Biddeford Food Pantry president Don Bisson, left, presents Biddeford businessman Jim Godbout with a plaque of appreciation for his $15,000 contribution to the pantry after a snowstorm caused water damage to the facility.


Plumber honored for helping food pantry

The Biddeford Food Pantry president Don Bisson recognized Biddeford businessman Jim Godbout with a plaque of appreciation recently for his generosity on behalf of the pantry.

Godbout, president/CEO of Jim Godbout Plumbing & Heating Inc., stepped forward to help the pantry after a February snowstorm caused extensive water damage when a pipe burst at the 162 Elm St. facility. The water poured down through the pantry ceiling, flooding the supply storage area and causing structural damage as well as the loss of a sizable amount of food supplies.

Godbout repaired the pipe, installed two sinks and donated two heat pumps, a total of about $15,000 in goods and services.


Playhouse accepting reservations for summer camp

Hackmatack Playhouse is now taking reservations for its Hack-ma-Camp Youth Summer Theater Camp for children ages 7 to 13. This year, the children will be performing “Peter Pan” following three full weeks of day camp rehearsals  that begin June 28.

The camp also offers youths a chance to play outdoor games and socialize with other campers in the shadow of Hackmatack’s bison farm.

The camp has been extended from half-day to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The season also is shortened.

Camp director is Sarah Hashem.

Registration fee is $800 and enrollment is limited, with discounts offered to those who refer other campers to the program.

For questions or to enroll, call 698-1807.


Tuesday is deadline to apply for scholarship

Tuesday is the deadline to apply for the Joseph A. DiPietro Scholarship that benefits students in communities served by the Portland Water District, who are pursuing a career that is applicable to the water/wastewater industry.

To apply or for more information on eligibility and criteria, visit


Kindergarten registrations accepted thus month

The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District is accepting kindergarten registrations through March for children who plan to attend school during the 2021-22 school year. Children must be age 5 on or before Oct. 15 to be eligible.

Visit or for information and forms to complete the registration process online.

Forms can also be picked up in person or by mail by calling 646-5953.

Additional documents that cannot be uploaded online should be brought to the WES Main Office by the end of March.


Ten Thornton art students get 18 awards

Ten Thornton Academy art students received a total of 18 awards for their participation in the 2021 Scholastic Art Award program, for individual artworks including mixed media, drawing and illustration, photography, painting and ceramics.

The Scholastic Art Award program is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition opportunity for creative teens, in grades 7–12, who can apply in 28 categories of art and writing. Submissions are judged by luminaries in the literary and visual arts, and National Medalists are eligible for scholarships of up to $10,000.

Thornton Academy student artists received the following awards:
Zara Boss ’21 – 3 Individual Artworks: 1 Honorable Mention, 2 Silver Keys and Honorable Mention for Art Portfolio
Elizabeth Bove ’21: Honorable Mention for Art Portfolio
Valentina Capri ’21: 1 Individual Artwork – Gold Key/American Visions Nominee
Annie Chapman ’21: 2 Individual Artworks – 1 Honorable Mention and 1 Silver Key
Grace Courtney ’21: 2 Individual Artworks – 1 Honorable Mention and 1 Gold Key
Alexis Milem ’21: 1 Individual Artwork – Gold Key
Kaleigh Miller ’21: 1 Individual Artwork – Honorable Mention
Scout Nasse ’22: 1 Individual Artwork – Honorable Mention
Ellena Stepp ’24: 3 Individual Artworks – 2 Honorable Mentions and 1 Silver Key
Megan Thibeault ’21: 1 Individual Artwork – Honorable Mention and Gold Key for Art Portfolio


Rotary gives over $1,100 to women’s agency

West Bay Rotary recently presented a check in the amount of $1,143.53 to New Hope for Women, an agency that provides support to people affected by domestic violence, dating violence and stalking through a combination of advocacy, prevention and education services.

Their range of services spans from court accompaniment to long and short-term housing, group healing, a 24/7 helpline and educational services in over 80 schools.

For more details, go to


Bank donates $1,000 to 12 animal shelters

The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland was among 12 shelters across Maine and New Hampshire to receive $1,000 donations from Bangor Savings Bank recently.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its iconic Christmas Kittens commercial, the bank donated a total of $12,000 to those animal shelters and rescue organizations. This past holiday season, the bank invited the public to nominate local humane societies and animal shelters for a chance to receive a donation and selected the recipients based on more than 2,000 online votes.

The list of recipients includes: Bangor Humane Society, Franklin County Animal Shelter at Farmington, Hart of Maine of Cumberland, Humane Society of Waterville, Mainely Mutts of Kittery, PAWS Animal Adoption Center of Camden, Pope Memorial Humane Society of Thomaston, Responsible Pet Care of South Paris, The Animal Orphanage at Old Town, Waiting Whiskers of Sherman and Sato Heart Rescue of Milford, New Hampshire.

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