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November 11, 2013

Photo courtesy of Amanda Murray

The Kennebunk robotics team includes, from left, Ben Broughton, Nate Gere and Maia Mulcahy.

Briefs

WINDHAM

Riding center event raises $85,000

Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center netted a record $85,000 benefiting children and adults with disabilities at its recently held Sixth Annual Triple B: Boots, Band and BBQ event.

Proceeds from the event also will benefit the center’s therapy horses.

KENNEBUNK

Gift will assist robotics team

The Kennebunk High School robotics team recently received a boost to pursue innovations to their designs.

Patrick Shrader, vice president of sales and marketing at Arundel Machine Tool Co., presented coaches Aaron Germana and Becky Test and team members with a check in the amount of $1,000.

The students plan to use the donation toward the purchase of robotic parts and competition entrance fees.

In 2011, Germana and Test wrote and received grants from The Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel and from the Perloff Foundation.

Those funds were used to develop the club, the team and the class as well as purchase LEGO Robotics kits and a resource package.

Germana also offers a robotics class as an elective for high school students.

The goal of this year’s team is to attend the regional competition in Bridgewater, Mass., and place in the finals.

Scores for the competition include outside work in the group’s design notebook, community outreach, video documentation, professionalism and cooperation.

Shrader, a KHS graduate, understands the importance of robotics as an integral part of STEM, modern technology, and high tech manufacturing.

For his company to be competitive in this industry, which deals in areas such as aerospace, defense, optics and telecommunications, workers need this type of technological experience.

Arundel Machine Tool Co. offers an internal mentoring training program for students who express a serious interest in the field. The company also donates materials and time to schools in the area.

WISCASSET

Deserving family to get Volvo

Atlantic Motorcar Service is seeking nominations for its annual “Christmas Car Giveaway.”

Since 2009, the automotive service center has made available one refurbished vehicle to families in need at Christmas time for the cost of $1 through its “Keep a Family Rolling” program.

This year, one family will win the right to purchase a Volvo station wagon that has been fully refurbished.

Atlantic Motorcar will service the vehicle for a year.

The vehicle also will be filled with all of the trimmings for a Christmas dinner, including a turkey.

The ideal person to nominate is somebody who usually thinks of others before themselves.

The recipient must have a current Maine driver’s license.

All nominations must include the name, address and contact number of the nominee and reasons why the nominated family needs and deserves the opportunity.

To respect the family’s right to privacy and be sensitive to their current situation, the selected person or family’s name will not be announced publicly, unless they choose that option.

Nominations can be mailed to: Atlantic Motorcar Service, ATTN: “Keep a Family Rolling,” 10 Ox Horn Road, Wiscasset, Maine 04578 or email nominations to Car@AtlanticMotorcar.com.

They must be received by Dec. 20.

The chosen nomination will be announced on Atlantic Motorcare’s website and Facebook on Dec. 23.

For more details, call Atlantic Motorcar direct at 882-9969.

FREEPORT

Vounteers sought for coat drive

Merrymeeting Bay Triad is looking for volunteers to help with staffing the collection site for its “Coats for Seniors” collection drive at L.L. Bean on Nov. 22, 23 and 24.

Volunteers are needed for 2-hour shifts to help collect, sort, and bag donated coats.

Shifts will start on the evening of Nov. 22 and resume from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24.

Merrymeeting Bay Triad is partnering with Maine Area Agencies on Aging and L.L. Bean to collect and distribute coats to seniors across Maine.

Gently used, adult sized coats will be collected in the L.L. Bean lobby all weekend long.

The coats will be distributed to seniors in need through Maine AAAs and other community agencies.

Those interested in volunteering or otherwise supporting the “Coats for Seniors” collection may call 751-6989.





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