January 21, 2013



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Bonny Eagle High School National Honor Society members, from left, rear, Connor Shields, Ian Smith, Marley Harmon and Gaelyn Lindauer, and from left, front, Natalie Hewitt and Samantha Cox show off hats, mittens and gloves the group purchased to benefit Greater Portland area foster children from Woodfords Foster Services.

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Nick Prato, a seventh-grader at Frank Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth, won the top prize in a statewide Silent Spring essay contest. With him are Karrie Schwaab, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, left, and Suzanne Kahn Eder, Wells Reserve at Laudholm. Other top winners were Drake Janes of Adams School in Castine, and Crystal Bell and Samantha McIntyre, both of Holbrook Middle School in Holden. The winners were selected from 257 essays, submitted from 24 schools across the state. Nineteen honorable mentions also were awarded.

Photo courtesy of Wells Reserve at Laudholm

Students sought for big hike

Friends of Baxter State Park invites Maine high school sophomores and juniors to submit applications to participate in the Fifth Annual Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program that will backpack through Baxter State Park Aug. 3-11.

The program, funded through donations in collaboration with Baxter State Park and the Chewonki Foundation and Friends of Baxter State Park, is offered at no direct cost to students.

Ten spots are open for the eight-night outing that is intended to impart an understanding of the Maine wilderness through science, art, storytelling, photography, writing, history and recreation.

Participants will be accompanied by experienced wilderness leaders from the Chewonki Foundation and will work with a variety of specialists as they hike, camping at different sites, including three nights in the backcountry at Russell Pond.

Applications are due by Feb. 8.

Participants and alternates will be selected in March.

For more details, go to www.friendsofbaxter.org, email Friends of Baxter State Park at info@friendsofbaxter.org or write to: P.O. Box 609, Union, Maine 04862.

To learn more about Baxter State Park, go to www.baxterstateparkauthority.com.


Eagle Scouts should apply

The American Legion, Department of Maine, is accepting nominations for the 2013 Eagle Scout of the Year title.

The state winner will receive a $500 scholarship and will automatically be entered in the national competition for a chance to win the national title and a $10,000 scholarship or one of three $2,500 scholarships.

The award is open to all Eagle Scouts who are at least age 15, enrolled in high school and meet eligibility criteria.

Applications are available through The American Legion, by writing to P.O. Box 900, Waterville, Maine 04903-0900, by calling 873-3229 or by going to www.mainelegion.org. Applications must be received at Department Headquarters by March 1.


Chamber cites Wolfahrt

Dean Wolfahrt received the A. William Kany Jr. Leadership Award at the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting on Jan. 15.

The award recognizes Wolfahrt as a local leader who has made major contributions to improve the community for more than a decade.

Wolfahrt is the executive director of the McArthur Home for Aged People Association. He has been president of the McArthur Library Association for 18 years and is on the Southern Maine Medical Center's board of directors.

Wolfahrt has coached varsity lacrosse at Thornton Academy for many years; has been instrumental in coordinating Mary's Walk fundraising activities and is involved in Saco's Jump Start Program for non-violent juvenile offenders.

Wolfahrt is the owner of the Biddeford Dairy Queen, where he supports his student employees' education goals.


Special teacher recognized

Lake Region High School teacher Mary Hubka was recognized as an Unsung Hero in the Saint Michael's College Teacher Recognition Program at Colchester, Vt., for providing her students with the academic skills and moral support necessary to be successful in post-secondary pursuits.

Hubka was nominated by Saint Michael's freshman Shannon VanLoan, a Lake Region High School graduate and former student of Hubka who noted the teacher's presence and actions in helping her to succeed in high school and beyond.


Help for expectant women

A grant from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation will support Goodall Hospital's new C.A.R.E. (Collaboration Allows Real Empowerment) Program for expectant women at the Center for Women's Health in Sanford.

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