New citizens sworn in

Two longtime Maine School Administrative District 6 employees recently became American citizens in an oath ceremony held at the superintendent’s office where they work.

Immigration Officers Cindy Lembarra and Kurt Pelletier awarded MSAD 6 executive secretary Hedy Smith and accounts payable specialist Martine Nugent, both natives of Canada, with U.S. citizenship as fellow employees, friends and family witnessed the swearing-in ceremony.

Smith, who has lived in the United States for 35 years, said her first order of business as an American citizen will be “to register to vote.”

“It will be the first time I have ever voted in my life!” said Smith.


Woofminster raises $3,000

Woofminster 2012, the Planet Dog Foundation’s annual amateur dog show and cover dog challenge, has raised more than $3,000 to help support service dogs, therapy dogs, K-9 search and rescue programs and other ways that dogs work to help people in need.

Some 100 people and 40 dogs competed in challenge categories recently at Camp Ketcha in Scarborough.

For more details, call Katie LeBel at 563-7695.


‘Inspirational Senior’ named

Spectrum Generations, the Central Maine Area Agency on Aging, announced that Grace Durgin has earned one-out-of-four Honorable Mentions from Atria Senior Living’s “Most Inspirational Senior in the World” contest.

Durgin is a longtime volunteer driver for the Meals on Wheels program and a member of Spectrum Generations’ Board of Directors, its Senior Advisory Council, and its Cohen Center’s Local Advisory Council in Hallowell.

She also is part of the Benevolence Committee at her church and has been the leader of Toastmasters several times.

Over the last 12 years, Durgin has delivered close to 20,000 meals to homebound and disabled adults in southern Kennebec County. She also volunteers to pick up prescriptions, provide transportation to doctor appointments and many other personal needs.

For more details, call (800) 639-1553 or visit