Learn about birds through the Hog Island program
York County Audubon (YCA) is seeking an educator or community leader to participate in a week-long program on Hog Island in July.
“Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week” will run from July 17-22. Program details and descriptions are available at hogisland.audubon.org/sharing-nature-educator-s-week.
A YCA scholarship will pay 70% of the recipient’s tuition, room and board.
Since 1936, some of the world’s best known and most respected naturalists have come to Hog Island and inspired thousands to discover and protect birds and the environment. Roger Tory Peterson was among the first teachers on the 335-acre island. Rachel Carson described her visit to Hog Island in her historical book “Silent Spring”. Kenn Kaufman, who was only nine years old when he read Peterson’s account of Hog Island, is now an international authority on birds and nature.
This Hog Island scholarship is dedicated to June Ficker, bird bander extraordinaire, who shared her love for birds with thousands of York County residents and visitors. Full information is available at yorkcountyaudubon.org/scholarships and applications should be submitted by March 15.
Foundation awards grant to Habitat for Humanity
The Webhannet Charitable Foundation awarded Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat York County a $10,000 grant to help build two new homes in Cape Porpoise this year.
The mission of the Charitable Foundation is to provide financial assistance to qualified nonprofit organizations focused on serving the needs of people in southern Maine communities. Luanne MacDonald, a member of the Foundation’s board of directors, proposed that the funds be allocated to the construction of Cape Porpoise Habitat for Humanity in the name of Derek Harmon and his family. Harmon worked for MacDonald in 2006, when she owned the Hurricane restaurant. “(Harmon) was a great worker, a wonderful man and a positive role model for Hurricane and for this community, and I’m thrilled to make this recommendation to help Derek and his family,” MacDonald said.
Habitat has already started construction of the first house. The exterior walls and roof are in place, and volunteers are welcome to work on the site over the coming weeks. When the house is complete, it will be sold to the Harmon family through an affordable mortgage. Proceeds from their mortgage will be used to support the construction of future Habitat homes.
Volunteers are needed to work with the ReStore team, help with special events, help with weatherization projects, or help with construction.
For details, call 985-4850 or email the program coordinator at [email protected]
Senior is a recipient of the Maine Principals’ Association Award
Wells High School Zachary Naffah has been selected to receive this school year‘s Maine Principals’ Association Award, sponsored by the Maine Principals Association (MPA) in recognition of his academic achievement and citizenship.
Wells High School Principal Eileen Sheehy noted that Naffah was an example of an outstanding school citizen and an excellent leader in the school community.
“(Naffah) is academically driven, challenging himself with a rigorous course load,” Sheehy said. “He’s a dedicated athlete (and) always ready to lend a hand.”
Naffah is a member of the National Honor Society, a three season athlete and has received numerous school awards including Student of the Trimester, Breakfast of Champions and Faculty Book Awards. In addition to receiving the MPA award, he will receive a $1,000 high school scholarship.
Chamber of Commerce accepting scholarship applications
The Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its Joseph B. Ezhaya Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $750, awarded annually for the four years of college education to a recipient upon successful completion of the first semester of college education with a 2.0 GPA or better. Successful applicants for this scholarship must share Ezhaya’s interest in citizenship, community service, and exemplify his spirit and vitality.
To be considered, applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Currently attending a Mid-Maine Chamber area high school: Lawrence, Winslow, Mt. View, Waterville, Messalonskee, MCI, Erskine, Temple Academy, or MeANS School;
• Maintain an academic average of a “C” or better;
• Complete a short required citizenship test;
• Show evidence of community service and involvement;
• Must be enrolled in an accredited New England college or university.
Please visit midmainechamber.com/cms/joseph-b-ezhaya-memorial-scholarship for more information or call the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce at 873-3315.
Submissions can be emailed to [email protected] or by mail to Ezhaya Memorial Scholarship Applications, Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, 50 Elm St., Waterville, ME 04901.
All applications must be received by the deadline of April 25 at 5 p.m.
Local students selected for art and writing awards
Five 7th and 8th graders from Chewonki Elementary and Middle School took top honors at the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards last week as part of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens.
Bremen’s Nyssa Wilkinson received a Gold Key Award for her short story ‘Dandelions’, while Georgetown’s Hunter Winn, Alna’s Huckleberry Huber-Rees and West Bath’s Acadia Guilani all received Silver Key Awards. Newcastle’s Noah Arbuckle received honorable mention, as did Wilkinson, Huber-Rees and Winn for additional entries.
As the Gold Key winner, Wilkinson’s entry will move up to the national level where she will be considered for the highest tier of awards.
Copies of the winning entries can be read on Chewonki’s website and include writings in the categories of short fiction, poetry, flash fiction, memoir, and critical essays. Visit chewonki.org to access the stories.
PORTLAND AND ELLSWORTH
Early childhood organizations receive $82,000
Early childhood and leadership organizations in Greater Portland have received a boost from the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund of the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF). Twelve organizations received a total of $82,500 for projects ranging from music lessons and bereavement support to workshops with performing artists and others. Grant recipients included:
Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine received $10,000 for Torch/Keystone Clubs to develop leadership and decision-making skills and create a culture of community service.
Donations of $7,500 each were made to Project Locker to provide healthy staple foods to families with young children through partnerships with 16 public elementary schools and nine Head Start programs; Mayo Street Arts will provide East End Community School students with in-school performances and one-on-one hands-on workshops with guest performing artists; Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute to support the ‘My Values’, ‘My Voice’ and ‘My Vision’ women’s leadership program in Cumberland County; The Portland Public Library to serve young people with early literacy and experiences that inspire imagination, curiosity, awareness and learning; Portland Stage to continue to implement the Play Me A Story (PMAS) educational program and, if necessary, the PMAS Living Room virtual series tested during the pandemic; The Opportunity Alliance to address early childhood development in non-English speaking families and immigrant and refugee families by fostering a more inclusive and accessible learning environment; The Telling Room for an expanded Young Writers and Leaders program to serve multilingual immigrant, refugee and first-generation teens in Greater Portland; and United Way of Southern Maine to address the impacts of negative childhood experiences (ACE) on school readiness and achievement and expand community-wide ACE trainings.
The Center for Grieving Children received $7,000 to provide TLC bereavement and peer support programs. Palaver Strings received $3,000 to provide 180 young children from low-income backgrounds with access to weekly music lessons. The Maine Youth Court received $2,500 to relaunch as Youth-LED Justice, to empower young people in Greater Portland.
The fund recognizes the critical role that parents and early childhood education providers play in ensuring a child’s readiness to enter school and the importance of youth leadership programs that help develop aspirations and capacities of young people.
2022 grant proposals will be accepted beginning in August. For more information about the fund and to see all recent recipients, visit mainecf.org.