May 11, 2013

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Bank, 'Donors' help third-grade class

Third-graders in Marty Cryer's class at Wells Elementary School recently received seven laptops and other computer equipment, thanks to donations by Kennebunk Savings Bank and

Cryer turned to the online organization to garner support for her fundraising project.

Kennebunk Savings Bank donated $1,000 which funded the purchase of two laptops and a microphone for use with Skype and recordings. kicked in additional funding through private donations to fund the purchase of five more laptops.


That's a ton of trash

Nearly 250 volunteers participated in the Lebanon Rescue Department's Third Annual Lebanon Pride Day and Clean Up Day, making it the largest cleanup effort to date for the town.

The volunteers collected trash along 88 roads in town, filling 500 large trash bags. They also picked up several loads of tires and large debris items found along the way, hauling all of it to the the Lebanon Transfer Station.

At day's end, volunteers were treated to a barbecue lunch.


Acadia supporting youth

The Westbrook office of Acadia Insurance has launched a "Fund a Kid" charitable campaign to support Mission Possible Teen Center, a local after-school center that provides multi-purpose development programs for youths from 10 to 18 years of age.

The teen center offers a structured, supervised curriculum with daily programming that includes mentoring, one-on-one counseling, homework assistance, physical fitness, arts and crafts, cooking and nutrition, job skills training and more.

The goal is to raise $4,200 for the campaign, which is enough to support at least seven children for the year.

To help reach this goal, Acadia will host a series of events and fundraisers each month with proceeds directly benefiting the program.

Donations also are appreciated and can be sent to: Mission Possible Teen Center, 755 Main St, Westbrook, Maine 04092

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Bulb research on display

Seventh-grade students in science teacher Saul Lindauer's class at Wells Junior High School recently capped a study on electricity by creating an informative display detailing the pros and cons of a variety of light bulbs available to consumers.

Lindauer assigned students to research light bulbs, where they learned terms like "lumens" and "lux," examined the major shift in usage from the ordinary incandescent light bulb to the longer-lasting and energy efficient compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). The latter product can last up to 15 times longer while using as little as a fifth of the electricity.

However, like older fluorescent bulbs, CFLs contain a small amount of mercury and resulting mercury vapor -- a toxic substance.

To help educate the public on CFL use, Lindauer's students created an informational display about CFLs. The display is currently being exhibited at Aubuchon Hardware in Wells.

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