April 15, 2013

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Wells High junior Madilin Pagliarulo with her Silver Key-winning mandala.

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Middle School of the Kennebunks Grade 8 students Eliza Johnson and Samantha Witkus recently participated in a Girls' Day at the State House event in Augusta.

The two were selected by their teachers to attend the gathering, along with 100 other girls from all across the state, to get a look at how Maine's government is run.

The girls interacted with women legislators, mentors, administrative staff, lobbyist and journalists, and participated in a mock public hearing to discuss a bill, a mock news conference, a mock vote in the House Chamber and a legislative scavenger hunt.

The day ended with a "Girls' Leadership Marketplace" networking opportunity to connect with next-step leadership programs.

The 17th annual event was sponsored by the Maine Women's Policy Center of Hallowell.


Library selling bluebird houses as a fundraiser

Soldiers Memorial Library, at 85 Main St., is selling locally crafted bluebird houses for a donation of $12.

A portion of the sales funding will directly benefit the library and the bluebirds.

For more details, call 625-4650.


Volunteers sought for hospice training session

VNA Home Health and Hospice are seeking compassionate hospice volunteers to participate in an upcoming training session.

The 20-hour training will prepare participants to be part of the VNA Home Health Hospice team bringing comfort to individuals and families facing a terminal illness.

Those individuals will serve as companions, caregivers and practical non-medical helpers to patients in the end stages of life.

Trainings will be offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 30, May 2, 7 and 9 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 and 11, all meeting at VNA Home Health Hospice, 50 Foden Road, South Portland.

To register, call Linda Hopkins, volunteer coordinator, at 400-8714 or email hopkinsl@vnahomehealth.org

A pre-training interview is required;

Library requests donations of photos

Friends of the Scarborough Public Library are seeking donations of old and new photographs to add to its historical archives.

Whenever possible, photo information, describing the whereabouts and persons or activities captured in the photo are appreciated.

For more details, call 883-4723 or email Janice Paul at jmpaul@maine.rr.com. Or leave them at the library, at 48 Gorham Road, and request that your item be placed in Janice Paul's envelope.


Anti-bullying program awarded grant

Northeast Bank has awarded a $1,000 grant to the Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, or SARSSM, to support its violence prevention and anti-bullying programs in schools.

The School-Based Education program services students from kindergarten through grade 12 and is dedicated to teaching youth how to respond to and prevent bullying, as well as sexual violence.

SARSSM's School-Based Education Program offers age-appropriate curriculums that teach youth the importance of seeking support if they are or have been the victim of any mistreatment. The program also offers teacher and faculty training, ensuring that students receive the necessary support subsequent to a training session.

For more details, call 828-1035.


Grant to support two programs

Goodall Hospital has been awarded a one-year grant from United Way of York County, totaling $32,300, to support its Maine Families York County and Prescription Assistance programs.

Maine Families York County is a free and voluntary service that provides prenatal support to parents, such as home visits, group events, and mailings that promote healthy childhood growth and development, positive parent/child relationships and useful links to available community resources for families.

Goodall's Prescription Assistance Program provides help to individuals who do not have prescription coverage or have difficulty affording their medicines. The program is designed to assist those who do not qualify for other traditional assistance programs such as Medicare D or MaineCare, but whose financial situation qualifies them to receive support.

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