Esther Residence raffling quilt to fund programs

The Esther Residence, a transitional living facility for women who have been released from incarceration, is sponsoring a quilt raffle to fund educational opportunities for the seven women living at the home.

Tickets for the handmade, queen-sized, museum quality quilt, that was made and donated by Celia Schafer, are $1 each or six for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn on March 27.

Donations can be sent to the Esther Residence Fund at P.O. Box 296, Saco, ME 04072.

For more information, call 283-0323 or email [email protected]


Course offered for those studying for citizenship test

Beginning Monday, the Adult Community Education department at Wells High School will offer a 12-week citizenship preparation course for those wanting to take the U.S. citizenship naturalization test.

The course will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. for 12 consecutive Mondays and is designed to help students prepare for all areas covered within the naturalization test.

The naturalization test consists of a written and an oral portion covering English and civics (U.S. history and American government). Test takers prepare for 100 questions but on test day they are just given 10 out of the 100 to answer.

For more details, call the Wells-Ogunquit Adult Education office at 646-4564 or register at


Hannaford’s reusable bag program aids Park Danforth

The Park Danforth, a nonprofit committed to providing senior living, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps reusable bag program for the month of March.

For every blue Hannaford Helps reusable bag purchased at the 787 Riverside St. store in Portland, The Park Danforth will receive a $1 donation.

The Park Danforth has a goal of raising $1,000 and plans to use the projected funds to provide more dining choices to seniors.


High school’s Wildcats present hospital $13,000

The York High School Wildcats have presented a $13,000 check to York Hospital.

With the help of the York High Athletic Boosters, athletic teams sponsored special days to support the Living Well With Cancer programs at York Hospital. Many teams held bake sales and special raffles.


Arieanna Mills, David Fairfield Sara’s Scholarship winners

Teens To Trails & the Chewonki Foundation named Arieanna Mills and David Fairfield of Wiscasset High School as this year’s Sara’s Scholarship recipient students.

Both students will spend three weeks with Chewonki’s Wilderness Trips for Teens program. The program is intended to spark student interest in the outdoors, provide student leadership for high school outing clubs and encourage the growth of outing clubs across Maine.


Lutheran church begins yearly ‘Food Train’ program

Trinity Lutheran Church, 612 Main St., is beginning its fifth year with the “Climb Aboard the Food Train” program to raise money and food donations for the Westbrook Food Pantry.

The train has grown every year in its scope and the amount of donations gathered.

The 2015 effort raised more than $5000 and 150 large boxes of nonperishable food items for the pantry.

Collection jars have been placed in more than 100 businesses throughout the city. Food can be dropped off in boxes at the Walker Memorial Library, Curves, Westbrook Community Center office, Mr. Bagel, Husson College and area churches.

For more details or to donate, leave your name and contact information with the Trinity Lutheran Church office. The phone number is 854-5653 and the email address is [email protected]


Land trust benefits from middle school ‘Penny War’

Camden-Rockport Middle School has named Coastal Mountains Land Trust the winner of its “Penny War,” a feature of its annual Spirit Week, which is filled with fun, silliness, sportsmanship and a variety of contests between the grades.

In “Penny War,” grades compete to bring in the most pennies. This year the fifth-graders brought in a record-setting 18,000 pennies.

As winners of the contest, the grade 5 students got to vote on a local environmental organization to donate half of their earnings, a total of $500.


Kirsten Lebreux named to receive 2016 Principal’s Award

Kirsten Lebreux, a Biddeford High School senior, will receive the 2016 Principal’s Award, recognizing her academic achievements and good citizenship.

Principal Jeremie Sirois said Lebreux has distinguished herself in the classroom, in athletics and as a leader at the school.

Lebreux plans to attend an honors luncheon in Bangor on April 2, where she will be recognized among other nominees for the award from Maine high schools. Each will receive a plaque and five individuals will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

United Way awards YMCA two grants for $16,625

The YMCA of Southern Maine has been awarded two one-year grants from United Way of York County totaling $16,625.

The grants will support the YMCA of Southern Maine’s Northern York County Branch’s Community Connections program and Community Childcare Center.

The YMCA’s Community Childcare Center provides childcare to families in the Greater Biddeford area who otherwise may not be able to afford stable, high quality care for their children.

Community Connections is a youth mentoring program created in partnership of the YMCA of Southern Maine’s Northern York County Branch and the Rotary clubs of Kennebunk and Kennebunk Portside.

To learn more, go to or call 985-3359.


Workers’ comp insurer seeks scholarship applications

Workers’ compensation insurer MEMIC is accepting applications for its Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship Program for children and spouses of workers who have been seriously injured on the job.

The application and all requirements must be completed by April 29 to be considered for a scholarship of up to $5,000.

Applicants will be judged on academic transcripts, citizenship and future promise.

Students must be attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university.

To be eligible, the related injured worker must have been working for a MEMIC policyholder at the time of injury.

For more information, call 800-660-1306 or go to