Hydrofoil project students win at state level in contest

Wells High School has won the state round of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest for 2014-15.

The recognition comes as a result of the school’s innovative approach to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in the classroom.

Last year, Wells High School began offering a class in which students are engaged in a nine-month process to create a hydrofoil craft from scratch. The objective for students, of varying backgrounds, was to create a functioning, 16-foot, human-powered, two-passenger hydrofoil boat capable of achieving lift over water, significantly reducing drag and increasing speed.

All state winners will receive $20,000 in technology funding from Samsung, along with the opportunity to advance to the national competition level.

The $8,800 hydrofoil project at Wells High School depends solely on donations. Individuals and businesses interested in contributing to the project by making either a financial or material donation may call Jason Hludik or Chrys Demos at the high school at 646-7011 or email [email protected] and [email protected]


Musica de Filia invited to national choir event

Musica de Filia recently accepted an invitation from Choirs of America to be one of a handful of elite choirs to participate in the 2015 COA Nationals for All Choirs June 25-27 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Choirs invited to the COA Nationals participate in adjudicated performances with performance reviews, observational opportunities, full one-hour clinics with renowned clinicians, choral exchanges and engaging workshops.

The Portland group also will sing in a 600-plus voice massed choir concert.

For more details, call Jaye Churchill at 329-4743 or email [email protected]

Three artists from Maine win grants for projects

Three Maine artists have won grants from the Massachusetts-based Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation to continue work on art projects.

John Knight and Shoshannah White, both of Portland, and Richard Keen of Bath will receive grants ranging from $2,500 to $4,000.

Keen plans to move into the public art realm through the creation of wall murals and will use his grant money on a bigger studio space and new materials.

Knight will use the grant to learn more about the wild medicinal plants he illustrates.

White will participate in a three-week artist-in-residency program at sea in the Arctic Circle, before returning to Portland to create mixed-media encaustic works and develop a book project to support her art.


Artists invited to apply for land trust painting event

The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust is accepting artist submissions for Paint for Preservation 2015, the organization’s annual juried auction, set for July 12.

Selected artists will paint en plein air at designated public and private locations chosen to highlight Cape Elizabeth’s natural beauty. That evening, the newly painted artwork will be auctioned at a cocktail reception at a seaside home.

Proceeds from the auction are shared with participating artists and benefit the trust’s Saving Cape’s Great Places initiative.

Artists are invited to submit two images of original plein-air paintings in any medium for juried consideration. Samples must be submitted as digital images on CD or electronically via email. Artist entries will be juried by Maine Sunday Telegram and Portland Press Herald arts writer Bob Keyes.

The artist submission form and more information may be obtained at www.capelandtrust.org under Paint for Preservation 2015 Call for Artists or by calling 767-6054. The deadline for artists’ submissions is March 27.


Library honors founder of its community art gallery

The Topsham Public Library’s Whitten Society members and special guests gathered recently to honor Consuelo Bailey as the first recipient of the Sarah Whitten Community Award.

The award was given by the library’s board of trustees in recognition of Bailey’s outstanding service to the library and the community. Bailey received the award surrounded by art, her family and admirers in the space that she helped to make a cultural center.

Bailey established the library’s Crooker Gallery as a showcase for local artists, and volunteers as its coordinator.

The Whitten Society and the award are named after Sarah Whitten, who bequeathed her house on Pleasant Street to the town for its public library.


Donation of GPS device will support child safety

Nana’s Kids of York officers Donna “Nana” Green and Jessica Lee recently donated an Amber Alert GPS to Waban’s Fraser-Ford Child Development Center, to benefit the family of a child who attends one of the center’s specialized classes for children with autism.

While the device can’t stop a child from wandering off, it can help families and authorities find a lost child. The GPS device is used with a smartphone to provide the wearer’s location.


Grant of $42,500 will help victims of domestic abuse

Caring Unlimited has received a one-year grant of $42,500 from United Way of York County to benefit victims of domestic abuse who receive services from York County’s Domestic Violence Resource Center.

The housing program provides a safe, affordable place to live for up to two years while they reorganize their lives, create a network of supportive relationships and establish a more secure economic base that will allow them to live safely and independently.


Pond owners may order trout stock for ponds, food

The Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District is accepting orders for its annual trout stocking sale for home or farm ponds.

Offered will be rainbow and brook trout from Mountain Spring Hatchery in two sizes, 5 to 6 inches and 6 to 7 inches, as well as floating trout food in 44-pound bags and Clear Pond, a nontoxic bacterial treatment to reduce phosphorous and control algae. Fish orders may be split between species and sizes to meet the 50-fish minimum.

To order, you must have a current stocking permit from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

Permit applications and order forms are available at www.knox-lincoln.org/trout-sale or call 596-2040 to receive one by mail. Preorder deadline is April 29 for pickup at noon May 2 at Union Fairgrounds.

For more details, email [email protected]


Grant will help provide food for senior residents

Volunteers of America Northern New England has received a $4,000 one-year grant from United Way of York County to benefit its “Let’s Eat” food security program for senior residents.

Volunteers of America operates two affordable senior housing programs at the Paul Hazelton Houses in Saco. The two buildings exist to provide quality housing for 66 senior women and men.

The “Let’s Eat” program provides a monthly community meal and regular food distribution to all residents.

For more details, call 373-1140 or go to www.voanne.org.


Farm tractor safety courses designed for new drivers

Farm tractor safety courses are being offered by University of Maine Cooperative Extension educators and experts in Cumberland, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties.

The multisession courses are designed for new tractor drivers from age 13 and up.

The $20 course fee covers a tractor safety manual and ear and eye protection gear.

For schedules and to register, visit umaine.edu/agriculture/programs/tractor-safety.

For more details, call 781-6099 or 800-287-1471.