Community Spirit

Suzala Paper and SoPo Art Studios Hold a Fundraiser for Local High School Student

 

Suzala Paper and SoPo Art Studios will host a Mother’s Day Sale and fundraiser on Friday May 11, 2012 from 4pm – 8pm and May 12 from 9am-5pm. The sale will be held at 855 Sawyer Street in South Portland, ME, the home of SoPo Art Studios and Suzala Paper.  A portion of sales will go to help fund the exchange student experience of Isabella Frederick, a South Portland High School Student who is raising money to travel to France for her junior year abroad.

Suzala Paper is a brand new paper goods company with a lot of heart. Created by and featuring the illustrations of friends and artists Susan Hellier, Suzanne Drown and Laurie Spugnardi, it specializes in colorful, joyfully designed cards and calendars.  The company was a recent exhibitor at the New England Products Trade Show where they launched this brand new venture.

SoPo Art Studios is the home of three artists that share this studio and a retail gallery.

Catching the Wave of Alternative Energy - SMCC

Catching the Wave of Alternative Energy - SMCC

Southern Maine Community College in South Portland partnered with a team of energy professionals to design and install an innovative ocean-based geothermal – or “sea-o-thermal” HVAC system in the Lighthouse building. The energy efficient system either absorbs or rejects heat from nearby seawater to bring a closed-loop glycol-heating coil to temperature. The system is completely environmentally friendly – releasing no byproducts into the water and requiring no fossil fuels. This innovative system makes regulating the building’s temperature easy and is three times more efficient than conventional heating and cooling systems. 

“The ocean is an amazing energy source,” says SMCC’s Dean of Admission Scott Beatty.

Walking Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies

Each year, in Maine, 1 in 8 babies are born prematurely. Residents of the Greater Portland area are working to help change this. By raising awareness and funds through the March of Dimes largest event, March for Babies®, Greater Portland supporters are helping improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

March for Babies — the nation’s premier walking event — is held in 900 communities across the United States and involves more than 7 million people each year. Maine expects to raise $400,000 with the help of 2,000 people walking in support of healthy babies – including over 900 walkers in Portland’s Payson Park on Sunday, May 6th.

Greater Portland’s March for Babies will be held on May 6, 2012 at Payson Park/Baxter Boulevard. Registration begins at 8AM at Payson Park and walkers will kick-off at 9AM.

Feed Maine Food Drive - May 5th 2012

Feed Maine Food Drive - May 5th 2012

On May 5th join WCSH6 & WLBZ2 at Hannaford Supermarkets in Sanford on Main Street; Augusta on Cony Street; Auburn on Spring Street; in Scarborough in OakHill Plaza, and in Bangor by the Airport Mall , broadcasting live as we host food drives for Feed ME 2012.  All donations will go to Good Shepherd Food-Bank.

According to the USDA over 15% of Mainers, or in other words 200,000 people, are at risk of hunger.  Nearly 25% of the children here in Maine are food insecure – meaning they do not have access to nutritious food, thus preventing the opportunity to lead a healthier life.  Nearly 40% of the people served by Good Shepherd are children; and sadly the number of food insecure in Maine alone has increased by nearly 25% since 2005. 

Some of the most needed foods are:

  • Canned Items: meats, vegetables & beans, and fruit
  • Instant Potatoes & Rice

Some of the best lobster shacks in New England are in Maine (I coulda told you that!)

Some of the best lobster shacks in New England are in Maine (I coulda told you that!)

Of twelve "lobster shacks" reviewed by Mike Urban (author of Lobster Shacks: A Road-Trip Guide to New England's Best Lobster Joints), six are in Maine?

May the Band Play on Forever

May the Band Play on Forever

Dick Johnson started playing the trombone in the seventh grade. He wanted to play the French horn. "When I was in the sixth grade," he says, "we had a music room at the elementary school and they had all the instruments of the orchestra in big pictures and I saw the French horn. The French horn has all these curls and I thought, 'Oh, man, that would be beautiful.' So I went home and told my dad I wanted to play the French horn. He said, 'No, you're not. You're going to play the trombone because we've got a trombone out at the farm."  Read more

Nominate a Teen for Teens Who Care

Nominate a Teen for Teens Who Care

Do you know a teen, or a group of teens, who go above and beyond for those in their community?  So many teens are doing good deeds all over the state, and we would like to take a moment to acknowledge the good work that they do.  Maybe it is a club at school that gets them involved, or perhaps they volunteer through an organization, if you know a deserving teen in your area please contact us as we are accepting nominations.  There is no deadline, we accept nominations year-round.  Each teen selected as one of our Teens Who Care will receive a $2000 scholarship to the college of their choice; where as the group/club of teens selected will receive $2000 to support a non-profit of their choice.