Key Club wraps up semester of many community projects

The Sanford High School Key Club has wrapped up its first semester of community service projects.

In October, the Key Clubbers’ trick or treat fundraiser yielded more than $450 for the UNICEF and Key Club International’s “Eliminate Project” to help prevent and eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus by vaccinating mothers.

Those funds helped Kiwanis- Family Service Leadership Programs raise $3,312,612 for 2014, of which Key Clubs nationwide contributed $103,223.

Sanford Key Club members also volunteered at the Carl J. Lamb Craft Fair and at a children’s holiday party sponsored by the Sanford Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, assisting event organizers with set-up and child care.

In December, the Key Club was presented a plaque of recognition from the Alzheimer’s Association for its support at the Alzheimer’s Walk each fall.


Applications sought for grants for hospice programs

The Hospice Fund of the Maine Community Foundation is seeking applications for grants to support hospice programs in southern Maine, particularly those that provide volunteer and bereavement services in Cumberland and York counties.

Preference will be given to collaborative efforts among hospice programs and other community groups that enhance training, recognition or recruitment of diverse volunteers and innovative projects.

Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 15.

Organizations will be notified in May.

For complete guidelines and a list of last year’s grants, go to or call (877) 700-6800.

Cycle4Care to hold cycling event to raise cancer funds

Cycle4Care, an indoor cycling event to raise funds for cancer support services in Maine, will be held Jan. 30 and 31 at the Finley Recreation Center on the Portland campus of the University of New England.

A Cancer Community Center event, Cycle4Care involves more than 100 bicycles over a 12-hour period, starting on a Friday evening and ending Saturday morning.

Participants pay an entry fee to cycle for one, two or more hours on stationary bikes donated by local gyms and businesses.

Event participants can ride solo, with a friend or as a team for pledges benefiting cancer programs and research.

To learn more, go to


Three principals recognized for high 2015 Niche Rankings

The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District’s three principals have been presented a certificate of recognition by Superintendent Ellen Schneider on behalf of the School Committee for achieving a high ranking among public schools in Maine in the 2015 Niche Rankings. Inc. annually ranks colleges and kindergarten through grade 12 public schools across the United States.

According to, data to determine a school’s ranking comes from a variety of sources, including student, parent and resident surveys, school administrators and government databases.


Cajun Lobster holiday party raises $1,900 for heat aid

A holiday party benefit night hosted by The Cajun Lobster restaurant on Route 103 raised more than $1,900 to benefit the York County Community Action Corp.’s project to provide winter heating fuel assistance for York County residents in need.

The heating aid program is administered by the agency’s community outreach program’s Kittery office.

For more details, call Brad Bohon at 324-5762 Ext. 2954.


Students, Bayview Heights residents celebrate season

Bayview Heights, Volunteers of America’s affordable senior housing program in Portland, welcomed 40 students from Brunswick High School during the holiday season.

The students provided entertainment, served a home-cooked meal and celebrated the season with more than 40 residents of Bayview Heights.

Ashley Smith, Brunswick High chorus director, brought the 25 choir members to sing Christmas carols, holiday songs and some karaoke.

The Brunswick High Action Team, coordinated by Rita Maines, served dinner.

Volunteers of America sponsors high school action teams in five Maine communities in partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Trust.


Maine Coast Heritage Trust offers two apprenticeships

Maine Coast Heritage Trust will offer two apprenticeships at two farm preserves in Rockport this year, each for nine months.

One apprenticeship focuses on raising beef cattle at Aldermere Farm, and the other focuses on growing organically raised vegetables at Erickson Fields Preserve.

In the past, both properties hosted summer interns to assist with farm and outreach efforts.

The 2015 apprenticeships will offer further training and a more holistic approach to farming to the new farmers than a short summer internship could provide.

Interested applicants should review the farm listings and apply through the MOFGA Apprenticeship Program application process at (see the “Programs” page).

Deadline for applications is Thursday, and the start date for work is March 1.

For more details, email [email protected] or call 568-4142.