Donations help library

A $500 donation from the Norway Savings Bank will allow the Raymond Village Library to purchase new reading materials for its children’s collection.

Also, donations earlier this year from Hancock Lumber and Shed Happens helped the library realize its goal of having a new outbuilding on the property.

This new “Book Barn” will house donated materials for the library’s annual spring and summer book sales.


Bonny Eagle student elected

Bonny Eagle High School student Kelsey Sicard was elected recently to be 2013 Youth Governor for the YMCA Youth in Government program in Augusta.

Sicard is one of nine Bonny Eagle students to participate in the program, which gives high school students an opportunity to participate in the legislative process using the Maine Legislature as a model.

Other Bonny Eagle students participating with Sicard were: Deric Irish, Deven Thistlewood, Dan McCarthy, Erin Judge, Abby Ward, Rebecca Moss, Lauren Sharples and Kendyll Martin.

Sicard will attend the National YMCA Youth Governors Conference in Washington, D.C., next summer, where she will help plan next year’s Youth in Government program.

Bonny Eagle also received a Premiere Delegation Award for its participation in the program.


Spend a week on Hog Island

York County Audubon Society is seeking an educator or community leader to participate in a one-week program on Hog Island next summer.

The society will sponsor one participant for a weeklong “Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week” at Hog Island, off the midcoast from July 18 to 23.

The weeklong intensive is intended to provide experience and use it to teach others.

Complete information is available at www.yorkcountyaudubon.org and applications are due March 15.

The program will run from July 18 through July 23. The YCAS scholarship will pay up to $700 of the $1,000 cost for tuition, room, and board.

This past summer’s Hog Island scholarship winner was Kate Gerwig, a visual arts teacher at Biddeford Intermediate School. She provided a lively description of her program experience in an article for the Autumn 2012 issue of The Harlequin, the YCAS newsletter, which can be accessed through the YCAS website.

Since 1936, some of the world’s best-known naturalists taught thousands to protect birds and the environment. Roger Tory Peterson was among the first teachers on the 335-acre island. Rachel Carson described her visit to Hog Island in her landmark book, “Silent Spring.”


Bank boosts Learning Works

People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has awarded $5,000 to Learning Works.

Learning Works provides education and training for at-risk youth, immigrant/refugee communities and low-income families in Maine.

The grant will support the Youth Building Alternatives program, a mentoring initiative serving central and southern Maine high school dropouts ages 16 to 24.

Investing in boys and girls

Time Warner Cable has selected the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine as the recipient of its $2,000 robotics grant as part of a national pilot program involving FIRST and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Time Warner Cable will fund the pilot program at 20 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide, introducing new students to FIRST through its Connect a Million Minds philanthropic program.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine will host a team of seven club members in an effort to introduce youth to science, technology, engineering and math programs.

Team members recently built a Lego project for participation in the 2012 Maine First Lego League “Senior Solutions” Championship


Knitting for Waban

Walmart employee Marietta McNeil recently spent more than 50 hours knitting slippers for the children and adults at Waban while also generating additional funding in the amount of $500 for Waban residents through her efforts.

McNeil annually provides hand-knitted slippers, hats and mittens for Waban residents through Walmart’s “Volunteerism Always Pays” Program.

For every 25 hours of time McNeil donates to the project, she earns $250 to be given to the non-profit organization of her choice.

The slippers were distributed to residents in Waban homes and some to families served by Children’s Case Management.