March 11, 2013


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Members of the Harrison Fire Department, from left, Miranda Murphy, Jeff Murphy, Mike Sampson, Nathaniel Sessions and Henry Hudson Jr., won the Mary’s Firemen for a Cure ski and fundraising competition at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton.

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Cheverus High School students compete in a Spirit Week tug of war, one of many fundraisers for a homeless teen shelter in Portland.

Gelato benefits Shalom House

The Gelato Fiasco has donated more than $200 to Shalom House Inc., a Portland-based organization that helps provide affordable housing to hundreds of people with serious mental illness each year.

The money was raised during the recent Gelato Fiasco Scooping for Community program.


High school musicians win honors

South Portland High School jazz musicians recently won top awards for their participation at the annual Jazz Festival hosted by Berklee College in Boston.

Big bands, combos and vocal jazz ensembles competed and performed on March 2.

Under the direction of Craig Skeffington, South Portland's Jazz Ensemble placed first for the Class L4 Large Ensemble Division. Senior trombonist Chuck Key received the Judge's Choice Award for the South Portland Jazz Combo I and sophomore Alex Quinn received one of the Outstanding Musicianship Awards for the Class L4 Large Ensemble Division.

The group next travels to Houlton for the Maine High School Jazz Festival.


Maine Principals' Award winner

Wells High School senior Madeline Andrews has been selected to receive the Maine Principals' Award for 2013.

Sponsored by the Maine Principals Association, the award recognizes high academic achievement and good citizenship demonstrated by high school seniors.

Andrews is a National Honor Society member and has worked on the school newspaper. She has won the school district's Literary Achievement Awards, was named Student of the Trimester and is a recipient of the Breakfast of Champions Award.

Andrews is a member of the school's marching and concert bands; is captain of its varsity girls lacrosse and varsity girls soccer teams; tutors students in French in the FLAGS program; does community volunteering; and is a Sunday school teacher and liturgist at her church.

A luncheon honoring Andrews and other recipients of the Maine Principals' Award will be held April 6 in Bangor.

Students, staff named champions

Wells High School recently honored 19 students and five staff members for their contributions to the learning and social environment at the school during a Breakfast of Champions event.

The honorees were nominated for recognition by a coach, teacher or staff member.

Recognized were Talia Auen, Nicole Box, Jason Chase, Reid Chase, Lauren Clark, Anthony Crawford, Julianne Fitzpatrick, Matt Gibson, Rachel Graceffa, Jake Hamburger, Marcus Harding, Chloe Kellum, Coach Sara Littlefield, Heidi Knight, Lil Lagasse, Chandler MacNeill, Christian Martin, Matt McAllister, Alex McCormack-Kuhman, Morgan Miller, David Osterday, Brittany Stutes, Nickolai Tomaszewski and Jake Wilson.


Grant to aid historic preservation

Maine State Archivist David Cheever announced that Bridgton Historical Society will receive $530 to preserve and provide better access to its archives as part of the Historical Records Collections Grant Program.

The program is administered by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and is coordinated by the State Archives.

A recent report to the Maine Legislature indicates that many of Maine’s historical collections, including photographs, paintings, documents of all kinds and natural history specimens are in danger of being lost to mold, misuse, fire or theft.

The grant money will be used to create finding aids for two collections, the Murch family papers and the Fessenden papers, and to improve their storage conditions. Those papers provide important documentation of the social and religious history of South Bridgton in the 19th century and include business and personal papers from the Murch family.

For more details, call the historical society at 647-3699 or go to

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