Win medals at national competition

Jake Lapierre, of Winslow and Peter Mayhorn

The 15th edition of the National Cup track and field trials were held in Aurora, Colorado, on July 22-25. Two local athletes, Jake Lapierre, of Winslow, left, and Peter Mayhorn, of Waterville, won medals at the competition. Photo by Mark Huard, ownere Central Maine Photography

Area students spend fall in areas across globe

No education is complete without the opportunity to discover the world and our role in the global society. Stonehill college students, in Easton, Massa­chusetts, traveled to countries near and far in the pursuit of knowledge, humanity and service during the fall 2015 semester.

Marissa L. Jordan, of Whitefield, studied in Italy at John Cabot University, Rome. A member of the class of 2017, is studying communication and political science and international studies.

Abigail S. Weston, of Waterville, studied in Germany at Freie Universitat Berlin European Studies Program. A member of the class of 2017, is studying graphic design.

Three area students named to the University of Vermont dean’s list

The following local students have been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester at the University of Vermont, in Burlington, Vermont:

Delaney Curran, of Skowhegan. Curran is a biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Kaitlyn Sutter, of Palermo. Sutter is a professional nursing major in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Emily Higgins, of Waterville). Higgins is an athletic training education major in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Track and field action

Photos by Mark Huard, owner Central Maine Photography

Logan Tardif

Logan Tardif, 11, of Waterville, competing in the USATF summer youth program through the parks and rec department. He was a double medalist earning two bronze medals.


Eric Boot

Eric Booth, of Winslow, competing in the 100 meter hurdles at the state championships, in Augusta.

New Dimensions raises funds for Maine Children’s Cancer program

by Mark Huard

New Dimensions Federal Credit Union hosted their third annual car show at the Faith Evangelical Free Church at 250 Kennedy Memorial Drive on June 4. There were 20 different vehicle classes available, ranging from antiques to street rods. More than 110 people registered their vehicles at the show, surpassing more than double the participants from the first show. NDFCU staff volunteered at the event in order to sell food, merchandise, and facilitate the trophy ceremony and silent auction. With the help of local sponsors and community donations, the event raised $12,345.16. An additional $10,000 was donated by CO-OP Financial Services’ Miracle Match Program, bringing the total amount raised from the show to $22,345.16.

Members of the New Dimensions Federal Credit Union

Members of the New Dimensions Federal Credit Union, in Waterville, surround Sylvio Normandeau, front center, who recently met his lifetime goal of $500,000 raised towards Maine Children’s Cancer program.
Photo by Mark Hard, owner Central Maine Photography

All proceeds from the Cruisin’ for a Cure Car Show are donated to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP) on behalf of local fundraising legend Sylvio Normandeau. Since the mid 1990s, Normandeau has been inspiring others with this dedication to the MCCP, all because he made a promise to his late wife that he was going to help kids in Maine with cancer. Since making that commitment to her, he has devoted years of his life to children and their families in our state in an effort to reach his personal fundraising goal of $500,000.

For several years during the summer months, Sylvio could be found at many area businesses as well as at Sam’s Club handing out hot dogs, where he would “give you a smile, a treat, and a thank you” in exchange for a small donation. He also helped facilitate and organize the annual MCCP Walk for the Waterville area for several years and continues to place spare change containers in central Maine businesses. His mantra of no donation is too small or too big has proved successful – at the close of 2015, Mr. Normandeau has raised just over $474,000 for his charity!

On July 6, New Dimensions FCU held an event at the Waterville branch to reveal the total amount raised for the MCCP. Normandeau was overjoyed when he learned that he reached his lifetime goal of $500,000.

Samantha Munro named to Becker College dean’s list

Samantha Munro, of Waterville, earned dean’s list honors at Becker College, in Worcester, Massachusetts, for Spring 2016.

Rensselaer students named to dean’s honor list

The following local students were named to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s dean’s honor list for the Spring 2016 semester, in Troy, New York.

Victoria Butler, of Jefferson, studies applied physics.

Jena Nawfel, of Waterville, studies biomedical engineering.

Fishy Photo

Joan Hallee

Worth the wait! Joan Hallee, of Waterville, landed this bass on July 15, while fishing on Webber Pond, near her camp. It was the first fishing outing of the summer for Joan and her husband, but was worth the wait. The bass measured 21 inches and weighed 5 pounds. She caught it on a 7-inch plastic red shad lure.

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Dream becomes reality

Isaiah Vear

Isaiah Vear, 10, of Waterville, is pictured with WWE superstar Gold Dust at the WWE show recently held in Augusta. At the age of 10, he has met 24 present and past stars of the WWE, including Bushwhacker Luke, Kevin Nash, Enzo Amoré and Kane.
Photo by Central Maine Photography

Student films rock the MIFF festival

by Bonnie N. Davis

The public screening and awards ceremony of the 39th Maine Student Film Festival, held on Saturday, July 16, at the Waterville Opera House, proved once again that Maine kids are not only talented, but also gifted in their ability to tell stories through film.

Jordan Bell, from Colby College Career Center, judged films and presented awards – he is also a filmmaker.  The three categories are narrative, documentary and creative films, with submissions from K-12.

Rebecca Conley

Rebecca Conley, digital and visual producer for MPBN, was one of the judges. Photo by Bonnie N. Davis

Rebecca Conley, the digital and visual producer for MPBN, presented Nichole Knight, a 2016 graduate from Richmond High School, with the MPBN student film award for the animated film, “Spring and the Storm.”  Conley and Bell both judges for the MPBN award.

“We loved the simplicity and beauty of this film.  The art was hand drawn by Nichole – it was amazing,” Conley said.  “It was a tough competition this year, but the simplicity of her message along with the music score were deciding factors.  This is the first time an animation won this award.  “Main Street” and “Vision” were the other films we considered.”

“I haven’t done anything as intensive before,” Knight said, sharing that her vision for this film came from the death of her father a few years earlier.  Knight made her first film at age eleven and never took a film class.  She credits her art teacher with purchasing an animation program that enabled her to create this masterpiece.  Heading off to NYU this fall, she plans to study film and TV programming.

Waterville’s Mid-Maine Technical Center had two student films receive honorable mention, Caitie Collier and Robbie Moore, for their documentary, “A Journey to Guatemala,” and Nicholas Shenett for his creative film “Let Me Set the Scene.”

Robbie Moore

Robbie Moore, along with Caitie Collier, students at Mid-Maine Technical Center, in Waterville, took honorable mention for a documentary. Photo by Bonnie N. Davis

The Huey Award winner, Noah Anderson, came from the narrative category, in the middle school division, with “The Wish” – he is home schooled and produced a thought provoking film.

“First a Boy,” by Emily Kaye of Marshwood High School, was a documentary finalist, and this was her second year receiving honors at the festival.  Her film about kids dealing with transgender transition was timely and poignant. However, Sam Marjerison of Yarmouth High School, won the documentary category with a delightful film, “Yarmouth Clam Bake.”  He interviewed local elders from a youthful perspective that was both informative and engaging.

The narrative receiving honorable mention for collaboration of Wagner Middle School students was “Half Upon a Time.”  Finalist Tyler Delargy of Bangor High School had an edited version of his film “Vision” in MIFF’s short program, “Maine Shorts 1.”  The winner of this category was Connor Petros from Ellsworth High School, for a moving pay-it-forward film, “Main Street,” which brought tears to many in the audience.

In the creative category, Adam Wendell-Pearson of King Middle School received honorable mention for “Eternal Trash” with hard-hitting data about human consumption leading to disposal that is out of control.  Yvonne DePerte of Fryeburg Academy, was a finalist with “The Silent World” – a post apocalypse film.

Jorgensen’s Café hosted a reception for these amazing artists.

Next year, make it a point to view these student films as part of the festival experience.