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Trolley museum’s mannequin railroad constructing development underground
Seashore Trolley Museum has damaged floor on a $3.2 million development challenge to exhibit one in every of Maine’s largest HO-scale railroad layouts. The mannequin railroad depicts the Maine Central Railroad of the Nineteen Forties-60s and is being relocated from Jonesport, because of a beneficiant donation from the Wyss Medical Basis.
The inspiration initially dedicated over $2 million to the challenge in 2021 however because of the rising price of supplies their donation was elevated to $3.2 million. The constructing will embrace an open area for the format, workplace area for volunteers and workers, a mixed workshop/convention room; a retail location so the museum can herald extra income via mannequin gross sales; and a mezzanine viewing gallery that has potential for group programming and different actions with elevator entry. The constructing can be heated and cooled by geothermal power.
The museum may even assemble a brand new carhouse for 9 trolleys in its assortment and a stay feed digital camera has been put in so that folks can watch your complete development course of from dwelling 24/7.
When the constructing is full, the stay feed digital camera can be moved inside to seize the mannequin in motion. The anticipated completion date of the constructing is now August, with a aim to have the mannequin railroad rebuilt and working by December.
The fantastically crafted mannequin railroad format was constructed by Helen and Harold “Buz” Beal, who for many years, opened their dwelling to visitors from all around the world to view one in every of Maine’s largest layouts in HO-scale. From Quoddy Lighthouse to the mountains of Maine, to the paper mills and Dragon Cement, road blocks representing the communities the Maine Central Mannequin Railroad operated via and a number of other roundhouses, tunnels, rivers and the ocean, the format has all of it. Finest-selling creator Stephen King even offered the designs of his Victorian dwelling from him in Bangor to the Beals.
Sheridan Development of Fairfield will construct the challenge. Sebago Technics of South Portland will present the location and civil engineering for the constructing. RW Gillespie of Biddeford will present geotechnical companies. And Colex of Gloucester will full wanted website work. Development is anticipated to start in April.
As soon as the constructing is accomplished and the format is stay, the museum will open year-round.
The Seashore Trolley Museum, situated at 195 Log Cabin Street, is the world’s first and largest electrical railway and transit museum. It opens for its 84th season on Could 6.
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WinterKids ski problem registration now open
Registration is open for the eleventh annual WinterKids Downhill 24 at Sugarloaf set for March 2-3.
Introduced by Agren and Zachau Development, the 24-hour ski and snowboard problem will elevate cash for WinterKids packages that assist youth construct wholesome habits via out of doors winter exercise. That is the one night time of the 12 months to ski underneath the lights at Sugarloaf.
This 12 months, the occasion will begin at 8 pm on March 2 and finish at 8 pm March 3, with a closing ceremony occasion within the King Pine Room at Sugarloaf. Groups can register to ski, journey, or pores and skin up for twenty-four hours. There are registrations for company groups and particular person groups, with groups of as much as 12 individuals. There can be a full schedule of occasions together with a race area, inflatable impediment course, trivia, raffles, all night time mid-mountain occasion, music, meals and extra.
The group goals to boost $650,000 in funding to succeed in greater than 50,000 youngsters in all 16 counties. The primary 50 registrants by Jan. 31 will obtain a WinterKids fleece headband. To register your workforce and study extra, go to

Ladies Rock design contest introduced
Maine Academy of Fashionable Music invitations all highschool college students to submit their artwork to the Ladies Rock Poster Design contest for an opportunity to win a ton of cool prizes. The successful design can be used on MAMM’s 2023 Ladies Rock! occasion posters and T-shirts and can be shared over social media.
The primary place prize bundle will embrace $500 money, 4 tickets to MAMM’s annual Ladies Rock! live shows at Bangor and Portland, Ladies Rock T-shirt and different merchandise; and a MAMM Summer time Camp scholarship.
The second place winner will obtain $100 money, two tickets to MAMM’s annual Ladies Rock! live shows, a Ladies Rock poster and T-shirt, one free month of classes at MAMM (in-person or digital).
The runner-up will win two tickets to MAMM’s annual Ladies Rock! live shows, a Ladies Rock poster and T-shirt.
The competition is open to all Maine highschool college students. Designs have to be no greater than 8.5-by-11 inches. Art work can have as much as 3 colours with minimal shading. Designs have to be all authentic work. Picture or PDF recordsdata are accepted. Entries have to be uploaded by Feb. 14. Winners can be determined by a panel of MAMM judges and notified by e-mail.

RSU 21 holding bus driver hiring occasion
The RSU 21 Faculty District will host a particular open home from 8 am to 4 pm on Jan. 25 for people who’re fascinated about turning into bus drivers. The occasion can be held on the Transportation Hub at 116 York St.
The district is in search of to fill seven bus driver positions and has elevated incentives to satisfy that demand. Along with providing full-time advantages for a part-time schedule (25 hours), the district can be providing a $2,500 sign-on bonus and a $1,000 referral bonus to district workers who refer a profitable candidate.
Directors can be readily available, together with breakfast for bus drivers, from 8 to 9:30 am Candidates can go to any time till 4 pm
No industrial driver’s license is required to use. If employed and not using a CDL, new hires will obtain coaching for the required certification and can work as a bus aide till receiving their CDL.
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Dyer Library and the Saco Museum introduced the winners of its 2022 Competition of Bushes Folks’s Selection Award successful submissions for this 12 months’s show of adorned bushes, themed “Celebrating the Holidays.”
First prize went to the “Mardi Gras Christmas Ball,” sponsored by Biddeford Financial savings and adorned by Theresa Ruel.
Second place was awarded to “Victorian Magnificence,” sponsored by Northern Gentle House Care & Hospice and adorned by Sandy Riley.
The third place winner was “Wild Weeds,” sponsored by Bob & Mike’s Mini Mart and adorned by Anne Dobson.

Grants obtainable to organizations that serve individuals of coloration
Grants from the Maine Neighborhood Basis’s Black, Indigenous, and Folks of Shade fund can be found to organizations which might be led by, and serve, individuals of Native American, Latino, African, Arab, and Asian descent.
In 2022, the fund awarded 33 grants totaling $315,470. An extra 10 grants, totaling $93,250, have been awarded by donors with suggested funds at MaineCF.
The 2022 grantees included: Alpha Authorized Basis of Portland, to begin a JusticeCorps program to offer aspiring BIPOC attorneys extra publicity to Maine’s authorized system; Maine Inside OUT of Lisbon, for arts and advocacy-based management improvement packages for youth of coloration; and Wabanaki Youth in Science of Previous City, to deliver Indigenous information and western science collectively to boost studying for Native youth.
The deadline to submit proposals is Feb. 15. The applying, particulars of the grant program and a listing of all latest grants can be found at For extra data, contact Senior Program Officer Gloria Aponte C. at 207-412-0847 or [email protected]

Structure agency earns an American Graphic Design Award
WINTER HOLBEN’s design for the Buoy Shack in Kittery has acquired an award within the Signage and Environmental Graphics class by the 59th annual GDUSA American Graphic Design Awards.
The challenge was chosen as one of many few winners amongst a discipline of greater than 14,000 inventive options entrants for purchasers equivalent to Nationwide Geographic, UPS, Baskin Robbins, and Tabasco.
“We consider that built-in design enhances the human expertise throughout the constructed setting and thank GDUSA for this recognition,” stated principal and founder Elisa Winter Holben.
The constructing design is a novel modern play on the buoy-adorned fishing shacks that dot the banks of our port metropolis’s harbor, together with the pier of Buoy Shack. Incorporating most of the trendy architectural particulars WINTER HOLBEN is understood for, the ensuing idea combines textures and supplies impressed by these seaside buildings, with trendy, distinctive particulars like translucent polycarbonate panels – which collectively create a one-of-a sort construction that can stand the check of time. For extra particulars, go to

Joanne Bean named CEO of Camp Sunshine
Camp Sunshine, a year-round free retreat for kids with life-threatening sicknesses and their households, welcomed Joanne Bean as its new chief government officer.
Bean joined Camp Sunshine because the senior vp & chief improvement officer in July earlier than being promoted to CEO. Beforehand, she served because the vp and chief development officer at St. Joseph’s School of Maine for 9 years and as senior director of improvement at The Jackson Laboratory for eight years.
Camp Sunshine founder and board chair Anna Gould stated Bean brings greater than 30 years of progressive nonprofit management expertise and an necessary perspective to Camp Sunshine as the primary chief to have attended Camp as a household. “(Bean’s) promotion is an amazing win for the group, and I couldn’t be extra excited to see what Camp Sunshine accomplishes underneath (her) course,” stated Gould.
In 1994, Bean and her household attended Camp Sunshine on the advice of a pediatric endocrinologist, after daughter Shannon was recognized with Kind 1 diabetes at age 4.
“Our expertise at Camp Sunshine was life altering,” stated Bean. “I am honored to come back again to assist lead this unimaginable group that offered a transformative expertise for me and my household.”
Below Gould and Bean’s management, the camp has established a senior management workforce, comprised of Ruth Calas as vp of improvement, Roger Densmore III at vp of finance and Stephanie Feyler as vp of program operations and new enterprise improvement.
Bean stated the camp will return to a full schedule of conventional, in-person programming this 12 months, with the workforce working to solidify new partnerships with therapy facilities, referral companions, volunteers and donors to make sure that attending households will be capable of expertise the surprise of Camp Sunshine for years to come back.
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