THE MAINE ARTS COMMISSION launched a new grant program that provide art education funding for students in Maine. The Ticket to Ride grant program will defray the cost of travel for schools in Maine wishing to attend arts venues and events to boost their curriculum.

The start-up funding was provided by the Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust and matched by the Maine Arts Commission. Schools that apply will be eligible for one grant of up to $300 each school year.

Any K-12 school in Maine with a documented free and reduced-price lunch student population of 50 percent or greater will be eligible to apply for one grant of up to $500 each school year. For more information, go to


Registrations are being accepted for the 75th annual Miss Maine Scholarship Pageant, held June 18 at Brunswick High School. All participants will receive scholarship assistance. The winner will receive more than $75,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships and prizes.

Contestants must be United States citizens, ages 17 to 24 years old. Participants must be a high school graduate no later than six months after the date of the competition. Contestants must be at least a six-month resident of Maine, must attend a Maine university or college, or work full-time in Maine. To register, go to


OGUNQUIT TOWN MANAGER Tom Fortier and Ogunquit Recycling Committee officials Lesley Mathews and Joan Sakey recently presented Wells Elementary School staffers and students with a check for $500 for their TerraCycle recycling efforts.


PARKS AND RECREATION has announced winners of a variety of contests during February school vacation. Winners of the annual Ice Fishing Derby at No. 1 Pond included: Joshua Hermance and Kelsey Sanborn, first place; Kyle Sanborn and Kaileigh Sanborn, second place, and Andrew Dumont and Ariel Cormack, third. In the fourth annual Snow Sculpture Contest, the Morin-Arrowsmith Families placed first; Matthew Toth placed second, and the Lawrence Family placed third.


THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION of the Kennebunks and Arundel has named Rhonda Hebert and Paul Wainman to its board.

Hebert is the assistant vice president and branch manager for the new Biddeford Savings Bank, set to open on Route 1. A Kennebunk resident, she is a volunteer with the United Way of York County, the Athletic Boosters Board and Junior Achievement. Wainman is president of West Kennebunk-based stationary company William Arthur. For more details, go to


BELFAST GARDEN CLUB is seeking applicants for a $1,000 scholarship it will award to a Waldo County 2011 high school graduate who plans to pursue a degree in conservation, ecology, horticulture, natural resources, sustainable agriculture or a related field.

Applications are available in the guidance offices of Belfast, Searsport, Mount View and Islesboro high schools; Waldo County Technical Center; and the financial aid offices of the University of Maine at Orono, Maine Maritime Academy, College of the Atlantic and Unity College. Application deadline is May 1. For more details, go to


INGRID BATHE, a clay artist from Edgecomb, worked with art students at Scarborough High School last week as an artist in residence. Bathe worked with students taking Art Foundation and Ceramics. The program was funded by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation.


THE CENTER FOR GRIEVING Children is offering a new support group for teens affected by a suicide loss The six-week support group will meet every other Friday from this Friday through May 27. To register for the support group, call 775-5216.