April 22, 2013

In Brief


Climb Aboard the Food Train

Trinity Lutheran Church, along with local businesses and churches, is sponsoring Climb Aboard the Food Train during the month of April. The food drive will help fill the shelves at the Westbrook Food Pantry. Donations will be collected during the weekend of May 3 through 5. For more details, call 854-5653.


Center receives $2,500

The Morrison Center, a private, nonprofit organization that specializes in providing comprehensive services to children and adults with disabilities, has received a $2,500 donation following a Claws for a Cause event hosted by the Portland Pie Company in partnership with Gritty McDuff's and the Maine Red Claws.

Those funds will help to purchase a specialized lift at the center to support adults with "sit-to-stand" transfers and supported walking to help improve ambulatory abilities.

For more details, call Meghan Smith at 883-6680 or go to


Girl Scouts get $11,000 grant

Girl Scouts of Maine has received a one-year grant of $11,000 from the United Way of York County.

This investment will enable Girl Scouts of Maine to provide leadership experiences for girls to help them reach their potential. The program includes a healthy living initiative that enables girls to develop the skills needed to live an emotionally and physically healthy life.

Girl Scouts of Maine's A Place for Girls, located at the Joyful Harvest Neighborhood Center in Biddeford, serves almost 50 girls ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade who, because of socio-economic challenges, are considered at-risk.

For more details, go to or call (888) 922-4763.


Scholarship applications

United Way of Greater Portland is accepting applications for scholarships from the Kenneth Jordan Higgins Scholarship Fund.

Students who have been accepted for admission to an accredited post-secondary vocational school, college, university or graduate school and who are residents of Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, Scarborough or Cape Elizabeth, and who can demonstrate financial need in order to attend such an institution, are eligible to apply. The submission deadline is May 3.

Details and application materials are available at

Cheverus' Seeds of Peace

Cheverus High School students have been selected to attend this summer's Seeds of Peace leadership conference. Sophomores Caroline George, Anna Niedermeyer and Eva Niedermeyer, and juniors Nicholas Jensen, Lisette Labbe and Katherine Randall will attend.

The Seeds of Peace program was founded in 1993 by journalist John Wallach. The mission of the organization is to inspire and equip new generations of leaders from regions of conflict with the relationships, understanding and skills needed to advance lasting peace. Beginning with only 46 American, Egyptian, Israeli and Palestinian teenagers the first year, Seeds of Peace has expanded its programming to include young men and women (its "seeds") from across the Middle East, South Asia, Cyprus and the Balkans.

The Cheverus students will join others from across the world to attend the Seeds of Peace International Camp on Pleasant Lake in Otisfield, Maine. The camp provides a three-week conflict-resolution program where these young men and women will face their prejudices and fears and address the issues that fuel hatred, violence and oppression. Students live together in bunks, share meals, play sports, and engage in group sessions about their political conflicts, facilitated by adult counselors.

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