Cumberland County to
celebrate 250 years

PORTLAND – To kick-off the 250th anniversary of Cumberland County in 2010, the county is holding a logo competition for children ages 5 to 18.

The logo should represent the history and future of Cumberland County and will be used throughout the year on all communication and promotional materials.

Children who are residents of Cumberland County are eligible to enter.

One winner will be selected from each of the four age groups and awarded a $100 cash prize; kindergarten-grade 3; grade 4-6; grade 7-9; and grade 10-12. A grand prize winner will be chosen from all the entries and will earn a $250 cash prize.

The contest will run from Nov. 23-Jan. 4. For more information and contest rules, please visit, email [email protected], or call Bill Whitten, assistant county manager, at 871-8380.

United Way announces
campaign results, awards

PORTLAND — The United Way of Greater Portland exceeded its annual fundraising campaign goal of $8,174,000 and expects to raise more than $8.4 million when the campaign is completed.

Monies raised are allocated to 43 agencies and 91 programs in the health and human services sector, which serve an estimated 75,000 people of all ages and income levels in greater Portland.

Several individuals and companies were recognized for their support and contributions to the annual campaign.

William Richards of the Portland Yacht Club was recognized for his 32 years of service as the volunteer Loaned Executive Trainer. Katie Rawls of Sappi Technology Center and Brian Smith, ECM for the Town of Scarborough, were this year’s recipients of the Exceptional Employee Campaign Manager Award.

Companies presented with awards were Gorham Savings Bank, the Spirit of the Community Award; HP Hood, the Leading the Way Award; Messer Truck Equipment and NorDx, the Commitment to Excellence Award; and L.L.Bean, The Holmes Leadership Award.

Taylor earns Rotary
humanitarian award

PORTLAND – Dr. J. Michael Taylor was presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship award by the Portland Rotary Club in recognition of his contributions to humanitarian and educational programs in Northern Haiti.

Taylor is the founder and president emeritus of the Portland-based organization, Konbit Sante: Cap-Haitien Health Partnership. 

Konbit Sante works with the Haitian Ministry of Health to establish health programs for women and children, disease prevention, improve the quality of hospital’s water, medical equipment and supplies, as well as other community collaborations. 

Good Deeds/Donations 

At the annual gala and auction to raise money for Easter Seals Maine, $60,000 was raised to support its mission of providing services to people with disabilities or special needs and their families. Monies raised will support early intervention, the All Aboard! Preschool, vocational services and the Center for Therapeutic Recreation program for Easter Seals Maine clients. 

Irving Oil awarded a $2,000 New England Neighbor Initiative grant to eHope Foundation of Portland, which supports people facing critical illness through an online care-coordination tool.

South Portland-based Cancer Community Center has had several successful fundraisers, including the Fourth Annual Hit the Trails event, which raised $30,000; The Not Dead Yet Bike Ride and Lobster Bake raised more than $15,000; and most recently, $21,000 was raised at the 2009 Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Event.

Oakhurst Dairy awarded $2,500 to the Maine Historical Society to support the rebuilding of the Children’s Gate in the Longfellow Garden.

The 2009 Portland Museum of Art Auction exceeded its fundraising goal of $125,000 by $19,000, raising a total of $144,000 to support the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. 

Portland Ovations was awarded a grant of $30,000 from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation to suppport its community-based education, outreach, and arts access programs.

Foundation 51, the fundraising arm of MSAD 51 in Cumberland-North Yarmouth. raised $45,000 at its 11th annual Foundation 51 auction.

The Olympia Sports store in South Portland raised $1,537 and was the top fundraiser in the company-wide 10th annual “A Chance For Kids” campaign benefiting the Jimmy Fund. With 183 participating Olympia Sports stores, a total of nearly $60,000 was raised to support cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 


Adam Lee, president of Lee Auto Mall, was appointed to the board of the Energy and Carbon Savings Trust, which administers carbon allowance funds under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. 

The board of Spring Harbor Community Services, a Portland-based nonprofit that provides mental health care and management services, has appointed Annie Wells of Falmouth as board chair; Roger Woodman, Jr. of Portland as vice chair; and Ann Donaghy of Yarmouth as secretary of the board. 

Patsy Wiggins was elected to the Scarborough Public Library board of trustees for a three-year term. Newly elected officers of the board are Nancy B. Kelleher, president; Matthew P. Ward, vice-president; Camilla “Camy” Barrantes, treasurer; and Anne K. Janak, secretary.

Dean Alofs of Scarborough, an account executive at Willis HRH of Northern New England, was named to the board of directors for The Morrison Center. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine has named the following to its board of directors: Chris Claudio of Winxnet, Bill Clifford of TD Insurance, Joseph Dieterle of UBS, Jean McDevitt of Baker Newman & Noyes, Gary Robinson of Bigelow Investment Advisors, Lou Ann White of UNUM, Steve Woods of emg3, and Craig Young of CB Richard Ellis/The Boulos Co. Newly elected board officers are Joseph Powers, president, Karen True Winslow, vice President, and Peter Richardson, treasurer. 

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The Van1202.jpgArtVan, the mobile art therapy program of VSA arts of Maine, received $3,000 from a 2009 Target store grant. The grant will help ArtVan continue its goal of bringing afterschool therapeutic arts programming to children in York, Sagadahoc, Cumberland and Androscoggin counties.
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