In 2010, Maine College of Art completed its vision to bring all academic and studio facilities under the roof of the Porteous Building. In appreciation of the local community that was instrumental in achieving this goal, MECA has created the Portland Area School Scholarship (PASS) for selected area high schools.

For any graduate of the selected schools who qualifies for admission to the undergraduate program at Maine College of Art, the College will provide a guaranteed $12,000 scholarship each year for four years or until they complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, provided they maintain good academic standing.

Eighteen years ago, Maine College of Art purchased the Porteous, Mitchell and Braun department store with the ambition to transform it into a vibrant campus for art and design.

25th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling

25th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling

Sunday, April 3, 2011
Holiday Inn by the Bay • Portland, Maine

We hope you can join us on April 3rd to enjoy the finest chocolate delectables from the best restaurants, candy shops, and chefs in Cumberland and York counties!

You may also purchase raffle tickets for some fabulous prize packages that have been generously donated by area businesses.

All Chocolate Lovers' Fling proceeds benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine.

For more information on volunteering, sponsorship or restaurant participation call 1.800.313.9900



PORTLAND - The Hospice Fund of the Maine Community Foundation seeks applications for grants to support hospice programs in southern Maine, particularly those that provide volunteer and bereavement services in Cumberland and York counties.
Preference will be given to collaborative efforts among hospice programs and other community groups that enhance training, recognition, and/or recruitment of diverse volunteers; and innovative projects that raise awareness of hospice programs and other end-of-life services. 
Applications must be postmarked by February 15, 2011. Organizations will be notified in May. For complete guidelines and a list of last year’s grants, visit or call (877) 700-6800.

MEREDA'S Annual Real Estate Forecast Conference set for January 27

MEREDA'S Annual Real Estate Forecast Conference set for January 27

The Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Annual Forecast Conference, which each year attracts more than 500 attendees from around the state, will be held this year on Thursday, January 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME.

“The Forecast Conference has grown to become the most important gathering of the year for all the key players in Maine’s commercial real industry,” said Tom Lea, MEREDA President, and Senior Vice President and Group Manager of Commercial Real Estate at Peoples United Bank. “The conference provides a unique opportunity to take stock of the economy and gain insights into where our industry is headed in the months ahead.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Project Grants Awarded

Recently the Maine Commission for Community Service challenged communities across Maine to develop volunteer service projects that unite community sectors in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Our challenge was met with an overwhelming response of 26 grant applications. We are happy to announce, the Maine Commission for Community Service, awarded 16 organizations $500 grants to implement Martin Luther King Day of Service Projects.
We encourage local citizens to contact a project in their community and take part in the Martin Luther King Day of Service. This special day of service is an important way for Maine’s people to experience the significance of service, volunteerism and collaboration amongst their neighbors. These service projects will not only impact their communities, but celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and his commitment to service, non-violence, and diversity.

Bill Bags a Buck!

Most of us have heard lots of gun shots this past month.  One of them was fired by Bill Green who downed this 9-point, 191 pound buck while hunting in Gray.  Bill, who lives in Cumberland, has had a very successful year afield.  He also bagged an enormous turkey in the spring. It was the fifth largest turkey taken in Maine this year.
Bill says his family will still be eating a Butterball on Thanksgiving Day, but is planning to have some venison for his son and nephew who are coming to his house from respective colleges on Wednesday night. The three hunted together this spring and hope to get a few hours in the field over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Families hunting together on Thanksgiving is the reason that the traditional deer hunting season always ends the Saturday after Thanksgiving in Maine.  The season lasts for four weeks, with the first Saturday reserved for residents only.

Bridgton Historical Society’s annual meeting

The public is invited to attend the Bridgton Historical Society’s annual meeting, which will be held at 1:00 pm Sunday, October 24, in the museum and archives building, located in the old fire station on Gibbs Avenue, just off Main Street.  Following a brief business meeting Jerry Genesio will present a program about his recently-published book, Portland Neck: The Hanging of Thomas Bird.

Thomas Bird, 40, an Englishman, was tried for murder and piracy in Portland’s First Parish meeting house.  Captain John Connor, master of the slave ship Mary, had been murdered and thrown over-board off the coast of Africa.  The Mary then sailed to the coast of Maine.  Bird was one of four crew members on board when the ship was captured by Portland’s Naval Officer.  Bird was found guilty and hung from a gallows at Bramhall Hill on June 25, 1790, although he swore in his dying statement that he was innocent.  This was the first death sentence handed down by a U.