Garden club scholarship applications available

Posted Dec. 15, 2008, at 6:41 p.m.

Students who are residents of Maine are encouraged to apply for scholarships offered by the St. Croix District of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and for the GCFM Horticulture Scholarship, Patricia Curtis of Bar Harbor reports.

Curtis believes that, with students now home for the holidays, this is an appropriate time to apply for the scholarship.

The St. Croix District of the Garden Club Federation is offering the $1,000 Nell Goff scholarship.

The scholarship is for students “majoring in, planning to major in, or planning to take a graduate degree in horticulture, floriculture, landscape or urban design, conservation, forestry, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, environment control and-or other related fields,” Curtis said.

The application deadline is Sunday, March 1.

Applications are judged on academic record, vocational potential, vocational interests, character and financial need, she said.

Obtain applications for the scholarship by writing Curtis at 17 Spring St., Bar Harbor 04609, or e-mail pat@shermans.com.

Curtis also wants students to know that the GCFM Horticulture Scholarship for $5,000 is available for 2009.

Applications for this scholarship can be obtained by writing Mary Ericson, 515 Little River Road, Lebanon 04027, or e-mail TRAVILR@hotmail.com.

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Erik Thomas of The Blue Marble Gallery, KV Connect and the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce invite you to their first Hot Stove League of this legislative session 5:30-7 tonight at The Blue Marble, 167 Main St., Waterville.

If you want to attend and discuss issues with your legislators, RSVP to Thomas at erik@digitalimageworks.biz or call 873-2300.

Hot Stove League gatherings are held “so members of both groups can meet and chat with local, state and national legislators,” Thomas wrote.

“These events are designed to be open, informal and fun, and anyone is welcome to attend.”

Free snacks and adult beverages will be provided, he said.

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Here’s a holiday gift with the minimal cost of time and gasoline.

Bethany Porter of the American Cancer Society in Topsham reports the ACS needs volunteers during February and March to take orders and pack and deliver daffodils for the Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Days campaign, one of the organization’s “oldest and most beloved fundraising programs.”

The Cancer Society would appreciate hearing from individuals, small-business owners or representatives of “corporations, schools, faith-based groups and other community organizations … to join the Society’s fight against cancer by raising money, donating their time, and sharing hope for a future without this disease.”

Call the Cancer Society and become a Daffodil Days volunteer by contacting Crystal Derocher, 373-3719, or the ACS at 800-ACS-2345 any time day or night.

Clifford reminds you that you also can call the toll-free number “24 hours a day, every day of the year, for cancer information, connections to local resources, or simply to talk with a caring person when you or a family member needs strength and encouragement.”

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We hear, again, from Kelly Cioe on behalf of U.S. Cellular with tips for safe holiday shopping.

Cioe reports personal safety “is cited as one of the main reasons for owning a cell phone” and that “more than 300,000 emergency calls are placed, daily, from wireless phones.”

So while you’re shopping, Cioe suggests you “carry a cell phone … but avoid using it while driving” and “avoid talking and texting while driving. Always pull over to a safe, public and well-lit area” to call or text.

Other safety tips include programming 911 and other emergency numbers on speed dial.

In Maine, Cioe wrote, 911 connects with our state police “to report traffic problems including crashes, disabled vehicles, suspected substance-impaired drivers, reckless or aggressive drivers.”

You also can add an ICE (in case of emergency) contact number or numbers to your cell phone book to let rescue workers know whom to contact about your condition.

If you shop at night, Cioe suggests, “go with a friend,” but if you must shop alone, “leave your cell phone on” and have it “easily accessible.”

Aside from your cell phone or Blackberry, other things to think about while you’re shopping are not to “overload yourself with packages” which can make you “a potential target for theft” but could also limit “your visibility and freedom of motion.”

Cioe suggests, rather than carrying too much at once, you make several trips to your vehicle “and conceal packages in the trunk or cover them with a blanket.”

Above all, “always be aware of your surroundings.”

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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