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UMaine Cooperative Extension Shares Dilly Beans Recipe With Lewiston Students [Lewiston Adult Education]


Thanks to Kate McCarty of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Lewiston Adult Education students in the Canning and Preservation class got a number of recipes during the Wednesday night class. Here is one of them:


Dilly Beans

4 pounds green beans

4 cups white vinegar (5% acidity)

4 cups water

1/2 cup canning and pickling salt

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

8 cloves garlic

8 heads dill or 8 teaspoons dill seeds


Combine salt, vinegar, water and pepper flakes (if desired) in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil. Wash and trim ends from beans and cut to 4-inch lenghts. 

In each sterile pint jar, place one to two dill heads and, if desired, one clove of garlic. Place whole beans upright in the jars, leaving a 1/2 inch-headspace. Trim beans to ensure proper fit. Add hot solution to beans, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.

Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rims. Place prepared lids on jars and screw bands on. Process pints for five minutes in a boiling-water bath.

Let beans stand for at least two weeks before tasting to allow flavor to develop. The high acidity of the vinegar allows this boiling water bath processing to be safe for a low-acid food.

Yield: About 8 pints


Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 29, 2016 | Read more in: News

Registration Open for Fall After-School Programs--See Main Page for Registration Forms [RSU #13 Adult and Community Education]


Posted by Christy Monroe  on September 28, 2016 | Read more in: News

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week [Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education]


What difference does adult education make in adult learners’ lives?

Adult education helps adults break cycles of intergenerational poverty and illiteracy by giving them the skills they need to succeed as workers, family members, and citizens. Stories adult educators hear every day include the successes adult learners achieve, for example, because they:

  • can read, write, and do math
  • are now able to get and keep a job, as part of a meaningful career path, that provides family-sustaining wages
  • can help their children with their homework and be role models for younger generations
  • become citizens and contribute to their communities
  • succeed in postsecondary education and training
  • break the cycle of incarceration and recidivism and lead a life free of crime
  • achieve their dreams

According to adult graduate Chelsea Howard of New Orleans, LA, “…if you keep your momentum, adjust your path when necessary, and do not give up, you can accomplish anything.” Adult education programs and teachers help adult learners do just that.


Posted by Shelley McGowan  on September 26, 2016

Students Get Recipes, Plenty of Samples in Salsa and Guacamole Class [Lewiston Adult Education]


Jenna Blakey taught a Salsa and Guacamole class the Green Ladle on Thursday night and shared lots of food as well as recipes.


Green Salsa

6-8 tomatillos

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 jalapeno

1/8 cup cilantro

1/4 lime (including rind)

Remove husks from tomatillos. Blend all ingredients and serve chilled.



2 avocados

1 teaspoon lime juice

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 roma tomato, diced

1-2 tablespoons of milk


Halve and pit the avacados. Scoop out the flesh with a tablespoon and put it into a mixing bowl. Mash the avocados with a fork, leaving them a bit chunky. Add the other ingredients and fold them together. Lay a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole so it doesn't brown.

Serves 5-6


Pico de Gallo


4-5 Roma tomatoes, diced

3 green onions, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1 jalapeno, seeded and fine diced

1/8 cup of cilantro, chopped

1 tablespoon of garlic, minced

1 tablespoon of lime juice

Salt to taste


Mix ingredients and chill until ready to serve.


Fruit Salsa


2 kiwis, peeled and diced

2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and diced

8 ounce of raspberries

1 pound of strawberries

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 tablespoon brown sugar

3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor


Mix ingredients together and serve with cinnamon sugar tortilla chips.


Red Salsa

Adapted from


2 (14.4) ounce cans of diced tomatoes

1 jalapeno chile, seeds removed

1/2 yellow onion, quartered

1/2 bunch of cilantro leaves, chopped

1 tablespoon of lime juice

1-2 tablespoons of minced garlic

Salt to taste

Pour one can of tomatoes into a blender. Add jalapeno pepper, onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Blent until fairly smooth. Pour in a second can of tomatoes and blend briefly. Adjust seasonings to taste and chill for a half hour before serving.



Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 23, 2016 | Read more in: News


What will you do after the Fair is over?  Mt. Blue RSD Community Education is offering more than 60 classes including many new ones.  Did you know that Plants are Best for your health? Learn how to cook with whole plant-based foods to improve your health.  How would you like to learn Soap Making  or Using Essential Oils to avoid the additives of commercial products?  Are you a baby boomer who needs to Understand Medicare or want to be sure your driving skills are up to par by attending an interactive presentation on Keeping Your Keys?  

Of course, there are always the community favorites, including  Calligraphy, Tai Chi, Beekeeping, Fly Tying, Hunter Safety,  Ukulele, Cooking Classes for biscuits, donuts, pie crusts,  Wine Making, Fortune Telling, Photoshop AND MANY MORE.  Whatever your interests might be, we have something for you!

Classes begin September 26 so there is still time to register!

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES you may go on line to, drop by the office or call Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:00 at 778-3460.


Posted by Julie Sawyer  on September 15, 2016 | Read more in: News and Events

Fall Super Saturday coming to Lewiston Adult Ed in October [Lewiston Adult Education]

The Pink D's Food Truck will be one of the classes offered on Fall Super Saturday, Oct. 15.


Lewiston Adult Education will host its annual Fall Super Saturday on Oct. 15 at Lewiston High School with classes from Food Truck to a Halloween Costume Workshop.

Randy Smith of Pinky D’s will talk about the basics of running a food truck before serving students poutine, French fries with cheese curds and gravy. Pinky D’s also has other varieties of the traditional Canadian cuisine.

Nancy Kenneally will teach a Halloween Costume Workshop for parents and children looking to get ready for trick-or-treating. Students will decorate a mask that could serve as part of a costume.

Fall Super Saturday has 11 different classes. Lunch will be included with all day-long classes.

For the full listing of courses, or to register for any of the above workshops, visit or call 795-4141.


Here is a list of classes that still have places available:

Alcohol Painting: Alcohol inks mix together resulting in a beautiful effect. Try this new form of painting and just enjoy the reaction of these two materials and see where it takes you. No art experience necessary. Just bring two small brushes. All other materials will be provided. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. $25 plus $35 lab fee

Food Truck: Discover what it’s like to run a food truck business in this class taught by Randy Smith of Pinky D’s, which makes poutine, French fries, cheese curds and gravy. Bring your curiosity and your appetite because Randy will serve traditional poutine and newer versions from his food truck. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $13 with $10 lab fee

Introduction to Metaphysics and Meditation:  Are you ready to shift your consciousness in a remarkable way? This class will forever alter the way you perceive not only yourself, but the Universe. Join us as we discuss Chakras, The Law of Attraction, Living in the Present, and much more! This class will also incorporate the basic principles of meditation to enhance your clarity, inner peace, and ability to incorporate this practice into your daily life. All are welcome. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $15

CPR, First Aid, and AED Training: This course follows the guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association for heartsaver CPR (adult, child, infant, and AED). Participants will learn to assess the patient, send someone to call for help and retrieve the AED, and do cycles of compressions and breaths to help save a life. A course textbook and certification card are included as part of the program. This one-day class is designed for lay rescues encountered by non-healthcare providers. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. $75 with $5 lab fee

Smartphones and Tablet Devices, Android: Bring your hand-held device to class that will help you figure out how to use your tablet or smart phone better. Mobile devices for Android are welcome in the session, which will include a brief presentation, question and answer as well as hands-on work. 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. $17

Smartphones and Tablet Devices, iOS:Bring your hand-held device to class that will help you figure out how to use your tablet or smart phone better. Mobile devices for Android or iOS are welcome in the session, which will include a brief presentation, question and answer as well as hands-on work. 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $17

Body Language: In today’s fast-paced business environment, employees at all levels find themselves challenged with a constantly shifting workplace, including new diversity challenges where coworkers cope with generational, gender, age and cultural differences. Communication is at the foundation of everything we do and say. The good news is that communication is a learned skill, and with training and self-awareness, can be improved upon. Lunch will be provided. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $26 with $5 lab fee

Digital Photography: Do you love taking pictures of family and friends, but are not happy with the way they come out? This workshop for beginners will teach you more about how to use the manual settings in your DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera, such as the aperture, f-stops, shutter speeds and white balance. It will teach you how to make the most of your camera and have more control of which picture you take. Students must bring their DSLR with lens to class. Lunch will be provided. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $60 with $5 lab fee

Halloween Costume Workshop: Parents and children will work together to create masks in preparation for Halloween. They can decorate with feathers to sparkles on an eye-catching part of a costume. The registration and lab fee for this class will count for a parent and two children. There will be a $5 lab fee for each additional child. $15 with $10 lab fee

Nutrition and Fitness: This Super Saturday class is a low-impact workout, combined with stretching session and a conversation on nutrition. This is the perfect beginning for people looking to get back into a new, healthy routine.9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $19


Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 13, 2016 | Read more in: News

Augusta Adult and Community Education's 2016 Graduation [Augusta Adult and Community Education]

It's here! Our 2016 Augusta Adult and Community Education graduation video is now available online! We look forward to graduation each year. It is an opportunity to celebrate the students' accomplishments with their friends and families.

Please go to: to view this important event. Enjoy!


Posted by Helen Emery  on September 13, 2016 | Read more in: News

Interested in Finishing Your High School Diploma [Windham/Raymond Adult Education]

Please visit this website for more information about Maine's requirements to finish your high school diploma.

Then visit us at Windham Raymond Adult Education and let us help you achieve your goals!


Posted by Shelli Pride  on September 12, 2016

Adult Ed and Family Literacy Week [Windham/Raymond Adult Education]

Adult Education Family Literacy Week and Banned Book Week

September 24 - 30, 2017

Join the Celebration of Literacy!

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is Sept. 24 - 30, 2017. This yearly event is sponsored by the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL), Check out the NCL fact-sheet to learn more about the importance of improving America’s literacy rates. WRAE is committed to investing in our students’ literacy skills. We strive to see our students attain success and improve the prospects for themselves and their families.

Coincidentally, the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates Banned Books Week during the same exact dates as the AEFL Week. What better time to read a banned book than during a week-long celebration of reading. Now is the time to check out your local library for suggestions of banned books to read. You might be surprised to learn what it takes for a book to make this infamous list and equally surprised to find books you would never had thought to be controversial that actually have been challenged at one time or another (or on a daily-basis!).  See below for more information about Banned Book Week from the ALA website:

Banned Books Week - September 24 - 30, 2017

Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read since 1982, is observed the last week of September. Each year, librarians, booksellers, teachers and countless others take this opportunity to highlight the importance of intellectual freedom and remind us not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. Contact ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) with questions.


Posted by Shelli Pride  on September 9, 2016 | Read more in: Events

September classes have mushrooms to art at Lewiston Adult Education [Lewiston Adult Education]

A mix of new lessons and returning favorites begin in the next two weeks at Lewiston Adult Education.


Below are a sample of classes happening this September.


Small Engine Repair, Sept. 6, can help bring new life to chain saws and lawn mowers.


Mushroom Foraging, Sept. 6, will have a walk outside to find edible mushrooms.


Parents in the Know, Sept. 6, teaches how to keep children safe from abuse and sexual assault.


Excel I, Sept. 6, explains the spreadsheet program and ways to make it help on the job.


Making Beer at Home, Sept. 7, is held at Richmond Home Brew Supply.


Welding I, Sept. 7, will introduce stick welding to students.


Welding II, Sept. 8, will cover Metal Inert Gas (MIG) and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding.


Open Art Studio, Sept. 8, gives artists the space they need to start and continue new projects.


Six Feet Under: Funeral Choices, Sept. 8, shall go over paperwork to funeral planning.


Beginner’s Fitness, Sept. 13, provides a low-impact workout for people looking to get healthy.


Dance Fitness, Sept. 13, combines dancing with a cardio workout to hit songs.


Weight Wars, Sept. 13, teaches about nutrition, health foods and weight loss strategies.


Computer Literacy, Sept. 13, gives hands-on experience with word processing, spreadsheets and Windows programs.


To see our full course offerings, go to or check out our fall brochure. To register, visit our website or call us at 207-795-4141.






Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 2, 2016 | Read more in: News