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Scrabble For L-I-T-E-R-A-C-Y


We are pleased to announce our 5th Annual Fall Team Scrabble Tournament!

Join us Sunday, October 26th, from 1-4pm at UMA's Fireside Lounge, (located in the Randall Student Center) for an afternoon of fun with words for a great cause: LVA!

How can you participate?

Register yourself—or your team of up to four players—by October 20th. The team registration fee is $50; the individual registration fee is $15.

You can find registration forms here on our website or at lots of local businesses and libraries.

Collect Pledges just like you would for a walk-a-thon. Those who collect the most will win special prizes. The top prizes this year include an overnight stay on Monhegan Island and an overnight stay with the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern. You can find extra pledge forms here on our website.

Folks playing ScrabblePlay! Come to the Fireside Lounge on the 26th and play for the afternoon. Whether you're at the social or competitive level, you're going to have fun!

Don't play Scrabble but still want to help? Sign up with the LVA office as a tournament volunteer!

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Scrabble Prize Highlights

Pledges raised during the Scrabble Tournament are critical for LVA's continued organizational success. This year, we're raising the stakes for our pledge-raisers: better prizes for better pledges.

PrizesThe top pledge-raiser will receive their choice of an overnight stay at Monhegan Island's Shining Sails B&B or an overnight at the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern, along with special surprise packages!

Anyone bringing in $100 or more in pledges is eligible for the second (unchosen) overnight, and will be entered in a drawing for that prize.

Everyone who brings in $50 or more in pledge money will be eligible to win one of ten signed books by Maine authors and will be entered into a drawing for those prizes. These books include Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King and The New Maine Cooking by Jean Ann Pollard.

There will also be a "Best Costume" prize!

Thank you for your help and support, and we'll see you at UMA!

Pledge forms and more information on the tournament can be found here on our website.

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LVA Annual Meeting and Recognition Event

On December 4th, from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm, LVA will have its annual meeting and recognition event for volunteers and students. For our wonderful volunteers, our hard-working students, and all who have helped to make 2014 another successful year for LVA—please join us for some holiday cheer and catching up with friends! Meet our new board members and find out what's new at LVA. Please RSVP to Ginny or Frances at 626-3440 or email .

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Meet Our Board Members: Dick Crosman

Dick CrosmanRichard “Dick” Crosman was born in Topsham, Maine during World War II while his dad was serving as a Prisoner of War in Germany. As a single child, he graduated from college with a degree in education and then with a masters degree in school administration. He spent almost 30 years in education as a teacher and school principal.

He also served in the US Navy and upon his discharge he continued for another 29 years in the Navy and Coast Guard Reserve programs retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. He continues his military involvement by serving as an officer in the American Legion in Richmond as well as being the post’s longtime bingo chairman.

After retirement he and his wife became very active buying and selling on Ebay, QVC as well as in antique shops. In addition they had a front lawn business for 23 years on Route 1 in Waldoboro, selling lobster traps, buoys, coffee tables and other nautical items.

In 2002 he and his wife moved to Richmond to be closer to their two teaching daughters as well as their four grandchildren.  Here they continued their buying and selling. Dick then went on to earn his “Auctioneer’s License” and continues to do several “benefit” auctions each year….including the yearly auction for the Augusta Food Bank, where he is also an intake volunteer.

Recently Dick became an LVA volunteer and joined the Board of Directors, where he hopes to apply his skills of advocating for youth and adults.

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 Summer 2014 Family Literacy Days

Thanks to our volunteers, Karen and Kathy, and to our family participants for making this summer's family literacy days such a success! Thanks also to Pat Finale at the Bread of Life Shelter for helping to organize this event!

Families having funFamilies having more fun

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College Resources for Students with Disabilities

Prospective college students with disabilities will find that many campuses are
equipped with offices and services that address accessibility, accommodation, and assistive technology for a diverse range of needs. Visit for all kinds of information on what campuses can offer you to help you meet your goals!

Quotes of the Month:

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
- Nelson Mandela

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