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MA first semester honor roll
Henry Pietras, Principal of Mattanawcook Academy has announced the first semester honor roll for the school year 2015-2016.
FRESHMEN: HIGH HONORS: Lynn Dwelley, Natalie McCarthy
HONORS: Aubrey Bowers, Alex Brown, Garrett Caruso, Keegan Dill, Ainsley Hainer, Sarah Hanington, Sydney Jones, Delany Kneeland, Sedona Lesso, Lauren Morrison, Elyssia Smith, Cayden Spencer-Thompson, Kourtney Thurlow, Lucien Tibbetts, Emily Tolman, Katelyn Tolman, Shaelynn Trott, Max Woodman
SOPHOMORES: HIGH HONORS: Bailey Markie, Duncan McIntyre
HONORS: Corbett Arnold, Tyler Arnold, Morgan Beaulieu, Natalie Beyenberg, Hannah Bubar, Shania England, John Farrington, Koby Farrington, Makenna Hanson, Nicholas Ireland, Cameron Johnstone, Devin Littlefield, Zachary McIntyre, Maci-Lynn McReavy, Meagan OConnor, Kyleigh Oliver, Lyla Priest, Kalista Severance, Abigail Slauenwhite, Logan Thompson, Natalie Tilton, Mark Twombly, Harleigh Weston, Myka Wotton, Matthew Young
JUNIORS: HIGH HONORS: Christopher Anderson, Lanita Briggs, Ava Broderick, Meagan Butler, Jeffrey Garfield, Courtney Gordon, Saige Lakeman, Bryson Martinez, Gabrielle Tilton, Carter Ward
HONORS: Hannah Baker, Zachariah Booker, Marley Bubar, Siarra Chabot, Shane Chase, Taylor Dicker, Ryan Drinkwater, Tiffany Dyer, Emily Gray, Justin Gray, Jordan Hanscom, Courtney Kimball, Gabrielle Kyes, Robert Lancaster, Devin Maynard, Sydney Morrison, Carmen Ocana, Megan Porter, Lauren Ray, David Susen, Ashlee Villalpando, Jasmine White, Taylor Wotton
SENIORS: HIGH HONORS: Elise Arnold, Liana Dudley Holland, Indigo House, Cheyanne Libby, Abigail Morrison, Jaclyn Rideout, Elliott Sibley
HONORS: Zoe Barker, Emily Buckner, Shayna Chandler, Travis Cropley, Whitney Hafford, Logan Ham, Laci Hanington, Ali Hardy, Paige Hesseltine, Scott Jipson, Laura Jordan, Bonnie Kafka, Shayla Labossiere, MacKenzie Lee, MacKenzie Levesque, Emma Libbey, Camryn Lyons, Gunner Maxwell, Maranda McAlpine, Tyler McReavy, Nathaniel Merritt, Samuel Neil, Mazie Palmer, Robert Reynolds, Harley Rogers, Albert Schultz, Meghan Sibley, Vanessa Twombly, Alexander Warner, Joshua Wortman
Scouts spend weekend at MMA
February 2 - A group of 22 area Scouts and 5 adults spent the past weekend at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine participating in the annual Klondike Derby. A team of scouts (pushing a dog sled) travels from station to station and performs tasks testing their skills and knowledge (first aid, knots, compass reading, etc). They are able to swim, rock climb, play basketball, eat in dining hall, tour the training ship, etc. A fun time was had by all those participating.
Donation made to Lincoln Heating Oil Fund
January 21 - Connie Rand (right),made a donation of $561 to the Town of Lincoln's Heating Oil Fund on behalf of "Neighbors Helping Neighbors". The check was accepted by Treasurer Melissa Quintela. "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" was organized last fall by local advertising company, Rand Advertising LLC, which is owned by Connie and Lee Rand. The following local businesses helped with the fundraising effort: Lincoln Maine Fed'l. Credit Union, Aubuchon, Tim Hortons, Ware's, Go Figure, Possibilities, Lincoln Pawn Shop, Frugal Frog, High Performance, & Whitney Outfitters.
Auxiliary recognizes outgoing president Janet Davis
By Bonnie Gray, PVH Auxiliary President
The PVH Auxiliary met on January 5 and hosted a special luncheon to recognize Jan Davis for her two years serving as president.
During 2015, Jan led a group of over 30 volunteers in the following functions and activities:
Sponsoring 3 Red Cross Blood Drives.
Preparing holiday tray decorations for Hospital inpatients
Providing Activity Packs for children in the Emergency Department
Performing clerical duties for Hospital.
Promoting the Hospital at the Lincoln Expo Event in May
Hosting a membership recruitment tea in the spring of 2015
Assisting in building and decorating the Hospital float for Homecoming
Volunteering at the Run-Walk for the Wellness event during Homecoming
Serving on the fund-raising committee for the Golf Tournament in August
Working at the Golf Tournament and hosting the raffles
Planning and organizing the Fall Fundraiser, Marriage Can Be a Mystery in November
Selling tickets for the Fundraiser and recruiting sponsors
Working at the event
Raising funds for the Auxiliary’s non-traditional scholarships (three scholarships each for $250 were awarded in 2015) by sponsoring two food, craft, and book sales
SIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN 2015:
The Auxiliary contributed $7,753 to the PVH 2015 Annual Fund, the most of any year since the hospital began tracking donations in 2008.
The Auxiliary was notified in January of 2015 that the Bangor Savings Bank Community Matters Program accepted the Penobscot Valley Hospital Auxiliary as one of the 48 organizations to be on the 2015 ballot to receive a $1,000 grant and compete with the other organizations for a $5,000 award. The Auxiliary received a $1,000 grant from this program.
The Auxiliary donated $3,500 to the Hospital for the purchase of a Multi-Hip Machine for the Hospital’s Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department.
The Auxiliary had a book case custom-made for the Cancer Support Group’s lending library.
For many years, the Auxiliary donated blankets and other newborn supplies to babies born in the Hospital. When the Obstetric Service closed in April of 2015, the Auxiliary donated the baby supplies and blankets on hand to the Good Samaritan Agency in Bangor.
The Tree of Life has been an Auxiliary fund raising project since 1997. This year the tree-lighting ceremony was held on December 4, 2015. The Auxiliary Treasurer, Linda Wyman, served as coordinator of the project. The Auxiliary realized more than $2,000 from this year’s Tree of Life project.
The Hospital Auxiliary has been in existence since 1973. Throughout the years, many women and a few men have donated their time, energy and expertise in support of Penobscot Valley Hospital. The Auxiliary elected the following people in December to take office in January 2016: President – Bonnie Gray; Vice President- Florence Alessi; Secretary- Patricia Beck, and Treasurer – Linda Wyman.
The present Auxiliary members are eager to begin a new year of service to the Hospital. The group is open to new membership with an interest in volunteering. As part of the PVH Auxiliary, your efforts will help to promote and sustain the Hospital as it strives to meet the healthcare needs of our community. For more information about becoming a volunteer, contact Kristie Libby, PVH Director of Marketing & Development at 794-7324.
Janet Davis (right) passes on the role of Penobscot Valley Hospital Auxiliary president to Bonnie Gray. The Auxiliary meets at 12:30pm on the 1st Tuesday of each month at PVH and is open to new members.
Early morning fire destroys flower shop
January 16 - Creative Blooms on West Broadway in Lincoln was destroyed in an early-morning blaze noticed by a passerby. The cause is unknown at this time. Several area fire departments worked to keep nearby Shooters from being consumed by the fire as well. Shooters did sustain some ceiling damage, and a couple of pool tables were damaged as well. Firefighters were still on the scene at around 9:00 this morning.
More jobs leaving the area
January 7 - 24+ jobs will be lost at Biomass plant in West Enfield, which is closing in March. There are between 15 and 20 trucking companies that deliver wood products to the plant in West Enfield.
Brian Souers of Treeline Inc., of Lincoln said that between a quarter and a third of his company's business is with Covanta. Treeline has approximately 65 employees.
Vote for your favorite artwork
Penobscot Valley Hospital is currently displaying 37 new pieces of artwork from area youth in the main hallways of the facility and staff welcome you to stop in to view their talent.
This round of artwork was completely selected by students of Mattanawcook Academy. In addition to their academic achievements, students of MA are encouraged to increase their participation as involved citizens. With this in mind, Camren McReavy, Tiffany Dyer, Shane Chase, Zachariah Booker, and Hannah Baker worked to collect artwork submissions from local school districts. They also performed the matting and display of the artwork.
Student Shane Chase remarks about PVH, "Having the artwork in the hall just shows they are family oriented and want to make their place cheerful so everyone can enjoy it: the patients, the workers and the visitors."
The hospital would like to thank the students for their volunteerism in the community! Students would like the public’s help in selecting your favorite pieces to award prizes at the next art exhibit. The four categories for voting are: top overall, high school, middle school and elementary. Winning students will receive a gift card. To complete the survey, please go to our website, www.pvhme.org, and click on “Vote for Favorite Artwork” under What’s New at the bottom of the page. Voting ends January 31, 2015.
Please stop by Penobscot Valley Hospital to review the local talent of our young artists.