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Noteworthy News for Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Medal of Honor recipients selected Mark Swann of Portland as one of 20 national finalists for the Citizen Service Before Self award. He was selected from among hundreds of nominations nationwide. Swann was recognized for providing decades of service by creating a community resource center, Preble Street Resource Center, that has benefited thousands of homeless people. Preble Street offers three soup kitchens, a food pantry, a medical clinic, a day shelter, social services, a housing location program and a homelessness prevention program. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree nominated Swann for the honor. For information, visit citizenservicebeforeselfhonors.org/2012-honors-nominations/finalists.

The Maine Good Sam RV Club recently launched the second annual RV Samaritan Quilt Raffle to benefit The Maine Children’s Cancer Program that provides comprehensive treatment for children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. The quilt, made from fabric that features a recreational vehicle motif, was sewn by Good Sam volunteer quilters from New England and Atlantic Canada. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and available from Good Sam Chapter members statewide and at MaineGoodSams.org. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Samboree RV Rally on Sept. 9 in Fryeburg. Last year the raffle raised $1,200 for the cause. For information visit, mainegoodsams.org/Quilt_Raffle.htm.

St. Joseph Hospice is seeking volunteers to provide nonmedical support to Hospice patients and their caregivers. Volunteers can be people of all ages, faiths and walks of life who serve two to four hours each week. Training sessions for new volunteers will begin Tuesday, April 24. Volunteers offer companionship to hospice patients by talking to them, playing games, reading aloud or playing music. Hospice volunteers also provide respite for patients’ families, so they can run errands or rest. And when a patient dies, volunteers stay in touch with the families to offer grief and bereavement support. For information, call Renee Hunter at 907-1810.

The Perloff Family Foundation, in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation, is launching a new grant program focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM4ME aims to increase the opportunities for student-driven STEM projects at publicly funded Maine high schools and academies. Grants of up to $5,000 will be made available to small teams of students mentored by a STEM-experienced educator that result in creative real-world solutions to problems in areas such as renewable energy, ecology, robotics and sustainable food production. For the past 12 years, David and Sandy Perloff have provided more than $200,000 in STEM-related grants for K-12 programs throughout Maine. Educators interested in applying for the grant must submit a one-page letter of interest describing their project concept no later than April 30. Successful candidates will be asked to submit a formal application. For information on where and how to submit letters of interest, visit fastgrants.org/stem.

Steve Lagasse of Caribou is waiting for a kidney transplant. A fund has been setup to assist him with medical expenses. Those who wish may donate online at National Foundation for Transplants website transplants.org. Donations also may be mailed to Laurie Chapman, c/o Eastern Aroostook RSU 39, 628 Main St., Caribou 04736. Checks should be made payable to National Foundation for Transplants.

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