Noteworthy News for Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2011

Posted Jan. 03, 2012, at 10:24 a.m.

Verso Paper Corporation’s Androscoggin Mill in Jay recently gave 1,900 turkeys to its employees, retirees, widows of retirees and charities. The mill gave about $4,200 worth of turkeys to 11 local soup kitchens, food pantries and other nonprofit groups that help feed those in need. Retiree Denny Coombs and employee Mike Rowland helped distribute the turkeys.

Miles of Hope, a project of All Aboard Trolley and Limousine Co. in Rockland, has been transporting cancer patients to treatment for one year. During that time, 32,000 miles were traveled and 900 hours were logged, helping 16 patients get to nine different locations for treatment. For information, call 594-9300 or email jim@meetthefleet.com.

Each week, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust directors and employees, in exchange for being able to dress casually on Fridays, voluntarily contribute to a charitable fund that disburses gifts monthly to local nonprofit organizations. The bank matches the employee donations, doubling the amount given. Each month a different bank location gets to choose the recipient of these contributions. In November, employees at the bank’s Milbridge branch chose The Ark Animal Shelter to receive the funds. The Ark cares for homeless, unwanted or displaced animals until placement can be made. The shelter is located at the end of Barber Lane in Cherryfield. Currently, it houses 73 cats and seven dogs, all available for adoption. Donations to The Ark may be made at thearkpets.org. For information, contact Lorna at 546-3484 or theark@midmaine.com.

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has provided a $10,000 gift this holiday season to Camp Sunshine in Casco. The foundation selected Camp Sunshine as the result of a survey of its Maine employees who were asked which local charity meant the most to them. The $10,000 donation was presented at Camp Sunshine during a ceremony Dec. 22. To commemorate its 30th anniversary in 2011, the foundation surveyed employees in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire to identify a worthy charity organization in each state for a $10,000 gift. Camp Sunshine was the overwhelming choice in Maine, said Karen Voci, executive director of Harvard Pilgrim Foundation. Besides raising funds for Camp Sunshine during the holidays, Harvard Pilgrim employees also take part in an annual spring clean up at the camp. Harvard Pilgrim employees and its foundation also contribute through an annual employee fundraising campaign, collecting more than $14,000 this year for Camp Sunshine. This is the fourth year that Camp Sunshine has been the Maine employees’ selection for the campaign. Camp Sunshine provides a retreat for children and their families coping with such life-threatening illnesses as cancer, kidney disease and lupus. Since 1984, Camp Sunshine has offered recreational, medical and counseling services at no cost to more than 32,000 individuals from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. To support Camp Sunshine, call 655-3800 or visit campsunshine.org.

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