Camp Sunshine earns award stemming from user reviews

Camp Sunshine has earned a prestigious 2014 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, a top provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

Camp Sunshine operates year-round on the shores of Sebago Lake and provides weeklong respites at no charge to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

The award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Camp Sunshine received from those who have had direct experience with the organization, including reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients.

Camp Sunshine also will be included in GreatNonprofits’ #GivingTuesday Guide, an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years that is due to be released later this year.

For more details, go to, or call 655-3800.


Thornton team places third in engineering challenge

Thornton Academy seniors David Parran and Kent Seneres placed third out of nearly 40 teams during the sixth annual Wind Blade Challenge, held May 2 at the University of Maine.

Developed by Maine Composites Alliance, in partnership with the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative, the contest matches high school teams with Maine-based advanced composites manufacturers to research, design and manufacture model wind blades.

In addition to giving presentations, high school teams from all around the state competed to generate the most energy over two minutes.

The statewide engineering competition was designed to inspire student exploration of alternative energy and advanced materials by participating in a hands-on STEM application.


Free clinic is awarded three grants totaling $18,750

The Biddeford Free Clinic has been awarded three one-year grants totaling $18,750 from United Way of York County, to help provide free medical care, non-narcotic prescription medications and dental care for people living in poverty and those living without health insurance.

The clinic programs receiving support are the pharmacy, which has been operational since 1993; the Neighbor-to-Neighbor: Community Wellness program; and the Dental Wellness Center.

In partnership with the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, NNCW programs give patients the most up-to-date information regarding issues such as diabetes, smoking addiction, and living with pulmonary disease.

For more details, call Joan Gordon at 282-1138 or email [email protected]


David Stansfield named Rotary’s 2014 Citizen of Year

The South Berwick-Eliot Rotary Club has named David Stansfield, of South Berwick, as its 2014 Citizen of the Year.

Stansfield was honored May 17 at Spring Hill Lodge during a ceremony that was attended by more than 100 family, friends and community members who shared remembrances of his service.

Stansfield was a 37-year employee of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, where he worked as a mechanical engineer and program manager for Submarine Maintenance, Engineering Planning & Procurement.

He also served on the South Berwick municipal building committee since the late 1980s and was part of several construction and renovation projects, including for the town hall, the town garage, the community center, fire/rescue station and, most recently, the conversion of the former St. Michael’s Catholic Church into the new South Berwick Public Library.

Stansfield serves as treasurer and board member on SoBo Central, which oversees community events such as Hot Summer Nights, Home for the Holidays, and Friends of Powderhouse Hill.

He has served on many boards at his church, the First Parish Federated Church, in the Encore Leadership Corps program and other groups committed to betterment of the town and the Seacoast area.


WHS senior Colin Sevigney named athlete of the month

Wells High School senior Colin Sevigney has been selected Athlete of the Month at Wells High School, a distinction he earned through academics, sportsmanship and athletics as a member of the Wells High School wrestling team.

This is Sevigney’s second time receiving the honor.

Over his high school wrestling career, Sevigney has received numerous other accolades and awards for wrestling, including his recent selection by Wrestling USA Magazine as one of the magazine’s Senior All American high school wrestlers.

Sevigney won a Class B title in his weight category during the state meet in Bath this past winter. Of the 24 tournaments he’s participated in, he has won 12, placed in the top four of 22, and was a finalist in 21 of them.

Sevigney also holds the distinction of being the first four-time state finalist representing Wells High School; Sevigney finished with a career record of 150-17.