Library prepares for auction

Falmouth Memorial Library has begun to collect original works of art for its annual “Beauty and the Books” silent auction, scheduled for March 4 to 28.

A variety of art and craft work will be offered for sale, including paintings, photographs, jewelry, quilts, scarves and bowls that will be displayed throughout the library.

A grand finale will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. March 8. Refreshments will be served. For more details, call 781-2351.


Firsthand history lesson

Bonny Eagle High School English and journalism teacher Joanne Lannin turned her trip to President Obama’s inauguration into a virtual field trip for her students by creating a blog on the student newspaper website and by Skyping with her students from Washington, D.C., during her journey.

Lannin secured tickets to the swearing-in ceremony from Bonny Eagle alumnus Joe Marro, an aide to U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree. Steven Murphy, another alumnus who edited the school newspaper, also attended the inauguration. He is an intern at Pingree’s office in Washington.

Murphy, who attends American University in Washington, D.C., and is majoring in journalism and international relations, was part of a group of 11 BEHS students who attended Obama’s first inauguration four years ago.

Bonny Eagle art teacher Peg Maxwell also attended the inauguration.


‘Fiasco’ gets serious

The Gelato Fiasco donated $1,003.44 to emergency heating assistance from money it raised during a Jan. 16 Scooping for Community event.

The donation will support The Opportunity Alliance’s Keep ME Warm Fund for Cumberland County.

Since October 2012, the charity events have raised more than $4,000 for Cumberland County-based schools and non-profit organizations.


Students excel at foul line

Wells Junior High School seventh- grade students Anya Chase and Mitchell Libby placed at the state level in the Elks National “Hoop Shoot” Free Throw Contest, held Jan. 27 at Bangor High School.

Chase placed third in the Girls 12 and 13 division, scoring 20 out of 25 foul shots.

Libby, in a similar division for boys, placed second after sinking 18 out of 25 foul shots.

Chase and Libby each placed first in their respective divisions in the coastal district portion of this contest held at Wells Junior High School.


Team masters world affairs

Lake Region High School students placed first among high school teams in the recently held Maine Academic WorldQuest Competition, an event testing students’ knowledge of international affairs, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Maine.

Twenty-six teams, including high school, college and cooperate groups competed at the event, hosted Feb. 6 at Greely High School in Cumberland.

Lake Region WorldQuest advisers were Scott Nye and Jennie Burnette, who oversaw four teams from the school.

The winning team, comprised of students Amina Meziani, Mizuki Ishida, Sage Tocci and Mackenzie McHatton, clinched the victory in a “sudden death” round to break a tie.

As Maine High School champions, the Lake Region team earned the opportunity to compete at the national competition in Washington, D.C., this spring. They will first have to secure funding for the journey.

Students spent five months studying with teacher-advisers to prepare for the competition.


Scholarships available

The York County Retired Educators Association is accepting applications, through April 22, to be considered for a 2013 Future Educators Scholarship.

The association will award two high school and one community college scholarship, valued at $1,500, for students pursuing an education major.

A list of requirements is available at York County secondary school guidance departments.

For more details, call Ruth Madden at 883-5991.

Top speller crowned

Berwick Academy sixth-grader Bryce Morales has won the York County Spelling Bee for the second year running.

Saco Middle School sixth-grader Virginia Bradford of placed second and Wells Junior High School sixth-grader Spencer Poulin came in third.

The county-level bee hosted 22 contestants from 11 schools, including home schools.

Morales will next participate in the State Spelling Bee, set for March 30 at the University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall. Bradford will serve as alternate.


Group offers emergency aid

The Southern Maine Community Organizations Active in Disasters, a collection of agencies and individuals from Cumberland and York Counties, has signed an agreement with the Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency to establish volunteer reception centers in the event of a major disaster.

Those centers will manage the influx of spontaneous volunteers who come forward to offer help after a major disaster.

They will provide a place where large numbers of volunteers can efficiently be processed and referred to agencies needing their services after a disaster.

This process provides an easy way to register volunteers and manage requests for volunteers from the community.

For more details, go to www.southernmainecoad.org or email [email protected]


Reiche pupils support cause

Students at Reiche Community School in Portland have raised $,1264.18 to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, which is located in the West End neighborhood.

Reiche students raised the funds through a raffle and a silent auction.