Androscoggin Bank recently gave away $29,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations that support community activities in the arts, education, environment, health, social services, animal welfare and community development. The recipients of this year’s ABCommunity grants include Independence Association, Living with Peace, Deertree Foundation, Catholic Charities of Maine, Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, LARK Society, Androscoggin Dance and Junior Achievement of Maine.


Maine Veterans for Peace has announced $1,100 was raised during the Flatbread Company’s benefit night for the organization’s national convention scholarship fund. The scholarships will be granted to veterans attending the 25th National Convention, which is titled “Lifting the Fog of War.”


Verso Paper Corp.’s Androscoggin Mill helped the Livermore Falls, Frank L. Mitchell VFW Post 3335 raise its refurbished flagpole in a rededication ceremony. Several weeks ago, the mill donated a boom truck to help take the flagpole down. Wind and weather had taken its toll on the 8-year-old flagpole, ruining cables and causing the VFW to lose a couple flags recently.


Saco Valley Credit Union held its fourth annual Motorcycle Run on Aug. 14. With the help of riders and sponsors, the run raised more than $3,300 for Special Olympics.


Volunteers of America received $20,000 from People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, for their Camp POSTCARD program. The donation will allow 30 children to attend the camp, representing nearly four cabins. The goal of the camp is to establish positive bonds between children and law enforcement and criminal justice professionals who serve as camp counselors. This interaction also addresses any stereotypes that children may have formed about law enforcement professionals. More than 2,600 children from all 16 counties have participated to date.


Allagash Brewing Company recently donated $10,000 to the St. Lawrence Arts Center as part of the company’s Tribute Series Ales and the “buck a bottle” campaign. The company contributed $1 for every bottle of Allagash Victor sold to help realize the mission of the St. Lawrence Arts Center. This year’s donation was twice as much as last year’s contribution to the arts center.


The First Radio Parish Church received a $24,000 grant from Odyssey Networks for 40 HD videos as part of their new media production with Go-TV.


The Landmark Steeple & Clock Restoration Fund received a check from Camden National Bank. The donation adds to the fund, which has raised $450,000 to date to repair and weatherproof the steeple and replace the clock tower of the First Baptist Church. Downtown Damariscotta is crowned by the steeple of the church, which was built in 1840, with the addition of the bell in 1846 and the clock in 1884. A goal of $500,000 has been set for the restoration.


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