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The first day of summer was a perfect day for painting, and Waban’s group home on Riverview Street in Sanford was the lucky beneficiary of the Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week donation of supplies, labor and expertise. Volunteer employees from Sherwin-Williams included, from left, Tiffany Poirier from the Yarmouth store; Jason Johnson from the Biddeford store; district manager Tom Pitts; regional manager Bob Decolfmacker; and Springvale store manager Aimee Mattingly painting the Waban group home on Riverview Street.

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Youthlinks serves youth with after-school programs during the academic calendar in Knox County, and farm and sailing camps in the summer for midcoast youth.

The day camps are free of charge and registration space fills quickly each year.

In 2012, 43 youths participated in a free week-long day camp experience.

Broadreach Family & Community Services also recently was awarded a National Aeronautics and Space Administration grant of $2,500 benefitting the Youthlinks Program's offering of science, technology, engineering and math activities.

The NASA grant will benefit both the summer Youth links' Farm Camp Program and create an Astronaut After School Program for grades 5 through 7.

For more details, call Amie Hutchison at 594-2221 Ext. 402 or go to ahutchison@brmaine.org.


Foundation 51 gives $20,596 to upgrade Greely photo lab

Foundation 51, the educational foundation in Cumberland/North Yarmouth, recently awarded $20,596 to Greely High School to upgrade its digital photography lab.

The funds will be used to purchase 10 iMac 21 computers equipped with digital imaging and publishing software and 10 Wacom Drawing Tablets. The lab is used throughout the day for digital photography, painting, 2D /3D studio art, IB studio art, and Advanced Placement studio art and collaboratively with the Photo Club, the Inkwell Literary Magazine and the Drama Club.


American Legion Boys State graduates 219 students

On June 20, 219 high school students who will be seniors this fall graduated from American Legion Boys State before a standing room only crowd at Thomas College Gymnasium.

The 66th Boys State event was a five-day program where student delegates were given a crash course in all forms of government at the local, county and state levels and were taught about campaigning for office before going on to elect a mock governor, House and Senate members, district attorneys, county commissioners and sheriffs.

The delegates heard from state and elected officials during the week. Included in that group were U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, IF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock, former District Attorney Michael Povich, Augusta Mayor William Stokes and County Manager Peter Crichton of Cumberland County.

It was not all work and no play as the towns participated in a variety of sports and knowledge game competition.

The program is supported by 176 American Legion posts, high school guidance staff, volunteer staff and small businesses throughout the state that sponsor attendees.

Two delegates were selected to represent Maine at the national program later this summer. They are Kyle Hietala of West Bath, who was also elected as Dirigo Boys State governor for 2013, and Jared Dumas of Lewiston.

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