Ms. Wheelchair Maine event in South Portland

The Ms. Wheelchair Maine 2012 competition, which includes a competitor from South Portland and a reigning champ from Scarborough, will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Hotel in South Portland.

The tickets are $5 and the donation will go directly to the new Ms. Wheelchair Maine to help her represent the state and start raising the $3,500 needed for Ms. Wheelchair America 2013.

The contestants are: Corie Allen of Bangor, Leelee Milano of Westbrook, Sarah Rosenblatt of Portland, and Megan Seely of South Portland.

The Ms. Wheelchair Maine Leadership and Advocacy Organization, led by Monica Quimby of Scarborough, the state director and Ms. Wheelchair Maine 2011, with the primary sponsorship of Alpha One will be hosting the event.

For more information, contact Quimby at [email protected] or go to www.mswheelchairmaine.org/.

Kindergarten info night in Scarborough

The Scarborough School Department will host a kindergarten information night Tuesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m., in the Scarborough High School cafeteria.

All parents who have children who will turn 5 on or before Oct. 15, 2012 should attend. This presentation is for parents only. Please do not plan to bring your children.

The principals of the three primary schools will discuss the Scarborough kindergarten program and what that means for you and your child. If you cannot attend the event and need to make a registration/screening appointment, call Hope Taggart at Pleasant Hill School at 730-5250 after March 6.

If you have any questions about Kindergarten Information Night, call Mary Stuart-Hillman at Eight Corners School at 730-5200.

Registration packets will be available at the meeting. If you cannot attend and want to download the paperwork, it can be found at www.scarborough.k12.me.us. Follow prompts for K Registration.

Evergreen Credit Union donates $10,000 to fight hunger

Evergreen Credit Union, one of Maine’s largest credit unions, serving all of Cumberland County, donated more than $10,000 and hundreds of man-hours to food pantries in Cumberland County as part of the annual Ending Hunger in Maine Campaign.

The $10,285 donation was given to four local food pantries, including South Portland Food Pantry and Root Cellar. These food pantries will use the donation for food to give to those less fortunate.

“Evergreen is one of our biggest supporters and we are extremely appreciative of the funds they give to us. They are a huge help to us every year,” said Sybil Riemensnider, director of the South Portland Food Cupboard.

For the past 21 years, almost all of the credit unions in Maine have come together to raise and donate more than $3.9 million toward the Ending Hunger in Maine Campaign.

To make a donation to the Ending Hunger in Maine Campaign, contact your local Evergreen Credit Union branch.

City student makes ?dean’s list

Alexander Ratta of South Portland has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at New England Institute of Art in Brookline, Mass. Ratta is in the media arts program and is the son of Karen Westerberg of South Portland.

City church offers free clothes

A church in South Portland is offering free clothes to people who may not have the money to buy brand new clothes.

The “Clothing Swap Shop” operates in the basement of the United Methodist Church on Elm Street and helps dress people of any shape or size, from toddlers to plus-size.

The church is also looking for more hangers, racks, and bins to display its donations. Last year alone, the church helped dress 350 families. Starting next month, the Swap Shop will be open the last Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 799-0407.

South Portland Rec hosting trip ?to see Bruins

Spend the day with the family at TD Garden as the Washington Capitals take on the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins for a game on Saturday, March 10, at 1 p.m. Participants will travel via luxury coach with Custom Coach and Limousine. Seats for the game are located in Section 326 of the garden. Cost is $110 per person and includes ticket and transportation to and from the game. Tickets are limited to four per person. Register for this trip at the South Portland Community Center or by going online at www.southportland.org. For more information, contact the Community Center at 767-7650.

Scarborough student wins VFW award

Stephanie Felt, a junior at Scarborough High School, won first place, along with a $1,500 scholarship and a free, five-day trip to Washington, D.C., at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy banquet, held Saturday, Jan. 14, in Winslow for the Department of Maine.

On her trip, Felt will be competing at the national level for a $30,000 scholarship. Presenting her with the award was Sam Felt, chairman for VFW Post 832 in South Portland.

Scarborough girl visits State House

State Rep. Heather Sirocki, R-Scarborough, welcomed Honorary Page Cora Stewart of Scarborough to the Maine House Chamber on Jan. 10.

The Honorary Page program gives students an opportunity to participate in the legislative process and interact with Legislators. Students from third grade through high school are invited to serve as Honorary Pages.

Local soldier promoted

A South Portland man was promoted in the Maine Army National Guard recently.

Patrick Brennan was promoted in December to the rank of Private 2, in the 185th Engineer Support Company, according to Major General (Ret.) John W. Libby, The Adjutant General, Maine National Guard.

Environmental award nominees sought

Nominations for ecomaine’s eco-Excellence Awards are due Jan. 20.

A regional waste-disposal cooperative that includes Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland, ecomaine is calling for nominations for its annual awards.

“These awards are a great way to recognize a business, person, or group in your community for their ‘green’ activities, no matter how small or large,” said ecomaine’s communications director, Shelley Dunn. “Each town is eligible for a community award and a business award, so we hope we’ll have at least one nomination from your community,” she said.

Last year’s winners included: Lisa Fernandes (Cape Elizabeth); Joanna Basinger (Community Award, Scarborough) and Michael Follansbee (Business Award, Scarborough); and Enrico Peruzzi (South Portland).

For information on how to make a nomination, go to ecomaine.org or call 773-1738.

Cape Elizabeth Schools set public forums

Cape Elizabeth School Superintendent Meredith Nadeau will host two community forums to gather ideas about the mission, vision and values statements for Cape Elizabeth schools.

Forums will be held at the Pond Cove/Middle School cafetorium on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m.

The schools are seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders about their hopes and dreams for student outcomes, expectations for the schools’ work and perspectives on the schools’ strengths, challenges and opportunities, Nadeau said in a press release.

At the School Board’s meeting Jan. 10, Nadeau said work on revising the current statements of mission, vision and values began last month with a system-wide meeting of faculty. Later this month Nadeau will have opportunities to meet with students, and will meet with parents and the community at large at the community forums.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the superintendent’s office at 799-2217.