunteers help students hunt for jobs

Volunteers help students hunt for jobs