Mainer recognized for her work with NATO program

Calais graduate Keseah Silverman has been honored with the NATO Chief of Staff Commendation for Exceptional Service Award, recognizing her for achievement in implementing NATO’s Defense Capacity Building Initiative at the Allied Command Operations, as well as for her involvement in developing strategic military partnership policies in support of NATO’s Alliance defense planning process.

Silverman was recognized during a ceremony at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Belgium, NATO’s strategic headquarters. She was presented with the award by four-star German Gen. Werner Freers.


Wal-Mart awards $214,000 to nonprofits in Maine

Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation’s most recent cycle of grants includes $214,000 in funding for nonprofits in Maine.

Grant awards for this cycle include: $100,000 to Preble Street in Portland, $32,000 to the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn, $42,000 to the Young Women’s Christian Association of Central Maine in Lewiston and $40,000 to SeniorsPlus in Lewiston.

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Organizations fighting hunger receive $20,000

The Maine Credit Unions’ 13th annual Campaign for Ending Hunger recently distributed more than $20,000 to 33 state hunger organizations.

Since 1990, the campaign has raised $7.2 million, including a record-setting $674,194 in 2016 through its “Share the Bread” event. That one-day annual event draws attention to the need for food for Maine’s 85,000 children who depend on the school lunch program.

FairPoint awards $50,000 to three Maine nonprofits

FairPoint Communications has awarded $50,000 in FairPoint Connected Communities Awards to three Maine nonprofits.

The Area Interfaith Outreach of Rockland, Grahamtastic Connection of Springvale and Sunrise Opportunities of Machias each will receive a $16,000 grant and a technology package valued at up to $1,000.

The nonprofits were selected from a pool of 156 in Maine.


Community invited to help tell stories of World War I

The Brick Store Museum seeks the community’s help in assembling narratives and memorabilia for two upcoming historical exhibitions in 2018: one exploring the centennial celebration of the World War I armistice of 1918, the other focusing on the year 1968.

Those who wish to be part of those efforts should contact Cynthia Walker at 985-4802 or [email protected]


Saint Joseph’s College earns science-based grant

Saint Joseph’s College has been awarded a five-year, $647,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund a Science Scholars Program, designed to encourage students who need financial assistance to join a community of young scientists.

The grant award provides scholarship aid, ranging from $5,000 to $7,200 per year.

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Habitat for Humanity seeks additional building space

Habitat for Humanity York County seeks affordable land to continue its mission of providing affordable housing.

For the past 30 years, Habitat has relied on gifts of land to assure the affordability of the houses they build, such as donated town-owned property or houses in need of repair.

For more details, contact John Stoma at [email protected] or 985-4850.


Maine Maritime Academy trustees re-elect officers

The Maine Maritime Academy board of trustees elected officers for the coming year at its annual meeting.

Unanimously elected to serve for a one-year term were Robert Somerville, chair; Earle Cianchette, vice chair; Dugan Shipway, treasurer; and Rhonda Varney, secretary.

A 1965 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, Somerville will serve a second year as chair. Cianchette also will serve a second year as vice chair. Shipway has been treasurer since 2010. Varney has been secretary since 2014.


High schooler honored for recycling campaign

Isabella Pardales, a senior from Yarmouth High School, has won the 2017 GreenAllies National Challenge for a recycling campaign she conceived, called “Take Back the Tap.”

Pardales looked to educate others about the benefits of using reusable water bottles.


Church seeking help for Christmas craft, bake sale

North Sebago United Methodist Church seeks crafters for its Christmas craft and bake sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at 820 Sebago Road, Route 114.

For more details, call Mabel at 787-2530.


Maine museum vies for State Farm grant money

The Children’s Discovery Museum is among 200 organizations nationwide seeking $25,000 in grant money this fall through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program.

The museum is the only one in Maine to make the top 200, culled from 2,000 submissions.

Online voters are allowed up to 10 votes per day. Winners will be announced Sept. 28.

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Student earns distinction for essay on opioid crisis

Makenzie Doucette of Westbrook High School is the first-place winner of a Youth Voices on the Opiate Crisis in Maine Media Contest, sponsored by the Maine Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maine.

Youths had to respond to the state’s opioid and heroin epidemic or substance abuse.

Doucette was selected for an essay she wrote on how opiate addiction affects families. Vanessa Bisson of Rangeley Lakes Region High School placed second for her painting, “Life in a Bottle,” that depicts an addicit trapped inside a bottle.