Basketball tourney champions

Front, from left to right, Brady Willette, Tyler Nadeau, Cooper Blakley, Mason Lee and Justin Rogers. Back, Coach Phil St. Onge, Giovanni St. Onge, David Doughty, Matthew Reynolds, Matthew Quirion, Talon Loftus, Coach Jamie Lee, amd Coach Wayne Doughty. Absent from the photo is Braden Rioux. Photo courtesy of Central Maine Photography

The Winslow sixth grade boys travel basketball team recently won the 2018 PAL Hoops Classic tournament.

Free community Easter egg hunt planned

The Winslow Baptist Church will be hosting a community Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m., at the park on Daillaire and Halifax streets, in Winslow. Rain location will be a the Winslow Elementary School. There will be thousands of eggs to gather.

This is a free event open to all children ages pre-K through grade five.

There will be free coffee, juice and doughnuts for all.

WINSLOW: Robotics team invited to national final round

Winslow Public Library

The Winslow Public Library has announced that its Wonder League Robotics Competition team, the Winslow Coders, has made it to the national final invitational round. Out of 5,300 teams participating around the country, approximately 280 were invited to this round.

The Winslow Coders are a group of four Winslow children between the ages of 8 and 12. They have been working weekly since October at the library on this project. They had three story-based missions to do, each with three parts, between October and February.

“Although we struggled a bit at the beginning, the team really rallied and made it through the last two missions in record time.” said co-coach Samantha Cote, Youth Services and Technology Librarian. Added her co-coach, Maine State Library’s STEM Liaison Christina Dorman, “Their dedication has been very impressive. We’re so excited for them to have this opportunity.”

Dash & Dot, the small programmable robots used in the Wonder League Robotics Competition, are popular among educators looking to introduce coding and robotics through project-based learning. The library’s robots were purchased with its Ambrose Endowment funds, which are designated for use in children’s and young adult programs. Participants in the Wonder League, ages 6 to 12, develop problem-solving, growth mindset, and creativity skills while learning to code.

The top five teams in the 6-8 and 9-12 age categories all receive official certificates, competition T-shirts, and Dash robots. Wonder Workshop will award a $5,000 STEM grant grand prize to the winning team in the age 6-8 category and the winning team in the age 9-12 category.

Wonder Workshop was founded in 2012 by inventors, designers, programmers, and parents on a mission to transform coding into a creative tool for children, starting at age five. Within its first month, Wonder Workshop delivered robots to 37 countries. Today, Wonder Workshop’s award winning, hands-on learning tools are used by K-5 students in more than 12,000 classrooms worldwide. Wonder Workshop’s standards-aligned, teacher developed curriculum is designed to cultivate interests in STEM fields at formative ages for all students. For more information, visit

The Winslow Public Library can be contacted by phone at 872-1978, on the web at, on our Facebook page, or you can email Samantha Cote, Youth Services/Technology Librarian at

Winville swimmers

Team members are, from left to right, John Reisert, Eric Booth, Carter Jones and Jake Witham. Contributed photo

The combined Waterville/Winslow swim team placed second at the KVAC championships and fourth place at the state championships.

Heather Kervin named to Castleton University dean’s list

Heather Kervin of Winslow, was recently named to the Castleton University dean’s list, in Castleton, Vermont, for the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year.

To qualify for this academic honor, the student must maintain full-time status and a semester grade point average of 3.5.

Winslow girls win state Class B title

Kneeling, Seniors, from left to right, Alexa Petrovic, Broghan Gagnon, Haley Ward, Madison Roy and Sarah Guimond. Standing Coach Lindsey Withee, Coach Josh Withee, Olivia McCaslin, Jennifer Ferry, Jenna Veilleux, Lauren Roy, Silver Clukey, Justice Picard, Emily Glidden, Hailey Grenier, Weslee Littlefield, Bodhi Littlefield, Paige Trask, Maeghan Bernard, Coach Mariah Chenard and Coach Bob Chenard. Photo courtesy of Central Maine Photography

The Winslow High School girls basketball team won the Class B state championship on Friday, March 2, at the Cross Insurance Center, in Bangor, by defeating the Southern Maine champions from Lake Region by a score of 43-29. The sixth seeded Winslow team beat the second, third and fifth seeded teams in the North to ultimately reign as state champions. This was the first gold ball since 2005.

Two area boys meet “Gronk” at Barbara Bush Hospital

by Mark Huard

Thirteen-year-old Jacob Seigars, of Palermo, attended China schools until October 2017 when he transferred to Palermo Consolidated School. He continues to attend Palermo Consolidated via robot generously provided by

Jacob’s mother is Heather Seigars, his father is Joseph (Joe) Seigars and his bonus mother is Natasha Seigars. Jacob has a 15-year-old brother named Shawn, as well as three younger siblings, Achiva (10), Joe joe (7) and Isabella (3). He also has two pets: a yellow lab named Honey and a cat named Shade.

Jacob Seigars, of Palermo, with New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, in Portland. Photos courtesy of Mark Huard

As many know Jacob has a fantastic sense of humor. He can take any situation and find humor, even when it’s a situation that is as debilitating as being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. After being sick with numerous illnesses for about six consecutive weeks, including colds and pneumonia, Jacob was diagnosed with AML on January 15, 2018, and admitted to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, in Portland, that same day. He has remained an inpatient at Barbara Bush since then and will remain in the hospital for at least a few more months. Jacob completed his second round of chemo­therapy on Feb­ruary 18. He continues to fight Leukemia and is determined to beat the disease.

Jacob is a phenomenal athlete and whatever sport he plays he puts his whole heart into it! He stands out by his skill and his positive nature. Jacob started playing soccer at the age of three, and started playing basketball at the age of four. Jacob started baseball at five years of age with tee-ball and played up through Little League through sixth grade. Jacob joined track and field in sixth grade and continued to compete in seventh grade, also. His best events are discus and hurdles.

Jacob has received a lot of recognition over the years because of his athletic ability and been an integral part of many teams. His middle school soccer team has won the SVAC championship the last two years. His middle school basketball team last season, China Clippers, placed second in the 2017 SVAC championship. Last season Jacob placed first in hurdles at the invitational meet. Jacob recently earned a spot to the Dirigo U14 Premier soccer team and is hoping to get back on the field soon! This season Jacob played for the Palermo varsity basketball team. He was struggling health wise this season but still managed to dominate the court and end each game with “double-doubles” while he was still able to play.

Not only does Jacob love playing sports but he loves watching them as well! Jacob loves watching the New England Patriots play football. His favorite players are Chris Hogan, Deion Lewis, and Gronk. Jacob got a surprise on February 13, when Rob Gronkowski along with his father and two brothers visited the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital to deliver a $25,000 donation to the hospital from Gronk Nation! Jacob’s counts were so low he was unable to attend the gathering and the ball spiking lesson with Gronk, so Gronk and his dad were kind enough to stop by and visit in Jacob’s room!

For more updates on Jacob’s fight and upcoming events please follow

A dodgeball tournament has been scheduled by Whitefield Elementary for March 2 and 3v3 basketball tournament for March 4 has been scheduled by Mike Roderick and Becky and Chris Young to be held at Erskine Academy. A donation account has been established at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust. The family’s address is: The Seigars Family, 888 Route 3, Palermo, ME 04354.

William Alger, of Winslow, is pictured with New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, in Portland. Photos courtesy of Mark Huard

William Alger, 12, of Winslow has Cystic Fibrosis. CF is a genetic disorder that causes complications in the respiratory and digestive systems. He typically visits the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, in Portland, for a “clean-out,” which is a 14-day course of antibiotics administered through an IV, once every year or two.

William has been in the hospital since January 31 and recently returned home on February 20. The goals of this admission were to improve his lung function and to gain weight. Healthy weight has a direct correlation to higher lung function in CF patients. William has been busy working through his treatments, with his tutor, keeping caught up on his academics. He has been working hard in physical therapy also – getting lots of exercise to stay strong. He also gets to have some fun with the Playroom staff and other kiddos.

William’s mom Esther Bullard is quoted as saying, “Our time here is filled with sleepless nights, busy days, and an enormous effort to improve William’s overall health outcomes. One of the blessings here at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital is that special guests come and meet with the kids, providing much needed encouragement. Today William got to meet New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski! It was an incredible, unforgettable surprise.”

Gronk was so kind and humble. He took time to talk with William. They chatted about the Super Bowl game, and he asked, “so what’s your favorite sport?” William responded, “well it’s lacrosse,” which was so funny! Gronk wasn’t expecting that answer (obviously), and he said, “that’s cool, I’ve never played lacrosse!” And, of course, William said Gronk was his favorite football player, and that the Patriots are his favorite team.

William got two autographs and some amazing photos. It was a wonderful day for William that will be forever remembered.

William Alger, of Winslow, gets an autograph from New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, in Portland. Photos courtesy of Mark Huard

Winslow Girls KVAC champions

Winslow Girls Basketball. Front row, Haley Ward, Paige Trask, Lauren Roy, Bodhi Littlefield and Jennifer Ferry. Back, Weslee Littlefield, Hailey Grenier, Justice Picard, Silver Clukey, Alexa Petrovic, Maeghan Bernard, Emily Glidden, Olivia McCaslin, Jenna Veilleux, Madison Roy, Broghan Gagnon and Sarah Guimond. Photo courtesy of Central Maine Photography staff

The Winslow High School girls basketball team defeated Maine Central Institute, of Pittsfield, 57-31, on February 2 to make it into the KVAC championship game. Winslow prevailed again, 62-40, during the rematch for the title.

Winslow’s Wildes wins multiple awards

Michael Wildes, of Winslow High School, received several Division II Northern Maine Class B awards at the 44th annual Maine Coaches All-Star Banquet. Wildes accepted the Northern and Southern Maine Regional All-Stars and the soccer ball for All New England awards. Photo by Dan Cassidy

Accepts northern and southern Maine regional and New England soccer accolades

Dan Cassidyby Dan Cassidy

The 44th Annual Maine Soccer Coaches All-Star Banquet was held at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor, Sunday, December 3.

Awards were presented by coaches of Northern Maine Class A, B and C, and Southern Maine Class A, B and C. The Presentation of awards included the 23rd Mane Soccer Coaches Senior Bowl MVPs, Northern and Southern Maine Regional All-Stars, Northern and Southern Maine state teams. Maine Soccer “Coach of the Year” Awards, NSCAA Region One Coach of the Year, Class “Players of the Year” Awards, All New England Awards, and All America Award presented to both boys and girls All-Star teams.

Michael Wildes, a senior at Winslow High School and a Class B Northern back soccer player earned multiple awards in the Northern and Southern Maine Regional All-Stars and All New England Awards. Jake Lapierre, a Winslow High School student was also awarded recognition. He was not present to accept the awards.

Wildes played four years of soccer. “I am really proud of my coaches and players at Winslow High,” he said. He is looking at attending one of several colleges: Babson, Assumption, or Saint Joseph’s College.

The event honored over 150 players and coaches at the All-Star Banquet.

Huard’s Karate Kreatures

Huard’s Martial Arts Little Dragons Halloween class. Photo courtesy Central Maine Photography