September 2007 News Letter!

Lot's of Adventures!

ETL students spent two weekends at Saco KOA Campground this summer! The first was in May and the second was the second weekend of June! It's a great place to stay and ETL students love the Kabins! Our days were spent exploring Saco with an Urban Hike, visiting Aquaboggan, taking a trolley ride to Old Orchard Beach, and even a trip to the drive in theater! Students helped with meal preparation, building fires, made decisions on activities, and had two great weekends. Other summer activities included a wonderful visit to Manhattan to meet with sponsor Oscar Plotkin! Students presented Oscar with half of a beautiful clay seascape mural that ETL students had created...ETL has the other half! Oscar told the students that he was going to hang it in his home! Students were treated to a tour of Oscar's Manhattan home, a wonderful Italian dinner and great company, and, after dinner, Oscar gave usage of a limo so that students could go where ever they wanted in Manhattan! Oscar and Susan were wonderful to the students, charming, and showed that they were very interested in the students. And, to top it all off, Oscar sent us all home in a stretch limo...all the way to Dover, NH! Many thanks to Oscar!

ETL also made a Life Skills Trip to Niagara Falls with a stop first in Cooperstown, NY where we visited the Baseball Hall of Fame! Niagara Falls was beautiful and the town was...well, very interesting! Niagara Falls, Ontario has everything downtown from an Empire State Building tipped on it's side and King Kong hanging on it to a giant ferris wheel and a volcano! Students experienced a ride on the Whirlpool Jet Boat ... right into the giant whirlpool! They also visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Wax Museum. We stayed at the Niagara Falls KOA campground for two nights, then it was off to Toronto to visit the CN Tower and a Buskers Fair!

Upcoming events include:

1.) ETL is beginning a new group in Portsmouth, NH. We Care Cleaners on Rte. 1 South has made office space available for a home base in Portsmouth. Our first meeting, an Introduction and Orientation for Volunteers, Parents, and Students is Monday, September 24th at 1:30 P.M. Space is limited to 10 participants, so reserve right away!

2.) Ethel's Tree of Life and Waddell & Reed to hold Charitable Giving Barbeque. Proceeds to benefit Ethel's Tree of Life, A nonprofit organization providing transitional training for youth & young adults who live w/disabilities and/or special needs. Ethel's Tree of Life and Waddell & Reed will be holding a Charitable Giving Barbeque at the Dead Duck Inn in Eliot, ME on October 9th @ 5:30pm. There will be Music & Dancing provided by "The Hoax", a performance by singer Patty Gorsun, as well as a workshop on Charitable Giving Strategies. Topics discussed will include "Taking advantage of the potential tax benefits associated with giving", "Receiving maximum financial benefits from helping others", and "Using your charitable gift to diversify your investment portfolio. Suggested donation for tickets is $25 each and includes a full Barbeque Dinner, Entertainment and Workshop. Please RSVP @ 207-438-9449. For more information about Ethel's Tree of Life and/or to make a donation, contact Linda Higgins@207-438-9449. For more information about Waddell & Reed, contact Martin Michaud @ Waddell & Reed, Inc. 1 Wall St. Suite 101 Manchester, NH 03101 phone: 603-626-1300 x117 Waddell & Reed does not provide tax advice. Please consult your tax advisor regarding your individual situation.

3.) We are starting a new group in Sanford, Maine! Southern Maine Parent Awareness has made available office space for a home base in Sanford. They are located at the Main Street Mall. Our first meeting, an Introduction and Orientation for Volunteers, Parents, and Students, will be held at 3 P.M. on Wednesday, October 17th. Student Registration Packets will be available. Our first activity, for registered ETL students only, will be a Movie Day at Smitty's, Oct. 19th, at 3 P.M. Cost for the activity is $12.00, which includes movie, drink, and food. There are 5 need based discounts available, first come, first served. Gatherings and activities will be held on each Friday.

4.) November 8th, 2007: Wine Tasting and Informational Seminar presented in collaboration with Martin Michaud of Waddell and Reed. Portsmouth Harborside Sheriton, 7 P.M. Suggested donation: $15.00 Come and learn about some fine wines, take part in our Silent Auction, and learn about financial planning with Martin. Please contact Linda for tickets.

5.) October 26th Salem, MA Urban Hike! ETL students will travel to Ipswich, MA and there pick up the commuter train to Salem, MA. We will leave Kittery at 3P.M. Chaperone Drivers are needed. Registered ETL students only. This is a high time of the year in Salem! We will tour the Witch House, go on a walking tour, explore the shops and activities, including Haunted Houses! Cost: $30.00 per student. Fee includes transportation costs, museum entry, and walking tour. Bring your own spending money and bagged supper. There are a number of scholarships available for registered York students.

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