Week of April 20, 2017

Week of April 20, 2017

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Local scout troop conducts food drive

Boy Scout Troop #479, of China, did some good this past Good Friday and collected food and donations to support the local China Food Pantry. Led by Scoutmaster Scott Adams, with committee member Priscilla Adams, Assistant Scoutmasters Matt and Madison Bodine, and scouts Nick Shelton, Tucker Leonard and Misha Littlefield, the team prepared ahead of time by creating a fundraising flyer and posting a notice for volunteers on the troop’s Facebook page. Then early Friday morning the good Samaritans set out on their mission of Easter love. They worked tirelessly all day Friday and most of Saturday, collecting over $580 in food and $451 in cash donations! […]

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Week of April 13, 2017

Week of April 13, 2017

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Central Maine homeschoolers present Shakespearean play

On Saturday, I was lucky enough to catch the final showing of The Southern Maine Association of Shakespearean Homeschoolers (SMASH) production of The Comedy of Errors. After months of rehearsal (and surviving two blizzards!), and a previous weekend of public performances already under their belt, the cast hadn’t lost any of their enthusiasm for the material. Directed by Pastor Sam Richards, of Winthrop, it was truly amazing to see these kids, ages K-12, remember all their lines without a hitch! […]

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Week of April 6, 2017

Week of April 6, 2017

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Autism awareness growing at Winslow Elementary School

Autism Awareness is growing at Winslow Elementary School. April is Autism Awareness Month and there are many activities planned. Most people have heard about Autism by now, and many even know someone personally who lies somewhere on the Autism Spectrum. At Winslow Elementary School, the Autism program is spreading the word: Kids with Autism want to be included, just like you! Autism is a social communication disorder that makes it difficult for a person to read social cues, interact, and express themselves. They may need to be taught how to make friends, or to read body language. It often affects the way they perceive the world, as well. The buzzing in fluorescent lights may drive them crazy. The sound of a fire drill may be unbearable. Looking into your eyes might be so distracting, they can’t listen to your words. On the other hand, you may know a person with Autism their entire life and never know they have a diagnosis! Every single person on the Autism Spectrum is unique! […]

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Week of March 30, 2017

Week of March 30, 2017

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Two China women set to tackle strongman challenge

On April 8, two women from China will compete in the 10th annual Central Maine Strongman Competition to be held at GEvolution Gym, 9 a.m., at 16 Edison Dr., in Augusta. Alysia Farrington, of China, mother of a 14-year-old daughter, has been a longtime member of GEvolution gym, in Augusta, where strongman training is one of the components of the gym. Chele Fuller, is the mother of three boys, 10, 15 and 17 years old, and lives in South China. Chele trains in what is called the “basement,” a term coined simply because they train with a fellow strongman leader in his…basement. […]

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Week of March 23, 2017

Week of March 23, 2017

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With bicentennial nearing, China remembers Sybil Jones

Sybil Jones was at work in the southern states during a part of the year 1860, and returned to her northern home only a few weeks before the attack on Fort Sumter. The sound of war carried sorrow to the hearts of herself and her husband. They were loyal to their country and the great cause of human freedom, but they were loyal also to the Prince of peace.  For years they had longed to see the light of freedom break in on the south, but they had hoped no less for the day “when the war-drum should throb no longer” and universal peace should gladden the long watchers for its dawn. Now they saw the oncoming of a most terrible civil war, threatening the life of the nation. They mourned for mothers and fathers who must see their boys go to the field; they thought of the homes shattered for eer; but they did not yet realize that their eldest son was to go forth to return only on this shield – that the son who had urged them to go forward in the work of love in Liberia, their noble son, was to be demanded as a sacrifice. […]

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Week of March 16, 2017

Week of March 16, 2017

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A season of success and championships

The China Middle School girls varsity basketball team experienced a fantastic season, capped off by a win in the SVAC championship game against Vassalboro Community School…The Winslow Youth Wrestling team went through another successful season…The Central Maine Youth Hockey Association Bantam Hornets won the gold medal at the MHD March showdown tournament…See all the pictures here! […]

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Week of March 9, 2017

Week of March 9, 2017

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Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates bigs and littles

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine hosted Bigs, Littles and their families at its Annual Program Celebration January 28 at Bangor Boys & Girls Club. Matches from Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo counties enjoyed a Winter Carnival with games, refreshments, indoor bounce house and an awards ceremony recognizing distinguished community and site-based matches and volunteer coordinators. Big Brothers Big Sisters helps kids facing adversity by providing professionally-supported, 1-to-1 mentoring programs throughout its seven-county service area. The event brought together Littles and Bigs to celebrate program success, community support and the agency’s 700 youth served this year. […]

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Week of March 2, 2017

Week of March 2, 2017

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Winslow students help elderly dig out from snowstorm

The day before the beginning of February vacation is known for snow sculptures, skiing, skating, snowshoeing and hot cocoa at Winslow Junior High School, and all of the recent snowstorms gave students plenty of snow to play in this year. But there was something different about this year. Marybeth Bourgoin, eighth grade social studies teacher, wanted to use part of the day to help out in the community. So with the planning and help from many school administrators, Parks and Rec Director Amanda McCaslin, Jack Nivison and about 100 students, that’s just what they did. […]

Week of February 23, 2017

Week of February 23, 2017

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“Grace is a gift from God.”
Grace Academy is a gift from Norm Elvin

Grace Academy is holding an Open House in recognition of a very generous donation of building and property from local philanthropist, Norm Elvin, in honor of his parents Leslie and Betty Elvin. For years, Norm Elvin has been making news as a man who selflessly gives of his time, talent, and treasure to those in need. Since the early 1980s Norm has served on over a dozen boards of directors, raised millions of dollars for charity, has run several successful businesses, most recently and locally Norm’s Chicken and Seafood and The China Dine-ah. He has donated much of his own personal wealth to many worthy causes, including the new MaineGeneral Hospital, The United Way, HealthReach Hospice, Augusta YMCA, and Cony High School, in Augusta. […]

Week of February 16, 2017

Week of February 16, 2017

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After 40 years, her book is finally published

Patricia Hustus Banker has always loved to write – stories, poems, and songs.  She had a poem published in a religious magazine many years ago.  Recently, she got her first book published.  The Church at Farewell’s Corner is a story set in the late 1800s in a rural town.  Many people who are native to this area may see a connection to Thorndike. […]

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