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Coastal Humane Society is the Beneficiary of $100,000 Anonymous Gift

Coastal Humane Society is the Beneficiary of $100,000 Anonymous Gift

The Coastal Humane Society (CHS) of Brunswick is pleased to announce that an anonymous donor has graciously donated $100,000 to the organization. “The donor was impressed with the manner in which CHS has revamped the entire organization and improved performance and organizational excellence over the past 3 years”, said John Moncure, attorney for the donor, who notified CHS of the generous gift.
CHS has undertaken a rigorous self assessment, executed a professionally facilitated strategic planning initiative, made Board and staffing changes as needed and has most recently invited the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to audit CHS operations to assist CHS in even further improving its organizational excellence.
HSUS is considered to be the foremost expert resource in animal shelter operations in the United States and they are more typically brought in to look at an organization in crisis.

Valentine’s Day Marks One Month Remaining for Wedding Contest Entries

Real Maine Weddings to award one couple with a wedding package worth more than $100,000
FREEPORT – On what is arguably the most romantic day of the year, couples will mark the day with gifts, signs of affection, and in some cases – marriage proposals. For those couples who do propose – or who are already engaged - Valentine’s Day also marks the “one-month to go” benchmark for them to register for a free Maine wedding, valued at more than $100,000.
“Valentine’s Day conjures up images of dream-scenarios for couples,” said Melanie Brooks of Real Maine Weddings magazine, the publication that is putting on the contest. “This is an opportunity for couples to imagine their dream wedding, and possibly pull it off free of charge.

Fourth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival Calls for Submissions

Fourth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival Calls for Submissions

We are pleased to announce the beginning of the contest segment of the Fourth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival. The Festival is open to any Maine student attending a public or private high school in Cumberland, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties.  Students may submit one poem—no longer than one side of a typed page—on any subject by the deadline, March 1, 2011.  Nationally-known, Maine poet Wes McNair will select twenty finalists, who will be honored at a reading and awards ceremony on May 1 from 3-5 p.m., at Merriconeag Waldorf School, in Freeport. Awards will include gift certificates and publication in a Festival anthology.

Project Linus - Blankets needed

Project Linus - Blankets needed

It’s hard to believe that it’s the end of January already.  The year 2010 is just a memory – and it’s amazing that for Project Linus of Cumberland County, we delivered a grand total of 1651 blankets!  Wow!  Thank you everyone for contributing.  So many children. .

MAINE REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (MEREDA) ELECTS NEW BOARD MEMBERS

MAINE REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (MEREDA) ELECTS NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Portland, Maine – Mathew Eddy of Brunswick and David Soley of Freeport have been elected as board members of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), a statewide organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and related service providers. Founded in 1985, MEREDA promotes responsible development and ownership of real estate in Maine through legislative advocacy, educational programs and professional networking opportunities.  

Mathew Eddy is Executive Director of Eaton Peabody Consulting Group.  Mr. Eddy has over twenty years of experience in economic development and planning. He most recently served as the Director of Economic and Community Development for the Town of Brunswick, Maine.

MAINE MCDONALD’S® SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR SPIRIT OF THE GAME AWARD

MAINE MCDONALD’S® SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR SPIRIT OF THE GAME AWARD

Nomination deadline is February 16, 2011.

AUBURN, Maine (Feb. 3, 2011) – Organizers of the Maine McDonald's® High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games are seeking nominations for the 2011 Maine McDonald’s® Spirit of the Game Award. Two high school seniors – one from the East division, one from the West –will be honored during Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Weekend at Husson University in Bangor on March 11 and 12. The nomination deadline is February 16, 2011.

The Maine McDonald’s® Spirit of the Game Award was created in 2009 to honor two high school seniors who embody the spirit of the sport, exemplify sportsmanship, support and inspire their teammates and coaching staff, and show an ability to overcome obstacles and boundaries.  In 2010, the awards were renamed to honor inaugural recipients Joshua Titus of Auburn and Patrick Thibodeau of Cumberland.

STATEWIDE ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZE TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION & AWARENESS MONTH

STATEWIDE ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZE TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION & AWARENESS MONTH

Every year, thousands of teenagers across the State of Maine experience dating violence.  February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in youth relationships and promote programs that focus on prevention. The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault are calling on Mainers to help recognize this important month, not only for youth in Maine, but for communities statewide.

Dating violence is “controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It occurs in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships and can include verbal, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, or a combination of these behaviors.”  Dating violence often starts with what may seem like minor behavior, such as teasing and name calling.