There’s a growing need for healthcare professionals in the state of Maine.”We have job postings that we have to recruit out of our area to fill,” said Paula Theriault, E-Quest Program Manager at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS).That’s part of the reason why EMHS has invited a group of high school teachers and guidance counselors to learn more about what they do and what they’re looking for in a new hire.”What are the skills that our students need?
Old Town Police say at least 10 downtown businesses were spray painted with graffiti sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning.We’re told the person or group of people who tagged the buildings wrote three things: “Rekap,” “Nio,” and “689.”Police are speaking with the business owners to see if any of them have surveillance video.Anyone with information about who may be responsible for the graffiti is asked to call Old Town Police at 827-3984.
Cherrie MacInnes’ third grade class at Brewer Community School has met many new and interesting people via video chat.”It brings the world into the classroom,” said MacInnes.Now that technology has introduced them to a woman who most of the world would recognize.
The Norridgewock Elementary School went into lock down mode Monday morning after a report of gunman near school property.State Police say this report may be unfounded.We’re told at around 8:30 AM students told school administrators there was a man with a rifle near the school located along Route 2.State Police say nearly three dozen state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and game wardens responded to the school and found no threat.We’re told all students at the school are safe and accounted for.
In science classrooms all over the country, students are learning about the human heart, but Madison Junior High School works it into the curriculum in a more community oriented way”We decided, why not include the blood drive and the American Red Cross with what we teach in science for the cardiovascular system?,” said Eighth grade science teacher Kathy Bertini.On Tuesday, the junior high held a blood drive for the second year in a row.Instead of just giving out the usual cookie and juice after folks give blood, the students offered up some education.”We can inform the community more about the heart and they can learn about what we’re learning about, so they know about it too,” explained eighth grader Broc Campbell.In addition to what they learned about the cardiovascular system, the students also learned why blood drives like the one they put on are needed.Eighth grader Alison Dean said, “In order for them to get [blood], we should all try to pitch in and help.”
A group of local kids are spending their school February vacation learning in a different setting.”We’re practicing the song, then we’re going to learn a dance and we’re going to perform it for our parents,” said 13-year-old Travis from Clifton.The Penobscot Theatre Company is holding a February Vacation Camp this week.