FRIDAY MARKS THE DEADLINE for local emergency food and shelter programs to apply for assistance through the 2010 York County Emergency Food and Shelter Program. United Way of York County will provide administrative support to distribute $128,000 in federal funding. They will work with a local volunteers board that is responsible for making disbursement decisions. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. For applications or more information, go to or call Doug Ellis at 985-3359.

will participate in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition on March 4-6. Last year, the team consisted of four students, two teachers and two adult mentors, who won two awards. This year’s team includes 10 students. They have six weeks to build and program a 120 pound robot. For details, call Ross Kearney at 985-3745 or e-mail


THE WELLS ROTARY CLUB recently donated $2,000 to assist in the disaster relief for the people of Haiti. The money was used to buy two shelter boxes that each included a 10-person tent, sleeping mats, thermal blankets, water purification kit, 5-gallon water container, two 2.1-gallon plastic water carriers, collapsible trenching shovel, rope, mosquito netting, tool kit, multi-fueled cook stove, eating utensils and a children’s activity kit.

a Wells Junior High School sixth grader, won the school-level competition of the 2010 National Geography Bee with Grade 5 student Jack Dunbar and Grade 8 student Connor Pease placing second and third.


To be eligible for the state level of competition, slated to be held in April, Cimenian must successfully complete a 75-question written test created and scored by the National Geographic Society and be one of the top 100 scorers on that assessment.

ABIGAIL FENSTERMAKER has been selected to receive the 2010 Maine Principals Award. The Wells High School senior has participated in several AP courses, is president of Interact, vice-president of her class, treasurer of the National Honor Society, a member of the Student Council and a captain of her field hockey team. Fenstermaker will attend a luncheon on April 3 in Bangor honoring award recipients from around the state.  Those students will receive a recognition plaque and pin. Five of the attendees also will be honored with a  $1,000 McGowan Scholarship.

SEVENTY-EIGHT MEMBERS of the Wells-Ogunquit Community School District girl’s basketball program participated in a “Shootin’ for a Cure” event recently, raising more than $13,000 for the new Breast Care Center at York Hospital that is due to open in Wells in February. The players raised donations and pledges to participate.


THE ROTARY CLUBS of Biddeford-Saco and Saco Bay are seeking donations for their 21st Annual TV Auction, set for noon to 9 p.m. on March 21. Proceeds from the event fund community projects, such as the Dictionary project for local third graders, a Saco Heath Nature Walk and support for nearly 50 local community groups and charities through continued education scholarships, camperships and assistance for the disadvantaged. For more details, call Frank Dumais at 282-3711 or Janet Davis at 282-2962.

enrolled in Thornton Academy’s newly opened boarding school program visited with Grade 6 students at Thornton Academy Middle School to talk about the differences between United States and Asian schools. Jia Wen “Carmen” Liang, from China, and Chung “Eric” Chan, from Hong Kong, detailed cultural differences and similarities in music, shopping as sports as well has learning a new language. They are attending classes at TA while staying at Nelson Hall on Thornton’s 80-acre campus. The program opened in the fall of 2009, and serves 38 students.



vice president of Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution’s Old Orchard Beach branch was named recipient of the 2009 A. William Kany, Jr. Community Service Award for community service. Lamontagne is a long-time member of the local Salvation Army Advisory Board and chairperson of its annual breakfast; a Junior Achievement board member and volunteer teacher; serves on the Old Orchard Beach Library Building Committee and the United Way Committee; is an Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce ambassador; and a member of the Old Orchard Beach Trust Committee and the corporator of S&BSI. A member of the  Old Orchard Beach High School Class of 1976, Lamontagne began her career with the bank in 1979 as a teller, was promoted to customer service in 1986 and then to teller supervisor in 1986. Lamontagne was promoted to branch manager in 1900, to assistant vice president in 1993 and to vice president in 2000. She donated her $500 cash award to benefit the Salvation Army camperships for children.


ANNALIESE LEMIEUX-KAPLAN, a sophomore at Kennebunk High School, won the school’s “Poetry Out Loud” recitation contest, while sophomore Will Bonney placed second.

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