Northeast Historic Film fellowship awarded

Northeast Historic Film announced that Ryan Shand, Ph.D., a research assistant at the University of the West of Scotland, has received its 2015 William O’Farrell Fellowship Award.

Shand will receive a $1,500 stipend to support his research at NHF, a regional moving-image archive established in 1986. His project will focus on analysis of the 1929 amateur fiction film “Counterpoint,” made by Roy Lockwood as a student project at Oxford University.

The NHF collects, preserves and makes accessible the moving-image history of northern New England.

The award is annually presented to an individual engaged in research toward a publication, production, or presentation based on moving-image history and culture.

For more information, visit oldfilm.org.


Teams sought for Cancer Society’s Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society is recruiting teams from businesses, schools, families, places of worship, and more to participate in its annual Relay For Life of Greater Portland event, set for June 20 from 4 to 11 p.m. at South Portland High School.

Teams and individuals will set up campsites at the school and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team has at least one participant on the track at all times.

Cancer survivors and caregivers will take a celebratory first lap to start the event.

To register, call 800-227-2345 or visit Relayforlife.org/greaterportlandme.


Credit unions’ volunteer hours hit 38,262 in 2014

Staff and volunteers from Maine’s credit unions contributed 38,262 volunteer hours to organizations and communities across Maine in 2014, the Maine Credit Union League announced.

The figure is the second highest total documented by the league’s award-winning volunteer tracking program, CUs Share for ME, and nearly 1,000 hours more than in 2013.

The CUs Share for ME Program has documented nearly 350,000 hours since it began in 2002.

In 2014, Maine credit unions collectively contributed an average of 3,182 hours a month to various causes, with an average of 339 credit union staff and volunteers participating each month. According to statistics provided by the Points Of Light Foundation, which organizes National Volunteer Programs, the 38,182 hours contributed by Maine credit unions is worth nearly $800,000, with each volunteer hour estimated at a value of $20.10 per hour in Maine.

For more information, visit mainecul.org.


Hunter McDonnell named student-athlete of month

Wells High School has named senior Hunter McDonnell student-athlete of the month for February.

The award recognizes McDonnell’s academic abilities; sportsmanship on and off the field; and athletic skills as displayed on the WHS indoor track and field team.

According to WHS track and field Coach Jennifer Lewia, McDonnell broke two individual school records in the 1000-meter run and the 800-meter run, was a member of the school’s record-setting 4×800-meter relay team, was the leading point scorer on the Wells boys track and field team for the season, placed in three events at the 2015 Maine Track and Field Meet, and competed at the New England High School Track Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

McDonnell plays soccer and is a member of the WHS marching, concert and jazz bands. He was also a cast member in the recent musical production of “South Pacific.”

McDonnell was presented with a plaque by WHS Activities Director Jack Molloy and Pamela Moody-Maxon, of Moody Maxon Real Estate, a sponsor of the award.


Student wins $400 grant to recycle cellphones

Christie Gillies, a ninth-grader from Cape Elizabeth, has been awarded a $400 Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant through Youth Service America to fund a community service project to recycle cellphones.

Gillies’ cellphone recycling campaign began in September in conjunction with a Global Youth Service Day initiative.

Global Youth Service Day, a volunteering and service event, provides an opportunity for young people to find their voice, take action, and make a positive impact on their communities.

To learn how you can help or how to donate your old phone, visit mobileforglobal.org.


Exhibit at Saco Museum celebrates 20 years of art

Saco Bay Artists will hold a retrospective exhibit celebrating its 20th anniversary at the Saco Museum from Oct. 17 through Nov. 4.

The exhibit will celebrate programming, shows, open painting sessions, and scholarships that Saco Bay Artists have offered to the community during the past 20 years.

Current and former members are invited to participate. Anyone who was a member or who knows someone who was a member, please contact Kathy Angel Lee at 937-2125 or [email protected] before Aug. 1.


Two-pronged Day of Kindness set for Saturday

Unity Kindness Revolution will host a Windham Day of Kindness on Saturday at Unity of Greater Portland, 54 River Road.

Events run in two segments. The first, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will host children’s activities including games, a bounce house and face painting. Crafters, jewelry makers, massage therapists, Reiki practitioners, tarot readers and other healing modalities will also be on hand. Lunch is available for a nominal fee.

During the evening segment, from 7to 8 p.m., Michael J. Chase, bestselling Hay House author, renowned motivational speaker and founder of The Kindness Center in Biddeford, will speak. Chase, affectionately known as “The Kindness Guy,” will talk about how living from the heart plays a critical role in healing our lives and our planet. Chase’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

Tickets are available at the door for $20. No reservations are required.