Scholarship application

Applications are being accepted through June 30 for high school seniors who wish to be considered to receive the Ethel “Billie” Gammon History Education Scholarship.

The $1,000 award is named for Gammon, founder of the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center.

Applicants must submit a 300- to 500-word essay detailing how Norlands has impacted their interests or life plans.

The forms are available online at

The recipient will be notified by Aug. 1.


Student exchange

Families are needed to host 14 students from Kennebunk High School’s sister school in Tangshan, China, who will travel to Kennebunk from July 16 to 21 to participate in a summer camp at KHS.

Host families will meet their students on July 16 during a welcome ceremony and dinner.

Host families should call Susan Cressey at 985-1110 or email [email protected]

New bikes for students

The grant writing efforts of Kennebunk Elementary School physical education teacher Diane Dyer have secured a fleet of new bicycles for Kennebunk Elementary School students.

Three of the bikes were purchased by a Safe Routes to Schools Grant and the remaining 21 cycles were bought with donations from the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel.

These bikes will be used during physical education classes and for teachers to sign up to use on the Eastern Trail that connects to the school property via a spur trail.

Grade 3 students recently used their new wheels to participate in a promotional bike ride on the Eastern Trail to Biddeford and back.

Student honors

Middle School of the Kennebunks students Rosemary Crimp and Casey Pyle were recently honored as Middle Level Scholar Leaders at the 13th Annual Middle Level Scholar Leaders Awards Banquet held May 17 at the Augusta Civic Center.

The two were recognized for their academic initiative and demonstrated leadership in the classroom and school community.


Poetry Slam winners

The top three winners in the Wells Junior High School’s premiere Grade 8 Poetry Slam included: Original Solo Performance — Emma Huber-Young, Olivia Holdsworth and Alayna Iriana; Recited Poem — Zach Villemaire and Elaina Dorsey; Original Group Performance — Mark Brewster and Justin Villemaire, Mrs. Esch’s Block 2 (team members Phenix Dewhurst, Olivia Holdsworth, Harrison Woodman, Julia Michie, Sam Onion and Kate Macolini) and Sam Sayward and Cody Cousins.


Students’ hero project completed

Noble High School senior students recently capped a several-months-long “Heroes Project” by honoring 23 local residents whose lives and efforts have directly affected the community. 

Those honorees included: North Berwick Police Chief Stephen Peasley; Berwick Police Officer Milton Fogg; Ret. Rochester, N.H., Police Officer Jeff Taylor; teachers Stacy Bradburn, Cynthia Plaisted and Jen England; Hondurun daycare and orphanage Founder Sharon Beckwith;  a North Berwick Giving Tree program coordinator known anonymously as “Mrs. Claus”; New Covenant Baptist Church Food Pantry Volunteer Mary Craig; Hussey Seating Company C.E.O. Tim Hussey; Noble High School Wrestling Coach Kip DeVoll; local moms Anne Doucette and Cindy Doucette; Autism Advocate Gary Grover; Youth mentors the Horton Family of Lebanon; Home Health Aide Jana Merrithew; North Berwick Parks and Recreation Director Kristie Michaud; Noble alum and Ecuador community service program worker Heather Kryzak; North Berwick Community Closet Founder Una Stenerud; Northern Explosion Dance Studio Director Heather Torno; Noble High School graduates Nick Tucker and Sam Rouleau; and Dr. David Yarian.

Each of the heroes was honored with a short presentation detailing their work at a special luncheon and ceremony. They also received a copy of the book that the students wrote about their projects.

The students also created a website honoring these heroes. Check it out at


Students honored by Kiwanis Club

The Kiwanis Honors Recognition Ceremony was held recently at Bonny Eagle High School Gymnasium.

Honored for remaining in the honor roll for three ranking quarters were 79 freshman, 69 sophomores, 43 juniors and 65 seniors.

The recipients of the 2012 scholarships also were announced and include the $1,000 Guy Wescott Award to Jesse Jordan, the $1,000   Wesley Dolloff Award to Sara Clark, the $1,000 Russell Jenkins Award to Emily Martin; the $2,000 Dan Weston Award to Cody Pratt; and the $500 Bonny Eagle Community Service Award to Matthew Payeur.


Leader nominations

Midcoast Leadership Academy is seeking nominations for its fifth annual leader training program, to begin in September.

The academy aims to develop and refine the skills of existing and emerging community leaders by addressing regional issues and building a leaders network throughout Knox and Waldo counties to positively impact the economic and cultural quality of life in the Midcoast area.

The guest faculty for those sessions is drawn from the worlds of academia, business, government, consulting and non-profit sectors.

Past MLA graduates are encouraged to nominate people they feel would benefit from the program and contribute to the network. Self nominations also will be accepted.
Application deadline is July 15.

Participant will be responsible for $250 of the $1,000 enrollment fee. Grant and donation income will pay the difference.

A limited number of partial scholarships may be available.

For more details, call Nancy Boyington at 338-8002.


BRAG receives grant

The Bridgton Recreation Advancement Group (BRAG) has received $50,000 from the Kendal C. and Anna Ham Charitable Foundation to continue efforts on Bridgton’s Ham Recreation Complex.

This financial support is part of the matching grant applied for by the group.

BRAG has been working for a decade to realize a state-of-the-art community recreation complex for Bridgton residents. Recent additions to the project include the seeding of grass on 19 acres of playing surface, construction of two Cal Ripken Baseball fields, a Babe Ruth Baseball field and the Laurie Carter Bergen Memorial Softball Field. Those fields have been entirely fenced in with eight dugouts constructed by local contractors and funded by donations from local business. Soccer and multi-purpose fields are already in place.

The next phase of construction will be to add basketball and tennis courts, a concessions stand, a playground and a parking lot as funds become available.

For more details, email [email protected] or go to


Boys to attend ‘Dirigo’ program

Bonny Eagle High School students Paul Druchniak, Tyler Gamblin, Matthew Hoyt, Dan McCarthy and Spencer Hugo-Vidal have been selected by Standish Memorial Post 128 to attend the 65th annual American Legion Dirigo Boys State program, unfolding from June 17-27 at Thomas College in Waterville.

The program is intended to provide Maine juniors with hands-on experiences in how governments are run, from campaigning for offices to carrying out the daily functions of state government.

The students were nominated by BEHS faculty based on their leadership, character and service to the school and community.