Downeast Acadia seeking photo, video submissions for contest
Downeast Acadia Regional Tourism (DART) is accepting submissions of DownEast Maine photos and videos for consideration in its second annual photo/video contest.
Submitted images must capture the ideal “I want to be there” and include photos and videos of people, pets, and animals in their natural habitat, enjoying Maine’s natural beauty/natural resources and/or experiences such as shopping, dining, etc., taken within the past year. There is a maximum of four total entries per person. Contestants must be 18 years or older. Photos and videos must be family-friendly.
Entry deadline is August 31.
Winners will be chosen by the DART Board of Directors by Sept. 15 with winners notified by email by Sept. 30.
For more details, go to DownEastAcadia.com or contact [email protected]

Historic preservation and energy grants available

The Maine Community Foundation is seeking grant proposals to its Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Grant Program, that invests in the preservation, restoration, and retrofitting of historic buildings in Maine.
Grant awards of up to $20,000 are available for the preservation and reuse of historic buildings that serve as civic, cultural, or economic hubs for Maine communities. All proposed projects must be for historic buildings listed or declared eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or contributing buildings within a federally designated historic district. The building must be owned by an eligible nonprofit.
The deadline for submitting grant applications is June 1. Application and a list of recent grants are available at mainecf.org. Applicants are encouraged to read eligibility and grant guidelines. Questions should be directed to Senior Program Officer Maggie Drummond-Bahl at [email protected] or by calling 412-0839.

Nominations needed for 2020 Citizen of the Year
The Town of Falmouth is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Citizen of the Year Award that honors and individual, who has made exceptional contributions to the community and modeled positive examples of citizenship.
Nominations may be submitted by any individual or group in writing and must be 500 words or less in length. Submissions will be judged by the Town Council on the following criteria: contributions to community welfare; civic achievement; volunteerism; and conscientious service to Falmouth town government.
The award will be presented in June.
Please send nominations to the Town Manager’s office, 271 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, ME 04105, Attn: Erin Cadigan, or e-mail to [email protected]
The deadline for nominations is May 7.
For more details, go to falmouthme.org/town-council-town-manager/pages/citizen-of-the-year.

Central School accepting pre-K and kindergarten applications

Registrations are being accepted from parents who plan to enroll their children in kindergarten or pre-kindergarten for the 2021/22 school year at Fayette Central School.
To be eligible to start school this fall, a child must be four years of age for pre-K, and five years of age for kindergarten, on or before Oct. 15. To register, call the school at 685-4770, or email Ms. Jenkins at [email protected]
New students will be screened on May 27.

Brick Store Museum looking for volunteers
The Brick Store Museum, at 117 Main St., announced enhanced technology and also is seeking volunteers to help offer better online and in-person guest services.
The museum now has a telepresence robot, that will soon be available for remote visitors to reserve, for the purpose of virtually exploring exhibits and accessing resources online.
The museum has also built a brand-new Museum Members’ Portal on its website, which offers recorded lectures and resources to museum members, including the popular Southern Maine Archaeology Panel Discussion, recorded in March.
As the local economy reopens, the museum is seeking volunteers to assist its small staff of two full-time professionals and two part-time support staffers with community support. Needed are volunteers who like to garden, welcome visitors, guide tours, teach, transcribe historic documents and more. Those interested can visit the museum’s website or email [email protected] to get started.
For more details, go to brickstoremuseum.org.

Shipyard names Military Youth of the Year
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has recognized Faith Ettlich, a homeschooled student from Kittery, as its Military Youth of the Year recipient. Students Allison Maurice of Traip Academy in Kittery and Madelyn Peltier of Dover High School also were recognized as outstanding student finishers in the competition.
A component of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year premier recognition program, the honor recognize outstanding teens who are served by BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide.
The panel of judges, which included multiple school superintendents and an educational outreach expert, followed strict criteria to select the student who best embodies the qualities of leadership and service, academic excellence and living a healthy lifestyle. Being knowledgeable about current events and issues affecting today’s youth, as well as being articulate, and having a record of strong character and achievements are critical elements of a Military Youth of the Year candidate.
Ettlich now has the opportunity to compete at the state level on May 6 to contend for the Maine Military Youth of the Year title and a chance to win a $2,500 college scholarship from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
All three candidates participate in the shipyard’s Youth Sponsorship Program. The average military student will experience six to nine educational transitions in their parent’s military career. The program seeks to ease those transitions by providing outreach to welcome new youth to the local area, newcomer orientation to the surrounding community and opportunities to connect directly with youth.

UMA to host info sessions for dental program
The UMA Lewiston Center will hold two virtual information sessions for those interested in pursuing admission in UMA’s Dental Assisting or Expanded Functions Dental Assisting (EFDA) Programs. The sessions are scheduled for 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday and from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
To attend, go to uma.edu/dentalevents or call 753-6600 by Tuesday to receive a Zoom link.
Those participating in the virtual sessions will receive a video tour of the UMA Lewiston Center’s newly completed dental clinic and have an opportunity to find out more about the Dental Assisting and EFDA program requirements, information on the admissions process, financial aid and tuition, and operations at the campus.
UMA’s Dental Assisting program is the only accredited program in Maine which allows graduates to immediately sit for the Dental Assisting National Board – Certified Dental Assisting (CDA) exam which also qualifies them for licensure in dental radiography from the Maine Board of Dental Examiners.
Program faculty, as well as admissions staff, will be available to assist prospective students in completing the free UMA admissions application and the free application for Federal Student Financial Aid. Attendees can also learn about the various scholarships offered by UMA, including the Pine Tree State Pledge and UMA $10K that offer no cost or low cost tuition to qualified students.

History center offering college scholarships
Norlands Living History Center is accepting applications for its 2021 Gammon History Education Scholarship Awards. This year two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to qualifying high school seniors or students with equivalent education credentials.
To be eligible, students must be from Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford or Kennebec counties and have plans to enroll in post-secondary studies with an historical component upon high school graduation. Qualifying students must submit a 500-word essay titled “History Is…” to Norlands by June 30. A selection committee will begin the review process in July and award recipients will be notified by Aug. 15.
For more details, go to norlands.org/latest-news or call 897-4366.

Bookmobile awarded $3,000 grant 
The Tri-Town Bookmobile (TTB) has been selected as one of 300 libraries to participate in the “Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA)” initiative to help library workers better serve their small and rural communities.
TTB program coordinator Laura Cashell said the competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help the mobile library bring the community together through a “One Book One Community” program.
“We are so proud to be chosen for this amazing opportunity,” said Cashell. “This grant will allow our bookmobile to get to know our patrons better and help us build a happier and healthier community for our families.”
As part of the grant, TTB staff will take an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Staff will then host an online conversation about the book, “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse,” with school-age community members to exchange ideas, build empathy, increase compassion, and strengthen resiliency.
By discussing this inspirational book with students, it will increase the tools the younger community members have to improve communication. The students can share what they discussed in the “Tri-Town Bookmobile – One Book One Community” program with classmates, teachers, and family members.
Those interested in getting involved or taking part in the conversation, may contact Cashell at [email protected], or visit sites.google.com/msad60.org/tritownbookmobile for more information.

Cheverus, Saint Dominic students awarded scholarships
Senior students Lauren Theriault of Saint Dominic Academy in Auburn and Logan Granger of Cheverus High School in Portland have been named winners of the 2021 Lila Grace Sullivan Amirault Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 each.
Theriault, of Minot, is a student ambassador, a class officer, and a member of the Student Senate, the National Honor Society, and the Key Club. She is also a teaching assistant at the dance center she attends and has volunteered at community events such as the Great Falls Balloon Festival and Greek Festival in Lewiston, as well as for the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program in Brunswick. Theriault plans to attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where she was accepted into the dance program. She hopes to someday become a member of a professional dance company, preferably for ballet.
Granger, of Scarborough, volunteers with the Scarborough Fire Department and is a member of Cheverus’ baseball and golf teams, the Spanish Club and Key Club. Granger also will volunteer at the Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center in Windham in May. He hasn’t made his college choice yet, but he is leaning toward attending Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.

Kiwanis donate blankets to children’s hospital
Members of the Scarborough Kiwanis Club met recently to make fleece “no sew” blankets, which will be donated to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital through Project Linus.
The club includes funds for purchasing materials in its annual budget. Additional funds for this project were donated by Ron Forest & Sons Fence Co.
The club meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Friday at Cowbell Grill, 185 U.S. Route One, Scarborough.
For more details, call club president Glen Cefalo at 508-776-0510 or [email protected]

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