Memoirs – Portland Press Herald

Recent high school graduate gets scholarship
Falmouth Fire-EMS awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Alexandra Dowling, a 2022 graduate of Falmouth High School.
This is the third year of the scholarship, created to recognize high school seniors living in the Falmouth community who plan to pursue post-secondary education in the fields of firefighting, emergency medical services, nursing nursing or a related field.
Dowling plans to attend Tufts University this fall.

Bank and cafe donate $1,500 to pantry
Partners Bank and Aroma Joe’s recently teamed up to raise $1,511 in funds for the South Berwick Community Food Pantry through the sale of a traditional lemonade stand, set up at South Berwick’s Strawberry Festival on June 25. The lemonade was donated by Aroma Joe’s and served by a team of 12 Partners Bank volunteers. Both companies made additional contributions of $250, bringing the total donation to the organization to $2,011.

A fund set up to get children out
In honor of its 10th anniversary, WinterKids Downhill 24 has created the Downhill 24 Outdoor Fund to help even more kids get outside and be active in Maine and beyond.
For the fund’s inaugural year, WinterKids is awarding $25,000 to four organizations that help break down barriers to healthy outdoor activity, including but not limited to equipment, clothing, and transportation. The winning organizations will be determined by community vote. The nonprofit organization, school or recreation program that gets the most votes will receive $10,000, with runner-up grants awarded to the next three organizations at $5,000 each.
Funds should be used to get more kids outside and active more often. Preference is given to organizations that offer a plan for the winter season. WinterKids reached over 50,000 children and teachers last year – and plans to do the same next year.
Applications are open on the WinterKids website until the August 15 deadline. The community voting period is September 1-30, with the winning organizations announced October 11.
For more information and eligibility criteria, visit

Baby bottle drive raises over $7,000
A bottle drive — held at churches in Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach and Lyman — raised more than $7,000 for expectant parents.
The campaign was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and parishioners of Good Shepherd Parish (comprising Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco; St. Joseph’s Church, Biddeford; St. Margaret’s Church, Old Orchard Beach; the Philip’s Church, Lyman; and St. Brendan’s Chapel, Biddeford Pool) responded by collecting coins and paper money to stuff into baby bottles to donate to local pregnancy resource centres.
“Proceeds from the drive will be donated to Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center in Sanford and ABBA in Portland,” said Guy Cadorette of the Knights of Columbus.
For over 25 years, the Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center has provided a safe and confidential haven for those facing an unplanned pregnancy. The center is committed to serving all clients with kindness, regardless of age, race, income, religion, nationality or disability. ABBA is a medically certified women’s pregnancy resource center that offers pregnancy testing, obstetric ultrasounds, STD testing and treatment, counseling and women’s health education. The centers offer free and confidential services.

Opening of the short film competition for middle and high school students
The Strand Theater has announced its 3rd annual Strand Youth Film Festival (SYFF), which gives young people living in Maine the opportunity to create and submit their own short films.
All filmmakers must enter grades 5-12 for the 2022-23 school year or be between the ages of 9 and 18. The junior division is for ages 9-13 and the senior division is for ages 14-18. Entrants must live in Maine. Films must be 1-5 minutes in length and follow a G or PG film rating. Submissions must be entered in one of the following categories: story (fiction), documentary, music video or animation. Prizes will be awarded in each film category for both divisions, as well as a “Best of Fest” award. Films must be submitted in .mov or .mp4 format. Only one film per participant is allowed.
Entries will be accepted until October 31, with awards and a public presentation of the films scheduled for December. The awards will be decided by a jury made up of Strand employees and local film professionals.
For more details and submission instructions, visit the Strand Theater website at, email: [email protected]or call 594-0070.