Westbrook High School senior Pethuel Mutalenu, left, won second place and Angelica Johns won third place in the Gen Z video contest sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Maine. Nathan Tshibemba, right, took third place in the Gen Z Instagram contest. 

Students in the kitchen

Students from Westbrook High School’s after-school program got the chance last week to play chef as they tried to turn their favorite comfort foods into nutritious meals.

The event, Comfort Food with a Healthy Twist, was one component of a six-week Cooking Matters curriculum. The goal of Cooking Matters, implemented by Good Shepherd Food Bank and sponsored by Hannaford, is to teach the skills needed to stretch family food budgets and cook healthy meals.

Westbrook Police Chief Janine Roberts, Hannaford’s registered dietician Anne L’Heureux and Hannaford chef Dorene Mills served as judges and chose Cafe Miranda chef Kerry Altiero’s team, the Pink Flamingos, as Most Creative. Team Remy led by David Turin, owner and chef of David’s Restaurants, was awarded Best Presentation.

Legion to hear Burns

Tina Burns will speak when the Stephen W. Manchester American Legion Post 62 meets for dinner at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at its headquarters, 17 Dunn St.

Burns, director of operations at My Place Teen Center in Westbrook, will be accompanied by two teens. A post business meeting follows the meal and Burns’ remarks.

‘The Conscientous Objector’

Westbrook Historical Society member Suzan Roberts Norton will speak when the society meets at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at the community center, 426 Bridge St.

Norton’s topic is titled “The Conscientious Objector, the Story of a Librarian from Portland, Maine in 1917.” She will present the story of a connection made through Westbrook family diaries, the society said.

Seniors to meet

Westbrook Senior Citizens will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1, at Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge St. Bill Foley will entertain.

The seniors are planning to visit Cabbage Island on Sunday, July 7, and view fall foliage on Tuesday, Oct. 1. For more information, call Ann McAlpine at 854-2705.

Blood needed

The Westbrook Knights of Columbus Council 2219 is sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood drive from 1-6 p.m. Monday, April 8, at St. Hyacinth’s Church Hall (St Anthony Parish) on Brown Street.

From left, Chef Kerry Altiero, Hannaford dietician Anne L’Heureux, Aurora Halfacre, Abigail Smith, Westbrook Police Chief Janine Roberts, Ajok Deng, Mawadda Al Kinani and and Hannaford Chef Dorene Mills at last week’s Cooking Matters challenge. The students pictured won the Most Creative award.