Time to enroll for help with weatherizing home

The deadline to enroll in the Keep York County Warm winter weatherization program has been extended to Friday.

The community-based program brings volunteers together to install various weatherization kits for low-income and disabled homeowners.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco, Biddeford Regional Center of Technology, the Landing School in Arundel and St. George’s Episcopal Church in Sanford each had teams of volunteers build the window inserts last year.

For the first time since the program launched in 2008, United Way of York County is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to Keep York County Warm.

Each weatherization kit saves about $50 worth of heating oil, with many homeowners receiving as many as six inserts. In 2012, the volunteers built 125 window inserts, saving about $6,250 for 39 home- owners.

Eligible homeowners may be sponsored through the purchase of one or more weatherization kits for $110.

More information about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities can be found at www.buildcommunity.org or call Meaghan Arzberger, manager of volunteer engagement at United Way of York County, at 985-3359. 

United Way campaign kicks off with loaned executives

United Way of York County kicked off its 2013 campaign recently, with more than 100 local business leaders and supporters gathered at the University of New England’s Harold Alfond Forum.

United Way’s loaned executive team will coordinate about 120 workplace campaigns in York County. Team members include Tricia Walsh and Matt Purinton, loaned by Unum; Brandy Bourassa of Hannaford Supermarkets; Maryanna Arsenault of HomeHealth Visiting Nurses; and Link Stevens, sponsored by Kennebunk Savings, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, Sanford Institution for Savings and Southern Maine Medical Center.

The loaned executive team’s goal is to raise $1.31 million to benefit United Way of York County.


Kennebunk library offers resume-creating tool

Kennebunk Free Library recently acquired Cypress Resume, an online tool that helps to generate professional-quality resumes. The program covers almost all professions, grouping job types by core tasks.

Users just type basic information about themselves and the program will compose descriptive statements detailing their abilities and formatting the resume as they choose.

This program may be accessed with home computers or library computers by logging on to the program at www.kennebunklibrary.org and creating your own account using your patron card number.

For more details, call 985-2173. 

Five new members join library board of trustees

The Kennebunk Free Library Board of Trustees has elected five new members.

Pat Carls, Lise Dewar, Molly Hoadley, Sam Hull and Jeanne Peckiconis will fill the library’s 13-seat board.

The board has also elected its 2013-14 officers: Alan Shepard, president; Debbie Redding-Sampson, vice president; Mark Sternman, treasurer; and Risa Oganesoff Heersche, recorder.


Kiwanis Club raises more than $15,000 for its causes

The winner of the Rockland Kiwanis Club’s 2013 Grand Raffle was Keith Drew, an Allstate insurance agent in Rockland who donated $100 to purchase one of the 425 tickets.

Kiwanis members sold 85 percent of the tickets, which allowed the club to net over $15,000 in the annual fundraising event. The money raised supports the club’s charitable efforts, including scholarships for Knox County high school graduates; Special Olympics of the Midcoast; Trekkers and other youth programs, such as the Oceanside East High School Key Club.

Other beneficiaries will include Rockland District Nursing Association; LifeFlight of Maine; local EMS programs; the Kiwanis International and World Health Organization’s effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus; and the New England Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute.


Neighbor Helping Neighbor helps to support food bank

Proceeds from the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Family Festival held at Library Park recently were delivered to the board of the Bath Area Food Bank.

Arline Whitney and Myrtle Hicks delivered a check for $3,883.31.

An additional $545 was donated from the boxed lunch auction and letter drive that brought the total associated with the festival to $4,428.31.


Award will honor nurse’s work against breast cancer

The Maine Breast Health Leadership Award will be presented to Peggy Belanger, RN, BSN, OCN, on Tuesday at the Hall of Flags in the State House in Augusta.

Belanger, an oncology nurse navigator in the Southern Maine Medical Center’s Cancer Care Program in Biddeford, has been a tireless breast cancer educator and patient advocate whose dedication and commitment to the care of cancer patients began in 1992.

Belanger volunteers for many organizations, including Rotary, Maine Cancer Foundation, Maine Cancer Consortium as a board member, and as a board member and clinic nurse for the Free Clinic in Biddeford. She is also a member of a singing group, Harbour Singers.

Belanger has been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for more than a decade. In that role she meets with state and federal lawmakers about the importance of funding for breast cancer prevention and research, tobacco prevention and control, access to care and patient quality of life, including access to palliative care services at the point of diagnosis.

In 2011, Belanger was invited to the White House as a Champion of Change for the fight against breast cancer, a national forum that brings community leaders together to share their ideas.

The ceremony is open to the public, with advance reservations requested by calling Cynthia Magnuson at 373-3722 or emailing [email protected]


Foundation matches funds to help school projects

Public schools throughout Maine are receiving new classroom supplies, thanks to the People’s United Community Foundation and DonorsChoose.org.

The foundation launched a matching campaign with DonorsChoose.org in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week in May. The funding inspired 295 people, over three months, to raise $13,500 for classroom projects, which the foundation matched to bring $27,000 to schools in Maine.

Teachers submitted requests for materials and resources needed, and 60 projects were funded, touching more than 3,000 Maine students.

The foundation helps support initiatives that improve the quality of education in schools throughout the People’s United Bank footprint, from New York to Maine.


Rotary award honors work with Scouts, stroke patients

Leo Glaude recently received the Rotary Club of Saco Bay’s Service Above Self Award.

Glaude was nominated for the award by Pris and Ron Guerin in recognition of his leadership, motivational qualities and inspirational attitude.

Glaude has invested countless hours in Biddeford Boy Scout Troop No. 308 and teaches recovering stroke patients about art, snowshoeing, cycling and paddling.

He discovered his artistic bent following his recovery from a stroke. He has since taught others that they, too, can discover their hidden talents while recovering.


Library invites submissions for writing competition

Topsham Public Library is accepting applications for its annual The Joy of the Pen writing competition.

The contest is free and open to year-round Maine residents, both amateur and professional. Prizes will be awarded for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.

Applications may be obtained at the library or by emailing [email protected] The submission deadline is Oct. 10.

A reception and reading will be held on Nov. 9 to announce the winners.

The library is located at 25 Foreside Road.

For more details, call 725-1727 or go to www.topshamlibrary.org.


Businessman and educator donates $1 million to school

Lee Academy alum and longtime supporter Blaine Moores recently donated $1 million to the school for purchasing supplemental educational materials to benefit classrooms.

A longtime resident of Portland, Moores is a 1955 graduate of the academy. A businessman and educator, Moores has long supported other projects at Lee Academy, including the Daniel Frazier Citizenship Scholar Award.

Moores has also been responsible for furnishing many dorm and common areas on the campus, donating much needed desks, chairs and beds.


New irrigation system part of school improvements

The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District has embarked on an ambitious program to improve and renovate portions of its seven athletic fields.

The most significant component of the $851,000 bond-funded project, approved by voters on June 11, includes construction of an underground irrigation system that will provide all of the fields with automated watering.

The irrigation portion began with drilling a well at the corner of the Wells High School varsity softball field in late June.

A contract to design and develop the network of irrigation lines was awarded to Environmental Solutions of Portland in August. The project involves a number of buried electrical and fiber optic cables.

Renovations also are planned for the track and field area at Wells Junior High School and new grass on the varsity soccer and lacrosse field at Wells High School.

The work will not interrupt sport teams’ schedules. The entire field project is expected to be completed in three to five years.

Separate from the field project is a proposed $26.85 million project to renovate Wells High School.

In November, Wells and Ogunquit voters will be asked to approve the renovation of the high school built in the mid-1970s.


Teen formerly from Wells earns Eagle Scout rank

Alexander Thacker, 18, formerly of Wells, and a recent graduate of the Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, Mass., recently was honored with the rank of Eagle Scout at a Boy Scout Court of Honor ceremony.

Thacker, of South Deerfield, Mass., was a member of Troop 356 in Wells and Troop 5 of Greenfield, Mass.

To achieve the Eagle distinction, Thacker completed 24 merit badges and held Scout leadership positions. For his Eagle Scout service project, Thacker led a team of Scouts, friends and family to construct two red cedar benches that were installed at Four Rivers Charter Public School.

Thacker raised more than $700 to make his project a reality. He is the son of Douglas and Heidi Thacker.