LIZZIE CANARIE, a junior at South Portland High School, was recently recognized by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins for her success on the school’s debate team. Canarie is a member of her school’s speech and debate teams. She is the only high school debate team member in Maine to qualify for both the CFL and NFL national tournaments. Canarie met Collins while she was in Washington, D.C., for the for the National Catholic Forensic League Debate Championship. Canarie and her father were given a tour of the Capitol by members of Collins’ staff.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY of Greater Portland received a $10,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation. The grant will help to fund some of the costs of three affordable homes to be started soon on South Street in Freeport. Team members from the Wells Fargo home mortgage office in Scarborough have also committed to work on the Habitat worksite in Freeport for a week in August.

FRAN SEELEY was recently recognized with the annual Altrusa of Portland Volunteer of the Year award for her work with the Foster Grandparent Program of the People’s Regional Opportunity Program (PROP). Seeley is a retired educator who volunteers 40 hours a week in a second-grade class at Lyseth Elementary School. She volunteers by teaching a variety of activities such as development of language and English skills and literacy. She also provides encouragement to help children stay focused and develop healthy social skills.