Girl Scouts deliver cookies for Share initiative

Area Girl Scouts and representatives from the Girl Scouts of Maine delivered more than 5,000 boxes of cookies to the Southern Maine Agency on Aging as part of the Girl Scouts Cookie Share initiative.

Cookie Share encourages individuals to purchase cookies for themselves as well as additional boxes to benefit a local charity.

This year’s recipient of the Cookie Share for York and Cumberland counties was the Meals on Wheels program at SMAA.

Girl Scouts from a troop in South Portland recently visited the South Portland Meals on Wheels delivery site to learn more about that service as well as to go out on deliveries and to meet clients.


Maine Maritime training ship set for annual cruise

Maine Maritime Academy students, officers and crew will depart Castine on Wednesday on the training ship State of Maine for the annual two-month training evolution to foreign and domestic ports.

This year’s training cruise itinerary includes stops in Trieste, Italy; Reykjavik, Iceland; Kiel, Germany; Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Searsport.

Under the command of Captain Leslie B. Eadie, III, master of the State of Maine, the training cruise will commence in port Friday for presailing preparation.

Well-wishers are welcome to view the vessel departure and return from the Maine Maritime Academy waterfront or via webstream at

Friends, family, and fans of the cruise will be able to follow the ship’s journey through the cruise Facebook page (, and the cruise blog at

The training ship will return to its homeport of Castine on Monday, July 7.

The 500-foot, 16,000-ton training ship State of Maine, originally commissioned as the USNS Tanner, served as a Navy oceanographic research vessel before being converted in 1997 to accommodate the training needs of the college.

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Sandy Brennan named art educator of the year

Wells Elementary School art teacher Sandy Brennan was recognized as 2014 Maine Art Educator of the Year by the Maine Art Education Association.

Brennan was honored at the annual convention of the National Art Education Association in San Diego. She also received a certificate of recognition by the Wells-Ogunquit CSD school committee on April 16.

Brennan has taught at Wells Elementary School since 1974 and has worked hard to develop her outstanding art program. In 1979, she initiated a student exhibit at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit showcasing artwork from grades K-12 for southern York County. She helps organize it annually and it continues to be the gallery’s favorite show of the season. Brennan also is a former co-president and president of the MAEA.


Cash for Clothes Sale registration events set

Cash for Clothes Sale has planned two registration weekend events for individuals who wish to sell clothing at the upcoming sale, set for May 17-19 at the American Legion Hall on Pearl Street.

The advance sign-ups will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Fridays, May 2 and 9, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, May 3 and 10, at Coastal Opportunities, 35 Limerock St.

The Cash for Clothes Sale is the major community fundraising event to benefit Coastal Opportunities, an agency providing services to developmentally disabled adults in the Knox County area. Clothing will be sold on a 50/50 basis, with half of the profit going to the seller and half to Coastal Opportunities.

Clothing must be of good quality and for spring and summer attire only. Participants will register their name and address, be given identification tags, lists for clothing and instruction sheets.

For more details, call Nancy Wolfertz at 594-5429.

West Bay Rotary donates $10,000 to capital campaign

Members of West Bay Rotary Club of Camden raised more than $10,000 for the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area Foundation’s Capital Campaign.

Those funds were given in memory of the late West Bay Rotarian Donald Gross, who will be honored with a display sign on one of the chairs on the new lift to be in operation during the next ski season.


New Balance offers grant match for Camp Sunshine

The New Balance Foundation has offered a $300,000 matching grant challenge to help kick off Camp Sunshine’s 30th anniversary to encourage support for the national retreat in Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

The challenge will match the dollars raised through Camp Sunshine’s new “Go the Distance” campaign that aims to raise funds through participation in 30 distinct endurance events across the country throughout 2014, including the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the TCS New York City Marathon and the TD Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine.

Those interested in joining the Camp Sunshine team should contact Michael Smith or Ashley Caswell at 655-3800.