2013-10-17 / Community News

Community News

College information night is Nov. 4

The Biddeford High School guidance department will host a college application/ financial aid information session at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 at the school’s Little Theatre for all students (regardless of grade level) and their parents.

From 6 to 6:45 p.m. Deborah Daeris from University of Southern Maine admissions will present an overview of the college application process, deadlines to be aware of and the college essay. The second half of the evening (from 6:55 to 7:45 p.m.) will be spent with Donna Metayer from the University of New England financial aid office. She will clarify the financial aid application process, discuss managing college costs and funding options. Light refreshments will be served and prizes raffled.

Cakes wanted for library contest

Those who like to bake are encouraged to enter a homemade cake in the McArthur Library Cake Bake-Off to be held 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. As part of its 150th birthday party celebration, the library is holding a cake contest and tasting accompanied by party games and crafts for all ages.

Cake entries should be dropped off at the library by 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and should be at least the equivalent of a two-layer or 13-inch by 9-inch sheet cake. Note if nuts are used. The cakes will be judged by Mayor Alan Casavant, Police Chief Roger Beaupre, bakery owner Mike Reilly, retired librarian Sylvia Coulombe and library trustee Dean Wolfahrt. Prizes will be awarded for cake taste and for appearance.

For more information, call 284-4181.

Heartwood hosts a kick-off workshop

Heartwood College of Art will host a one-day art workshop 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at its new campus studios at North Dam Mill in Biddeford.

The workshop offers five choices for those who wish to take advantage of the opportunity to study and execute various art forms in the following venues: Beginning Encaustic Painting, with Berri Kramer; Drawing From The Beginning, with Susan Wilder; Watercolor Painting, with Dewitt Hardy; Bookbinding, with Bonnie Faulkner; and Jewelry and Metals, with Alice Carroll. Details of each workshop can be found at heartwoodcollegeofArt.org.

Kramer, founder and president of the 20-year-old institution in which the pursuit and enjoyment of art has been its primary purpose, has been a vital force throughout the years as Heartwood College of Art has become a very important art resource in the southern Maine cultural scene.

Those interested in exploring or advancing their own artistic skills in Heartwood’s new setting may register by calling 284-8800 or emailing hca@ heartwoodcollegeofArt.org.

SMS teacher honored with award

Saco Middle School staff and students assembled last week to celebrate the completion of the New England Common Assessment Program.

Principal Laurie Wood led the assembly, which also featured an award presentation to Saco Middle School industrial technology teacher Sam Blunda. Blunda was the recipient of the 2014 Middle Level Teacher Excellence Award by the International Technology & Engineering Educator Association and the Technology & Engineering Educators Association of Maine. The award committee selected Blunda for:

 His reputation as Saco Middle School’s “MacGyver – the ‘go to guy.”’

 His clear sense of what is needed to further the overall STEM education of students.

 His enthusiasm for innovative instruction and research-based ideas like project-based learning.

 His exemplary reputation – he is a favorite among Saco Middle School students.

The joy and confidence students gain from his class.

Resident completes development program

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England announced that Biddeford resident Adam Parent, a sales agent affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Saco, completed the SkillBuilder business development program, a concentrated real estate course offered to sales associates affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

SkillBuilder features workshops and indepth instruction on brokerage practices along with lead generation and marketing techniques coupled with real-world application of these techniques in the marketplace.

“Many sales associates take the skills learned in the classroom and immediately convert them to new business,” said Kevin Robert, branch vice president of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Saco. “The sales associates who complete this development program have the skills to assist their clients and customers with a broad range of needs.”

Parent joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage after a career in restaurant management and higher education administration.

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