WLBZ (Channel 2) reported Red Sox staff and mascot Wally the Green Monster will bring the 2013 Commissioner’s Trophy — presented annually to the Major League Baseball World Series Champions — to the University of Maine on Sunday, Jan. 26. The trophy will be available for public viewing from 2–4 p.m. in the Alfond Arena on the Orono campus, as well as from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
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WABI (Channel 5) reported on the retirement of Ludlow Hallman, a music professor and conductor at the University of Maine. Hallman conducted his last Oratorio Society concert Jan. 20 at the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center in Hampden. Hallman, who plans to spend the first year of his retirement in Italy, said this is a good time to say goodbye and try something different. His longtime colleague Anatole Wieck said Hallman has created an environment in which all the good things he has worked for will continue.
The Maine Edge reviewed Orono Community Theatre’s production of “Proof,” a psychological drama, that is being performed in the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre on campus. The play, directed by UMaine alumna and Orono Community Theatre Director Sandy Cyrus, stars Dick Brucher, a professor in and chair of the UMaine English Department; Jennifer Hancock, a current UMaine student; and Hailey and Joel Crabtree, UMaine alumni. “Proof” runs until Jan. 26.
The Bangor Daily News and The Maine Edge reported Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, is one of nine people to be inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in May at its 39th annual awards banquet. Other inductees include Joseph L. Ferris, who pitched for UMaine in the 1964 College World Series, and Edward J. Flaherty, an All-American performer at UMaine in 1975.
The Weekly reported parents in the Orono and Old Town area will be able to encourage reading with “Literacy to Go” kits that include informational text, a storybook and a storyboard in a themed pizza box. The University of Maine Raymond H. Fogler Library in partnership with UMaine’s College of Education and Human Development, Old Town Elementary School and Old Town Public Library will train librarians how to use the kits to promote early literacy.
Red Sox staff and mascot Wally the Green Monster will bring the 2013 Commissioner’s Trophy — presented annually to the Major League Baseball World Series Champions — to the University of Maine on Sunday, Jan. 26.
The trophy will be available for public viewing from 2–4 p.m. in the Alfond Arena on the Orono campus. The event is free and open to the public. UMaine will also host “Skate with the Bears” from 2:30–3:30 p.m. to allow visitors a chance to meet the UMaine hockey teams.
The trophy will also be available for a public viewing session from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Big Gig, the network for innovators and entrepreneurs in the Orono, Old Town and Bangor areas, is holding its third networking and pitch-off event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Husson University’s Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business in Bangor.
Three participants will be preselected to deliver a three-minute elevator pitch — with no slideshows or handouts — about their business idea to a panel of local “Big Wigs” and attendees.
The panelists — Steve Holt, owner of Shaw & Tenney in Orono; Dorathy Martel, community development specialist at Eastern Maine Development Corp.; and Cathy Conlow, city manager for the city of Bangor — will offer constructive feedback, and the audience will vote on the best pitch.
The winner will receive $100 from the University Credit Union and earn a spot to compete for a $1,000 grand prize in the Big Gig finale in April.
To participate in the Big Gig, all pitchers must take part in a Little Gig event 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 at Eastern Maine Development Corp. in Bangor. At the Little Gig, a team of advisers will help participants polish their pitch and select three of them to move onto the Big Gig.
The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. The application is available online.
The event is free, open to the public and sponsored by Blackstone Accelerates Growth. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.
The Big Gig is a partnership between the towns of Orono and Old Town, the University of Maine and Husson University that aims to create a network of innovators and entrepreneurs looking to make positive economic changes in their communities. Learn more at biggig.org.
WVII (Channel 7) and the Bangor Daily News reported on Martin Luther King Jr. Day events held at the University of Maine in collaboration with the Greater Bangor Area NAACP. The afternoon kicked off with a march that started at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Memorial Plaza and was led by the Black Student Union, a UMaine student organization. Muna Abdullahi, director of multicultural initiatives and diversity at UMaine, told WVII seeing people come out to march on a cold and snowy day shows they care and are willing to voice their opinions and be part of a movement, just like Martin Luther King Jr.
The Maine Edge previewed a University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Science Saturday on Jan. 25 that will focus on the science behind cooking and eating potatoes. Jason Bolton, assistant extension professor and food safety specialist, and Kate Yerxa, a Cooperative Extension educator, will lead the program for youth in grades six through eight at Hitchner Hall on campus. Participants will bake potatoes, prepare a potato bar with toppings for lunch and discuss how potatoes can be part of a healthy diet.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ presentation of “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms at the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center in Hampden. Retiring Professor Ludlow Hallman conducted the concert, which was dedicated to the memory of those killed during the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as well as in tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Soloists Kelly Scheetz, soprano; and Justin Zang, baritone, spoke about the concert and Hallman.