Telethon raises $119,600 to fly veterans to capital

The second annual statewide News Center Honor Flight Maine telethon has raised more than $119,600 to support America’s veterans.

The money will help transport at least 170 veterans from Maine to Washington, D.C., where they will tour and reflect on the war memorials built in their honor.

For more details, contact Kim Charland at 523-2911 or [email protected]


Third-grader places first in USDA poster contest

The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District school committee has recognized Wells Elementary School third-grader Lee Rollins for his first-place win at the 2017 state and New England regional division of the Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest.

Rollins was given a certificate recognizing his art submission for the contest, which encourages children to become involved with natural-resource conservation and wildfire prevention.

The contest was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service, National Garden Clubs Inc. and the Seacoast Garden Club of Kennebunk.

Wells High School praises efforts of students, staff

Wells High School recently recognized nine students and six staff members at a Breakfast of Champions event, which honored their contributions to the educational and social environment of the school community.

Students honored were Tyler Carpenter, Olivia Durfee, Liliana Farias, Megan LaChance, Kate Pinette, Grace Stevens, Ashton Jacobson-Theriault, Logan Worthley and Hannah Wrigley. Teachers and other staff honored were Joshua Adams, Noel Curcio, Brenda Dyer, Gail Moulton, Cheryl Oakes and Michael Richards.

All were treated to breakfast and each received a certificate and T-shirt.

High school seniors earn student-leadership awards

Wells High School Principal Eileen Sheehy recently announced that seniors Olivia Durfee and Kylie Belanger are the recipients of the 2017 National School Development Council’s Award for Academic Growth and Student Leadership.

Formed in 1969, the council acknowledges the positive contributions that students make to schools. Recipients of the award exemplify admirable character and accomplishment.


SIS Bank puts $5,000 toward theater-scholarship program

For the second year, SIS Bank is helping out the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, this time with a $5,000 donation to benefit its PAPA scholarship program.

The Seacoast Repertory Theatre – known locally as The Rep – is a nonprofit performing arts center in Portsmouth. It is home to the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts, which trains hundreds of performers, young and old, with classes, workshops and camps designed to nurture talent and cultivate confidence.

With passion and talent coming from families of all different financial situations, The Rep works to make activities accessible to all through the PAPA scholarship program.

SIS Bank’s donation will go toward financial aid for families with incomes of less than $67,000.


Winter wear for needy kids will dot city’s public parks

On Tuesday, students from St. James Catholic School will make their annual Advent season pilgrimage to one of the city’s public parks, at South and Green streets, to leave gifts of free hats, mittens and scarves for children in need this winter.

The clothes will be placed in plastic bags with a decorative ribbon and hung from fences and park benches. A tag will be inside each bag so recipients will know that the items are from the children at St. James and donated by community members.

Anyone in need of these items can come and take them at any time. Items that still remain in the park the following week will be collected and donated to the Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center in Biddeford.


Group hopes to raise $9,000 to spruce up historic church

The Friends of Old Corner Church are conducting a fundraiser for the historic 1804 church, located at West Road and Federal Street.

The goal is to raise $9,000 to go toward exterior painting of the building.

For more details, contact Bud Jamieson at 247-3635 or at [email protected]