Rotary club donates $800 to promote youth literacy

The Rotary Club of South Portland/Cape Elizabeth has donated $800 to youth literacy programs at two local public libraries, a practice of the club since 2007.

Thomas Memorial Library and South Portland Public Library each will receive $400 to enhance literacy programs through the purchase of books and materials to promote literacy, reading, and interest in education among young people. Some of the materials will also assist those for whom English is a second language.


Local K of C chapter earns Double Star Council status

The Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Council No. 12941, has earned the distinction of Double Star Council.

The award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership recruitment and retention, promotion of the fraternal insurance program and sponsorship of service-oriented activities.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members with volunteer opportunities in service to church, community and families.

SMHC Internal Medicine practice receives award

Southern Maine Health Care Internal Medicine has received the Maine Quality Counts 2015 Quality Improvement Leadership Award.

The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding effort to advance the quality of health care for the people of Maine.

SMHC’s practice was recognized specifically for leadership in transforming primary care and for its longtime participation in the Patient-Centered Medical Home pilot.


Winners of conservation poster contest announced

Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District has announced the winners of its annual conservation poster contest, which is part of the National Association of Conservation Districts’ national stewardship-themed contest.

More than 585 students in kindergarten through grade 6, representing 10 schools in Knox and Lincoln counties, participated in the competition, producing individual works based on the theme “Local Heroes: Your Hardworking Pollinators.”

Winning top honors were fifth-grader Lilly Curtis of Hope Elementary School; third-grader Jordynn Pierce of South School; and first-grader Henry Ackor of Gilford Butler Elementary School.

Those students’ works will be entered into the state level of competition. Each winner also received a $25 gift certificate to use at the Knox-Lincoln SWCD plant sale in May.


Items sought to benefit school scholarship fund

Buxton Garden Club is collecting used inkjet cartridges and cellphones to fund a scholarship program benefiting Bonney Eagle High School seniors.

Collection boxes for individuals to donate those items have been set up at the Buxton Recycling Center, Buxton Town Hall, West Buxton Library and the Bar Mills Post Office.

Boxes in Hollis are at the Salmon Falls Library, Hollis Town Hall and Hollis Center Library.

Clynk bags for collecting returnable bottles and cans designated for the scholarship fund also are available upon request by contacting Sharon at 929-8283 or [email protected]