Handbell concert postponed

AUGUSTA — The handbell concert (Winthrop Area Handbell Ringers and Green Street Methodist Church Handbell Choir) that was to have taken place at South Parish Church at 4 p.m. this Sunday, March 30, has been postponed to a later date.

Course: Food product to market

SKOWHEGAN — University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering “From Recipe to Market: Learn to Cash In On Opportunities,” a six-session course that covers moving a specialty food product to market.

The class, which meets 5:30 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday, April 8-29, will be held in two locations: 7 County Drive, Skowhegan, and 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft. Two May class sessions will include individual business consultations and a tour of the Dr. Matthew Highlands Pilot Plant, a state-of-the-art UMaine facility that assists food processors, entrepreneurs, farmers, researchers and students in the food industry.

Cost is $35 per person. Partial scholarships are available. Registrations must be received by April 1 to reserve a space. For more information and online registration, visit bit.ly/UMaineR2M. For questions, call 207-474-9622 or email [email protected] or call 207-564-3301 or email [email protected]

Poet/songwriter at MMW meeting

THOMASTON — Jefferson native Patricia Goodspeed will be the featured speaker (and singer) at the Saturday, April 5, meeting of Maine Media Women at the American Legion Hall

Trish, a teacher of children with special needs, is also a published poet whose first book, “Pieces of the Dream,” was released in 2009. Many of the poems she writes eventually become songs that she composes and performs, accompanying herself on the guitar. In her presentation at the MMW meeting, Trish will talk about how she develops a poem into a song, and will read and perform a few of her original pieces. 

Copies of Goodspeed’s book and CD will be available for purchase.

Guests are always welcome. Sign-in and networking begin at 9:15 a.m., and the program begins at 10. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided. Suggested donations: members $3, guests $5. For more information, visit www.mainemediawomen.org or the organization’s Facebook page.

One in Five 5k targets violence

WATERVILLE — Early registration is now open for the third annual One in Five 5k. On Sunday, April 13, at Thomas College at 9 a.m., nearly 500 people will be running or walking in solidarity against the harsh reality of the impact of sexual violence in our Maine communities.

Inspired by the current statistic that an estimated one in five people in Maine have been affected by sexual violence (Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Crime Victimization Survey, 2011), the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center (SAC&SC) is hosting the third annual One in Five 5k race. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Registration is available online at runsignup.com/Race/ME/Waterville/OneinFive5K. Early registration saves $5 and includes a free T-shirt.

All proceeds of this event will benefit the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center and their services for survivors of sexual abuse.

Youth jobs at Carson Refuge

WELLS — Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is accepting applications until April 15, for summer Youth Conservation Corps members.

Young adults ages 15 to 18 who are interested in working outdoors are encouraged to apply. The crew will work with refuge staff on projects including trail maintenance, constructing and repairing facilities, control of invasive plant species and help protect endangered species such as piping plover.

The program will run from June 30 through Aug. 22. Crew members will work 40 hours per week Monday through Friday, and will be paid Maine minimum wage, $7.50 per hour. Applications can be found at www.fws.gov/refuge/Rachel_Carson/what_we_do/ycc.html or can be requested by calling 207-646-9226.

Registration for FSA programs

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency administrator Juan M. Garcia has recommended that farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to their local FSA Service Center before April 15.

Enrollment for the disaster programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, including the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program will begin by April 15.

For further information about disaster programs and USDA’s Farm Bill implementation plan, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/farmbill?. FSA Service Center locations can be found on the FSA website.

Summer music courses offered

AUGUSTA — The University of Maine at Augusta is partnering with the Snow Pond Music Festival to provide specialized summer music courses that offer college credit and continuing education credit.

Located on the campus of the New England Music Camp in Sidney, the intensive 1-2 week college-level summer music programs will take place this June.

For more information and registration, visit snowpondmusicfestival.com.

Journalism scholarships

ELLSWORTH/PORTLAND — The Guy P. Gannett Journalism Scholarship Fund seeks applications from Maine students.

The scholarship provides renewable support for students majoring in journalism or a field reasonably related, including print, broadcast or electronic media.

The deadline for applications is May 1. To apply online, go to www.mainecf.org.

Applicants must be graduates of Maine high schools or have been home-schooled in Maine.

In 2013, the average award size was $18,062.

Maine Grocers scholarship program

AUGUSTA — The Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association has announced the 2014 scholarship program.

“Five Maine students who have successfully completed requirements for graduation from an accredited high school and have been accepted by a college or university will receive $1,000 scholarships, “ said Cathe Morrill, association president.

High school seniors, college freshman, sophomores and juniors who are employees or children of association member companies are eligible to apply.

The deadline is May 1. Applications may be found at mainegrocers.org, by sending an email inquiry to [email protected] or by calling the office at 207-622-4461.

Lake George triathlon registration

SKOWHEGAN — Sign-up is underway for the second annual Lake George/Somerset Sports and Fitness Sprint Triathlon Sunday, Sept. 14. To sign up online go to www.active.com/canaan-me/triathlon/races/lake-george-somerset-sports-and-fitness-triathlon-2014.

The event is a unique point-to-point sprint triathlon with a quarter-mile swim, 15-mile bike ride and 3.5-mile out and back run.

Event information is available at www.lakegeorgessftriathlon.webs.com. The Facebook page is www.facebook.com/events/414292912030898.

This event is a community-supported event put on by Lake George Regional Park and Somerset Sports and Fitness. The park, owned by the State of Maine, does not receive funding from the state. Any money raised will be used for addressing capital projects at the park.

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