Saint Mary’s seniors gathered on the west lawn of Opus Hall on Thursday to celebrate the start of their last school year with a picnic that featured free food, games of cornhole and volleyball matches. Senior Sydnie Corso said the event, sponsored by the Senior Class Board, is a final laidback activity before the pressures of the school year set in. “[It’s] just a great way to kick off a year of hardcore studying,” Corso said. “It has been a smooth transition from summer and it’s good to be back. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else right now.” Senior Nicole DeRoche said she is glad she set aside this time to rest before the school year becomes more stressful. “It feels good to just take it easy and relax in the sunshine with my friends,” DeRoche said. Silvia Cuevas, senior class president, said this event is just one of the many ways she intends to nurture the tight-knit bond among her class through student government-sponsored activities. “We want to encourage class participation at school functions,” Cuevas said. “So many connections are made during Senior Week, the week before commencement. I don’t want to wait that long this time.” Cuevas said she has already started work on the annual Dance Marathon and began collaborating with the Student Diversity board to prepare more events for the year. “[The] school year’s definitely starting with a bang,” she said. “Two weeks in and I am fully immersed.” Students were also able to sign up for Senior Dads Week, a week when seniors invite their fathers to spend time with them on campus. Corso said she wants to make the most of her last year at the College, especially through extracurricular events. “My biggest worry is that I will not live my last year here to its fullest,” she said. “I’m literally joining every club.” Senior Bridgett Fey said she has mixed feelings about the beginning of the school year. “I love being a senior, but I don’t want to leave SMC,” Fey said. In the meantime, Fey said she is enjoying the “good food, good people, good times.” Senior Sarah Huser said she also does not want to rush her senior year. “I speak for everybody when I say that every moment we have at Saint Mary’s right now is bittersweet because we know it’s the last,” Huser said. “So we’re trying to take advantage of every moment we have. Events like the Senior Picnic and activities night and the amazing things that make Saint Mary’s, Saint Mary’s are so much more special now because we know that they are not going to happen again.” Senior Caila Poythress said the senior picnic marks the beginning of the end of seniors’ careers at Saint Mary’s. “This afternoon was sort of a reflection of the Saint Mary’s community,” Poythress said. “As we arrived we were all greeted by name by everyone we saw. We all know each other or are friends with friends. We are all always going to be looking out for each other. These are the friends we’ll have for the rest of our lives but it just won’t be the same.”
Brazilian oil company Petrobras has signed a Letter Of Intent (LOI) with BP to jointly identify and evaluate business opportunities involving assets or ventures in Brazil and abroad.This includes cooperation on upstream, downstream, gas transportation and marketing, LNG, oil trading, lubricants, aviation fuel, power generation and distribution, renewables, technology and low carbon initiatives, with the purpose of developing a potential strategic alliance between the companies, Petrobras said on Tuesday.This LOI was signed in London, on October 18, 2017, by Jorge Celestino, Petrobras’ Chief Refining and Natural Gas Executive Officer, and Bernard Looney, BP’s Upstream Chief Executive.As one of the steps towards this collaboration, the companies have participated together on the ANP’s third bidding round under the production sharing regime, and have acquired exploration and production rights for the Alto do Cabo Frio block, in a consortia 50%-50%, and Peroba Block, jointly with CNODC, a subsidiary of CNPC, in a consortia 40% Petrobras, 40% BP and 20% CNODC.Additionally, Petrobras and CNPC have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the goal to form a comprehensive strategic alliance, as announced on July 4, 2017.For Petrobras, the achievement of partnerships is an important strategy of the 2017-2021 Business and Management Plan, the company explained. Strategic partnerships have the potential benefits of sharing risks, increasing investment capacity in the oil and gas supply chain, technological exchanges, and the enhancement of corporate governance, Petrobras concluded.
GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Bio Latest Posts Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] Pitcher Will Ricker sends a pitch to the plate against the Orono Red Riots during Orono’s come-from-behind 2-1 win in Blue Hill on Wednesday, April 30.Righthander Will Ricker made a 1-0 GSA lead stand up for five innings before Orono knotted the score on a single, a hit batter and back-to-back wild pitches in the top of the sixth inning at Blue Hill on Wednesday, April 30.One inning later, with righthander Anthony Bianco on the mound in relief, the Riots pushed across the winning run.Orono opened the inning with singles by Justin White and Christian Mowrer and Bianco walked Jackson Coutts to load the bases.Bianco got Dillon Cyr on a strikeout and Dennis Farnham then chopped a grounder toward first base.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBianco fielded the ball but his bid to cut down White at home plate failed when his throw pulled catcher Dakota Chipman off the plate.Finn McMahon-Allwine got things started for GSA in the first inning with a leadoff single.He was forced at second on a grounder by Garrison Looke, but Looke stole second and scored when a single by Harrison Vinall was misplayed in left field.McMahon-Allwine singled again and stole second with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. But he was left stranded on Looke’s game-ending groundout to second.Farnham went the distance on the mound for the Red Riots, scattering six hits.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print.