on King Street received a $1,000 grant from the Kay E. Dopp Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to fund its community garden. The project offers organic practices and provides affordable garden plots for interested residents. Forty-eight plots are available for rent. Water, tools and gardening expertise from several York County master gardeners are available. For more details, go to or call (877) 700-6800.

High School students at Hollis Alternative Education partnered with the Riverview Foundation on a community service project to paint 60 directional signs and markers along the Jagolinzer Preserve on Mount Sawyer in Limington. The students hiked the property to post the signage.

Programs directors are seeking volunteers to help serve facilitate and serve meals at the Shelter Dining Commons on George Road in Alfred, and to serve in various capacities in the bakery, also on site. A number of weekday and weekend hours are available to choose from. Volunteers are also needed to help with field work at the Ray Angers Community Farm in West Newfield. Interested participants should call Joan Sylvester at 324-1137, ext. 105, or e-mail [email protected]

Sanford Coalition, local businesses, parents and youth put together a number of pre and post-prom activities, designed to keep Sanford High Students safe during graduation and prom season. The main offering was an“After Prom Event,” provided last weekend, courtesy of the Sanford Springvale Rotary Club, Partners for Healthier Communities, the Sanford Police Department, the Sanford School Department and local businesses, including Walmart, Dunkin’ Donuts and Bonanza. The Mousam View Place, location of the prom, remained open until 5 a.m following the dance, with local businesses offering food, prizes and services, including a DJ and band, an ice cream sundae bar, laser tag, karaoke, games and raffle prizes. The event was staffed by local volunteers, school personnel, and off-duty police officers. The prom was preceded by a more sobering display, a Fatal Car Crash Demonstration, staged at the school on the day before prom, reminding teens of the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or other substances.

has honored six students from Regional School Union 57, serving the towns of Alfred, Lyman, Limerick, Newfield, Shapleigh and Waterboro, for their volunteerism. Samantha Caramihalis, David Chaves, Benjamin Comeau, Patrick Garrity, Natalie Van Houten and Tony Stolo each were honored for their contributions during a special dinner. They each recieved a lion figurine with their name engraved on it.

School students Charles Metcalf and Skye Lee recently took top honors for their submissions to the 2010 Maine Constitution Poster and Essay Contest that invited kindergarden through grade 12 students to submit works interpretting Maine symbols,  history, the Maine Constitution or voting and democracy. Metcalf, a third-grader, won for his poster in the “Maine State Symbols” category. Fourth-grader Lee won first place in the Maine History category for her rendering of Margaret Chase Smith. Seventh-grader Shawn Walsh, of Acadia Christian School in Trenton, won for her essay titled “Praising Maine.” To learn more about the program and view winning entries from this year’s contest, go to

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