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Noteworthy news for Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011

Beth Churchill, a Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop team member at Tim Hortons on Broadway in Bangor, is the latest recipient of a $1,000 Tim Hortons Scholarship awarded for her commitment to giving back to the community. The scholarship will be presented at 10 a.m. Aug. 10, at the restaurant.

The scholarship recognizes restaurant team members, as well as their children or grandchildren, who believe in giving back to their community through volunteer work and have plans to pursue post-secondary education.

This is the second year Churchill has won the Team Tim Hortons Scholarship.

A student at New England School of Communications in Bangor focusing on marketing and communications, Churchill hopes to work for a nonprofit organization in the future.

Churchill said her time spent at Tim Hortons has built up her confidence and ability to work well on a team and that the scholarship has allowed her to be more involved in the college’s programs rather than holding a part-time job during the school year.


The Maine Commission for Community Service, in partnership with Time Warner Cable’s “Connect a Million Minds” initiative, recently awarded two $1,000 grants for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) service-learning project curriculum to be implemented in the fall.

Recipients of the grants were Vanda Madore of Caribou High School and Jennifer Turnbull, director of the Clifford Performing Arts Center for RSU 3 in Thorndike.

Time Warner Cable launched Connect a Million Minds to introduce youth to opportunities and resources that inspire them to develop the important science, technology, engineering and math skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine’s volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of sector issues and promoting service as a strategy.

To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service, visit www.maineservicecommission.gov.


Pen Bay Healthcare of Rockport has announced that Judi Trenholm, director of volunteer services for Pen Bay Medical Center, was presented the Director of Volunteer Excellence Award by the Maine Society Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services.

The award recognizes a director of volunteers who demonstrates leadership qualities at the local, state, regional or national levels and in the management and use of volunteers in his or her institution.

Trenholm received the award in June at the 21st annual Professional Societies Recognition Luncheon during the Maine Hospital Association Summer Forum at the Samoset Resort.

“Judi has always been recognized for her creativity and leadership abilities within Pen Bay Healthcare, and I am so pleased that her state professional association has also recognized her for her many contributions and advocacy for volunteer programs within health care,” Tom Girard, vice president of Pen Bay human resources said.

One of her especially creative projects was the “Pasta Challenge” at Pen Bay to create interest and awareness of the accomplishments of the volunteers.

She filled a display case with nearly 10,000 pieces of pasta, which represented the number of hours volunteers contributed to the hospital. Employees and community members were eligible to win a gift certificate at the hospital gift shop if they could guess the number of pasta pieces in the display and the number of hours volunteers contributed.

For more information on volunteer opportunities at Pen Bay Medical Center, visit pbmc.org/volunteer or contact Trenholm at 596-8553 or jtrenholm@penbayhealthcare.org.


Lin Lufkin has been presented the Charles F. Bragg II Rotary Club of Bangor Leadership Award, the club’s highest honor.

Having served in the military and as a civil engineer with Cianbro and Nickerson & O’Day, Lufkin has been a Rotarian since 1996, a Paul Harris Fellow since the late ‘90s and was president of the club from 2001 to 2002.

A member of the University of Maine Francis Crowe Society, he volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, the Camden Public Library, the Bangor Public Library and many other nonprofits.

The Bragg Award recognizes members for leadership and service to the club and the community.

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