Ed tech’s work recognized

The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District School Committee recognized special education technician Bailey Johnson at its March meeting for her tireless efforts on behalf of the school body.

Johnson was honored for her work in the Bridges Program at Wells Junior High School and for her extracurricular involvement with the WJHS Chorus, Color Guard, Parade Guard and newly created Winter Guard.

Johnson has also provided musical direction for several musical productions at the school.

Johnson received a certificate honoring her work, including for a vocal group she helped to form called Encore. They have performed at various venues in Wells and other locales, including recently at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Johnson also is a youth pastor and worship team member at the Ogunquit Baptist Church.

Johnson is a 2006 alumna and a current student at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Student’s mandala a winner

Wells High School junior Madilin Pagliarulo is the recipient of a Silver Key award in the Digital Media category of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for 2013.

Pagliarulo’s winning entry, the result of an assignment in AP Studio Art class, is an example of an ancient Oriental, Hindu and Buddhist visual art form known as mandala, a duplication of a manipulated image multiple times with the resulting duplicates formed into a geometric (often circular) design.

Pagliarulo is a second-year AP Studio Art student.

Silver Key and Gold Key are placement levels in the regional portion of the Scholastic Art & Writing contest, which is open to middle and high school students.

Five selected for music fest

Five Wells Junior High Grade 6 music students were selected to participate in the Maine Music Educators Association District One Honors Festival at Old Orchard Beach High School recently.

Chorus members Abigale Vigue, Delaney Bailey and Lily Iannillo attended with band members Kiah Holdsworth and Grace Campanella. Students were selected from schools all over the southern part of the state to come together with guest conductors to participate in morning rehearsals and perform an afternoon concert.

Essays honorably mentioned

Three Wells Junior High School eighth grade students received honorable mention for their participation at the local level of the AMVETS National Americanism Essay Contest and American Legion Auxiliary Americanism Essay Contest for 2013.

Kayla Looper, Emily Cottis and Wesley Moody each received an American flag for their near-400-word submissions detailing the importance of voting.

Those winning essays will be entered into the national level of the contest.


Veteran honored for service in WWII’s Armed Guard

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, Brig. Gen. James Campbell, the adjutant general of the Maine Army National Guard, and about two dozen Guard members recently attended a ceremony honoring veteran Linwood Butterfield for his war service as a member the Navy’s Armed Guard during World WarII. Ret. Seaman First Class Butterfield, 88, of Augusta, served as a gunner on board an unescorted merchant ship in the Pacific during the war.

The Armed Guard was part of the Navy and its personnel were responsible for defending merchant ships against attacks.

Because the Armed Guard was disbanded after World War II, little has been done to honor the veterans who served. Pingree said she felt veterans like Butterfield should be honored.

Butterfield served from 1943 to 1946.


Students visit State House

Middle School of the Kennebunks Grade 8 students Eliza Johnson and Samantha Witkus recently participated in a Girls’ Day at the State House event in Augusta.

The two were selected by their teachers to attend the gathering, along with 100 other girls from all across the state, to get a look at how Maine’s government is run.

The girls interacted with women legislators, mentors, administrative staff, lobbyist and journalists, and participated in a mock public hearing to discuss a bill, a mock news conference, a mock vote in the House Chamber and a legislative scavenger hunt.

The day ended with a “Girls’ Leadership Marketplace” networking opportunity to connect with next-step leadership programs.

The 17th annual event was sponsored by the Maine Women’s Policy Center of Hallowell.


Library selling bluebird houses as a fundraiser

Soldiers Memorial Library, at 85 Main St., is selling locally crafted bluebird houses for a donation of $12.

A portion of the sales funding will directly benefit the library and the bluebirds.

For more details, call 625-4650.


Volunteers sought for hospice training session

VNA Home Health and Hospice are seeking compassionate hospice volunteers to participate in an upcoming training session.

The 20-hour training will prepare participants to be part of the VNA Home Health Hospice team bringing comfort to individuals and families facing a terminal illness.

Those individuals will serve as companions, caregivers and practical non-medical helpers to patients in the end stages of life.

Trainings will be offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 30, May 2, 7 and 9 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 and 11, all meeting at VNA Home Health Hospice, 50 Foden Road, South Portland.

To register, call Linda Hopkins, volunteer coordinator, at 400-8714 or email [email protected]

A pre-training interview is required;

Library requests donations of photos

Friends of the Scarborough Public Library are seeking donations of old and new photographs to add to its historical archives.

Whenever possible, photo information, describing the whereabouts and persons or activities captured in the photo are appreciated.

For more details, call 883-4723 or email Janice Paul at [email protected] Or leave them at the library, at 48 Gorham Road, and request that your item be placed in Janice Paul’s envelope.


Anti-bullying program awarded grant

Northeast Bank has awarded a $1,000 grant to the Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, or SARSSM, to support its violence prevention and anti-bullying programs in schools.

The School-Based Education program services students from kindergarten through grade 12 and is dedicated to teaching youth how to respond to and prevent bullying, as well as sexual violence.

SARSSM’s School-Based Education Program offers age-appropriate curriculums that teach youth the importance of seeking support if they are or have been the victim of any mistreatment. The program also offers teacher and faculty training, ensuring that students receive the necessary support subsequent to a training session.

For more details, call 828-1035.


Grant to support two programs

Goodall Hospital has been awarded a one-year grant from United Way of York County, totaling $32,300, to support its Maine Families York County and Prescription Assistance programs.

Maine Families York County is a free and voluntary service that provides prenatal support to parents, such as home visits, group events, and mailings that promote healthy childhood growth and development, positive parent/child relationships and useful links to available community resources for families.

Goodall’s Prescription Assistance Program provides help to individuals who do not have prescription coverage or have difficulty affording their medicines. The program is designed to assist those who do not qualify for other traditional assistance programs such as Medicare D or MaineCare, but whose financial situation qualifies them to receive support.

To learn more, go to www.goodallhospital.org.


Bank pledges $6,000 to library

Saco & Biddeford Savings has pledged $6,000 to the Scarborough Library to establish a 3M Cloud Library.

Scarborough is the only library in Maine to offer the 3M Cloud Library and is one of the first 100 to offer it in the United States.

The system delivers new standards of technology and learning to library card holders in the form of eBooks, remote renting and purchasing.

Some 450 ebook titles are available with new selection being added all the time.

The 3M Cloud Library was launched at Scarborough Library six months ago. Since the launch, hundreds of eBooks, including best sellers, have been downloaded in seconds to compatible devices and 3M eReaders available for checkout.

To learn more, go to www.scarboroughlibrary.org/eBooks/eBooks.html.


Visiting nurses receive $5,520 grant

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses was recently awarded a one-year grant from United Way of York County totaling $5,520.

The funds will be used to provide home health services for adults and senior who lack insurance or the resources to pay for necessary care.

This past year, HHVN provided care to more than 22,000 patients throughout York, Cumberland and southern Oxford counties.

Those services enhance independence and quality of life for elders facing an acute illness, adults recovering from surgery and children coping with the challenges of a life-limiting illness.

Through a state funded grant, HHVN provides education, nursing care and support to pregnant women, newborn infants and children with special needs.

In delivering this care, HHVN provided over $94,300 of charity care and $237,800 of care not reimbursed by government programs in York County.

For more details, call (800) 660-4867 or go to www.homehealth.org.