Appleton news

By Jessica Davis | Nov 15, 2012

AVS News

On Monday, Nov. 5, 15 local veterans and five spouses came to AVS to spend the morning with the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. They shared stories and answered questions in a small group, large group and panel discussion format.

The middle school students hosted, interviewed and introduced our veteran guests and were respectful and attentive audience members during the panel discussion. The fifth-grade students set the tables beautifully for lunch. The third- and first-grade students made fun and colorful table decorations and cards. Entertainment was fabulous with grades one through four singing patriotic songs accompanied by Wendy Thatcher-Hall. And, Toni Clark made a  delicious lunch. A special thanks goes out to the veterans who gave their morning to share their stories and thoughts.Thanks to all who helped make our AVS Veteran’s Day Celebration a memorable and successful event!

Basketball season is starting up again! The first game will be on Nov. 19 at Bristol at 3:45 p.m.The girls will play first that game. The first home game will be against Woolwich on Nov. 27 at 3:45 p.m. The boys will play first at this game. I’m excited to see the basketball team play this year!

There will be no school Nov. 19 to 23, due to a teachers' workshop and Thanksgiving break. There will only be a half day of school on Friday, Nov. 30, school will release at 11:30 a.m. that day.

Library News

Congratulations! Appleton’s youth patrons collectively reported reading 231 books this summer and surpassed the library’s reading challenge once again! Participants recorded the titles of their completed books throughout the summer and were rewarded with free passes to a Portland Sea Dogs game and free tickets to Old Fort Western in Augusta. The library would like to thank Abbie H., J.J. H., Jacob H., Max M., Meg G., Clark G., Emma S., Ethan B., Riley W., Jack M., Amelia P., Grady R., Claire W., Lucas W., August G. and Annalee G. for participating in this summer reading challenge!

Appleton Authors

Recently, two Appleton authors had nice book reviews done by the Bangor Daily News. Stephen Gleasner, an artist and woodworker, wrote the book, "The Wicked Good Book: A Guide to Maine Living," it’s a manual for successful Maine living. More of Gleasner's writings can be found in Downeast Magazine and The American Woodturner.

Andrew Vietze and Stephen Ericson wrote the book, "Boon Island: A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Cannibalism."

"In a raging storm on Dec. 11, 1710, the Nottingham Galley slammed into Boon Island, just six miles off the coast of Maine, and broke apart. Its captain and 13-man crew, by some miracle, jumped ship, survived the freezing Atlantic and clawed their way onto the barren isle that would be their prison for the next three weeks."

Vietze, former managing editor of Down East magazine and a registered Maine guide, has penned six previous books. He also has worked as park ranger at Daicey Pond in Baxter State Park for the past 10 years.

Beltie Holiday Event

On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m to noon, you should go spend some time at Aldermere Farm during Christmas by the Sea, going from station to station learning and playing, visiting with the calves, and making a Beltie holiday craft to take home. Shop for your holiday Beltie items, enjoy some refreshments, and learn all about how you can get involved at Aldermere Farm and the Erickson Fields Preserve! A farmers market with Terra Optima and Half Moon Farm will be on site and baked goods will be for sale to help support the Aldermere Achievers 4-H club. Event is free!

Zing! Shake & Bake Program

If you have a child age 8-12 who would like to get more physical activity and learn to prepare some healthy recipes; join the six-week Zing! Program. Each session will start with active games and then working together to prepare recipes from “The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook” created by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Let’s Move Program. This started Tuesday, Nov. 6, and lasts through Dec. 11. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Pen Bay Healthcare Picker Family Resource Center. For more information and to register, call Donna Ames, RN, at 593-5639.

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