Biddeford School Committee members: Clarity needed in ongoing High School air quality debate

WHO: A majority of Biddeford School Committee members, parents, BHS students and members of the public.

WHAT:  A press conference to correct and clarify recent statements by Mayor Joanne Twomey regarding a recent school committee vote to authorize a comprehensive analysis of air quality issues at Biddeford High School.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011

WHERE: Wonderbar Restaurant, 12 Washington Street, Biddeford, Maine

Bean Supper - Old Orchard Beach


The Masons of Orchard Lodge #215 in Old Orchard Beach will host a public bean supper on Saturday, March 12, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 130 W Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach. The supper will feature all your favorites; baked beans, hot dogs, chopsuey, coleslaw, and a variety of desserts. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

For more information contact: Seth Dube (937-2062)

“Escape from Hell: What Now for Somali-Americans?" at UNE

BIDDEFORD, Maine – The University of New England Department of Political Science presents a lecture by distinguished Somali scholar Dr. Ahmed Samatar, “Escape from Hell: What Now for Somali-Americans?” on March 8 at 12:00 p.m.  The program will be held in the St. Francis Room of the Jack S. Ketchum Library on UNE’s Biddeford Campus.
Samatar is the James Wallace Professor of International Studies and Dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College.  He is an expert on global political economy, political and social theory, and African development. 
Professor Samatar is the author/editor of five books and over three dozen articles, including The State in Africa: Reconsiderations and Battling at Two Fronts: Introducing Maryan Omer Ali.

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4th unique singing event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

4th unique singing event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

PORTLAND - On Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine will host its fourth one-of-a-kind multigenerational a cappella musical concert at USM’s Hannaford Hall (in the Abromson Center on the Portland Campus). 

“Acappellooza 11” is an annual event, created by the late Terri Hatt, who was a Big Sister with the organization.  The 2011 program will feature seven singing groups from Maine and New Hampshire who have again volunteered to help the local nonprofit organization raise funds to support kids needing mentors in Southern Maine.

The concert is sponsored by Winxnet, UBS, and Mainebiz.  It features a cappella groups volunteering from USM, Colby, Bates and Bowdoin Colleges, the University of New Hampshire, and the Portland area women’s quartet known as “Rally.”

Terri Hatt, who volunteered three years as a Big Sister for the mentoring agency until her death in January 2009, created and coordinated the public event for

13th Annual Mary’s Walk and Kerrymen Pub 5K Slated for March 13, 2011

Saco, Maine (March 2, 2011) – When Gene Libby called Karen Hakala on January 13 to ask her to participate in Mary’s Walk, she remembered the fifth anniversary of her diagnosis with breast cancer – on January 13, 2006. March 13, 2011 marks the 13th anniversary of Mary’s Walk. “I used to think of 13 as an unlucky number,” said Hakala. “Now I see it as my lucky number.” She will speak at the opening ceremony for the event and is forming a team to walk.
Hakala, vice president of marketing for Norway Savings Bank, describes herself as a “poster child for mammography.”  Six months after finding a “small speck” on her mammogram, a follow-up showed three lumps. “Screening saves lives.  …  Cancer is not discriminating.  I was very active and still am. Before learning I had cancer, I had run a six mile loop every day since high school,” said Hakala.
“I will not be cancer.   I can choose to do that, or to move forward,” she added.

York County Senior College Lecture Features Past and Modern-Day Explorers

Saco/Sanford, ME, Feb., 2011:  The three-part York County Senior College lecture series will culminate on Wednesday,  March 16, with voyages through history and geography, with Dr. John Sutherland, who will speak about the 26th president's life in "The Many Faces of Teddy Roosevelt." 

                John Sutherland graduated from the University of Maine and received his Ph.D. in History from Temple University. He is Professor of History Emeritus and Emeritus Director of the Institute of Local History at Manchester (CT.) Community College.