Living History Center gets grant for restoration

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center has received a $15,000 grant from the Belvedere Fund Historic Preservation Grants Program of the Maine Community Foundation in cooperation with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.

According to Norlands’ director Sheri Leahan, the grant will be used to restore up to 12 historic windows in the ell section of the 1867 Washburn family mansion, which houses the original kitchen and a caretaker’s apartment.

The project consists of repairing sashes, re-glazing, replacing historic glass, refurbishing hardware such as locks, weights and pulleys, and painting. The upgrades will make the building more energy efficient.

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Bonny Eagle teenager enters national competition

Resident Madeline Jarvis, the current Miss Maine’s Outstanding Teen, heads to Orlando, Fla., this week to compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015.

Jarvis, a 15-year-old student at Bonny Eagle High School, won her title in June and will be one of 53 other contestants competing at the national level of the contest.

The Miss Maine Scholarship Organization provides opportunities for young women to achieve their personal and educational ambitions while participating in community service activities that develop leadership skills that help them excel in their chosen educational and life goals.

She is the daughter of Peter and Donna Jarvis of Hollis Center.

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People’s United Bank awards $3,000 to Wayside Food

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has awarded $3,000 to Wayside Food Programs.

Wayside Food Programs provides more than 1 million pounds of food each year to over 60 food pantries, soup kitchens and social service agencies throughout Cumberland County.

The organization serves prepared meals and collaborates with other hunger agencies to develop efficient networks for the collection and distribution of food.

The grant from People’s United Community Foundation will support the Wayside Food Rescue Program.


Book sale raises $40,000 to support Curtis library

Curtis Friends, a membership-supported nonprofit organization that raises funds for programming and special projects at Curtis Memorial Library, raised nearly $40,000 during its annual book sale, held recentlyu at Brunswick Junior High School.

While proceeds help support creative programming and projects for children and adults at the library, the event also brought together many different people and groups. Volunteers from Bath Iron Works helped move more than 2,500 boxes of books from the library’s storage shed to the junior high gymnasium and teenagers helped unpack more than 65,000 books and other items.

In all, 294 volunteers transported 175 tables from seven participating organizations, moved 2,556 boxes and unpacked 65,768 items and sold 45,515 items.

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