Visit Cape Cod, Nantucket

Cape Elizabeth Community Services is offering a trip for anyone who would like to visit Cape Cod and Nantucket.

The trip will take place May 1 through 3. The group tour will include lodging in Hyannis, a guided sightseeing visit to Nantucket, a whale watch out of Provincetown or a dune tour, as well as a guided tour to Provincetown and a visit to the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

The cost is $356 per person based on double occupancy. Single rates are available.

For more information, call 799-2868.


‘Distinguished’ award

Lulama Moyo of Gorham was recently named the Distinguished Young Woman of Maine and awarded $1,400 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at Lewiston Middle School.

Moyo will travel to Mobile, Ala., to participate in the 55th National Finals competition, held in June.

Throughout the next year, Moyo will represent Maine at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.”
Moyo is the daughter of Otrude Moyo and Roland Hawkes.


Family trip to Boston

The South Portland Parks and Recreation Department is offering a family trip on April 28 with a self-guided tour of the Boston Museum of Science followed by a trip to Fenway Park for an historic walking tour.

This trip is recommended for families with children ages 5 and older.

The cost is $50 per person, which includes all admission fees, tour and transportation.

To register for this trip, go to or call 767-7650.


Donation to help pets

Community Credit Union recently donated a Wag’N O2 Fur Life Kit to the Auburn Fire Department.

The kit contains oxygen masks in three sizes that allow firefighters to administer oxygen to many types of house pets that suffer smoke inhalation, carbon monoxide poisoning and heat exhaustion.

Auburn Fire Department members will receive training and instructions on how to use the masks as well as how to perform CPR on cats and dogs.

For more information on the program, log onto


Essay contest winners

Nine area students won prizes in the Portland Flower Show essay contest sponsored jointly with University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

The prize winners in the 6- to 9-year-old category are Naomi Zarin, 7, of Gray, first place; Elizabeth Willette, 7, of Gorham, second place; and Riley Vacchiano, 8, of Cornish, third place.

The 10- to 13-year-old group winners are Sophie Wink, 10, of Gray, first place; Helen Cunningham, 12, of Portland, second: and Amelia Searfoss, 10, of Pownal, third.

Winners in the 14- to 18-year-old group are Kate Spies, 18, of Topsham, first place; Emma Sapat, 16,  of Falmouth, second; and Madeline Sanborn, 14, of West Baldwin, third.


Legacy awards

The Sanford Downtown Legacy group recognized several individuals during a recent meeting.

Stephanie Wilkins, Organization Committee chair and board of directors member, received the Board Member of the Year Award. Promotion Committee Chair Lynn MacCannell was named Volunteer of the Year, and Gary Sullivan was honored posthumously with a Visionary Award for his work with many Legacy projects.

The 41st Annual Waban Telethon has raised $80,122 to fund developmental therapy, specialized equipment, assessment services, therapeutic recreation and other educational and habilitation-based services for children who attend the Fraser-Ford Waban Child Development Center or or those who receive services from the Case Management Program. 


Fundraiser aids Camp Sunshine

The 17th annual Moonlight Charity Challenge, recently held at Shawnee Peak, raised more than $23,000 for Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake in Casco.

The funds help support and expand winter and spring programming at the camp.

For more details, call 655-3800 or go to


Planting trees

The Maine Downtown Center and the Maine Forest Service’s Project Canopy program will fund tree planting projects in five communities, including Saco, Norway, Belfast and Bath.

Saco will plant elm trees and Japanese lilacs along its Route 1 business district; Belfast will plant red maples as part of the city’s Harbor Walk project; and Bath will plant a total of 45 trees throughout the downtown.

Other grant applications are still pending review.

Project Canopy works to keep Maine’s communities green and livable by working with municipalities and non-profits to help manage public tree resources.


Targeting elder abuse

The York County Elder Abuse Task Force has received a $5,000 grant from the Huntington Common Charitable Fund to purchase hidden camera equipment and software intended to help York County police departments investigate suspected cases of elder abuse.

The task force is a group of committed professionals from law enforcement, social and legal services for the elderly, financial institutions and other fields that meet monthly to share knowledge and skills that serve as an elder abuse education and prevention resource.

For more details, call Eliot Police Officer Candice Simeoni at 439-1179.