Doctor honored for work against child abuse, neglect

Spurwink medical director Dr. Lawrence R. Ricci of the Spurwink Child Abuse Program recently was presented with the 2016 Ray E. Helfer Award.

The Helfer Society is an international group of physicians that seeks to provide leadership to prevent, diagnose and treat child abuse and neglect It annually presents the award to a member in recognition of distinguished contributions.

Ricci also recently was appointed clinical professor of pediatrics at Maine Track MD Program/Tufts University Medical School in partnership with Maine Medical Center.



School team places high in math competition

Biddeford Intermediate School Math Meet Team members recently placed second in the Southern Maine Elementary Math League competition.

The team achieved the highest arithmetic score out of all 31 fifth-grade teams participating, and has won more competitions than any past BIS team.

Team member Emma Raymond was the southern Maine individual champion, with the highest score out of 175 fifth-graders.

The Math Meet Team included Peter Burton, Nicolas Jacques, Kayleigh Keely, Tyler Lefebvre, Hannah McCurry, Liam Nierle, Patrick O’Driscoll, Elaina Paquette, McKenna Peaslee, Elissa Potter, Emma Raymond, Paige Sonne-Loranger, Sreylen Thor and Suzanne Tighe.

Couple honored for giving time and energy at hospital


Southern Maine Health Care recently honored husband and wife team Audrey and Joe Ferrick of Biddeford Pool as the Lauren Shulman Volunteers of the Year during the hospital’s Charles and Virginia Allard Volunteer Luncheon.

The couple volunteer at the front desk at the Biddeford Medical Center.

According to SMHC President and CEO Ed McGeachey, the award honors the Ferricks for exemplifying a volunteer spirit with enthusiasm and support for the organization, as well as for their dependability and contributions of time and energy.

In addition to the hours they have worked greeting patients and visitors, the Ferricks have helped to raise funds in support of SMHC, most notably during the capital campaign to build the Dorothy Walker Bush Emergency Pavilion. Audrey is a past SMHC Auxiliary president and former chair of the Auxiliary Golf Tournament.

Rotary salutes students for community service

Biddeford High School Interact seniors and incoming junior officers recently gathered with the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club to share their successes over the last year.


The seniors were awarded graduation medallions for their dedication to community service. Those who participated were Elizabeth Audie, Alexa Cadorette, Madison Cantara, Melissa Huot, Kirsten Lebreux (vice president), Erin Martin, Patrick Michaud, Jocelyn Moody, Carson Neumann (secretary), Olivia Soulierre, Charlotte St. Louis (president), Brooke Tardif, Charlotte Whit, and Owen Williams (treasurer). The incoming nominated officers are Joey Curit, Austin Dutremble, Mitchell Farley, Rebekah Guay and Madison Perry.

During the last year, the Biddeford Interact students participated in set-up and distribution for Toys for Tots, raised funds for the local food pantry along with a turkey drive at Thanksgiving, worked at soup kitchens and the Community Bicycle Center, held family fun nights, purchased holiday gifts and wrapped them for families in need and assisted as phone operators at the Rotary Auction.

Rotary established Interact Clubs as a way for youth, ages 12 to 18, to join together to tackle issues in their communities.


Bossong brothers achieve the rank of Eagle Scout

Robert and Lawrence Bossong of Boy Scout Troop 93 have earned Eagle Scout status, the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouts of America.


The two spent hundreds of hours on their Eagle projects.

Robert, a sophomore at Cheverus High School, built six benches for the Washington Avenue Cheverus sports facility. He plays piano, violin and is part of the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra. Robert is involved in several clubs at school and is a lector, Eucharistic minister and usher for Our Lady of Hope Parish St. Joseph Church. He enjoys sailing, rowing and playing chess.

Lawrence, a freshman at Cheverus, built two scorers’ tables for the baseball and softball fields at the high school. He also plays piano, violin and is part of the Portland Youth Junior Orchestra. He is part of many clubs and also is a lector, Eucharistic minister and usher at St. Joseph Church. He enjoys swimming and track.

Lawrence and Robert are sons of Dr. Lawrence Bossong and Dr. Catalina Atienza.


Postal Service drive yields lots of food for pantries


The recent collection by U.S. Postal Service employees provided an enormous donation of food products to be distributed to the various community food pantries in Old Orchard Beach, Biddeford and Saco.

With the help of the postal employees, the Old Orchard Beach Fire Department, the Rotary Club, Advisory Board members and members of The Salvation Army, 211 bins of food were collected for the pantries meeting the needs of local residents.


AmeriCorps member sought for Habitat in York County

Habitat for Humanity York County is looking for a motivated and qualified person to serve locally through AmeriCorps, beginning in August.

AmeriCorps, often referred to as a domestic Peace Corps, engages more than 80,000 Americans each year in service throughout the United States.


Throughout the year, the AmeriCorps member serving with Habitat will manage and grow Keep York County Warm, a weatherization program that serves low-income homeowners in York County.

Applicants who are accepted as AmeriCorps members must commit to serve for up to a year. For more details, go to habitatyorkcounty.org or habitat.org/americorps.


Anglican church moves to a new, shared space

St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church has moved to a new location, sharing space at the West Scarborough Methodist Church on Route 1 at Church and Orchard streets.

After two years of meeting at the Saco Grange, the church outgrew that space.


The parish is led by the Rev. Jeffrey Monroe, vicar, and Harry Wellsman, deacon.

St. Augustine’s is an evangelical and charismatic parish in the Anglican tradition. Services are at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. All are welcome. For more details, call 615-7989.


Church invites artists to submit work for exhibit

Raymond Village Community Church invites artists of all ages to submit artwork for an exhibit exploring the theme “Light and Dark – Through My Eyes.”

The exhibit will take place at the church from 1 to 4 p.m. June 4. Works of all artistic media are sought for this non-juried public exhibition, including photos, prints, paintings, sculpture, multimedia and textiles.


The church will provide refreshments and expects to offer live music exploring the exhibit theme.

Anyone interested in exhibiting should contact the church office at 655-7749 or email [email protected] to get an exhibit form.


Vendor spaces available for church Village Faire

First Parish Church UCC has a few artisan and vendor spaces available to rent for its Village Faire, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16.

Booth space is 10 by 10 feet and the vendor supplies all display materials, including canopy, tables and chairs.

For more details or to apply, call 363-3758 or email [email protected]

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