Grants Gained

Sebago recently received a $25,000 grant, to purchase an emergency generator for the town’s shelter at the old town hall (Potter Academy). The generator would also provide emergency power for the town hall and for Fire Station #1, in the Mud City complex. This grant is from the Maine Emergency Management Agency, and uses US Department of Homeland Security federal money.

The Sebago Community Disaster Committee developed the information for the generator grant, which Allen Crabtree wrote, and submitted the application to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

The committee is looking for people who would like to learn how to be a volunteer disaster shelter worker at the Sebago emergency shelter, when it is activated. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome. The Red Cross will be holding a free class at a date to be set late February at the town hall. For more information, call Crabtree at 787-2730.

The Sebago Fire Department received a grant for $50,900 from the DHHS for new vehicle extrication equipment. Chief Ken Littlefield and his officers at the fire department determined the department equipment needs, Tim Smith wrote a list of potential prices and vendors, and Crabtree wrote and submitted the grant applications to the department.

When there is a local match required, Crabtree has been asking the town to set aside money to cover the local matches as part of the CIP process, which is voted on yearly, for approval at town meetings. This is no small process, as there is a strict management system in place for the money, which requires regular reports, bids required, audits and record keeping, even after the grant is awarded.

Knowing Their Places

The local competition for the National Geographic Bee was held at Sebago Elementary School Jan. 8. Students in grades four through six competed first in their classes, to find three worthy competitors for the school-wide competition. The fourth-grade representatives were: Evan Leighton, Matt Stenger and Paul Smith. Representing the fifth-grade were: Harold Bracy, Lily Barrett and Gaelon Kolczynski. The competitors from the sixth-grade were: Heather Hall, Sean Rummage and Tucker Irish. Congratulations to the winner, Harold Bracy, grade-five, and runner-up Sean Rummage, grade-six.

On the Slopes

The Shawnee Peak Ski Program schedule for Sebago Elementary School students, grades three to six (weather permitting):

• Monday, Jan. 28

• Monday, Feb. 4

• Monday, Feb. 11

Roxanne Mayhew, the physical education teacher at the school, has collected cross country skis and boots and is taking many of the students out skiing for their physical education classes.

Congratulations Maxwell

Maxwell Davis of Sebago was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2007 semester at Alfred University in New York. Davis is a sophomore in the School of Art and Design. Students must earn at least a 3.3 grade point average to qualify for dean’s list. Davis is the son of James B. Davis of Sebago.

Artist of the Month

The Friends of Spaulding Memorial Library will be displaying a selection of Valentine jewelry, designed by Corinne Aucoin, a member of “Touch of Glass.” Some of the necklaces will have matching earrings, others will include matching bracelets as well.

Minimum bids on the valentine necklaces will range from $5 – $25. The last day to bid on the jewelry is Feb. 27. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 787-2321.

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