MONICA QUIMBY was named Ms. Wheelchair Maine 2011 at the first pageant March 12 in South Portland. She is now trying to raise $3,000 to compete in the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant Aug. 1 through 7 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Quimby, 24, of Scarborough, was injured in a skiing accident and sustained a spinal cord injury. She is a biology adjunct instructor at Southern Maine Community College. She mentors students and is involved with the Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society. To make a donation call 1-603-969-2498 or send an email, [email protected]


THE LEAGUE OF YOUNG VOTERS is holding a t-shirt design contest. The league is a non-partisan multi-issue group that works to make politics relevant, accessible, and fun. The shirt design could support the league’s new campaign to create jobs, expand public transit, protect the environment, and register more people to vote. The winning design will be screen-printed onto red t-shirts.

The winner will receive $50.

The contest is open to all Maine residents The designs should be submitted in PDF format, attached to an email, and sent to [email protected] The deadline is April 15.


THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS won prizes in the Portland Flower Show essay contest:

In the 6- to 9-year-old category, Grace Terry, 9, of Gray, first; Maysen Wilson, 9, of Windham, second place; and Naomi Zarin, 6, of Gray, third.

In the 10- to 13-year-old group, Kerry Sullivan, 13, of Portland, first; Telsa Whitaker, 13, of Norway, second; and Ellie Sapat, 12, of Falmouth, third.

In the 14- to 18-year-old group, Kate Spies, 17, of Topsham, first; Parker Weyer, 16, of Hollis Center, second; and Emma Sapat, 16, of Falmouth, third.

The essays addressed the statement, “Describe your enchanted garden, what does it include and why.” The winners were recognized at the show’s opening on March 9.


PLANET DOG Foundation donated $1,000 to the Portland Fire Department to help them purchase pet oxygen masks.

The masks are designed specifically for animals’ faces and come in three sizes.

Smoke inhalation is among the leading causes of death for humans and pets trapped in a fire.


THE BASKETBALL GAME between the students and faculty at Falmouth High School Faculty on March 17 raised more than $600 for Habitat for Humanity Grater Portland.


MAINE PREP will offer a concentrated SAT prep class beginning Monday at Cape Elizabeth High School on Ocean House Road.

The eight-session course will meets twice a week – on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. until May 5.The classes are designed to teach students strategies to use in the math, writing and reading sections of the SAT, which will be given May 7.

For more information, call 798-5690.