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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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College for ME-Androscoggin sets scholarship deadlines

College for ME-Androscoggin is accepting applications for two $1,000 scholarships designated for adult students: the Thomas W. and Beulah Long Musgrave Fund Scholarship and the First Class Scholarship.

The scholarships will be offered in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation for students ages 25 and older who are currently enrolled in an accredited program of study leading to a degree, certification or similar recognition.

Up to five Musgrave Fund Scholarships may be awarded to adult students residing in Androscoggin County for the semester or term beginning after Jan. 1.

College for ME-Androscoggin’s First Class Scholarship covers the tuition cost of a single three-credit course for adults who are starting college for the first time or who are restarting after an absence of many years.

Applications can be downloaded from

Deadlines for submitting applications are Dec. 2 for the First Class Scholarship and Dec. 9 for the Musgrave Fund Scholarship.

For more details or to download a form, go to


Fifth-graders accepting donations for online auction

Lebanon Elementary School fifth-graders will accept donations for their annual online auction, which runs from Sunday through Dec. 7.

Window shop and register to bid today at

The auction is the primary fundraiser for a four-day, three-night trip to Ferry Beach Ecology School in Saco in April, the capstone experience of the school’s Kindergarten through Grade 5 science curriculum.

For more information on the program, visit


Hannaford gives $40,000 to help launch food pantry

Hannaford Supermarkets has donated $40,000 to help launch a School Pantry Program at John F. Kennedy Memorial School.

The program, being supported by the Good Shepherd Food Bank, was begun to provide children and families who lack access to nutritious food at home a reliable source of food for evenings, weekends, and vacations outside of the regular school environment.

Biddeford has a poverty rate of 13.3 percent, slightly higher than the statewide rate of 12.8 percent.

Sixty-one percent of students at JFK Memorial qualify for free or reduced-price meals in school.

While these children can depend on lunch at school, they often go home at night and on the weekends to empty cupboards and must rely on convenience store snacks or fast food restaurants for meals.

The school is located at 64 West St.

For more details, call Clara Whitney of the Good Shepherd Food Bank at 782-3554 Ext. 1166.


Nature Center wins grant to teach forest stewardship

Hidden Valley Nature Center was awarded $6,500 from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund in order to support a two-year initiative to educate visitors about the importance of sound forest stewardship.

HVNC manages 1,000 acres of forest for diverse values such as timber growth, wildlife habitat, and recreation and serves as a model landowner for other woodland owners in the region. Everything that is done on site – logging, trail building, camping, recreation – can all be done on woodlots between ten and 2,000 acres.

In conjunction with the Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation district, HVNC is developing a series of interpretive signs associated with three key locations.

Very detailed maps will be created and displayed on the website as well as in the education center.

Visitors will may walk a forestry trail that will lead them across HVNC and through areas handled with several different management styles, each with different objectives.

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