February 26, 2013

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The university says many students will build houses, deliver health care services, help out in rural schools, and do other volunteer work in the U.S. and Central America during their break from March 4-15.

Engineering students will work on a new sewer system in Honduras that they designed, while nursing students will provide medical assistance in rural clinics in Belize.

Others will help children victimized by domestic abuse in Virginia, work on improving housing in coal mining communities in West Virginia, help at an animal rescue facility in Pennsylvania, rebuild homes in New Orleans and provide respite in Florida for families of children with terminal illnesses.


Skiing firefighters to raise funds for cancer research

Firefighters from all over northern New England will hit the slopes at Shawnee Peak Saturday for the 10th annual Mary’s Firemen for a Cure ski race.

The contest features races among fire departments, with five-member teams racing down a slalom course in full turnout gear while carrying a 50-foot length of hose.

Proceeds raised during the annual breast cancer awareness event directly benefit the Maine affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Over the past 10 years, the event has raised nearly $100,000 for breast cancer research.

Registration for the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. The race will begin at 10. Entry fee is $125 per team, which includes five lift tickets at Shawnee Peak for the day of the race and a chili lunch. Lift tickets cost $25 for family members of competitors, and ski rentals cost $15.

To register, email MarysFiremenforaCure@yahoo.com or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MarysFiremanforaCure where donations are also accepted.

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