Overdue fine waiver

People who return their overdue books from the Scarborough Public Library on Dec. 30 will receive no fines, regardless of how overdue they are.

The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 30.

For more information, call 883-4723.


Winter market hours

The Portland Winter Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St.

The market will be open through April 21.

For more information, call 232-2001.

College planning workshop

The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will host free workshops entitled Essentials of College Planning starting next month.

The workshops will be held at 10 a.m. on Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at Portland Adult Education, 57 Douglass St. Another workshop will be held at noon on Jan. 5, 12, 19, and 26 at the Portland CareerCenter, 185 Lancaster St.

To register, call 1-800-281-3703.


Toy collection continues

Prime Motor Group is continuing its efforts to collect for the Toys For Tots Foundation through the end of the year.

This year, employees collected several carloads of new toys, and have already accepted nearly $2,000 in cash donations from customers, co-workers, neighbors and friends.

All Prime dealerships have been running service specials to encourage participation and those specials will continue until the end of the month.

However, anyone can make a cash donation or donate a new, unwrapped toy.

Prime dealerships on U.S. Route One in Saco and Scarborough are designated drop-off areas.


Elks help third-graders

Albert Ingraham and Corey Dewitt, of the Elks Lodge in Wells, handed out dictionaries, rulers, and pencils last month to 80 third-graders at Wells Elementary School.

It’s the seventh year that the lodge has made this type of donation to the school.


Scouts help school

Webelos of Cub Scout Pack 302 recently spruced up the perennial gardens at Sea Road School in Kennebunk for their fall community service project.

Max Stevens, Avery Conant, Graham McLaughlin, Ryan Connors, Henry Kindler and Sharon Connors worked in the gardens to prepare them for the winter.

The boys raked, pulled weeds, cut back perennials, hauled and composted the garden debris in order to put the Sea Road School gardens to bed for the winter.

More than 450 students at Kennebunk Elementary School attended the Maine Operation Lifesaver’s free presentation on Railroad Safety earlier this month.


Hospital has new HAM operators

Three staff members at Bridgton Hospital have received their licensing as HAM radio operators.

George Gardner, Karen Mentus and Paula Cox met for six weeks with a HAM radio instructor to learn about radio operation, safety, radio etiquette, FCC rules and basic electronics.

The staff participated in this HAM licensing course to provide an additional layer of back up communication for the hospital in the event of a disaster.


Meatloaf contest success

The third annual “Best Meatloaf in Ogunquit Contest,” raised $31,624 to help preserve the Marginal Way ocean walk.

The contest was held at Bintliff’s Restaurant and also featured 65 locally donated gifts and prizes.

Judges tasted 21 meat loaves. The first place ribbon was presented to Claire Bigbee of Wells, who included figs and feta cheese in her recipe. Second prize went to Michael Jones, of Perkins Real Estate, who used leeks to flavor his entry. Jacqui Grant, of Almost Home Inn in Ogunquit won third place.