Memoirs – Portland Press Herald

Alice Elizabeth Wadsworth receives the cane and pin from the Boston Post


City’s oldest resident honored at 97

Alice Elizabeth Wadsworth, 97, of Hiram, received the Boston Post Cane and Pin at her home on April 20, honoring her with the distinction of being the city’s oldest resident.

Hiram Historical Society President Sally Williams presented the cane, which will be kept at the town office, and the pin, which Wadsworth is to wear and keep. Also present at the ceremony were his son Lee Allen Wadsworth, his wife, Sue, and Hiram Town Clerk Marylou Stacey.

The Boston Post Cane Award began in 1909 when The Boston Post newspaper publisher Edwin A. Grozier passed 700 select boards of directors in towns (not towns) across New England an ebony cane golden-headed with the request that it be granted to the oldest male citizen of the city. Cities now recognize the oldest resident, male or female.



Walmart donates $2,000 to museum to digitize films

The Biddeford Mills Museum received a $2,000 Walmart Community Grant from the Biddeford Walmart Supercenter. The funds will be used to digitize two large reel films kept in the museum’s archives.

The museum presumes the films were used by the factory’s sales agents to show the production of Lady Pepperell sheets and blankets in 1947-1948 to potential buyers at major retail chains.

The electronic version of the film will be available for viewing in the museum at 2 Main Street once completed.



The public library announces a change of hours

The Carrabassett Valley Public Library has announced a schedule change at 3209 Carrabassett Drive #3 through 2022.

As of now, the library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For details, call 237-3535.


Community colleges offering free tuition


Community colleges in Maine are now offering up to two years of free tuition to all 2020-23 high school graduates under the new Free College initiative funded in the supplementary budget signed by Governor Janet Mills on Wednesday.

“This is a historic moment for Maine,” Maine Community College System President David Daigler said. “There is nothing more important than giving someone the tools and education they need to pursue their dreams and build a better life. Free college will help those who need it the most. need and will boost our communities and the state’s economy with more skilled workers earning good wages.

The supplementary budget includes a one-time allocation of $20 million for free college. To be eligible for the Free College Scholarship, students must have a 2020-23 high school diploma or equivalent, be enrolled full-time in an associate’s degree program or a one-year degree, live in Maine while enrolled and accept all federal and state grants, scholarships, and other sources of funding.

Students already enrolled in colleges are also eligible for the program, as are home-schooled students and adult learners who have earned a GED or HI-SET.

The average annual cost of tuition and fees at community colleges in Maine is $3,700.



Parishes announce change in Mass times

St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in Sanford and St. Matthew Parish in Limerick have announced new Mass times, starting this weekend.

In Sainte-Thérèse, all parish services will be held at the Holy Family Church at 66 North Ave. Mass celebrated in Spanish. Weekday Masses will be at 7:30 a.m. on Mondays, 9 a.m. Wednesdays during the school year, and 7:30 a.m. during the summer months; at 6 p.m. on Thursday and at 7:30 a.m. on Friday. Masses at Holy Family Church are also streamed live at Confessions will be offered 3-3:45 p.m. Saturday, 5-5:45 p.m. Thursday, or by appointment by calling 324-2420.

At St. Matthew Parish, all parish services will be held at 19 Dora Lane. The Mass schedule is 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday. Weekday Masses will be at 6 p.m. on Monday and 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Masses will also be streamed live at Confessions will be offered from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Mondays or by appointment by calling 793-2244.


City Bus Stop Named America’s Best


One of the city’s bus stops won Streetsblog USA’s Best American Bus Stop award.

Local artist Ebenezer Akakpo, an immigrant from Ghana, applied a “Hope and Friendship” public art installation to the 519th Congress.

A reception to congratulate Akakpo was held April 22 at his Indigo Arts Alliance pop-up store at 60 Cove St.

“Portland was an early favorite to win this competition, thanks in large part to this small town’s great enthusiasm for the marriage of public transit and public art – and the unique message of hope, friendship and celebration of the local immigrant community to which artist Ebenezer Akakpo belongs. The Maine media was quick to get involved, and we couldn’t be happier to see the bus stops under the spotlight. the ramp in the conversation about what makes a city beautiful,” wrote Kea Wilson of Streetsblog.


Greater Portland Landmarks Receive $25,000


The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Telling the Full History Preservation Fund has granted $25,000 to Greater Portland’s landmarks. The grant is one of 80 awarded to selected organizations nationwide.

This grant will be used to help the organization identify historic resources for underrepresented communities in Portland, focusing on Black, Chinese, and Armenian populations.

“It is impossible to understand historic buildings and landscapes without the stories of the residents who inhabited and continue to inhabit these places. These stories are sometimes uplifting and celebratory, but can also be painful and require us to consider uncomfortable and discriminatory stories,” said Sarah Hansen, Executive Director. “There is a critical need to expand the stories we share and include diverse and missing voices. We are honored to be able to continue and expand our work to tell the full story here in Portland.

The grant was made possible through a one-time $2.5 million grant program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

To see the full list of recipients, go to



The Chamber welcomes a customer service specialist

The Central Maine Chamber of Commerce welcomed Katelyn Hood of Pittsfield as its new Customer Service Specialist. She replaces Patricia Michaud, who retired after nearly eight years in the Chamber.

Hood has held positions in accounting, payroll, banking and human resources in the region. Her most recent position was as payroll administrator for Kleinschmidt Associates Inc.

A graduate of Nokomis Regional High School, Hood graduated from Kennebec Valley Community College with an associate’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting.


The Gendarmerie obtains national accreditation


The South Portland Police Department received national accreditation March 26 from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.

This is the department’s first reaccreditation; it was first accredited in 2018. Only a few police departments in Maine have this distinction. Pricing is good for four years with an annual review to ensure continued compliance.


New Beginnings receives $10,000 grant

The Avangrid Foundation, in partnership with Central Maine Power, awarded a $10,000 grant to New Beginnings Inc., a Lewiston-based nonprofit serving homeless and at-risk youth.

New Beginnings operates Marian’s Place – Maine’s only youth shelter licensed to provide 24-hour care – as well as a full range of housing services with support, counselling, educational support, prevention and awareness for teens and young adults in Androscoggin, Franklin and Kennebec counties. .


For more details, visit


Astronomers are holding an open house on Saturday

Southern Maine Astronomers will host an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at its new facility at 179 Neptune Drive.

SMA President Robert Burgess said: “There has been a huge growth in interest in astronomy since COVID, but a lot of people are confused about how to advance that interest. We have the expertise to help people through this learning curve.

According to him, SMA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that was established in 2004. More information is available at



The Rotary club donates $500 to each of the 4 high schools

The Rotary Club of Waterville recently donated $500 each to four local high schools to provide support for youth experiencing homelessness or other challenges. They are MSAD 49 in Fairfield, Winslow High School, Messalonskee High School in Oakland, and Waterville High School.

For more details, visit


Spectrum Generations chooses Volunteer of the Year


Spectrum Generations recently recognized Mary Fernandes of Washington as the 2021 Volunteer of the Year at the annual meeting.

A volunteer with Spectrum Generations’ Money Minders program, she was tasked with helping a consumer manage his finances. After discovering that the client lacked heat and hot water, she found resources to replace the furnace.

Gerard Queally, President and CEO of Spectrum Generations, said: “Thanks to the advocacy of (Fernandes), this consumer has received much more than financial assistance. She…was also linked to the Meals on Wheels program.

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