Some modern day teaching methods don’t require a teacher at all.”It’s definitely something about ten years ago you would just dream of seeing,” said Dustin Howard, a student at Penobscot Job Corps Academy.Howard came to find out that, in some cases, a learning environment with no books can teach the best lessons of all.”I didn’t know a thing about welding when I got here.”Welding 101 isn’t really an option at Penobscot Job Corps.Instead, the vocational school puts you right to work by simulating what a day on the job would be like.”It shows people who do not know how to weld exactly what the main idea is.
Staff and volunteers at the Hospice Volunteers of Waterville will be helping folks honor the lives of loved ones who have passed at a special ceremony.The public is invited to their Lights of Life and garden lighting ceremony Thursday night.The event runs from 4:30-7:30 at the Hospice Community Center located at 304 Main Street in Waterville.Anyone who makes a donation of any amount will get to write the name of their loved one on a snowflake that will be displayed in the facility.For more information or to buy a snow flake you can call 873-3615.
A Unity College senior has found a challenging way to help fight the ongoing hunger problem in the U.S.Ari Leach was first introduced to chopsticks as a child, but it was just before Thanksgiving while watching a news story on the making of these utensils that her interest piqued and she decided to put down her knife and fork.
Orono High School students are bringing holiday cheer to downtown businesses, one brush stroke at a time.”The Orono Village Association actually approached me and they wanted to have the students come down and do the window decorating for Winter Festival,” said art teacher, Jessica Barnes.Snowmen, Christmas trees and gingerbread houses are just a few of the things you’ll see decking the windows.The students had to create sketches and take them to the business owners.”It was different because we’ve never done anything like this before, but it was good.
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor are hoping to break the literacy barrier this holiday season.Thanks to donations from United Way and Bull Moose, they gave away books to families at the Maine Discovery Museum Wednesday.The group helps adults improve their literacy.Last year, they helped more than 2-hundred adults.”They have difficulty reading, writing or even speaking English because it’s not their first language so we match them with a volunteer tutor to help them progress the goals they have outlined for themselves,” says Executive Director Mary Lyon.Lyon says getting books into a child’s hands early is critical to their overall mental health.”It is the single best predictor of a child’s performance in school,” she said.They can learn about animals and future careers.Whether they’re reading in the classroom or at home, it’s a cycle that’s helping parents and children grow.If you’d like to learn more about Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, visit their website at www.lvbangor.org.
A business owner in Bar Harbor has been arrested, after police say she stole more than $52,000.41-year old Jennifer Lozano is charged with theft by deception and negotiating a worthless instrument.Lozano is the owner of Parkside restaurant and the Best of Bar Harbor store.Police say she wrote the fraudulent checks with one bank account, then deposited them at a second bank for withdrawal.
Authorities say a Belgrade man has been seriously hurt after falling out of a tree while hunting on family property.A spokesman for the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says 58-year-old William Wadleigh broke his hip and a vertebra in the 20-foot fall on Monday.