Peace Corps assignment will take local woman to Peru

Andrea Goodrich, 22, of Freeport, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Peru Sept. 11 to begin training as a public health education volunteer.

Goodrich will live and work in a community to improve the capacity of health providers to carry out strategic planning and manage information systems and to strengthen links between health facilities, organizations and communities.

Goodrich is the daughter of Gary and Shelley Goodrich and a graduate of Freeport High School in Freeport.

She attended the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., where she earned a bachelor of arts in global studies. 

During the first three months of her service, Goodrich will live with a host family in Peru to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture.

After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, Goodrich will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community in Peru where she will live and work for two years with the local people.

Goodrich joins the 59 Maine residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 1,794 Maine residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.

Spay-neuter clinic seeks volunteers for outreach

The Community Spay-Neuter Clinic, located on Route 1, is seeking volunteers to help with community outreach work.  

The nonprofit, low-cost, spay-neuter clinic is intended to benefit pet owners who cannot otherwise afford to have their pets spayed or neutered.

For more details, call 865-0772, email Lesley at [email protected] or go to


Navy cryptologic veterans holding reunion Oct. 11-13

The New England Chapter of the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association has announced a deadline of Sept. 14 for its Fall Mini-Reunion, set for Oct. 11-13, at the Hyannis Harbor Hotel, at Hyannis, Mass.

For more details, call (518) 664-8032 or go to


Contestants, judges sought for Farmington Fair pageant

Contestants and judges are needed for the 14th Annual Miss Farmington Fair Pageant, to be held on Sept. 15 at the Farmington Fair Grounds.

Preparation, rehearsals, and interview competitions will take place during the day beginning at 1:30 p.m. followed by the pageant at 6:30 p.m.

The pageant is open to girls ages 7 to 18 who reside in Franklin County and the surrounding area, to compete for such titles as Miss Farmington Fair (15-18), Junior Miss Farmington Fair (11-14), Little Miss Farmington Fair (7-10) and Miss Hospitality (for the young lady who is most active in participation in the fair itself).

Prizes will be awarded for each category of competition as well as for essay, Miss Congeniality and runners-up.

A snack and pizza will be provided to the girls during the day and cash prizes will be awarded from the Franklin County Agricultural Society.

Judges are also needed for afternoon and evening interviews.

To be considered as a judge, call Lisa Bird at 839-5578 or email [email protected]

Contestants will be judged in interview, talent, and formal presentation.

Deadline for applications is Sept. 13.


Teens invited to submit prose for library contest

Patten Free Library is gearing up for its premiere teen writing contest, “Write On!”

Students in grades 7 through 12 who reside in the library’s community service area or who attend school within the Regional School Unit 1 district are eligible to submit their prose between Sept. 4 and the Oct. 30 deadline for consideration.

Categories will include Short Fiction for up to eight pages and Memoires of up to four pages. Contest divisions will be broken down into two categories: grades 7-9 and 10-12.

First-place finishers will receive $100 gift certificates and runners-up, $50 gift certificates. Full contest guidelines are available on the library website starting Wednesday.

Winners will be announced in a public ceremony on Dec. 6. 

Winning entries will be published in a booklet (print and online). 

For more details, call Roberta Jordan at 443-5141, ext. 25, or write [email protected]


Museum seeks photo information

The Penobscot Marine Museum is seeking help to identify some of the 187 glass plate negatives that were donated to their collection last fall by the Bayside Historical Preservation Society.

Taken between 1909 and 1947, the images show life in Bayside during the age of steamship travel with its leisurely summer activities and summer cottages. 

Museum volunteers have worked for months scanning the negatives to make them available online to researchers, students and the public.

To view the photographs, go to, click on “search the database” button, and enter “BHPS” in the search box. 

Each record contains a feedback button that allows viewers who have information about the image to submit it online.


Lewiston graduate receives scholarship

Kim Moran of Lewiston is the first recipient of an award from the newly established Lydia R. Laurendeau Scholarship Fund at the Maine Community Foundation.

A graduate of Lewiston High School, Moran plans to attend Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., to major in biology.

The Laurendeau Scholarship Fund provides support for young women who are pursuing post-secondary education in either science or engineering at a four-year university.

Eligible applicants are graduating seniors of Lewiston High School or St. Dominic Regional High School in Auburn. Preference is given to applicants demonstrating a connection to their Franco-American heritage.

For more details, visit

STEM4ME grants available

The Perloff Family Foundation, in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation and the Maine Space Grant Consortium, is offering grants focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, and the integration of STEM with the arts and humanities, or STEAM. 

STEM4ME aims to increase the opportunities for student-driven STEM and STEAM projects at publicly funded Maine middle schools, high schools and academies.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be made available to small teams of students, mentored by an experienced educator, that create real-world solutions to problems in areas such as renewable energy, ecology, automation, space science and engineering, and sustainable food production, integrating wherever possible the arts and humanities.

Preference will be given to two-year projects that involve substantial innovation and collaboration with existing programs at Maine’s colleges and universities, and/or nonprofit research and educational organizations. 

Educators interested in applying for a STEM4ME grant must submit a one-page letter of interest describing project objectives and key completion milestones by Sept. 15.

Successful candidates will be asked to submit a formal application.

For information on where and how to submit letters of interest, visit  

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