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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.

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A panel of judges selected the winning works from nearly 500 posters, based on their content, visual effectiveness, originality and universal appeal.

Elizabeth Flanagan, Grade 6, of Friendship Village, was the overall winner for the competition.

To view the complete list of winners and a slide show of winning posters, go to www.knox-lincoln.org./k-6-poster-contest/.


Video contest planned

The Lincoln County Health Literacy Partnership (LCHLP) is sponsoring a Teen2Teen VidFest, inviting Lincoln County teens to produce a short video that promotes healthy behavior in issues of tobacco use, distracted driving or bullying for a chance to win $1,000.

Youth, ages 13-19, who attend middle school, high school or home school in Lincoln County, are eligible to submit a 15, 30, or 60-second public service announcement.

Semifinalist videos will be screened at the Lincoln Theatre in Damariscotta at 7 p.m. May 6 with cash prizes awarded, including $500 and $250 for second and third place finishers.

The event will be free and open to all.

Entries must be received no later than 4 p.m. April 19 at: Lincoln County Healthcare Education Center, Attn: T2T VidFest, 66A Chapman St., Damariscotta, ME 04543.

For contest rules or additional information, call 563-4811 or email orion.breen@lchcare.org.


College cited for service

Saint Joseph's College was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

In the application, Service Learning Coordinator Kimberly Post Rowe tracked both the academic and extracurricular programs within the Saint Joseph's College community, reporting that 800 students engaged in service both in and out of the classroom over the course of the year, with a total of 12,856 service hours provided.

For more details, go to http://www.sjcme.edu/academics/service-learning.


DAR essay winner

Connor Simmons, a home schooled student from Friendship, was honored at the Maine State Organization of the Daughters of the American Revolution as the fifth grade state winner of the DAR American History Essay Contest.

Simmons and his family attended the March 16 banquet of the state DAR Conference in Auburn.

His winning essay was about Bernardo de Galvez, the Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory who helped George Washington's troops during the Revolutionary War.


Service to veterans noted

Wells Junior High School has been selected to be a "Commemorative Partner" with the Defense Department's Office of Commemorations in honoring American Vietnam Veterans.

Since 2007, the school has served as a regular stop for Wreaths Across America, a large convoy that annually carries thousands of holiday wreaths from the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington to Arlington National Cemetery and other locations.

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Peter Aylward, a consultant with the Department of Defense's Office of Commemorations, spoke and presented the school with a commemorative flag and a certificate signed by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The flag will be displayed in the school's cafeteria at WJHS.


Library trustees sought

The Governance Committee of the Topsham Public Library Board of Trustees seeks interested community members to fill two open board seats beginning in July.

The 12-member board is responsible for setting policy and overseeing overall operation of the library as implemented by library director Susan Preece.

Trustees serve three-year terms, meeting once monthly on the third Wednesday of each month, with additional time devoted to committee participation. Trustees may serve two consecutive three-year terms.

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