Maine Students Score Better Than in Most States on National Science Test

Maine students outperformed students in most other states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the only test of student achievement that allows comparison of student performance across states.

Maine tied for the fifth highest science score in grade 4 and tied for eighth highest in grade 8. By some measures, such as percent of student proficiency, Maine ranks even higher on the test, which was administered in 2009 and is being reported today.

Statewide at the fourth grade, 42 percent of students in Maine scored at the “proficient” level or above. In the eighth grade, 35 percent of students scored at or above the “proficient” level.

Maine’s lower-income students are doing well compared to in other states and the nation as a whole. In Maine, 29 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch in the 4th grade scored at or above the “proficient” level compared to 16 percent nationally.

Naturalization Ceremony at Falmouth Middle School - February 10th

Falmouth Middle School's fifth grade is sponsoring a Naturalization ceremony on Thursday, February 10th at 10am in the middle school's large gym.  It is an integral part of our immigration unit of study.  There are eight fifth grade classes with a total of 160 students who will all be attending the event as well as students from the Chebeague Island School.  We expect 40-50 petitioners from a variety of countries to become U.S. citizens at the ceremony.

The ceremony should take about 30 minutes with the Supervisory Adjudications Officer, from the U.S Citizenship & Immigration Services, serving as master of ceremonies.  The guest speaker will be Maria Testa, a local author who has written many books about immigration.  The grades 4-6 small group chorus will also be performing.


In 2010, Maine College of Art completed its vision to bring all academic and studio facilities under the roof of the Porteous Building. In appreciation of the local community that was instrumental in achieving this goal, MECA has created the Portland Area School Scholarship (PASS) for selected area high schools.

For any graduate of the selected schools who qualifies for admission to the undergraduate program at Maine College of Art, the College will provide a guaranteed $12,000 scholarship each year for four years or until they complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, provided they maintain good academic standing.

Eighteen years ago, Maine College of Art purchased the Porteous, Mitchell and Braun department store with the ambition to transform it into a vibrant campus for art and design.

Martel and Welch named Frank Gaziano Scholarship and Award Winners

AUGUSTA, Maine - Today, Jeffrey Kane, President of National Distributors and Frank Gaziano's son-in-law announced the winners of the Frank Gaziano High School Scholarships and Awards at a banquet at the Augusta Civic Center. South Portland's Matt Welch and Bonny Eagle's Nathan Martel were named the top high school football offensive and defensive linemen in the state because of their hard work on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. The winners received a trophy and a scholarship of $2,500. All 11 finalists were presented with a commemorative gift to honor Frank Gaziano.

"The event today is what Frank was all about. Congratulations to all 11 finalists. Each of these young men share a tremendous passion for football, their communities and all truly represent Frank's legacy.

25th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling

25th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling

Sunday, April 3, 2011
Holiday Inn by the Bay • Portland, Maine

We hope you can join us on April 3rd to enjoy the finest chocolate delectables from the best restaurants, candy shops, and chefs in Cumberland and York counties!

You may also purchase raffle tickets for some fabulous prize packages that have been generously donated by area businesses.

All Chocolate Lovers' Fling proceeds benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine.

For more information on volunteering, sponsorship or restaurant participation call 1.800.313.9900

Maine Distilleries announces addition to Maine and New Hampshire distribution team

Maine Distilleries announces addition to Maine and New Hampshire distribution team

Freeport, Maine – Bob Harkins, Managing Partner and Director of Sales and Marketing at Maine Distilleries ( in Freeport, Maine, today announced that the company, the creator of super-premium Cold River Vodkas and Gin, has named Joe Swanson sales manager for its growing distribution operations in Maine and New Hampshire.

Swanson knows the products and background of Maine Distilleries intimately.  Prior to his new position, the spirits pro worked as a distiller for five years at the expanding company, where he worked closely with Master Distiller, Chris Dowe, in crafting award-winning Cold River spirits.  Swanson’s new position will focus on sales both on- and off-premise, where he will work closely with bar professionals in Maine and New Hampshire restaurants to create a wide variety of new Cold River cocktails. 

“Joe is a phenomenal distiller, and has a fund

MEREDA'S Annual Real Estate Forecast Conference set for January 27

MEREDA'S Annual Real Estate Forecast Conference set for January 27

The Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Annual Forecast Conference, which each year attracts more than 500 attendees from around the state, will be held this year on Thursday, January 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME.

“The Forecast Conference has grown to become the most important gathering of the year for all the key players in Maine’s commercial real industry,” said Tom Lea, MEREDA President, and Senior Vice President and Group Manager of Commercial Real Estate at Peoples United Bank. “The conference provides a unique opportunity to take stock of the economy and gain insights into where our industry is headed in the months ahead.