Elementary school staff, students honor veterans

Seven area veterans and two active-duty service members were honored for their military service as part of a recent Veterans Day observance at Wells Elementary School.

The event is held annually to honor veterans while teaching students the importance of Veterans Day.

Each of the military guests was honored with a certificate of appreciation presented by students.

Students and staff also had collected candy to be sent by the York VFW to those serving in Afghanistan and Qatar.

John Primerano Jr., an Army paratrooper in World War II and vice commander of VFW Post 6977, spoke about freedom and the importance of Veterans Day.


Volunteers sought to train for cancer buddy program

Volunteers are needed for a cancer buddy training program that starts in early December.

The Maine Buddy Program is a statewide service that pairs trained volunteers with individuals who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis of their own or of a loved one.

Molly Stewart, mission services director at the Cancer Community Center in South Portland, will head the training, supervision and support.

For more information, call 774-2200 or email [email protected]

Girl Scouts gets $5,000 grant for financial literacy program

Girl Scouts of Maine has been awarded a one-year grant of $5,000 from United Way of York County.

The investment will enable GSME to provide adult volunteers to facilitate for the financial literacy badge requirements, an integral part of the organization’s programming and activities.

The Girl Scouts has developed a financial literacy program that fosters economic responsibility and leadership in girls in kindergarten through grade 12.

These trained volunteers will be qualified to further educate more than 1,000 girls in York County.

For more details, go to www.girlscoutsofmaine.org or call 888-922-4763.

Historical society selling Bug Light holiday ornament

The South Portland Historical Society has announced the arrival of its first holiday ornament.

The ornament depicts the Portland Breakwater Light, also known as Bug Light. Each ornament is cast in metal with a brass finish. It comes in a protective cloth bag with a booklet outlining the lighthouse’s history.

The ornaments are $20 each. They can be purchased at the South Portland Historical Society’s museum at Bug Light Park during gift shop hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. They can also be purchased at Broadway Variety and Drillen Hardware.

All proceeds will benefit the South Portland Historical Society. For more details, call 767-7299.


Committee seeks theme for 2015 Moxie Festival

The 2015 Moxie Festival Committee is seeking submissions for a theme for the 33rd annual Moxie Festival set for July 10-12.

The theme entry must include a reference to Moxie and Maine and be submitted by Jan. 1.

Entries can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Debra Wagner, Moxie Festival Committee, 23 Center St., Lisbon Falls, ME 04252, until Jan. 1.

Theme entries become the property of the Moxie Festival Committee.

The winner, to be chosen at the Moxie Festival Committee meeting in January, will receive a deluxe Moxie-filled basket and will be invited to serve as a parade judge.

For more details, call Wagner at 992-8997

Equine therapist appointed to para-equestrian panel

Sarah Chappell Armentrout has been elected to a four-year appointment to the U.S. Equestrian Federation Para-Equestrian High Performance Committee.

The committee meets throughout the year to discuss national matters affecting the para-equestrian discipline.

Armentrout has worked closely with the U.S. Para-Equestrian Association, creating programs to further educate riders and trainers.

Armentrout co-founded Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports of Lyman with her husband, Nick Armentrout, in 1998 as an accredited center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.


Parade of Lights, festival to be held downtown Dec. 6

Saco Spirit and Toys for Tots are teaming up to bring the annual Holiday Festival and Parade of Lights to downtown Dec. 6. The celebration will include a parade, family activities, a cookie walk, visits with Santa, a tree-lighting ceremony and a bean supper.

Parade participants will assemble at C.K. Burns School at 5:30 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. procession down Main Street to Pepperell Square. Last year’s event featured more than 30 units.

There’s no theme for making a float. Since it will be a nighttime parade, participants are urged to use lots of light to illuminate their float.

Deadline for entries is Dec. 2.

The parade will go on rain or snow. For more details or to sign up, contact Nancy Tripp at [email protected], call 284-6997 or email Nadeen DeSilva at [email protected]


Bank foundation donates $11,500 to Mayflower Place

A nearly $11,500 donation from the Kennebunk Savings Bank Foundation’s Huntington Common Charitable Fund for Seniors has funded a new on-site phyical fitness area for the senior residents at Mayflower Place in Sanford.

The workout space will enable the residents to remain active during winter months and gain better mobility.

Mayflower Place is a 35-unit assisted living facility. To learn more, visit www.smhc.org or @smhcHealth on Twitter.

St. James school gets award for healthy eating program

St. James Catholic School has become the first school in York County to receive the Let’s Go! 5210 Gold School of Distinction Award for its prekindergarten through grade 8 healthy eating and living program.

Let’s Go! is a Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital program that focuses on preventing childhood obesity. The name of the national program, 5210, comes from its principles urging people to eat five or more fruits or vegetables each day, spend two hours or less on recreational screen time, participate in one hour or more of physical activity and consume zero sugary drinks.

St. James’ food services director Yvette Tremblay also received the 5210 REDY Award for her commitment to establish a healthy environment for students.

For more details, call Dave Guthro at 321-7810 or email [email protected]


Walk-in clinic to reopen Dec. 1 on Goodall Drive

Southern Maine Health Care will reopen its Waterboro Walk-In Care clinic on Dec. 1, offering expanded hours at the 10 Goodall Drive facility.

Patients will now be able to receive nonemergency walk-in care seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The clinic was forced to close in June because of a staffing shortage.

SMHC’s lab, radiology and rehabilitation services continue to be available at the facility.

“Resuming Walk-In Care in Waterboro has been our priority,” said Patsy Aprile, SMHC’s chief operating officer. “During the past few months we have carefully evaluated our staffing model to ensure that all of our walk-in care centers will be adequately staffed going forward.”


Farmers market open every other Saturday

The Winter Gateway Winter Farmers Market season has begun, meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Saturday at the American Legion Hall next to Hannaford at 9 Hannaford Drive.

Dates are: Dec. 6 and 20, Jan. 3 and 17, Feb. 7 and 21 and March 7 and 21. The market features 25 to 29 vendors.

The goal of the market is to support local farmers, food producers, artists and artisans.

Vendors interested in participating should download an application at www.gatewayfarmersmarket.com or call Steph Oeser at the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce at 363-4422 or email [email protected] Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


High school senior receives Major League Baseball honor

Gardiner Area High School senior student Kelsey Barrett has been named the 2015 Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Athlete of the Year, in partnership with Drug-Free Kids for her submission in an essay contest.

Barrett, 17, was nominated for the honor by Holly Jordan, teen director at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Gardiner, for her athleticism, commitment to stay drug-free and personal integrity. Barrett has been a member of the club for seven years.

Barrett recently attended a Major League Baseball gala at Gotham Hall in New York City, where she shared her story and received her award. Barrett also received a $500 shopping spree and a personal luncheon with the baseball commissioner.

Barrett’s essay was selected from a nationwide pool of 6,000 applicants.


Brick Store Museum registrar wins New England award

Brick Store Museum registrar Kathryn Hussey has won a career honor with the inaugural Excellence Award from the New England Museum Association.

Hussey was honored for her contagious spirit of volunteerism, her presence as a role model to her peers in the field and for more than 35 years of dedication to the museum, its collections and the local community as a volunteer collections manager and registrar.

Kim Smith, grant writer for the city of Presque Isle and secretary/treasurer for the Presque Isle Historical Society, also was a winner.

Winners were recognized at the 96th annual NEMA Conference in Boston. To learn more about NEMA, visit nemanet.org.


‘Stuff the Bus’ food drive will help feed the hungry

Hundreds of students from Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough area schools, along with community volunteers, will help Rewind 100.9 fulfill its annual “Stuff the Bus” challenge to deliver a busload of donated food to the Preble Street food program to feed the hungry.

Food drive volunteers will collect nonperishable food and cash donations through Wednesday.

Preble Street serves three meals a day, 365 days a year at its three soup kitchens – Preble Street Resource Center, Teen Center and Florence House.

A yellow Custom Coach & Limousine bus will pick up donations from area schools. The bus will be parked at Hannaford stores Nov. 25 and 26 to collect donations of cash and nonperishable food items.

The bus schedule is Tuesday from 7 to 10 a.m. at Hannaford at Back Cove and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Hannaford at the Maine Mall. The bus will be back at Hannaford at Back Cove from 7 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

For more details, go to rewind1009.com/2014/10/31/stuff-the-bus-for-preble-street/ or donate at www.preblestreet.org/donate.php.


American Legion Post 181 celebrates its renovations

The William R. Bold American Legion Post No. 181 held a ribbon cutting ceremony as part of its Veterans Day celebration to officially announce the completion of renovations.

Post No. 181 was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation in March to renovate its bathrooms, reinforce stairs, update the kitchen facilities and install new steps outdoors.

The six-month project, completed in September, received an additional $8,000 in donations from members to complete the project.

Guest speakers at the event were Navy retirees RADM Bryan Cutchen of West Gardiner and Master Chief Roger Line of Litchfield. The post also completed a flag disposal with the help of Boy Scout Troop No. 698 of Litchfield. The group later enjoyed a lobster dinner.