Women in Harmony grant supports cancer community

Women in Harmony, a chorus of 60 women, has received a grant from the Davis Family Foundation to be used to build community through the healing power of music among those affected by cancer.

On May 20 and 21, the group will present a spring concert featuring Diane Benjamin’s “Where I Live” (A Breast Cancer Oratorio) at the State Street Congregational Church in Portland. After each performance, interested members of the audience can participate in or just listen to a dialogue with the composer and representatives from the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Community Center of Portland.

Financial support from the Davis foundation will cover the composer’s participation and travel, a string quartet to accompany the chorus, sheet music, and special marketing and outreach efforts to attract a broad audience – many affected by cancer.


Free community meals offered every Wednesday

A free community meal program has begun, offering meals from 5 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday at the Westbrook Community Center (not the teen center) at 426 Bridge St.

The meal is a partnership of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wayside Food Programs and the Westbrook Community Center.

On-site parking is free and it is handicap accessible. All are welcome for a free nutritious meal and fellowship.


Student athlete honored for contributions, excellence

Wells High School sophomore Madison Szczygiel has been selected Student Athlete of the Month, recognizing her contributions in academics and sportsmanship, and excellence in school sports including her running performances at the State Class B Indoor Track Meet at Bowdoin College and at the New England Championships in February.

Szczygiel placed fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:27.36 at the Class B State Meet. At the New England Championships, she placed 23rd in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:15.15, setting a new record for her school.

She also plays soccer and runs outdoor track for her school.


Volunteer drivers sought to assist cancer patients

The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program is seeking volunteer drivers in Cumberland County to help provide free transportation to and from treatments.

The program assists patients who do not have a car, are unable to drive or have no other means of transportation to access cancer care. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars. Drivers also provide encouragement and support.

To volunteer, you must have a valid driver’s license, a safe and reliable vehicle and proof of auto insurance. Drivers must be 18 years of age or older and have a good driving history. They arrange their own schedules.

The American Cancer Society provides free training to drivers and conducts criminal background and driving record checks.

For more details, call 800-227-2345, or visit cancer.org.


Organic compost offered for residents’ gardening

The Falmouth Public Works Department has a fresh new batch of organic compost this spring.

Residents may take advantage of this natural and reusable product for their gardens, lawns and landscaping.

In addition, Falmouth Public Works also has backyard composters for sale, as well as kitchen pails for easier storage and transport of food waste.

Also, the town is continuing the pilot program that allows residents to bring food waste to the Falmouth Transfer Station for composting.

For more information, to place an order or to find out more about delivery options, call 781-3919.


Town seeks volunteers for Committee on Aging

Town officials are seeking members for a proposed Committee on Aging, who will gather information pertaining to senior citizens in Kennebunk, including housing, recreation centers, nursing care and medical services, and establish a liaison with town staff and other committees.

Committee volunteer forms are available at the town manager’s office at Town Hall or on the town website at kennebunkmaine.us/committees. Completed forms should be returned to the town manager’s office by May 18.

A short meeting is set for 6:15 p.m. on May 24 on the third floor at the Town Hall. All applicants should attend.