Kindergarten enrollment opens for fall 2022

Wells-Ogunquit Community School District is accepting enrollment through the month of March for Wells and Ogunquit children who plan to attend kindergarten during the 2022-2023 school year. Children, who will be five years of age on or before Oct. 15, are eligible to register.

Please visit bit.ly/weskinder or k12wocsd.net for kindergarten details and all the necessary forms to complete the registration process online.

If necessary, parents or guardians may also pick up forms in person, or call and request forms by mail. Please call 646-5953.

Additional documents that cannot be uploaded online should be brought to the WES Main Office by the end of March. The enrollment process will not be completed until all documents have been submitted, including an original birth certificate, proof of immunizations and proof of residency.


Kids can sign up now for Hackmatack theater camp

Hackmatack Playhouse is accepting enrollment for its daylong theater camp for ages 7 to 13, that is set to run from June 27 to July 15. This year’s group will include three weeks of weekday rehearsals to learn the stage musical “The Little Mermaid,” ending with a live performance on July 16.

The camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes rehearsals in the morning and afternoon, punctuated with times for snacks, morning stretches and check-ins. In the afternoon, games and exercises are mixed with rehearsals before a closing circle.

Campers also will work on the staging, choreography and music under the direction of Sarah Hashem.

Hashem will be joined by stage manager Sarah Corrow of Durham, N.H. This will be Corrow’s seventh summer directing and choreographing musical theatre camps and programs.

Camp cost is $800 and enrollment is limited. For questions or to enroll, families can call 698-1807.



Juried wet paint auction seeking artist submissions

The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust (CELT) is accepting artist submissions for Paint for Preservation 2022, the organization’s 15th annual juried wet paint auction and one of Maine’s premier art auction events. Artist entries will be juried by Kelley Lehr and John Danos, owners of Greenhut Galleries and Cove Street Arts in Portland.

From July 15 to 17, selected artists will paint en plein air (outdoors) at designated public and private locations chosen to highlight Cape Elizabeth’s natural beauty. On July 17, the newly painted artwork will be auctioned live at a tented cocktail reception in Cape Elizabeth.

Participating artists share a portion of their proceeds to benefit CELT’s conservation efforts.

Interested artists should submit three digital images of their original plein-air paintings, in any medium, for juried consideration. For a submission form or more details, go to capelandtrust.org.


Submission deadline is March 18.


Apply for water district scholarship before month’s end

The deadline to apply for the Joseph A. DiPietro Scholarship is March 31. The scholarship serves students in communities served by the Portland Water District who are pursuing a career that is applicable to the water/wastewater industry (e.g., water/wastewater treatment technology, HVAC, electrical, automation technology, instrumentation, plumbing, pipefitting, fire science, environmental studies, applied sciences, engineering, public administration).

Joseph A. DiPietro Scholarship was established in 2003 in memory of respected businessman and longtime Portland Water District Trustee Joe DiPietro.

To apply or for more details, go to pwd.org/joe-dipietro-scholarship.



New principal picked for Holy Cross School

The Diocese of Portland has appointed Timothy Stebbins principal of Holy Cross School, for pre-K through Grade 8 students, effective July 1. Stebbins succeeds Cindy Elwood, who will be retiring.

Stebbins has nearly 40 years of administrative and teaching experience in schools in Biddeford, Standish, and Westbrook. He is currently the assistant director at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology.

Prior to his tenure at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology, Stebbins was an assistant principal at Westbrook High School, an assistant principal at Bonny Eagle High School, and a social studies teacher at Biddeford High School.

Stebbins is a member of the Biddeford Recreation Commission. He has coaching experience at the varsity level in football, basketball, and tennis, was a board member for the Biddeford Youth Football Association and St. James School in Biddeford, and was the YMCA Sports Director for Northern York County.



Maine Tree Foundation seeks executive director

Maine TREE Foundation, an Augusta-based nonprofit focused on environmental education, is seeking a new executive director. The organization educates and advocates for the sustainable use of the forest, and the ecological, economic, and social health of Maine’s forest community.

Now in its 33rd year, Maine TREE is the sponsor of Project Learning Tree, an award-winning nationwide environmental education curriculum; owns the 300-acre Holt Research Forest in Arrowsic; sponsors two summer Teachers’ tours of Maine’s Forests and Mills; and hosts the Maine Tree Farm Committee, and Certified Logging Professional Program.

The organization expects to review applications in March, conduct interviews in April, and complete the hiring process in May.

For more details, contact the Maine TREE Foundation at [email protected], or call 621-9872. Applications must include a cover letter, resumé, and references. They are due by March 15.

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