Briefs – Portland Press Herald


Reopening of the daily program for adults with limited membership
Southern Maine Agency on Aging’s Sam L. Cohen Adult Day program will resume operations at 30 Barra Road Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a limited membership capacity from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The program serves members from communities across southern Maine to provide a home away from home for people with memory disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. The program incorporates the latest therapeutic approaches in person-centered care, provides members with a safe environment while promoting socialization, cognitive and physical activity, and maximum independence.
To protect the health of its members, their families, and employees, SMAA’s safety protocols and procedures follow the latest COVID-19-related guidelines from the Maine CDC.
“The reopening of the adult daily program is important not only for its members, but also for their caregivers,” said Marilyn Durgin, the program coordinator. “The socialization that members receive through the program will mitigate the effects of social isolation many have experienced over the past few months while caregivers get a little break, return to their normal routines, and know they can are. “to keep loved ones at home longer.”
To learn more, visit or contact Marilyn Durgin at [email protected]

Box that accepts donations from mobility devices
A large collection box for crutches, canes and wheelchairs has been set up in the lobby of Most Holy Trinity Church at 271 Main Street. This is all part of the Good Shepherd Parish’s support for “Crutches 4 Africa”, an organization that collects ships and distributes the mobility devices in more than 20 African countries.
“Once our boxes are full, we can call Saco Rotary and empty them so that new donations can be put in,” said Bonnie Buechs, social justice chairperson for the Good Shepherd Congregation, which includes Most Holy Trinity Church.
This year’s collection runs until the end of September.
Mobility aid donations can be made in the lobby of the Holy Trinity Church in Saco. For more information, call the Good Shepherd Parish at 282-3321.

Life jackets can be borrowed until October 11th
The Scarborough Kiwanis Club announced the installation of a life jacket station near the public boat launch at Ferry Beach in Scarborough.
Life jackets in sizes for toddlers, children and adults can be borrowed from now until October 11th.
Ron Forest & Sons Fence Co. and Portland Yacht Services sponsored the station, which was developed by club members Ava Adams and Ron Forest.
For more information on Scarborough Kiwanis, contact the club at [email protected] or visit the club’s website at

Kiwanis, Staples collecting school supplies
Portland-based Kiwanis is partnering with Falmouth and South Portland’s Staples Connect for a “Fill the Bus” event on Saturday to collect school supplies and deliver to the neediest children in schools and their teachers.
Supplies are also collected from Hannaford stores on West Falmouth and Forest Avenue on certain days and off-hours.
The school supplies ‘Fill the Bus’ campaign encourages donors buying their own supplies to purchase a few extra items and leave them with volunteers in front of the shops. Staples Connect offers school supplies boxes for $ 5. Each box contains 19 items necessary to help students start the school year.
All boxes donated during the week will be forwarded to the Portland Kiwanis. Donations of money are also welcome. A van drives to each of the participating Staples Connect and Hannaford locations during the week and is parked from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, visit or contact Bob Pineau, President of Kiwanis at [email protected]

Buchermobil receives $ 3,000 grant
The Tri-Town Bookmobile was selected as one of 300 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association initiative that helps library workers better serve their rural and small communities.
The competition winners received a $ 3,000 scholarship. The Tri-Town Bookmobile has chosen to offer a “One Book One Community” program to work with community members to build rapport and resilience.
As part of the scholarship, TTB employees took part in an online conversation management course. Staff then hosted an online conversation about the book “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” with school-age members of the community to share ideas, build empathy, empathize, and build resilience. Additional talks were held in person while the TTB was stopped in the community.
Students who participated in the online conversation can build on what they discussed in the Tri-Town Bookmobile – One Book One Community program by sharing their thoughts with classmates, teachers, family, and the community .
Visit for more information.

Rotary club donates US $ 60,000 to SMCC in scholarships
The Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth donated $ 60,000 to the Southern Maine Community College Foundation to fund annual scholarships for SMCC students.
The club wrote a check to the SMCC Foundation on July 30th for the establishment of the Rotary Professional Scholarship Fund South Portland-Cape Elizabeth. The goal is to award at least two scholarships of $ 1,500 per year.
The club has provided scholarships to SMCC students for many years, but wanted to formalize its relationship with the college by creating a foundation that would fund scholarships on an ongoing basis. These scholarships are designed to help students achieve their educational goals, enable the club to support education at community colleges, and improve relationships with the SMCC.

Deadline for photo competition extended
Maine Media Workshops + College has extended the deadline for accepting new submissions for the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture 2021 to 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
A US $ 20,000 award is presented annually to a photographer whose work demonstrates a compelling new vision in photographic portraiture. In addition to the winner, the jury each year selects three finalists who are invited to an exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography. The award is funded by the Arnold & Augusta Newman Foundation and administered by Maine Media Workshops + College. The Griffin Museum of Photography hosts the annual exhibition of the winning and three finalists’ work every October.
Photographers interested in submitting work should visit for more information.
There is a fee of $ 55 per entry.

Wyman’s Announces Bee Wild Mobile August Schedule
All events include free Just Fruit Cups, freebies and prizes.
Earlier this year, Wyman’s launched its new Bee Wild Mobile, an experiential marketing tool that travels across the state to help the world eat more fruit. The Maine-based company announced that the Bee Wild Mobile will perform this month in the following locations:

Aug 12 – Thompsons Point Sunset Series, 4-8pm Thompsons Point, Portland
August 14 – Fifth Annual Gray Blueberry Festival, 9:30 am-11:30am, Henry Pennell Municipal Complex, Gray, and 1:00 pm-4:00pm at the LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program, LLBean Campus, Freeport.
Aug 21 – Maine Bicentennial Parade, 10 am-12pm Lewiston City Hall and 4-6pm at the American Legion BBQ Fundraiser, 25 Industrial Park Drive, Boothbay
August 22nd – Sea of ​​Blue Culinary School, 11 am-1pm Stonewall Kitchen, York
August 27 – Wild Blueberry Day at Union Fair, 9 am-2pm, Fairgrounds Lane, Union.
For the full Bee Wild Mobile event schedule, visit

Bank Announces Recipients of $ 50,000 in Funding
Machias Savings Bank has granted over $ 50,000 in community development grants to 14 organizations across the state.
Action program of the district of Aroostook; Adopt-A-Block of Aroostook, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor, Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Downeast Community Partners, and The Opportunity Alliance each received $ 5,000.
Apex Youth Connection received $ 2,666 in funding.
And the City of Danforth, the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, the Locker Project, New Ventures Maine, UMA / UMS, MaineStream Finance, Boots2Roots, and the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project each received $ 2,500 to support projects that create or create jobs communities within the country are revitalizing the bank’s service arm and helping provide affordable housing or other programs to support individuals and families with low to middle incomes.

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