Scarborough briefs – 4/12


Student named scholar

Joe Viola, of Scarborough, a freshman at University of Maine, has been named to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Membership into the society is by invitation only and based on grade point average and class standing.

Viola, who is majoring in chemical engineering, received a 4.0 grade point average for the first semester. He also competes on the UMaine track team, running the 400.

Gym Dandies headed to D.C.

Scarborough’s Gym Dandies have been invited to perform at the 100th annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., on April 15.

The Gym Dandies have 45 children riding six-foot high giraffe unicycles and 23 children riding smaller 20-inch unicycles for the parade.

The Gym Dandies are Scarborough school children in grades 3-12. The Gym Dandies began in 1981 when a Scarborough gym teacher, Jon Cahill, decided to incorporate circus arts into the physical education curriculum. The Gym Dandies Children’s Circus has evolved into the largest continuously operating children’s circus arts program in the United States, and it now has more than 220 members participating annually, with an alumni group numbering in the thousands.

Cleanup day April 21

Scarborough’s annual spring cleanup day will be Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-noon.

Celebrate Earth Day by joining local organizations and neighbors for the annual cleanup of Scarborough’s beaches and the Scarborough Marsh. There will be refreshments, provided by Starbucks and other area businesses, at the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center.

Contact Linda Woodard at 415-8331 or at for more details.

Joe Viola