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Women: 3 p.m.
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Basketball vs. Unity College
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Conversation about Food Insecurity in Washington County

All are welcome to attend this discussion hosted by the Food & Community Series.

For more information, contact Meghan Duff at meghan.duff@maine.edu.

Food Insecurity Discussion
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Basketball vs. UMaine-Augusta
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The University of Maine at Machias will host a Veterans Day reception on Monday, November 11, to honor UMM alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members who have served in the U.S. armed forces. The breakfast program will begin at 9 a.m. in Kilburn Commons.

In addition to breakfast, the reception will include a performance by the UMM Ukulele Band, a display of photos and memorabilia, and stories from area veterans.

Veterans and their families should RSVP to 255-1305 or bwest@maine.edu by Thursday, November 7, 2013.

Veterans Day Reception
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Bar Harbor Poet Christian Barter to Read at UMM on Nov. 12

MACHIAS, Maine – The Maine Writers Series at the University of Maine at Machias will host Bar Harbor poet Christian Barter for a reading on Tuesday, November 12, at 7 p.m. in the UMM Art Gallery.

Barter is the author of two books of poetry, In Someone Else’s House and The Singers I Prefer. The Singers I Prefer was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize. His poetry has appeared in journals including Ploughshares, The Literary Review, Epoch, Georgia Review, and The American Scholar. He has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Poets and Writers, and The PBS Newshour.

Barter has been a resident fellow at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony and a Hodder Fellow in poetry at Princeton University. He is the supervisor of a trail crew on Mount Desert Island and an editor for The Beloit Poetry Journal.

The reading is part of the ongoing Maine Writers Series at UMM, which features poetry, fiction, and nonfiction readings by Maine writers.

Poetry Reading by Christian Barter
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Machias, Maine – A free panel discussion about genetically modified foods will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6-7:30 p.m., at Kimball Hall at the University of Maine at Machias.  

Genetically modified foods have had genes from other plants or animals inserted into their genetic codes. Alterations done in a laboratory are to improve certain traits, such as increased resistance to pests, herbicides and drought.

Panelists include Jim Gerritsen, an Aroostook County farmer and president of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association; John Jemison, water quality and soil specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Eric Jones, assistant professor of plant biology at UMM; and Andrei Alyokhin, professor and graduate coordinator with UMaine's School of Biology and Ecology. Following each panelist's presentation, audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions. The event, which is open to the public, will be streamed live over the Internet and archived for future viewing at www.machias.edu/umm-live.

This is the second panel in the Food and Community Series sponsored by Psychology and Community Studies at UMM, UMaine Extension and the Libra Foundation. The third panel discussion, slated for the night of Dec. 11, will be about the Washington County Food System. For more information, contact Alan Majka at 207-255-3345 or Meghan Duff at 207-255-1228. To request a disability accommodation, call Jo Ellen Scribner at 207-255-1228.

Genetically Modified Foods Discussion
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Salt Coast Sages to Launch Poetry E-Book with Reading on Nov. 14

MACHIAS, Maine – Electronic publication of a poetry book by the Salt Coast Sages will be launched at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 14. The public is invited to attend the free event in the Art Gallery of Powers Hall at the University of Maine at Machias.

The Salt Coast Sages are an area poetry group which published in traditional form a book titled A Rump-Sprung Chair and a One-Eyed Cat. Now the book will be published by Primavera Press in electronic form.

Gerard NeCastro, UMM English professor and director of Primavera Press, will host the event, and the Salt Coast Sages will read from the book. The Sages are Sharon Bray of Orland, Donald Crane of Milbridge, Gerald George of East Machias, and Grace Sheridan of Cutler.

Poems from the book have been chosen by Maine’s poet laureate, Wesley McNair, for re-publication in an anthology titled Take Heart, Poems of Maine.  

M. Kelly Lombardi, now deceased, founded and named the group, which came together in her poetry class in the Sunrise Senior College at UMM. The Sages sponsor the annual Roque Bluffs Poetry Festival and have read their work widely through the Downeast area.

A Rump-Sprung Chair and a One-Eyed Cat will be available electronically from amazon.com as a Kindle e-book published by Primavera Press. More details are available on the Primavera Press web site: www.primaverapress.com.

The event will be co-sponsored by UMM’s Dead Poets Society. For further information, please contact Gerard NeCastro at 255-1293.

Poetry Reading: Salt Coast Sages
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For information call Andrea Barstow, 952-0325

Comedian (Fundraiser-First Light Farm Equine Shelter)
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The Washington County Council of Governments, working in cooperation with the University of Maine at Machias GIS Service Center is presenting a series of town- and bay-specific climate vulnerability assessments that anticipate a variety of storm impact scenarios. These assessments will identify vulnerable infrastructure and vulnerable populations for first responders and public works personnel. The assessments will also suggest possible adaptation, preparation and response actions related to storms and other problems related to changes in climate.

The GIS Service Center is adapting the Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model, a computerized numerical model developed by the National Weather Service to estimate storm surge heights resulting from historical, hypothetical, or predicted hurricanes by taking into account atmospheric pressure, size, forward speed, and track data. The SLOSH model is applied to a specific locale's shoreline using high-precision laser elevation maps, and incorporating the unique bay and river configurations, water depths, bridges, roads, levees and other physical features.

Presentations were held in September, October and November in Jonesport, Milbridge, Calais and Pembroke. Audience members provided value input for model refinement. The fourth and fifth (final) presentations will be held in November. Town-specific climate vulnerability assessment reports will be prepared in early 2014 for towns who request them.

On November 19th, from 6 to 8 p.m., the presentation will be held at the University of Machias in the Science Building, Room 102, with bay-specific information for the Machias Bay area towns.

The presentation is targeted to municipal officials, first responders, road commissioners and public works personnel. Members of the public are welcome. For more information please contact Judy East (454-0465).

Climate Vulnerability Presentation
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Please note: Both performances (3 & 7 p.m.) of The Nutcracker are sold out.

MACHIAS, Maine – The Robinson Ballet Company of Bangor will bring Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, to Downeast Maine with a pair of performances on Saturday, November 23, at the University of Maine at Machias. Performances will be offered at 3 and 7 p.m. in UMM’s Performing Arts Center. 

Peter Tchaikovsky, one of the world’s best-known symphonic composers, wrote the graceful Nutcracker in 1892, near the end of his life. The Robinson Ballet Company has been producing The Nutcracker for nearly 30 years, with Machias as one of its repeat venues.

The sponsorship of Kelco Industries, through owner Doug Kell Sr., has been significant to the appearances of the Robinson Ballet in Machias, according to UMM President Cynthia Huggins.

“The Nutcracker has been a great cultural contribution to the area for 29 years,” said Huggins. “We are grateful to both Kelco Industries and the Robinson Ballet Company for continuing to make this presentation of The Nutcracker possible.”

The Nutcracker (Sold Out)

Please note: Both performances (3 & 7 p.m.) of The Nutcracker are sold out.

MACHIAS, Maine – The Robinson Ballet Company of Bangor will bring Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, to Downeast Maine with a pair of performances on Saturday, November 23, at the University of Maine at Machias. Performances will be offered at 3 and 7 p.m. in UMM’s Performing Arts Center. 

Peter Tchaikovsky, one of the world’s best-known symphonic composers, wrote the graceful Nutcracker in 1892, near the end of his life. The Robinson Ballet Company has been producing The Nutcracker for nearly 30 years, with Machias as one of its repeat venues.

The sponsorship of Kelco Industries, through owner Doug Kell Sr., has been significant to the appearances of the Robinson Ballet in Machias, according to UMM President Cynthia Huggins.

“The Nutcracker has been a great cultural contribution to the area for 29 years,” said Huggins. “We are grateful to both Kelco Industries and the Robinson Ballet Company for continuing to make this presentation of The Nutcracker possible.”

The Nutcracker (Sold Out)
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Tuesdays, Sept 24, Oct 22, Nov 26, Dec 17

10:00 a.m.-Noon

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