Child-care providers can get a visit from librarian

Child-care providers in Gorham can request a visit from the North Gorham librarian twice a month on Thursday mornings.

The librarian will give a 45-minute program of stories and a craft activity designed for children ages 3 to 6 years old. To be eligible for the free program, you must be a Gorham resident, have between four and seven children, and live within approximately five miles of the library.

For more information, call 892-2575.


The Cumberland County Jail is holding a car wash from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at 50 County Way to raise money for one of its officers battling cancer.

Joseph Dahms, a correctional officer in Portland, was diagnosed with Stage III cancer in June. Proceeds of the event will help offset his medical expenses.

For more information and to make a donation, go to www.payitsquare.com/collect-page/6675.

Police Department will hold rape defense classes

The Portland Police Department is holding its Rape Aggression Defense training class for women later this month. Women will learn how to avoid dangerous situations and escape them. The class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 11, 13, 18, and 20; and from 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 22 at the police department, 109 Middle St. A donation of $25 is suggested for the course.

All donations support the Amy St. Laurent Fund, which sponsors the trainings. To sign up for the class, email [email protected] or call 874-8643.

METRO to offer school year discounts for students

The Greater Portland Transit District METRO will offer discounted fares during the school year for students in kindergarten through grade 12 in Portland, Westbrook and Falmouth. Students can ride METRO buses for $1 throughout the school year using a current student photo ID. The regular fare is $1.50.

For more information, go to www.gpmetrobus.com.


Thornton Academy begins year with new school head

Thornton Academy alumnus Rene Menard returns to the campus as the new Head of School.

Menard, TA Class of 1988, replaces longtime headmaster Carl Stasio, who retired in July. Menard holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Southern Maine and a master’s degree in teaching and learning, as well as a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership.

Menard previously taught history and was a coach, class adviser and dorm parent at Fryeburg Academy. Menard resides on campus with his wife, Lisa, and two children.

For more details, call Patricia Erikson at 602-4448 or email [email protected]


Food bank launches new seniors assistance program

Good Shepherd Food Bank launched a new program to reach seniors in need of food assistance thanks to the support of Kennebunk Savings Bank Foundation. The food bank will host 12 Senior Food Mobile distributions in York County to visit low-income senior housing complexes and other sites where seniors congregate to deliver nutritious food.

The food bank also has partnered with Partners for a Hunger-Free York County, AARP, Caring Unlimited, and York County Community Action to provide participating seniors with information on other community resources available to them.

Senior Food Mobile outings will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at Sunset Towers, 941 Main St., Sanford, and on Oct. 9 at Good Shepherd Parish at 41 Sullivan St., Biddeford. For more details, call Shannon Coffin at 782-3554 ext. 1163 or email [email protected]


Bonny Eagle High welcomes more than 300 new students

Bonny Eagle High School welcomed more than 300 new students during the traditional Freshmen Orientation Day on Aug. 27. The students participated in a variety of activities intended to acquaint them with the school campus and services.

The new students visited an Activities Fair to learn about the clubs, sports, and activities available. They also were treated to a picnic lunch cooked by the staff.