2016-10-14 / Community News

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Students, staff honored by board for service to others

Jude Veilleux, a third grade teacher at Wentworth School, has long strived to instill a love for service in her students. To that end for years former Wentworth students have come back to help out in Veilleux classroom when they were high school students. Matthew Blaisdell, Sebastian Osborne, Natalie Russell and Cameron Thibeault were commended at the Oct. 6 board of education meeting for the more than 800 hours they have logged in Veilleux’s classroom.

Veilleux said the foursome has helped her out in a variety of ways, including organizing the end of the year field day, offering students help after school, working on special classroom projects and even helping to purchase school supplies.

“It’s a huge help and the kids love it from year to year. They look forward to it,” Veilleux said.

“They are giving up a lot of free time to give back to the classroom and show student how important that is,” Veilleux added.

Russell said she has enjoyed helping Veilleux, who she had in third grade and calls “her favorite teacher.” In fact, the experience has inspired Russell to pursue a career in teaching.

“I hope I can be as good as she is,” Russell said.

Thibeault has also grown from the volunteer work.

“It has made me a better person, I really believe that. I hope I helped some kids along the way,” he said.

The board also recognized Carl Ivers a Scarborough school bus driver for the role he played making sure his riders were safe after the bus snagged power lines along Burnham Road that were hit by a fallen tree branch Sept. 19.

Superintendent Julie Kukenberger said Ivers, who has been with the district for 6 years, stopped the bus, called for help and after it was determined it was safest to remain on the bus, entertained the 12 students by playing a game of ‘I Spy’ with them. The students, Kukenberger said, arrived at school “smiling, happy and relaxed.”

Ivers told the board he was simply doing his job.

“Any other bus driver would have done the same thing. We work as a team. We love our jobs and care for the kids and watch out for them,” he said prior to getting a series of handshakes and thank yous from the board.

Tweak approved for conservation work requirement

For years, commercial and recreational shellfish harvesters have been required to perform a certain amount of conservation work at the waterfront.

The work, according to the Shellfish Conservation ordinance, can include projects such as “seeding clam beds, participating in shellfish surveys and participating in other approved resource management activities during the conservation season,” which runs from May to November.

Last week, town council approved an amendment to the ordinance regarding what to do if the work is canceled or terminated due to inclement weather or unsafe conditions. As part of the change, the participants in any such project “will receive the allotted hours of conservation time for that particular project regardless of performing the activity.”

Councilor Peter Hayes, who serves as the liaison to the shellfish conservation committee, said the need for the change came about a few months ago when one project over the summer was canceled because of thunderstorms. Hayes called it “a reasonable change.”

Councilor Jean-Marie Caterina said altering the ordinance, which was adopted in December 1985 and amended 30 times since then, made “perfectly good sense” to her.

“These people are taking time out of their schedules to be there. You can’t control the weather, so I think its great to be able to give them the credit,” she said.

How many hours of conservation work that is required depends on what sort of license the individual holds.

Commercial license holders are required to do 12 hours of conservation work, while those over 60 are required to do eight hours and those over 70 just four hours. Those who hold student licenses that are under 18 are encouraged, but not required to do conservation work.

Parking allowance may be to Orchard Street

The south side of Orchard Street from Route 1 to Carriage Lane is one of the areas in town where parking of any sort is prohibited. That, however, may change slightly if an item before the council gets approved later this fall.

Last week, the council preliminarily approved a measure that would maintain the parking prohibition on the street, which connects Dunstan Landing Road to Route 1, except for three spaces facing the side lawn of the West Scarborough United Methodist Church.

Councilor Jean-Marie Caterina, chairman of the town council’s ordinance committee, which vetted the proposed change before bringing it to the council, said the group recommended the change to help the church solve its parking crunch.

“It helps the church out with parking, particularly with big events they have: bean suppers, weddings and whatnot,” Caterina said.

Town Manager Tom Hall said staff has been working with church leaders on the parking proposal and to clear up an issue of Orchard Street, a public road, partially existing on church property.

Councilor Kate St. Clair hopes designating the parking for the church will clarify where parking can occur.

“(Things) are not laid out well there. This actually brings more to it. It will be easier for people to see where parking is and things to flow better,” said St. Clair, a member of the ordinance committee.

Compiled by Staff Writer Michael Kelley. He can be reached at news@scarboroughleader.com.

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