FRANKFORT — Elaine Gray of Frankfort arrived in Mobile, Ala., on June 12 to participate in the 54th Distinguished Young Women National Finals. Gray is one of 50 state representatives competing for a share of $142,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the 2011 Distinguished Young Woman of America.
The finals will be held June 23-25 at the Mobile Civic Center Theater. Gray will participate in team-building activities, complete community service projects and meet people in the Gulf Coast community.
The mission of DYW, founded in 1958, is to affect positively the lives of young women by promoting and rewarding scholarship, leadership and talent. For more information, visit http://www.distinguishedyw.org/.
HERMON — Hermon Elementary School will receive a $1,000 tree-planting grant from the Maine Forest Service through the Project Canopy program in honor of Arbor Week.
Parent and horticulturist Kendra Raymond organized the grant application, which included drawings by several students. Labor and equipment was donated by Lane Construction Corp., Hermon paving plant.
Webelo II Cub Scouts from Hermon Pack 25 will complete the project by mulching the trees and performing future maintenance. Trees to be planted include several species of maple and other native trees that attract birds or butterflies and boast vibrant fall color or fruit.
The trees will provide shade and a pleasant picnic or reading area. They also will be an educational resource for Hermon Elementary students to learn about urban forestry and the landscaping industry. Students will be introduced to tree identification, the landscape value of native trees and landscaping for wildlife.
The trees will serve as a border to the school’s driveway, which also leads to the newly established Hermon Veterans Memorial Park.