NEW VINEYARD – The new Advisory Committee working on the SAD 9 budget will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the New Vineyard Town Office. The public is welcome to attend.

Pilot program

NEW PORTLAND -Lead Western Maine will conclude its 2002-03 pilot program with a celebration from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the historic North New Portland Church. All are welcome to attend.

Allen Bray, recent recipient of a 2003 Jefferson Award for Enrichment of the Arts from the American Institute of Public Service, will speak at 1:30 p.m.

Bray’s speech on community leadership will be followed by presentations from four project teams. For more information on Lead Western Maine, people can contact Tanya Swain, program administrator at 779-1938 or Deb Burd, executive director, Western Mountains Alliance, at 778-7274.

Cemetery group

CHESTERVILLE – The Webster Cemetery Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Chesterville Town Hall.

Closed Monday


JAY – The Jay Town Office will be closed Monday, April 21, in observance of Patriot’s Day. The office will also be closed from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, for training purposes. Residents are being reminded that a $10 late fee will be charged on all unlicensed dogs after April 30.

First aid class

FARMINGTON – Registrations are being accepted for a one-day standard first aid course that will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Franklin Memorial Hospital. It will follow the standards and guidelines from the American Red Cross and is designed for people who are currently CPR-certified. “This course will train individuals to assist a victim in emergency situations until professional help arrives, and to care for emergencies such as respiratory or cardiac problems, sudden illness, and injuries,” said the hospital’s education director, Pam Ernest. A $45 fee for the course includes the cost of a textbook. For more information or to register, people can contact Kristen Grondin, 779-2381.

Gregorian chants

FARMINGTON – Jason Gutekunst will perform Gregorian chants for the noontime concert from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Nordica Auditorium at the University of Maine at Farmington. Concerts are by donation only. All are welcome.

Washburns history

LIVERMORE – Central Maine Technical College in Auburn will offer a new summer course on the Washburns of Norlands. The classes will include a customized visit to the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore, which will give students an opportunity to discover aspects of the site not included in the center’s regular school programs.

The 15-session course, HIS 210, “The Washburns of Livermore, Maine,” runs from June 10 through July 31. It will meet from 4 to 6:55 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. It will include traditional historical research and several field trips to learn about and analyze the careers of the Washburns.

Israel and Martha Benjamin Washburn’s seven sons helped shape the middle of nineteenth century American political life. The seven included two governors of different states, four congressmen, one Union Army major general, a commander in the Navy, one U.S. senator, one minister to France, a minister to Paraguay, a U.S. secretary of state, three authors, the founders of Gold Medal flour and a Wisconsin railway, and three founders of the Republican party. The course will be taught by David Cook, M.A.

For registration and additional information, people can call CMTC at 755-5100.

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