Noteworthy News for Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011

Posted Dec. 13, 2011, at 1:13 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 13, 2011, at 6:16 p.m.

The Troy Howard Middle School Parent Support Group of Belfast and several school staff members are collecting new or used flatware in good condition for use in the cafeteria. Currently, students use plastic silverware, purchased and disposed of at expense to the school district, which becomes environmentally unfriendly waste material. Head of kitchen staff Shirley Caler suggested that students bring their own personal flatware to use daily. The students would use and clean their utensils and carry them to lunch each day. Donations of flatware made to the kitchen can act as “extras” or be available to children who choose not to bring their own. Donations of spoons, forks and knives may be dropped off at the school where a box is located in the entryway, sent to school with a student in grades 6-8 or delivered to the box or the kitchen. To arrange to have flatware donations picked up or for information, call Anne Ambrose at 342-2170.


WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2 celebrated its annual Coats and Toys for Kids Day on Dec. 3 at locations statewide. More than 6,000 coats and thousands of toys are now available to families. Coat and toy distribution will coordinated by The Salvation Army. Toys may be donated at any Shaw’s or Hannaford supermarkets until Sunday, Dec. 18. Coats may be donated until Sunday, Jan. 1. Coats and Toys for Kids is a collaborative effort of Hannaford Supermarkets, Shaw’s, Pratt Abbott Cleaners, the Maine Bankers Association, Pepsi Bottling Group, WLBZ 2 and WCSH 6 to assist The Salvation Army.


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Valerie Sauda, geriatric nurse educator for Rosscare, was elected recently to the position of Region 15 coordinator for Sigma Theta Tau International, an honor society for nursing. She also will serve as liaison to the regional chapters. Sauda’s three-year term as coordinator will begin immediately.


The Shoestring Thrift Shop, 10 Brimmer St., off South Main Street, in Brewer, is holding its Holiday Giveaway and a 50 percent off sale through Saturday, Dec. 17. Stop by 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday to sign up for the giveaway and learn more about volunteering. The store gives back to the community through scholarships, vouchers and more. For information, call 745-7208.


As a result of its E-Waste recycling project held in November, the Kiwanis Club of Rockland donated $1,100 and more than 100 pounds of food to Area Interfaith Outreach.


Due to an increase in requests for Christmas assistance this year, The Salvation Army is asking individuals, groups and businesses to help a needy child through its Angel Tree program. Through the Angel Tree program, basic information about each child whose family asks for help is written on an angel tag, along with wishes for toys or clothing. Individuals take the tag and purchase items for that child. The Salvation Army gives those items to the parents of the children to open on Christmas morning. Anyone can support a child through the program. Angel tags from the Angel Tree are available in the Macy’s court at the Bangor Mall, or by stopping by The Salvation Army offices, 65 South Park St., Bangor. For information, call Mary MacKay at 941-2990.


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