The School Nutrition Association has named Barbara Rose, SAD 6 director of school nutrition, as state and regional outstanding director of the year and a candidate for the national outstanding director of the year award.

Rose, of Standish, will be recognized during the association’s annual national conference in Dallas this July for her exceptional contributions in food service operations. Rose oversees a staff of 53, serving the district’s 10 schools in what is the third largest food service program in Maine, serving 4,000 students daily.

SAD 6 officials praised Rose’s work ethic, noting that she is constantly advocating for program improvements. Recently she oversaw logistics for the district’s newest school, the Buxton Center Elementary School, that is slated to open this fall. She also oversaw an on-site greenhouse project where students grow their own produce to be implemented into the school lunch program, promoting sustainability and support of local agricultural businesses.

Administrative Assistant Jacquelyn “Jackie” Sheil said Rose has done a stellar job since taking on the role of director about 12 years ago.

a Bonny Eagle High school teacher, has been selected to represent Maine as one of 35 educators nationwide at the Center on Congress Conference in Indianapolis. Conducted by the Representative Democracy in America, the center was created for citizens, educators and students to immerse themselves in the study of Congress.


A GROUP OF MARSHWOOD MIDDLE School students has been recognized by Life and Hope Haiti, a New York-based nonprofit organization, for their work to support Haitian schoolchildren over the past three years. Students from the school’s World Ambassador Club recently presented the organization with $18,000, raised entirely by middle school students at three events this past winter. Past fundraisers paid for school supplies and uniforms for the children at the Eben Ezer School in Haiti.


JASON TALEVI, a member of the Wells Elementary School Nutrition Committee, was presented a plaque from the school recognizing his talent, time and generosity in promoting good nutrition among students and staffers. Talevi, a former Los Angeles toy designer, created a colorful 9-by-18-foot mural in the school cafeteria, featuring painted images of fruit, vegetables and children playing in the ocean surf to emphasize eating more produce and engaging in physical activity as a means of achieving better health. Talevi invested nearly 40 hours in completing the mural. The cost of the job was about $1,000, which Talevi paid out of pocket. 


THE UPGRADED WEBSITE of the Old Berwick Historical Society, at, offers a free database of South Berwick cemeteries. Users can search a listing of more than 7,000 names of veterans buried in more than 100 local cemeteries, including those from the American Revolution to modern wars.

For more details, call the society at 384-0000 or go to www.


A HABITAT SPRING WALK, attended by 16 covenant and noncovenant faith communities and more than 150 Habitat supporters, has raised  $21,000 in to benefit Habitat for Humanity building projects.

To learn more about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, call 386-5081 or e-mail [email protected]


NEW OFFICERS have been appointed to the York County Senior College. They include Cynthia Mowles, chair; Fred Boyle, vice chair; Elmer Brown, treasurer and Gloria Day, secretary. Newly elected to the York County Senior College Council were Keith Bowles and Al Shinkel.

For more information about Maine’s senior colleges, go to


THE YORK COUNTY SHELTER Programs have ended their weekly Mama Mia dinners, a 22-year Friday evening venture that had become unprofitable in recent years.

The new focus for the volunteer groups will be assisting with food preparation for the expansion of specialty items for the Bakery at Notre Dame and Shaker Hill Kitchens, the new bakery and cafe in Saco.

The bakery plans to offer a line of baked items for mail order, such as its homemade croutons and granola. The bakery will remain open on Fridays until 7 p.m., offering sales of homemade baked beans, rolls and dinners to go.

To learn more about all the projects at the shelter, go to

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