Grants will help Wayside improve nutrition, cut waste

Wayside Food Programs recently received a $20,000 grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation and a $25,000 grant from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation to reduce food waste and improve nutritional standards for food donated to Cumberland County’s emergency food network.

The grants are being used to educate donors about the importance of nutritionally sound food for Wayside to distribute, free of charge, to more than 40 local soup kitchens, food pantries and social service agencies.

The food received through Wayside’s Food Rescue Program is also used to prepare the 13 Wayside Community Meals served each week and Wayside’s five monthly mobile food pantries.

For more details, go to waysidemaine.org.


‘Look Good, Feel Better’ training sessions offered

The American Cancer Society will offer two free “Look Good, Feel Better” certification training sessions for cosmetologists, hairstylists, makeup artists, nail technicians and aestheticians who wish to offer workshops for cancer patients whose appearance is affected by treatments.

The training will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, with a session Sept. 26 at the Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland and another on Oct. 17 at Waldo County General Hospital, 118 Northport Ave., Belfast.

Certified trainers will lead free, two-hour group workshops or one-on-one consultations with cancer patients to offer tips on skin care, makeup and accessories and strategies for hair loss.

To register for the training or to learn more, call 800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org/volunteer.


Town clerk is honored as top in state for year

Old Orchard Beach Town Clerk Kim McLaughlin was selected by other members of the Maine Town and City Clerks Association as Clerk of the Year after several town officials nominated her for the honor.

Certified as a Maine clerk in 2004, McLaughlin was recertified in 2007 and has lifetime certification since 2011. She has served in the Old Orchard position since November 2000.

McLaughlin has served as past president of the MTCCA and taught several clerk training classes on a variety of duties. She also has served on the OOB Town Council for two terms; worked for the municipality as a dispatcher; provided service in Saco as a police officer; and served in the York County District Attorney’s office as a victim witness advocate.

She also has been involved in many community outreach events and administers the local television Channel 3.


Big Andrew Foundation supports cancer patients

The Big Andrew Foundation has donated $15,000 to the Living Well with Cancer Fund, a program benefiting York Hospital Oncology and Infusion Care patients.

The foundation was established under the umbrella of the Big Andrew Surf Contest, held for the past nine years at Long Sands Beach, with proceeds helping cancer patients in a variety of ways, including to purchase food and pay rent.

For more details, call oncology social worker Susan Kelly-Westman, LMSW, at 351-3721.


Downtown group raising funds for holiday lighting

The Brunswick Downtown Association has embarked on a new campaign to raise $20,000 to purchase festive white lighting to decorate Maine Street during the holiday season.

To date, the effort has raised $4,800. Donations to the Holiday Lighting Fund can be made online at brunswickdowntown.org/forms/holiday-lighting or in person at Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections at 143 Maine St.


Ogunquit Women’s Club makes last scholarship gift

After 98 years of service to Ogunquit and the southern Maine community, the Ogunquit Women’s Club has disbanded, leaving one final gift to the community: the balance of its treasury, $5,876.21, to support its scholarship for women attending York County Community College.

The Ogunquit Women’s Club/Phyllis B. Norton Scholarship has provided funding for two semesters of study for a female student selected by the college.

The final contribution is earmarked to continue the scholarship for at least another five years.

Club President Cathy Wilson said, “The world has changed, and far fewer women are able to donate the time and effort which is needed to make the club successful. However, the club has supported the importance of education throughout its history, and is glad that education will continue to be its living legacy.”