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Scouting America hosts 4th of July BBQ for all

RAYMOND, ME — Scouting America, formerly known as the Boy Scouts, is hosting a 4th of July BBQ event at Camp Hinds in Raymond. We are inviting everyone to join us in celebrating this special occasion, which will feature a variety of food, water games, a campfire, and fireworks display to end the night.

This is our first ever 4th of July event, and it will be a day of fun and enjoyment for all ages!

Community garden at Cressey Road Christian Church, Gorham

GORHAM, ME — If picking your own grown juicy tomato and crispy greens is on your bucket list, try gardening at Cressey Road Christian Church Community Garden in Bucket Step planters, ready for planting, no fees, and PFAS free.

Bucket Steps were built by Eagle Scout candidate Christopher Bolton with help from his troop, scout leader Kelly Deprez, and Rick Smart. Bucket Steps have 3 rows, with 4 buckets each. You may share a bucket step unit with someone. Bucket Steps are user friendly planters with minimal bending required. This is just a beginning as we continue building raised garden units offering planting boxes and vegtrugs. Bucket Steps are available now on a first come, first served basis. To use one of these planters, please contact Lorraine lindcabin@gmail.com for guidelines and an application.

Honorable Mention goes to Gorham student in poster contest

AUGUSTA, ME — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) today announced the winners of the 2024 Lyme Disease Awareness Month poster contest. The Maine CDC holds the contest each year for Maine students in kindergarten to 8th grade to help raise awareness about Lyme disease and tick bite prevention. This year, the 15th year of the contest, students designed posters on the theme “Little Tick, Big Deal.”

This year’s winners are:

Zelma Young, 1st Grade, Girl Scout Troop 1561

Caroline Cook, 3rd Grade, Homeschooled Student

Keria Letendre, 5th Grade, Marcia Buker Elementary School

Kylie Welch, 8th Grade, Katahdin Middle and High School

Congratulations to all the winners, as well as honorable mention awardee:

Leila Schmoyer, 7th Grade, Gorham Middle School

Visit the Maine CDC’s website to view the winning posters. Each poster illustrated at least one tick prevention tip:

Know tick habitat and use caution in areas where ticks may live.

Use an EPA-approved repellent.

Wear protective clothing.

Perform tick checks daily and after any outdoor activity.

 Each winner received a Maine State Parks family day pass for themselves and tick removal kits for their classmates. The Maine CDC thanks all participants for their contributions to Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

Visit www.maine.gov/lyme for more information on Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases.

Check out the tick and mosquito school curriculum for youth in third through 8th grades at www.maine.gov/dhhs/schoolcurricula

Watch tickborne disease videos on Maine CDC’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/MainePublicHealth.

Explore Maine tickborne disease data through the Maine Tracking Network. Visit the Maine Tracking Network and click on “Maine Tracking Network: Tickborne Diseases” in the menu on the left.

Honorable Mention: Leila Schmoyer, 7th grade, Gorham Middle School

Standish Community Choir kicks off season

STANDISH, ME — The Standish Community Choir at Crescendo School of Performing Arts kicked off June 13th!

We are so excited to partner with Director Katherine Lind and the SCC, opening up the opportunity for a free community choir in Standish!

This choir is open to adults and teens ages 14 and up no prior experience required! Join us tonight at Crescendo to find out some more information about this exciting group of singers.

You can also find more information and sign up for free on our website.

Guide to a Good End at Gorham’s Baxter Memorial Library

GORHAM, ME — Join us for this Guide to a Good End workshop, brought to us by Hospice of Southern Maine:

Grief Before and After a Loss  June 25, 3 PM

In this presentation we will talk about the many faces of grief including when it can occur and the many ways it affects us. We will talk about the entire spectrum of grief, from anticipatory grief experienced prior to a loss to the ways we struggle when we experience loss. Grief is natural, normal and happens to everyone and we will learn how to recognize grief in ourselves and in others. We will also provide a list of recommended support resources.

Cumberland Co. donors needed to protect Red Cross blood supply

PORTLAND, ME — As World Blood Donor Day was on June 14, the American Red Cross stresses that blood and platelet donors are critically needed right now to combat a drastic shortfall in donations over the last several weeks. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with type O blood and donors giving platelets.

Record-breaking summer travel and severe weather conditions are expected to persist all season long, which may prevent donors from being able to give. When fewer people donate, less blood is available for hospital patients. Make a blood or platelet donation a priority this summer. Book a time to give now by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App. 

Those who come to give June 10-30, 2024, will get a $15 e-gift card to a merchant of choice. See RedCrossBlood.org/DoGood for details

Upcoming blood donation opportunities June 10-30

Cumberland

Bridgton

6/27/2024: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Masonic Hall, 166 Harrison Road, Route 117

Brunswick

6/26/2024: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Elks Lodge, 179 Park Row

6/29/2024: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., United Masonic Lodge #8, 65 Baribeau Dr

Portland

6/26/2024: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Portland Elks Lodge, 1945 Congress St.

South Portland

6/25/2024: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Portland Sheraton at Sable Oaks, 200 Sable Oaks Drive

6/25/2024: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eastpoint Christian Church, 345 Clarks Pond Pkwy

Westbrook

6/28/2024: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge Street

Yarmouth

6/28/2024: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Legion Post 91, 196 Main St

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

Trek Across Maine comes to Gorham on June 16

GORHAM, ME — The Trek Across Maine (40th Anniversary Event), organized by the American Lung Association, will be making their way across Gorham on Sunday, June 16th, as well as neighboring towns and cities. Citizens are asked for their support, patience, and extra care with slowing down and sharing the road as the cyclists make their way through Gorham.

This cycling event will take place between June 14th through June 16th across Maine during which 800+ cyclists and vehicles (large trucks), as well as 400+ volunteers will be on Gorham and other town and city roads during daytime hours. Cyclists will keep right as much as possible. Gorham Public Safety is aware of the event.

Please find the final route map and additional information on the Town of Gorham’s website. Citizens can contact 207-624-0318 with any questions.

5th annual Paddle the Presumpscot in Gorham area

WINDHAM, ME — This event is open to all. You do not have to be a member to join us. Please arrive in time at Gambo Soccer Fields Boat Launch on June 15 to be on the water by 10am. Kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, no motors. We will be paddling up river to the covered bridge, possibly beyond. Everyone is free to wander. The current is calm and paddling against the flow is seemingly no different from paddling downstream. This is an opportunity to meet other members. We hit the water at 10am and end whenever you want to.

Please visit the Facebook page and  click on “Going” if you plan to go.

RAIN DATE: Sunday, June 16th

Gorham senior property tax assistance applications available

GORHAM, ME — Applications are now available for the Town of Gorham Senior Property Tax Assistance Program. This program was established to provide property tax assistance to persons 65 years of age and over who reside in the Town of Gorham. Under this program, the Town of Gorham will provide refund payments to those individuals who maintain a homestead in the Town of Gorham and meet the criteria established by this article.

To obtain an application, please visit the Town Clerk’s Office at the Gorham Municipal Center (75 South Street) or go to the Town’s website.

Completed applications can be submitted to the Town Clerk’s Office now through the deadline of August 1, 2024. If you have questions and/or need assistance completing your application, email seniorrebate@gorham.me.us, or call 222-1671.

Gorham students, teacher place in Expressions Challenge

DEERFIELD, IL — Walgreens awards high school students and teachers more than $25,000 in prize money in the 15th annual Expressions by Walgreens creative arts contest. Expressions by Walgreens is a free contest that gives teens a platform to creatively engage and share their feelings on any topic they choose.  This year, common submission themes were the impact of social media, social justice, and mental health. Youth mental health is one of the US Surgeon General’s core priorities with one 2023 survey revealing that 87 percent of young people in the United States had suffered some mental health problem on a regular basis. Clinical psychologists call The Expressions Challenge an “excellent platform” that helps adolescents “face emotions, decrease anxiety and build confidence.”

The contest shows a record year in student entries with nearly an 80% increase from last year.  Walgreens received close to 9,000 student submissions with entries coming from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands in addition to nearly double the online votes for People’s Champs winners. Eligible entries are judged in four categories: visual arts, media arts, spoken word, and creative writing. Walgreens also recognizes and awards educators as Teacher Champions for going above and beyond with their support of students.   

“It warms our hearts that our 15th Anniversary year of Expressions by Walgreens has been such a banner year. All the students who entered shared their voice through the art they created, and that’s exactly the intention of Expressions,” says Alethia Jackson, Senior Vice President of ESG and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Our commitment to championing healthier communities is of critical importance to current and future generations. The high school years can often be filled with many pressures and distractions, and self-expression through art can be therapeutic in handling those pressures. Our overall mission is to reimagine how local healthcare improves societal health and well-being, and the Expressions Challenge helps us achieve that mission among our teens.”

The full list of winners follows:

Visual Arts

First Place: (Lost Remembrance) Zeno P., Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ

Second Place: (Juvenile Witness) Soleil F., Osceola County School for the Arts, Kissimmee, FL

Third Place: (September 20th) Kiara P., Escuela Especializada Central de Artes Visuales, Dorado, PR 

People’s Champ: (September 20th) Kiara P., Escuela Especializada Central de Artes Visuales, Dorado, PR

Media Arts

First Place: (Frame) Chauncey V., James Campbell High School, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Second Place: (Anxious Love) Lilli N., Gorham High School, Gorham, ME

Third Place: (Autism, my mental pet) Jayden A., Denton High School, Denton, TX

People’s Champ: (Static Starvation) Emma G. and Emma S., Midwood High School, Brooklyn, NY

Spoken Word

First Place: (The Question vs. The Statement) CarRyn G., Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI

Second Place: (Show Us What You Have Done) Sasmitha B., Solon High School, Solon, OH

Third Place: (The Children of America) Amora S., Dekalb School of the Arts, Lithonia, GA

People’s Champ: (Acceptance) Aiden F., Gorham High School, Gorham, ME

Creative Writing

First Place: (Versatile or Violent?) Aliyah B., Dekalb School of the Arts, Scottdale, GA

Second Place: (Home) Jae B., Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, KY

Third Place: (To You, My Memory) Sophia D., Pine-Richland High School, Gibsonia, PA

People’s Champ: (A Two-Sided Sword) Fabiana H., Littleton High School, Littleton, CO

Teacher Champions

Whitney Davis, CE King High School, Houston, TX

Sheanna Eggers, Burnsville High School, Burnsville, MN

Nicole Jacob Licht, DeKalb School of the Arts, Avondale Estates, GA

Jonathan Webb, RFK – School for the Visual Arts and Humanities, Los Angeles, CA

About Expressions by Walgreens

Expressions was established by Walgreens to educate, empower and equip young people and their communities with insights and resources on issues impacting teens. Since 2009, Expressions by Walgreens has reached approximately one million high school students and awarded more than $400,000 in monetary prizes. More than 500 organizations, high schools, teachers and parents have participated in the program since its inception.

Aiden Fortier


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