High school’s Class of 2012 dedicates its class gift

The class officers of the 2012 Wells High School graduating class recently gathered at the Wells Junior High School’s “Garden of Hope,” near the athletic facilities, to dedicate a copper wind sculpture at the running track that hosts the annual York County Relay for Life.

The Class of 2012 donated the sculpture — “Guardian Angel” by artist Lyman Whittaker — for the memorial garden created in memory of victims and survivors of cancer.


CedarWorks donates playset to children’s agency

CedarWorks owner Barrett Brown has provided one of his company’s largest outdoor playsets for programs operated by Broadreach Family & Community Services at the Rockland Mid-Coast Children’s Services location.

A public dedication of the playset will occur later this summer at 272 Park St. on a date to be announced.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit organization serving people of all ages in Knox and Waldo counties with a wide array of programs including case management for children, teens, and adults with developmental or behavioral health challenges.


Visiting Nurses group gets major foundation grant

The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation has awarded a $30,000 grant to HomeHealth Visiting Nurses to support its compassionate care program.

HHVN provides home-based skilled nursing, palliative care, rehabilitative therapies, Telehealth, and a full range of community health and wellness services to adults and children throughout York, Cumberland and southern Oxford counties.

HHVN provided more than $800,000 of compassionate care and uncompensated care last year.

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

Vacationland Bowling offering free daily games

Vacationland Bowling Center in Saco has teamed up with over 1,000 bowling centers across the nation to offer the kids bowl free summer program for ages 15 and younger.

Interested youths can sign up on-line at kidsbowlfree.com and register to receive two free games of bowling every day all summer.

Kindergarten through grade 8 teachers may apply for classroom supply grants by visiting www.KidsBowlFree.com/Grants and completing the short grant application.

For more details, call Claire Dube at 284-7386.


‘Smart Growth’ leaders named community heroes

Friends of Midcoast Maine bestowed three Community Heroes Awards during its annual meeting.

The recipients, nominated by community members, were honored for their contributions and service to the community at an elegant Community Congress in Bristol.

Michael Tomko, of Boothbay Harbor, was recognized for upholding the principles of smart growth by participating in community development and local improvement initiatives, pursuing a passion for civic participation by joining numerous volunteer organizations and serving on a variety of local and regional committees over the past several years.

Don White, of Camden, was honored for upholding the principles of Smart Growth by acting as a key driver behind smart growth efforts in the midcoast while serving as a volunteer in several key leadership capacities.

And, Karen Kleinkoppf, of Damariscotta, was recognized for upholding the principles of smart growth by creating the FARMS (Focus on Agriculture in Rural Maine Schools) program and teaching young people about healthy food choices by bringing together their teachers, cafeteria staff and local farmers to create a new approach to school nutrition.

For more details, go to www.friendsmidcoast.org or call 236-1077.


People’s Bank foundation awards $67,000 in grants

People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has awarded $67,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Maine.

Twelve organizations received funding to support activities that range from financial literacy and education programs to basic needs services and affordable housing initiatives.

Recipients included Mainestream Finance, Fair Tide, Genesis Fund, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Wayside Food Programs.

For a detailed list of organizations that were supported, go to www.pucf.org.


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