EAST BOOTHBAY

Sixteen students to receive ocean science mentoring

Sixteen Maine high school students are participating in the 25th annual Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science mentoring program.

The students began the program at the East Boothbay laboratory on Sunday. They will work with scientist mentors, collect samples, conduct lab experiments, analyze data and present scientific findings. The laboratory has allowed 400 high school juniors from around the state to participate in the program.

The program began in 1989 when two young scientists and a Bigelow trustee conceived the idea. It is called Keller BLOOM, meaning Bigelow Laboratory Orders of Magnitude Program, in honor of Maureen Keller – a founding scientist who died in 1999.

The students will present their findings to parents and officials at the lab on Thursday.

PORTLAND

Eddington, Denmark fire departments to get grants

The Eddington and Denmark fire departments will receive more than $57,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency operations and safety grants.

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud said FEMA is providing more than $34,000 to the Eddington Fire Department and more than $23,000 to the Denmark Volunteer Fire Department.

Michaud said Eddington’s grant will cover the cost of an air supply refill system, and Denmark’s grant will pay for equipment such as hoses and nozzles. The money is part of the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

– From news service reports