Rotarians seek sponsors for ‘Walk for Peace’ participants

Rotary District 7780 is seeking sponsorships for 300 Rotarians who plan to participate in the “100 Kilometers Walk For Peace” event, slated for Oct. 6-8 beginning at Thornton Academy in Saco and including sections of the Eastern Trail.

The Rotary Foundation hopes to raise $30,000 to support several of its fundamental programs to raise awareness of peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health basic education and literacy; economic and community development.

Ambassadors will walk a portion of the “Walk For Peace” while others in countries like Brazil, Germany, France, Belgium and Chile will be symbolically walking with us to illustrate global fellowship.

For more details, go to www.rotarywalkforpeace.com.


Biddeford-Saco Chamber names scholarship winners

The Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce & Industry has announced the recipients of its Third Annual Aaron Drisko Memorial Scholarships.

Adrienne Bowe of Biddeford High School, Kayla Gonneville of Biddeford Center of Technology and Heather Currier of Thornton Academy each received a $500 check to be used toward their college expenses.


Library renovation fund gets $50,000 boost from Kings

A $50,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation will further renovation work at the newly relocated South Berwick Library.

Since moving into the former St. Michael’s Church on Young Street last March, the library staff has been operating out of a small addition adjacent to the structure’s sanctuary until renovations can be completed to convert the structure into a fully functioning library.

The Kings’ donation is earmarked to install bookshelves in the empty Great Hall of the old church building.

Most of the library’s books are now being stored in boxes in the church basement.

The grant brings the total raised by the Friends of the South Berwick Library’s capital campaign to $655,000, or 60 percent of the group’s pledged $1.1 million renovation fund.

Future construction proposals include the insulation of the foundation, adding a bathroom in the children’s area, adding a stairway to the former choir loft and eventual completion of the loft for use as a reading area.

The campaign committee continues to meet with prospective donors and conduct varied fundraisers in hopes of securing funding to realize those projects.