Berlin City selects eight schools to receive donations

Berlin City Auto Group has selected eight Maine schools to receive a total of $26,500 as part of its Drive for Education program.

Berlin City will present checks of up to $3,500 on Monday to the following schools:

The REAL School, Mackworth Island; Longfellow Elementary School, Portland; Costal Ridge Elementary School, York; Massabesic Middle School, East Waterboro; Canal Elementary School, Westbrook; Great Falls Elementary School, Gorham; Charles A. Snow School, Fryeburg; and Durham Community School, Durham.

School officials who applied for the funds were asked to submit a short essay explaining how their school would use the donation.

Berlin City Vice President Yegor Malinovskii said on Wednesday that the program started last year when the downturn in the economy began to affect local schools. He said 52 schools in Maine applied for grants.

“It’s for the future generation of drivers,” Malinovskii said. “We always thought that we can impact someone’s life and what better way to do it through education.”

In May, Berlin City donated another $40,276 to five schools across the state in honor of National Teacher Day.

This year, Berlin City raised more than $100,000 for local schools and children’s organizations throughout New England.

For more information about its Drive for Education Program, go to www.berlincity.com/driveforeducation.

Dealership hosting party, donating to food bank

Morong Falmouth will hold a holiday celebration on Saturday and present a donation to the Good Shepherd Food-Bank to help fight hunger in Maine.

The dealership donated $100 for every car it sold since November to its “Pay it Forward to those Less Fortunate in Maine” Campaign. The money raised will support Good Shepherd’s mission to provide food to more than 600 nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

The dealership will present the donation to the food bank after its holiday party, held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the showroom, located at 187 Route One.

The dealership is also encouraging people to bring nonperishable food items to donate to the food bank. 

Pair of positive reports sends stocks slightly higher

Stronger reports on the job market and manufacturing sent stocks slightly higher Thursday.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 45.33 points, or 0.4 percent, to 11,868.81. The Dow lost 360 points over the past three days on worries that Europe’s latest plan to keep its currency union intact would fail.

Jack Ablin of Harris Bank said the upturn reflects a shift in investors’ attention back to recent signs of strength in the U.S. economy.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 3.94 points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,215.76. The gains were broad. All but two of the 10 industry groups in the index rose. Utilities and health care rose the most. S&P’s indexes edged down less than 0.3 percent each.

The Nasdaq rose 1.70 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 2,541.01.

— From news service reports