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UMaine will Introduce New Hay Rebaling Technology at AG Trades Show

Contact: Associate Extension Professor Donna Lamb, (207) 564-3301

ORONO, Me. — The University of Maine’s J. Frank Witter Center has developed hay rebaling technology that promises to raise profits for Maine hay producers and increase hay availability for livestock owners.

Hay producers like to harvest hay in large round bales, rather than small rectangular (known as “square”) bales, because round bales allow them to harvest and store hay with minimal cost and labor. A single person can often bale and store all of the hay grown on an average Maine farm with round bale harvesting. The drawback is that these large bales average about 750 pounds, making them difficult to handle, transport, sell, and use as feed.

Small-scale livestock owners who buy hay like small, square bales averaging around 40 pounds, even though they cost more per pound, because these bales can be picked up and handled manually. Yet it costs hay growers an estimated 60 percent more to bale hay in this manner.

The technology being tested at UMaine’s Witter Center is used in feeding the farm’s horses. It allows easily harvested and stored large round hay bales to be remade into small square bales as needed. Preliminary trials suggest that the rebaling process costs considerably less than baling square bales in the field, and could result in a projected increased revenue for hay growers of about $105 an acre.

James Leiby, University of Maine, and Donna Lamb, UMaine Cooperative Extension, will discuss this new “value-added” hay marketing concept on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. in the Androscoggin Room at the Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center. All interested people are welcome to attend.

Early Literacy Educators to Hear Specialist on Diverse Learning

Contact: Kay Hyatt, (207) 581-2761

ORONO, Maine — International literacy consultant Blair Koefoed of New Zealand will be the featured speaker and group leader at the annual Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Institute sponsored by the Center for Literacy at the University of Maine. The Saturday, Jan. 7 conference takes place at the Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.

More than 125 Reading Recovery and early literacy educators from around the state are expected to attend the daylong professional development event. The theme is “Dealing in Diversity: The teacher, the child and their lesson,” which focuses on understanding differences in learning and optimizing learning for each child.

Reading Recovery is a research-based, early intervention that can bring the lowest-achieving first graders up to the average reading and writing level of their classmates, avoiding years of more expensive remedial services and a lifetime of academic failure. The progression takes place within 12-20 weeks through one-on-one instruction by highly trained Reading Recovery teachers during daily 30-minute tutorials.

Koefoed studied and trained at the University of Auckland with Reading Recovery developer Marie Clay during the early 1980s. The success of the program in detecting children’s early reading and writing difficulties and accelerating their literacy growth soon led to the nationwide adoption of Reading Recovery in New Zealand. It was introduced to the United States in 1984 at The Ohio State University, and the University of Maine has been a Reading Recovery Training Center since 1992. The UMaine site serves approximately 200 schools statewide.

A specialist in literacy practices in modern education systems, Koefoed has been actively involved in the implementation of Reading Recovery in New Zealand, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Bermuda. At the Jan. 7 conference, he will help
Maine educators better understand what individual children bring to the classroom in terms of literacy knowledge and skills and how to more effectively match text to those needs and competencies.

Koefoed’s presentation to Maine teachers is particularly timely as new Reading Recovery materials focusing on individual learners will be published in the spring of 2006, according to Mary Rosser, University of Maine Reading Recovery Training Center director.

The institute runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in KVCC’s Carter Hall. Media are welcome to attend. Contacts at the institute include Mary Rosser, University trainer; and the Reading Recovery regional site Teacher Leaders; Whendy Smith, Benton; Nancy Todd, Caribou; Anne Jordan, Dexter; Janelle Burgoyne, Enfield; Debra LaRochelle, Machias; Sharon Greaney, Old Town; Cindy Kirchherr, Oxford; Marge Ryder, South Portland; Sue Lander, Westbrook; and Mona Schlein, Wiscasset.

UMaine Folklife Center Offering Preview of Brewer Paper Mill History

Contact: Amy Stevens, 581-1891; George Manlove, 581-3756

ORONO — An effort to collect and preserve the stories of generations of former workers at Eastern Fine Paper Mill in Brewer is entering a new phase, as the Maine Folklife Center at the University of Maine has received renewed funding from the Maine Humanities Council to sustain the project.

Researchers are inviting Brewer city officials and all interested members of the public to a meeting at Brewer Auditorium on Jan. 18 in the conference room, from 6-8 p.m., to preview a pilot DVD showing video-taped interviews with former mill workers, along with photographs of a century of work at the mill. The mill operated under several different owners from the late nineteenth century to January, 2004.

The Folklife Center has interviewed about 20 people and wants to contact more of the people who either worked at the mill or who were affected by its operation — or closure — including local families and merchants, according to Pauleena MacDougall, associate director of the center and a faculty associate in anthropology.

“Some people have families who worked for generations and it’s very important to them that the history of the mill is saved,” she says. “Some very interesting stories have come up about the sense of community among the people who worked there, and their sense of loss.”

MacDougall says researchers want to show the community how the project is progressing and also to gather feedback from the public. School teachers, for instance, could offer ideas about how the project can be used in the classroom. The DVD to be shown at the meeting will be representative of the project, although the Folklife Center will create a finished product after more interviews. The Folklife Center recently received a $5,000 grant from the Maine Humanities Council to continue their work.

Interviewers are recording workers’ accounts of the jobs they performed, how they learned their skills, stories they may have about the mill, its people or events that occurred in the mill, including rituals and pranks, and feelings workers had about their jobs, both before and after the mill’s closing.

The information will be included in an exhibit titled “The Writing on the Wall: The Twentieth Century Culture of a Maine Paper Mill,” which will open in the Brewer mill and then travel throughout the state, so Mainers can learn more about the culture of paper mills and the lives of mill workers.

Photographer and New Media lecturer Bill Kuykendall is overseeing the DVD production.

More information about the project or the meeting Jan. 18 is available by contacting Pauleena MacDougall or Amy L. Stevens at the Maine Folklife Center at (207) 581-1891.

Maine’s “Brownie” Brown Inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

Contact: Kyle McCaskill at 207-581-3185 or 800-287-0274 (
Jennifer O’Leary at (207) 581-3106 (

Note: a photo is available on request.

CHEVY CHASE, Md. — Harold “Brownie” Brown has devoted the bulk of his working life to youth education, much of it to Maine 4-H. In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Brown, the current president of the Pine Tree State 4-H Foundation board was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame at an event in Maryland in October.

Brown grew up in the mountains of Rumford, and served in the Korean War before beginning his long career in youth education. In 1967 he left his position as a high school principal in Hermon and began working with the Maine Talent Utilization Project, helping young people plan for their post-high school futures. He has spent 33 years as a UMaine Extension 4-H educator and was Maine state 4-H program coordinator for 17 years. Brown led the development of Maine 4-H’s international program, facilitating exchange experiences with Costa Rica and Japan for Maine young people. He established a travel award program to fund overseas experiences for youth, and the Harold H. Brown International Travel Awards are presented each year at the 4-H Foundation’s annual meeting.

Brown is a former state president of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents and a recipient of their Achievement and Distinguished Service Awards. On a national level, he has been known to some as the face and the voice of National 4-H Congress. At home in Maine, Brown’s professional affiliations have included service as chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, chair of the UMaine President’s Advisory Council for Retirees; as a board member of Maine’s Youth Fish & Game Association, and membership on the Task Force on Fish Hatcheries.

4-H grew out of boys and girls clubs of the early 20th century organized for agricultural education. Today’s 4-H is part of the national Cooperative Extension System, which is operated through each state’s land-grant university. In Maine, 4-H programs focusing on leadership, citizenship and life skills are offered for young people aged five to 18 through University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Brown has helped Maine 4-H remain relevant for kids in the 21st century. Agriculture, he commented, while vital, is now “just a piece of what 4-H is. 4-H is moving into school-based programming, because we have to reach young people where they are. So many things compete for kids’ time and attention . . . what we offer is really quality, the very best we can offer.” Brown’s commitment to the value of 4-H is such that he has pledged support for Maine 4-H through his membership in the University of Maine Foundation’s Charles F. Allen Society. “. . . I wanted to say, in effect, ‘thank you,’ and that I believe in the program. I have been enriched as a person by 4-H for the past 30-plus years, he says.”

Hall of Fame inductees are chosen by a committee consisting of past inductees and representatives from national 4-H organizations.

Mt. Ararat Grad Helps to Design a New Future for Maine’s Boatbuilding Industry

Contact: Dave Munson at (207) 581-3777

Covert military operations can be a pain in the neck — and in the back, shoulders, and legs as well. Known for its speed and maneuverability, the Mark V Special Operations Craft gets U.S. Navy SEAL teams in and out of sticky situations fast, but the aluminum insertion vessel’s speed and durability come at a cost: repeated impact strain created as the lightweight craft skips across the waves can mean injuries for the sailors on board. 2001 Mt. Ararat high school graduate Kate Stephens is out to change all that, and she may help to point Maine boatbuilding in a whole new direction in the process.

An excellent student with a talent for math and an interest in design, Stephens’ decision to pursue engineering was a natural one. After graduating from Mt. Ararat, she went on to complete her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Maine in Orono, graduating near the top of her class last May. Now a graduate student in the university’s mechanical engineering program, Stephens is taking the reins on a project aimed at improving the Navy’s Mark V.

Stephens is a key player in a cooperative effort involving UMaine, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the boatbuilding team at Hodgdon Yachts in East Boothbay. The project brings together cutting-edge composites technologies spearheaded by UMaine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composite Center (AEWC) and the long tradition of quality boatbuilding at Hodgdon Yachts. Its success could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts for Maine’s boatbuilding industry.

“This is a great project,” said Stephens during a recent brainstorming session with Hodgdon engineers and Navy representatives in Boothbay. “I’m just beginning my master’s program, and I’m really excited about the opportunity to work on this.”

While the project is aimed at improving the original Mark V wherever possible, the primary goal is to use specialized composite materials in the hull and elsewhere that can absorb the shock created by high-speed travel across the water’s surface. By dampening the affects of the boat’s repeated impacts as it skims across the waves, the new materials can help to protect the crew from back, neck, and joint injuries. Working with her advisor, AEWC technical services manager Bob Lindyberg, Stephens has developed and refined an innovative impact test that was used to select the composite material with the greatest shock-absorbent properties. Ultimately, the ONR believes that Stephens’ test will be of great value when designing new composite boats.

“There has been a lot of positive feedback on this project,” said Jim King of the ONR. “The methods and materials being used here have a lot to offer.”

Maine has a long history of building military vessels, but contracts for smaller, high-tech designs have largely been awarded elsewhere. By combining the facilities and expertise at Hodgdon Yachts with the technological advances being made at UMaine, the project has the potential to open up a whole new market for the state. The project has already resulted in the creation of a new company. Maine Marine Manufacturing, LLC is the prime contractor for the construction of the full-scale technology demonstrator called the Mark V.1, and plans on competing for the contract to replace the Mark V fleet.

“Through collaboration with the university, our team is able to compete for the Mark V replacement contract, which is in the range of $200 million. We didn’t have that opportunity before,” said Steve Von Vogt, President of Maine Marine Manufacturing. “Bob and Kate’s work in the composites lab has played an important part in the project all along. This is not just theoretical research that they are doing, this is about putting a deployable, high-tech design in the water for actual use by the military.”

For Stephens, a native of Harpswell, the Mark V project is a way to not only get some valuable, hands-on experience in her chosen field, it’s an opportunity to give something back to her home state as well.

“This is a great opportunity for Maine’s boatbuilding industry,” said Stephens. “The lab work that we have done shows real progress. We’re setting milestones with every test.

Center on Aging to Oversee Consortium on Anti-Anxiety-Drug Misuse

Contact: Len Kaye, (207) 581- 3483, Dr. Stephen Gressitt, (207) 568-7599, George Manlove (207) 581-3756

ORONO, Maine — When it comes to abuse or misuse of prescription drugs, usually OxyContin, Oxycodone or Percocet come to mind.

But a potentially more dangerous family of drugs, benzodiazepines, often causes more overdoses and serious accidents than people realize, according to a Maine-based consortium that is working to increase awareness about the abuse and misuse of benzodiazepine drugs.

Benzodiazepines, called “benzos” for short, include drugs like Ativan (generically called Lorazepam), Xanax (alprazolam) or Valium (diazepam), which are commonly prescribed for anxiety, stress and insomnia.

“Benzos have been around for so long as ‘mother’s little helpers,’ that people tend to forget the abuse that can take place and, with the elderly, they can be responsible for hip fractures,” says Bangor psychiatrist Dr. Stevan Gressitt. He is the founder of the Maine Benzodiazepine Study Group (MBSG), which is leading a consortium of agencies, individuals and organizations, including the UMaine Center on Aging, to raise public awareness of the abuse and misuse of benzodiazepines.

“They’ve been 40 years on the market, but we haven’t paid attention to their role in motor vehicle accidents or hip fracture incidents,” Gressitt says. “It’s not that it’s not been studied, but it’s sort of under the radar since OxyContin tends to get the headlines. Benzos as a family are a significant cause of death, as opposed to a single drug.”

The Center on Aging recently received a $25,000 grant to organize and coordinate a two-day, international conference on the topic in Bangor, with people coming from the United States, Canada and Great Britain. As the initiative to collect information about and recommend solutions to benzodiazepine misuse grows, the Center now is poised to sponsor and administer the MBSG from the Orono campus.

The group includes representatives from healthcare, pharmaceuticals, law enforcement and social work. Its mission is to document problems caused by benzodiazepine drugs, create a directory of preferred prescribing practices and recommend effective alternative treatment for anxiety, stress or other symptoms for which benzos are commonly prescribed. Another goal is to expand Maine’s new drug return program, a mail-back opportunity for people who no longer need the benzodiazepines or other prescription drugs to safely mail them to state drug enforcement agencies for incineration.

In most cases, prescription drugs that are no longer needed are flushed down the toilet and into municipal sewage systems. But Jennifer Crittenden, research associate at the Center on Aging, says that causes environmental problems for fish and wildlife, as narcotics flush through treatment plants and into rivers.

In an effort to reduce improper disposal of drugs, law enforcement officials in some communities have agreed to collect unneeded prescription drugs and see that they are destroyed properly, Gressitt says.

“We’re already making an impact,” Gressitt says. Law enforcement agencies have collected more than 44,000 pills from Mid-Coast area patients who no longer needed them, he says. The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department also has picked up a significant amount of prescription drugs from Penobscot County, he says.

Those are drugs that won’t be taken accidentally by children, stolen from medicine cabinets for sale or use at parties, Gressitt says, or mixed inappropriately with other prescription drugs by people who may not realize the combinations can be dangerous.

“Every doctor can tell stories about a patient bringing in a paper bag filled with pills and saying ‘I don’t know which ones I’m supposed to be taking,’ ” he says.

For older people, adds Len Kaye, director of the Center on Aging, overuse or misuse of benzodiazepines can put such persons at greater risk of serious falls.

Additionally, the medical community is expecting difficulties in January when Medicare ends coverage for benzodiazepines. Many of the estimated 1.7 million Americans who take benzodiazepine drugs are low-income and many have developed addictions to them.

“Cold turkey is not the way to go,” says Kaye, who worries that people will substitute alcohol or other drugs that are not designed to treat symptoms for which benzos are prescribed. The Center on Aging is currently conducting research on alcohol and substance abuse by elders in Maine supported by a grant from the Maine Office of Substance Abuse.

The MBSG, now almost four years old, hopes to address benzodiazepine misuse by promoting alternative treatments whenever possible and encouraging other measures aimed at keeping prescription drugs out of the wrong hands.

“We’re beginning to bump into public policy issues and possibly can get more into practical drug policies as opposed to theoretical,” says Gressitt. “Over the last year, the Center on Aging has gotten more and more involved and has produced some research on it own.”

Kaye says Maine can be proud that a much-needed initiative to both study and reduce prescription drug misuse started here. “It’s the only group of its type known to exist,” he says. “We’re extremely pleased to be working with other individuals and organizations in the state, throughout the United States, and internationally, to address this important issue.”

UMaine Faculty Contribute to New Book Comparing Early Life in Canadian Maritimes and New England

Contact: Nancy Strayer, Canadian-American Center, (207) 581-4220

ORONO — Smuggling, fisheries, Paleo-Indians and folklore are only some of the topics covered in a new book, “New England and the Maritime Provinces,” which was co-edited by Stephen Hornsby, director of the Canadian-American Center at the University of Maine.

The book is a compilation of a variety of essays discussing many aspects of life in the Maritime Provinces of Canada and New England over the last 10,000 years. The essays, written by leading scholars from both sides of the border, including six from UMaine, reflect the historical cooperation between the two regions.

“We have set the standard for these regional comparisons across the continent,” says Hornsby, also an associate professor of geography and Canadian studies. Hornsby hopes to see more books like this in the future, examining the relationship between other United States border regions and their Canadian counterparts.

“The book is accessible to the general public,” Hornsby says. “It’s not jargon-filled.”

“New England and the Maritime Provinces” is available through the McGill-Queens University Press.

The Northeastern United States and Canadian Maritimes have held the interest of fishers, merchants, explorers, missionaries, settlers, soldiers, monarchs and farmers throughout history. An article by Elizabeth Mancke, associate professor of history at the University of Akron, explores what drew so many people to these regions.

Only in the last hundred years has the border between Canada and the United States been truly defined. How does an arbitrary border, drawn across a region with so much in common, affect both regions? What does the regional definition mean to groups like the Passamaquoddy, whose territory has traditionally straddled both sides of the border? An article by William Wicken, associate professor of history at York University in Toronto, discusses this and whether the Passamaquoddy can maintain a political and cultural identity that supersedes the identities created by the formation of Canada and the United States.

Another group that was affected strongly by the border dispute was the French of Madawaska. Though their customs and lifestyles were very different from the rest of the people of Maine, they became citizens of the United States and Maine and had to acclimatize themselves. In “Before Borderlands,” Beatrice Craig, an associate professor of history at the University of Ottawa, discusses this faction of Maine society.

“More Buck for the Bang,” by UMaine history professor Richard Judd and Bill Parenteau, associate history professor at the University of New Brunswick, discusses the beginnings of tensions between the locals and tourists, a topic that is still vital today as Maine changes from a manufacturing economy to one that leans towards tourism.

An article describing the area around the Bay of Fundy as “one of the great smuggling centers of the Atlantic world” in the first decades of the 19th Century explores who participated in illicit trade — from politicians to poor farmers.

“Variations on a Borderlands Theme: Nativism and Collective Violence in Northeastern North America in the Mid-Nineteenth Century” by UMaine history professor Scott See describes the tension in the region as Irish Catholic immigrated during the great famine. The article compares the reaction of the Protestants in the majority of the region, and the French Catholics in the Quebec region to the newcomers.

Other topics include: out-migration from the regions to find jobs, the relationship between Nova Scotia and the U.S.; the Shaw family’s contributions to the region; a case study between Portland, Maine, and St. John, New Brunswick; the interaction between Acadian settlers and English soldiers in the St. John Valley; and life in the region before the Europeans arrived.

Other contributors from the University of Maine include Robert Babcock, professor emeritus of history, Betsy Beattie, Canadian studies librarian at Fogler Library, Jacques Ferland, associate professor of history and David Sanger, professor emeritus of anthropology and climate studies. Deborah Trefts, a public policy consultant and independent scholar from Stillwater, also contributed to the book. John Reid of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia was co-editor with Hornsby.

“New England and the Maritime Provinces” was put together after a conference in 2000, which the Canadian-American Center held in conjunction with the Atlantic Canada Studies Program and Gorsebrook Research Center of St. Mary’s University.

The goals of the Canadian-American Center, since its establishment at UMaine in 1967, have been teaching Canadian Studies, conducting research on Canada, making Canadian information available to academic and business communities, and providing Canadian speakers and performers to the general public. In 1979, the U.S. Department of Education designated it a National Resource Center on Canada. The Canadian-American Center coordinates an extensive program of undergraduate and graduate courses, promotes cross-border research in many disciplines, provides outreach nation-wide to K-12 teachers, publishes Canadian-American Public Policy and occasional scholarly papers, and supports a major research library on Canada. The center also houses a cartography lab currently producing the Historical Atlas of Maine and the Ice Age Trail Map. For more information, visit the website at

‘Rexford St. John Boyington’ Walking Stick Passes to Stephen Hornsby

Contact: Nancy Strayer, Canadian-American Center, (207) 581-4220

ORONO — “Rexford St. John Boyington” is the ideal professor. He starts class on time, his students love him, and he is always well dressed, carrying a silver-tipped cane around with style and elegance. He’s brilliant, friendly and articulate. What’s stopping him from having his courses full the first night of class sign-up and being the next recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award? He’s too good to be true.

Edward “Sandy” Ives, folklorist, scholar and professor emeritus at the University of Maine, created the character to symbolize the perfect professor that the faculty in the anthropology department strives to be. Whenever a member of the department publishes a book, Boyington’s walking stick — a silver-tipped cane that has been passed around UMaine’s anthropology department since 1987 — comes to them in honor of the achievement. Ives also wrote a short story to be read during the small celebration that marks each passing of the cane.

“We all know the man doesn’t exist,” explains Stephen Hornsby, associate professor of anthropology and Canadian studies and the most recent recipient of the award named for Boyington. However, Hornsby is pleased to receive it. “It’s a fine cane,” he says.

Hornsby, who also is director of the Canadian-American Center, received the cane recently for publishing a new book, “New England and the Maritime Provinces,” an examination of the relationship between New England and its neighbor to the north. “New England and the Maritime Provinces” discusses the relationship between the two regions have had for the last 10,000 years and the evolution of the area through border changes. It also addresses common themes throughout the area’s history.

Ives has an essay in the book about the folklore of Maine and the Maritime Provinces, specifically in the logging camps. Loggers sang ballads called “Come-all ye’s,” and Ives explores the works and their meanings.

The cane is passed around only within the anthropology department, which includes the Maine Folklore Center. It is passed from author to author in a ceremony hosted by the present holder. There also is a plaque in the department office, to which the newest recipient’s name is added with each ceremony.

Hornsby also was a previous caretaker of the Boyington walking stick for an earlier book, “British Atlantic, American Frontier: Spaces of Power in Early Modern British America.” Previous recipients include professors Alaric Faulkner, Paul Roscoe, Kristin Sobolik and James Acheson.

The goals of the Canadian-American Center, since its establishment at UMaine in 1967, include teaching Canadian studies, conducting research on Canada, making Canadian information available to academic and business communities, and providing Canadian speakers and performers to the general public. In 1979, the U.S. Department of Education designated it a National Resource Center on Canada. The Canadian-American Center coordinates an extensive program of undergraduate and graduate courses, promotes cross-border research in many disciplines, provides outreach nation-wide to K-12 teachers, publishes Canadian-American Public Policy and occasional scholarly papers, and supports a major research library on Canada. The Center also houses a cartography lab currently producing the Historical Atlas of Maine and the Ice Age Trail Map. For more information, visit the website at

The University of Maine Museum of Art Presents Three New Exhibitions January 20 – April 8, 2006

Contact: Kathryn Jovanelli 207.561.3352

Bangor, Maine – Three new exhibitions will be presented by The University of Maine Museum of Art during the winter season. Maine artist Michael Alpert’s photographs portray the often harsh, unadorned beauty of the state in Michael Alpert: Recent Photographs. Lauren Fensterstock features conceptual sculptures by this Portland artist and curator which uniquely twist nature with the manmade. Reminding us of distant summer days, Five Landscape Paintings brings welcome warmth to winter’s cold with this exhibition of large, summer landscape paintings by five acclaimed artists: Lois Dodd, Rackstraw Downes, April Gornik, Vaino Kola and Neil Welliver.

Michael Alpert: Recent Photographs

Michael Alpert: Recent Photographs are black and white images which record an unvarnished Maine. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s dictum, “Pictures must not be too picturesque” has resonance in these spare, detailed photographs which are rendered with unsentimental precision.

Taken during the past two years, Alpert’s photographs often depict places people drive by daily, often without consideration. Frequently, Michael Alpert has been there as well, recording the built Maine environment for our closer inspection. His timeless images are less concerned with the natural beauty of the landscape but concentrate instead on the houses, barns, factories and monuments – portraying these signposts of our history with an awful, quiet beauty.

Michael Alpert is a Bangor resident. His work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in 2004, which also published a book of his photographs entitled, A Maine Portfolio.

Lauren Fensterstock

Lauren Fensterstock is a Portland artist and curator. She trained as a painter and jewelry maker at Parsons School of Design, New York City, and further refined her talents in graduate school at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her recent work embraces a perceived conflict, twisting nature with the manmade, the uncommon with common objects. Fensterstock’s influences range from 16th Century portraits of Anne Boleyn to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.” Each of these delicate pieces is a conceptual inquiry into the relationship between aesthetics and morality. A menacing spider’s shadow is cast in tiny rubies: is it beautiful or lethal?

Five Landscape Paintings

Five Landscape Paintings will bring warmth to winter’s cold days by presenting large landscape paintings of summer. In these paintings, each of the five artists, Lois Dodd, Rackstraw Downes, April Gornik, Vaino Kola, and Neil Welliver, is engaged in recording the landscape in a singular way.

Lois Dodd was born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1927. From 1945 to 1948 she attended The Cooper Union in New York. In 1952 she was one of five artists to establish the Tanager Gallery, where she exhibited until 1962. From 1971 to 1992 Dodd taught at Brooklyn College, and has, since 1980, served on the Board of Governors of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is an elected member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and National Academy of Design.

Rackstraw Downes, a native of Kent, England, earned his BFA and MFA at Yale. He spent twelve years as a professor of painting at University of Pennsylvania, and in 1999 was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Downes lives and works in New York.

April Gornik, born in Cleveland in 1953, is a painter and printmaker currently living and working in New York. She has shown extensively, in one-person and group shows, in the United States and abroad. Her work is owned by many museums including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Vaino Kola was born in Finland in 1937. He was educated in the US, receiving his BFA from MA College of Art and his MFA from Yale. His work has been shown extensively in the United States and in Europe. Kola retired from Wheaton College in 1994, Professor of Art, Emeritus. In 1995 he became a year-round resident of Deer Isle.

Neil Welliver (1929 – 2005), a Pennsylvania native, graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art (now part of the University of the Arts) and later received his MFA from Yale University, where he studied with the noted abstract artist Josef Albers. From 1956 to 1966 Welliver taught at Yale, and from 1966 to 1989 at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Art despite having moved to Lincolnville, Maine in 1970. A memorial exhibition was recently held at the Alexandre Gallery in New York City.

For additional information please call Kathryn Jovanelli at 561.3350.

Museum of Art
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I-95, Exit 185 (formerly 48) – Broadway, (Bangor, Brewer)
Turn left at light onto Broadway, Rt. 15
At the 4th light (1.2 m), turn right onto State St., Rt. 2
At the light at the bottom of the hill (.1 m), turn right on to Harlow St. (a one-way street)
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Legendary” UMaine Teacher/Coach to Receive National Award

Contact: Joe Carr 207) 581-3571

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine professor and former Black Bear football coach Walter H. Abbott is being recognized for distinguished service by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Abbott, whose teaching and coaching at UMaine since 1960 has trained and influenced thousands of students, will be honored Dec. 18 in Orlando during the annual National Conference of High School Directors of Athletics. The conference is conducted jointly by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the NIAAA.

The Distinguished Service award is presented annually to recognize length of service, special accomplishments and contributions to interscholastic athletics. Nominated by the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, Abbott is one of 14 individuals nationwide and one of four from outside the field of athletic administration to receive this year’s award.

The nomination describes Abbott as a role model and mentor who has dedicated his life to helping others achieve their goals. It notes that “No single person has impacted as many coaches and teachers in our state as Walter Abbott. Even after 45 years of teaching, he still has the energy and passion to give to any student, athlete or coach in Maine. Whether at a school, a community or a state event, he has always given of himself. This gentleman is a living legend.”

Abbott is associate professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education in UMaine’s College of Education and Human Development, where he specializes in the areas of the coaching profession, physical fitness, and outdoor leadership, safety and rescue. He has been a Registered Maine Guide since 1974.

“I am so pleased that the NIAAA has chosen Walt Abbott as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.  It couldn’t be more fitting,” says College Dean Robert A. Cobb.  “Over the years, the strength of his influence in developing coaches has earned him a veritable legion of coaching proteges across the northeast who still contact him regularly to discuss all aspects of coaching and of sports in general.  Whether it concerns player development or team tactics and strategies, he has seen it all and done most of it. He has learned from his vast experience as a coach and a trainer of coaches and has been ever so willing to share that expertise with anyone and everyone.”

A Rumford native, Abbott was an outstanding high school football player and at the University of Maine gained a reputation as a strong offensive guard and defensive linebacker. Abbott graduated from UMaine in 1958 with a degree in Resource Economics and also earned a master’s degree in Education. He started his career at his alma mater in 1960 as an instructor in physical education and assistant football coach. Abbott became the Black Bears’ head coach in 1966 at age 30, one of the youngest collegiate gridiron coaches in the nation. He led the team through the 1975 season, when he relinquished the post to devote full time to teaching and to building a campus-wide physical fitness program. Abbott’s experience, leadership and statewide respect twice — in 1991 and 1994 –prompted UMaine presidents to call on him to serve as acting athletic director with full authority and responsibility of the position.

Convinced that quality athletic and recreation programs at all levels are a vital part of the total educational experience, Abbott, throughout his years at UMaine, has continued to be actively involved in improving high school athletics statewide. Most recently, he led the development of an online coaching education course for the Maine Center for Sport and Coaching, and as part of a statewide select panel helped craft the Sports Done Right report, a national model for shaping and sustaining the best possible learning environment for interscholastic and youth sports.

Abbott’s commitment and service have been recognized with awards such as the UMaine Alumni Association Block M Award, the Maine Association of Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Highest Praise Award, and the National Football Foundation State of Maine Chapter Contribution to Amateur Football Award. Abbott and his wife, Carol, live in Orono. They have three children and three grandchildren.


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