November 19, 2013



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Members of the Sanford High School Key Club worked with other area outreach groups to package macaroni and cheese dinner packets for children in the Kids Care Food Program. Pictured, back row from left, are Shaelyn Kane, Ian Patterson, Jessica Carter, Rachel Belanger, Cherlline Ouch, Michelle Ouch and Heidi Demers. In front, from left, are Hannah Rossignol, Colin Patterson, Tian Morrisson, Hannah Howes, Zach Camire and Misa Mai.

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Charlene Landry is one of four students selected to represent Maine at the National 4-H Congress.

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Talented high school athlete to attend national 4-H event

Charlene Landry, a Gorham High School senior, has been selected as one of four delegates to represent Maine at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga., this November.

National 4-H Congress is the flagship event of the 4-H program.

Landry is captain of her high school varsity volleyball team and a member of the varsity swim team.

She has been an active 4-H member for 10 years, belonging to several 4-H clubs to show her horse and working steer at local fairs and The Big E.

Landry also was selected as a Maine delegate last year, attending the National 4-H Conference, where she gave a presentation at the Pentagon.

National 4-H Congress is designed to address the needs and issues of young people while helping to develop capable, competent and caring citizens.

National 4-H Congress focuses on issues and trends in agriculture, cultural diversity, group dynamics and community service.

The program is designed to help young people develop the knowledge base and leadership skills to effect change in the world.


Service groups team up for Key Club food program

The Sanford High School Key Club, Sanford Kiwanis Club, and several other service groups teamed up to package macaroni and cheese dinner packets for the Kids Care Food Program.

Bringing positive attitudes, and with the cooperation of a coordinated assembly line, enough boxes were packaged to allow the Sanford High School Key Club to distribute 360 meals through the district Backpack Program.

Those meals will go to area families that are less fortunate.

Key Club is a branch organization of Kiwanis International.


Preble Street sets goals for marking the holidays

Preble Street, a community outreach center, is seeking donations and volunteers to realize a number of initiatives benefiting families in need this holiday season.

Preble has set a goal to distribute 225 Harvest Food boxes, warm clothing and toiletries to the 600 adults and 100 teenagers who frequent the shelter.

The Thanksgiving wish list of donations includes: turkeys, stuffing mix, rice, pasta, gravy, canned fruits and vegetables, soup and beans, tuna, coffee and cooking oils.

Those food items should be dropped off by the Wednesday deadline.

Holiday wish list items include: large winter gloves, unisex hats, athletic socks, hooded sweatshirts, underwear for men and women, backpacks, deodorant, shaving goods, toothbrushes and travel-size soap, toothpaste, shampoo and lotion. Other items needed include school and art supplies, book lights, chapstick, flashlights, AA batteries and winter boots. Items should be delivered by the Dec. 6 deadline.

The center also is seeking donations of decorations and baked goods or snacks for holiday parties it plans to offer.

Donations of homemade cookies or cake, cheese and crackers, chips and dip, shrimp cocktail, etc., also would be appreciated.

Lights and garlands also will be accepted for decorating.

For more details or to sign up, call Ray Hepler at 775-0026, Ext. 1115.


Museum seeks volunteers for Festival of the Trees

The Saco Museum is seeking volunteers to help with its ninth annual Festival of the Trees event.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available during the festival, including leading school tours in the morning for local schoolchildren to staffing the front desk and greeting visitors.

The museum will host a volunteer meeting for all returning and first-time volunteers at 10 a.m. Thursday, featuring coffee and breakfast refreshments at the museum

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