THE ASSE INTERNATIONAL Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for boys and girls traveling to the United States. These students are 15 to 18 years old and will attend high school. Students are screened by the organization and families will have a choice of students by viewing their applications, photos and biographical essays. To become a host family, call 737-4666 or visit

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GUIDING EYES for the Blind is recruiting volunteer puppy raisers to take in an 8-week-old puppy to help love, nurture, educate and socialize for 12 to 16 months. After that, the puppy would return to the organization to complete training as a guide dog. Puppy raisers receive local training along with free veterinary care. Participants will be asked to attend free, local classes twice a month that will teach about dog handling and socialization, as well as obedience. For details, contact Pat Webber at [email protected] or 338-5520

SCARBOROUGH

THE FRIENDS of the Scarborough Library need books for the annual book sale in June. Books may be dropped off at the library during regular business hours. All books are accepted except textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines or condensed books. For more information contact, Pat Buttner at 883-6828.

YARMOUTH

JOHN RUSSELL, 23, of Yarmouth, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Mongolia June 3 for pre-service training as an English teacher volunteer. Russell, son of Pat LaMarche and Mike Russell, graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio in 2009. He will be working to improve the skills of Mongolians who are studying to become English teachers. Russell will serve for two years in Mongolia, living in a manner similar to people in his host country.

PORTLAND

SCARBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL student poets dominated the list of finalists selected to read their work at the Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival. Festival judge Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, executive director of the Telling Room in Portland, chose Scarborough students to fill nine of the 21 finalist slots out of more than 100 entries. Finalists will be honored at an ceremony from 3 to 4:30 p.m. May 2 at Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport. They include: Lindsay Murphy, Mariah Volk, Samantha Beckwith, Amanda Doughty, Josh Powers, Andrew Jones, Andrea Tolman, Jamie Rowe and Emilia Scheemaker of Scarborough; Edward Fowler of The Real School; Zoe Johnston, Hannah Brewster, William McCarthy, Charlotte Rutty and Lindsay Stephen, of Cape Elizabeth High School; Stefan Clugston and Ian Connelly of Freeport High School; Tyler O’Brien, Zak Konstantino and Skyler Samuelson of Merriconeag Waldorf High School and Christian Letourneau of Thornton Academy.

BUXTON

THE BONNY EAGLE Middle School Science Squad placed second in the State Science Olympiad Tournament and may attend the National Tournament in Champaign, Ill., from May 20-22. Team members included Dean Flint, Bayleigh Canonico, Dalton Canonico, Sam Clift, Devin Borchard, Jack Newberry, Nina Truslow, Raegan Young, Rachel Ratte, David Hegarty, Carter Gleason and Austin Libby.

WATERBORO

Members of Girl Scout Troop 759 of Waterboro were among the nearly 400 attending the organization’s 23rd Annual Senior Leadership Conference sponsored by Girl Scouts of Rhode Island. The high school age scouts participated in a variety of workshops on such topics as immigration, archeology and community service. Among the attendees were Maggie Lee, Natasha Moulton, Caitlin Watson, Katie Flynn, Kaitlyn Toothaker, Shelby Klimas and Alicia Girard.

SACO

Thornton Academy student Yide “Clarence” Yan received two math awards during his participation in the 34th annual Maine State Math Meet, sponsored by the Maine Association of Math Leagues. Yam received the Individual High Scorer Award at the state meet out of about 1,000 participants and he was the Individual High Scorer for the MAML regular season in 2009-10. Yan has been invited to advance to American Regions Mathematics League level of competition. Thornton Academy’s team placed 19th over all in the competition. Members are Denitsa Atanasova of St. Paul’s Bay, Malta; Jiajie “David” Huang, Si Yun “Lilian” Li, Chenhao “Tony” Wei and Yan, all of China; and Michelle Beauchemin, Lucas Bohn, Philip Levecque, Lou Seneres and Erin Siulinski, all of Saco.