High schoolers honored for displaying character

Biddeford High School held its first Tiger PRIDE ceremony in which students were honored for upholding the values of perseverance, respect, integrity, dependability and empathy.

Thirty-nine students were nominated by their teachers for each category, with a student from each category named the overall recipient.

The award nominees include: Perseverance – Austin Barnes-Waggoner, Morganne Bragdon, Katlyn Brooks, Chantel Gagnon, Victoria Lambert, Zoe LeComte, Pat Martin, Lina Nguyen, Kara Williams and Hailey Woodman; Respect – Andrew Curtiss, Lina Nguyen and Cameron Roy; Integrity – Grace Laverriere and Lina Nguyen; Dependability – Brianna Adams, Nadya Buffum, Trevor Dube, Cameron Roy and Ashlin Ruel; Empathy – Penny Breyman, Crystal Gammon and Jillian Greenleaf; and overall Tiger PRIDE – Anthony Ayala, Jared Bayley, Kyle Bshara, Keisha Dedrick, Caroline Gallant, Grace Martin, Kairlye McQueen, Addison Moore, Ernest Nijimbere, Jasmine Ross, Shane Spaulding, Alex Truehart and Olivia Whitaker.

Of all the students nominated, BHS junior Katlyn Brooks was chosen as the overall Tiger PRIDE recipient for exemplifying excellence in all five categories.


Essay contest invites solutions to drug crisis

The Margaret Chase Smith Library invites Maine high school seniors to describe how they would address the current lethal-drug epidemic as part of the library’s 21st annual essay contest, this year centered on drug abuse.

As far back as 1951, Sen. Smith warned that “one of the great threats to our country today is the preying of narcotic peddlers upon our children.”

Entries are due April 1, and decisions will be announced May 1. Prizes are $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place and $50 for five honorable mentions.

For more details, call John Taylor at 474-7133.


Maine Maritime Museum selects new chief curator

The Maine Maritime Museum’s Anne Witty has been selected as chief curator. She will replace the museum’s senior curator, Nathan Lipfert, who will retire in April following a 40-plus year career at the museum.

Witty began serving in her new role in January to ease the transition of Lipfert’s spring departure.

She is enthusiastic about returning to the museum, having previously served there as curator from 2000 to 2003.

Since 2004, Witty has served as assistant curator of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College.

She has prior experience at Mystic Seaport, Columbia River Maritime Museum and Winterthur Museum, and she has held consulting positions, fellowships and internships at museums across the U.S. and Europe.


Download Library moving to app-based platform

The Maine InfoNet Download Library will be moving to a brand new e-book and e-audiobook platform called cloudLibrary beginning Wednesday. This will replace the Overdrive platform that will be turned off Tuesday.

Once the system is live, users may download the app for their device by going to or going to and following the links to log in.

The Download Library will continue to offer readers nearly all of the current collection of more than 10,000 digital titles, plus new titles and additional copies of popular titles.

The cloudLibrary will offer patrons an app-based user experience that makes it easier to download e-books and e-audiobooks.

The cloudLibrary app highlights the best and freshest titles in the collection and allows for customization.

Users of Kindle devices should be advised that the Kindle Fire (2nd generation or newer) works with the cloudLibrary, but e-ink Kindles do not.

The cloudLibrary system is best used through the cloudLibrary app. You can download the app, called cloudLibrary, in the Playstore for Android devices, the App Store for Apple/ iOS devices and the Windows Store for Windows devices. For Kindle Fire devices go to and click on the “Available on Kindle Fire” link on the right side of the page.

You can also access the cloudLibrary system using a browser by going to, selecting your library from the list provided and logging in with your library card.