History-themed camp available for youngsters

ROCKLAND — With the Sail, Power and Steam Museum as a base, the Time Travelers in the Rockland area have put together a fun and adventurous history-and-water themed camp for youngsters ages eight to 12 this summer.

The two week-long camps will be held July 8-12 and July 16-20.

As part of the fun, the youngsters will tour Rockland Harbor aboard the Lady Margaret, learn the history of the Friendship Sloop and see one being repaired. They will also learn letters in the seamen’s semaphore communication system.

On Adventure days, Time Travelers will explore historic sites, hike, enjoy beaches, boat trips and lighthouses, said Marlene Hall, camp director. Hall, three other adult counselors and two junior counselors will supervise campers.

Hall said a typical day for campers may include recording events in a journal, nautical crafts, playing historical games, enjoying hand-cranked ice cream, playing tin whistles and learning a historical dance.

Each group of campers also will launch a message in a bottle. Last year’s message was found by a lobsterman from Portsmouth, N.H. He reported his find to Hall, and sent the bottle off again.

For more information and costs, contact Marlene Hall at 594 8047 or 542 1759 or reach her by email at 24mhall@gmail.com.


Schelble graduates from Keene State College

KEENE, N.H. — On Saturday, May 11, Keene State College's Commencement honored its biggest-ever graduating class. A total of 1,219 degrees were awarded to 1,146 students.

This year's graduates included Anna Schelble of Camden, earning a bachelor of the arts degree.


Weather spotter training available

ROCKLAND — The National Weather Service is partnering with Knox County Emergency Management to offer a SKYWARN Weather Spotter Training Course in Rockland Wednesday, June 5. The course will be held at the Knox County EMA office, 301 Park St. in Rockland from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

NWS Forecast Meteorologist Mike Cempa, of the Gray Weather Forecast Office will lead the program. SKYWARN training includes: Basics of thunderstorm development and fundamentals of storm structure along with identification of potential severe weather features. SKYWARN trained spotters also enhance NWS emergency weather advisories, watches and warnings by providing “real-time” observations which validate radar-observed or modeling predicted severe weather. The training covers spotter reporting methods along with basic severe weather safety.

This free course is open to any interested resident. Please contact Knox County EMA at 594-5155 to reserve a seat.


Waldoboro youth summer recreation program

WALDOBORO — The Waldoboro Youth Summer Recreation Program provides five weeks of structured activities and field trips for Waldoboro children entering first through sixth-grade. The program runs Monday through Friday, July 8 to Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Miller Elementary School gymnasium.

Registrations for non-resident children will be accepted on a space available basis. Program attendance is flexible, so families can go on vacations and still attend the remaining events when they return. Parents, legal guardians or designated representatives must sign children in and out each day. There are a maximum of 50 spots available each week. There are many activities and field trips planned for this year. Weekly swimming and hiking trips are planned in addition to other activities around the Midcoast community.

Scholarships are available (for Waldoboro citizens only) and may be arranged through the Recreation Department. For costs or to register, contact the Recreation Department at 832-5369.


Local Nichols College graduates receive degrees

DUDLEY, MASS. — Nichols College held its annual commencement ceremony May 11. Four hundred and twelve undergraduate and graduate students received degrees, including the following from the local area.

Wesley McAlister II from Rockland was awarded a bachelor of science in business administration in sport management.

Erica Tolman from West Rockport was awarded a bachelor of science in business administration in sport management and in finance cum laude.


New England School of Communications honors list

BANGOR — The New England School of Communications announces its honors list for spring 2013.

Sarah Judkins of Union, earned high honors,

Dean Koenig of South Thomaston, earned honors,

Trevor Winchenbaugh of Union, earned high honors,

Nicholas Young of Warren, earned high honors.


Rockland native inducted into Stonehill College Honor Society

EASTON, MASS. — Rockland native Laura Plourde was inducted into Stonehill College's Honor Society Lambda Epsilon Sigma. A member of the class of 2013, Plourde maintained a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

The purpose of the society is to recognize and promote scholarship at the college. Acceptance into the society is based on evidence of academic achievement, of a pursuit of learning that extends beyond the classroom environment and of an ability to communicate effectively through writing.

Additionally, in order to be inducted into the society, the student must be recommended by faculty both from the student's major and from outside of the student's major.


Ocean Explorers Camp

CAMDEN — Due to popular demand, Ocean Explorers Camp has expanded to serve those young and eager explorers between the ages of 3-5. With a nautical theme, kids will learn to tie knots, study a lobster up close, hoist a sail, make homemade boats, learn about pirates, and even create a fairy village.

Jen Conover’s backyard will be transformed into a magical island of fun and learning for a week of discovery. Conover and Liza Gardner Walsh will co-lead this exciting week.

Each day will begin with the reading of a story to set the days adventures in motion. Although children will walk to Laite Beach to try out their own boats, children will only be going on a boat in Jen’s back yard. The camp runs from June 24-28, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. For costs and to register email compassrosepreschool@gmail.com.


Rockport resident inducted into national history honor society

BURLINGTON, VT. — Gabriel Kallet Blodgett of Rockport was among 24 University of Vermont students initiated into the Alpha Alpha Psi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, at an induction ceremony held in April.

Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society, established in 1921, whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.The University of Vermont chapter, Alpha Alpha Psi, was chartered in 1982. Undergraduate students who have completed at least 15 credit hours in history courses at UVM with a 3.5 grade point average and an overall grade point average of 3.4 are eligible for membership. History M.A. students are required to maintain a 3.67 grade point average in their graduate studies.


Sandefur graduates from Skidmore College

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Skidmore's class of 2013, with 605 baccalaureate candidates, participated in the college's 102nd commencement May 18 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Kelsea Sandefur of Camden received a bachelor of arts degree and graduated cum laude.


Mayberry inducted into marketing honor society

EASTON, MASS. — Rockport resident Lynn Mayberry, a member of the Stonehill College class of 2013, was inducted into the Alpha Mu Alpha Honor Society.

Alpha Mu Alpha was created in 1981 by the American Marketing Association as the national honor society for marketing. The society honors students at undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels for their excellence in marketing studies in a highly competitive field.