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Waban celebrates Tele-Fest results after raising $112,000

Waban hosted the 51st Tele-Fest at its historic waterfront camp on Lake Bauneg Beg in May, raising more than $112,000 for vital programs and services for children with autism and other disabilities intellectual.

The Tele-Fest, which was both a telethon and a festival, took place on Facebook and YouTube Live and was broadcast on the local Breezeline channel and on The Legends radio.

Christina Tracey, Staff Member and Residence Manager, received an award for her dedicated service to Waban. The Sanford Housing Authority received the Community Service Award for their continued and extensive support of Waban and its programs over the years.

Over 40 companies generously supported the event, including main sponsors Kennebunk Savings, Partners Bank, HM Payson and Central Furniture.


Local woman recognized for her volunteer work with Outdoors Again

Waterboro’s Holly McHale was one of 26 volunteers to receive a Myra Kraft Community MVP award June 8 in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

McHale was recognized by the Patriots Foundation for her volunteer efforts as Program Director for Outdoors Again, a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities for people in wheelchairs. The award was accompanied by $10,000 for Outdoors Again.

For more information on the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards, visit


Scout earns Eagle rank through donation campaign

Joseph Angelo III, a member of Bridgton Boy Scout Troop 149, earned the designation of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a Boy Scout must meet requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. Angelo, whose family lives in Florida but spends their summers in Bridgton, organized a fundraiser to help inmates and the homeless. He collected more than 6,000 hygiene items and $2,700 in cash, which were distributed to the Maine Prisoner Re-entry Network, Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston and Bridging the Gap in Augusta.
“I was very surprised at how generous people were,” Angelo said.
To read a full profile on Joseph, go to


Volunteers reduce fire risk on Great Diamond Island

Forester Jake Weber and a group of his Weyerhaeuser colleagues and peers have brought their forestry skills to Great Diamond Island to clear dangerous trees and brush as part of the Firewise program.

Weber coordinated with the Great Diamond Island Fire Department and the Maine Forest Service, who helped residents identify trees and understory that should be removed to reduce the fuel load and ease access for fight the fire.

For more information, visit


AARP Awards Grants to 11 Maine Organizations

AARP Maine announced that 11 organizations across the state will receive 2022 Community Challenge grants. Grantees will implement quick action projects that will help communities become more livable in the long term.
Projects funded in Maine include:
Bangor Livable Communities, work on Kenduskeag Creek Trail;
Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, work on The Whiskeag Trail;
Age-friendly communities of Bas-Kennebec, creation of a multimedia kit informing beneficiaries about secondary suites;
Danforth Livable Communities, the city’s Livable Communities Center, will be upgraded to ADA standards;
United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, expanding a program offering free rides to people 50 and older;
Marti Stevens Interactive Improvisational Theatre, staging theatrical performances about the challenges faced by older people;
Age-Friendly Portland, encouraging businesses to be senior-friendly by applying for age-friendly business designations;
GRACE project, three community gardens;
Georges River Land Trust, improvement of the existing riverside path;
Age-Friendly South Portland, working to improve safety on the Green Belt Trail;
City of Surry, added signage to slow traffic on Route 172;
Projects must be completed by November 30, 2022.
To see the full list of grantees and their project descriptions, visit


Sandi Purcell will be the WHS girls’ varsity basketball coach

The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District Athletics Department has named the next women’s varsity basketball coach for Sandi Purcell Wells High School.
Purcell was an assistant coach at the University of Southern Maine. Prior to that, she coached at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH where she led that school’s 2019-20 junior varsity basketball team to a state title.


District honors retiring staff and those with 20 years of service

The end of the 2021-22 school year saw 15 Wells-Ogunquit CSD staff retire and 10 staff recognized for 20 years of service.
Those who have retired and the number of years they have served include: Pamela Beane and Suzanne Laplante-Killoran, 12 years each; Deb Sheppard, 18; Betsy Littlefield, 22; Diane Bowen, 23; Martha Brown 25; Marci Dzamba, 26; Cathy Cornish, 31; Donna Longley and Karen Taylor, 33 each; Pamela Ingram and Sheila Jarochym, 35 each; and Mark Lewia and Selena Nickerson, with 39 years each.
Those recognized for 20 years of service include Reginald Bennett, Pam Lear, Kevin Fox, Becky Murphy, Steve Kayser, Kevin O’Shaughnessy, Suzan Kent, Kim Richard, Michele Langelier and Janet Tessier.


High school students win scholarships in pitch competition

Seven high school students, pitching an idea they called “Yett-e” (autonomous snowplow to help elderly Mainers access basic necessities), won the Future Innovators Camp pitch competition and each received $10,000 in scholarships to attend Thomas College in Waterville.

More than 50 Maine high school students spent the week in Portland as part of Future Innovators Camp, a college-prep opportunity hosted by Educate Maine, Thomas College, and Northeastern University’s Roux Institute.

First place winners were Adrian Darlington from Portland High School, Glenn Keene from Bucksport High School, Rishi Duvvuru from Hall-Dale High School, Stephen Worthley-Argraves from Overman Academy (CRCS), Turner Fadiman from Kennebunk High School, Wynn Therrien from Bucksport High School and Zachary Ferioli from Marshwood High School.

Second place winners, showcasing an online game for young children designed to increase aspirations in STEM fields for women and minorities, were Carrigan Cyr from RW Traip Academy, Corbin Richter from Cheverus High School, Daniel Howard from Richmond High School, Izzabella Simmons from Morse High School, Jamie Harrington from Kennebunk High School, Natalie Libby from Sacopee Valley High School, Tianna Eames from Winslow High School and Sarah Al Wakeel from Westbrook High School.

The third place winners, launching a new type of green crab trap, were Alexander Price from Portland High School, Bay Nadeau from Searsport District High School, Victoria Suslova from Thornton Academy, Grace Bergeon from Kennebunk High School, Isaac Widmer from Mount View High School, and Josh Bragdon of Searsport High School.


Nominations sought for fifth annual Biddeford Hall of Fame

The Biddeford Culture and Heritage Center invites nominations for the Biddeford Hall of Fame 2022, which recognizes and celebrates citizens of Biddeford or non-residents who have contributed to the history, heritage and culture of the city ​​or the world as a whole in a meaningful way. way.
Applications should be submitted on the official application forms available on the BCHC website, although any application will be considered. Nomination forms will also be available at Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce, McArthur Library, Biddeford Town Hall and Heart of Biddeford. The deadline for submission is July 28.
Applications that were submitted in previous years, but were not selected, will also be considered with this year’s applications. People can nominate themselves.
To nominate someone, submit no more than two pages of text with the nomination form to: BCHC, c/o Diane Cyr, PO Box 896, Biddeford, ME 04005-0896 or email the documents to [email protected] Documents can also be submitted through the website at or submitted to a member of the BCHC Board of Directors or a member of the FOH Committee.
For details, call Cyr at 283-3993.

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