Noteworthy News for Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Posted March 06, 2012, at 10:58 a.m.

The Owls Head Garden Club is offering a scholarship to eligible residents in RSU 13. The purpose of the program is to assist residents in obtaining education beyond high school in the field of environmental science or related studies. Applicants receiving a scholarship must be residents of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, St. George, South Thomaston and Thomaston. They must be pursuing or planning to pursue an environmentally related course of study at the postsecondary level at public or private colleges, universities, vocational or professional schools in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, conservation, wildlife science, forestry, botany, plant or marine biology, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental control, city planning, landscape architecture, engineering, land management or allied subjects. The education may be part time or full time. Applications may be picked up at Ocean Side East guidance office, University of Maine in Rockland, Bowdoin College and the Owls Head Town Office. Application deadline is May 1. Mail applications to Cindy Lucas, 42 Snow Hill Lane, South Thomaston 04858.

In February, University of Maine at Fort Kent Alumni Association President Meranda Hafford-Castonguay presented Leslie Kelly, board member of the Greater Fort Kent Ecumenical Food Pantry, a donation of $360. The UMFK Alumni Association board of directors recently held a talent show featuring a variety of local talent to raise the funds. Proceeds from the event benefited the food pantry and the UMFK Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Taking part in the presentation ceremony were Kelly, Roger Damboise, Raymond Phinney, Michelle Dubois, Beurmond Banville, Hafford-Castonguay, Bruce Nadeau and Robby Desjardin.

Dunkin Donuts of Orono and Old Town recently donated $4,000 to benefit the University of Maine Alumni Association, Black Bear Athletic Fund and Presidential Priorities to support scholarships as part of its community outreach and corporate responsibility program. The university provided each location jerseys from all of the male and female sports teams to display at the local outlets. Taking part in the ceremony to present the donation were Todd Saucier, president and executive director, UMaine Alumni Association; Ullysses Tucker Jr., director of annual giving, Office of University Development; Eric Rolfson, vice president for development and alumni relations; Michelle Wise, director of guest relations, Dunkin Donuts; Dina Pereira, director of operations, Dunkin Donuts; and Mike Hodgson, assistant athletic director for development.

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust president and CEO Joseph Murphy recently announced the donation of a gift of $22,500 in support of the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Mary Dow Center for Cancer Care expansion project in Ellsworth. The center was established in 1997 as a medical partnership with Eastern Maine Medical Center CancerCare of Maine.

Curves International kicked off its 2012 Curves Food Drive on March 1. Each club is asking its members to donate bags of nonperishable food or cash throughout March to support area community food banks. In addition, Curves clubs will waive the joining fee for new members who bring in a bag of nonperishable food or donate $30 to a local food bank from March 12 through 25. For information, visit curves.com.

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