Back to overview,Home naval-today On this day in history: Japanese submarine sunk in Australian waters On this day in history: Japanese submarine sunk in Australian waters Authorities View post tag: Royal Australian Navy January 20, 2016 On this day in history, January 20, 1942, the Bathurst class corvette, HMAS Deloraine led by Lieutenant Commander DA Menlove (Royal Australian Naval Reserve) attacked and sunk the Japanese submarine I-124 north of Darwin, Australia.Another two of the overall sixty Australian minesweepers, commonly known as corvettes, HMA Ships Katoomba and Lithgow, assisted HMAS Deloraine in her undertaking.I-124 was the first enemy submarine sunk in Australian waters and one of just four minelaying submarines in the Japanese Navy. Lieutenant Commander Menlove was awarded the Australian Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his part in the action.The corvettes were built during World War II in Australian shipyards as part of the Commonwealth Government’s wartime shipbuilding programme. Twenty were built on Admiralty order but manned and commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy. Thirty-six (including Deloraine) were built for the Royal Australian Navy and four for the Royal Indian Navy.Source: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: HMAS Deloraine Share this article
Edward Serna speaks at a welcoming event held at the Mantor Library Tuesday afternoon.Edward SernaFARMINGTON – University staff, leaders and students, as well as community members, joined in welcoming the University of Maine at Farmington’s next president to the campus Tuesday, at a reception held at Mantor Library.Edward Serna, currently the interim chancellor at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, will be the 15th president in UMF’s history when he takes over the position on July 1. He will be replacing interim President Eric Brown, who was appointed to that position following the departure of then-President Kathryn Foster in 2018.University of Maine System Chancellor James Page welcomed Serna, his wife Lauren and his two daughters to the university and the state. He said that Serna’s background at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith made him familiar with of some of the challenges in western Maine.“There’s work to do. We’re very confident that you’re ready for it,” Page told the crowd. “We’re very confident that Edward is ready and we’re expecting great things.”Serna was at the UAFS in different leadership capacities since 2015, becoming the 6,600-student school’s interim chancellor last year. His previous experience includes working at the College of Business at Athens State University as an assistant professor, and before that at Science & Engineering Services LLC in Huntsville, Ala., where he was a senior program manager.Chancellor James PageWhile at the University of Arkansas, Serna oversaw the launch of the UFAS Promise program, which sought to recruit and retain students by providing them with fixed tuition and a streamlined pathway to graduation in exchange for their commitment toward making academic progress and adhering to advising guidance. Page said that the successful Promise program at UFAS was in keeping with the traditions and priorities of UMF.“Dr. Serna shares our commitment to measuring our progress in terms of student and state success,” Page said in a prepared statement. “The Board and I were also impressed by many of the initiatives achieved under Edward’s leadership in Arkansas, noting how well aligned his accomplishments are with the strategic priorities that will guide and expedite educational reform in Maine over the next five years.”A graduate of Winthrop University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Serna also has Masters in Management Information Systems through Auburn University and Science in Industrial Management through Clemson University. His doctorate is in Higher Education Administration, at the University of Alabama.Incoming UMF President Edward Serna with wife Lauren Serna and daughters Caroline and Anna Kate.Serna made his remarks without the benefit of a prepared speech, joking that the one thing anyone at Tuesday’s event would remember is that he left his tablet on the roof of his car. He said that he was honored and humbled for the opportunity and that his family was excited to move to the area. While he was aware of the school’s 155-year history, Serna said, he hadn’t been able to truly appreciate it until he was able to visit for two days earlier this year.“This is the kind of community we want to raise our girls at,” Serna said. “This is the kind of community where we can make an impact.”He pointed to challenges facing UMF and other universities, including questions of enrollment, funding and the perceived value of higher education. One of his priorities, Serna said, was to increase the access of UMF to new markets of students, improving the diversity of the student population. He said he was interested in meeting with staff about both strengths and weaknesses of the university in the coming months.Serna was also welcomed by the Search Committee Chair, Trustee David MacMahon, who said that the committee had been drawn to Serna as a candidate due to his ability to create relationships, collaborate with different stakeholders and “build consensus around a vision” at his previous positions. Serna was one of four finalists for the UMF position.Page also thanked Brown, who could not attend Tuesday’s event, for his work over the past year.“A valued colleague and academic leader, we are grateful for Dr. Brown’s service to the institution and its students,” Page said in a statement.
She was honored with a moment of silence and a single chair placed near her fellow students. The chair was adorned with flowers and yellow balloons in Harper’s memory. With New York State guidelines allowing no more than 150 people at in-person graduations, the school said doing the ceremonies this way made it so that each student was able to have their family present for the big moment. “We’re Patriots and that’s what today is about: it’s about being a Patriot,” Richman said. “It’s important for them to be with other Patriots and celebrate what it means to be a Binghamton High School graduate.” Students and faculty also took a few minutes out of the ceremonies to honor Harper Stantz, a 16-year-old student who was hit and killed by a drugged driver back in March 2019. It also provided an opportunity for students to reunite with friends they have been unable to see due to classes being cancelled. Binghamton High School principal Kevin Richman said this is part of why doing an in-person ceremony was so important. Richman also paid tribute to Harper as part of the commecement. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton High School celebrated more than 300 graduates in seven separate ceremonies at NYSEG Stadium on Sunday. The ceremonies began at 9 a.m., and ran until around 10 p.m. “Last year, we also lost a loved one of our own. Harper Stantz would be graduating here to day and I am sure she is smiling down on us right now,” Richman said to the crowd. “I haven’t seen them since the end of April, so it’s good to at least have on last school event,” said Adam Deuel of Binghamton.
Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Reindeer shirts, Santa hats and dogs dressed in red and green clothing were only part of the festivities at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School this weekend.Runners from Ellsworth, Hancock County and elsewhere throughout the state came to Ellsworth on Sunday for this year’s edition of the Santa Run 5K. A total of 58 runners finished the race, which was open to runners and walkers at no charge.Unlike last year’s race, this year’s edition lacked snow on the ground and near-zero wind chills. That made for perfect racing conditions as runners didn’t have to fight the rippling wind or worry about slipping on an ice-covered pavement as they sprinted toward the finish line.“It’s a great day for it,” said Robin Clark, who helps to organize the race every year. “Last year and the past few years in general have been really cold, and we’re glad today turned out to be a lot better.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe race winner was 40-year-old Bar Harbor native Judson Cake, who crossed the finish line in 16 minutes, 47 seconds. Close behind him was Hampden’s Erik Knickerbocker, who set a personal record with a finish of 17:01.Rob Shea was the top Ellsworth finisher with a time of 18:51. Rounding out the top-five overall finishers were Jim Hunt of Dedham and the top female finisher, 22-year-old Kylee Parker of Winterport.Runners of all ages were among the race participants. The race had four 9-year-old finishers and one 77-year-old finisher, Lloyd Harmon of Ellsworth. Harmon finished 24th overall with a time of 28:06.Although the race did not require a registration fee, donations went toward the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center. Clark said the race brought in a total of $1,073.The next major road race in eastern Maine will be the third running of the Millinocket Marathon and Half-Marathon at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Last year, runners from all over Hancock County participated in both races, and Ellsworth’s Chris Holt, Nick Brown and Andrew Kephart have each earned top-10 finishes in the full marathon over the past two years.