SIS Bank donates $626 to help displaced animals

SIS Bank has donated $626 to the Animal Welfare Society to help find homes in Maine for pets displaced by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The bank raised the funds by selling stuffed animals with the likeness of their new “blog dog” mascot, Cache the Husky.

Waban Projects celebrates its workers with barbecue

Waban Projects Inc. recently held its annual Staff Appreciation BBQ at Camp Waban.

The theme was “Family Field Day,” and the lakeside activities included kayaking, a cornhole tournament and rubber ducky races. A barbecue lunch was held at the Wormwood Banquet and Conference Center.

The event recognized the following individuals for their years of service:

20 years: Jo Ann Estrella and Linda Record

15 years: Melissa Hall, Bonnie Leslie, Jennifer Boissonneault and Melissa Vigue

10 years: Luke Levasseur, Stephanie Jopling, Brianne Westman, Elaine Chasse, Sarah Mehlhorn, Tammie Bernier and Debra Moores

Five years: Carmen Sanchez, William Vance II, Michael Wickwar, Stacy Whitten, Brett Collard, Raymond Creelman, Joanne Lavalley, Anna Kantolak, Kevin Payeur, Carol Abraham, James Bellissimo, Cathy Lovely, Jennerfer Eldridge, Nancy Hudson, Joshua Hrehovcik, Jessica Pierce, Searra Canfield, John Devoid, Rhonda Bennett, Edna Groleau-Sutton, Kevin Flynn, Barbara Hair, Daniel Talbot, Richard Fickett, Mary Terril, Jenna Chesley, Danielle Cote and Jason Cass.


Elementary school kids help with Hurricane Harvey relief

The Wells Elementary School community recently raised $2,569 to help a Houston elementary school recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.

The funds were raised over a five-day period, and the student body donated coins, cash and checks. More than half of the proceeds were donated by a few dozen first- through fourth-graders, who gave pennies, dimes, nickels and quarters for the recovery at Moore Elementary School.


Food bank programs receive $33,000 donation

The Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has donated $33,000 to the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s school backpack and pantry programs across Maine.

The contribution was the second installment of a three-year, $100,000 pledge to help fight childhood hunger. It was made at the John F. Kennedy Kindergarten Center in Biddeford, which has provided more than 43,000 meals to its student community since it started the campaign in 2013.

Library art exhibit shows dangers of impaired driving

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein will partner with the Portland Public Library to sponsor an educational art exhibit highlighting National Teen Driver Safety Week. The exhibit will showcase winning selections from the law firm’s 14th annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest.

The contest asked high school seniors to come up with creative messages about the dangers of impaired driving. The display contains 50 pieces that will be shown at the library’s Teen Center through November. Since 2005, more than 750 seniors have entered the contest from more than 115 Maine high schools.

New submissions, to be considered for the 2018 exhibit, are being accepted through May. First-place winners receive a new laptop, second- and third-place winners receive a new iPad, and all entrants receive prizes.

For more details, go to


Artisans can reserve tables for Nov. 11 craft fair

Table rentals are available for artisans who wish to sell their wares or creations at a craft fair that will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Scarborough Free Baptist Church, 55 Mussey Road.

Spaces are $25 each. To reserve a table or for more details, call Dawn Quinn at 839-4491.

Real estate team nets $7,132 for Make-A-Wish Maine

The Fontaine Family Real Estate team has raised $7,132 for Make-A-Wish Maine through the fourth annual Bid for Wishes Silent Auction. Fontaine, with the help of other local business owners, was able to grant the wish of a Maine child with a life-threatening illness.


Salvation Army accepting applicants for gift assistance

The Salvation Army will accept applications for Christmas gift assistance on Oct. 26 at its headquarters at 2 Sixth St.

Applicants may access the building through the side entrance from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. or the front entrance from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Applications are for help with food for a Christmas Day meal and for toys for children ages 12 and younger who live in Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Biddeford, Dayton or Arundel. For those with older children, The Portland Press Herald Toy Fund assists ages 18 and younger.

For more details, go to or call 934-4381.


Bank recognizes employees’ service, donates to shelters

Camden National Bank recently presented awards to 15 employees for outstanding commitment to customers, colleagues and the community.

This year’s award winners were: Employee of the Year, Danica Hooper; Officer of the Year, Kevin Throckmorton; Commitment to Core Values, Kayla Roberts and Chris Paradis; Commitment to the Customer, Bradley De Rosa and Dean Waterman; Commitment to the Community, Viktorie Mathiau and Jody Landrith; Commitment to the Employee, Nancy Cobb and Susan Weber; Commitment to Internal Service, Kristen Matson and Jamie Pellerin; Commitment to Shareholders, Brandon Plourde and Tori Stewart; and the Bob Daigle Award for Achievement through Innovation, Andrew Fortin-Trimble.

The bank also donated $184,000 to local homeless shelters through their [email protected] program, as well as 650 blankets to homeless shelters on behalf of each Camden National Bank employee.


Catholic churches raise $322,760 for hurricane relief

A special collection held in September at Catholic churches throughout Maine has raised $322,760 to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. All proceeds are being donated to Catholic Charities USA to provide immediate relief, regardless of faith affiliation, and to offer long-term recovery assistance.

Catholic Charities USA is also supplying humanitarian aid to storm-ravaged Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

To donate or to learn more, go to, or call 703-549-1390 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 800-919-9338 after 4:30 p.m.


Bank gives $5,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of York County has received a grant from the Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution to assist with their 28th home-building project. The $5,000 grant will help Habitat for Humanity York County build an accessible, affordable home in Wells partnering with the future owners, the Carter family. The home will include accessible design features to meet the needs of the family’s oldest son.

To volunteer with the Wells project, at the ReStore or with Keep York County Warm, call 985-4850 or go to

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