Stanford honors teacher at Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy faculty member Jen Onken was recently recognized by Stanford University for her exceptional teaching.

Onken was nominated for the honor by former Berwick student Claire Breger-Belsky as part of Stanford University’s Teacher Tribute Initiative.

The initiative asks incoming students to identify a former teacher or mentor who played a significant role in their intellectual, academic, social and personal development.

Breger-Belsky wrote, “Mrs. Onken continually inspires critical thinking in her students.

Her commentary enables us to fashion ourselves into better writers, to achieve the high reaches of insight that she knows lie hidden in our work.”

An English teacher, Onken has been a Berwick faculty member for more than 11 years. She also has served as dean of students, currently runs the outreach community service program and coaches JV girls lacrosse.


S. Thomaston photographer wins Acadia pass contest

The National Park Service has selected a photograph by John Kaznecki of South Thomaston as the winner of Acadia National Park’s 2017 annual entrance pass contest.

The image portrays Hadlock Brook, just downstream from the Hemlock Bridge on the Around-Mountain carriage road in Acadia National Park.

The photograph will appear on thousands of annual entrance passes purchased by visitors from all over the country.

Kaznecki will receive an America the Beautiful interagency annual pass ($80 value), that can be used at over 2,000 federal recreation areas.


Subaru workers give to Habitat for Humanity

Patriot Subaru employees have donated $45,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland’s new 13-home build in Scarborough.

Since the project is located down the road from the Route 1 dealership, Patriot employees also plan to don work gloves and help complete construction.

Godfrey Wood, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, said, “Patriot Subaru’s extremely generous donation is an unmatched demonstration of corporate care and dedication to doing the right thing.”


Businesses honored at United Way gala

A Mad Hatter Gala has raised more than $8,000 to benefit United Way of Mid-Maine’s annual fundraising campaign.

At the gala, the Diamond Club Award, for outstanding leadership in support of United Way of Mid-Maine was given to Kennebec Savings Bank.

The George R. Keller Award for outstanding service in a company campaign was presented to MaineGeneral Health.

Campaign Excellence recognitions also were awarded to Sappi Fine Paper, Inland Hospital, Skowhegan Hannaford and Elanco.


‘Real Man’ winner raises $17,763 to fight cancer

Randall Miller of Newcastle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has received the American Cancer Society in Maine’s 2016 “Real Man” award.

The award is for his contributions to the breast cancer awareness and fundraising campaign “Real Men Wear Pink.”

He raised $17,763 during October,