In SYNC Week 13 we fight racism! – Free audio resources

SYNC Returns ~ Summer 2015!

 

Download the free YA Novel & Summer Reading Classic
pair from SYNC here »

This Week’s Audiobooks:
Available to download free July 30 – August 5

COURAGE HAS NO COLOR
The True Story of the Triple Nickles

Courage Has No ColorBy Tanya Lee Stone
Read by J.D. Jackson
Published by Brilliance AudioThey became America’s first black paratroopers. Why was their story never told? Tanya Lee Stone reveals the history of the Triple Nickles during World War II.

“Stone’s historical work describes what it meant to serve in WWII as an African–American soldier. JD Jackson’s performance melds with the text, further strengthening a solid piece of nonfiction.”
– AudioFile Magazine

John Ball’s
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

John Ball’s In the Heat of the NightAdapted by Matt Pelfrey
Read by Ryan Vincent Anderson,
Michael Hammond, Kalen Harriman,
Travis Johns, James Morrison,
Darren Richardson & Tom Virtue
Published by L.A. Theatre Works
Please note: Title contains strong and
racially charged language.A visiting black detective from California is pitted against a small Alabama town simmering with anger over desegregation. A fitting reflection of America in the 1960s.

“The performances deliver all the tension, humor, and grit of the original novel and film. As Vigil Tibbs and Police Chief Bill Gillespie, Ryan Vincent Anderson and James Morrison lead a fine cast whose characters must overcome their own prejudices and differences to solve the crime.”
– AudioFile Magazine

Thank you to Brilliance Audio and L.A. Theatre Works for generously providing this week’s titles.

Available for a Limited Time:
Remember — download these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 08/06/2015! While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

Downloading Tips:
Download the OverDrive app to deliver SYNC summer audiobooks to you. The app is available for every major desktop and mobile platform, including Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, Kindle, NOOK, Windows 8 PC and tablet, Blackberry and Windows Phone.

Sports physicals for middle and high school athletes

From AD Archer:

August 5, from 8am-noon at the high school

For 5 years families have found these physicals convenient. A parent will need to accompany and sign for the athlete. Cost of the physical is $10.00.  Checks are accepted made payable to Orono High School.

“Words have unintended effects, so be aware of the impact” – Orono student challenges us all

Bangor Daily News-Letters to the editor
July 24, 2015

Demeaning language

People are greater than their disabilities. An individual cannot simply be defined by one part of his or her life. A “schizophrenic” is often a term heard instead of a “person living with schizophrenia.” Although this change may not seem large, this displays they are people who happen to have schizophrenia, not that their mental illness consumes or defines their entire lives.

As a high school student, labels aren’t foreign to me, but they have no place in referring to individuals with mental illness or physical disabilities, much like referring to a person with a developmental disability as a “retard” is demeaning and referring to a person without a developmental disability with such language is meant as an insult. This implies someone is no more than the condition they live with and shows that whoever hurls the insult views them as one thing.

Changing the language surrounding mental illness and disabilities is something that can create a culture that doesn’t demean individuals in our society. Considering the fact that a quarter of adults in America have a mental illness, it’s important not to alienate people based on mental illness.

When individual-friendly language isn’t demonstrated, the incoming generation isn’t any more informed than the previous one. How can individual-friendly language be expected of adolescents when it isn’t the constant for media and adult conversation? The answer is it can’t. Words have unintended effects, so be aware of the impact.

Olivia McCormack, OHS 2017

Orono

Whtewater nationals conclude with memorable day for Orono family

Plan for next year’s races.  John Holyoke affirms the return to the Penobscot for 2 more years and a month earlier to take advantage of higher water.  Committee votes to return

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

Posted July 26, 2015, at 7:37 p.m.

Jacob Gallon of Orono gets ready for the start of the race Sunday Morning during the final day of the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta race, which started in Old Town and ended in Eddington. (Terry Farren photo)

OLD TOWN, Maine — It was a memorable morning for the Owen family during the final day of the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta on Sunday.

Jeff Owen and Eric Gallandt from Orono posted the fastest time of the day with 1 hour, 6 minutes and 6 seconds, winning the open canoe two-person F14 men’s downriver class for 40-54-year-olds over the 9.5-mile course.

It was Owen’s ninth win over the four-day event.

“It was a good week,” grinned Owen.

And his father, Bucky Owen, teamed up with Falmouth’s Frank Woodard 42 years after they made their whitewater nationals debut on the lower Dead River.

The 76-year-old Woodard and 78-year-old Owen, who lives in Orono, finished third in the two-person canoe F14 class for ages 55 and over.

“Forty-two years ago, we placed third in the long class on the lower Dead River. It was a 22-mile race with a three-quarter mile portage,” Owen said. “It was really something. This [event] was started on the Dead, basically.”

Owen and Woodard were elated that the race has returned to Maine after being held in North Carolina last year.

“This is fantastic. To have this river bounce back and celebrate it with the nationals is really special,” Owen said.

“What I do for a living is treat industrial and municipal wastewater in order to clean rivers up,” said Woodard. “Part of the fruits of my labor in my profession is shown in this river in how nice and clean it is now.

“And I very intimately know how clean it is now because I swam in it, unintentionally, on Wednesday [during practice],” Woodard said.

The removal of the Great Works Dam in 2012 and the Veazie Dam a year later, which was part of the Penobscot River Restoration Project, enabled paddlers to negotiate the river from Old Town to Eddington and make the event possible.

Race director Scott Phillips announced at the post-race awards ceremony that the Penobscot Indian Nation, which staged the event, has been awarded the Whitewater Nationals Regatta for the next two years and they will move next year’s race to late June to try to get higher water.

Jacob Gallon of Orono gets ready for the start of the race Sunday Morning during the final day of the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta race, which started in Old Town and ended in Eddington. (Terry Farren photo)

Jeff Owen and Gallandt were challenged by Levant’s Chris Francis and Mark Ranco of Bangor but managed to finish 36 seconds ahead of them.

“It was a great run,” said Gallandt. “I don’t think we made a mistake. We paddled hard through all of the whitewater and then, at the two-thirds mark, we settled the boat down nicely and made some nice power strokes the rest of the way through.”

“We chased them the whole way,” Francis said. “We caught up to them in the flat water, and then they would pull away in the white water. Hopefully, we’ll take it next year.”

Owen has been racing since his dad introduced it to him when he was 10, and six members of the Owen family raced over the weekend.

“I’ve loved it ever since. I’ve been doing it my whole life,” said Owen, a ninth-grade earth science teacher at Orono High School and the coach of the school’s canoeing team and the Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing Organization’s Junior Wildwater team.

Several of his Orono High canoe racing alums participated in the event.

Owen’s two Mackro students, recent Bangor High graduate Hannah Rubin and Orono High’s Kellen Doyle, will leave with him for the U.S. Junior National trials in North Carolina on Monday, and if they make the team, they will remain in North Carolina for the Junior World Championships.

The two-person canoe F16 class had the most intriguing finish as four canoes representing two different age groups wound up separated by just 26 seconds.

Rod McLain and Terry Wescott won the 40-54-year-old class in 1:12:29, 23 seconds ahead of William McDuffie and Henry Wicker. In the 55-over class, Keith Havens and Ed Sharp clocked a 1:12:47 to nip Jim Farrington and Kirk Havens by just eight seconds.

All of the OC-2 F16 canoeists started at the same time.

The other winners were Bill and Angus Deighan (OC-2, F14, 19-39 age group), Alan Paradise and William Anderson (OC-2, F14, 55-over); Jacob Gallon and Lowell Ruck (OC-2, F16, 14-18); Brian and Dick Kelley (OC-2, F16, 19-39); Rubin (OC-1, F14 women); Nicole Grohoski (OC-1, 19-39 women); Christy Stout (OC-1, 55-over women); Ellen Mallory (OC-1, F16 women) and Karl Kohler (Stand-up paddleboard long downriver 19-39).

Ten-year-old Phoebe Jones from Granby, Connecticut, won a miniature canoe for being the youngest competitor.

Mrs. Winchester’s family featured in BDN story of Penobscot Regatta

Canoe nationals a family affair for Bangor paddlers
Posted July 23, 2015, at 5:09 p.m. Last modified July 23, 2015, at 8:09 p.m.
Check the results for Orono students Katie and Tommy Owen – Orono Middle School, their dad and Brock Thorne, Class of 2018.
 

Click image for video from BDN

OLD TOWN, Maine — At just 11 years old, Ashton Mabee knows how to get his canoe to go where it ought to go. He knows the strokes, and he knows just what to do when confronted with whitewater and waves as tall as he is.

“Look for the open flat spots,” he said Thursday, while preparing to make his debut at the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta.

Ashton also is learning that sometimes just getting to the water can be a major struggle. Their canoe isn’t light — and it’s awkward to carry.

“This is the hardest part,” his father, J.R. Mabee of Bangor, said, chuckling as the pair took yet another rest break while carrying their canoe from the parking lot to the river.

Ashton nodded his agreement, reached for a sports drink and took a quick swig before grabbing a rope and continuing the task at hand.

Race time was looming, after all, and it was time to get to work.

This isn’t just a national championship, though. For many — like the Mabees and others — this is a family affair. They travel together and paddle together. This year, it’s Old Town, Maine. Last year, the American Canoe Association staged the nationals on the Nantahala River in North Carolina.

With more than 130 competitors registered for the regatta, which runs through Sunday, several names kept cropping up. There were plenty of McDuffies and Owens and Havens — and Mabees.

On Thursday, J.R. Mabee joined Ashton to take on the 9.5-mile downriver course. That afternoon, Ashton and his 13-year-old brother, Nolan, would compete against other junior paddlers in a shorter race. On the riverbank, J.R.’s wife, Leslie Winchester-Mabee and their daughters — Rheannon, 7, and Adella, 9 — gathered to see their favorite paddlers off.

Leslie also is a top-level paddler, and Rheannon starting racing whitewater with her dad this spring. Her sister paddles in flatwater races at the family’s summer home in Grand Lake Stream. Continue reading

SYNC Week 12 pairs a famous classic with its modern retelling! – Free audio downloads

SYNC Returns ~ Summer 2015!

 

Download the free YA Novel & Summer Reading Classic
pair from SYNC here »

This Week’s Audiobooks:
Available to download free July 23 – July 29

MARCH
MarchBy Geraldine Brooks
Read by Richard Easton
Published by Penguin AudioFrom Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March, and crafted a story “filled with the ache of love and marriage and with the power of war upon the mind and heart of one unforgettable man” (Sue Monk Kidd). With “pitch-perfect writing” (USA Today), Brooks follows March as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time, March secures Geraldine Brooks’s place as a renowned author of historical fiction.

“Richard Easton is solid as the narrator.”
– AudioFile Magazine

LITTLE WOMEN
Little WomenBy Louisa May Alcott
Read by Kate Reading
Published by Listening LibraryThe four March sisters — Meg, Amy, Beth, and feisty Jo — share the joys and sorrows of growing up while their father is away at war. The family is poor in worldly goods, but rich in love and character.

“Reading offers a clear and accessible narration that makes listening easy.”
– AudioFile Magazine

Thank you to Penguin Audio and Listening Library for generously providing this week’s titles.

Available for a Limited Time:
Remember — download these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 07/30/2015! While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

Downloading Tips:
Download the OverDrive app to deliver SYNC summer audiobooks to you. The app is available for every major desktop and mobile platform, including Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, Kindle, NOOK, Windows 8 PC and tablet, Blackberry and Windows Phone.

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Familiar faces at the 2015 Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta

FMI on ACA Whitewater Open Championship click Orono racers photo from the Penobscot River Regatta website

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The Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta will be July 22-26, on the Penobscot River between Old Town and Eddington, Maine. The Penobscot Nation is hosting the event on this historically important and beautiful 9.5 mile section of river, returned to its free-flowing state following removal of the Great Works and Veazie Dams. The race course includes three Class II-III rapids, numerous rips and quick water.

The 2015 Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta will feature four events:

  1. ACA 2015 Whitewater Open Canoe National Championships
  2. ACA 2015 Whitewater Kayak National Championships
  3. ACA 2015 Whitewater SUP National Championships
  4. 2015 USA Wildwater Northeast Regional Championships