2018-09-21 / Community News

Community News

Girl Scout recruitment event is Sept. 21

Girl Scouts of Maine will host Girls’ Night Out for potential members and volunteers at various locations this fall as a part of this year’s recruitment initiative at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at First Congregational Church in South Portland.

In Girl Scouts, girls unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) to become the superheroes of their own stories. The Girls’ Night Out events are a free Super Hero Themed activity and information night for girls and their parents/caregivers to come see if Girl Scouts is a good fit for their family.

“Girl Scouts helps girls develop their full potential,” said Joanne Crepeau, CEO of Girl Scouts of Maine. “When a girl becomes a Girl Scout, she grows into a young woman who is self-confident, strong and compassionate. She learns how to build and maintain healthy relationships. She becomes more aware of the world around her and uses her skills and talents to make her world a better place.”

Schools can apply for ecomaine grants

Ecomaine announced its 2018 round of School Recycling Grants, which are designed to raise recycling awareness in schools and communities, and to help schools implement more efficient recycling programs or add composting to their waste collection.

Public or private schools in any of ecomaine’s 73 member communities can apply for School Recycling Grants through Oct. 19.

“The School Recycling Grants program allows us to increase students’ exposure to proper ways of recycling,” said Kevin Roche, CEO of ecomaine. “In addition to our tours programs, and our other public awareness tools, these grants instill a great sense of ownership in the schools in our communities, and help to teach the next generation of recyclers the importance of asking ‘which bin should I put this in?’”

Past grant proposals have ranged from purchasing in-school recycling bins or education materials to offsetting compost hauling fees, or assisting schools to participate in tours of ecomaine. If selected, school recipients can receive up to $5,000 of $25,000 in available grant funds for the 2018-2019 school year. Recipients are chosen based on the following criteria:

• Project outline and school commitment

• Ease of project replication

• Likelihood of success and program sustainability

• How compelling and worthy the funding is

In fiscal year 2018, ecomaine reached more than 25,000 school children and members of the public through grants, tours, presentations and events.

“It’s so important to teach our kids about recycling right and promoting safe, sustainable ways to deal with their waste. The impact, when they share what they learn with their friends and families, is enormous,” said Katrina Venhuizen, ecomaine’s senior environmental educator.

In addition to the School Recycling Grants, other programs that ecomaine offers throughout the year to further its education and outreach mission are:

• Recycling is a Work of Art contest (six winners selected in Spring to paint murals on the “silver bullet” recycling containers in towns)

• Eco-Excellence Awards (annual March awards, nominations accepted throughout the year)

• Annual Recycling Open House (this year’s is Sept. 29)

• On-site tours and community outreach (ongoing)

Following the Oct. 19 deadline, proposals will be reviewed by ecomaine’s Outreach & Recycling Committee, and winners will be notified by mid-November.

Scarborough Terrace honors volunteers

For the past five years, Len and Liane Giambalvo have served the greater Scarborough community as volunteers for Scarborough Food Pantry. Due to the couple’s dedication to helping those in need in the community, Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living is presenting the Giambalvos with the annual Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living Senior Service Award.

The senior service award is presented annually by Scarborough Terrace to a deserving senior volunteer or volunteers to acknowledge the impactful work local seniors do to give back to the community. Additionally, Scarborough Terrace will also recognize the Scarborough Food Pantry for the organization’s commitment to helping the hungry in Scarborough and neighboring towns. The Scarborough Food Pantry and the Giambalvos were scheduled to be awarded $500 from Scarborough Terrace during a ceremony held at the senior living community Tuesday, Sept. 18.

“We were surprised to receive this recognition,” said Liane Giambalvo. “As a volunteer, you never really think about being honored for something that seems so natural, especially when you don’t ask for thanks. Volunteering at the food pantry is an opportunity to positively impact the lives of others. When we moved to Scarborough, we wanted to find a way to integrate into the community and found that in the food pantry. We both came from health care backgrounds – in fact, I was a registered dietician – so we knew that having a role in feeding people and providing proper nutrition was critically important.”

Scarborough Food Pantry is an all-volunteer community group dedicated to helping the hungry in Scarborough and neighboring communities. The food pantry serves roughly 150 families every month and is open to anyone in need of its services. Sponsored by First Congressional Church of Scarborough, the food pantry relies on the generosity of many groups and private donations, in addition to the dedication of volunteers who devote their time in hope to alleviate hunger in the community.

“It really struck me to learn how many people are affected by hunger and homelessness in our community and the surrounding area,” said Len Giambalvo. “The longer we’ve been volunteering, the more we’ve learned where we can lessen the burden and take on more responsibility. Liane and I have done what we can to find places that are willing to help with donations or provide recipes for those who walk through the door so they know how to prepare the food they take home. We have been so fortunate, it’s the least we can do to give back to those who might be struggling. It’s all about looking at the whole person and making them feel welcome and cared for when they walk in the door.”

According to Ellen Parenteau, executive director for Scarborough Food Pantry, the Giambalvos regularly go above and beyond to ensure that those served by the food pantry have access to fresh and nutritious items and feel loved and appreciated.

“Len and Liane are two of those special people who do everything with others in mind,” Parenteau said. “The two of them always think of ways we can make this place better and maximize the services we provide. Len is always bringing in new items that he finds at the store, including a selection of fresh vegetables. Liane looks at what items we have in stock and goes home to create recipes to hand out to our guests so they can learn new ways to use the items they take home. As if that’s not enough, she’ll even make the recipe and hand out samples. It’s this selflessness that reminds us that what we’re doing is important. We’re so thankful when community organizations such as Scarborough Terrace join us in our mission to serve the people of Scarborough and recognize those who make that possible.”

“We’re privileged to honor our local volunteers and celebrate them for the work they do for the betterment of the local community,” said Judy Cox, executive director of Scarborough Terrace. “Individuals like Len and Liane Giambalvo are inspiring reminders of what it means to live selflessly and make a difference in the lives of others. At Scarborough Terrace, our desire is to provide our residents with high-quality care and the ability to live fulfilling lives, and we are honored to stand alongside those in the local community who are similarly dedicated to serving seniors and other families.”

Learn more about Catholic religion

The Catholic Church welcomes the public to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

The Catholic churches in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland invite those interested to call Kris Benson, 883-0334 or email kris.benson@portlanddiocese.org, for more information.

Morrison Center benefit is Oct. 12

Motor Booty Affair, A Night for Morrison, will be held 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at 60 Chamberlain Road, Scarborough.

Event includes costume contest, food, cash bar, silent auction and raffle to benefit Morrison Center in Scarborough.

Tickets are $25 each for the 21-plus event.

For tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/motor-booty-affair-a-night-for-morrison-tic....

First Congregational plans public dinner

First Congregational Church of Scarborough will offer a public dinner catered by Moe’s Famous Bar-B-Q on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 6 p.m. The church is located at 167 Black Point Road in Scarborough.

The meal will include pulled pork, chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, cornbread, potato salad, cucumber/tomato salad, dessert, and coffee. For those who wish, food can be boxed to-go.

The dinner is a fundraiser sponsored by the church’s Men’s Fellowship.

Tickets are available at the church office at 161 Black Point Road.

For more information, call 883-2342.

Tickets can be held and paid at the event if a reservation has been made in advance Limited tickets may also be available at the event if food supply permits.

Eastern Trail walks to be held Sept. 24

The Eastern Trail Alliance will host two evening walks to see the full moon from the trail on Monday, Sept. 24. It’s free and an experience not to be missed. Walks are 60 to 90 minutes. All ages welcome. No pets or flashlights.

Meet at 7 p.m. at either location: Southern Maine Health Care, Biddeford. (back parking lot off West Cole Rd) with biologist and trustee Joe Yuhas; Pine Point Road, Scarborough-Eastern Trail crossing parking lot with Executive Director Carole Brush.

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