No garbage collection Monday as Fourth of July is observed

There will be no garbage collection Monday in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Residents who normally observe a Monday rubbish removal will instead have their trash picked up Friday or they may opt to take their garbage to the town’s trash and recycling collection facility instead.

The Transfer Station is open Tuesday through Saturday.

There will be no other changes in the collection schedule this week.

For more details, call 985-2102.


Student-loan repayment funds up for grabs

Washington County residents who have completed post-secondary education within the last five years and are building a professional and personal life in Washington County are eligible to apply for student loan repayment awards of up to $5,000 from the Gracie Fund at the Maine Community Foundation. In exchange, recipients participate in volunteer activities while working in their preferred field.

The deadline for applications is July 15. Complete guidelines and application forms are available through the Maine Community Foundation and the Sunrise County Economic Council, which jointly administer the Gracie Fund.

Visit or, or call 877-700-6800 (toll-free) for information.


Student athlete award goes to sophomore Anya Chase

Wells High School sophomore Anya Chase was selected Student Athlete of the Month for her academic successes, sportsmanship and excellence in school sports. including her role as pitcher and her batting record with the WHS girls’ softball team.

In presenting a plaque to Chase recently, WHS Director of Student Activities Jack Molloy said, “Anya is the epitome of what I believe a scholar athlete should be.”

Pam Moody-Maxon of award co-sponsor Moody Maxon Real Estate also praised Chase for routinely receiving high honors in high school.

Eighteen students win bikes as part of reading program

Wells Elementary School recently held an assembly to draw the names of student winners for its “Bikes for Books” reading incentive program.

Since April, students from nine first- and second-grade classrooms participated in the program coordinated by literacy teacher Bonnie Esty and Dr. Claire Tusch of Wells Ocean Lodge No. 142.

Over a two-month period, students read books, filled out accompanying tickets and wrote brief book reports, then deposited their entries into a box in their classrooms. The more books they read, the greater the chance they had of winning a bike.

In all, 18 new Huffy bicycles were awarded to nine boys and nine girls, along with helmets and T-shirts, just in time for summer break.

The program was sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Maine and the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation.


Living history center opens Tuesday for the season

Washburn-Norlands Living History Center opens for the season Tuesday at 290 Norlands Road.

The center is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for living history tours that are designed to interpret the lives of real people who lived in the Norlands neighborhood in the 1800s. Costumed interpreters use third- and first-person interpretation techniques to tell their stories.

Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children and $25 for families.

For more details, visit or call 897-4366.


Bank’s employees to deliver donations to food pantries

During June and July, employees from Camden National Bank will deliver donations totaling nearly $9,000 to 29 food pantries throughout the state of Maine.

Funds for the donations were raised by employees through the bank’s employee-run community outreach program, the Community Spirit of Giving. The money will help provide meals and support to the more than 208,000 individuals in Maine who will turn to food pantries and meal service programs for food assistance this summer.

For more details, visit the Good Shepherd Food Bank at


Grant helps agency recruit illness support volunteers

MaineHealth Care At Home, formerly HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, has received a one-year grant in the amount of $10,000 from the York County Children’s Aid Society Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The money will support efforts to recruit and train a specialized group of volunteers who can support children and families dealing with the challenges of serious illness.

This development aligns with the agency’s effort to strengthen its pediatric palliative care program, which strives to improve quality of life by providing relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness. Those services include nursing, physical, speech and occupational therapies, emotional and spiritual counseling, pain management and education. The development of a volunteer program would strengthen and complement existing services.

For more details, call 800-660-4867 or visit


Volunteers spiff up Waban properties on special day

Volunteers from Pratt & Whitney, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Unum, Baker Company, Jagger Brothers, Kennebunk Savings Bank and the Sanford Alternative School recently converged at Waban properties for the 21st United Way Day of Caring event.

All Waban locations, including 25 residential homes, summer camp, the main campus on Route 4, and the Fraser-Ford Child Development Center enjoyed the handiwork of volunteers from various companies and Waban staff and residents. Many returning volunteers and longtime residents look forward to this day each year, when they can work together again to enhance the homes with some paint or landscaping. At the lakeside camp area, volunteers picked up rakes, cleaning buckets, paint brushes and hammers to spread mulch, repaint cabins, and build a new, 6-foot-high wooden fence surrounding the Wormwood Center’s patio and planned Memorial Garden.

Many of the residential programs provided lunch for the individuals working at their homes, and others gathered at the Wormwood Banquet Hall at Waban’s TREE Center for sandwiches made by a team of staff members. There were over 100 diners taking a break from their work to sit for a moment and enjoy some refreshments.

Neal Meltzer, executive director of Waban, addressed the group to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to the Waban community and all of York County. He shared with them the impact of their volunteerism and how giving back to the children and adults who receive services from Waban truly does make a difference.

“In our 50th year we are humbled by the amount of support we receive from local individuals and businesses and thank you all for participating in such a wonderful event. Our special thanks to United Way of York County for bringing communities together for a great cause.”

An estimated total of 1,000 volunteers tackled 92 projects at 35 sites throughout York County, including Waban locations in North Berwick, Sanford, Springvale and Kennebunk. Learn more about Waban at and United Way of York County at