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Student-athletes receive citizenship award
Wells High School seniors Grace Ramsdell and Brady Fox are recipients of the Western Maine Conference Citizenship Award. Both were involved in a variety of community service during their four years in high school.

From left, Wells High School seniors Brady Fox and Grace Ramsdell were recently awarded the Western Maine Conference Citizenship Award. Photo courtesy of Reg Bennett

“This award is presented annually to two outstanding student-athletes at Wells High School who also represent their school community with outstanding citizenship and strong academic achievement,” said Principal Eileen Sheehy. “Grace Ramsdell and Brady Fox are very deserving recipients of this special honor. Their leadership and contributions will continue to leave a lasting impression for years to come!

Ramsdell has received numerous awards at WHS, including Breakfast of Champions, Student of the Trimester and several Book Awards. She is a member of the Interact club, student council president, and is a multi-sport athlete participating in varsity volleyball and basketball.

“It is quite an honor to be selected and to be able to represent our school with this award.” said Ramsdell, who also made WHS history recently by scoring her 1,000th career point on the women’s basketball team.

In the academic realm, Fox took advanced placement courses and dual enrollment courses through York County Community College. In track and field, he has been a four-year member of the WHS football team and has competed in lacrosse, indoor track and field, and wrestling. Fox is president of the WHS Interact Club and a student council member. His community service includes working on the annual Student Council Ceremony honoring veterans and at the Portland Homeless Services Center, Preble Street.

“It’s truly an honor to be selected for this,” Fox said. “I know a lot of us try to help out in the community so it’s nice to be recognized.”

The Board of Directors is looking for volunteers for municipal projects
Old Orchard Beach Community Friendly Connection is looking for volunteers to fill various positions. The Community Friendly Connection (CFC) leadership team is currently working on an action plan for 2022 and beyond as they look optimistically to life beyond COVID. A key part of this is reaching out to OOB residents who are interested in serving as volunteers and community partners in the planning and execution of a number of upcoming projects.

Here are some areas of interest:
• Volunteer Drivers: The City of Saco will launch a pilot program for a Saco Resident Demand Ride program, initially offering rides to Saco residents. They will consider expanding the program to OOB (and Biddeford) residents if there are volunteers willing to help with the effort. Age Friendly Saco would provide orientation for new riders and coordination of rides for OOB residents if we can find willing volunteers to participate.

• Coup de main: looking for volunteers capable and willing to help residents with gardening work (shoveling snow, raking leaves, etc.) or light maintenance and household tasks. This could be on demand during the year, and also during a planned daytime event in the spring or fall. Date to be determined.

• OOB Summer Fest: Initial planning is underway for a summer festival at Veteran’s Memorial Park in late summer and early fall. This will include local businesses and organizations showcasing their products and services as well as food, raffles, music and entertainment. We will need volunteers to plan, communicate, set up and take down the one day event.

• Program Committee: We are looking for a responsible individual to assume the role of Chair of the CFC Program Committee to work with the leadership team in planning and coordinating future events.

If you are interested in any of the above activities, please reply by e-mail to: [email protected] indicating the activity or activities that interest you, and indicate the best number and the best time to reach you. For details, visit or call 934-4042.

West Bay Rotary is accepting grant applications
West Bay Rotary is once again accepting grant applications to support local causes, after suspending grants last year due to COVID-19.

Twice a year, the club, through its charitable foundation, provides financial support to organizations working to improve the lives of residents of Knox County and Lincolnville. Grants of up to $1,500 are awarded for specific projects that will be completed within 12 months of receiving the donation.

The club accepts grant applications from charities and non-profit organizations that promote the welfare of residents in one or more of the following focus areas: education and literacy;
maternal and child health; peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water sanitation and hygiene; community and economic development; and environmental support.

The grant application process is competitive and all applications go through a rigorous review process. The deadline for this year’s applications is April 1 (for grants awarded in June) and October 1 (for grants awarded in January 2023). Organizations receiving a grant will be invited to make a brief presentation to WBR members.

For more details or an application, go to and click on the West Bay Rotary Charitable Foundation application link.

Credit union donates $2,000 to South Portland School Department
Town & Country Federal Credit Union donated $2,000 to the South Portland School Department to help meet the learning needs of nearly 350 students who do not have permanent housing. In the 2021-2022 school year, schools in South Portland saw a huge increase in the number of students meeting the definition of “vulnerable housing”.

In his recent “State of the Schools” address to the South Portland School Board, Superintendent Tim Matheney spoke of the sharp increase in the number of students enrolled in the school system “who are vulnerable this year.” Matheney said many students, who do not have permanent accommodation, come from other countries and are new to English, which poses additional learning challenges.

Gretchen McCloy, director of community partnerships at South Portland Schools, said the contribution will be used to purchase supplies ranging from notebooks and pencils to highlighters and backpacks, as well as earphones and headphones, so students can access online learning tools both at school and while doing their homework. “Some of these items will go to school with the kids, and some will stay home to help with projects they are doing at home,” McCloy said. “We are deeply grateful for this incredibly wonderful contribution. We will certainly make good use of it to help our students.

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