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Noteworthy News for Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

The Maine Women’s Fund is seeking nominees for its annual Samantha Smith and Sarah Orne Jewett awards. Women and girls from Somerset, Kennebec, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties are eligible. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Feb 1. The Samantha Smith Award is given to a young woman age 12 to 21 from Maine who works to promote social changes in her community, inspires other girls to become active in supporting long-lasting change in Maine, uses her voice boldly to influence others and understands the power of philanthropy to make a difference. The Sarah Orne Jewett Award is given to a Maine woman who exhibits the attributes of the women in Jewett’s works of fiction — true grit, independence, courage, humor and discipline. For information about the awards, visit To submit a nomination, email

Nonprofit and public organizations seeking funding for projects that draw on the strengths of the community and foster collaboration are encouraged to apply to the Penobscot County Fund, part of the Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grants Program. A volunteer committee of Penobscot County residents and business leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding. Deadline for applying is Wednesday, Feb. 15. Application and guidelines are available at

Teamcristy of the Maine Made Wine Wrap project contributed since October more than $2,000 in memory of Cristy Sullivan Warstler, who died in 2009 and was a pediatric clinical psychologist at Eastern Maine Medical Center, to benefit the Cancer Support Center of Maine in Bucksport. Volunteers sew the fabric wine bottle gift wraps and use sales proceeds to benefit various organizations. The wraps are available at State Street Wine Cellar, Bangor Wine and Cheese, The Natural Living Center, Rebecca’s and Metropolitan Soul. Donations of fabric are needed for the project. For information, visit or email For information about the center, visit or call 469-6363.

Kassie Zeigler Esq. recently joined St. Joseph Healthcare as the new executive director of community networks and foundation. Zeigler will oversee development efforts for St. Joseph Healthcare through community partnership building, philanthropy and stewardship, legislative advocacy and research and grant writing efforts. Zeigler is a 2002 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and holds multiple degrees from the University of Maine, including a master’s degree in English. She served in the Maine Legislature from 1992 to 2000, serving on the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs.

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