Fundraising success for Dreams

Haven’s Candies raised $4,081 for the Dream Factory of Maine, a nonprofit organization that grants dreams to critically and chronically ill children in Maine.

Haven’s raised the money through its annual event for people to make their own hand-rolled candy canes.

The Dream Factory also raffled off items donated by local merchants at the event.


Museum receives two grants

Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine recently received two grants that will support the museum’s mission.

The museum received a $10,000 grant from the John T. Gorman Foundation to support its operating costs.

The Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation offered an endowment challenge grant, providing a 1:1 match up to $5,000 for endowment funds raised through Nov. 30.


Funeral home celebrates 70th

Hobbs Funeral Home recently celebrated its 70th anniversary serving families across southern Maine.

Hobbs held its first funeral on Dec. 7, 1941.

“We are proud to have remained an independent, family-owned and locally operated home that makes all decisions here and not at a corporate headquarters,” Jeffrey R. Hobbs, the owner said in a press release.

“We’ve now served the southern Maine community this way for 70 years. That’s become unique in our business.”

Hobbs Funeral Home was founded by Frank H. Hobbs, Sr. and Betty Hobbs in 1941 and serves families of all faiths.

Betty Hobbs died in January of 2006, but her legacy lives on in her son, Jeffrey Hobbs, and her grandson, Jeffrey D. Inman, also a licensed funeral director, who represents the third generation of leadership at the home, the press release said.


Essays on town history

The Friends of Old Corner Church are selling a book of essays, “Waterborough Old Corner: Memories of the Neighborhood” at Biddeford Savings, Waterboro Public Library and Waterboro Town Hall.

The book, which costs $20, contains 13 essays of the town’s history and memories.

The essays were written by Esther L. Smith of Waterboro.

Proceeds of the book will be used to restore the town’s historic 1804 Old Corner Church. For more information, call 247-3123.


Students plant bulbs

About 80 students at Wells Elementary School and parent volunteers recently dug holes and planted tulips, daffodils, alliums, crocus and hyacinths near Route 109.

The bulbs were purchased and donated by the Wells Parent Teacher Student Association.


Library now lending Kindles

Springvale Public Library has purchased two Kindle e-readers for its patrons.

The Kindles can be borrowed like a book. Titles are currently being added with help from library members.

For more information, call 324-4624 or go to www.springvalelibrary.org.


Hospital workers raise $645

Employees at Goodall Hospital raised $645 for the Cancer Care Center of York County.

The donation will support its One Day at a Time Fund, which helps patients buy gasoline and medications.


Santa taking gift requests

The Lebanon Rescue Department is encouraging residents to invite Santa to their house on Dec. 23.

Santa and his elves will be riding in ambulances, delivering one gift to every child from age 1 to 16 years old.

Each family that requests a gift, will receive an age appropriate toy for their child.

There are no eligibility requirements. The program is open to every child who lives in Lebanon.

The Girl Scouts will help wrap the gifts and assist Santa in handing them out.

The rescue department is collecting new, unwrapped toys for Operation Santa through Dec. 24. The department is also collecting coats, snow pants, snow suits, hats and gloves through Dec. 31 for its coats for kids campaign.

To make a donation or request that Santa drop off a present for a child, call 608-5615.


Group collecting toys, coats

The Brunswick Downtown Association will continue to collect both toys and coats at the Visitor Center at Brunswick Station through the end of this month for donation to the Salvation Army.

The visitor center, located on Maine Street, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call 721-0999.