November 25, 2013



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Kyle O’Brien, a Wells High School senior, is a semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. He is also an athlete who serves as captain of the track team.

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Group seeks nominations for outstanding teacher

The Honey Exchange is looking for nominations for Outstanding Teachers in Cumberland County.

Kindergarten through Grade 12 students may submit a paragraph explaining why their teacher is deserving of the title.

The teacher selected will win a Honey Exchange Gift Basket, filled with honeys, honey dipper, locally-made soaps, candle, candle shade, tea towels, cards, poster and honey sauces valued at over $130.

Two runners up each will receive a $25 gift certificate to The Honey Exchange.

Nominations should be in the form of a hand-written paragraph.

Submissions should include the name of the teacher, the school’s name and the name and grade of the person submitting the nomination.

Entries should be mailed to: The Honey Exchange – Teacher Nomination, 494 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME 04103

Submissions received may be displayed at The Honey Exchange and must be mailed by Dec. 11.

The winner will be announced on Dec. 20.

For more details, call Meghan Gaven at 773-9333.


WHS senior Kyle O’Brien scholarship semifinalist

Wells High School senior Kyle O’Brien of Wells has been named a semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program after scoring high on the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test during his junior year.

O’Brien has been a member of the WHS Cross Country Team all four years and has been the team’s captain for the past two years. He has also been on the WHS indoor and outdoor track teams.

O’Brien plans to study engineering after graduation.

He is the son of Donna O’Brien.


Springvale woman earns home-care volunteer honor

The Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine recently presented the 2013 Home Care Volunteer of the Year Award to Dr. Muriel Poulin at the Annual Blaine House Tea celebration.

Poulin, a volunteer with HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, was, honored for her more than 20 years’ commitment to advance the mission of home health and hospice care.

Poulin is a former member of HomeHealth Visiting Nurses’ board of directors, board chair, leader on numerous committees and boards, and currently serves as the volunteer manager of the Sanford bookstore, Books Revisited.

In 1994, Poulin established the Poulin Family Nursing Education Fund to provide scholarships to employees of HomeHealth Visiting Nurses who are pursuing degrees in nursing.


Common Good Ventures gets $2,500 grant from bank

People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has awarded a $2,500 grant to Common Good Ventures, an organization that assists nonprofits in their efforts to address pressing social problems that affect economic health and quality of life in Maine.


Vet, 95, wins competition with humorous personal tale

World War II Veteran Philip Kennard, 95, has been awarded first place in the VA Creative Arts Festival’s Creative Writing Division (Humorous Personal Experience) for his piece “Twice Delivered.”

The writing also placed first in the VA Maine HCS competition and was selected from hundreds of submissions at the national VA level.

Kennard’s winning entry is the first national win for VA Maine HCS.


‘Hike Through History’ draws Maine Preservation award

The Old Berwick Historical Society and Maine School Administrative District 35 have won a statewide award from Maine Preservation for “organizational excellence” for their joint educational program “The South Berwick Hike Through History.”

The project has galvanized awareness of and public support for South Berwick’s historic village over the past two decades by creating a historic route through a district listed on the National Register of Historic Places, organizers said.

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