REICHE COMMUNITY SCHOOL in Portland received a $5,000 grant to develop a garden at the school. The garden was built last month by the school staff, students and parents. It was designed to complement an outdoor classroom that was constructed last year. Lessons in health, nutrition, math, science, art and sustainable practices will be incorporated into the curriculum. The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant was awarded by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.

A TEAM OF seventh-graders from Moore Middle School in Portland were recognized at the Project Citizen State Showcase May 20 at the State House in Augusta.

The students won an award for best oral presentation for their project about freedom of speech and picketers at military funerals, titled “Words Shouldn’t Hurt, Right?” The team members are Max Chabot, Matt Herrick, Emmith Molina, Mohamed Agamia and Ben Legere. Their teachers are Jon Roderick and Laurie Piasio.

Three other Moore teams also participated in the state showcase.


THE SCARBOROUGH PUBLIC LIBRARY, Gorham Road, is now processing applications for passports. Passports will no longer be processed at Scarborough Town Hall, due to recent changes in federal regulations barring facilities that issue birth certificates from processing passport applications.

For details, go to www.library.scarborough.me.us. To make an appointment, call 883-4723, option 4.


SEVERAL MEMBERS OF the Cumberland Fire Department were recognized last month during its annual banquet at the Toddy Brook Banquet Center in North Yarmouth.

Fire Chief Dan Small was recognized for his 25 years of service. K.C. Putnam, a fire captain and fire chaplain, received an award for his 20 years of service.

Lt. Andrew Pollack and firefighter Jeff Storey received 10-year service awards; and Deputy Fire Chief Nathan Schools received a five-year service award.

The Officer of the Year Award was presented to Lt. Gerald Croce.

Mike Devoid was named Cumberland Firefighter of the Year. The department also recognized its honoree firefighter Buddy Copp, who is entering the Army Basic Training program.

The annual Recognition Award was presented to Kevin Foster.

THE HOMELESS ANIMAL Rescue Team, a no-kill shelter and adoption center for cats and kittens, is facing a serious overpopulation situation.

There are more than 100 kittens in foster care and 130 cats residing at the shelter in Cumberland, with more expected to come in the next several weeks.

In recognition of June as Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month, HART is reducing its adult adoption fee from $75 to $35. The kitten adoption fee is $75.

HART is also seeking donations to support the care it provides to their homeless cats and kittens.

Donations can be mailed to HART, P.O. Box 351, Cumberland, ME 04021.

For details, call 829-9379.


THE BOTANICAL LECTURE scheduled for 1 p.m. on June 11 at the Peaks Island Library branch has been canceled due to a family emergency.

The talk will be rescheduled to July. A date has not been finalized.