WELLSHealthy meals guaranteed

The Wells Ogunquit Community School District observed its ninth annual “Farm to School Week” recently with students participating in processes that follow locally grown produce from harvest to the table.

This year, student volunteers from various grade levels in the school district traveled to Spiller Farm, a partner in the project, to help harvest produce to be brought back to school cafeterias for processing.

In all, students picked 15 bushels of green beans, 18 bushels of red potatoes and 15 bushels of apples, enough to supply the entire district for the next several months. They also shucked three bushels of corn, received from Chase Farms.

Back at Wells Elementary School, students listened to talks about nutrition and viewed a slide presentation.

Each day was designated with a color to match food being served that particular day.

The centerpiece of the week was the featuring of food grown locally on the lunch menu.

For five days, kindergarten through grade 12 students were treated to a variety of homegrown foods including corn on the cob, ground beef, green beans, yellow beans, mashed potatoes, broccoli, peppers, carrots and apples all grown on farms in Wells.

The Maine Department of Education Child Nutrition Program encourages Maine schools to include more locally grown produce in their lunch programs.

Since 2005, Nutrition Services Director Tyler Goodwin has strived to do just that during “Farm to School Week” and throughout the year by means of processing certain items for future use such as green beans and carrots.

SOUTH PORTLANDGift to pay for outdoor rink

The South Portland Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department has received a $15,000 donation from Port Harbor Marine for the purchase and installation of an outdoor ice rink in the Wainwright Farms Recreational Complex.

The donation was acquired by the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, through the Soucy family of Port Harbor Marine.

The ice rink will be used for events at Winterfest 2014, a collaboration of the Rotary Club and the city.

The rink also will be used for community recreation throughout the winter months.

The donation made by the Soucy family is the single largest donation that the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth has received in its history.

OLD ORCHARD BEACHTime to plan for Christmas

The Salvation Army has announced dates for parents to obtain applications for Christmas assistance to provide presents for their children this holiday season.

Applications for participation in the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund will be available on Oct. 24 only from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army headquarters, 2 Sixth St. Bruce Roberts provides gifts for children ages 18 and younger.

Parents may also apply for Salvation Army Toy Assistance on Nov, 21 for children under age 2.

Social Security numbers are required for each child listed on the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund application as well as a hand-written statement of need.

Also, applications for Christmas Food & Toys assistance from the Old Orchard Beach Salvation Army will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 21 only.

In order to be eligible to participate, applicants must live in the service area that includes Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Biddeford, Dayton and Arundel.

Only one application will be accepted for each household.

The applicant must be age 18 or older, a head of the household and may only request assistance for people who permanently reside in the home.

If unrelated individuals live in one residence and share expenses, they will be documented as one family.

Please, do not bring children with you.

Each applicant must have the following: proof of name, date of birth and current physical address (not a P.O. box); proof of rent or mortgage payment amount; proof of age for children up to age 12; be knowledgeable of household income and expenses (for all members of the household) for inclusion on the budget section of the application.

Distribution dates for those who apply will be communicated at the end of the application process.

Oldest resident sought

The Old Orchard Beach Historical Society is seeking help in discovering and recognizing the town’s oldest living resident.

Information should be reported by calling 934-9319.