Spurwink employees win honors for exceptional work

Spurwink, a nonprofit that provides behavioral health and educational services for children, adults and families across Maine, recently awarded the 2015 Rosser Award to employees Debra Bunce, Ph.D., director of clinical supervision; Nathanna McGivney, LCSW, regional director Cumberland County outpatient and community services; and Charles Pray, a special education teacher at the Lewiston Auburn Day Treatment School.

The winners were selected by Spurwink co-workers for their exceptional personal initiative, enthusiasm, dedication, generosity of spirit and commitment to collaboration.

Ronald McDonald grants support kids’ oral health

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine awarded grants totaling $80,000 to five Maine nonprofit organizations that promote children’s oral health.


The grants will bring improved dental care to more than 7,500 Maine children through the following organizations:

Portland’s Children’s Oral Health Program will receive $9,800 for installation of donated dental equipment, maintenance costs and dental supplies.

 Community Dental will receive $13,258 to purchase a pediatric dental chair and associated equipment.

 Maine Dental Health Out-Reach Inc. of Winthrop will receive $19,361 to provide materials and supplies for preventive care for children in 35 schools in central Maine.

 Mid-Coast Health Net (Knox County Health Clinic) of Rockland will receive $10,431 to expand its dental program for youth.

 Aroostook Dental Clinic (St. Apollonia Dental Clinic) of Presque Isle, will receive $27,150 to install a central nitrous oxide system and for dental treatment instruments in the operating room.


Applications are being accepted for the 2016 RMHC Grants Program. Submission deadline is June 1. Nonprofit organizations in Maine and northern New Hampshire with a focus on children’s oral health are encouraged to apply.

For more details, go to rmhcmaine.org or call 780-6282.

United Way grant benefits work with grieving children

The Center for Grieving Children has been awarded a one-year grant of $8,475 from United Way of York County.

This investment supports a volunteer-led, community-based model that improves the quality of life for grieving children and families in York County.

The funding will help the center provide bereavement peer support groups for children, teens and adults; encourage volunteerism and provide education and training to schools and youth organizations.


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

Vendors can register for Old Port Festival

Registration is open for vendors who wish to participate in the 43rd annual Old Port Festival to take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 12.

Food and retail vendors, Maine-based artists and nonprofit organizations all are invited to register online at oldportfestival.eventbrite.com.

Space is available on a first come, first served basis and the deadline to register is April 30.



Students win second place in marine repair competition

Wells High School senior Caleb Heyland was part of a two-member team that won second place last month at a competition held by Portland Yacht Services at the Portland Boat Show.

Several vocational school students participated in the contest sponsored by Universal Technical Institute and Snap-On tools.

Teams had to take a written exam followed by hands-on troubleshooting and repair of a defective electronic circuit board used to monitor and control systems aboard a modern recreational boat.

Heyland and his teammate from Kennebunk received trophies for themselves and their schools, a $2,500 scholarship from UTI and tools worth $125 from Snap-On.

Heyland attends both Wells High School and the Portland Arts and Technology High School, where he is enrolled in the recreational marine repair class.



Credit union to award scholarships to members

Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union has launched a new scholarship program for members who are graduating from high school.

The program will award scholarships for $7,500, $2,500, $1,000 and eight $500 scholarships to assist members who will be furthering their education.

To apply, members may download an application from atlanticregional.com or obtain one at their school guidance offices or at Atlantic Regional branches in Brunswick, Topsham, Freeport and Cumberland. All applications must be received or postmarked no later than May 6.



Sean Soucy is selected to receive Principal’s Award

Falmouth High School senior Sean Soucy has been selected to receive the 2016 Maine Principal’s Award in recognition of his academic achievement and citizenship.

Soucy has served on the FHS executive committee, has been class president for four years, has been a member of the varsity cross country and indoor/outdoor track teams for four years; is a member of Natural Helpers; a member of the theater company for four years, and has served on numerous committees and school projects.

Soucy is the son of Laurie and Leo Soucy of Falmouth.


Science programs for adults supported by grant to library


The D.A. Hurd Library has received a $3,500 National Science Foundation grant to provide science-based programs for adults.

The programs funded by the grant are considered “book club meets science café.”

Adult attendees read a selected book, discuss the book at a library event, and watch and discuss a short video in which scientific ideas touched on in the book intersect with everyday life.


Festival donation to help local students visit Spain

The Maine Lobster Festival Corporation supported Oceanside High School’s Travel Club with a $350 donation.


The club, led by Spanish teacher Gretchen Jordan, plans to visit Salamanca, Spain, later this month. Students will stay with host families in the area and study four hours of Spanish every morning.

The club also plans to visit with Samantha Greer Dienesch-Calamari, an Oceanside High School alumna and the Maine Lobster Festival 2014 Crown Princess. She is currently studying in Salamanca.


Science teacher honored for advancing stewardship

Biddeford Middle School 8th grade science teacher and district science coordinator Ann Putney has been recognized with the Maine Stewardship Award by Project Learning Tree.

The award goes to an educator who helps Maine students and teachers become better informed about sound environmental stewardship.


Putney was honored for her continuing education efforts, including facilitating teacher workshops and holding Forest Field Days behind Biddeford Middle School, where teachers and students meet with natural resource professionals.


Library seeks members for board of trustees

Kennebunk Free Library is seeking individuals to join its board of trustees.

Applicants must be 18 or older, legal residents of or employed in Kennebunk and Arundel.

A job description, FAQs and application forms are available at kennebunklibrary.org or at the library front desk at 112 Main St. For more details, call 985-2173.



Norlands takes applications for summer fellowship

The Washburn-Norlands Foundation is accepting applications from Maine high school seniors for a chance to receive its $1,000 Ethel “Billie” Gammon History Education Summer Fellowship Award.

The selected senior will participate as a member of the Norlands’ summer staff, gaining experience in living history education, museum operations, historic agriculture and other topics.

The fellowship is awarded to a senior who has been inspired by experiencing living history at Norlands and is planning to pursue a field that can be related to its mission.

Submissions, including an essay, are due by May 13. For more information, email norlands@norlands.org or call 897-4366.



Vose Library to make deliveries to some patrons

Vose Library will begin offering a free delivery service to town residents who hold a library card but can’t come to the library because of lack of transportation, physical inability or illness.

Deliveries and pick-ups of returned items will be on a two-week schedule, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursdays starting April 14.

Vose to Home patrons may borrow up to 10 items at a time, including up to two each of audio books (on CD), movies (on DVD) and magazines.

Patrons may choose books and other materials online, by phoning in requests or asking a library volunteer to make a selection based on preferences shown on the application.


For more details, call 785-4733.


K9 at Maine State Prison receives protective vest

Maine Department of Corrections K9 Kane has received a protective vest from Vested Interest in K9s, an East Taunton, Massachusetts-based nonprofit.

The donation to provide a protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. The vest was sponsored by Madeline Hamersley of Sorrento and is embroidered with “In memory of Fred & Georgie Silvy, Ellsworth Falls.”

Kane and his handler, Cpl. Robert Bowen, patrol the Maine State Prison in Warren. For more information, go to vik9s.org.

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