September 2, 2013

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Consigli Construction Co. Inc. Portland office staff volunteers (from left) Alexis Hourigan, Tim Schneider, Dave Thomas, Jim Gardner, Chris Grimaldi and Lindsey Burton pose in colorful tie-dye team T-shirts they made to commemorate their participation in a community volunteer project benefiting the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland recently. The Consigli team spent the day building a new, wider 40-foot-long bridge to be used by volunteers who walk the shelter's animals through its 72-acre property in Westbrook. The new bridge is now wide enough to allow for trail maintenance equipment to pass through. The lumber for the bridge's reconstruction was donated by Hancock Lumber of Kennebunk.

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Categories will include Short Fiction for up to eight pages and Memoires of up to four pages. Contest divisions will be broken down into two categories: grades 7-9 and 10-12.

First-place finishers will receive $100 gift certificates and runners-up, $50 gift certificates. Full contest guidelines are available on the library website starting Wednesday.

Winners will be announced in a public ceremony on Dec. 6. 

Winning entries will be published in a booklet (print and online). 

For more details, call Roberta Jordan at 443-5141, ext. 25, or write torjordan@patten.lib.me.us.

SEARSPORT

Museum seeks photo information

The Penobscot Marine Museum is seeking help to identify some of the 187 glass plate negatives that were donated to their collection last fall by the Bayside Historical Preservation Society.

Taken between 1909 and 1947, the images show life in Bayside during the age of steamship travel with its leisurely summer activities and summer cottages. 

Museum volunteers have worked for months scanning the negatives to make them available online to researchers, students and the public.

To view the photographs, go to penobscotmarinemuseum.org/museum-collections-database, click on "search the database" button, and enter "BHPS" in the search box. 

Each record contains a feedback button that allows viewers who have information about the image to submit it online.

ELLSWORTH

Lewiston graduate receives scholarship

Kim Moran of Lewiston is the first recipient of an award from the newly established Lydia R. Laurendeau Scholarship Fund at the Maine Community Foundation.

A graduate of Lewiston High School, Moran plans to attend Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., to major in biology.

The Laurendeau Scholarship Fund provides support for young women who are pursuing post-secondary education in either science or engineering at a four-year university.

Eligible applicants are graduating seniors of Lewiston High School or St. Dominic Regional High School in Auburn. Preference is given to applicants demonstrating a connection to their Franco-American heritage.

For more details, visit www.mainecf.org.

STEM4ME grants available

The Perloff Family Foundation, in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation and the Maine Space Grant Consortium, is offering grants focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, and the integration of STEM with the arts and humanities, or STEAM. 

STEM4ME aims to increase the opportunities for student-driven STEM and STEAM projects at publicly funded Maine middle schools, high schools and academies.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be made available to small teams of students, mentored by an experienced educator, that create real-world solutions to problems in areas such as renewable energy, ecology, automation, space science and engineering, and sustainable food production, integrating wherever possible the arts and humanities.

Preference will be given to two-year projects that involve substantial innovation and collaboration with existing programs at Maine's colleges and universities, and/or nonprofit research and educational organizations. 

Educators interested in applying for a STEM4ME grant must submit a one-page letter of interest describing project objectives and key completion milestones by Sept. 15.

Successful candidates will be asked to submit a formal application.

For information on where and how to submit letters of interest, visit http://www.stem4me.org/grants/.  


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