SEAN ROCHE, a student at Wells High School, is about to begin his junior year in Washington, D.C., as one of 30 students nationwide serving as a senatorial page in the U.S. Senate from September to January. He was appointed by Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.

Roche will live, work and study in the nation’s capital where he will continue his high school studies in the morning, followed by page duties, including delivery of correspondence and legislative material within the Congressional Complex, preparing the chamber for Senate sessions and carrying bills and amendments to the desk.


DUNKIN’ DONUTS partnered with the Portland Sea Dogs last month to offer 150 kids the opportunity to play baseball with their favorite players at a kids’ clinic. Players ages 16 and under learned baseball skills and how to work as a team, stay healthy and keep a positive attitude.


THE PORTLAND POLICE Department is offering its Rape Aggression Defense training class next month. The self-defense class gives girls and women the tools they need to avoid dangerous situations and escape them.

The class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 6, 8, 13, and 15 at the police department on Middle Street. The scenario day will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 17.

This class is open to all girls and women, ages 13 and older. The deadline to register is Aug. 31. All classes must be attended to complete the course.

Organizers are asking for a $25 donation, which would support the Amy St. Laurent Fund, sponsor of the Rape Aggression Defense training. To sign up for the class, call 874-8643.


KENNEBUNKPORT CONSOLIDATED School students recently harvested and donated produce from their Kennebunk Community Garden to benefit the Maine Harvest for Hunger program. Master Gardener Marilyn Champagne provided guidance for the participating pupils in grades 3 through 5, who grew lettuce, beans, arugula and watercress as part of their school studies.


HENRY WESTPHAL of Westbrook was recently presented with the Elks Hoop Shoot Getty Powell Award at the fraternal organization’s national convention in Phoenix in July. Henry, a fourth-grader sponsored by the Portland Elks Lodge, was honored for being the best male Elks free-throw shooter in the nation. He completed eight rounds to capture the title.


THE GREATER YORK REGION Chamber of Commerce Festival of Lights Committee is accepting nominations for its citizen of the year award. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 1. The winner will be announced at the annual chamber member dinner Nov. 3 at Clay Hill Farm. The winner will be the grand marshal for the Festival of Lights Parade. Downloadable nomination forms are available at www.gatewaytomaine.org, or call Holly Roberts at 363-4422.


THE BAUNEG BEG Lake Association and the Sanford Department of Public Works will oversee a Roberts Street Project later this month to address stormwater runoff into Goodall Brook, the headwaters of Bauneg Beg Lake.

Engineers from Hoyle-Tanner Associates of Portsmouth, N.H., donated their time to develop a system that diverts street runoff into concrete boxes filled with trees and a natural medium that capture run-off from the street and filter it before it is discharged into Goodall Brook.

Those boxes will be installed later this month in a project that will include clearing brush, cutting into and replacing concrete pavement, pipe work and reseeding. For details, call Dana Peterson at 324-2221.