WHS students recognized in regional art contest

Nine Wells High School Art Department students have received awards in this year’s Maine Region Scholastic Art Award Competition, a regional component of the National Scholastic Art and Writing Contest.
The students’ work was evaluated by a panel of judges based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal vision or voice. The group received a combined total of 13 awards in the categories of painting, photography, comic art, ceramics, and drawing & illustration.
Lilly Arbelo received a Gold Key in photography, a Silver Key in painting and an honorable mention in photography. Zoe Clark received a Gold Key in photography and two honorable mentions in photography. Also receiving honorable mentions were Anavi Curtiss and Rosemary Norton in comic art, Anna Franks in painting; Natalie Hanagan in photography; Kai Rosenberg in ceramics & glass; and Quinn Tremblay and Grace Ward in drawing & illustration. These all are the students of WHS Art teachers Emily Knight and Meredith Radford.
Arbelo and Clark have had their entries advanced to the national level of the contest. The winners at the national level will be announced sometime in March.
The contest, which is open to grade 7-12 students, is presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and is organized locally by the Maine College of Art in Portland. Due to the pandemic, a virtual exhibition of this year’s award-winning work can be found online at meca.edu/info-for/educators/maine-region-art-awards.


Regional director achieves Modern Woodmen management honor

Modern Woodmen of America regional director Scott M. McDonald of Scarborough has earned membership in Modern Woodmen’s Regional Director Round Table.
The distinction recognizes McDonald for outstanding leadership and high achievement in the sales of financial products to meet families’ protection, savings and retirement needs. Membership in Modern Woodmen’s Regional Director Round Table is limited to the top managers nationwide.
Modern Woodmen’s local regional office is located at 360 U.S. Route 1, Suite 302 in Scarborough.
For more details, call McDonald at 730-7119.


Library seeks donations for online auction

Springvale Public Library is gearing up for its premiere online auction fundraiser, set to be held April 7-18 during National Library Week.
The library is now accepting donations of items, goods and services through March 15. To view updates of donors and donations, go to springvalelibrary.org. To contribute to the auction, email Lesley Unger at [email protected]


Grants available from MaineCF’s Frances Hollis Brain Foundation Fund

Grants to nonprofit organizations that serve disadvantaged, underserved, and/or vulnerable communities in Maine are available from the Frances Hollis Brain Foundation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.
The Brain Foundation Fund awards grants to nonprofits that focus on individuals who live in Greater Portland, Lewiston/Auburn, Bath/Brunswick, and Biddeford/Saco/Sanford, or to organizations with a statewide mission in the fund’s focus areas. Grants support early childhood care and education; extended-day learning; community clinics and oral health initiatives; hunger prevention and food security; homelessness alleviation; and legal services connected to these areas.
The application deadline is April 1. Online applications, guidelines, and a complete list of 2019 grants are available at mainecf.org.
For more details, call program officer John Ochira at 412-0837 or email [email protected]


Nomination papers available For Town Council, School Board, Portland Water District

Nomination papers are now available at the Falmouth Town Clerk’s Office for residents who are interested in running for available seats on the Town Council, School Board, or as a Portland Water District representative. There are two seats to be filled on both the Town Council and the School Board, each for a three-year term, and one person is needed for the role of Portland Water District trustee, representing Cumberland and Falmouth for a five-year term.
Interested applicants must submit nomination papers, with a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 100 signatures supporting them, no later than 5 p.m. April 12.
The municipal election will be held June 8 to fill those seats.
For more information, call the clerk’s office at 781-5253 or go to falmouthme.org/town-clerk/news/nomination-papers.


Trek Across Maine to host virtual ride

The American Lung Association’s 37th annual Trek Across Maine fundraising bike ride will be held virtually June 18-20 due to COVID-19.
Effective immediately, participants around the world will be able to register, track their own progress and complete their mileage goals for Trek Across Maine by cycling 60, 120 or 180 miles at their own pace before June 30.
New for this year, Trekkers can download the new Cycle for Air app or join the Trek Strava Club to ride virtually with friends. There will also be recommended ride routes, scavenger hunts, Trek Bingo and weekly giveaways on the Trek website and social media pages. The Trek is also introducing a video series with healthy recipes related to classic Trek traditions.
Participants can track their miles using activity trackers (Apple Watch, Fitbit, Garmin devices, etc.). and share their personal achievements and fundraising efforts on social media.
Trekkers, volunteers or the public can make a donation to the event to support a participant and raise funds for COVID-19 research and other lung disease research. To make a donation to the event and support the work of the American Lung Association go to http://bit.ly/2021Trek.
Registration is $25. Based on the current economic conditions around the world, the Trek has reduced the fundraising minimum to $250. All registrants who raise $250 by June 30 will receive a 2021 Trek Across Maine event T-shirt, medal and sticker. Registrants who raise more than $750 will also receive an official Trek Across Maine cycling jersey.


$1,000 art scholarship available to Maine students

Liberty Graphics, environmentally conscious T-shirt printers, is accepting art submissions to its 24th annual $1,000 art scholarship contest.
All high school seniors residing in Maine are invited to submit original works that reflect on the theme “Art and our Natural Environment.”
Art entries must be traditional two-dimensional media, reflecting on Maine’s natural environment. Photography, sculpture and computer-generated work cannot be considered.
Each student may submit more than one piece of work.
Entry forms are available through high school art teachers or by visiting the “About Liberty Graphics” page at lgtees.com.
The award is intended to aid and encourage students in the pursuit of their artistic experiences and learning. The winner, and art teacher of the winner will be announced in late April. Art will be returned to the artist’s home in the first week of May.
Submissions must be postmarked by April 16.
For more contact Jay Sproul via email at [email protected] or call 589-4596 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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