Summer meals available for children

The Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative has announced the return of the Summer Food Service Program in Cumberland County.

All children 18 and under are welcome to a free, nutritious meal while school is out. Meals are available in South Portland, along with a variety of other locations. Also, meals will be provided to all children free of charge regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability.

Call 2-1-1 for more information about the summer meal sites in your local community.

Cookout benefits food pantry

The local Knights of Columbus Council will host a cookout to benefit the South Portland Food Cupboard on Saturday, July 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Scarborough.

On the menu are ribs, chicken, pulled pork, sausage and peppers, burgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, Caesar salad, baked beans, chips, brownies and ice cream. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children or $25 per family.

Also featured will be summer fresh produce from Jordan’s Farm and the South Portland Community Gardens.

EMT training grant received

The Metro Region Fire Chiefs, a coalition of local fire departments, including Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland, has received a federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant to train emergency medical technicians in community paramedicine techniques.

The grant, totaling $225,090, allows local fire departments to learn more about community paramedicine – an emerging model that expands the role of paramedics to help individuals access primary care options that are less expensive than frequent trips to the emergency room and that can lead to better long-term outcomes.

The Scarborough Fire Department, under Chief B. Michael Thurlow, was the lead department in applying for the grant, according to a press release issued by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.

Challenging soccer camp on tap

The week of Aug. 11-15, the South Portland Parks and Recreation Department will offer the British Challenger Sports Soccer Camp.

This specialized camp features a specially created, unique teaching methodology that incorporates a progressive series of practices where increased levels of pressure, added restrictions and game-like competition are introduced as players become comfortable with the skill being taught.

The Challenger Way not only addresses the technical, tactical, physical and psychological requirements of the game at each age level, but more importantly it focuses on the child as an individual and not just as a player on a team.

Challenger Sports is a leading provider of summer soccer camps in the U.S. and Canada, providing instruction to more than 120,000 players. See for more information on this special soccer camp.

To sign up, call 767-7650 or go online to

Smith achieves sales honor

The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Saco has announced that South Portland resident Noah Smith achieved the Sales Associate of the Month award. Smith received the honor for achieving the highest number of listings and sales for the month of February.

“I am pleased to recognize Noah’s achievements over the last month. He is committed to his client’s best interests and continuously works to ensure that their goals are met,” said Kevin Robert, sales manager of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Saco.

Smith entered the real estate business in 2001.

Online ticket sales offered

The Portland Players now is now offering patrons the opportunity to purchase tickets online, including season subscriptions. See for more information.

Upcoming shows at the Portland Players include “Les Miserables,” which runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 12, and “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” which runs Dec. 6-21.

Special guests at family story time

This summer a variety of special guests will attend the weekly Family Story Time at the Scarborough Public Library.

Starting this Thursday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m. the guests will not only read from a favorite book, but will also bring a special show-and-tell item from their workplace.

This week, Fire Chief Michael Thurlow will be the special guest and he will bring along a fire truck for participants to explore.

On July 31, Deputy Police Chief Marla St. Pierre will show up with a police cruiser. On Aug. 7, Dr. Deborah Fuchs-Ertman will show off some of the medical tools she uses each day. And, on Aug. 14 Public Works Director Mike Shaw will bring a big truck.

Family Story Time is free and open to the public. Call 883-4723 or see for more information.

Intersection roadwork

The intersection of Gorham Road and Wentworth Drive in Scarborough will be under construction through Aug. 15. The project includes the installation of new traffic islands and a crosswalk.

These improvements are associated with the new Wentworth School project and will change the primary access to the school campus to Quentin Drive.

Hitting the mark

This coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, professional archer Frank Addington, Jr. will host free demonstrations of his incredible skill with the bow and arrow at the Cabela’s store in Scarborough.

The shows, which are free and open to the public, will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days. Addington’s show features multiple types of arrows, multiple targets and a variety of size targets. He closes each show by shooting tiny objects, such as a baby aspirin, from midair.

“I enjoy coming to Cabela’s to perform. Folks can see my show for free and hopefully be inspired to try archery and other outdoor pursuits as a family,” Addington said. “I’m very proud to bring my show to this store and hope to see lots of folks at the event.”

Professional archer Frank Addington, Jr. will put on free demonstrations of his skill at Cabela’s in Scarborough this weekend. 

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