WELLS

Junior high students serve Thanksgiving meal to seniors

For the 20th year, Wells Junior High School students and staffers presented a Thanksgiving meal to area seniors

About 425 seniors attended the meal, held the week before the holiday in the school’s multipurpose room.

Started in 1994 as a gesture of goodwill to the community, the dinner also serves as a service learning experience for eighth-graders who are finishing up a five-week generations unit in language arts class. The study focuses on aging and requires that students interview residents of Sentry Hill at York Harbor.

Students made decorations, banners, napkins and seasonal decorations for the table settings in the school’s dining room. They also were responsible for table set-up, baking and cleanup.

On the day of the dinner, students wore white shirts and black pants in honor of their guests. A valet parking service was provided by several Wells High School seniors.

School secretary Vicki Aldridge has helped organize the annual dinners for 20 years. Many of the meal items were donated by area businesses.

High school recognizes students, staff at breakfast

Wells High School hosted its first “Breakfast of Champions” for the school year recently, recognizing 12 students and 10 staff members for their contributions to the learning and social environments at the school.

Activities director Jack Molloy and teacher Jay Moore presented certificates and red-lettered T-shirts to the honorees during the breakfast.

Honored were staffers Noël Curcio, Brad Goodale, Lil Lagasse, Tari Matthews, Jay Moore, Cheryl Oakes, Karen Quint, John Reigel, Cindy Roche and Terre Webster.

Students recognized were Liam Bell, Abigail Bourque, Grace Box, Joey Chaplin, Jonathan Clarrage, Alyssa Loukola, Seamus McDonough, Brian McMahon, Marisa Mizzoni, Lindsey Myers, Gabe Rider and Brooke Verge.

BIDDEFORD

McArthur Library launches online local history catalog

The McArthur Library has launched a new online local history catalog at mcarthur.pastperfect-online.com.

Patrons may now go online to search and browse the library’s special collections, most notably the extensive image collection. The online catalog allows access to more than 4,000 digital images and well over 6,000 item records, with more records being added regularly.

The catalog was made possible by the 2011 award of an historical records collections grant for cataloging software by the Maine State Archives and the MHRAB, which allowed the library to purchase PastPerfect Museum Software.

The library then began cataloging 150 years worth of collections, an ongoing task being accomplished by the archivist and a host of dedicated volunteers and interns.