State senate candidates: Career and technical education key to environmental, economic success

BRUNSWICK — Supporting career and technical education programs for young people could go a long way toward ensuring a future for Maine that is both economically and environmentally sustainable, according to four candidates vying to represent the Midcoast in the Maine Senate Districts 23 and 24.

Sen. Eloise Vitelli, the Democrat incumbent, and Holly Kopp, a Republican, are running to represent District 23, which encompasses Sagadahoc County and Dresden. Rep Mattie Daughtry, a Democrat, will face Republican Brad Pattershall for the seat representing District 24, which includes Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, North Yarmouth and Pownal. 

The four candidates participated in a virtual forum hosted by the Southern Midcoast Chamber of Commerce on Friday. 

Vitelli, Kopp, Daughtry and Pattershall all expressed staunch support for making Region 10 Technical High School, the area’s vocational and technical school, a full-fledged, four-year comprehensive technical high school where students learn career and technical subjects alongside their

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Environmental Education Center Schedules Virtual Birding Workshop

The Naturalists at the Somerset County Park Commission (SCPC) Environmental Education Center (EEC) have scheduled a series of Virtual Birding Workshops for adult birders. Each workshop will be offered on various dates during the month.

Virtual Birding Identification Workshop: Raptors and Sparrows – October is a perfect time to focus on the sky in search of migrating raptors in flight and sparrows that will begin to frequent our meadows on their way south. Learn field markings, behavior, and other identification tips for each species. The program runs Fridays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Fee is $25 per household for each session.

Virtual Birding Identification Workshop: Owls will explore the fascinating owl including long or short ears, barred or great horned. With the shared personal insights of a Natualist who has observed all of North America’s owl species, learn field markings, behavior, and

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