Dow poster contest winner 2019

Logan Dow and his contest-winning poster. (Contributed photo)

Logan Dow, a fourth grade student at Winslow Elementary School, won the poster contest entitled “Reading and Me,” sponsored by the Literacy Volunteers Waterville Area. His prize included a gift certificate to The Children’s Book Cellar, in Waterville, and a class party.

Students earn degrees from the University of Vermont

Area students recently earned degrees from the University of Vermont, in Burlington, Vermont, during commencement.

Peter Ackerman, of Augusta, graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in film and television studies.

Devin Beckim, of Augusta, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in computer science.

Emily Higgins, of Waterville, graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in athletic training education.

Natalie Palmer, of Augusta, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in environmental studies.

Kaitlyn Sutter, of Palermo, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in professional nursing.

Zach Smith named to NESCAC All-Academic

Zach Smith of Waterville, has received 2018-19 NESCAC Spring All-Academic honors. Smith, the son of Mr. and Ms. Patrick D. Smith, of Waterville, is a 2017 graduate of Waterville Senior High School. He is majoring in psychology at Bates College, in Lewiston.

Smith, a member of the Men’s Track & Field team, is one of sixty-eight students from Bates College’s soring sports teams who received the honor from the New England Small College Athletic Conference. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 (raised from 3.40 a year ago).

Lasell College students named to dean’s list

Lasell College, in Newton, Massachusetts, announced today students named to the dean’s list for their academic accomplishments in the Spring 2019 semester.

To be named to the dean’s list, Lasell students must complete at least 12 credits as a full-time student and achieve a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The students are Alison Linscott, of Waterville, and Grace Redwine, of Freedom.


Emmanuel College names local students to spring dean’s list

In honor of their outstanding academic achievement, Emmanuel College, in Boston, Massachusetts, has named more than 700 students to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. To earn a spot on the Dean’s List, Emmanuel students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for a 16-credit semester. The following local students were awarded:

Sarah Desrosiers, of Winslow, Micah Riportella, of Sidney, and Katherine Thompson, of Waterville.

New Dimension Cruisin’ For A Cure car show raises money for Children’s Miracle Network

One of the many cars on display during the 6th annual New Dimension Credit Union’s Cruisin’ for a Cure car show, to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. (contributed photo)

The 6th annual Cruisin’ For a Cure Car Show, sponsored by the New Dimensions Federal Credit Union, has announced that this year’s event raised $11,741.55 for the cancer program. With an additional $5,000 award from the Children’s Miracle Network, the new total raised is $16,741.55.

Each year the proceeds from the car show benefit the Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP), an affiliate of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, and is located in Scarborough. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals the matched the award.

This year’s event was the biggest event yet with a record-breaking 160 participants who entered their cars into one of the 24 car classes offered. DJ Mike Davis played music from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, the Flamingo Café food table sported lengthy lines all day, and the trophies were accepted with giant smiles and pride one-by-one.

Thank you has been extended to the participants, businesses, and community for their continued support of the Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show. Additionally, they are thankful to car enthusiasts who proudly showcase their beautiful cars each year.

Waterville Opera House announces auditions

Disney’s “Newsies” 1992

The Waterville Opera House (WOH) is announcing the audition dates for its new fall musical – Disney’s Newsies the Musical – the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right! Opening Friday, November 8, this production will run through Sunday, November 17, at the Waterville Opera House, in downtown Waterville. Tickets are available at or by calling 207-873-7000.

Auditions will take place on the Opera House Main Stage. Show Dates: November 8, 9, 15, at 7:30 p.m.; November 10, 16, 17 at 2 p.m.


1 p.m.: Adults Music Only
2 p.m.: Jack, Katherine, Delancey Brothers, Newsboys Music.
(Dance auditions for all to follow music auditions.)


6 p.m.: Jack, Katherine, Delancey Brothers, Newsboys Music.
Dance auditions for all to follow music auditions.
(Adults may sing at 6 p.m., if unable to attend Sunday’s audition.)

Character descriptions and audition materials are available on the Waterville Opera House website at Upon arriving, candidates must fill out an audition form to be turned in to the production team. Candidates may also receive an audition number and be required to have their photo taken upon arrival. Please have your scheduling conflicts available. Candidates should review the audition materials and come prepared to perform as an individual and in group work. Auditions will likely involve singing, book work, and dancing. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

9th annual Battle for Breast Cancer raises $42,000

Messalonskee field hockey team. Front row, left to right, Riley Waraskevich, Ann Corbett, Journey Charles, Chloe Tilley, Abby Breznyak, Nealey Dillon, Jenna Cassani and Jenna Reardon. Back, Coach McLaughlin, Morgan Wills, Logan Alexander, Sidney Hatch, Alyson Violette, Shea Cassani, Malaika Thurston, Frankie Caccamo, Sarah Hellen and Coach Feldpausch. (photo submitted by Kim Kennedy)

by Mark Huard

The 9th Annual Battle For Breast Cancer took place at Thomas College, in Waterville, on Saturday, July 13, and was a truly great success.

The July 13 benefit tournament featured 11 Central Maine high school field hockey teams: Skowhegan, Messalonskee, Mt. Blue, Lawrence, Dirigo, Dexter, Nokomis, MCI, Winslow, Erskine Academy and Winthrop.

Now in its 9th year, more than $240,000 has been raised since 2011 for the beneficiary, the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center, a program of Franklin Memorial Hospital, in Farmington. Diagnostic breast imaging, biopsies, lab services, surgical consultations, and post-surgical garments are just some of the examples of how the money has been used.”

“Money raised is used to support those with breast cancer living in Central Maine with health care costs as well as practical resources for patients such as gas cards and help with child care which may impact patient care,” said organizer Paula Doughty. “Last year we started a program with platinum thru bronze sponsorship opportunities for businesses or individuals, which provides sponsors with special recognition in the event’s program and during the opening ceremony.” This sponsorship has helped us tremendously.

“For over 40 years I drove 45 minutes a day to work and 45 minutes back from work,” said organizer Paula Doughty. “During this time I did my best thinking. Over the years I had experienced in my family and other people who had jobs but no insurance or high deductibles suffer. Often they got no care at all or couldn’t follow up with medical recommendations because of their financial situations. The hospitals would hound them for the payments they couldn’t make, and they were denied government help, yet didn’t have the money to pay on their own. Often many just gave up and ultimately died. That’s when I thought it would be great to try to help some of these local people with their needs. I met with some of my Skowhegan Field Hockey Boosters and the Battle for Breast Cancer came about.”

The Lawrence field hockey team. Front row, left to right, Abigail Townsend, Taylor Jordan, Sophia Luckern, Ashtynn Stewart, Taylor Leclerc, Emma Poulin, Alexis Trask, Lexi Gordon, Emily Hersey, Haylei Niles and Holly Bolduc. Back, Coach Shawna Robinson, Abbie Vigue Brooke Butler, Capt. Miranda Lambert, Capt. Lexi Lewis, Victoria Dunphy, Capt. Elsie Suttie, Tori Richards, Cassie Richards and Maddie Niles. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff)

They chose the Martha B. Webber Center because it was local and rural. Often people don’t have the will or the resources to drive to the cities of Maine and they thought it was a good fit. Back in 2011, a total of four teams got together and had the first Battle for Breast Cancer at Colby College which included Skowhegan, Mt. Blue, Winslow and Nokomis. Their goal was to raise $1,000 and they ended up raising $16,655.

Since that time with over 11 teams they have now raised $242,000 dollars which has helped over 550 local people in Central Maine with everything from a gas card to get to treatments to many medical procedures. The entire central Maine field hockey community has stepped up and wanted to participate. Over the last two years they also have been collecting sponsors which has really helped boost the final amounts. The majority of the money is raised by field hockey players raising one dollar at a time with bottle drives, car washes, toll booths, and personal collections.

Next year will be the tenth year and Doughty said we plan on going all out to make it the best ever. “We know after reading and listening to testimonials of patients we help how worthwhile this event is. Hopefully more and more people in the Central Maine Area will donate for our cause,” Doughty concluded.

Larry Brown inducted to Cal Ripken Hall of Fame

Waterville coach Larry Brown, center holding plaque, was recently inducted into the Cal Ripken Baseball Hall of Fame. The group includes Coach Brown’s former players and coaches, Spencer Brown, Wyatt Gradie, Ben Foster, Garrett Gendreau, Gage Hibbard, Alex Spaulding, Pete Sack, Brendan Roderick, Dustin Hunter, Kody Vallee, Rick Gradie, Wayne Gendreau. (photo by Mark Huard, owner Central Maine Photography)

Samantha Munro graduates cum laude from Becker College

Samantha Munro, of Waterville, graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in Veterinary Science, Pre-Veterinary Concentration from Becker College, in Worcester, Massachusetts.