After being virtual for two years, the Travis Mills Foundation’s Miles for Mills Memorial Day 5K, presented by New Balance Foundation, returns to in-person status. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sunday, May 29, at a new location, Brunswick Landing, the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. A virtual component will also be offered.

Travis Mills Foundation’s Miles for Mills Memorial Day 5K returns to in-person status in 2022. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sunday, May 29, at Brunswick Landing, Courtesy photo

The location’s military history, coupled with the mission of the Travis Mills Foundation, makes for the “perfect setting to run and remember servicemembers who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” said the foundation in a Feb. 2 news release.

“The military roots run deep in our Bath-Brunswick region, and we know how much it will mean to our local veterans and families to have this race on the former Naval base property,” said Cory King, executive director of the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber, in an email.

The foundation anticipates up to 1,500 walkers and runners of various levels for the 3.1-mile route through the campus. For more information or to register, visit

The event will include division awards, children’s activities, food trucks, a beer tent, military presentations and a moving display that honors the 84 Maine men and women who died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. Army SSG (Ret.) Travis Mills, founder of the Travis Mills Foundation, will address the crowd and visit with race participants.

Upcycle Challenge seeks entries


Sustainable waste management firm ecomaine, in a news release, announced the launch of its school-based Upcycle Challenge, that will award $500 to a participating student’s school.

The Upcycle Challenge asks students in ecomaine’s communities to use items that ordinarily would have been disposed of, to make all-new, functional ones and submit them by Friday, March 18. From the submissions, ecomaine’s Outreach and Recycling Committee will select a group of finalists, based on the incorporation of post-consumer materials, the ingenuity and functionality of the new creation, inclusion of students in the process, as well as the approval from a teacher or advisor.

Following the determination of finalists, the designs will be voted on by the public through Earth Day.

In the past, the Upcycle Challenge has seen entries including:

A working chandelier made from old plastic bottles.
A bike rack made from old bicycles.
Clothing fashioned from plastic, old fabric, and other materials.
Old clothing turned into hair scrunchies.
Furniture from old tires.
Movie projectors made from all kinds of would-be-junk materials.

“We continue to be so impressed by the creativity of these students and their designs,” said Matt Grondin, ecomaine’s communications manager, in an email. “We’re excited to see what this round of sustainably-themed designs has in store.”


For contest guidelines, rules and entry form, visit

University of Maine announces fall 2021 dean’s list

The University of Maine recognized 3,101 students for achieving dean’s list honors in the fall 2021 semester. Of the students who made the dean’s list, 2,024 are from Maine, 1,009 are from 39 other states and 68 are from 25 countries other than the U.S.

Local students named to the dean’s list include:

Cape Elizabeth: Sierra Galgano, Ethan Gillespie, Anna Hayes, Nathaniel Holmes, Luke O’Kelly, Dylan Palmore, Zale Rasco, Gavin Spidle, Sara Taylor and Mary Isabelle Wisell.

Scarborough: Grace Alofs, Zachary Alofs, Sydney Bloom, Ryleigh Bois, Connor Coffin, Isabella Cook, William Dunham, Brooke Edgecomb, Kaylee Faherty, Julia Freeman, David Geng, Evan Hamer, Lila Harakles, Wyatt Harris, Tatum Hayward, Calista Jackson Gianino, Lily Jennings, Audrey Jones, David Kayser, Aaron Kazilionis, Alison Kueck, Emily Labbe, Olivia LaChance, Sarah-Theresa Lemay, Ryan Lilley, Joseph Luong, Casey Maddock, Peter Martin, Morgan McGarry, David McKelvy, Josh Medeiros, Emily Murray, Ryan Murray, Jared Nelson, Ryan O’Leary, Jasmine Olshin, Gaby Panagakos, Eliot Pomerleau, Juliet Quartararo, Zack Reed, Abby Roy, Lauren Sabatino, Justyn Sears, Dan Smith, Nick Titcomb, Amy Topchik and Allison Weymouth.

South Portland: Ethan Blier, Ryan Boles, Aileen Campbell, Taylor Davis, Luca Desjardins, Lauren DiBiase, Phelan Doyle, Lauren Elsemore, Michael Feely, Josh Frank, Sam Holbrook, Allison Holt, Aleksandar Kaurin, Euan Maclaurin, Chloe MacVane, Caleb Marston, Maegan Murphy, Mia Quint-Wood, Luke Rainsford, Andrew Riley, Sydney Sherburne, Jacob Solomon, Caleb Viola, Jack Vose-Gimbel, Molly Walker and Hannah Yesse.


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