YORK COUNTY EXTENSION Association recognized Glenn Wildes of Sanford with the George Spulick Award for outstanding volunteer at its annual meeting. Wildes, an active Master Gardener Volunteer since 1999, helped to harvest more than 52,000 pounds of fresh farm produce for the Maine Harvest for Hunger program. The association also elected new board officials, including President Joe Moreshead of Saco, Treasurer Rita Kay Bergeron of Springvale and Secretary Janie Waterhouse of West Newfield. Newly elected as board members are Rick Burke, Sallie Chandler, Kathy Landrum, and Ernie Russo.


SANFORD HIGH SCHOOL Key Club members recently traveled to Boston to visit the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute to present the gifts of warm, winter blankets that they made for the children in the hospital. The group also listened to guest speakers and toured the hospital.


THE PARKS & Recreation Department will sponsor trips to Fenway Park this coming summer and is selling tickets to three upcoming Red Sox games. Those games are set for May 6, June 4 and July 4, with prices ranging from $60 to $75. Tickets are available by calling 324-9l30.


THE FALMOUTH HISTORICAL Society will be closed Dec. 28 through Jan. 4, 2011. For more information, call 781-4727.


4-H MEMBERS and volunteers celebrated their achievements Dec. 5 at its annual Winterfest celebration. Members recognized include Eben Benson, Sara Conant, Samantha Grant, Aryn Martin, Ashley Martin, Allison Moon, Brittany Moon and Katie Thuotte. They were recognized for their achievements in nearly 40 project areas including career exploration, community service and veterinary science.

Three volunteers were also recognized for their contributions to the 4-H program. They include Nicole Foster of Windham, Mark Winslow of Falmouth and Dick Wood of Gray. Wood was honored for 50 years of service to the youth of Cumberland County. Foster was named Outstanding Rookie 4-H Leader and Winslow received the 2010 Outstanding 4-H Volunteer of the Year Award.


THE SANFORD-SPRINGVALE HISTORICAL Society received a $1,000 donation from Sanford Institution for Savings. Those funds are earmarked to help finance the creation of a new exhibit room at the society’s museum to display an extensive collection artifacts and documents relevant to the area.


PARENT TEACHERS Organization members sponsored their annual Gift Shopping Day, allowing every child at the Hollis Elementary School a chance to buy a gift for their loved ones. Members of the PTO buy gift items throughout the year and wrap them for the event. This year, students were able to select from 3,000 items, all of them priced for young shoppers at $5 or less.


HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR Bram Oosten recently won first place in the school’s Poetry Out Loud Contest for his recitations of the prose of poets Jimmy Santiago Baca and Stuart Dybek. Oosten’s peers Cassie Moreno and Colby Harrison placed second and third. Oosten advances to the regional leg of the contest, set for Feb. 3 at City Theater in Biddeford. Winners of that event will advance to the statewide contest set for March 1 in Lewiston. Maine’s winner will win a cash award and a trip the National Poetry Out Loud Competition in Washington, D.C., for a chance to win up to $20,000. The contest is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.