Two students, teacher honored for benefit success

Wells Elementary School fourth-graders Maya Grainger and Colton Harding recently were recognized during a schoolwide assembly for their outstanding participation in the 2015 American Heart Association Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser.

Wells Principal Marianne Horne and Assistant Principal Ken Spinney awarded the two students with plaques for their first-place wins in the competition that raised $17,900 in pledges.

Physical education teacher Kathy Calo also was recognized by the Wells-Ogunquit Community School District Committee for her coordination of student participation in the annual Jump-A-Thon at WES which, to date, has raised more than $200,000 for the AHA.


Donations sought to fund fuel assistance program

Casco Cares is seeking community support to help provide emergency fuel assistance to town residents.

Donations will be used to cover costs of the fuel assistance program in this heating season and get a jump on needs for the 2017 season.

Casco Cares is a nonprofit formed to provide one-time fuel assistance to Casco residents who do not qualify for town, state, PROP or other sources of aid, and find themselves in an emergency situation.

Fundraising jars have been set up in various public locations throughout the town. Checks also may be made out to Casco Cares and mailed to: Casco Cares, P.O. Box 22, Casco 04015.


Last call for applicants for wilderness program

Monday is the deadline for Maine high school sophomores and juniors to submit an application to participate in the Eighth Annual Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program being offered from Aug. 6-14 by Friends of Baxter State Park.

Accompanied by experienced wilderness leaders from the Chewonki Foundation, participants will backpack from one end of the park to the other while studying Maine’s wilderness through science, art, storytelling, photography, writing, history and recreation.

The program includes readings and assignments in preparation for the field experience and participants will be required to give a public presentation in their community detailing their experiences.

Only students who are currently enrolled as a sophomore or junior in a Maine high school are eligible to apply. Ten participants and six alternates will be announced in March. The program is offered at no cost to those selected.

Applications must be submitted online at www.friendsofbaxter.org. For more details, go to friendsofbaxter.org or contact Friends of Baxter State Park at P.O. Box 322, Belfast 04915.


Festival donates to food pantries, memorial effort

Maine Lobster Festival directors recently presented financial donations to four nonprofit agencies to assist with community outreach initiatives in Knox County.

The Thomaston Inter-Church Food Pantry at Watts Hall, St. Bernard’s Soup Kitchen and the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry each received $1,500 to buy supplemental food to benefit the community.

The Oceanside High School Memorial For Alumni also received $600 to help install a memorial honoring Rockland District High School and Oceanside High School alumni who have died.

An engraved granite stone already has been made and plans include paving a walkway with stones that can be purchased with names engraved.

For more details, go to mainelobsterfestival.com.


Crossroads gets $35,000 grant, will upgrade facility

Crossroads recently was awarded a $35,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to benefit its Children and Mothers Program, located in Windham.

The funds will be used for capital improvements to this facility, which houses pregnant women and mothers in treatment for addiction and behavioral health illnesses.


Southern Maine youth clubs receive $15,000 from Anthem

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine received a $15,000 grant from the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation to improve the health and well-being of Greater Portland, Lewiston and Auburn area kids.

The clubs provide youth with a Triple Play healthy lifestyles program that meets after school and is designed to create a positive environment and support healthy, active lifestyles that focus on teaching the importance of healthy eating habits and being physically active.

To learn more, visit bgcmaine.org.


Historical & Naval Society looking to hire director

The Kittery Historical & Naval Society is seeking a new director to manage its small, volunteer-run organization that features whaling and local community artifacts and memorabilia.

The part-time position entails daily management of the museum and its collections, including the creation of an annual budget, setting up exhibits, fundraising, working with interns, museum officials and trustees regularly, composing a newsletter and the overall marketing of the facility.

The ideal candidate should have archival, curatorial and management experience, as well as computer skills. A strong knowledge of local history is helpful but not required.

Interested applicants should forward resumes, with cover letters, to Bob Young at Kittery Historical & Naval Society, P.O. Box 453, Kittery 03904.

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