Six Colby softball players earn national honor

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has named six members of the Colby College softball team as 2016-17 Easton/NFCA All-American Scholar-Athletes.

The honorees are Grace Farnkoff of Scarborough, Katie McLaughlin of Glenburn, Vanessa Warshaw of Westwood, Massachusetts, Julia Saul of Palo Alto, California, Holly Lallis of Gladstone, New Jersey, and Emily Dougherty of Dover, Massachusetts. Each student-athlete earned at least a 3.5 grade point average at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

McLaughlin and Farnkoff earned the accolades for the second straight year.


Sites in 3 counties named to National Register

The Maine Historic Preservation Committee announced that three properties in Knox, Oxford and Waldo counties have been designated on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tolman Cemetery in Rockland was donated to the town by Isaiah Tolman in 1783 as the first public burial ground in that area of Knox County. The majority of graves there date between 1788 and 1850.

The Fives Court, a specialized-recreation building erected in 1924 in Lovell, was part of Westways Kezar, a vacation and corporate retreat built by William Armstrong Fairburn. The craftsman-style construction offers a rare type of sporting court in the area.

The Dark Harbor Shop in Isleboro made the list for its associations with commerce, related to the development of the Dark Harbor summer colony of vacationers of the late 19th century. Originally built as a hardware store and carpenter’s shop in 1904, it has functioned as a seasonal soda fountain since 1920.


Irish Heritage Center to honor Sen. Collins

The Maine Irish Heritage Center will honor Sen. Susan Collins with its 10th annual Claddagh Award during a ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday at 34 Gray Street.

Raised in Aroostook County, Collins is a fourth-generation Irish-American whose first job was picking potatoes as a teenager, which she says led her to forge the connection to Ireland and the struggles of Irish people.

“I am fortunate to have grown up amid the hard work, determination, innovation and common sense that define this great industry. To me, nothing says ‘home’ like the sight of potato blossoms stretching as far as the eye can see and the heritage they demonstrate,” she said.

Sen. Collins joined the Senate in 1997. She chairs the Senate Special Committee on Aging and serves on the Intelligence and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committees.