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Last chance for Hall of Fame nomination
The Biddeford Cultural and Heritage Center (BCHC) reminds the community that Thursday is the deadline to submit nominations for the Biddeford Hall of Fame (BHOF) 2022.
Now in its fifth year, the BHOF recognizes and celebrates citizens or non-residents of Biddeford who have contributed significantly to the history, heritage and culture of the town of Biddeford or the world at large.
The vote, which is being conducted by the Hall of Fame committee, made up of members of the BCHC and the Biddeford Historical Society, the mayor and members of the public, will take into account the importance of the nominee’s ethnic background. People can nominate themselves.
The winners will be inducted at a ceremony tentatively scheduled for September 10 in the Council Chambers of Biddeford Town Hall.
Applications should be submitted on the official nomination forms available on the BCHC website, although any application is considered. Nomination forms are also available at Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce, McArthur Library, Biddeford Town Hall and Heart of Biddeford.
Please submit no more than two pages of text, together with the nomination form to: BCHC, c/o Diane Cyr, PO Box 896, Biddeford, ME 04005-0896 or email the documents to [email protected] Papers may also be submitted through the website at or submitted to any BCHC Board member or Hall of Fame committee member.
For more details, contact BCHC President Diane Cyr at 283-3993.

High school students win scholarships
Two York County high school students recently received the Arnold Shapiro Community Service Award from Congregation Etz Chaim of Biddeford.
Biddeford High School graduate Josiah Aranovitch, son of Jennie Aranovitch of Biddeford and David Versel of Alpharetta, Georgia, and Kennebunk High School graduate Elaina Hammond, daughter of Denise and Greg Hammond of Kennebunk, each received an award from $500 to help cover the cost of their higher education.
Aranovitch plans to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, this fall to pursue a combined BS/MS degree in Data Science, while Hammond will attend the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in Liverpool, England, to pursue a BA in Performance. .
The scholarship, which supports post-secondary education at a college, vocational school, or other post-secondary education, is offered annually to members of Congregation Etz Chaim who graduate from high school and who have been selected by the Service Award Committee. the synagogue.
The Arnold Shapiro Community Service Award was established to honor longtime Biddeford resident and former congregational present Etz Chaim Arnold Shapiro, who selflessly devoted himself to the congregation for over 30 years.
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Foundation donates over $1 million in endowment
The Catholic Foundation of Maine distributed more than $1 million in endowment dividends this year, providing aid to parishes, schools and other religious organizations. Endowment grants benefit Catholic ministries and programs, including seminarian education, religious congregations, secular continuing education, Maine Catholic charities, Hispanic ministry, music ministry, parish social ministry , pro-life initiatives, etc.
“This year we are especially excited about the new endowments that will provide vital support to those struggling and continued support for students, teachers, deacons, vocations, as well as educational and spiritual development retreats and programs,” said Elizabeth Badger, Director. director of the foundation.
For more information about the foundation, contact Elizabeth at 321-7820 or [email protected]

Nonprofit awards nearly $1 million in grants

The Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) has awarded more than $919,003 in grants to help strengthen nonprofit organizations and projects in Cumberland and York counties.
In Cumberland County, 18 grants through the MaineCF Community Building Grant Program include $836,993 recommended by the Cumberland County Committee and 13 additional grants totaling $15,000 from individuals with donor-advised funds.
Grant recipients include Topsham’s Cathance River Education Alliance, which will merge with a partner land trust to deliver conservation and nature education to communities; $7,000 to New Beginnings of Lewiston to expand Lewiston Drop-In Center offerings for homeless teens and young adults; to People Plus of Brunswick to provide seniors and teens with rides to activities, field trips, food pantry pick-ups, and for other transportation needs; and at the Portland Public Library, to provide access to information and literary programs for community members with hearing impairments and those with limited English proficiency.
Nine grants, totaling $67,010, will help strengthen York County nonprofit organizations and projects that have been recommended by the York County Committee through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program.
Grant recipients include North Berwick’s Continuum Arts Collective to provide K-12 students with musical instruments, art supplies, and art and music lessons; the Heart of Biddeford to collaborate with new American food entrepreneurs and improve inclusion in community events; and to Youth Full Maine, also of Biddeford, to address food insecurity in the community, especially in rural areas of the county.

A cheerleader will take part in the Pearl Harbor Anniversary Parade
Auburn Wreckers cheerleader Meghan Webster will represent Varsity Spirit, a global leader in cheerleading, dance team and band apparel, camps and competitions, and a division of Varsity Brands, at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade December 4-9 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The cheerleaders and dancers, who are invited to perform at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, are part of a select group of All-Americans identified at Varsity Spirit summer camps across the country. All-Americans are based on superior cheerleading or dance skills as well as leadership skills at camps hosted by Universal Cheerleaders Association, Universal Dance Association, National Cheerleaders Association, National Dance Alliance, United Spirit Association, or Urban Cheerleading Experience .
Meghan will perform with Varsity Spirit All-Americans in an exclusive performance ahead of the parade’s opening ceremony, then take part in the parade in front of thousands of fans lining the streets of Waikiki Beach. This trip marks the 81st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
She needs to raise $5,000 to make the trip. A GoFundMe account has been created in his name at

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