Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Three Wells Junior High students were cited for their entries in an Americanism essay contest. From left, Deb Coady of the Amvets, students Wesley Moody, Kayla Looper and Emily Cottis, their teacher Julie Esch and Principal Chris Chessie.
Reg Bennett photo
Hunger program launched
A new program has been formed to supplement the Wiscasset school system's free and reduced lunch program.
The Feed Our Scholars project aims to end hunger among the school's neediest students by raising funds to support the Good Shepherd Food Bank's weekend backpack project to send them home with some nutritious food rations each weekend.
Youth selected to receive the backpacks are discreetly chosen by school personnel from the towns of Westport Island, Wiscasset and Alna. Those chosen will only be known by the selecting individuals and their families.
The program is attempting to raise $10,000 to provide meals for 40 students, with more being added to the list of recipients as additional funds become available.
The cost is $6.50 per weekend packet, $25 per month or $125 per semester, per child to supply weekend meal packets as well as extended food supplies for weeklong school vacations.
Fundraisers, supporting the program, are scheduled and include a Spaghetti Supper & Silent Auction to be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Philip's Church, at 12 Hodge St. Cost of the meal is $8 for adults and $4 for youth.
A 5K Family Fun Run/Walk also is planned for 9 a.m. May 4 at the Wiscasset Community Center.
For more details, go to http://feedourscholars.wordpress.com.
Girls to be cited
Hardy Girls Healthy Women will celebrate Maine girls this Friday and Saturday during its Sixth Annual Girls Rock! Weekend Awards Ceremony, that recognizes the accomplishments of five Maine girls.
Girls Rock! Weekend celebrates girls' voices in art, music, literature, and society, and the awards honor girls who are using their voices in bold and powerful ways to make Maine a better place for all girls.
The Against All Odds Award winner, Adrienne Damicis, 17, is a senior at Scarborough High School.
Born with a congenital heart defect and a congenital limb difference, Damicis has not allowed her physical differences to affect her ability to become a role model and leader within her community.
Others to be honored are: Anne McIntire, Bailey Island, Title IX Championship Award for being a huge proponent in creating a girls varsity hockey team at Mt. Ararat High School; Derian Chenel Gatewood, Dexter, the Entrepreneurship Award for starting her own business and pledging 10 percent of her sales to Womancare, a local domestic violence agency; Jasmine and Christina Smedberg, Waterville, the Community Organization Award for taking a stand against bullying and organizing a community event to raise awareness; and Peyton Feener, Camden, the Healthy Advocacy Award for being a strong advocate for teen girls in areas of family planning and in the LGBT community.
To find out more about the Hardy Girls programs and events, visit www.hghw.org or call 861-8131.
Friends support library
Curtis Friends, a membership-supported nonprofit organization that raises funds to support programming and special projects at Curtis Memorial Library, announced the creation of a $10,000 Endowment Fund to support the ongoing operations and longevity of the library.
Curtis Friends board president Carrie Strasburger and vice president/president-elect Judith Redwine made the presentation to library director Elisabeth Doucett.
Posters on display
Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District announced the winners of its annual conservation poster contest.
The winning submissions are being displayed at First Bank NA, at 63 Union St., through April 22.
The contest is sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts, which each year sets a national stewardship theme. Winning posters in these categories advance to the state and national level contests.
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