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Food Cupboard holds open house

On Sunday, May 4, 2-4 p.m., the South Portland Food Cupboard is hosting an open house and ribbon-cutting event at its new location, 130 Thadeus St. The open house, which includes refreshments, balloons and more is free and open to the public. Call 874-0379 or see the pantry’s Facebook page for more information.

Smith receives governor’s volunteer award

Maine First Lady Ann LePage recently presided over the 28th annual presentation of the Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism. Among the winners was Clarence Smith of South Portland

The Governor’s Awards are presented each year as a celebration of citizen volunteer action. This award program focuses attention on businesses, organizations, schools, and individuals whose service is considered a model for others to emulate.

Winners are chosen based on their efforts and leadership in making a significant difference in the quality of life for Maine residents.

Smith received the Volunteer of the Year for the service he provides to patients and their families through Beacon Hospice.

According to the governor’s office, Smith “provides a listening heart, a compassionate presence, and a winning smile to support people at the end of their lives and helps comfort their families.”

Smith is a veteran and has also embraced the We Honor Vets program. He participates in pinning ceremonies to honor veterans and goes an extra step by researching individual unit insignias. Smith also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Veterans for Peace.

On Wednesday, April 16, the South Portland High School Jobs for Maine’s Graduates program held a blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross. From left is former SPHS student Michelle Cormier, student Ethan Shrestha and Randy Inosencio. Due to this year’s popularity among students, teachers and community members who attended, organizers said the drive, which netted 30 donors, is expected to grow in future years. 

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