Community Spirit

Corned Beef Supper at York-Ogunquit Church

The York-Ogunquit United Methodist Church, located at 1026 US Route 1, will host a Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper on Saturday, March 19 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.  The menu will include corned beef, cabbage, vegetables, beverages and dessert.  The cost is $8.00 with the proceeds from the supper will support the community missions of York-Ogunquit Church.  For more information, you can visit the church website at youmc.org or call 207-363-2749.

Safe Haven to Receive Donation From Hayloft Dinners

For the second year in a row, no-kill Safe Haven Humane Society has been named beneficiary of the Hayloft Restaurant's Thursday evening dinner donations during March.

A portion of the proceeds of every dinner served on four consecutive Thursdays (March 10, 17, 24 and 31) will be donated to support Safe Haven’s cat rescue, adoption, fostering, and low cost spay-neuter programs, which serve the people of Wells, Kennebunk and southern York County.

“We’re very grateful for this support from the Hayloft’s owners and patrons,” said Joyce McKay, president of Safe Haven. “A Thursday evening dinner not only will fill your belly, but the bellies of some of the many adoptable kitties in our no-kill care.”

The Hayloft is located at 124 Post Rd. (Rt. 1) Wells, ME 04054, at the Ogunquit & Wells/Moody border.

Kittery Man Completes Four-Mile Swim for Lighthouses

Warm cheers and applause, punctuated by enthusiastic comments like “You did it Gary!” filled the air at Kittery Point on the afternoon of February 26, 2011 as Kittery native and professional swimmer Gary Sredzienski emerged triumphantly from the frigid waters of Maine at the conclusion of the event, “Swim for the Lights.”

Sredzienski had just completed a four-mile swim in winter’s coldest waters, all to help raise funds and public awareness for the preservation of lighthouses under the care of the Rockland-based American Lighthouse Foundation and its local chapter, Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses.

The American Lighthouse Foundation’s fundraising goal for “Swim for the Lights” is $10,000, and just after the event, the total was a little over $8,000.

Teens Who Care

Teens Who Care

We are very proud of our young people in the State of Maine and we need your help to find teens who are doing good work in our communities. Too often we hear about all of the “bad things” teens are doing. We want to make sure that people know there are teens in our state who are doing “good work” and making a difference.

We are looking for Teens who are volunteering in their communities. We will be recognizing individual teens and teens who are working together as groups.  One individual or group will be highlighted each month on WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2. Each teen recognized will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the college of their choice. Groups will be given a $2,000 grant to be awarded to the non-profit they are helping.

Please help us find the teens and their inspirational stories to share around the state. Just go to our website and click Teens Who Care for an on-line form. No deadline.

Swim for the Lights - The Power of One can be Great!

Swim for the Lights - The Power of One can be Great!

One man’s quest to help save lighthouses is going to lengths few would dare imagine, let alone undertake.

On February 26, 2011, Gary Sredzienski, known affectionately along the Piscataqua River region and beyond as the “Creek Man”, will take to the river’s frigid waters to raise funds for the nonprofit American Lighthouse Foundation, based in Rockland, Maine, and the foundation's local chapter, the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses.

For his part in the upcoming “Swim for the Lights” event, Sredzienski will swim a total of four miles, departing from Odiorne Point in Rye, New Hampshire at 1:00 pm and ending the feat on the shores of Maine at the Kittery Point town dock around 5:00 pm. 

During the swim’s route, Sredzienski will also make brief stops at the wave-swept Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery and Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle, New Hampshire.

YMCA “Kids Out” Participants Creating Houses for Change

Biddeford, ME (Feb. 08, 2010) – Children from the Northern York County Family YMCA’s Kids Out program are partnering with United Way of York County and Volk Packaging to help bring an end to homelessness in Maine.

The kids will be designing paper houses which will be used to collect money from family and friends throughout the community. All money raised will be distributed locally to organizations that are active in helping those affected by homelessness.

On Friday, February 11 at 3 p.m., Kids Out participants at Wells Elementary School (276 Sanford Road, Wells) will be decorating their paper houses and preparing their outreach efforts to raise money for this very worthwhile cause.

Members of the media are invited to attend the paper house-decorating session. Representatives of the YMCA and United Way of York County will be on hand to answer questions.

Kids Out is the YMCA’s and after-school program for elementary and middle school children.

Patrolman Gagne's Award

Patrolman Gagne's Award

On the evening on January 29, 2011 York Patrolman Tyler Gagne was awarded Meritorious Service Award at the Maine Association of Police annual awards banquet. The award recognizes Patrolman Gagne’s actions on August 17, 2010.

On the evening of August 17th at 1747 hours York Police Officers were dispatched to a residence on Broadway Ave for a report a man who was ranting about a neighborhood barking dog. The caller also advised that they believe the man just fired a gun after hearing what sounded like a gunshot.

Patrolman Tyler Gagne, a 3 year veteran of the York Police Department arrived at this location and quickly began to asses the situation. Being the first officer on scene he immediately communicated to other responding officers, directing them to take up a perimeter. From his vantage point Patrolman Gagne was able to observe a visibly distraught and in distressed elderly male in the residence.