January 20


Economy Motors donation outfits K9 officer with ballistic vest / People’s United awards $144,500 to 31 nonprofits / Harvard Pilgrim employees choose two grant recipients ... and other community news


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Cpl. Richard Greene, a corrections officer K9 handler at Maine State Prison in Warren, plays ball with TJ, a Maine Department of Corrections K9 officer due to receive a ballistic vest thanks to a donation from Economy Motors of Hermon.

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Participants in the Wells Junior High School 2014 Geography Bee included, front from left, Ben Campbell, Covy Dufort, Kate Pinette and Max Gates; and, back from left, Page Raymond, Paula Kaszynski, runner-up Matt Chase, winner Quentin Curtiss, Logan Worthley and Shawn Ouellette.

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Economy Motors donation outfits TJ with ballistic vest

TJ, a Belgian Malinois shepherd assigned to the Maine Department of Corrections as a K9 officer, will receive a ballistic vest paid for by Economy Motors of Hermon.

The bullet and stab protective vest will be supplied by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a Massachusetts nonprofit.

TJ teams with Cpl. Richard Greene, a corrections officer K9 handler at Maine State Prison in Warren.

Each vest costs $950 and has a five-year warranty.


People’s United awards $144,500 to 31 nonprofits

People’s United Community Foundation, of Bridgeport, Conn., the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has awarded $144,500 in Community Foundation grants to 31 Maine nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

Funding supports programs such as basic needs services, financial literacy, workforce development and job placement, life skills training, first-time homebuyer programs, affordable housing development, education initiatives and after-school programs.

In total, People’s United Community Foundation awarded $2,126,944 in grants to 345 nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Funding was distributed within the foundation’s three areas of focus, with 42 percent allocated to youth development, 31 percent to community development, and 18 percent to affordable housing initiatives. The foundation also contributed nine percent of its funding to local United Way organizations through the People’s United Bank employee match campaign.

Maine recipients are: Auburn – Good Shepherd Food bank, $10,000.

Augusta – Jobs for Maine’s Graduates, Inc., $5,000.

Bangor – Good Samaritan Agency, $4,000, Mainestream Finance, $5,000, Penquis CAP, Inc., $5,000, Ronald McDonald House of Bangor, $2,500.

Casco – Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake, Inc., $4,000.

Damariscotta – Genesis Fund, $7,000.

Holden – Camp Capella, Inc., $5,000.

Kittery – Fair Tide, Inc., $2,500.

Lisbon – Maine Housing and Building Materials Exchange, $7,500.

Orono – Four Directions Development Corporation, $3,500.

Portland – Community Financial Literacy, $3,000; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southern Maine, $2,500; Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, $5,000; Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, $7,000; Gulf of Maine Research Institute, $15,000; Wayside Food Programs, $2,500; Let’s Get Ready, Inc., $5,000; Common Good Ventures, $2,500; Maine Humanities Council, $2,500; Portland Public Library, $3,000; Ronald McDonald House of Portland, $2,500; Woodfords Family Service, $2,500.

Rockland – Island Institute, $7,000.

Scarborough – Southern Maine Agency on Aging, $3,000.

South Portland – Maine Special Olympics, $3,000.

Waterville – Alfond Youth Center, $2,500; Hardy Girls Healthy Women, Inc., $5,000; Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, $2,500.

Wiscassett – Coastal Enterprises, Inc., $7,500.


Harvard Pilgrim employees choose two grant recipients

Perform for a Cure and the Ronald McDonald House of Portland were awarded $500 grants from the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program.

Perform for a Cure will use the money to provide art therapy and counseling in group sessions for children dealing with a loved one struggling with cancer.

Ronald McDonald House will use the grant to house families of children receiving medical treatment.

Stephen Conley and Melanie Kennedy, employees of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and its affiliate, Health Plans Inc., nominated the organizations for the awards.

Created in 1980, The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation supports Harvard Pilgrim’s mission to improve the quality and value of health care for communities throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.

For more details, go to www.harvardpilgrim.org/foundation.


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