Teen2Teen VidFest top four winners pose after receiving their awards during a special screening night of their short public service announcement films. Pictured from left are Ploypailin Intarawut, Nathan Austin, Aidan Shadis and Sammy Zaidi.
SMMC volunteer cited
Southern Maine Medical Center recently honored Arundel resident and longtime volunteer Anne Hane with the Lauren Shulman Volunteer of the Year award for her exemplary contributions and dependability on behalf of the organization.
Hane has volunteered at SMMC for eight years, contributing over 4,000 hours of her time in the pharmacy.
She also received a spot on the 2013 Maine Honor Roll, the governor's award for volunteers who devoted 500 or more hours to serving their community last year, as well as a Presidential Service award.
Hane's achievements were celebrated along with other volunteers, who contributed a total of 33,000 community hours to the hospital in 2012.
Teen-made films shown
Teen filmmakers recently packed the Skidompha Library's Porter Meeting Hall for a screening of short films by 12 student directors that address issues such as teen tobacco use, distracted driving and bullying.
It was all part of the Teen2Teen VidFest, that supports the aspirations of future filmmakers who desire to educate the public about a variety of issues.
In the end, Ploypailin Intarawut, of Lincoln Academy, won the $1,000 top prize for her short film, a public service announcement on teen tobacco use.
Nathan Austin, a Wiscasset High School junior, won $500 for his short film detailing the dangers of texting while driving. And, Sammy Zaidi won third place and $250 for his film on distracted driving.
Aidan Shadis, of Lincoln Academy, won the Audience Award of $100 and a trophy.
The films will air on local public access channels and can be viewed online at TruthLinc on Twitter and Facebook. Go to: www.facebook.com/truthlinc.
Camp volunteers sought
The Board of Camp to Belong Maine is seeking volunteers to help run its camp, which seeks to reunite Maine siblings who are separated by foster care during a week-long camp program.
Fun, mature, compassionate community members from all walks of life are needed to serve as camp counselors from Aug. 16-24.
Following a two-day orientation, volunteers will supervise camper cabins, sing silly songs, and guide siblings through activities that celebrate missed milestones and create new memories.
Adults ages 18 and older are eligible to apply and must pass a thorough background screening in order to be considered.
For more details, call Heidi Krieger, executive director of Camp to Belong, at 899-7507 or email email@example.com.
Bowling for scholars
The Maine Real Estate & Development Association raised more than $10,000 during its first "Strikes for Scholars" bowl-a-thon fundraising event held recently at Bayside Bowl.
All proceeds will fund scholarships for Maine students pursuing studies in architecture, construction or engineering through the ACE Mentor Program (www.acementor.org).
Baseball's life lessons
Portland Sea Dog assistant general manager and director of media relations Chris Cameron and assistant general manager and director of sales/promotions Liz Riley recently visited students of Bonny Eagle High School's sports and entertainment marketing class to share their experiences and expertise of working in the real world.
Riley and Cameron spoke with students about their personal backgrounds and path to where they are now.
They also explained the marketing aspect of sponsors, streams of revenue, promotions, gross impressions, and other valuable information for sports and entertainment marketing students.
Animal shelter takes prize
The Animal Refuge League has won a $1,000 prize in The Animal Rescue Site's 2013 Shelter+ Challenge, offered online in conjunction with Petfinder.
The group's supporters garnered the most votes in the state for the shelter during the first contest period of the year, which ended April 28.
A complete list of all winners can be found at The Animal Rescue Site, www.theanimalrescuesite.com.
GreaterGood's The Animal Rescue Site has funded more than $1.3 million in grants to shelters and rescue groups since the challenges began in 2008.
The funds for the grants come from The Animal Rescue Site's innovative Click to Give program and site sponsors.
Animal Refuge League posts its adoptable pets online at www.petfinder.com/shelters/ME16.html.
Parade marshal named
The Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce announced that longtime member Sally Bullard will be this year's grand marshal of the Windjammer Days' Street Parade, set for 5 p.m. June 26.
Bullard was selected for the honor based on her long history of community service as: fireworks chairperson for the past decade and past stints as director of the Windjammer Parade in the mid-1980s; a board member for several years for both the Boothbay Region Humane Society and the Boothbay Region Historical Society, for which she has also served as president for the last two years; and her work with Safe Passage.
The chamber is now taking registrations for those who wish to participate in this year's parade, which boasts several new theme categories including Most Nostalgic, Most Outrageous and Most Nautical float entries.
Pre-register online at the Chamber's Windjammer page at www.boothbayharbor.com/windjammer-days by June 17.
Fundraising goal met
After nine months of fundraising activities, the First Parish Church of Gorham surpassed its financial goal to purchase an ark for Heifer International.
First Parish members hosted a series of events including church suppers, a brunch, a milkshake bar and alternative gift-giving events to raise the $5,377 benefitting Heifer International.
Sunday school students collected pennies for the project.
Critter Camp attendees donated more than $200 in seed money at the end of last summer's camp session.
And the youth group raised funds by "cowing" one another (planting prank plywood cow decorations on the lawns of unsuspecting homeowners).
The Heifer International ark consists of more than 30 animals, ranging from water buffalo and sheep to llamas and donkeys, including a beehive and flocks of chickens and geese.
Heifer International provides the animals and livestock training to struggling families in developing countries as part of a sustainability project to provide income for impoverished families.
The church previously raised over $7,000 for Church World Service's Water For Life campaign to fund a well for a village in an African nation.
Abuse training funded
Kids Free to Grow, York County's Child Abuse and Neglect Council, has received several one-year grants from United Way of York County totaling $31,840.
Funds from the United Way grants will be used to subsidize funding for:
• Kids Free to Grow's Baby Think it Over Program, a classroom-based presentation used to teach child abuse prevention skills, including the importance of never shaking a baby and where adolescents learn about why nurturing and empathy are important skills in relationships.
• Break the Silence, a classroom presentation for fifth and sixth grade students where students learn to get help for themselves or a friend.
• Personal Body Safety presentations where young students participate in activities highlighting respectful behaviors, bullying prevention, and increased accountability in personal and social interactions.
• Project Prevention which includes the I've Got Super Power concert and No More Secrets play.
• Parent education workshops and mandated reporter trainings that teaches the signs of abuse as well as how to make a report.
For more details, go to www.buildcommunity.org or call 985-3359.
University College at Saco announced the availability of Osher Scholarships for the University of Maine System fall 2013 semester, to begin in September.
The UMS offers Osher Scholarships to encourage more Maine people of all ages to participate in higher education.
Preference is given to first-time students, and scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Osher Scholarship will cover the cost of one university course, including tuition, fees, books and required materials.
Applicants must be a Maine resident, a high school graduate or GED recipient, and someone who is committed to completing a 100, 200, or developmental level university course.
For more details, call Wendy Cole Goodwin at University College at Saco at 282-4111 or go to http://learn.maine.edu/get-started/osher-scholarships.Tweet
Southern Maine Medical Center’s pharmacy pirector Joe Bernier, left, and pharmacist Susan O’Connell, right, present Anne Hane the Lauren Shulman Volunteer of the Year award for 2013. Hane has been a volunteer at SMMC for eight years, spending more than 4,000 hours helping in the pharmacy.
Biddeford Regional Center of Technology recently honored Steven Doherty, from Business Information Technology, as a Student of the Month. He received a monetary award from Bank of Maine.
Biddeford Regional Center of Technology recently honored Dominic Falzone, from Auto Body, as a Student of the Month. He received a monetary award from Bank of Maine.