Mainebiz honors its 2011 Business Leaders of the Year at The Woodlands Club in Falmouth on May 3rd

Mainebiz will host a reception on May 3rd to honor its 2011 Maine Business Leaders of the Year: Fletcher Kittredge, CEO of GWI in Biddeford, represents the large company category; Martin Grimnes, president of Harbor Technologies in Brunswick, represents the small business category; and Andy Shepard, president and CEO of Maine Winter Sports Center in Caribou, represents the nonprofit category.

Carol Coultas, in an interview with Mainebiz on the topic of the three chosen business leaders said, “Our 2011 Business Leaders of the Year have remarkable vision and stamina, qualities that reflect unwavering dedication to the success of their organizations. Those successes enhance Maine’s economy through the very real measures of jobs, taxes and revenues, while simultaneously offering inspiration to Maine’s business community”.    
The Business Leaders of the Year reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Woodlands Club in Falmouth.

York County EMA Well Check Registry Announcement

York County Emergency Management Agency will announce a new program that will be available for residents of York County that may require some assistance during a disaster or other wide spread emergency.  The York County Voluntary Well-Check Registry is a confidential system designed to maintain information by town of citizens  who have functional or mobility needs during an event local EMA Directors will have access to town specific listings and will be able to plan for assistance. 
On Wednesday March 30 at 2:00PM at York County Community Action facility 6 Spruce Street Sanford 2nd floor conference room at the  meeting of the York County District Public Health  Council  the program will be announced and will officially be available from local health care providers soon after the official announcement.   Many health care partners have been involved in the development of this program.  Several of the key individuals and agencies will be

The Old Orchard Beach High School Class of 2011 presents The George Hamm Comedy Showcase

The Old Orchard Beach High School Class of 2011 presents The George Hamm Comedy Showcase to benefit the class trip and class night (Project Graduation) activities.
The benefit will take place on Friday, April 1 at the OOB HS gym with doors opening at 6:30pm and the show at 7:00pm. This is a mature content event and middle school students must be accompanied by a parent/adult.
Tickets are on sale now at Captain’s Galley Restaurant in OOB, Brady Screenprint in Biddeford, Jimmy, The Greek’s in OOB, Jack Trull, Class Night Advisor at Old Orchard Beach HS and members of the Class of 2011 parent group. Tickets are $15 each or 2 for $25.00.
Portland’s own George Hamm comes to the stage with his sarcastic look on life and all it has to offer.

York County Shelter Programs Selling Welcome Spring-Happy Easter Baskets

York County Shelter Programs Selling Welcome Spring-Happy Easter Baskets

York County Shelter Programs will once again be selling
Welcome Spring and Happy Easter baskets.  Proceeds
from the fundraiser will help support the food pantry and
the meals kitchens that the Shelter operates.
Students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in
Dover will help assemble the homemade items for
the baskets.  Purchasers of the children's
Easter baskets (which cost $10) should indicate the age
and gender of the young recipient so the prepared basket
will be appropriate.

The Maine Coalition Against Human Trafficking/love 146

The Maine Coalition Against Human Trafficking/love 146

The Freedom Gala to benefit LOVE146

April 30, 6pm at The People's Choice Ballroom



Franco-American Folks Artist Adelard Cote’s carvings shown at Biddeford’s La Fête du Printemps

BIDDEFORD—On Friday, March 25 at 5:30pm, the Heart of Biddeford will kick off the third annual La Fête du Printemps, a weekend celebrating Franco-American culture, with a showing of several carvings by local folk artist Adelard Coté (1889-1974). In addition, hand-made childrens books written in French by First Level French students at Biddeford High School will also be on display.

Coté, born into a peasant farm family in Ste-Sophie, a small town near Quebec, became an accomplished blacksmith. He left Canada as a young man to seek his fortune and landed in Biddeford in the early 1900s, where he was hired by Pepperell Manufacturing Company as a blacksmith.

Coté’s desire for adventure unsatisfied, he left Biddeford for a brief stint working in a light bulb factory in New York City, and to wander the province of Manitoba and Saskatchewan before returning to Biddeford in 1920 to open his own blacksmith shop.

Annual Maine History Day Competition to Commence in Augusta

250 students will compete for the opportunity to travel to the
National Competition in Maryland

AUGUSTA – On Wednesday, March 23 the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) will host 250 students from across the state as they take part in Maine History Day, an annual educational competition for all Maine students in grades 6 through 12.  An award ceremony will be held at 2:00 pm in Jewett Hall at UMA.

Maine History Day is part of a nationwide program involving all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Maine State winners may take part in the national competition at the University of Maryland in June.