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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



Art Show featuring alumni parent, Grace DeGennaro.







Crystal Spring Farm Camp is offering volunteer program for Junior Counselors! Great opportunity for kids ages 13-16 to have fun outside during the summer, while learning about sustainable agriculture and gaining experience with young children. For more information see webpage at or contact Maura 729.1112 or (04/10)

Join Healthy Hometowns and L.L. Bean on Tuesday, April 17th, as they celebrate L.L. Bean’s 100th Anniversary!
Healthy Hometowns, a division of the Maine Winter Sports Center, with L.L. Bean, is proud to present a day of fun outdoor activities, including fly casting, archery, and geocaching, at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport, followed by a mini orienteering scavenger hunt at Bradbury Mountain! To kick off the day, L.L. Bean will share a major announcement as they help us to promote healthy, active, outdoor lifestyles in all of Maine’s communities. This is sure to be a fantastic event, and we would love to have you there! If you can, please let us know if you can join us so we can make sure to accommodate everyone (email Kids of all ages welcome!
What: L.L. Bean’s 100th Anniversary Announcement
When: Tuesday, April 17th; 10am-11:30am at L.L. Bean in Freeport, 11:30am-12:30pm at Bradbury Mountain State Park
Where: The Big Bean Boot at the L.L. Bean retail store in Freeport (10am-11:30) and Bradbury Mountain State Park (11:30am-12:30pm); a shuttle will be available between L.L. Bean and Bradbury Mountain.
Details: Kids of all ages are invited to participate! Let us know you’re coming by emailing Grace at (04/10)

On Sunday, April 15th, there is a great conference in the Boston area for anyone interested in nutritional healing of ADD, ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, food allergies and various learning disabilities such as dyslexia. The conference will explain how and why the gut affects the brain and give guidance on how to choose the best healing diet and supplements for your child. GF/CF, SCD, Feingold, GAPs and other diets will be explained. A great introduction or review for anyone looking for a whole body approach to improving the cognitive function, mood and health of their children. Here is the link: Caroline Norden (04/10)

Frontier Eurythmy Independent Training Course:
New Class Forming June, 2012
First Block: Sunday, June 17 - Saturday, June 30, 2012
School of Eurythmy
      Our Frontier Eurythmy Part-time Training Course at Eurythmy Spring Valley has been a doorway for many devoted eurythmy friends to start their professional training in eurythmy.
      The Frontier program is ideal for students who need to honor other existing commitments while beginning the training. The format also works well for those who live at a distance, as they attend the School of Eurythmy for six to eight weeks, in blocks, during the year. In addition to the June block, three additional blocks will be held during the fall and winter terms of 2012-2012 (exact dates TBD). Between blocks, students work on their own at home, with a local eurythmist as their mentor. The Frontier Part-Time Training focuses on the first year of the full-time training, learned over a two year period of time.
      Unlike the full-time training, we don't offer a new Frontier class every year, so if you've been thinking about beginning the eurythmy training, this is your best opportunity to enroll in our new part-time training program. Interested persons should contact the Student Services Coordinator at 845-352-5020, ext. 13, or by email at, for more information and an application. (04/10)

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)