Hunger program launched

A new program has been formed to supplement the Wiscasset school system’s free and reduced lunch program.

The Feed Our Scholars project aims to end hunger among the school’s neediest students by raising funds to support the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s weekend backpack project to send them home with some nutritious food rations each weekend.

Youth selected to receive the backpacks are discreetly chosen by school personnel from the towns of Westport Island, Wiscasset and Alna. Those chosen will only be known by the selecting individuals and their families.

The program is attempting to raise $10,000 to provide meals for 40 students, with more being added to the list of recipients as additional funds become available.

The cost is $6.50 per weekend packet, $25 per month or $125 per semester, per child to supply weekend meal packets as well as extended food supplies for weeklong school vacations.

Fundraisers, supporting the program, are scheduled and include a Spaghetti Supper & Silent Auction to be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Philip’s Church, at 12 Hodge St. Cost of the meal is $8 for adults and $4 for youth.

A 5K Family Fun Run/Walk also is planned for 9 a.m. May 4 at the Wiscasset Community Center.

For more details, go to http://feedourscholars.wordpress.com.


Girls to be cited

Hardy Girls Healthy Women will celebrate Maine girls this Friday and Saturday during its Sixth Annual Girls Rock! Weekend Awards Ceremony, that recognizes the accomplishments of five Maine girls.

Girls Rock! Weekend celebrates girls’ voices in art, music, literature, and society, and the awards honor girls who are using their voices in bold and powerful ways to make Maine a better place for all girls.

The Against All Odds Award winner, Adrienne Damicis, 17, is a senior at Scarborough High School.

Born with a congenital heart defect and a congenital limb difference, Damicis has not allowed her physical differences to affect her ability to become a role model and leader within her community.

Others to be honored are: Anne McIntire, Bailey Island, Title IX Championship Award for being a huge proponent in creating a girls varsity hockey team at Mt. Ararat High School; Derian Chenel Gatewood, Dexter, the Entrepreneurship Award for starting her own business and pledging 10 percent of her sales to Womancare, a local domestic violence agency; Jasmine and Christina Smedberg, Waterville, the Community Organization Award for taking a stand against bullying and organizing a community event to raise awareness; and Peyton Feener, Camden, the Healthy Advocacy Award for being a strong advocate for teen girls in areas of family planning and in the LGBT community.

To find out more about the Hardy Girls programs and events, visit www.hghw.org or call 861-8131.


Friends support library

Curtis Friends, a membership-supported nonprofit organization that raises funds to support programming and special projects at Curtis Memorial Library, announced the creation of a $10,000 Endowment Fund to support the ongoing operations and longevity of the library.

Curtis Friends board president Carrie Strasburger and vice president/president-elect Judith Redwine made the presentation to library director Elisabeth Doucett.


Posters on display

Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District announced the winners of its annual conservation poster contest.

The winning submissions are being displayed at First Bank NA, at 63 Union St., through April 22.

The contest is sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts, which each year sets a national stewardship theme. Winning posters in these categories advance to the state and national level contests.

A panel of judges selected the winning works from nearly 500 posters, based on their content, visual effectiveness, originality and universal appeal.

Elizabeth Flanagan, Grade 6, of Friendship Village, was the overall winner for the competition.

To view the complete list of winners and a slide show of winning posters, go to www.knox-lincoln.org./k-6-poster-contest/.


Video contest planned

The Lincoln County Health Literacy Partnership (LCHLP) is sponsoring a Teen2Teen VidFest, inviting Lincoln County teens to produce a short video that promotes healthy behavior in issues of tobacco use, distracted driving or bullying for a chance to win $1,000.

Youth, ages 13-19, who attend middle school, high school or home school in Lincoln County, are eligible to submit a 15, 30, or 60-second public service announcement.

Semifinalist videos will be screened at the Lincoln Theatre in Damariscotta at 7 p.m. May 6 with cash prizes awarded, including $500 and $250 for second and third place finishers.

The event will be free and open to all.

Entries must be received no later than 4 p.m. April 19 at: Lincoln County Healthcare Education Center, Attn: T2T VidFest, 66A Chapman St., Damariscotta, ME 04543.

For contest rules or additional information, call 563-4811 or email [email protected]


College cited for service

Saint Joseph’s College was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

In the application, Service Learning Coordinator Kimberly Post Rowe tracked both the academic and extracurricular programs within the Saint Joseph’s College community, reporting that 800 students engaged in service both in and out of the classroom over the course of the year, with a total of 12,856 service hours provided.

For more details, go to http://www.sjcme.edu/academics/service-learning.


DAR essay winner

Connor Simmons, a home schooled student from Friendship, was honored at the Maine State Organization of the Daughters of the American Revolution as the fifth grade state winner of the DAR American History Essay Contest.

Simmons and his family attended the March 16 banquet of the state DAR Conference in Auburn.

His winning essay was about Bernardo de Galvez, the Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory who helped George Washington’s troops during the Revolutionary War.


Service to veterans noted

Wells Junior High School has been selected to be a “Commemorative Partner” with the Defense Department’s Office of Commemorations in honoring American Vietnam Veterans.

Since 2007, the school has served as a regular stop for Wreaths Across America, a large convoy that annually carries thousands of holiday wreaths from the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington to Arlington National Cemetery and other locations.

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Peter Aylward, a consultant with the Department of Defense’s Office of Commemorations, spoke and presented the school with a commemorative flag and a certificate signed by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The flag will be displayed in the school’s cafeteria at WJHS.


Library trustees sought

The Governance Committee of the Topsham Public Library Board of Trustees seeks interested community members to fill two open board seats beginning in July.

The 12-member board is responsible for setting policy and overseeing overall operation of the library as implemented by library director Susan Preece.

Trustees serve three-year terms, meeting once monthly on the third Wednesday of each month, with additional time devoted to committee participation. Trustees may serve two consecutive three-year terms.

Applications are available at the library, at 25 Foreside Road, or on the website at www.topshamlibrary.org. They are due by May 25 and candidate interviews will be held by appointment on June 5.

For more details, call 725-1727 or email [email protected]


Recreation now online

The Sanford Parks and Recreation Department is now taking online registrations with online payment options.

Visitors to the new site at www.sanfordrec.com will find a new website designed to easily locate programs and fill in registration forms.

Those who routinely register for programs can now create a new account that permanently stores data, thus alleviating the need to fill out new forms in the future and providing recreation department staffers with emergency/medical contacts, allergy information and more.

Visitors to the site also can reserve facilities/fields for use throughout the summer for events such as weddings, family reunions, ball practices and more.


Students shows life smarts

Waynflete School has won Maine’s premiere LifeSmarts State Championship, a competitive educational program designed to develop consumer and marketplace skills of teens.

Sponsored locally by the Maine Jump$tart Coalition, the LifeSmarts competition is currently offered in 42 states.

Students are quizzed on their knowledge of personal finance and other life skills, including inpersonal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology and consumer rights and responsibilities.

Waynflete students recently competed against teams from Sanford High School, Woodland High School and the United Technology Center of Bangor. The even was held at Unum in Portland.

Steve Kautz, a Waynflete math and finance teacher and a 2013 recipient of the Maine Jump$tart Coalition Financial Educator of the Year Award, coached the team.

James Liu, a senior at Waynflete, served as team captain. Other team members were seniors Abdi Mohamud and Lily Collins and juniors Sam Freedman and Sally Li.

Waynflete will represent the state at the National LifeSmarts Competition April 20-23 in Atlanta, Ga.