Joseph Michael Eaton Jr. is Mid Coast Hospital's First Baby of the New Year

Ushering in 2011, Mid Coast Hospital announced the birth of its first baby of the new year: a boy, Joseph Michael Easton Jr., born at 7:58 a.m. January 1, 2011, to Brianna Mae Kenney and Joseph Michael Eaton of Lisbon, Maine.

As one of Maine's first babies born in 2011, Joseph--along with all other Maine resident babies born in 2011--will be eligible for the Harold Alfond College Challenge to receive a $500 grant to start a NextGen College Investing PlanŽ account. Maine Philanthropist Harold Alfond set up the program before he died to ensure access to education for all Maine's children. Since 2008, the Harold Alfond Scholarship fund has awarded 7,500 grants, and has established a goal of awarding 6,000 more grants in 2011.

For more information on the Harold Alfond College Challenge, please call (800) 228-3724 or visit