HALLOWELL — Joline Rees and Cindy McLean, two teachers who have taught in the Hall-Dale School system for a combined total of 76 years, are retiring this year from Hall-Dale Elementary School.

Both attended Maine Teachers College (now the University of Maine in Farmington), Rees graduating in 1972 and McLean in 1974.

Rees, who has served on the board of the Maine Science Teacher’s Association for several years, has been invited to present at state and national education conferences, and earned the Presidential Award for the Teaching of Science in 1998. She is actively involved in the leadership team of Hall-Dale Elementary School, as well as the district’s curriculum development process.

McLean, a third grade teacher, has been actively involved in the leadership team at the school.

AUGUSTA — Peter Wohl, Crisis & Counseling Centers director of Outpatient Services, was recently awarded the state’s first Lisa Mojer-Torres Recovery Advocacy Award.

The award was presented by the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery and Maine Recovery Communities Coalition. It was made in recognition of his leadership in helping to create a Recovery Oriented System of Care in Maine and his work to promote the many pathways individuals take to heal from alcohol and other drug problems, according to a news release.

Wohl, of Hallowell, works at the Augusta facility where he oversees a staff of mental health and substance abuse clinicians.

CHICAGO — Deb Violette, advocate and event chairwoman for the National Lung Cancer Partnership, recently attended the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago.

Violette, a lung cancer survivor and advocate, attended the meeting as a Focus on Research scholar with the Research Advocacy Network’s Advocate Institute.

The theme of this year’s meeting was Patients, Pathways and Progress.

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Gary E. Cooper of Chelsea, Maine, was recently installed as district deputy to the Elks National President for lodges in the central district of the Maine State Elks Association.

Cooper was installed at the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 147th national convention in Phoenix. He will serve a one-year term.

GREENFIELD, Mass. — Mark and Donald Cheetham of Richmond and Brunswick have been named recipients of the Association for Gravestone Studies Oakley Certificate of Merit.

The award is given to groups or individuals who foster appreciation of the cultural significance of gravestones and burying grounds, and is in recognition of their work in mapping 18,782 stones in 35 cemeteries in the Topsham and Brunswick area, according to a news release.

Volunteers for more than 10 years, the Cheethams have mapped each stone’s location, repaired stones that have sunken or have been lying on the ground, transcribed the name and family relationships, and noted the military and fraternal information of the stones.

Mark Cheetham has annually self-published books showing the results of their work, including directions to each cemetery, any known historical information related to the cemetery, maps to locate the stones, a record of the individual stone’s inscription, and an index by family surname giving the location of each stone.

The award was presented during the Association of Gravestone Studies 34th annual conference at Colby College.

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