Nominations open for annual preservation award

Greater Portland Landmarks is now accepting nominations for its 2014 Preservation Awards to honor outstanding historic preservation achievements in the Greater Portland area.

Awards will be presented at Greater Portland Landmarks’ annual meeting, which is scheduled for Sept. 29 at Merrill Auditorium.

The nomination form and additional details are available at www.portlandlandmarks.com and must be submitted to the Greater Portland Landmarks office, at 93 High St., by 3 p.m. July 14.

The 22nd Preservation Awards program will be expanded to recognize the work of property owners who are working to preserve historic buildings and landscapes.

Landmarks invites the public to nominate any historic property or landscape that has been restored, rehabilitated, undergone sensitive new construction, provided stewardship, or adapted to a modern use.

For more details, call Kate White Lewis at 774-5561, Ext. 105.

Humanities Council announces literature awards

The Maine Humanities Council, state partner of the national “Letters About Literature” competition, has announced the 2014 winners.

Katie Larson, of Edgecomb, a sixth-grader from the Center for Teaching and Learning, placed first in the Level I competition for grades 4 to 6; Augusta Stockman, of Camden, an eighth-grader from Camden-Rockport Middle School, won the state’s Level II competition for grades 7 and 8; and Isabel Crane, of Camden, a junior at Watershed School, placed first in the Level III competition for grades 9 and 10.

Second-place winners included: Level 1, Sydney Sullivan, Center for Teaching and Learning, Edgecomb; Level 2, Rebecca Cox, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Camden; and Level 3, Nicole Gebhart, Central Aroostook Junior-Senior High School, Mars Hill.

Receiving Honorable Mention were: Level 1, Brielle Biehn, Mary Snow School, Bangor; and Level 3, Jennifer Turner, Bonny Eagle High School, Standish.

The contest encourages students to write to an author explaining how the author’s book changed their perspective and influenced their life. It is sponsored nationally by the Library of Congress and locally by the David Royte Foundation.


Kids can get healthy meals and activity programs

For the third year, Healthy Lincoln County is offering its Summer Food Service Program to provide free, healthy meals and programs that promote physical activity for Lincoln and Knox counties youth during the summer school break.

The service will be held at seven locations in six different towns, with any youth, ages 18 and younger, welcome to come and get a breakfast and lunch, whether or not they participate in a program being offered at participating locales.

Summer Food Service is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is funded similarly to the school lunch program throughout the school year.

Many of the sites will have raffle prizes available for kids. Each time a child comes and receives a meal, they will be entered to win fun weekly prizes, including a new Razor scooter, sports equipment and more.

The program will run at the following venues: Damariscotta CLC/YMCA, serving breakfast from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 22; Miller School, Waldoboro, offering breakfast from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, through Aug. 22; Wiscasset Community Center, serving breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 22; Medomak Valley High School, serving breakfast from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, through July 31; Warren Community School, serving breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays through Aug. 15; Congregational Church of Bristol, serving breakfast from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and lunch from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 22; and the Thompson Community Center in Union, serving breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m. July 21 to 25 only.

For more information about the program or to donate, call Anni Pat McKenney at 563-1330 or email [email protected]


Cumberland County Extension seeks board of directors

The Your Cumberland County Extension Association is seeking individuals to serve on their board of directors.

Extension programs are run by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and are designed to bring practical, research-based information from the University of Maine into the county to meet local needs.

In partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff, each county extension association coordinates development of a plan of work, helps hire staff and oversees the county budget appropriations that support educational extension programs for county residents.

The application deadline is Aug. 15.

For additional information or to apply online, go to http://bit.ly/1sZiamB, or call Andrea Herr at 781-6099 or email [email protected]


Second-grader’s poster winning competitions

Wells Elementary School student Logan Blanchard placed first in the second-grade category of successive local, state and New England levels of the Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest.

Blanchard’s work is now being judged at the national level.

Begun in 1961, the annual poster contest is open to all first- through fifth-grade students.

It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service, National Garden Clubs, Inc., and locally by the Seacoast Garden Club.

The contest seeks to encourage children to be involved with natural resource conservation and wildfire prevention. First-place winners in the national-level competition will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for four to Washington, D.C., where they will attend a recognition ceremony and each receive $50 from National Garden Clubs.

This year the contest stipulated that students incorporate an image of the iconic 70-year-old bear park ranger with his familiar fire prevention slogan, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.”

Smokey Bear first appeared in 1944 to reinforce the notion that individuals can help prevent forest fires.

Woodsy Owl appeared in 1971 with the conservation message of “Lend a Hand, Care for the Land.”