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Noteworthy News for Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems announced recently that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation awarded $26,000 to EMHS for the Youth Health Lifestyle Program, created in 2008 as a childhood obesity prevention project. To learn more about the program, visit

St. Joseph Hospice in Bangor is seeking volunteers to provide nonmedical support to hospice patients and their caregivers. Volunteers are people of all ages, faiths and walks of life who serve two to four hours each week, depending on availability. Training sessions for new hospice volunteers will begin Tuesday, April 24. For information about volunteer training sessions, call Renee Hunter at 907-1810.

The MBS Corps, a community outreach group from the University of Maine Business School, cooked dinner recently for the families of sick children staying at Ronald McDonald house in Bangor. Students who volunteered were Gaylen Jones, Cassie Vaillancourt, Chris Treister, Anna Assenmacher, Jon Johnson, Chuck Hastings and TJ Caldwell.

United Cerebral Palsy of Maine announced recently that Resource Development Coordinator Tish Pendergast of Bangor has been selected as one of 10 people nationwide to join the Emerging Leaders Academy of UCP National. Pendergast was selected based on her work in the resource development department and for her passion to make an impact in the community.

Charlene Wingate Higgins, who is ill, and her family extend thanks all those who planned, helped and donated for a benefit supper held recently at the Jackson Community Center.

Simpson Memorial Library announced recently that it is the recipient of a $300 grant from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust. The grant will help support a six-week summer reading program for children and will cover the cost of purchasing new books and hiring guest speaker Katy Rydell, storyteller and author, to kick off the program.

The Maine Downtown Center and the Maine Forest Service’s Project Canopy program announced that five communities will receive grants for tree planting projects in their downtowns. The funds require a local match and support local efforts. Grants were awarded to the city of Saco for elm trees and Japanese lilacs to be planted along the Route 1 business district, to Norway Downtown for additional trees in downtown, to the city of Belfast for red maples as part of the city’s Harbor Walk project and to the city of Bath for a total of 45 trees in eight separate planting projects throughout the downtown.

The 17th annual Moonlight Charity Challenge at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton put the “fun” in fundraising with a raffle and a free day of skiing and snowboarding, helping raise more than $23,000 for Camp Sunshine in Casco. The event, hosted by Shawnee Peak and the Homer Family, and sponsored for the 11th year by Camp Sunshine supporter Downeast Energy, included a slopeside barbecue. Funds were raised through the sale of raffle tickets with prizes including $3,500 in cash, Red Sox tickets and a season pass to Shawnee Peak. The winners of the top prizes donated them back to Camp Sunshine. For information, visit

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