TD Beach to Beacon board gets 4 new members

The TD Beach to Beacon’s board of directors recently appointed four new members.

Sheri Piers of Falmouth and Chandra Leister, George Fennell and Morgan Lake Adams, all of Portland, have joined the 16-member board, chaired by race founder and Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson, which oversees the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, this year set for Aug. 6.

Piers is a three-time TD Beach to Beach Maine winner and was the first American finisher at the Boston Marathon and also won the master’s crown. She is a medical director and a nurse practitioner at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish.

Leister is director of marketing and programming at the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce and volunteers as president of the Maine Track Club.

Fennell is a corporate vice president at Idexx Laboratories in Westbrook. He has competed in the TD Beach to Beacon for five years.

Adams is a teacher at Catherine McAuley High School and TD Beach to Beacon legacy runner, having participated in each of the 18 races. She has organized the popular Kids Fun Run for the past six years.

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Senior named a candidate to be Presidential Scholar

Lily Williams, a Biddeford High School senior who is in the engineering and architectural design class at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology, has been named one of more than 4,000 candidates in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

She was selected from nearly 3.3 million students.

Each year, up to 161 students in the U.S. are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and participate in other activities.

Williams is the daughter of Aaron and Laurie Williams.


Maine Youth Leadership wins Yelp Foundation grant

Maine Youth Leadership recently received a $3,000 grant from the Yelp Foundation through a contest in which community members nominated nonprofits in 75 U.S. cities.

“It’s an honor to have been nominated and to see such an outpouring of support from our local community,” said MYL board member Wendy Cunningham.

This grant will help fund the 2016 MYL Seminar, a four-day program in June, that is open to one 10th grade ambassador from every high school in Maine.

The seminar focuses on helping Maine’s youth build leadership skills, volunteerism and character through sessions ranging from understanding how local government works, to fostering communication and helping the students establish personal mission statements.

To learn more, visit or call 221-3196.


Girl Scouts help create 3,000 Hearts for Hospice

More than 70 Girl Scout troops and other community groups from across Maine created over 3,000 homemade Valentine’s Day cards for the Beacon Hospice’s Hearts for Hospice challenge.

The cards were created at events in Bangor, Augusta, Auburn and Portland.

Girl Scout troops No. 518 of Hallowell and No. 2266 of Augusta, and Juliette Girl Scout troop of Readfield were selected to deliver cards to individuals at the Augusta Center for Health and Rehabilitation.

Brownie troop of Hartford-Sumner-Buckfield delivered cards to Pinnacle (formerly Victoria Villa) in Canton. Daisy troop No. 30 of Mechanic Falls delivered cards to Clover Healthcare in Auburn.

Brownie Girl Scout troop No. 2001 of Brewer delivered cards to Eastside Rehabilitation Center in Bangor.

And Brownie troop No. 1766 of Portland delivered cards to the Barron Center in Portland.

Application deadline today for community grants

Monday is the deadline for nonprofit and public organizations to apply for Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant funding.

In 2015, the foundation’s county committees awarded more than $976,000 in community-building grants to nonprofit organizations across the state and more than $232,000 from donor-advised funds.

To learn more about the foundation, or for applications and guidelines, go to


Holy Cross students scramble to raise funds

“Three, two, one, go!” was the intercom prompt that recently sent Holy Cross students scrambling through the hallways, bags of coins in hand, in a Penny Wars fundraiser.

From 8:50 a.m. to 9 a.m. pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students went from room to room, placing pennies, silver coins and paper money into jars marked for each classroom.

The students were vying to collect the most pennies per class. The twist was that the pennies equivalent would be deducted whenever silver coins or paper money were introduced to the jars.

Children and adults alike seemed to take pleasure in dropping bills into the jars of other classrooms during the 10 minutes. Some teachers attempted to bribe students with lollipops if they would deposit money other than pennies in another classroom’s jar.

The big winner of the contest was the Ngamo Primary School in Zimbabwe, Africa, which will receive the $1,442.75 raised to help students pay their school fees.

Credit unions’ donations will buy food pantry freezer

The South Portland Food Cupboard recently received donations from two credit unions to enhance its capacity.

The Evergreen Credit Union donated $3,000 and the Town & Country Federal Credit Union donated $2,000.

The donations will be used to purchase an additional commercial freezer, enabling the pantry to keep more perishable foods safe for distribution.

The facility at 130 Thadeus St. is open from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays and is dedicated to providing supplemental food to the needy of South Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth and surrounding communities.

For more details, call 874-0379 or email [email protected]


Nonfood pantry receives $3,000 from United Way

The Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church has been awarded a $3,000 two-year grant from United Way of York County to benefit its nonfood pantry, the Corner Cupboard.

The volunteer-run pantry exists to provide essentials to people in need living in York County. The grassroots organization is sponsored and housed in the Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church.

For more details, call 324-3191 or go to

York County students can apply to technical center

The Sanford Regional Technical Center is seeking applicants for the 2016-17 school year to provide career and technical education opportunities to students from high schools in York County.

Current 10th and 11th grade students from Marshwood, Massabesic, Noble, Sanford, Traip Academy, Wells and York high schools are eligible to apply for a program of their choice. Home-schooled students who reside in the communities served by these schools also are eligible.

More information can be found at Applications are available on the website and the deadline for submitting them is March 11. Choose “admissions” on the home page and then “apply online.” The security code is “career.”

For more details, call 324-2942.


Parking permits available for residents and others

Parking permits for 2016 are now available at the Town Clerk’s office.

The fee is $50 for residents, with a limit of two per household issued. A limited amount of nonresident parking permits are available at $150 each, on a first-come, first-served basis. Nonresident overnight parking permits are $300 and just 30 are available.

For more details, call 934-4042.


Jump rope squad performs for elementary students

Wells Elementary School hosted a jump rope demonstration recently by the 2016 Spindrifters team from South Bristol.

The Spindrifters squad, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is made up of students in grades 4 through 8.

They perform around Maine for schools that participate in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart, an annual student fundraising campaign.

The 30-minute performance featured a nonstop jumping routine that included complex jumping skills and tricks.

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