January 27



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Winners of the recent spelling bee at Saco Middle School are (from left) second runner-up Caden Falardeau, grade six; first runner-up Sara McInnis-Misenor, grade eight; and winner Vincent Falardeau, grade eight.

Photo courtesy Noelle Gallant

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Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford Executive Director Ingrid Baily, left, Linda Nadeau of SIS Bank, center, and Jeanne Mahoney, a board member of LVGS, attend the annual Town Club Trivia Challenge fundraiser.

Photo courtesy Deb Mullen

Nominations sought for senior volunteer award

The search is on for Maine’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer, a distinction to be awarded through the Salute to Senior Service program.

The Home Instead Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, is seeking to recognize the contributions of adults age 65 and older who volunteer at least 15 hours a month to their favorite causes.

One winner will be selected from each state to receive $500 and one national winner will receive $5,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.

The deadline to nominate an individual is March 1.

State winners will be determined by popular vote.

A panel of senior care experts will then select a national Salute to Senior Service winner from among the state honorees.

To complete and submit an online nomination form, go to SalutetoSeniorService.com.

Completed nomination forms can alternatively be mailed to: Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005.

To learn about the 2013 outstanding senior volunteer from Maine, go to www.SalutetoSeniorService.com.


Deadline nears for young composers competition

The deadline for submitting an entry to the Annual Young Composers’ Competition is by Feb. 10.

All Maine students of high school age and younger who have an interest in composing original music are eligible to submit their work for consideration in the competition.

The Bagaduce Music Lending Library has held the competition since 1996.

All musical styles are welcome. Entries are grouped by age – 13 and younger; and 14 through high school.

Cash prizes of $200, $125 and $75 will be awarded to the top three winners in each age group.

All participants receive a Certificate of Award and a written critique of their composition from a panel of expert judges.

Complete guidelines and entry forms are available at www.bagaducemusic.org.

Mail submissions to Bagaduce Music Lending Library, Attn: Young Composers, P.O. Box 829, Blue Hill, ME 04614.

For more details, call 374-5454 or e-mail festival@bagaducemusic.org.

The final event of the competition is a Young Composers’ Festival set for April 26 at Blue Hill.


Spay-neuter grant aims to thwart ‘kitten season’

The Community Spay-Neuter Clinic has received a PetSmart Charities grant to run a “Beat the Heat” campaign during February.

“Beat the Heat” will provide spaying of 250 cats for just $20 each.

The timing is meant to pre-empt what is known as kitten season, a time when the state is typically inundated with unwanted kittens from unspayed and unneutered cats.

Free transport of pets is available in several convenient locations.

Visit communityspayneuterclinic.com or call the clinic at 865-0772 for more scheduling. 


St. Thomas students working to help others

St. Thomas Catholic School students will cap Maine Catholic Schools Week by completing multiple community service projects they have been working on.

Students and staff are collecting sample sizes of personal hygiene items, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and powder, throughout the week and will assemble those in gift packages Thursday to be distributed to individuals at the York County Emergency Shelter in Alfred.

The shelter provides care for individuals who are awaiting placement in an appropriate transitional or independent living programs. It also offers counseling, case management and other necessary services.

The students also will create Valentine’s Day cards, decorate pens and make packets of stationery to be distributed to residents at four area nursing homes and assisted living facilities including Greenwood Center, Mayflower Place and Newton Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing Care, all of Sanford, and The Lodges Care Center in Springvale.

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