GRADE 9-12 STUDENTS are invited to compete in a Constitutional Speech Contest being sponsored by the American Legion National High School Oratorical Scholarship Program. Cash prizes from $1,000 to $18,000 will be awarded as winners progress from district to national levels to share their knowledge of the Constitution . For details about the contest in Maine, e-mail Bill Barr at [email protected]


THE PHI BETA KAPPA Association has announced the winners of its 2010 academic achievement awards. They are: Hilary Lariviere of Biddeford High School; Andrew Szatkowski of Bonny Eagle High School; Brittany Cost or Brunswick High School; John Queeney of Cape Elizabeth High School; Agnes Baldenweck of Catherine McAuley High School; Emily Belanger of Deering High School; Amy Webster of Falmouth High School; Jordan Cunningham of Gorham High School; Joshua Vickerson of Gray-New Gloucester High School; Stella Keck of Greely High School; Juel Odulio of Portland High School; Andrew Talbot of Scarborough High School; Kelsey Berglund of South Portland High School; Tate Herbert of Westbrook High School; and Alison Totto of Yarmouth High School.


THE BICYCLE COALITION of Maine received a $18,000 grant from the Alliance for Biking & Walking for its Community Spokes Program. The program will recruit and train rural citizen-advocates to work for improvements in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, as well as state policies that encourage bicycling and walking.


WALKER MEMORIAL LIBRARY is extending its hours. It will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Also, September is featured as Library Card Sign-up Month. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 are eligible for a card with a parent’s signature and provision of identification with a Westbrook address or identification from a Westbrook school Adults need identification with proof of residency.


METRO BUS Services added a 9:55 a.m. and 12:55 p.m. bus to the Town Landing loop on METRO Route 7, which provides service along Johnson Road and Route 88. As part of this change, METRO will not provide service to OceanView at 9:55 a.m. and 12:55 p.m. Other services will not be affected.


KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS at Howard C. Reiche and Riverton Elementary schools received a free backpack filled with school supplies last week. The backpack and supplies were distributed by the National Council of Jewish Women.


LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL was awarded a $14,300 Academic Enrichment Grant from the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation for the school’s music program. Music teacher Bethany Kirkpatrick received the grant. The grant will fund 25 iPad computers, as well as musical composing software and accessories. The iPad computers can be used as drum pads or keyboards to compose and perform.