Category Archives: Families

Diary From a COVID-Classroom : Day 2 – Ready, Steady, Go!

SACO – Thank God it’s Friday. I am not sure how many times I’ve muttered that to myself over the years, but today will not be one of them. Many teachers in school districts around the state have already returned to the classroom, and this coming Monday, it will be my turn. I’d be lying […]

Celebrate 2020 with Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K – Flash Sale!

SACO – The last page in the 2019 calendar is nearly ready to be turned, and for some in Saco, Biddeford, and Old Orchard Beach, that means it is one day closer to the annual Mary’s Walk and Kerrymen 5K weekend. For some of this year’s participants, Sunday, March 22, will be the first time […]

The Wreaths Across America Convoy Visits Thornton Academy

SACO – It is easy to say that throughout our lives, education often comes to us in many non-traditional forms, and sometimes those experiences will have a dramatic effect on the way we see the world and the way we live our lives. That happened today when the caravan of trucks and people from Wreaths […]

Cancer fundraiser and Maine entrepreneur publishes a memoir amid his own diagnosis

PORTLAND – Ken Janson, the president of Nimlok Maine, and a fundraising volunteer for Mary’s Walk and the Maine Cancer Foundation for nearly two decades never envisioned himself as an author, but after battling cancer for more than two years, he decided to tell his story. His new book, “Charting a Course Against Cancer,” chronicles […]

Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K – 21 years and running!

SACO – Winter is finally settling in throughout the state and as runners and walkers contemplate when the roads and trails will once again be ice and snow free, the organizers of Mary’s Walk and The Kerrymen 5K have sent out a gentle reminder to save the date, to dream of warmer spring days. This […]

Maine Marathon training weeks three and four – when life intervenes

For many teachers, the last two weeks of the school year are often the most hectic and stressful weeks on the calendar. For a teacher who is also beginning a marathon training program, the scheduled runs are usually seen as a welcome respite or as just one more task for which there’s just not enough […]

Maine Marathon Training – Week Two – The Lido Shuffle and a little bit more.

Te The training schedule that I am using (a combination of advice from Jeff Galloway and Jenny Hadfield) called for an 8-mile run at the end of the second. My week was as busy as ever at school, but I managed to complete my shorter runs, and I even did some hiking with my students […]

Cadillac Mountain – one of the greatest classrooms in the world.

Teachers, from kindergarten to college, are always trying to find a way to connect with the students who regularly settle into the seats of their classrooms. This year, my students and I spent a good deal of our time focusing on Maine writers and the work they produced. We studied E.B. White, Elizabeth Strout, Stephen […]