April 29, 2013

In Brief

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Wells Elementary School students Amanda Ring and Isabella DeAngelis stand by a miniature cardboard replica of a safe house they created as part of a display for a class study on the “Underground Railroad” recently.

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Those finalists will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport.

The event is open to the public and will feature the student poets reading their prize-winning work.

Student honorees are: Elise Bickford, Emma Sapat and Jonah Zuckerman, all of Falmouth High School; Megan Ellis, Delaney Regan, Sierra Stalker and Ayla Tartre, all of Catherine McAuley High School; Ylva Hopf and Pearl Wilson, both of Morse High School; Alex Smith and Zak Pacillo, both of Glickman Academy; Zoe Chace-Donahue, Jack Pierce, Carlin Tindall, Lily Tupper and Teagan Wu, all of Merriconeag Waldorf High School; Ben Evans of Chop Point School; Wyatt Lichtenger of The Hyde School; Aaron Lockman of Thornton Academy; and Seth Queeny of Cape Elizabeth High School.

To learn more, go to www.merriconeag.org or call the school at 865-3900.


Vocalists win medals

Megan Ward, of Bangor, has won a gold medal and the title of Maine Games National Anthem Vocalist for 2013 following her performance at the recently held Maine Games Seventh Annual National Anthem Audition at the Kora Shrine Temple

Contestants Emily Ouellette, of Fryburg, and 10-year-old Kirstin Hahn, of Wales, placed second and third, respectively, for their performances, as well as silver and bronze medals.

The title affords Ward, 15, and a Bangor High School sophomore, the opportunity to further her singing aspirations with upcoming performances, including June 1 at a Portland Seadogs baseball game at Hadlock Field and on July 20 at the 2013 Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic in Biddeford. Other performances will be scheduled throughout the year.


Food service director honored

Mike Sabo, Southern Maine Medical Center director of hospitality services, was named 2013 Food Service Director of the Year at the Eighth Annual Good to Best Conference, held in San Diego, Calif, recently.

This annual meeting of healthcare food service directors, operators, executive chefs and industry leaders is run by the Good to Best Association and DM&A, the largest, most diverse, full service, healthcare foodservice consulting firm in North America.

Top honors are presented annually to a hospital food service director who best exemplifies outstanding catalytic leadership, has a creative and effective management style, implemented notable departmental improvements and paves the path to success for his or her team.

Sabo, a chef, manages hospitality services for both SMMC and Goodall Hospital in Sanford.

Sabo received SMMC's prestigious Employee of the Year award in 2012.

He is a member of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice and has contributed to industry trade publications.

Sabo also is chair of MaineHealth's food service directors group, which is committed to healthier hospitals.

Foundation awards SMMC

For the third consecutive year, the AVX Kyocera Foundation has provided SMMC with a $10,000 donation for equipment purchase.

The foundation awards grants in support of projects that have an impact on the local communities where its corporate sponsor, AVX Corporation, has operating facilities.

In the past, AVX donations have been used to support state-of-the-art telemetry bed technology for monitoring cardiac patients and a sophisticated defibrillator for the SMMC emergency department.

Free Clinic awarded grants

The Biddeford Free Clinic has been awarded three one-year grants from United Way of York County totaling $23,000 to support its various programs to provide free services including for medical care, non-narcotic prescription medications and dental care for people living in poverty and without health insurance.

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