Haircuts help raise money for breast cancer center

Heather Prejean, owner of On the Go Hair Designs of Saco, has donated $2,025 to Southern Maine Health Care’s Center for Breast Care.

Prejean and her staff raised the funds during the Cut-A-Thon, where they provided haircuts for 40 walk-in customers. This marks the salon’s sixth year of fundraising to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research.


Bank puts $7,500 toward preserving local landmarks

Norway Savings Bank recently announced a $7,500 sponsorship of Greater Portland Landmarks to support its effort to preserve and revitalize the city’s historic buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes, as well as to support opportunities for residents and visitors to learn about the historical significance of the region.

This summer, four interns will conduct historic-building surveys in select neighborhoods that are targeted by the city for intensive planning efforts. These surveys and their results will be shared with residents and the city during Norway Savings Bank-sponsored educational sessions.


Six nonprofits get $148,277 to support young learners

The Maine Community Foundation awarded $148,277 to six nonprofits, the first recipients of its Early Childhood Community Planning Grants program.

The one-year grants help communities ensure their children are prepared when they begin school. Each grantee will gather data about its 0-5 population, map community resources, identify barriers to early childhood education, and develop local solutions.

Organizations and communities that received planning grants are: Aroostook County Action Program, Presque Isle; Healthy Peninsula, Blue Hill Peninsula and Stonington-Deer Isle; Starting Strong, Portland; United Way of Eastern Maine, Dover-Foxcroft and Highlands region; United Way of York County, Biddeford; and Wabanaki Health and Wellness, Wabanaki people.

For details, contact Stephanie Eglinton, senior program officer, at [email protected]


NYA teacher named 2018 Music Educator of the Year

North Yarmouth Academy music teacher Linda Vaillancourt received the 2018 Maine Music Educator of the Year Award at the Maine All-State Music Festival in Orono on May 17.

The award, presented by the Maine Music Educator Association, recognizes exceptional support and outstanding accomplishments in music education in Maine schools.

Vaillancourt began teaching at the academy in 2005, giving instruction in music, band and strings. She is the only North Yarmouth Academy faculty member not only to teach in all divisions on campus but also in every grade.

Vaillancourt directs the Youth Orchestra of Lewiston-Auburn and performs actively as a member of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Maine Music Society and Maine Pro Musica. She often manages or coordinates various Maine District II festivals, serves as the manager of the Maine All-State Orchestra, and is the chamber music director at the Southern Maine Strings Camp.


Hydro International, group assist Long Creek cleanup

Hydro International, a global supplier of products and services used for the treatment of storm and wastewater, recently joined with local volunteers for a cleanup at the Long Creek Watershed Management District in South Portland.

Volunteers picked up 296 pounds of trash to help restore the health of Long Creek, while furthering Hydro’s environmental stewardship trash study for a third consecutive year.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has identified Long Creek as an urban impaired stream. Twenty-nine trash bags were collected from an area near the Maine Mall along Philbrook Avenue in a four-hour period.


York County cancer center changes name to fit mission

The Cancer Care Center of York County has changed its name to the MaineHealth Cancer Care Center York County.

The new name reflects its partnership with the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network, a coordinated system of care that emphasizes evidenced-based treatment.

“While the Cancer Care Center’s name has changed, its commitment to delivering the best Cancer Care in York County has not,” said Scot Remick, MD, FACP, chief of oncology for the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network and Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute. “It’s important for cancer patients to receive the right care, at the right time as close to home as possible. Maine Medical Center will continue to provide York County’s only radiation oncology services at the center as well as IV therapy. Southern Maine Health Care will also continue to provide medical oncology and hematology services in Sanford.”


Midoast Actors’ Studio offers music-theater camps

Midcoast Actors’ Studio is offering two youth musical theater camps in Belfast this summer. Founding artistic director and Troy Howard Middle School theater arts teacher Jason Bannister will direct the camps.

Junior camp is for ages 7 to 13 and will run for one week, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily from June 25-29. Junior camp will rehearse and perform Seussical KIDS, a 30-minute version of the family-friendly Dr. Seuss musical. The final performance will be held at 6 p.m. on June 29 at Troy Howard Middle School.

Senior camp is for ages 13 to 17 and will run for two weeks, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily from July 2-14. Senior camp will rehearse and perform Sweeney Todd: School Edition, a high school version of the Broadway classic. There will be three performances at 7 p.m. on July 13, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on July 14, also at the school.

The cost is $125 for junior camp and $250 for senior camp.

For more information, email [email protected] or visit