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Community News – Library launches summer reading programs

It’s time again for the summer reading program at the South Portland Public Library. Starting June 11, South Portland Public Library cardholders of all ages can sign up to participate in Summer Reading. There will be separate reading programs for kids, teens, and adults, each with their own challenges and prizes.

The program will run from August 6 to August 6.

The South Portland Public Library’s summer reading program has begun and will run until August 6. File photo

Children and teens will be challenged to spend 15 hours reading and complete eight activities by August 6 to win a prize book and enter a raffle for a chance to win a Bull gift card $50 Moose. Participants will also be able to participate in weekly raffles for Sea Dogs tickets, Mariners tickets, a free ride on the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, gift cards for local businesses,
and more.

Adults who follow their reading this summer will be entered into weekly draws for a chance to win a weekly $10 Bull Moose gift card, as well as a chance to win one of the grand prizes: a $50 Bull Moose gift $, $75 or $100. card, at the end of the program.

Participants can register for the 2022 Summer Reading Program at the Main Library starting June 11 or at the Secondary Library starting June 12.

For more information about the program, call 767-7660. For ongoing information on summer events and activities, visit or follow the library on social media.

The summer reading program is sponsored by the Friends of the South Portland Public Library with prizes donated by the Maine Mariners, Portland Sea Dogs, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, Smitty’s Cinema and Red’s Dairy Freeze.

Brenner named co-chair of committee that will oversee new fund to address PFAS contamination

Sen. Stacy Brenner, D-Scarborough, was appointed by Senate Speaker Troy Jackson to co-chair the advisory committee that will oversee the PFAS Contamination Response Fund. The primary mission of the advisory committee will be to make recommendations on the use of the fund.

Stacy Brenner

“Over the past two years, my colleagues and I in Augusta have made great strides in addressing PFAS contamination and preventing proliferation across our state,” Sen. Brenner said in a press release. of June 8. “One of the most significant actions we have taken has been to set aside $60 million for a new PFAS trust fund – money that will be absolutely essential as we support affected Mainers, expand our capacity to test and work to remedy the contamination. I am delighted to have the opportunity to help decide how this money is used and to ensure that we are doing all we can to protect the public health of future generations.

The committee will be composed of 15 members and its main mission will be to make recommendations on the use of the Fund to combat PFAS contamination. To this end, they will carry out research and consult with stakeholders, including holding at least two public hearings per year and collecting comments from the public. In addition, they will develop methods for determining fund component parameters, including:

Determination of offers of financial assistance, evaluation of the value of agricultural land.
Establish research priorities and evaluate research proposals and establish the need for and scope of long-term health monitoring and land monitoring, and propose recommendations for modifying fund components.
Development of processes and criteria to be used to determine funding awards.
Create a timeline for implementing the fund and for reviewing fund program applications and issuing payments, including but not limited to property assessments and income tax filings .
Recommend changes to the administration of the fund and related programs to the Legislative Assembly.
Ensure that applicants for funding programs can participate in the process.
Assess where and how the fund would best be housed and operated within the state government in the future. Consider recommendations, including legislative proposals, of the advisory committee.

The advisory committee will be required to submit an annual report to committees of the Legislative Assembly that oversee agricultural and environmental matters, beginning March 1, 2023. Legislative committees are authorized to report on legislation based on the findings of the report .

Greater Portland’s first full-size thrift store opens in South Portland

Artemis Plus Size Resale opens Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 96 Ocean St. No. 1 in South Portland. According to a June 20 press release, Artemis is a women-owned/LGBTQ+ company dedicated to representing all bodies size XL and up. The plus size thrift store and consignment store is the first of its kind in the greater Portland area.

“Artemis is a queer, woman-owned small business on a mission to include and represent bigger bodies in savings,” owner Chelsea Rourke said in an email. “We created the space we really needed locally, where plus sizes are the focus and all styles are represented.”

Artemis Plus Size Resale has been curating plus size clothing through its online Instagram store @artemisplussize since March 2021. According to Rourke, the response has been so strong, with collections selling and shipping nationwide, that finding a brick and the location of the mortar became a reality.

“I’m so excited to have found a place on Ocean Street in South Portland where I also live with my wife and kids. This area has so many great stores and businesses within walking distance,” Rourke said. “Artemis is a South Portland based business. It welcomes the plus size community and hopes, by buying and selling to each other, that we create a community closet that promotes a safe and fun shopping environment. It is a resource that encourages body positivity and pride, as well as great style”.

Lawyers Receive Leading Lawyer Award

South Portland resident Sharon G. Newman and Scarborough resident Elizabeth A. Campbell of the law firm Preti Flaherty were recently recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Newman was recognized in the field of the environment. Campbell has been recognized in the area of ​​litigation: medical malpractice and insurance defense.

A total of sixteen Preti Flaherty lawyers have been recognized in the Notable Lawyers and Law Firms Directory.

Public Arts Committee established in South Portland

The City of South Portland introduced a newly formed Public Arts Committee. The Public Arts Committee is made up of seven volunteers from across the city.

According to a June 6 press release, “The goal of the committee will be to bring all facets of the arts into the community; from murals and public sculptures, to dance and music. The committee hopes to engage the public and create excitement around artistic creation and engagement with art. PAC members all share the belief that a great city should encompass a thriving artistic community and that a healthy artistic community strengthens a great city.

“With this goal in mind, PAC will strive to promote and develop cultural initiatives that will advance the quality of life and celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of South Portland.”

Members of the Public Arts Committee come from all over South Portland. All members share an interest in the arts. Their professional backgrounds are varied, with experience in law, social work, art studio and art education. The diverse backgrounds should provide a rich and vigorous foundation on which to build.

Committee members are: Rachel Guthrie and Jim Flahaven (co-chairs), Anne Sedlack, Jessie Kessler, James LaPlante and Robert McKeagney. All members work closely with Isabelle Oechslie, the South Portland Community Planner.

According to the press release, “The committee is committed to bringing art to all areas of the community and is open to working with stakeholders and supporters. PAC is always interested in hearing ideas for art projects. throughout South Portland. The committee invites stakeholders to attend their meetings at the Planning and Development Department (496 Ocean St.) the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Lahie Fund Commits Funding to Rines Memorial Scholarship for SMCC

The Lahaie Fund announced a $15,000 commitment to the Peter L. Rines Memorial Scholarship for training at Southern Maine Community College Maine Fire Service Institute. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to those who wish to attend the Institute’s Fire Instructor Program or Fire Officer Program/Academy, hosted at the SMCC Midcoast Campus.

Rines, to whom the scholarship was created in memory, began as an on-call firefighter for the city of Wiscasset and began training Maine firefighters as a state fire instructor in 1998. While at The institute, he served as a training, certification and curriculum manager and developed nationally recognized certification programs.

Upon Rines’ passing in September 2021, the scholarship was established by the Lahaie Fund to continue his legacy of commitment to the training and education of Maine firefighters. The funds donated allow scholarships to be awarded on an ongoing basis to those who are interested and qualified for training.

Jim Graves, director of the institute, said Rines was a true Mainer through and through and cared deeply about the Maine Fire Department. “Peter will forever be remembered as someone who has dedicated himself to improving the lives of countless members of the fire service through training. This scholarship will keep his memory alive,” he said in a press release.

The $15,000 donation from the Lahaie Fund was given for the purpose of a challenge, said Sherm Lahaie of the Lahaie Foundation.

“We hope the creation of this scholarship, especially the challenge match, will inspire the thousands of Maine firefighters who have benefited from the certification training to pay for it to help us reach our goal of raising $30,000 to endow the scholarship. permanently,” said Sherm Lahaie. . “This will provide future fire service leaders with the opportunity to be prepared for many years to come.”

The scholarship is available to students in good standing with a Maine Fire Department who have the necessary prerequisites and demonstrate personal financial need.

Students interested in applying can contact Jim Graves at [email protected] or 207-844-2078. Those wishing to donate to the scholarship can visit and indicate their donation in memory of Peter L. Rines.

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