Party City raises $200,000  to help Camp Sunshine

Party City raised more than $200,000 for Camp Sunshine, a year-round retreat that provides respite and support to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through various stages of a child’s illness.

In January, Party City collected donations at more than 800 corporate-owned Party City retail stores. The funds will help 40 children.   

The program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour, on-site medical and psychosocial support.

For more information, call 655-3800 or visit


Woman visits Thailand and works with rescued elephants

Sarah Beagan recently traveled to Thailand and spent two weeks learning about Thai culture and volunteering with rescued elephants.

Beagan, 20, of Cumberland, traveled with the Boston-based Loop Abroad. She was part of a small team that volunteered directly with rescued elephants at an elephant sanctuary. The group spent one week at the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand to work hands-on with the animals and learn about animal rescue and conservation on a larger scale.

The park is home to over 40 elephants who have been rescued from trekking, logging, or forced breeding programs. During Beagan’s time there, she learned about elephant tourism and behavior.

Sarah is a student at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, majoring in biology.


Donations sought to add benches at vets’ monument

The New Gloucester Veterans’ Monument Committee is seeking financial contributions to help buy and place two granite benches at the New Gloucester Veterans’ Monument on Route 100.

The new benches will bring the monument nearer to completion. The group is seeking an estimated $2,000 to $3,000 for the additions.

For more information, call 926-3188 or send donations to New Gloucester Veterans Monument-Bench, P.O. Box 531, New Gloucester, ME 04260.


Seniors sought to train for volunteer positions     

The Opportunity Alliance is starting a new training session in September for openings in its Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs, with placements throughout southern Maine.

Foster Grandparents volunteer in schools and child development centers. Senior Companions volunteer with other older adults who need a little help to remain living independently.

For details, call 773-0202 or email [email protected] or [email protected]


Rotary Club recognizes pair of award winners   

The Rotary Club of Saco Bay recently recognized two Rotarians.

Jason Webber was recognized with the Rookie of the Year Award. Webber is active in the youth Interact program and was credited with securing a grant to purchase a beach-accessible wheelchair in partnership with the town of Old Orchard Beach.

Israel Collins received the Jack Gesemyer Rotarian of the Year Award. Collins has participated in virtually all events and was recognized by the district as a Best New Rotarian. He also served as the club and district representative for an exchange to Bulgaria.


Credit union presents $1,000 to the Turner Food Pantry

Community Credit Union recently presented a $1,000 check to the Turner Food Pantry, located inside the Boofy Quimby Memorial Center.

The food bank is staffed by volunteers from the North Turner Union Presbyterian Church.

For more information, call 225-3414.


David Johnson honored for his School Committee service

David Johnson was recently recognized by the town of Wells with a plaque for his total of 14 years of service on the Wells-Ogunquit Community School District School Committee. He stepped down July 1.

During his years with the committee, Johnson has served as chairman, member of the policy subcommittee and a school representative to the district’s sick bank.