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April 26, 2011

Runners, walkers enjoy dog days of spring?

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 9:40 am

A participate in Saturday's first annual Youthlinks' Run-A-Hound 5-kilometer run/walk in Rockland stretches with two of his four-legged friends prior to the event.

Rockland — The city streets literally went to the dogs Saturday morning. Well, the pavement also was filled with runners and walkers of all ages, but furry, four-legged canines certainly took center stage in a unique 5-kilometer event.

On a cold, blustery early-spring day, dogs and their owners ran and walked the streets and sidewalks of Rockland as Youthlinks sponsored its first Run-A-Hound 5-Kilometer Fundraising Race.

Many breeds of dogs were represented in the event, with perhaps the most humorous comment of the day coming from Karen Veit who stated, while just starting her walk along the 3.1-mile course, “Kind of strange pairing a greyhound with a non-runner.”

But the dogs of all sizes and shapes were with owners of all shapes, sizes and ages. One wondered who might get tired trekking across the course first — dog or owner.

There also were plenty of fathers and mothers pushing strollers with young children inside. In fact, Peter Scheib of Camden, pushing his daughter in a running carriage, finished first among the field.

Forty-five people participated in the event.

The 5K benefited the animal programs of the organization and is  modeled on one of Youthlinks’ popular service programs, Run-A-Hound, in  which high school students volunteer with local animal shelters by  taking dogs out for a run to exercise and train them.

The Run-A-Hound 5K started and finished at Youthlinks, located  at 420 Broadway in Rockland.

More information on the event is available online at youthlinksonline.org/runahound5k.

Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services,   serves more than 500 Mid-Coast youth a year through afterschool   enrichment programs, in-school prevention, and summer camps. Many of the   programs include service-learning and animals.

The individual results for runners/walkers were: 1, Scheib, 20:32; 2, Colin Page, 24:00; 3, Ron Hise, 24:57; 4, Heidi Harris, 25:15; 5, Kathy Kandzioka, 26:33; 6, Benjamin Fuller, 25:38; 7, Shannon Thompson, 25:46; 8, Sydney Hall, 26:55; 9, Charlie Charlton, 27:25; 10, Ellen Spring, 27:49; 11, Reade Brower, 27:50; 12, Kathryn Gordon, 28:26; 13, Sophie Hall, 28:33; 14, Kelly Hall, 28:34; 15, Fletcher Hall, 28:37; 16, Joshua Garner, 30:32; 17, Tom Savage, 31:48; 18, Hilary Flagg, 32:39; 19, Mike Cherry, 34:11; 20, Cricket Fuller, 45:19; 21, Gil Munden, 46:22; 22, Toni Mocton, 54:47; and Kathleen Celorer and Melissa Warren.

The individual results for runners/walkers with dogs were: 1, Lloyd Bracy, 24:16; 2, Caitlin Schick, 25:50; 3, Jessie Davis, 26:48; 4, Irene Hopkins, 26:55; 5, Phillip Stuart, 27:11; 6, Scott McPherson, 27:41; 7, Delisa Morong, 27:42; 8, Sandy Bodamer, 30:30; 9, Skip Bracy, 32:25; 10, Elizabeth Noble, 33:02; 11, Alison Scheib, 33:08; 12, Wendy Hart, 39:07; 13, Cindy Harris, 41:30; 14, Kathryn Dermott, 44:29; 15, Nibby Browning, 45:19; 16, Rachel Albury, 46:21; 17, Karen Veit, 53:23; 18, Davon Place, 54:43; 19, Ashley Bickford, 58:09; 20, Marie Finnegan, 58;16; and 21, Angelica Ross, 58:16.

April 21, 2011

Win a $6,000 Maine Dream Vacation!

Filed under: Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 11:29 am

Proceeds help support the community service programs of Youthlinks, connecting the teens of Midcoast Maine to their communities and expanding their aspirations through services and enrichment, and the community development work of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce. Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services.

http://www.mainedreamvacation.com/

Win a dream trip to Camden, Maine

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 11:23 am

Check out what Hilary Nangle of Maine Travel Maven has to say about our Dream Vacation Raffle

http://www.mainetravelmaven.com/2011/04/19/win-a-dream-trip-to-camden-maine/

Rockland Glee Club focuses on more than just music

Filed under: Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 10:29 am

Glee mania has taken over Rockland District Middle School.  Says student Zoe Goff, “I love the show!  I wish I could watch it every minute of the day!”  The appeal of the show is widespread, and this year several RDMS students decided that they wanted in on the Glee phenomenon.  Enter the Rockland After-School Alliance, which tailored a musical program to the passionate requests of this enthusiastic group.  Participant Sydney Gustafson shares, “There’s just something about the show—it’s fun and special and kind of crazy, and we wanted to have that here.”  For several weeks now, fourteen middle school students and two high school volunteers have met with Youthlinks Program Manager Hilary Flagg to master song and dance routines from the show they love, in preparation for their April 15th showcase performance.

While all involved would admit that preparing for a five-song performance is a lot of work, the fun seems to be what stands out most to this dedicated crew.  Each practice ends with a chance for students to check in about how the day went, usually by rating the day on a scale of 1 – 10.  Inevitably, off the chart numbers were shouted out as students reflected on how much they accomplished and how much fun they had singing and dancing together.  Says Flagg, “When we started the program, a top priority was making sure that Glee was fun for everyone, regardless of vocal ability and past experience.  It’s been incredible to see how much they have improved musically because of being in such a positive environment with their peers.”

The part of the show that students love most, in addition to the elaborate and flawless musical routines, is the camaraderie that develops between students from different social circles as they come together in a mutual love of song.  That team mentality is evident at RDMS, too; students who have never hung out prior to Glee have become each other’s biggest supporters and mentors, working together to learn dance steps, sing with emotion, and, perhaps most challenging, to overcome stage fright.  Delia Sastaamoinen, one of Glee’s soloists, says, “I originally joined because I love the show, I thought it would be really fun, and I had to get over my stage fright.”  She, along with many of her fellow Gleeks, signed up for the program without feeling prepared to take the stage and sing for a crowd.  After lots of practice and encouragement, this session’s showcase performance featured fourteen of its sixteen members in solos, duets, and small group numbers—every single student who was brave enough to ask for a feature got one.

The Glee Club’s recent performance caps off the program for the year, but it’s likely that next fall will be the start of another Gleeful year!  Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, is part of the Rockland After-School Alliance and provides community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to all youth ages 11-17 from anywhere in mid-coast Maine. Youthlinks programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations. All programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221

April 14, 2011

Fundraiser a Success Despite Nor’easter

Filed under: Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 8:45 am

The beat went on at the Youthlinks 2nd annual I Pity The Fool fundraising ‘80s dance, despite the April Fools Day blizzard.

Youthlinks would like to thank all of the guests who trudged through the snow Lincoln Street Center to dance to the awesome sounds of The Nikki Hunt Band.  Over a dozen people won fabulous prizes for their outfits and dance moves thanks to our prize sponsors:  FIORE Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars, Belfast Dance Studio and RHEAL Day Spa.  The entire evening was made possible through the generosity of our title sponsors, Atlantic Studios, Café Miranda, and Machias Savings Bank.

A huge thank you goes out to the eight fabulous supporting Rockland restaurants, Amalfi on the Water, Café Miranda, In Good Company, Lily Bistro, Park Street Grille, Rustica, Waterworks and Sweets and Meats.  One lucky raffle winner took home gifts certificates to each of these restaurants!

Thank you to Central Distributors and TEA printing for our posters, and Bonnie Farmer and Jesse Stuart for event photography.  You can check out photos online at facebook.com/groups/ipitythefool.

You can put away your leg warmers and shoulder pads for now, but mark your calendars for year three:  Saturday April 1, 2012.

All proceeds from the evening went to support Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland that provides community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to youth ages 11-17 in mid-coast Maine. These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded by grants and the generous donations of individuals and businesses. All programs are free for participating youth.

, 594-2221.

Run-A-Hound 5k in Rockland to benefit Youthlinks animal programs

Filed under: Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 8:41 am

Youthlinks is excited to announce the first-ever Annual Run-A-Hound 5k fundraising race. Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services, serves over 500 Mid-Coast youth a year through quality after-school enrichment programs, in-school prevention, and summer camps. Many of the programs include service-learning and animals. The 5k is to benefit the animal programs of the organization and is modeled on one of Youthlinks’ popular service programs, Run-A-Hound, in which high school students volunteer with local animal shelters by taking dogs out for a run to exercise and train them.

The Run-A-Hound 5k race will start and finish at Youthlinks, located at 420 Broadway in Rockland, on Saturday, April 23rd at 9:30am. Participants are asked to park at RDHS. There will be door prizes, complimentary snacks for runners, as well as awards for top Runner and Dog pair and top Runner. Registration fees are $10 for Runners with a dog, $15 for Runners without a dog, and $8 for Students with or without a dog. Pre-Registration is greatly appreciated and is available on active.com.

Race details are available on www.youthlinksonline.org/runahound5k. For more information: please contact Youthlinks, 594-2221.

April 1, 2011

I Pity the Fool Dance Update

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 12:48 pm

Mother Nature may be playing some tricks, but The Nikki Hunt Band isn’t letting her get in their way. The Youthlinks I Pity The Fool Fundraiser is on for 7-10pm tonight at Lincoln Street Center in Rockland.
Drive slowly, drive safely and then dance your heart out to awesome ‘80s tunes. We’ll be giving away great prizes including gift certificates to FIORE Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars, and an awesome goodie bad from RHEAL day spa.