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Educational forum

ROCKLAND — “Education: An Economic Imperative for the Midcoast” will be held 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the Strand Theatre, Main Street. The event is free and open to the public. Guests speakers include:

• Laurie Lachance, president and CEO of Maine Development Foundation, and former Maine state economist.

• Gov. Paul LePage.

• “Multiple Pathways: One Goal,” thoughts and predictions about what secondary education may look like in the midcoast in the 21st century, with Judith Lucarelli, superintendent, RSU 13; William Shuttleworth, superintendent, Five Town CSD; Susan Pratt, superintendent, SAD 40; and Beth Fisher, director Region 8, MidCoast School of Technology.

• Round-table panel discussion and open question and answer session with Steve Bowen, commissioner of Maine Department of Education; Yellow Breen, chairman of Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education; Allyson Handley, president of University of Maine at Augusta; Mark L. Harmon, assistant academic dean, Kennebec Valley Community College; Eric Waters, COO, Pen Bay Healthcare; and Jim Lattin, controller, Fisher Engineering.

Refreshments and discussion will take place at the Strand after the forum. The event will be co-hosted by the Many Flags-One Campus Foundation, Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, Rockland Economic Development Advisory Committee, Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee of Camden; and the Maine Coast Economic Alliance.


Hutchinson Center

BELFAST — The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will hold a mosses workshop 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave.

The workshop is designed to help beginners appreciate the features, identification, diversity and ecology of mosses, liverworts and hornworts, collectively known as bryophytes.

The workshop will include time to collect mosses in the field and work in the center’s biology lab to identify samples using microscopes. Participants will discuss identification techniques, the anatomy, life cycle and ecology of mosses, and major moss and liverwort groups.

The workshop is designed for beginners and enthusiastic amateur naturalists. No knowledge about mosses or microscopes is necessary. Participants may want to bring a digital camera.

The workshop will be taught by Alison Dibble, who holds a doctoral degree in plant science and a master’s degree in botany from the University of Maine, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Hartwick College. She has held many positions in the field of botany, including assistant research professor at the University of Maine, seasonal contractor for the U.S. Forest Service, and as a consulting ecologist funded by the Northern States Research Council. She worked most recently as a guest instructor at College of the Atlantic teaching lichen biology.

The cost of the workshop is $45, and includes lab supplies and a snack. To register for the workshop, call the Hutchinson Center at 338-8000, or visit http://www.hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu/. To inquire about the availability of partial scholarships, call 338-8038.