Hose company donates carbon monoxide detectors

The Wells Beach Hose Co. has donated 354 carbon monoxide detectors to Wells Elementary School students and their families as part of a new program and in observance of Fire Prevention Week.

Though the fire station on Webhannet Drive has been closed since 1989, members continue to function as a nonprofit organization that raises funds each year to support fire and carbon monoxide awareness and prevention.

According to Ken Spinney, assistant principal, the organization reached out to the school to distribute the detectors, valued at $13,000. Money for this donation was raised through fireman musters, fireman’s balls and beano.

The effort was assisted by members of the Wells High School INTERACT Club, whose student members sorted, counted and distributed the carbon monoxide detectors to classroom teachers.


Agency opens day center for people with dementia

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging has opened a state-of-the-art adult day center in Falmouth to serve people living in the community with dementia.

The Stewart Center, located in the former Lunt School on the OceanView campus, will offer programs to individuals coping with dementia built on the latest advances in environmental gerontology.

The center offers a place for family caregivers to come and learn skills to manage the challenges a dementia diagnosis brings, while members enjoy social interaction and customized therapeutic activities.

The center is named in honor of Tim and Howsie Stewart, SMAA supporters and family caregivers.

The SMAA has offered such programming through its Truslow Adult Day Center in Saco for nearly 30 years.

“Both the Stewart Center and Truslow Center in Saco focus on what the individual member has retained, not what he or she has lost because of dementia,” says SMAA executive director Laurence Gross.

The Stewart Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Families with a loved one with dementia should call 800-400-6325 or email [email protected] for more information.


Public Relations Council seeks scholarship applications

The Maine Public Relations Council is now accepting applications for its 2014 Scholarship.

The annual scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to a college freshman, sophomore or junior attending an accredited Maine college or university and majoring in public relations, broadcasting, journalism, marketing, advertising or any communications field.

The submission requires two faculty references, two faculty letters of recommendation and an essay of no more than 500 words.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Dec. 5. Winners will be announced Dec. 22.

For more information and to download the scholarship application, visit www.meprcouncil.org.


Firefighters raise $1,700 for muscular dystrophy programs

Firefighters recently raised more than $1,700 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Maine.

The funds raised will continue the firefighters’ commitment to support MDA’s vital research programs and services to more than 600 families in the state.