New scholarships for adults

The Maine Development Foundation and the Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management have announced a new scholarship program, the Next Step Scholarship Fund, benefiting adult and nontraditional-age students.

Applications for the awards, which range from $1,000 to $2,500, are being accepted for the 15 to 17 available scholarships that will be given to employees who are pursuing a college degree or industry certification and are considered promising contributors to the companies or organizations they work for.

Applications must be submitted by employers, who can nominate eligible employees.

Submission deadline is March 22.

For more details or to get an online form, go to


Lobster fest gives to school

Maine Lobster Festival Vice President Brian Plourde recently presented Oceanside High School East Principal Tom Forti with a $500 donation to the Oceanside High School Backpack Program from proceeds it raised during its recent five-day festival.

The backpack program helps defray the cost of providing food, supplies and family necessities to RSU 13 high school students.

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Microchipping for pets

A Micro Chips & Chocolate Chips fundraiser, hosted by the Loyal Biscuit Co. recently, has raised $811 benefiting the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County.

During the event, more than 25 dogs and cats were tagged with rice-sized encoded identification devices.

Embedded at the scruff of a pet’s neck, the microchip units yield crucial information on a pet’s identification and history when scanned by veterinarians and other agencies.

Another scanning implant event is planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 at the Loyal Biscuit Camden location at 39 Mechanic St., Knox Mill.

This micro-chipping clinic is $25, and all proceeds benefit PMHSKC.

There is no appointment necessary.

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Good deeds for steeds

The Windham Knights of Columbus has presented Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center with a check for $500 to support its ongoing equine therapy programs for people with disabilities.

Clients work as a team with certified instructors, specially trained volunteers and therapeutic riding horses.

The community-based nonprofit receives no federal or state funding and provides scholarships to over 60 percent of its clients.

For more details, call 892-2813 or go to


Hoopsters raise funds

Wells junior and senior high school basketball team players raised $30,401 benefiting York Hospital’s Breast Cancer Living Well Fund.

The money was raised mainly through three events: pledges secured for a “Shootin for a Cure” basketball event, which earned more than $23,000; via a golf tournament held in the fall of 2012; and through sales of pink commemorative bracelets and T-shirts at a basketball game.

According to WHS Girls Basketball Coach Don Abbott, chief organizer of Shootin’ for a Cure, the Wells Ladies Warrior teams have raised $87,000 on behalf of the hospital since January of 2010.


Speak-Out winners chosen

Massabesic High School student McKenzi Stevens has won top honors in the Lions Club Speak-Out Contest for a speech she wrote and delivered detailing the treatment of military veterans during and after their service to our country.

Other top winners of the contest, held Feb. 12 at Massabesic High School, were Jane Pettit, who placed second for her essay on texting and close friendships, and Jackie Stolo, who placed third for her speech of poetic verse expressing her feelings about leaving home and family for college.

Cash prizes were awarded to all winners of the contest, which asked each participating student to write a five-minute essay detailing the topic of their choice and give an oral delivery before a panel of judges.

Winning students will advance to the Regional Speak-Out contest, set for Thursday, to compete against students sponsored by other Lions Clubs in the region.

The winner of that contest will continue on to compete at the state level.


School honor flag raised

The Bonny Eagle Middle School’s Honor Flag recently was raised to salute Bonny Eagle Middle School 2013 Scholastic Writing Award Winners Ronahn Clarke, Kasey Grant, Jennifer Turner and Sydney Atkinson for their submissions to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Dating from 1923, the awards have been presented to a number of noteworthy past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.


Kids collect 52,708 pennies

St. John Catholic School students spent the past few weeks collecting all the pennies they could find.

Their efforts yielded a total of 52,708 pennies to help the “Pennies for Patients” Program of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a nonprofit health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.

For more details, call 725-5507.


Bee winners announced

Sea Road School fifth-grader Ethan Leonard has won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee.

Fellow Grade 5 students Braeden Stephenson and Rory Sheehan earned second and third place, respectively.

Leonard must now take a written test to determine if he can advance to the State Level Bee, which will be held on April 5 and is open to the top 100 scorers from across the state.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 20-22.

The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Teacher gets biking award

Kennebunk Elementary School physical education teacher Diane Dyer has received the Next Generation Award from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine for outstanding efforts in engendering a love of bicycling in Maine children.

Dyer has worked diligently to amass a fleet of 24 bicycles for the “Bikes in PE” curriculum and the “After School Bikes” programs she created.

Both programs regularly access the new Eastern Trail, which runs directly alongside the school property.

All bicycles were purchased at the Kennebunkport Bicycle Company, with funding provided through the local PTA, KEPTA, the Ed Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel and a Safe Routes to Schools grant.

Last spring, Dyer started a weekly after-school biking class with 10 second- and third-grade students regularly hitting the trail.

For more details, call 985-4402.

Burns wins Principal’s Award

Kennebunk High School senior John Burns has been selected to receive the 2013 Maine Principals’ Association Principal’s Award.

This award is given annually to seniors in more than 140 Maine public and private high schools in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and citizenship.

As a member of the school’s Captains’ Club and Peer Helpers, Burns has spearheaded schoolwide projects such as the fundraiser for the 9/11 Child Orphan Fund, the ceremony to honor veterans on 9/11, and pep rallies and assemblies that recognize KHS students.

Burns has contributed over 300 hours to tutor other students and assist teachers during his high school career.

He was the recipient of the Faculty Book Award at the end of his junior year and belongs to the National Honor Society.

A standout soccer goalie, Burns was a captain of the varsity soccer team, the recipient of the team’s Coach’s Award, and the league’s John Kostopolous Memorial Award.

He was named the Western Maine All-State Goalkeeper in 2012 and a member of the All-Academic Team for three years in a row.

Burns is the son of Sheryl and Bob Burns of Kennebunk.  

KHS team triumphs

One of Kennebunk High School’s Titan Challenge Teams took first place in the statewide Titan Challenge Competition at the University of New England recently. 

Team members Nate Gilbert, Robby Burns and Steven Price of KHS took first place in the state; each received a $1,000 scholarship for use at the college of their choice. 

Held on college campuses around the state, the challenge brought teams together to compete using a daylong business strategy competition sponsored by The Maine Junior Achievement as part of Maine Entrepreneurship Week. 

The competition is designed to unleash creativity, test leadership and demonstrate the competitive nature of the global marketplace.  


Rotary Club induction held

The Rotary Club of Breakwater Daybreak, South Portland-Cape Elizabeth recently inducted four new members:

Abbey Forcier, Au.D., Fagan Center for Audiology;

Adam Rothbart, financial services manager., Amy Alward Agency;

Russell Strout, site director, Husson University; and

David McKenna Jr., Noyes, Hall & Allen Insurance.

Rotarians are business and civic leaders who address local needs and work with communities by providing opportunities for scholarships, youth programs, support to the elderly and families in need.

Internationally Rotarians meet humanitarian needs such as basic education, water and sanitation, and disease prevention.