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Page 16 THE QUODDY TIDES 9 February, 2018 CULTURAL DAY was celebrated at Edmunds Consolidated School on January 29, when 22 Washington Academy students from 10 countries came to the school. Edmunds school hosts Cultural Day event On January 29, 22 students from Wash- traditions. The cultural program worked ington Academy (WA) came to Edmunds with Edmunds school's Fresh Fruits and Consolidated School (ECS) for Cultural Vegetables Grant, which provided stu- Day. Gina Finn, health and physical edu- dents with a taste of each country through cation teacher at ECS, and Nancy Rich- different foods. Finn worked with Lusan ardson, director of residential life at WA, Lee, a chef from George Stevens Acade- coordinated a Cultural Day program for my in Blue Hill, and Rick Zhang, a Chi- all students at Edmunds. The WA students nese teacher at WA, to cook authentic represented the Philipines, Germany, Ber- Chinese dumplings with sauce for stu- muda, C]aina, Indonesia, Nepal, Poland, dents. South Korea, the Czech Republic and Ja- The visiting students shared their tal- maica, ents in singing, playing guitar and piano, At a moming assembly ECS students dancing and playing soccer. Edmunds stu- were given "passports" to have "stamped" dents were able to interact with the inter- as they visited each "country" - repre- national students during lunch and recess. sented by a WA student. There has been interest in continuing The high school students provided ac- this cultural connection with both schools tivities that highlighted their countries' through future collaborations or evening geography, flag, educational system and events. WHITING by Mary Alice Look Tel. 733-2826 SCHOOL NEWS The next meeting of the comprehensive Students and staff from both Whiting plan committee will be on Wednesday, Village School and Edmunds Consolidat- February 21, at 6 p.m. in the selectmen/ ed School were mesmerized with presen- planning boawd room. The work is nearing tations by the Northern Stars Visiting completion, and current members of the Planetarium on January 26. Age-appro- committee include Janice Bronson, James priate tours of the Northern Hemisphere's Bums, Mary-Alice Look, Ken Smith and night sky were shown with "teacher plan- Bob Spencer. Judy East, executive direc- ets" guiding the youngest students through tor of the Washington County Council of the solar system. Older students were pre- Governments (WCCOG), has guided the sented with up-to-date scientific data and committee through the update. intriguing photographs of near and neigh- New tax maps for use by the planning boring planets, board and others have been received from The presenter, John Meader, provided a the WCCOG. wealth of information and was quick to UNION MEETING HOUSE build a great rapport with the students. A new low-temperature indicator has Humor and music were combined with been installed at the building and will be stimulating graphics to keep the students visible in the right front window when the bubbling with excitement. The two temperature has dropped to a level of con- schools collaborated to bring the presen- cern. As compared to the window candles, tation to this area, and the event was held it will emit a significant amount of light, at the Edmunds school, and, if noticed, the town office or a mem- Whiting Village students are planning ber of the board of selectmen should be to attend the annual winter celebration at contacted. Cobscook Bay State Park on Saturday, February 17. The event is planned to pro- HISTORICAL SOCIE13f vide an up-close look at an outdoor life- Members have started working on a style through activities such as skating, newsletter planned to be sent out this skiing and snowshoeing. Sporting equip- spring. The next meeting will be on Sun- ment is available for use. This day of family day, February 25, at 3 p.m. at the Union fun is provided by the community-minded Meeting House. friends at the park and many volunteers Plans for the potluck/ice cream social without whom it would not be possible, will be finalized. That event is scheduled Principal Scott Johnson has announced for March 3 with a snow date of March the school's honor roll as follows. Grade 10. 5: Honors - Abbey Anderson; Grade 7: Honors - Tate Anderson, Daniela Myers; high honors - Chloe Dinsmore, Owen PEMBROKE IRVING Leavitt and Logan Lyons; Grade 8: Hon- ors - Abby Leavitt; high honors - Tyler Dinsmore. TOWN NEWS The next selectmen's meeting will be held on Monday, February 12, at 6 p.m. at the town office. The space over the kitchen in the com- munity building has been cleaned, as well as the janitor's closet. The work was com- pleted at the end of last month; items were returned or relocated as appropriate and debris was removed. Open 7 Days a Week Mon.-Sat 4 a.m.-closing Sun 5 a.m.-closing Route 1, Pembroke, ME 726-5103 ;VILL by Mary McFadden, Tel. 726-4676 -- < mmcfadden@roadrunner.com > CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH About 50 people attended the February breakfast in the parish hall on February 3. The next public breakfast will be served on Saturday, March 3, from 7 to 9 a.m. Breakfasts are held regularly on the first Saturday of every month. The regular monthly public supper will be held in the parish hall on Saturday, February 17, at 5 p.m. This month's sup- per will be a baked bean menu for $7 for adults and $4 for children. This church will host Soup and Sermon on Monday, February 26, at 12 noon. Three soups will be on the menu: fish chowder, pea soup and corn chowder. The service" will consist of a very short sermon and music provided by the chancel choir. The public is welcome. Sunday morning service begins at 11 a.m. in the parish hall for the remainder of February. The plan is to resume Sunday service in the sanctuary of the church in March, weather permitting. The church sends prayers out to all who are in the process of grieving for lost loved ones, to those who are recovering from sickness and to anyone who needs a boost in life. EDMUNDS SCHOOL The Edmunds Parent Teacher Boosters Club met on January 3 in the school li- brary with 12 members present and vice president Ashley Cox presiding. Ideas for a mid-winter dance for the students were presented, as well as ways to improve the annual winter Camival week activities. The club gave the green light to funding requests for activities supporting Dr. Seuss Day, Read Across America, Bikes for Books and the State of Maine Read to Me Challenge, as well as to the recently held Cultural Day, equipment for the mu- sic program and the robotics program and for supplies for the sports programs. The boosters club will sponsor a "Spring Showcase" on April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school. Direct sales consultants and crafters may rent table space for $20 per table or $40 for a class- room. Please contact Alison in the school office at 726-4478 to sign up. Parents and the public are welcome at the event and are urged to donate items for a Chinese raffle. -~ Upcoming dates of importance lnclude:j week of February 18, winter vacation~ Tuesday, February 27, Edmunds at Lubec, bus leaves at 4:20 p.m.; Thursday, March 1, Perry at Edmunds; Friday, March 9, regular school day. Students in physical education classes have completed the Pacer Test, which is a fitness test measuring speed, agility and endurance. Record holders for this year are: Grade 8, Ashlee Morang, 113; Grade 6, Jonah Furth, 50; Grade 5, Max Curtis, 60; Grade 4, Tom Brown, 95; and Grade 3, Payton Bulmer, 94. Volunteers are needed to work in the kitchen during home basketball games. Call the school office to sign up. Admis- sion is $3 for adults and high school stu- dents and $1 for elementary school students. The 212 Degree awards this time go to Linda Seeley, who donated to the Lego Robotics Team, to Nancy Richardson and the students from Washington Academy who made Culture Day successful and to the parents and students who attended the winter sports meeting and the Title I meet- ing. Board concerned about unlicenseddogs by Karen Holmes During the February 3 Cooper Select Board meeting, Tax Collector Laurie Pike informed the board that she had contacted some residents who have not licensed their dogs. Some residents did respond and li- cense their dogs, but some have not. State law requires that all dogs must be licensed yearly and have up-to-date rabies vac- cines. State law also mandates that if dogs have not been licensed by a certain date, owners must pay a $25 fme plus the regu- lar license fee. Following discussion about further action, it was decided that the town has fulfilled its obligations under the law. Also discussed was the possibility that some dog owners avoid licensing because they also have avoided the expense of ra- bies and other shots. Since there have been recent confirmed cases in this area of ra- bies in a raccoon, a fox and a feral cat, this is a serious situation. The select board con- cluded that the Town of Cooper should host a rabies clinic with a local veterinari- anTroviding shots for dogs and cats. Selectman Dan Ackley explained how the many recent storms have damaged a few town roads. David Lee has spent many hours plowing and sanding the roads as well as fixing washouts. It was agreed that this has been a difficult winter with extreme fluctuations in temperatures, re- PLEASE PATRONIZE OUR ADVERTISERS Q uilts - Folk Art Dolt5- Reiki I. ongarrn Q uilting 416 Gin Cove Road (right behind Loring's Auto Body Shop) Visitors welcomed By c, hanc, e or appt, 5t~an Designs in Perry, maine ~53~315 5plachy@ rnyfa/rpo/nt ~et suiting in difficult and often not immedi- ate removal of packed ice and snow on the roads. The school board representative de- scribed some of the positive changes in the state's Essential Programs and Servic- es (EPS) funding model. Title 1 federal funds can now be kept without the state subtracting them from the funds it pro- vides to school districts. By adding all Pre-K students in total enrollment figures of a community, there will be immediate access to state funds. Previously, a com- munity had to shoulder that expense and wait for a year to be reimbursed. The EPS formula operating transition percentage was increased from 97% to 100%. Minimum receiver communities like Cooper will now see 40%, and not 33%, of their special needs expenses reimbursed by the state. The school board representative also described some possible negative chang- es. There may be some increased costs to communities and school districts. The ear- ly childhood student-teacher ratio is 17-1 now instead of 15-1, so more teachers and aides may be need to be hired. There is a required expansion of Pre-K programs. The state is no longer reimbursing as much money to school districts for administra- tive expenses. The October and April stu- dent enrollment numbers in a fiscal year will no longer be used to determine the final EPS amount given to a community. The number of students has been an im- portant factor in formulation. Now the state will use an average of the previous two fiscal years of enrollment numbers. Another possible negative change is that the mill rate the state uses to determine a community's contribution to a school dis- trict's budgetrose from 8.19 to 8.51. The board went into executive session to discuss possible foreclosures. The next Cooper Select Board meeting will be on Saturday, February 17, at the town office at 9 a.m. Town business can be conducted at the town office from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 15.