Memoirs – Portland Press Herald



Saco Woman Receives AARP Public Service Award

Saco’s Jean Saunders is the recipient of the AARP Maine’s 2022 Andrus Award for Extraordinary Public Service. The award is the organization’s most prestigious and is awarded annually to individuals who make a difference in the lives of others and bring about positive social change.
A native of Winslow, Saunders, RN MSN MPH, began her nursing career in Maine but spent many years in New York as a nursing administrator. In 1990, she returned to Maine as a hospital administrator at Maine Medical Center.
Saunders heard about the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities in 2013 and worked to help the City of Saco become part of the network, with the specific goal of helping individuals stay in their homes and age gracefully. success with community support.
Saunders continues to work with fellow Saco residents and lead important programs, services and resources to benefit residents of all ages.


Companies, individuals invited to Light Up The Town

The Children’s Discovery Museum, with support from CTB Electronics, is hosting 2022 Light Up The Town, a citywide celebration of light that invites businesses and individuals to decorate their properties with as much light as possible. Registered parties will be part of a city-wide map for community members to drive or walk to admire the decorations.
Those who register are responsible for decorating their property by November 26 and keeping those lights on throughout the season.
The deadline for registration is November 14.


Congress Square Park Group Announces Winter Lineup

Friends of Congress Square Park will host a variety of free programs this winter.
S’mores Nights will run from 4-6 p.m. on Thursdays, December 1 through February. Ingredients for the s’mores will be free, with donations encouraged. The Pink Waffle food truck will also offer hot drink sales. S’mores Nights will also feature additional programming, including shadow puppetry with Mayo Street Arts and performances by local musicians.
The Cozy Winter Market also returns from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 11, with vendors selling baked goods and hot beverages, gifts to buy from local makers and stores, and FoCSP’s fire pit fleet. Local jazz musician Kafari will play several sets during the market.
Plus, a variety of local restaurants and food truck vendors will come together for a hot chocolate tasting from 1-3 p.m. on January 19.
The events are all free (sometimes with a suggested donation) and open to the public.


Top Gun 2023 Applications Open

The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs and its partners, the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation and the Lewiston Auburn Metro Chamber are accepting applications for Top Gun, an entrepreneurship acceleration program. The program is open to Maine startups in all industry sectors in the Portland, Lewiston/Auburn, and Waterville areas.
The program will accept up to 36 companies in total, with 8-12 companies in each of the locations. All three locations are accepting applications.
In addition to submitting a short online application, prospective companies will be required to submit a pitch deck and present themselves to an interview panel at their preferred location.
The top two finalists from each region will participate in the Statewide Top Gun Showcase for a $25,000 cash prize sponsored by the Maine Technology Institute.
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Local 9-year-old writes winning poem

Resident Joanie Sacks, 9, came third in July’s Cricket League Poetry Competition. His poem ‘Fireworks’ will appear in the Cricket League section of the November/December 2022 issue and is published at
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Online workshop to teach calming strategies

Registration is open for the online professional development program “Helping Calm Strong Emotions with Resonant Language”. This three-day online workshop, part of the University of Maine Hutchinson Center’s Professional Development Program, will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesdays, November 30, December 7, and December 14 via Zoom.
The program is designed to benefit people who work with youth, frontline workers, people who work in service industries or customer service, municipal workers and parents/guardians.
The program facilitator will be Peggy Smith, who is a certified trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication.
A stable internet connection and the ability to join these synchronous sessions as they happen is required. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and 0.6 CEUs/6 contact hours are available.
The cost is $175 per person. For more details, contact Abby Spooner at [email protected] or call 338-8002. Participants may be eligible for funding from the Harold Alfond Center for Workforce Advancement in Maine.
Early registration is recommended as places are limited.


Audubon Chapter Accepting Birdseed Orders

Mid-Coast Audubon will be accepting bird seed orders through Saturday to raise funds to support bird conservation and educational programs. Orders can be placed online through their website or by postal mail available at
Seed should be picked up from 10 a.m. to noon on November 19 at one of two locations: Plants Unlimited, 629 Commercial St. (Route 1) in Rockport, or Lincoln County Publishing, 116 Mills Road, Newcastle. Please specify preferred pickup location on the order form.
Five varieties will be offered: Black Oil Sunflower 20 pounds for $22, 40 pounds for $38; Sunflower meats (shelled) 25 pounds for $31 or 50 pounds for $56; Melody Mix 20 books for $20, 40 books for $31; Thistle (Nyger) 5 pounds for $14; and suet blocks, $2.50 each.
All seeds are pre-ordered and payment is due by 5 p.m. Saturday. Make checks payable to Mid-Coast Audubon and send to Seed Sale Sue, 12 Audubon Rd., Bremen, ME 04551.
For more details check the FB page or contact Sue via email at [email protected] and put BIRDSEED in the subject line.


Free Thanksgiving meal will be picked up curbside

Community Harvest, a local nonprofit, will host the 24th annual Pilgrim Project as a take-out meal this year on November 24 at St. Martha’s Church on Route 1.
Traditionally a free community Thanksgiving Day dinner, this year will once again be offered take-out due to the continued impacts of COVID-19.
Meals will be served cold, with heating instructions.
Community members should reserve their free meals in advance by Sunday by calling 967-1911 or visiting You will be assigned a pickup time on Thanksgiving Day.


The Maine Financial Authority will once again partner with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to offer Invest in ME Reads, a program to support financial education for families by enabling families to engage in conversations about future goals , money savings and value of choice. .
FAME launched the program in 2020 to serve second-grade students and is expanding it this year to provide free resources to all public students in grades 2-4.
Participating students will receive a collection of educational resources, including free books that encourage savings, giving and delayed gratification. Families will also receive materials to use at home, including a parent’s guide, information to help them focus on college savings, and special content to encourage them to visit, an interactive webpage offering fun activities and resources for students. and their families.
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