Retired Educators present scholarships

The Cumberland County Retired Educators Association presented scholarships to two Cumberland County students during a ceremony at the Fireside Inn recently.

The 2016 David B. Pillsbury Scholarship was presented to Maude Meeker of Bonny Eagle High School. She plans to travel to Argentina for an internship this summer and will attend the University of Southern Maine this fall to pursue a career in education.

David Pillsbury was past president of CCREA and a former history teacher at Deering High School in Portland. His daughter Marianne Pillsbury and sister-in-law Muriel Allen presented the scholarship to Meeker.

Also receiving a scholarship was Doaa Khalil of Westbrook High School, who plans to further her education in mathematics.


Four recognized for health-tech essays

Four students from the Maine College of Health Professions have been honored in an essay competition sponsored by the Maine Society of Radiologic Technologists and The Radiologic Educators of Maine.

Emma Schalk of MCHP’s Radiologic Technology Program earned a first-place award and $350 for her paper, “The Medical Imaging Repercussions of Thyroid Radiosensitivity.” She is from Sabattus.

Kersti Bayne, of Standish, and an MCHP nuclear medicine technology major, was recognized as the third-place honoree for her paper, “Radium 223 Dichloride or Xofigo: What is it Used For?” and was awarded $100. Honorable mentions went to MCHP radiology students Christine Doyle and Robin Perkins.

Essays had to address a technical aspect of an imaging modality or therapy, and were judged on content, presentation and originality. The competition was open to students enrolled in a radiologic science program in Maine.


Students’ health records available

The Health Office at Wells High School is preparing to confidentially dispose of student health records for the classes of 2005 through 2008 in accordance with 255 Maine State Archives, Chapter 10.

If any former student would like his or her health folder, it must be requested in writing from Pat Endsley, RN, at [email protected] or at Wells High School, 200 Sanford Road, Wells 04090.

Deadline for requests is by Aug. 1.

Poster takes second at regional level

Wells Elementary School student Madison Webb has received first place at the local and state levels of competition in the Grade 2 category of the Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest for 2016.

The Garden Club Federation of Maine at Bar Harbor also announced that Webb’s artwork finished second at the New England regional level.

The contest, which began in 1961 and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service and National Garden Clubs, Inc., annually invites grade 1-5 students to be involved with creating the posters to raise awareness of natural resource conservation and wildfire prevention.

Wells High ranked fifth best in Maine by magazine

Wells High School has earned a Silver Award from U.S. News & World Report and ranked fifth-best high school in Maine. For the fifth consecutive year, the school has attained a top ranking from this national online magazine.

Once a printed weekly newsmagazine, U.S. News & World Report now maintains primarily an online presence. Besides news, opinion and consumer advice, the magazine is known for its college, high school and hospital rankings.


Practice earns recognition for medical home care

Southern Maine Health Care’s Internal Medicine practice in Sanford has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for providing Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home care to its patients.

The program is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, better patients’ experience of care and reduce costs.

The Level 3 distinction is valid for three years.

Other SMHC practices that have earned Level 3 PCMH recognition from the NCQA include: SMHC Family Medicine offices at Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford and Biddeford. Level 2 status has been designated for the SMHC Pediatrics and Biddeford and Saco. And, Level 1 status has been designated for SMHC Pediatrics of Kennebunk.

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Bank awards $5,000 grant to schooner renovation

The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a grant of $5,000 to the Maine Maritime Academy to help maintain, protect, and preserve the historic schooner Bowdoin.

The Bowdoin renovation project is part of a long-term maintenance and care plan to replace the boat’s deck and complete other upgrades that are easily accessible when the old deck is removed.

The renovation is funded through the Bowdoin Centennial Campaign. The aim of the campaign is to keep the Bowdoin exploring, sailing and training for the next 100 years.

For more details, call Jennifer DeJoy at 326-2256 or email [email protected]


MEMIC awards $15,000 in scholarships

The MEMIC Group recently awarded $15,000 in scholarships to three children of workers who suffered serious workplace injuries.

Griffin Wade of Lewiston, Kelsey Jones of Hancock, and Sadie Martinez Clavijo of Hartford, Conn., each received $5,000 toward their college ambitions.

The MEMIC Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship has been awarded annually since 2001 to the spouse or child of a worker who has suffered a serious injury or death at work.

Wade will begin his first year at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. to study culinary nutrition.

Jones, a graduate of Mount Desert Island High School, plans to study digital art/new media.

Martinez Clavijo will enter her senior year at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., where she is completing a double major in criminal justice and Spanish with a minor in French.

Rossini Club announces scholarship winners

The Portland Rossini Club announced winners and honorees of its recently-held annual scholarship competition at St. Luke’s Cathedral.

The $1,500 Emily K. Rand Instrumental Scholarship was awarded to flutist Melody R. Hasbrouck from Gorham, a senior music education student at the University of Southern Maine. Honorable Mention went to Helen Gray-Bauer of Cape Elizabeth, a viola player and student at Skidmore College, who received $500.

Three students placed second to each receive a $650 Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship, they include Christopher Staknys of Falmouth, who studies at The Juilliard School in New York, Jonathan Prak of Biddeford an undergraduate student at the University of Southern Maine, and Tina Davis of Gorham and Bucksport, who also is a graduate of USM.

The $1,250 Barbara C Littlefield Vocal Scholarship was awarded to James M. Brown, countertenor, from Portland, a USM graduate who attends McGill University. Second Place honors went to Helena Crothers-Villers, a Mezzo-Soprano from Portland, who recieved $750. She is a senior vocal performance major at USM.


Hannaford donates $500,000 to support new building at York Community College

A $500,000 gift from the Hannaford Charitable Foundation to The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges will support a new academic building at York County Community College (YCCC) in Wells and increase access to higher education for residents of York County.

YCCC, built in 1994, has faced serious constraint issues, attempting to serve 1,700 students in a building meant for 1,100.

The gift from Hannaford will enable the college to expand service for up to 2,400 students and create a learning laboratory to provide students with individualized and self-paced instruction. The facility will also include standard and flexible classrooms, a student learning commons, lecture hall, and study areas for both individual and small group work.

Construction on the new building is scheduled to begin this fall and to be completed in time for the start of the fall 2017 semester. Other funding sources for the $8.4 million project include a 2013 voter-approved bond issue, college funds, support from the Maine Community College System, and private fund raising.

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Parish’s ‘Garden of Eaten’ supports local food cupboard

A gardening project at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish is bringing parishioners together for shared life that also supports the local food cupboard.

On any given day, parishioners, young and old, can be found diligently tending to a new community garden, affectionately named the “Garden of Eaten,” located outside the parish’s rectory, the growing space features green beans, carrots, onions, and other produce that fill eight 10-foot-by-12-foot raised beds, and 50 2-foot-by-4-foot kiddie plots.

The Garden of Eaten is a social justice initiative of the three parishes of St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Bartholomew Parish in Cape Elizabeth and St. John and Holy Cross Parish in South Portland. The project began with a $4,000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. On a first come, first served basis, and for a minimal fee, parishioners signed up for beds with the intention of gardening for themselves and also giving a portion to help families served by the South Portland Food Cupboard, which assists an average of 75 families a week. In addition, parishioners work together to tend to one large bed, set aside to benefit those in need at the cupboard.

Much of the seed money went towards putting in water spigots that are connected to the rectory through underground pipes, but as the initiative began to grow, so did the generosity. Members of the Knights of Columbus Calvary Council 8144 laid out the perimeter and built the individual raised beds. Phil Roberts of Broadway Gardens had 25 yards of garden soil dropped off in the parking lot by an 18-wheeler. T.W. Enterprises, Inc. in Westbrook donated wood chips; Garbage to Garbage in Portland offered a discount on compost; and Hammond Lumber provided a discount on lumber. In addition, carpenter John McDonough donated his time to build a shed, and Joe Capobianco, a master gardener, helped the project.


Historical society offers tours of Pettengill Farmhouse

The Freeport Historical Society is offering Summer Tours of the historic Pettengill Farmhouse and grounds at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The tour offers a rare opportunity to view and learn about the house, which is generally open only once a year, on Pettengill Farm Day.

Join curator and collections manager Holly Hurd as she describes the history of the farm and saltbox, which was built about 1800 and has been sustained over generations without the modern conveniences of central heating, running water, or electricity. The house sits on 140 acres that supported a saltwater farm and dairy.

Participants can sign-up for a 90 minute tour of the farm and house, which includes a viewing of the rare graffiti wall etchings of ships and marine life.

Additional tours are set for 8 a.m. Aug. 4 and 5 p.m. Aug. 17.

Cost is $12 per person for the general public and $10 for FHS members.

Participants must register at least 24 hours in advance since at least 4 people (maximum 10) are required for the tour to occur.

For more details go to or call 865-3170.


Montessori school donates $2,463.80 to support youth programs

Cornerspring Montessori School students recently presented donations totaling $2,463.80 to organizations that support youth programs.

Each year, the school chooses an organization to sponsor as part of its curriculum of teaching students about community giving and service. After discussing organizations they had a connection with, students opted to support The Game Loft and Maine Horse Equine.

The funds were raised through a bake sale and collecting pledges for both a game-a-thon and Olympics held at the school. The proceeds were split between both organizations.

For more details, go to [email protected]


Maritime film festival gets $10,000 grant

The International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) has received a $10,000 grant from the Hancock County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to help launch the festival in its inaugural year.

IMFF is a partnership between Northeast Historic Film and WoodenBoat Publications and will feature documentary shorts and feature films, as well as archival footage from the Northeast Historic Film Collection. Festival weekend is Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Alamo Theatre.

Tickets are available now at