Bus driver honored for history of safety excellence

Stella Beleckis, a school bus driver with Ledgemere Transportation, recently was recognized by her employer’s parent company, Student Transportation Inc. (STI), with a Wall of Fame Award for excellence in safety standards.

Beleckis was nominated for the award by a manager for going above and beyond her duties to ensure safety for her riders.

The nominations are evaluated by a STI selection committee, which determines the final recipients from each region.

Some of the criteria for the recognition include exemplary safety practices within their role, accident-free service, community service and involvement, reliability and knowledge of company policies and procedures, perfect attendance, good character and attitude and exceptional performance in their role.


Beleckis attended an awards dinner in Asbury Park, N.J., along with 12 other inductees, each of whom met with members of the company’s senior leadership team.

All winners received gifts and a personalized plaque.


Library announces expanded evening hours

Starting Jan. 14, York Public Library, at 15 Long Sands Road, will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays Wednesdays, and Thursdays; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. These expanded evening hours are intended to serve all patrons, including working families, students and patrons picking up books and other items they have reserved through the online catalog of over 6 million items.

For more details, call 363-2818 or go to



Firefighters raise $3,693 with Fill the Boot campaign

Old Orchard Beach Fire Department firefighters have raised $3,693 benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association during its 2013 Fill the Boot campaign.

Led by OOB Fire MDA Coordinator Corey St. Laurent, members of Local 2247 of the International Association of Fire Fighters continued their commitment to support MDA’s vital research programs and services to over 600 families in Maine.

Money was collected by the Old Orchard Beach Fire Department on Thursday nights at the Old Orchard Beach Pier and Raging Tide games.

The IAFF became the first national sponsor for MDA in 1954, and over the years, firefighters have raised millions of dollars to help improve and enhance the lives of those living with neuromuscular disease.



School honors students and staff with breakfast

Wells High School presented its second of three Breakfast of Champions for the 2013-2014 school year recently, honoring seven students and nine staff members for their positive contributions to the learning and social environment at the school.

Honored were staffers Sherri Anderson-Wormwood, Nancy Cotty, Shane Daly, Marcus Desveaux, Brenda Dyer, Timothy Ericson, Jason Hludik, Jay Moore, Michael Richards.

Student honorees included Charlie Bell, Christopher “Cody” Brassard, Bailey Marsh, Aaron Rogers, Kayla Schneider, Elizabeth Thompson and Emilee Wooldridge.

Each honoree received a certificate of recognition and a T-shirt presented during a celebratory breakfast by Principal Jim Daly and Activities Director Jack Molloy.

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