Cooperative Extension seeks food donations from gardens

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is seeking partners to participate in its 2015 Maine Harvest for Hunger program.

The project is open to all interested gardeners who wish to help feed Maine’s hungry by planting extra fruit and vegetables this season and donating them to a local food pantry.

The program is coordinated through the Extension’s Master Gardener volunteer program.

For more details or to enroll in the program, call (800) 287-1471 or go to umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/maine-harvest-for-hunger.


Lincoln students raise funds for Nepal earthquake victims

Lincoln Middle School 8th-graders have raised over $500 in support of Heifer International’s mission to end hunger and poverty. Their donation will be matched by Idexx Laboratories Inc. in Westbrook.

Instead of donating Heifer animals as planned, the students chose to give the money to the Heifer International Disaster Rehabilitation Fund. These funds will go directly to providing food, water and shelter to victims of the earthquake in Nepal and eventually will go toward rebuilding.

The Mount Desert team students, led by Claire Crocker, raised the funds by visiting friends, family and local businesses to teach about Heifer International and to solicit donations for its work around the world.

Many students who participated are from families who have immigrated to the Portland area from other countries.


Theater and art day camp offered for middle-schoolers

The Orion Performing Arts Center is accepting registrations for its first Create-A-Play Theater/Art Day Camp, to be offered to 20 middle school-age students in July.

Camp participants will create a full play, from character development and story to scenery and performing the finished work before an audience.

Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13-17, with the play to be performed at 3 p.m. July 17. A cast and family party will follow.

Registration brochures are available online at www.orion performingartscenter.org and at Mt. Ararat Middle School, at 66 Republic Drive.

The camp is open only to students in SAD 75 through May 26. If space remains, registration will open to all students entering grades 6 to 9 in the fall.

For more details, call Judy Lloyd at the arts center, 729-2950 ext. 7, or email [email protected]

The camp will be staffed by experienced theater and art professionals.

Employment information is available at www.servingschools.com.


Leavitt’s Mill free clinic receives dental care grant

Leavitt’s Mill Free Health Center has been awarded a $5,000 grant by Northeast Delta Dental Foundation.

This investment will be used to purchase needed supplies to support restorative dental work for patients by the center’s volunteer dental team.

The Northeast Delta Dental Foundation works to improve access to, and the quality of, oral health care and education for the public and the dental community in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Founded in 2003, the health center’s mission is to provide free health care services to persons who have no insurance and to sponsor health promotion activities for the entire community.

The dedication of volunteer providers, staff and student interns and support from surrounding communities continues to sustain the free clinic.


Teen auto technicians will compete at national finals

Two Westbrook Regional Vocational Center students hope to be crowned the country’s best student auto technicians when they compete in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Finals June 7-9 at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

Gabrial Scamman and Michael Libby, led by instructor Carter Waldren, will represent Maine. Pairs of students from all 50 states will compete for scholarships, along with the prestige of the national title.

To earn their spot at the national level, Scamman and Libby scored among the best in Maine in an online test of their automotive knowledge. They advanced to the state finals hosted at the New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire, on May 9, where they vied with nine other pairs of Maine students in a hands-on competition to diagnose and repair intentionally installed “bugs” on identical Ford vehicles.

Libby was awarded a full scholarship to Central Maine Community College for scoring the highest in Maine on the online test.


Fifth-graders to give school sculpture of willow branches

Fifth-graders from Skillin Elementary School are working to create an outdoor sculpture of woven willow branches.

Art educator Dorson Plourde has been working with students to create a more natural playscape for students to interact with, promoting imaginative and inventive play outdoors.

Working with a School Ground Greening Coalition Grant from Portland Trails, the project serves as the 5th-grade farewell project.

The structure will stand as a gift to the school and younger students.


Care4Kids event raises $6,000 to help children

The first Care4Kids 5K Run/Walk event, held at Camp Ellis in April, raised more than $6,000 to support York County Community Action.

More than 175 runners turned out for the race.

Proceeds from the race will directly benefit children from low-income households in York County in programs such as Head Start and Early Head Start, WIC and Nasson Health Care.