Is This the Future of Small-Scale Forestry in Maine?

I have always been intrigued by the small-scale. Don’t misunderstand—industrial-scale sawmills, for example, are absolutely astonishing, and I have had many hours of enjoyment touring and observing the production processes at such facilities. Even so, nothing piques my interest quite like the guy with a portable gas-powered sawmill cutting boards …

I have always been intrigued by the small-scale. Don’t misunderstand—industrial-scale sawmills, for example, are absolutely astonishing, and I have had many hours of enjoyment touring and observing the production processes at such facilities. Even so, nothing piques my interest quite like the guy with a portable gas-powered sawmill cutting boards …

Penobscot Valley Baseball 3 at Searsport 1

At Searsport, the Penobscot Valley scored three runs in the 6th inning to prevail against the Vikings. Jarrett Priest doubled and Jaeden Folster singled to lead the Howlers. For Searsport, Barrett Grant doubled and scored the lone run. Ben Powell doubled and singled. PVHS improves to 13-1 while Searsport is now …

At Searsport, the Penobscot Valley scored three runs in the 6th inning to prevail against the Vikings. Jarrett Priest doubled and Jaeden Folster singled to lead the Howlers. For Searsport, Barrett Grant doubled and scored the lone run. Ben Powell doubled and singled. PVHS improves to 13-1 while Searsport is now …

Apple CEO Tim Cook: I’d Require All Children To Start Coding In 4th Grade

This week Apple CEO Tim Cook argued at Startup Fest Europe that coding should be a ‘second language’ taught to all children. theodp shares two quotes from a YouTube video. “We fundamentally believe that coding is a language and that just like other lan…

This week Apple CEO Tim Cook argued at Startup Fest Europe that coding should be a ‘second language’ taught to all children. theodp shares two quotes from a YouTube video. “We fundamentally believe that coding is a language and that just like other languages are required in school, coding should be required in school,” Cook stated. “I do think coding is as important– if not more important — as the second language that most people learn in today’s world,” Cook later added… “I would go in and make coding a requirement starting at the fourth or fifth grade, and I would build on that year after year after year…I think we’re doing our kids a disservice if we’re not teaching them and introducing them in that way.” Meanwhile, The Hill reported this week that The Computer Science Education Coalition — which includes Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and dozens of other companies — hired a fourth “advocacy firm” that specializes in “mobilizing groups of people to influence outcomes…to help convince policymakers to provide money to computer science education for grades K-12,” and they’re seeking an initial investment of $250 million. I’d be curious to hear what Slashdot readers think about government funding of grade school coding classes.

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State champs to be crowned in singles tennis Monday

LEWISTON, Maine — Down 4-5 and faced with the prospect of a third set, second-seeded Bethany Hammond of St. Dominic Academy fell into her chair at the changeover. She wiped the sweat pouring toward her eyes, slugged as much water as she could handle, took a deep breath and stood …

LEWISTON, Maine — Down 4-5 and faced with the prospect of a third set, second-seeded Bethany Hammond of St. Dominic Academy fell into her chair at the changeover. She wiped the sweat pouring toward her eyes, slugged as much water as she could handle, took a deep breath and stood …

Saturday’s high school roundup: Scarborough outduels Thornton

Josh Reed tosses a three-hitter for the Red Storm in a 1-0 victory.

SCARBOROUGH — Morgan Pratt scored on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and Josh Reed pitched a three-hitter as Scarborough edged Thornton Academy 1-0 in an SMAA baseball game Saturday.

Pratt drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the fifth, then stole second and advanced to third when Matt Caron lined a single for Scarborough’s first hit. Bayley Welch lofted a fly ball to right field that was deep enough for Pratt to score.

Reed (3-1) finished with five strikeouts and no walks, and gave up only one hit after the first inning.

Luke Chessie had two of the Trojans’ three singles.

Ben Lambert (5-1) suffered his first loss, allowing five hits – all singles – and two walks while striking out seven.

Scarborough is now 12-3; Thornton is 11-4.

CHEVERUS 5, SANFORD 4: Logan McCarthy doubled home Tre Fletcher with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Stags (9-6) defeated the Spartans (2-13) in Sanford.

Fletcher hit an RBI single in the first inning and Cam Dube added an RBI single in the second to put the Stags up 2-0. Sanford answered with four runs in the bottom of the second on two errors, an RBI single by Jesse Scott and a bases-loaded walk.

BONNY EAGLE 3, NOBLE 1: Noah Scribner pitched 31/3 innings of no-hit relief and the Scots (11-5) scored three runs in the third inning to defeat the Knights (2-14) in Standish.

Coby Johnson scored on Casey Rodgers’ single in the first inning to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. The Scots answered in the third with a sacrifice fly by Troy Bogdahn, an RBI single by Dana McKay and an RBI double by Drake Laughlin.

Scribner (1-0), who entered with two outs in the fourth, walked one and struck out three.

Matthew Chambers was charged with the loss despite allowing only five hits in a complete game.

CAPE ELIZABETH 5, WELLS 2: Nate Ingalls allowed just two hits and one earned run as the Capers (11-4) beat the Warriors (7-8) in Cape Elizabeth.

Pat McDonald hit a two-run single as Cape scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead.

Dylan Roberts lifted a sacrifice fly in the first inning and added an RBI single during a two-run third.

VALLEY 6, BUCKFIELD 5: The Bucks (6-9) scored four runs in the sixth inning, but Valley (11-1) held on in Bingham.

Cody Laweryson pitched the seventh to earn the save and also had three doubles, two RBI and three runs scored. Collin Miller drove in two runs.

Jacob Albert and Dylan Harvey each had two singles for Buckfield.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

MT. ARARAT 10, OXFORD HILLS 7: Ronni Pelletier and Erin Tome tallied three times each while leading Mt. Ararat (5-9) to a victory over the Vikings (1-10) in South Paris.

Isa Blessington added two goals, and Emily Welch and Shannan Harty got one each.

Patty Bourget, Hannah Hartnett, Ari Greene, Haley Wakefield, Ally Hanley, Sydney Jackson and Caroline Burns scored for Oxford Hills.

TENNIS

STATE SINGLES: The top four seeds in both the boys’ and girls’ draws advanced to the state singles semifinals by winning two matches apiece – all in straight sets – at Lewiston High.

Of the eight semifinalists, the only one who encountered any difficulty was No. 2 girls’ seed Bethany Hammond of St. Dom’s. Hammond, last year’s runner-up, didn’t lose a game in the Round of 16, but she was tested by No. 7 seed Caroline Ray of Falmouth in a 6-4, 7-5 quarterfinal victory.

Hammond will be joined in Monday’s semifinals by No. 1 seed Lana Mavor of Yarmouth, No. 3 seed Julia Brogan of Falmouth and No. 4 seed Rosemary Campanella of Wells. Campanella breezed through both of her matches without losing a game.

Hammond, Brogan and Campanella all reached the semifinals last year. Mavor is a freshman.

Mt. Ararat’s Nick Mathieu, a two-time runner-up, made it back to the semifinals by defeating Viktor Schwarz of Thornton Academy and Alex Klemperer of Falmouth. Mathieu, the No. 1 seed, next faces fourth-seeded Michael Mills of Cape Elizabeth.

The other boys’ semifinal will be No. 2 Nick Forester of Falmouth vs. No. 3 Dariy Vykhodtsev of Thornton Academy.

The semifinals are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Bates College, followed by the finals at 1:30 p.m.

Why I am lucky to have been mentored by a veteran

A mentor is that person you can turn to when you absolutely don’t know who else to turn to, but you trust that person’s judgement so you turn to him or her first.

A mentor is that person you can turn to when you absolutely don’t know who else to turn to, but you trust that person’s judgement so you turn to him or her first.

High school tennis state singles tourney results

At Lewiston High School BOYS SINGLES ROUND OF 16 No. 1-Nick Mathieu, Mt. Ararat def. Viktor Schwarz, Thornton Academy, 6-1, 6-1 No. 8-Alex Klemperer, Falmouth def. Jacob Greene, Waynflete, 6-2, 6-0 No. 4-Michael Mills, Cape Elizabeth def. Conor Doane, Deering, 6-3, 6-3 No. 12-Thomas Brent, Gorham def. No. 5-Thomas Jarmusz, …

At Lewiston High School BOYS SINGLES ROUND OF 16 No. 1-Nick Mathieu, Mt. Ararat def. Viktor Schwarz, Thornton Academy, 6-1, 6-1 No. 8-Alex Klemperer, Falmouth def. Jacob Greene, Waynflete, 6-2, 6-0 No. 4-Michael Mills, Cape Elizabeth def. Conor Doane, Deering, 6-3, 6-3 No. 12-Thomas Brent, Gorham def. No. 5-Thomas Jarmusz, …

Blue Jays rally twice to beat Red Sox

TORONTO — Devon Travis beat out an infield hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the Toronto Blue Jays came back twice to defeat the Boston Red Sox 10-9 on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays tied the game on a single by Jose Bautista to cap …

TORONTO — Devon Travis beat out an infield hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the Toronto Blue Jays came back twice to defeat the Boston Red Sox 10-9 on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays tied the game on a single by Jose Bautista to cap …

After 45 years, Maine veteran gets Bronze Star

Dennis Andrews of Boothbay Center frequently volunteered for missions in Vietnam, but his decoration never made it home in 1971.

SOUTHPORT — Dennis Andrews had to wait 45 years to replace the missing Bronze Star he earned while serving in Vietnam, but when he finally received it on Saturday, hundreds were looking on and applauding at the Southport Town Hall.

“It was overwhelming,” said Andrews, 67, of Boothbay Center, his eyes misting over.

Andrews attended the Welcome Home Veterans event hosted by local author Sarah Sherman McGrail to honor veterans from the Vietnam and Korean wars. The walls of the hall were lined with old war photos and mementos from those times.

Andrews said his Bronze Star medal was for bravery, but he doesn’t know what specifically it was for. He said he was never told. He worked in helicopter repair in the Army, serving at the base at Pho Bai.

“I just played the game like everyone else,” Andrews said.

Dennis Andrews displays his Bronze Star after receiving it at a ceremony attended by hundreds Saturday.

Dennis Andrews displays his Bronze Star after receiving it at a ceremony attended by hundreds Saturday.

But Andrews would often volunteer beyond his job duties, rescuing people who were at risk of being captured or worse, said McGrail.

The Bronze Star was supposed to be shipped to his parents in Boothbay Harbor in 1971 after he was discharged, but when his mom opened the box, it was empty. Somehow it got lost en route. Perhaps someone stole the medal, Andrews said.

He said he tried in the 1970s to obtain a new Bronze Star, but his request got stalled in the military bureaucracy.

Enter McGrail, who has spent the last eight years collecting veterans’ stories for two self-published books – “Looking Back Volume I” and “Looking Back Volume II” – that were recently released. McGrail worked with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to replace the Bronze Star.

McGrail and Collins’ office are also attempting to recover lost medals for two other Vietnam veterans from Boothbay Harbor.

For Andrews and many Vietnam-era veterans, coming home from the war was not a pleasant experience. The controversy surrounding the war led to many negative comments directed toward returning soldiers, Andrews said.

When he came home to Maine in 1971 – discharged because President Nixon was de-escalating the war – Andrews changed into civilian clothes so that no one would know he was a soldier returning from Vietnam.

McGrail said that was the idea behind the Welcome Home party to give Korean War – veterans often characterize that war as one that was forgotten by the American people – and Vietnam War veterans their well-deserved due.

Marie Andrews hugs her husband, Dennis Andrews of Boothbay Center after he received a Bronze Star Medal and a flag that had flown over the White House.

Marie Andrews hugs her husband, Dennis Andrews of Boothbay Center after he received a Bronze Star Medal and a flag that had flown over the White House.

“Even if people disagreed with the war, the people who fought in it were our family and neighbors. I wanted to right a wrong,” McGrail said. “It was 40 years in the making, but better late than never.”

Andrews retired this year from a long career in public works and construction. His wife, Marie, said her husband and everyone who served in the Vietnam War deserved better.

“They were never treated right,” Marie Andrews said.

Dennis Andrews said he feels most sorry for the soldiers who died in the war.

“I just feel bad for the guys who never got a chance to have a day like today,” he said.

 

Orono track star’s non-throwing arm a championship asset

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Jake Koffman wasn’t showing off when he tossed a shot put more than 45 feet during Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference small-school track and field championships with what normally is his non-throwing arm. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior merely turned left-hander for a few moments to help Orono High …

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Jake Koffman wasn’t showing off when he tossed a shot put more than 45 feet during Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference small-school track and field championships with what normally is his non-throwing arm. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior merely turned left-hander for a few moments to help Orono High …