Today is the birthday of Kaleb Poirier, of Clinton, and Ethan Nurick, of Waterville, both of whom are turning 11 after being born at the dawn of a new century.

And, as it happens, it’s on the eleventh day, in the eleventh month, in the eleventh year.

Both Poirier and Nurick like the novelty of turning 11 on 11-11-11, but they don’t dwell on it.

“I think it’s pretty cool since it will only happen for another year,” said Poirier, referring to someone who turns 12 on Dec. 12, 2012.

“I don’t think about it that much; I just think it’s kind of cool,” Nurick said.

Nurick’s friend, Ethan Hammond, of Albion, grabbed headlines last year because he turned 10 on Oct. 10, 2010.

Poirier’s grandmother, Linda Nadeau, of Winslow, said she didn’t realize until just recently that her grandson’s upcoming birthday was aligned with 11s.

“I knew his birthday was 11-11-11, but until I spoke to his mother and she goes, ‘Yeah, and he’s turning 11.’ And I was like, ‘Wow.’ I didn’t put all that together up until about a month ago,” Nadeau said. “I just think it’s so special. That can’t happen that often, right?”

Well, apparently it’s not completely unheard of.

“Eleven has been his favorite number for quite a while,” said Mike Nurick, Ethan’s father. “It’s also his soccer number — he chose that.”

Both Poirier and Nurick were born 11 years ago today at MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Thayer Campus. Nurick came first, at 11:36 a.m., and Poirier came later that night, at 9:35 p.m.

Poirier, a fifth-grader at Clinton Elementary School, said his interests include playing baseball, riding his bicycle, antique cars and video games. His parents are Darcey Palmer, of Clinton, and Nick Nadeau, of Portland, and he has a 2-year-old sister, Addyson, and a 7-year-old brother, Jason.

Nurick, a fifth-grader at Albert S. Hall School in Waterville, said his interests include playing soccer and drawing. His parents are Mike and Alicia Nurick.

Nurick said he’ll be having a birthday party that starts at 11 a.m. and he’s looking forward to getting a special motion-video camera as a present so he can compose stop-motion videos with Legos and post them online.

Today Poirier will be with his dad on a trip to Washington, D.C., which they have been planning for a year. Poirier said he was looking forward to visiting museums and that he enjoys learning about history.

Scott Monroe — 861-9239

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