December 23, 2013


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The Widows Sons Maine Grand Chapter presents a $500 check to Maj. Bryan Smith, commanding officer of the Salvation Army in Old Orchard Beach, for the work the organization does during the holiday season.

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Pingree names nominees to U.S. service academies

Rep. Chellie Pingree has announced her office’s nominees to the U.S. service academies – the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., based on their demonstration of exceptional leadership, high academic standards and service to others.

The nominees were interviewed by a panel of six on their academic record, test scores, leadership ability, involvement in extracurricular activities and exemplified commitment to serving their country.

Pingree nominated several students to more than one academy.

The full list of nominations includes:

U.S. Naval Academy – Paul Babirak, Scarborough; Andrew Benger, Cumberland; John Bennett, Chelsea; Emily Cox, Tops- ham; Wesley Crawford and Liam Mahoney, both of Yarmouth; Tyler Davidson, South Berwick; Grace Rabinowitz, Brunswick; and Robert Runnells and Erin Donlon, both of Saco.

U.S. Military Academy – Andrew Benger, Cumberland; John Bennett, Chelsea; Emily Cox, Topsham; Wesley Crawford, Yarmouth; Angus Ferrell, Falmouth; Christian O’Connor, Kyle Robinson and Matthew Webber, all of York; Robert Runnells, Saco; and Corey Zinck, Wells,

U.S. Air Force Academy – John Bennett, Chelsea; Wesley Crawford, Yarmouth; Joshua Engelhardt, Windsor; Angus Ferrell, Falmouth; Patrick O’Hanlon, Falmouth; Edward Pond, Topsham; Robert Runnells, Saco; Matthew Shea, South Berwick; Jordan Susi, South Portland; and Brian Taylor, Falmouth.

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – John Bennett, Chelsea; Wesley Crawford and Liam Mahoney, both of Yarmouth; Chris Tomascak, Portland; and Meredith Willard, South Portland.


Public library announces change in hours for holidays

York Public Library at 15 Long Sands Road has announced a change in hours in observance of the holidays.

The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 31.

The facility will be closed Wednesday and Jan. 1.

For more details or a complete list of events, call 363-2818 or go to


Coats collected, money raised for senior citizens

A “Coats for Seniors” campaign, sponsored by the Merrymeeting Bay Triad and the Maine Area Agencies on Aging, has garnered 930 gently worn adult winter coats to help ensure that every older Mainer stays warm this winter.

For every coat donated, L.L. Bean contributed $5, for a total of $4,650 to the Maine Agencies on Aging to also provide fuel assistance for seniors.

Coats were collected at locations across the state and taken to the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport.

The first 100 people donating coats also received a coupon for a free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cone.

Ben & Jerry’s also donated 100 percent of the profits from sundaes sold Nov. 23 at its Freeport location.


Boy Scouts donate popcorn to military families

The Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America, recently donated $22,000 in popcorn to the Maine National Guard for distribution to military families.

The goods were raised during the Scouts’ annual popcorn fundraiser sale, benefiting 2014 Scouting programs.

Some 170 cases of product, totaling 1,200 individual pieces, were shipped to the Portland Armory for distribution to 400 military personnel and their families.


Guest speaker visits school to address substance abuse

Wells High School recently observed Substance Abuse Awareness Day, featuring guest speaker Charles “Chucky” Rosa of Seabrook, N.H.

Rosa, who offers workshops and speaks to students about the hazards of substance abuse, shared his experience of losing two sons to accidental drug overdoses.

After speaking, Rosa offered to give special “dog tags” to any student who pledged to avoid alcohol and drugs and to make good decisions.

The dog tags serve as a symbol and reminder of that pledge.

About 90 percent of students received Rosa’s tags.

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