September 30, 2013


Enroll in a weatherization program/New trustees at the Kennebunk Free Library/Rockland Kiwanis Club raises $15,000, and more news from our communities.

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Former Sen. George J. Mitchell meets Jonathan Poole at Google headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Poole, son of Charlie and Elizabeth Poole of Yarmouth, is a 2013 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and recently began a year of study at University College Cork as a Mitchell Scholar.

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Peggy Belanger

Arline Whitney and Myrtle Hicks delivered a check for $3,883.31.

An additional $545 was donated from the boxed lunch auction and letter drive that brought the total associated with the festival to $4,428.31.


Award will honor nurse's work against breast cancer

The Maine Breast Health Leadership Award will be presented to Peggy Belanger, RN, BSN, OCN, on Tuesday at the Hall of Flags in the State House in Augusta.

Belanger, an oncology nurse navigator in the Southern Maine Medical Center's Cancer Care Program in Biddeford, has been a tireless breast cancer educator and patient advocate whose dedication and commitment to the care of cancer patients began in 1992.

Belanger volunteers for many organizations, including Rotary, Maine Cancer Foundation, Maine Cancer Consortium as a board member, and as a board member and clinic nurse for the Free Clinic in Biddeford. She is also a member of a singing group, Harbour Singers.

Belanger has been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for more than a decade. In that role she meets with state and federal lawmakers about the importance of funding for breast cancer prevention and research, tobacco prevention and control, access to care and patient quality of life, including access to palliative care services at the point of diagnosis.

In 2011, Belanger was invited to the White House as a Champion of Change for the fight against breast cancer, a national forum that brings community leaders together to share their ideas.

The ceremony is open to the public, with advance reservations requested by calling Cynthia Magnuson at 373-3722 or emailing


Foundation matches funds to help school projects

Public schools throughout Maine are receiving new classroom supplies, thanks to the People's United Community Foundation and

The foundation launched a matching campaign with in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week in May. The funding inspired 295 people, over three months, to raise $13,500 for classroom projects, which the foundation matched to bring $27,000 to schools in Maine.

Teachers submitted requests for materials and resources needed, and 60 projects were funded, touching more than 3,000 Maine students.

The foundation helps support initiatives that improve the quality of education in schools throughout the People's United Bank footprint, from New York to Maine.


Rotary award honors work with Scouts, stroke patients

Leo Glaude recently received the Rotary Club of Saco Bay's Service Above Self Award.

Glaude was nominated for the award by Pris and Ron Guerin in recognition of his leadership, motivational qualities and inspirational attitude.

Glaude has invested countless hours in Biddeford Boy Scout Troop No. 308 and teaches recovering stroke patients about art, snowshoeing, cycling and paddling.

He discovered his artistic bent following his recovery from a stroke. He has since taught others that they, too, can discover their hidden talents while recovering.


Library invites submissions for writing competition

Topsham Public Library is accepting applications for its annual The Joy of the Pen writing competition.

The contest is free and open to year-round Maine residents, both amateur and professional. Prizes will be awarded for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.

Applications may be obtained at the library or by emailing The submission deadline is Oct. 10.

A reception and reading will be held on Nov. 9 to announce the winners.

The library is located at 25 Foreside Road.

For more details, call 725-1727 or go to


Businessman and educator donates $1 million to school

Lee Academy alum and longtime supporter Blaine Moores recently donated $1 million to the school for purchasing supplemental educational materials to benefit classrooms.

A longtime resident of Portland, Moores is a 1955 graduate of the academy. A businessman and educator, Moores has long supported other projects at Lee Academy, including the Daniel Frazier Citizenship Scholar Award.

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