Your "Good News" Online Paper for Community and Commerce

The arts came to life at Piscataquis Community Elementary School (PCES) during a day that more than one student describes as “the best day of school ever.” Principal Anita Wright describes Arts Alive as “a day that clearly demonstrates why we have the word ‘community’ in our school name.”
The Arts Alive tradition dates back to 1982 and has survived a number of changes in SAD #4, but remains community and volunteer based. This year’s event was planned by a committee of staff members and community volunteers and featured local artists sharing their talents and skills. The committee was led by second-grade teacher Lindy Gokas and kindergarten teacher Amy Kelley.

Young carpenters get advice on how to build a bluebird house from volunteer Kurby Roberts during the recent Arts Alive event at Piscataquis Community Elementary School.
“It’s a day that involves 300 students, the entire school staff, and 100 community volunteers,” Principal Wright points out. “It’s one of the ‘big’ days at our school and lots of fun. The day also gives every student an opportunity to explore activities and projects that are diverse and different.” Each student participated in three different sessions presented by school staff, parent volunteers, and community members. The activities range from shaving crème art to drumming to karate.
“Arts Alive is not only a celebration and fun,” Amy Kelley explained, “it also gives every student an opportunity to explore activities they may not be exposed to in everyday life.” Each student participated in three different sessions presented by school staff, parent volunteers, and community members. Some sessions such as cartooning and origami involved traditional art while others such as building birdhouses and etching slate were craft oriented. A third category focused on music and students also participated in sessions involving physical activities such as martial arts and stretch bag movement. With over thirty choices, students took home projects they created and experiences they enjoyed. “Students don’t always realize they’re learning,” Kelley said. “They stay focused on the fun.”
Principal Wright also notes that the sense of community at PCES becomes very visual during Arts Alive as all participants wear a tee-shirt with the Arts Alive logo. This year’s logo was designed by sixth-grader Abby Herrick, using the theme “Jump High for Art Arts Alive.” Sixth graders selected this year’s colors—blue and gold—and all enjoyed what certainly can be described as a colorful day.
In addition to the many individual volunteers, community businesses and organization contribute. Hardwood Products provides financial support, volunteers to help students build bird house, and volunteers to cook the barbecue for the students’ lunch. School staff, parent volunteers, and community members enjoyed a luncheon. The HUGS parent group helped defray the cost of the Dan Grady Marionette show that wrapped up the busy day with more laughter and learning.
One volunteer summarized the day as “amazing for its sheer magnitude and a clear demonstration of what a community can accomplish when we put our hearts and minds to it. The amount of art and craft produced is huge, but what’s more amazing is the potential impact we may have on our children’s lives.”
Nokomis Regional High held their Underclassmen Assembly on Monday, June 5th. Standing from left to right: Student of the Year - Emily Nyman, Emily Elwell, Mailie Baker, Warrior of the Year - Gary Pitcher, Alyssa Stankevitz and Xavier Rowe.
Mrs. Turcotte and Mrs. Stowe’s 4th grade classes from Carmel Elementary School traveled to the State House to learn more about the Revolutionary War in the Maine State Museum on Thursday, May 25th. During their visit, they also met with their state senator, Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot).
“I always enjoy seeing young people visit our State House and experience Maine’s heritage and legislative process,” said Senator Cushing. “I was glad to have the opportunity to visit with these students from Carmel Elementary School during their field trip to Augusta.
Senator Andre Cushing visits with Mrs. Turcotte and Mrs. Stowe’s 4th grade classes in their latest field trip to Augusta.
MSAD #53

MSAD #53 will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Lunch will be provided to all children without charge and is the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first serve basis, at the site and time listed. Vickery School - Monday through Friday, July 5th through August 4th from 11:30 AM to 12 PM. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: US Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-9410, fax: (202) 690-7442 or email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 RSU #68
SeDoMoCha Elementary/Middle School will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) by offering free breakfast and lunch to anyone under age 18 who walks through the doors. Keep in mind, children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Meals are served Monday through Friday and must be eaten on premises. Breakfast is from 8:30 to 9 AM, and lunch is 11 AM to 12 PM. The SeDoMoCha kitchen also prepares free kids’ lunches served at Mayo Hospital on Mondays 11 AM to 12 PM and at the YMCA Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 to 12:30 PM. SeDoMoCha/RSU 68 is located at 63 Harrison Avenue in Dover-Foxcroft.
The University of Hartford has announced that Mollie Sharples of Detroit and Abbie Melvin of Dexter was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. The University of Hartford, centrally located in Connecticut, provides a distinctive educational experience across seven schools and colleges for one of the most diverse student bodies in New England. Hartford's faculty are attracted by the opportunity to challenge and support students as they pursue degrees in more than 100 programs in the arts, humanities, science, business, engineering and technology, education, and health professions. Chartered in 1957, Hartford has more than 5,000 undergraduate and, 1,600 graduate students from 48 states and 63 countries, and 75,000 alumni worldwide. Visit for more information.
Maine Maritime Academy recently named 346 students to the Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement in the second semester of the 2016-2017 academic year. Students named to the Dean’s List earn a grade point average of 3.3 or above on a 4.0 scale. The following students were named to the Dean’s List: Quanah Gaitings-Harrod of Corinth; Jack Mason and Taylor Roy of Greenville; Peyton Ward of Greenville Junction; John Adams of Newport; Dylan Thibodeau of St. Albans; and Kaleb Gorecki of Stetson. Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering 22 programs of study in engineering, management, science, and transportation. The college serves approximately 950 undergraduate and graduate students in career-oriented degree programs. The job placement rate for MMA graduates exceeds 90 percent within 90 days of graduation. For more information, visit