BRUNSWICK — Mid Coast Hospital has announced its first baby of 2018.

Thomas O’Connor was born at 4:02 a.m. on January 1, 2018 to Abbey and Matthew O’Connor of Brunswick, Maine.

As with all Maine babies born in 2018, Thomas is eligible for the Harold Alfond® College Challenge to receive a $500 grant toward a NextGen College Investing Plan® account. Beloved philanthropist Harold Alfond’s Alfond Scholarship Foundation set up the program to ensure access to higher education for all Maine’s children. The Scholarship Foundation has invested $40 million for 80,000 Maine babies since it began.

Maine resident babies can receive the grant if they are enrolled on or before their first birthday.

For more information on the Harold Alfond College Challenge, call (800) 228-3734 or visit