Cosmetologists wanted

The American Cancer Society is looking for licensed cosmetologists in York County who are interested in becoming trained volunteers for its “Look Good Feel Better” program.

The program is a free, national public service program that helps women cancer patients improve their appearance and self-image by teaching them hands-on beauty techniques to manage appearance side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Hair stylists, wig experts and estheticians are invited to a free training session from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 22 at Southern Maine Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive.

For more details or to register, call Nicole Heanssler at 373-3701 or email [email protected]

Tech center cites pair

Biddeford Regional Center of Technology has named Christina Oliver, from Business & Financial Management studies, and Emily Doyon, from the Drafting-Engineering & Architecture program, as students of the month for January.

Each received a cash award from the Bank of Maine.

Other students who were nominated for the award were Alyssa Baldino, Brenden Dugal, Dominic Falzone, Mariah Gagne, Cheryl MacDonald, Hunter Parenteau and Sara Scott.

Bank opening helps hospital

Biddeford Savings Bank celebrated the opening of its newest branch on Route 111 recently with a $2,500 donation to Southern Maine Medical Center.

The funds will be used to buy 400 newborn sleep sacks to send home with all babies born at the hospital.

The sacks, known as wearable blankets, act as a preventive measure against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has strongly discouraged the use of loose blankets for newborns and infants because they can easily cover a baby’s face during sleep, which may create the compromised breathing associated with SIDS.

The units feature an inverted zipper for easy diapering. They ensure babies stay safely warm all night while making it difficult for them to climb out of their cribs.

SMMC also received individual donations toward the purchase of the sleep sacks, including from the American Baptist Women’s Ministries.


Event features book drive

The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District’s annual Celebration of Reading Day event, held recently, featured 28 guest readers who visited with Wells Elementary School students in their classrooms to read such timeless children’s classic as “Make Way for Ducklings” and “The Cat in the Hat.”

This year’s event featured a book drive to collect new or gently used children’s books for libraries and day care centers damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Books collected will be shipped to the Bridges of Books Foundation with the cost for shipping to be paid by the Rotary Club of Wells.

Performance noted in Sports Illustrated

Wells High School senior and indoor track team member Denzel Tomaszewski was featured in the March 4 edition of Sports Illustrated magazine.

Tomaszewski was featured in the magazine’s ‘Faces in the Crowd’ column that highlights exceptional performances around the country.

Tomaszewski set a state record of 6.46 seconds in the 55-meter dash and was voted by league coaches as the Western Maine Conference Championship’s Most Valuable Male Track Athlete for the second year running.

Tomaszewski also placed fourth at the New England Indoor Track & Field Championship recently and ran the 60-meter dash in 7.15 seconds at the New Balance Indoor Track & Field Championships in New York City in 2012.

Last spring, Tomaszewski was named Liberty Mutual Athlete of the Month for his sportsmanship on and off the field, academic achievement and performance on the Wells team.


Valls, Hussey top citizens

Kennebunk High School senior students Jace Valls and Olivia Hussey were named the school’s 2013 Citizenship Award winners.

Valls is an Academic Athlete for football, wrestling and lacrosse and was named to the SMAA All Academic Football Team in 2012.

A member of the National Honor Society and the KHS Captains’ Club and a leadership group at Kennebunk High School, Valls also is a winner of the St. Michael’s Book Award.

Hussey, previously elected Youth Governor of Maine and a delegate to attend the Youth Conference on National Affairs in North Carolina, also is a class officer and a member of the Student Senate, Mock Trial and Future Business Leaders of America. She is president of the National Honor Society, secretary of Student Council, president of the Political Affairs Club and vice president of the KHS Model United Nations group.

A Colby Book Award recipient, Hussey also has served as a Peer Helper and a People to People student ambassador.

Sea Road math team excels

Members of the Sea Road School math team recently tied for first place among fifth graders at the third Southern Maine Elementary Math League for the 2012-13 season.

Notable individual achievements included Julia Connolly and Mia Banglmaier, who both earned fifth-place spots in the competition.


Big year for heating help

Casco Cares recently received a $1,000 donation to its fuel assistance program from the Casco Fire Association.

Casco Cares is a non-profit, charitable organization formed in 2010 to provide one-time fuel assistance in each designated heating year to Casco residents who have exhausted other sources of heating aid and find themselves in an emergency situation.

Forty-one clients have received emergency fuel for 2012-13, double the number of applicants who were assisted in 2011-12.


Recycling efforts rewarded

The Sacopee Valley Middle School Recycling Committee, of Hiram, and the Sacopee Valley Health Center, of Porter, have won Community eco-Excellence Awards for 2013 for their efforts to preserve local ecology by ecomaine, a nonprofit municipally owned single-sort recycling and waste-to-energy operation.

The Middle School Recycling Committee was nominated for inspiring grade 8 students to take the lead on recycling efforts at the school, where they make weekly announcements on TV2 to remind and encourage everyone to participate.

The Sacopee Valley Health Center also was chosen for its recycling efforts that include the extra effort of first shredding papers with confidential information.

A luncheon was held at the ecomaine offices in Portland to honor winners from 22 municipalities.

Each winner was presented with a framed award.

For a complete list of winning entries, contact Shelley Dunn at [email protected] or call 773-1738.


Speak-Out winner named

Massabesic High School senior student Olivia Bradley won the Lions Club Region 1 Speak-Out contest, held March 12 at the Massabesic Lions Club.

Bradley, who was sponsored by the Lyman-Dayton Lions Club, was one of five finalists, each of whom were sponsored by different Lions Clubs in the region.

Bradley’s five-minute talk covered the lack of knowledge concerning world geography. Contestants were judged on presentation, articulation and appearance.

Bradley advances to the Lions District Convention in Auburn on May 3, 4 and 5.