A voice for victims of Sandy

A Scarborough youth is being praised for her giving spirit.

Elizabeth Albahary, a Scarborough grade school student, recently donated a $50 cash prize she won in a singing contest to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Elizabeth was moved to help the hurricane relief effort after watching the nationally televised “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” benefit for the American Red Cross’ Real Heroes relief efforts that aired Nov. 2.

Two weeks later, after winning the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Maine Chapter Singing Competition at Bates College, Elizabeth immediately asked her mom if she could donate the money to help with American Red Cross efforts.

For more details, call Jason Shedlock at 523-5124 or visit


Bikes for day camp

Saco Parks & Recreation, in cooperation with the Eastern Trail Alliance, is raising funds to purchase 25 bikes for its day camp and after-school programs to use on the trail.

The first 15 bikes for the program were delivered to Saco youth at the Community Center on Nov. 16.

Now the partnership is attempting to raise another $2,000 to buy 10 more bikes for the program.

For more details on how to get involved, call Melissa Field 229-7136.


Big Brothers celebration

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine donors gathered recently to celebrate the second annual Start Something Big Event.

PowerPay, once again, hosted the event, which raised more than $4,000 for BBBS of Southern Maine.

Together, PowerPay and BBBS of Southern Maine formed a community partnership in 2008 through PowerPay’s GIVE Program.

The arrangement enables participating merchants to join a charitable campaign that benefits BBBS of Southern Maine — at no cost to the merchant — simply by processing credit card transactions through a PowerPay merchant account.

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Schools recognize Rotary

The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District Committee recognized the contributions of the Wells Rotary Club on behalf of the school district.

Examples of the Rotary Club’s generosity to the district include the donation of funds for scholarships, financial support for the construction of a concession stand near the athletic fields of Wells High School and, this fall, a donation to help four Wells High School students attend Rotary International United Nations Day in New York City.


NYA pupil wins contest

North Yarmouth Academy fifth- grader Elizabeth Gagnon, of Cumberland, has won first place in Gorham Savings Bank’s “Anything is Possible” contest for a poster design she created themed “Heart Hands: I can do anything, anywhere, anyplace, doesn’t matter my skin, my color, my face!”

Bank President Chris Emmons presented Gagnon with a check for $1,000 recently during a surprise all-school assembly in the North Yarmouth Academy Gymnasium.

The funds will be used to help expand educational programs, plan field trips and purchase supplies for Gagnon and her Grade 5 classmates.

Gagnon’s design also will appear on reusable shopping bags to be given away at Gorham Savings Bank branches, while supplies last.

The poster contest invited local fifth-graders from more than 20 schools to participate by creating a poster depicting what is possible with hard work, dedication and imagination. Community members voted for their favorite designs online.

In addition to the prize money, Gorham Savings also will donate $250 to the class for them to use in a meaningful way in the community.

For more details, call 847-5423 or go to