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Update on the Shivelhood-Kartez Family:  Jack, Winnie & Jason are so grateful to the many community members who have cooked them a meal, stopped by to help clean, visit with Winnie, or sent a thoughtful card. They are amazed at the outpouring of support they are receiving. Jack's surgery went well and he is in recovery, but still needs help with weekly chores & rides. Winnie's alert most days but tires easily and needs lots of rest. But she enjoys a brief, friendly visit, a chat or a short walk outdoors. If you have not yet had a chance to help, there is still a need for small meals, helping with daily cleaning & visiting with Winnie. If you can't access the website, Lotsa Helping Hands, simply contact Jack directly and let him know what you can do. I couldn't do the times listed on the website so I emailed Jack and he was very open and thankful that I could come and spend a few hours helping & walking with Winnie that fit into my schedule. thank you all
EMAIL: or OR PHONE: (home) 865-0196 or Jack's cell# 650-0369
you can also contact kateziminisky who is helping coordinate the website & rides to Portland. Submitted by Clare Murphy(04/03)


"Go for Baroque...Out and Bach"
      MWS's Violin teacher is organizing the 2nd annual Coastal Youth Orchestra 5K and Fun Run, "Go for Baroque...out and Bach". The race is scheduled to be held on Sunday April 29th in Brunswick. Jack Pierce of MWS holds the course record!! Kipling Samuelson was 2nd place overall in the Fun Run!!! The 5K course is an out and back run and is generally flat and scenic. The race starts at the intersection of Old Pennellville and Pennellville Roads taking Pennellville Road to a right onto Pennell Way, left and out to Simpson's Point Rd. to the end and then returns to the start.
      The race is being held by the Coastal Youth Orchestra and will benefit the organization's music progams and summer music camp scholarship fund for youth in the area. CYO musicians will be playing music at the start, post race and at each mile marker! Last years 5K had almost 80 runners and 30 kids in the one mile Fun Run.
      The Coastal Youth Orchestra's mission is to provide the best orchestral experience possible for young musicians. By promoting a supportive educational environment and a challenging, yet nurturing atmosphere, our conductors provide an ideal place for young musicians to learn and grow.
Race fees are $25 for the 5K, $20 for 5K (18 and under). The first 100 5K runners to register will receive a t-shirt. Fun Run registration is $10 or $20 including a t-shirt. Fun run participants who'd like a t-shirt must preregister.
The Fun Run will start at 9 a.m. and the 5K will follow at 9:30 a.m. Parking is available along the soccer field on Pennellville Rd. Race day registration and packet pick up will start at 7:30 AM.
Mens and Women's divisions include 15 and under, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-69 and 70+ and over. Timing will be by Diane Fornier.
A downloadable registration form is available at
For more info contact Nancy Roderick at , 729-5156
Online registration is also available at at (04/03)



Call for Artists! Check out the new Flea For All Market in Portland.

(submitted by Regina Kusche 04/03)





This summer I will be riding 270 miles from Boston to New York in three days.

I am riding to honor my friend Dr. Bruce Churchill and support the efforts to find an effective treatment for ALS. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Churchill has won a huge place in my heart. He has helped me overcome many challenges of my own. Throughout the years we have become good friends, sharing stories of our lives, adventures and families. As a doctor he always made me feel like I was his only patient. As a friend he’s always honest and positive. Just after my daughter was born Bruce was diagnosed with ALS. I just wanted to scream! How could something so devastating happen to one of the most amazing people I know? Since his diagnosis Dr. Churchill has continued to be positive and give his best efforts to everything he does. I feel selfish to be so heartbroken. I feel lucky to have shared his friendship. I have decided to take on a challenge of my own to help support the challenges he and so many others who suffer from ALS have been faced with . I hope this personal physical and emotional challenge and fundraising effort will help me make a slight difference. I will do my best to find my strength to finish the ride. I struggle to find the strength to see someone so special stolen away from this world. My minimal fundraising goal is $1800. If you know Dr. Bruce Churchill or anyone who has suffered from ALS I will whole heartedly appreciate any donation you can offer. Come ride if you’d like! I’d love the company. To donate: Thank you, Julie Yeo, EC Parent (04/03)

Please find attached the AWSNA newsletter "Inform," a publication sent by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) to all the affiliated Waldorf schools in its membership to keep parents, teachers, board members, alumni, and all those interested in Waldorf Education informed of the current events affecting Waldorf schools nationally and internationally. Inform April 2012

It can also be found at (04/03)

There are still openings for LifeWays Early Childhood Training in Maine beginning July 8 - 19. A four-session course beginning in July. LifeWays Early Childhood and Human Development Training is a comprehensive training to give you the understanding and skills you need to transform your living and working with young children. It will help to deepen your parenting; enliven your early childhood center, preschool or home program; and inspire your work with parents. Learn how simple activities of healthy home life provide the foundation of learning for the young child. Refresh yourself with music, movement and handwork classes. Experience the friendship found with fellow students. Learn more about the holistic view of the developing human being offered by Rudolf Steiner and other developmental theorists.
The training course includes four intensive on-campus sessions at Ashwood Waldorf School in Rockport, Maine:
Session One: July 8-19, 2012
Session Two: October 5-8, 2012
Session Three: April 12-15, 2013
Session Four: 12 days in July, 2013 tba
Also monthly mentoring conversations with a mentor chosen to guide your independent study. Please visit LifeWays North America for more information about the training and to find an application for enrollment.
For more information, click here. (03/27)

Chemicals and Our Health: Consumer Choices and Policy Decisions
Location: Shift Sustainable Home Goods, 56 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
Date: April 10th, Tuesday, 7:00PM
Cancer, learning disabilities, and reproductive problems are affecting too many families. Scientific data shows that many common health problems are caused or aggravated by toxic chemicals contained in the products that we use every day. And yet most commonly used chemicals have NEVER been tested for safety before they are sold! Join the Environmental Health Strategy Center for a discussion about toxic chemicals in our products and their impacts on human health. This presentation will offer some useful tips for reducing exposure to dangerous chemicals on a day-to-day basis, and an explanation of the policy solutions needed to protect ourselves and our families. For more information on the Environmental Health Strategy Center, visit or contact Emma at This talk is FREE, but please contact Shift at 729-4050 or to register. (03/27)

Children’s Story Time and Seed Planting
Location: Shift Sustainable Home Goods, 56 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
April 12th, Thursday, 10:00AM
Calling all little hands–We’ll read Uno’s Garden by Graeme Base and plant seeds that will ultimately decorate the sidewalk by our store. All participants will also be able to take home a planted seed of their choice, with instructions on care. FREE, but please contact us at 729-4050 or to register so we can plan for supplies.(03/27)

The New Politics of Parenthood: Family, Citizenship and Inequality in America Today
A Symposium to examine the role of family and parenthood in the nation’s current atmosphere of extreme social inequality and extreme political partisanship
Thursday & Friday, April 5-6, 2012
Main and Lancaster Lounges, Moulton Union, Bowdoin College
Lectures by: June Carbone, Author of Red Families v Blue Families, Edward A. Smith/Missouri Chair of Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City (Thursday, 7:30 pm), and
Paul Tough, Author of Whatever it Takes Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, and editor of the New York Times Magazine. Mr. Tough is a leading author on poverty, education and the achievement gap (Friday 12:30 pm).
Today the way people parent - when they have children and how they raise them - closely correlates both to social class and to political loyalties. Many commentators believe that that the nation is "splitting apart" into two groups with different kinds of families. They believe that differences in parenting, especially the rise in single parenthood among low income groups, is the driving force behind this growing inequality. They wonder how public policy might address it, and how we might agree on a strategy to adopt.
The New Politics of Parenthood examines both the premises of this debate, and the political difficulties of finding solutions. Bringing together scholars and leaders of organizations confronting the problems of poverty, the symposium will address the fundamental questions: What is the role of family and parenthood in creating the profound inequality that marks America today? And do our ideas about family make it harder to find political solutions to the problems of inequality?
For more information, see the webpage: (03/27)

Save the date: Saturday April, 28th - 317 Main Street is hosting a Contra Dance and the Merriconeag Community is invited. Musicians and dancers encouraged. For ages roughly 10 years to 110. Maggie Robinson calling. Look for further info at 317 Main and on the web at Come Mondays to 317 and join the musicians who will be playing at the dance. For questions contact or Peter at

Dear MWS Community, We Haags would like to share with you the following shout-out for the Fresh Air Fund, something we've been directly involved with for the past 4 years; peripherally involved with for the past 9 years. Please feel free to call or email us with any questions. (We're in the school directory.) Or plan to eat dinner at Stoneyfield's in Falmouth, on March 20, from 4-7pm, when Fresh Air of Southern Maine will receive 10% of sales that night. Many veteran host families will be available to share their experiences. --Ilse

     "In recognition of The Fresh Air Fund’s 136th summer of bringing together New York City children and volunteer host families in Maine, Governor Paul LePage has proclaimed March 20th “FRESH AIR FUND DAY” throughout the state. This summer, The Fresh Air Fund will once again allow thousands of inner-city boys and girls to escape the hot, noisy New York City streets to enjoy the simple pleasures of summertime fun in the country!
Families who participate in The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program open their hearts and homes to New York City children for one or two weeks or more in the summer. 'Sharing your home and the surrounding community with a Fresh Air youngster can be the beginning of a worthwhile and meaningful experience – for both the child and your family,' says Jenny Morgenthau, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund. 'This year, we are looking for new host families in Southern Maine to celebrate our 136th anniversary and give youngsters a summertime break from the sometimes dangerous city streets.'

     Volunteers simply want to share what they have with city children and introduce them to the joys of suburban or country life. Families find hosting so rewarding that more than 65 percent of all Fresh Air children are reinvited to visit the same host families year after year. First-time Fresh Air visitors are 6 to 12 years old and Fresh Air hosts range from young families to grandparents. All it takes is the willingness to welcome a New York City child to your community.

     The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million inner-city children since 1877. For more information about becoming a Fresh Air volunteer host, please call Lisa Clement at 207-878-1998, or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003. Visit The Fresh Air Fund online at"  (03/20)

Michael Dorn, the Executive Director of Safe Havens International, Inc., a global non-profit school safety center, will deliver a powerful presentation on school safety and bullying, Weakfish – Bullying Through the Eyes of a Child, on April 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the Harrison Middle School Cafetorium. The community is invited to attend this event at no charge. The presentation is intended for parents, educators, and students grades 6 or higher.
For flyer with more detail click here. (03/20)

Enjoy a Transformative Spring Family Retreat, April 20 - 22
Fun filled Mindfulness Practice and Spring Celebration with MorningSun, held at Camp Glen Brook

     Parenting is full of challenges. Coming together to support each other and learn new skills is an amazing gift we can give our family. These weekends have been described by parents as “deeply nourishing” and “so important”. They are an opportunity for parents and children to settle into the practice of mindfulness- dwelling fully in the present moment together, look deeply at their relationships with each other, strengthen their capacities for loving and understanding, and have lots of fun!

    The program combines meaningful activities for parents and children together, a fun filled creative program for children and teens, and relaxation, discussion, teaching and meditation to help parents transform moments of reactivity and stress into true connection, learning and love!

     This special event will be held at beautiful Camp Glen Brook in Marlborough, NH. Programs developed by Fern Dorresteyn and Michael Ciborski, who combine their Waldorf back ground, experience as parents and nine years living and working with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

For more info. and to register call (603)313-1702 or go to (03/20)