Thornton grad wins contest

Jenn Jasmin Seneres, a 2012 graduate of Thornton Academy in Saco, has won first place in the eighth annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest for a drawing that depicts the potential outcome of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Seneres was selected as one of five first-place winners out of 125 entries in the contest, which was sponsored by the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein.

The contest asked students to come up with a creative message that warns their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving and distracted driving.

The contest is open to graduating high school seniors in Maine.

First-place winners receive a new laptop computer, second-place winners receive a new iPad, and third-place winners receive a new iPod. Every student who enters receives a gift bag of prizes from the firm.

For more details, visit the contest’s website at


Cafe raises funds for camp

A $365,000 donation from Tropical Smoothie Cafe to Camp Sunshine will provide camperships for more than 150 families of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Since 2008, the cafe has raised a total of nearly $1.5 million for the camp and its programs.

Camp Sunshine has offered recreational, medical and counseling services at no cost to more than 32,000 people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds since 1984.

For more details or to support Camp Sunshine, call 655-3800 or go to


Farms aid anti-hunger effort

Mainers Feeding Mainers, Good Shepherd Food-Bank’s farm partnership program, has provided more than 1.5 million pounds of locally sourced products for Mainers struggling with hunger since its launch in 2010.

This summer, 10 local farms are participating in the program’s farm-to-pantry model, providing Maine-grown foods directly to 60 food pantries and soup kitchens across the state.

Ten additional farms provide local foods to Good Shepherd’s three distribution centers in Auburn, Portland and Brewer.

Good Shepherd Food-Bank purchases the locally grown products, fish, cheese and meat for the program, with many farms also donating surplus products to support the hunger relief effort. The food bank then provides the items to its partner agencies free of charge.

The food bank expects to distribute 700,000 pounds of local foods through the program this year.

The food bank’s mobile food pantry also travels to underserved regions of the state with emergency food assistance.

For more details, call 782-3554 or go to