AUBURN – The Androscoggin Retired Educators Association recently met at the Auburn United Methodist Church for the final session until fall. Co-President Adriann Tucker presided over the business meeting, and members received copies of the yearly reports and approved the 2005-2006 budget.

Members were reminded that the MEA-Retired annual meeting will be held on Thursday, May 5, in Augusta, and Grace Keene requested materials for the county display table.

Bruce Bell, community service chairman, announced that this year’s $1,000 scholarship recipient is Kate-Lynn Thomas of Lewiston High School. Thomas will major in education.

New officers were elected and installed were: Josephine Dupal, president; Barbara Randall, vice president; Elizabeth Bell, recording secretary; Marguerite Powers, corresponding secretary; and Mildred Bickford, treasurer.

Tucker introduced the MEA-Retired president-elect, Sandra Crehore, who spoke about issues before the legislature that impact retired teachers.

After lunch Lisa Kane, natural science educator for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, spoke about the opportunities for volunteering at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray.

She presented information on the animals available at the park and educational programs provided. She also talked about Swan Island on the Kennebec River, which is administered by the department. In addition to wildlife, the island includes several historical buildings, and visitors may visit from May 1 through Labor Day by reservation only.

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