Retirement Celebration for Cooperative Extension Educator 

A woman who has spent 30 years as an educator, was honored Friday at the University of Maine.Louise Kirkland will retire at the end of the month from the cooperative extension, but her 30 year anniversary is Friday, so co-workers, friends and family threw a garden party in her honor.Louise says as an educator with the cooperative extension, she’s enjoyed teaching about everything from food safety to parenting skills. “I think the things I’m going to miss the most is dealing with the public. I love to teach and I’m a teacher by nature, and so meeting with people, answering phone calls with consumer questions, doing workshops, traveling in different parts of the county, that I’m going to miss.”Louise says she plans to use her retirement to follow her passion, sewing. She’ll also be co-chairing a major conference for the cooperative extension next year.