BIDDEFORD

THE BARBARA BUSH Foundation for Family Literacy’s Maine Family Literacy Initiative has announced grants that will be awarded to eight organizations allowing the groups to plan and design a program that meets the needs of their communities and to 14 organizations to provide quality family literacy programs. Since 1996, the initiative has awarded 226 grants totaling $3,957,090. For more information, visit www.mainefamilyliteracy.com.

LEBANON

DURING MEMORIAL DAY celebrations, the town dedicated a memorial 10 years in the making. Nancy Wyman, Lebanon Historical Society president, was the master of ceremonies and jointly dedicated the memorial, which recognizes 174 men from the town who fought to save the Union, with other members of the historical society and the American Legion Post No. 214. The memorial is a boulder from a local field with all the men’s names inscribed on a bronze plaque.

PORTLAND

ANDREW LEADLEY is looking for people interested in playing pick-up soccer in the East End area. He hopes to gather a group a couple times a week during the afternoons or early evenings. All skill levels are welcome and the group will not be highly competitive. Call 670-8041 or e-mail [email protected]

 

A SOCIAL NETWORKING website providing support to people of size has launched. PeopleOfSize.com features news, information on health and wellness, social concerns and daily living, as well as user directed forums. Founder and chief executive officer, Rebecca Weinstein, a lawyer, social worker, technology pioneer and person of size, said the website is an e-community that supports a healthy lifestyle for any size, and is not a diet site.

 

MAINE HEALTHCARE Systems, MaineGeneral Health and MaineHealth have formed OneMaine Health Collaborative to conduct a comprehensive community health needs assessment. University of New England’s Center for Community and Public Health with a team including the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine and Market Decisions, a local survey firm, were selected to do the study. Later this month, UNE is expected to conduct a telephone survey of 6,400 randomly selected households. Information gathered will enable health officials, health care providers, community organizations and others to develop new or expanded resources and plan health services for Maine.

 

CHRISTOPHER KEISTER, a painter from Portland, has been named the 2010 Monhegan Island artist in residence by the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corp. He is a formalist painter with abstract tendencies and has been featured in the Center for Maine Contemporary Art juried biennial and the Portland Museum of Art biennial. While on Monhegan, he hopes to develop new work that focuses on “deluge myths” and dowsing in contemporary society.

 

THE CENTER FOR GRIEVING Children is putting together a team for the Maine Marathon and Half Marathon taking place in October. Last year, the group had more than 40 runners who raised $25,000. The group is coached by RRCA certified coach Jeanne Hackett and meets once a week for group runs. For more information, visit www.cgcmaine.org or call 775-5216. The group began its runs June 13.

 

THE MAINE CANCER Foundation has awarded 20 percent of its net income in grants totaling $74,220 to 12 education and patient-support programs. Later this month, the additional 80 percent will be awarded to advance cancer research projects in the state. Organizations receiving the funds include Community Concepts, MaineHealth, Maine General Medical Center, Connecting to Cancer Care, Portland Health Department for Cumberland County Healthy Maine Partnerships’, Bridgton’s Lakes Region Transportation Program, Camp Sunshine, Down East Hospice, Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center and the Cancer Community Center.

 

HEALTHSOURCE Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab is providing free community health screenings or free 15-minute massage in exchange for a donation to the Animal Refuge League. Donations of all animal treats, chew toys, animal food and monetary donations will be accepted at the office through the end of the month. Contributors are encouraged to call 780-1070 or 878-3030 and set up a free health evaluation appointment at the offices, 949 Brighton Ave. or 1321 Washington Ave.

SANFORD

THE SALVATION ARMY Camp Fund is asking for donations so parents can send their children to Camp Sebago for $30, while the Salvation Army funds the remainder of the $300 fee. To make a donation, either full or partial scholarship amounts, send checks to The Salvation Army “Camp Fund,” P.O. Box 391, Sanford, ME 04073. For additional information, contact Lt. Nicole Knous at 324-3134 or [email protected] army.org. Additional information can also be found at www.sanford.salvationarmyme.org.

KENNEBUNKPORT

THE HISTORICAL Society has announced its summer exhibition, “Abbott Graves: A Fresh Look at the Artist,” featuring paintings from museums and private collections by Boston and Kennebunkport artist Abbot Fuller Graves. The exhibit will be on display through the end of August at the historical society’s Pasco Center, 125 North St. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

STANDISH

BONNY EAGLE High School students Devin Rheaume, Harrison Stinson and Todd Thompson were selected by Standish Memorial Post 128 to attend the 63rd annual American Legion Dirigo Boys State program this year in Waterville. The young men participate in role-play as they learn to campaign for local, county and state offices and then organize and carry out the functions of the state government.

 

STUDENTS in kindergarten through eighth grade, as well as staff members at MSAD 6, were honored at the recent writing tea held at the middle school. They had submitted their writing to the annual district writing contest. Winners of the first, second and third places in each category were presented ribbons.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

A GROUNDBREAKING ceremony held earlier this month for a new police station at 16 E. Emerson Cummings Blvd. The final construction budget of about $1.9 million was approved by the Town Council on June 1. The project is being funded by a bond approved by voters. Benchmark and Foreside Architects have been selected as the design and build contractors for the town.

ROCKLAND

THE MAINE LIGHTHOUSE Museum is selling bricks for $75 apiece as a fundraising effort. People or businesses who purchase the brick can have at least three lines of text, up to 20 letters per line, inscribed. They can be purchased at the museum, 1 Park Drive, or by downloading a purchase form at www.MaineLighthouseMuseum.org. For more information, call 594-3301.

NORTH YARMOUTH

THE EVENTS COMMITTEE is seeking nominations for the 2010 Distinguished Citizens Award. Nominees must have served as a community volunteer. Forms are available by visiting www.nymeevents.com, at town office or by e-mailing [email protected] Nominations must be submitted by July 15 and the winner will be announced by Aug. 28.

CAPE ELIZABETH

ARTIST DUDLEY BOSTWICK donated “The Gale,” a print of his original painting, to be raffled off to benefit Fort Williams Park. Raffle tickets cost $5 each or five for $20. To purchase tickets, contact Carol Fritz at [email protected] or call 767-3737. The final drawing will be held Sept. 5 at the park.