Boy Scout completes first phase of bluebird project

Evan Kane of Boy Scout Troop 39 has completed the first phase of a project to build and monitor 20 cedar Eastern bluebird boxes as part of his candidacy to earn Eagle Scout status and also secure a William T. Hornaday badge.

In 2015, Kane, 17, a Scarborough High School senior, oversaw the project to build and install the birdhouses throughout the Pineland Farms property in New Gloucester.

As part of the effort, Kane created a brochure, tutorial and blog that detail the project, as well as articles and graphs that help participants to identify the birds, their nest styles, eggs and habits.

The second phase of the project is to get volunteers involved in monitoring the birds, making note of what types of birds are occupying the boxes as well as notes on their habits. Each birdhouse is numbered, and monitor logs offer space to record the types of birds present, how many eggs were laid and other observances about the birds’ activities.

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The Hornaday badge was created to honor scouts who take on conservation projects deemed to be exceptional. According to the Scouts organization, only about 1,100 of the badges have been awarded since 1917.


MaineHealth Care at Home receives $10,000 grant

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.

This funding 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 that strives to improve quality of life by providing relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness.

For more details, call 800- 660-4867 or go to


Businesses contribute $2,500 to arts-driven nonprofit

Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution and P&C Insurance have contributed $2,500 to education at Engine, Inc., an arts-driven nonprofit located in downtown Biddeford.

The S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts/design, math) project at Engine provides students with engaging, project-based educational activities that inspire youth to design-related careers. This contribution will benefit classes and workshops in visual arts, applied arts, design, 3D modeling, woodworking and boatbuilding. The sponsorship also helps support the Maine Fablab and Media Lab, an open-access shared fabrication laboratory with digital tools where students and artists have access to 3D printers, laser machining workstations and computing equipment.

Engine, located at 128 Main St. in Biddeford, is open to the public.

For more details, visit


Hannaford program will benefit town’s public library

Libby Memorial Library has been chosen by Hannaford as the beneficiary of funds raised through the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag program.

During the month of July, the library will receive a $1 donation for every blue Good Karma bag purchased at the Hannaford at 531 Main St. in Saco.

The library hopes to raise $500 to help fund library programs, events, materials and activities for residents and visitors.

For more details, go to or call 934-4351.


Water district seeks photos for Sebago Lake calendar

Portland Water District is seeking images to be featured in its forthcoming “Images of Sebago Lake 2017” calendar, to be published in late fall.

Organizers are seeking photography that celebrates the natural beauty of Sebago Lake, taken by amateur or hobbyist photographers. This year, the group also is soliciting photos of Sebago Lake’s tributaries, like the Crooked River.

Digital photos are preferred and must be high resolution for printing purposes (minimum size of 1 MB, with a maximum of 10 MB). Photos will be accepted through Aug. 7. Calendars will be available around Thanksgiving, and photographers will receive a complimentary calendar.

Please forward the photo, along with your name, age, mailing address, email address and location and season/date of photo to Sebago Lake Calendar, Portland Water District, 225 Douglass St., P.O. Box 3553, Portland, ME 04104 or email [email protected]


Rotary Club provides assistance to veterans

The South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club, which has emphasized assistance to Maine’s homeless veterans for several years, just completed its agreed-upon obligations to the Bureau of Veterans’ Services in Augusta for this Rotary year.

The club provided numerous items and assistance, including transportation passes to allow veterans to go to medical and job interview appointments, bedding, pots and pans, gasoline gift cards, food gift cards and other items.

The club’s total contribution for the year has exceeded $5,500.

At any given time, there are numerous homeless veterans in Maine suffering from lack of basic necessities. In 2015, emergency shelter was provided to 201 homeless Maine veterans across the state.


Modern Woodmen donates $2,000 to Riding to the Top

Modern Woodmen of America’s Tim Graham recently presented Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center with a matching gift of $2,000 during the center’s second annual Dances With Horses fundraising event.

In all, more than $7,500 was raised, with the money to directly help hundreds of people with disabilities experience the healing powers of horses this summer through sponsored camperships.