THE BIDDEFORD-SACO ROTARY Club announced the winners of its annual essay contest for Grade 8 students from Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach schools. Top three winners for the six respresenting schools were Marissa Heffernan, Brooke DuGuay-Miller and Kayla Fournier, all of Biddeford Middle School; Jenna Paul, Michaela Basile and Abigail Robinson, all of Thornton Academy Middle School; Allie Petaway, Holly Crowell and Steven Guay, all of Saco Middle School; Andrew Gillis, Jessica Pate and Alyssa Hinkle, all of Loranger Middle School in Old Orchard Beach; Siobhan Kenneally, Elizabeth Ferreira and Adam Michel, all of St. James School in Biddeford; and Mary Furlong of Notre Dame School in Saco. First-place winners were awarded certificates of achievement and $100. Second- and third-place winners won $50 and $25 each, respectively.


SHARRI MacDONALD of MacDonald’s Garage and Linda Mailhot of Seacoast RVs and Seacoast Resort were recognized as corecipients of the Maine Recreation and Park Association’s “Citizen Volunteer of the Year” Award. MacDonald and Mailhot, were recognized for the volunteer hours they have contributed to OOB365, an organization that promotes the town through community events.

THE SALVATION ARMY, at Church and Sixth streets, is seeking community assistance to stock its food bank with nonperishable food items, as well as baby food and formula. Those items may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The program serves families from Biddeford, Saco, Arundel and Old Orchard Beach. For more details, call Danielle Fish at 934-4381.


YORK COUNTY Special Olympics held its Spring Games at Shapleigh Middle School in Kittery on May 5. Adrianna Pizzo, special education teacher from Mildred L. Day School, organized the event for the district and Regional School Unit 21, which had 15 student athletes participating.


SEA ROAD SCHOOL’S Grade 5 students placed second out of 33 competing teams in the in the team portion at the Southern Maine Math League final meet. Also winning individual prizes at the event were Lily Verna, Daniel Behrens and Pierce Rotman, who placed second, third and fifth, respectively.


THE GENERAL HENRY KNOX Museum is accepting registrations for two free professional development programs in July for history and social studies teachers. The sessions, set to run July 11-15 and 18-22, are funded by Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation. For details, call Sophie Mendoza at 354-0858 or email [email protected]


THE YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, 15 Long Sands Road, received a grant to host the traveling exhibition “In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak,” to be displayed from July 6 to Aug. 19. Programs, including music, speakers, films and book discussions, are being planned to complement the exhibit. For more details, call 363-2818 or go to


THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS of the Marginal Way Preservation Fund has elected new officers, expanding the number of seats on the board from seven to 15. Elected were: Paul Breen, president; Peter Griswold, vice president; and David Barton, secretary/treasurer for two-year terms. Elected to one-year terms were: Bernadine Speers, Charles Hindmarsh, Philip Cavaretta and Kerry Ellen Enright. For details, go to


RUSSELL OSGOOD of Cape Neddick has been named Northeast U.S. 4-H Volunteer of the Year by the National 4-H Council. The award came one week after Osgood was honored as Maine’s Volunteer of the Year at a separate event held in Augusta. A 25-year volunteer, Osgood founded the Coastal Clovers 4-H Club of Cape Neddick.


THREE YORK COUNTY students were honored for their winning essays detailing some aspect of Shaker life. Brett Davisson, a Wells High School junior, Noah Farrington, a Grade 9 home-schooled student from Alfred, and Kym Hendrix, a Grade 8 home-schooled student from North Waterboro, were recognized for their work at the Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum’s History Fair. The students each won a $100 cash prize and will have their essays framed for display at the museum.