Skillins receives Habitat award

Organizers for the Falmouth Family and Pet Walk recently presented Skillins Greenhouses with the Falmouth Friends of Habitat award.

Skillins Greenhouses has been a loyal supporter of Habitat for Humanity for many years, as well as several Falmouth churches that form the core of support for Habitat in Falmouth.


Students donate to canine rescue

Cheverus High School students participating in the freshman formation seminar recently donated $500 to the Maine Chapter of Canine Commitment, an all-breed canine rescue group.

The organization is dedicated to saving lives and finding homes for stray, abandoned and surrendered puppies and dogs.

For more information about the group, go to www.caninecommitmentme.org.

Food drive raises $19,300

The 7th Annual Feed ME Food Drive collected more than 11,500 pounds of food and cash donations totaling $19,300 for the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

Radio personalities from WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2 collected donations from the public at five Hannaford supermarkets.


Large animal rescue training

The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals will host a technical large animal emergency rescue training event from June 30 to July 2.

Dr. Tomas Gimenez and Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, national leaders in the field of technical large animal emergency rescue, will teach participants lifesaving strategies for people, horses, cows, llamas and other large animals in crisis circumstances. Participants will receive classroom instruction and hands-on experience.

The classroom portion of the training will be held at Windham High School. The hands-on portion of the training will be held at its barn on Gambo Road.

For more information and to register, call 892-3040.


Outreach project receives grant

Maine Archives and Museums was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Davis Family Foundation for the Maine Cultural Institutions Outreach Project.

The grant will fund approximately 12 daylong workshops. Possible topics include interpretive planning, exhibit development, marketing and social networking.

The future workshops will be posted at www.mainemuseums.org.


Train service resumes for season

The Maine Eastern Railroad has begun offering passenger excursion service for its ninth consecutive season.

The full-time, year-round freight rail operation runs on 57 miles of state-owned tracks using restored, full-sized, standard gauge vintage equipment.

Operating between Brunswick and Rockland, the train traverses four counties and a dozen individual towns and cities along the Maine coast.

The 2012 Maine Eastern schedule will offer passenger service Wednesday through Saturday beginning June 20 with two roun-trips per day.

For more details, go to www.maineeasternrailroad.com or call 596-6725.


Eagle Scout work helps library

Caleb Hasty, 15, of Standish has earned Eagle Scout status in the Boy Scouts of America organization.

In 2011, Hasty oversaw the design and installation of a new exterior sign and flagpole at the library, illuminated by energy saving, solar-accent lights.

Hasty also worked with area businesses and organizations to install a circle and pathway of stone pavers at the flagpole’s base and recruited a local garden club to plant flowers and shrubs in a raised bed to make the area more aesthetically appealing.

The final component of Hasty’s project was to replace the handrails on the library’s front stairs and handicap accessibility ramp, that were rotting and splintered.

The entire project was funded by $2,200 in donations and a bottle drive.

Hasty also recruited nearly 30 individuals to help.

An official first flag raising ceremony was held in October.


Nurses make ‘heart’ donation

Nurses from Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook recently presented a check for $1,000 to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Portland.

The gift is part of an annual tradition by the hospital’s nursing staff to show support for the community in honor of National Nurses Week, which was held May 6 through 12.


Bonny Eagle Students win athletic citizenship awards

Bonny Eagle High School senior athletes Anthony Ciampi and Jessica MacDonald recently received Southern Maine Athletic Association Student Citizenship Awards after being nominated by their coaches for qualities of citizenship, leadership, and academic effort within their school community.


Cheverus students help Friendship House

The Cheverus High School track team recently completed a service project at the Friendship House on Lincoln Street in South Portland.

The track team gathered household supplies, personal care items, gift cards, clothing and other items to support the residents Friendship House, who are recovering from substance abuse issues.


Students participate in Hike through History events

Ringing a factory bell that once summoned youth before there were child labor laws, reciting classroom curricula from the 1800s, shelling peas and scrubbing clothes in a washtub as immigrant families of 100 years ago did were some of the activities that nearly 600 South Berwick Central School elementary students participated recently as part of a Hike through History event. 

Those students toured historic sites in southern Maine and New Hampshire, 16 of which were transformed into interactive, living history sites featuring characters portrayed by about 190 Grade 8 students from Marshwood Middle School. 

The event was held in collaboration with the Old Berwick Historical Society and led by teachers, older students and volunteers.