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Scarborough to collect household waste

On Saturday, May 10, 8 a.m.-noon, the Scarborough Public Works Department will collect household hazardous waste at the facility at 20 Washington Ave. in the industrial park.

Proof of residency is required and all waste should be brought in the original, sealed container if possible. The day is open to residents of Scarborough, Saco, Old Orchard Beach and Biddeford.

No tires, computers, commercial waste or latex paints will be accepted. In addition, no medical waste will be allowed.

Acceptable items include fluorescent bulbs, pool chemicals, furniture polish, rechargeable batteries, wood stain, paint thinner, pesticides, anti-freeze, gasoline and kerosene, among other materials.

Call public works at 730-4400 for more information.

Hiking program offered to youth

The Pond Cove Elementary School and the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust are working together to offer a new spring hiking program this month for students in third and fourth grades.

Led by land-trust staff and fourth-grade teachers Mary Jane Ham and Tara Bucci, the goal of the hiking program is to get students out into the fresh air and to enjoy the natural beauty of their hometown.

Each hike will be about two miles in length and will cover a variety of different terrains and habitats. Participants are asked to bring their own water bottles and good walking shoes. Snacks will be offered at the land trust office, along with information about each week’s special trail and accompanying scavenger hunt.

The program kicks off on Thursday, May 8, at 3 p.m. and will run through May 29. The group will leave from the gym at Pond Cove School. The cost is $42 and parents are asked to pick their children up at the specified trailhead each week. Call the land trust at 767-6054, or Pond Cove School at 799-7339 to sign up or for more information.

Girl Scouts deliver to homebound seniors

Area Girl Scouts and representatives from the Girl Scouts of Maine delivered more than 5,000 boxes of cookies to the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) in Scarborough recently as part of the Girl Scouts’ Cookie Share initiative.

Cookie Share encourages individuals to purchase cookies for themselves as well as additional boxes to benefit a local charity. This year’s recipient of the Cookie Share for York and Cumberland counties is the Meals on Wheels program at SMAA.

In February, Girl Scouts from a troop in South Portland visited the South Portland Meals on Wheels delivery site to learn more about Meals on Wheels, to go out on deliveries, and to meet clients. On Friday, April 25, Girl Scouts from Portland and Falmouth troops helped to deliver 500 cases of cookies.

“These cookies will mean so much to the clients receiving them. The Girl Scouts gave our Meals on Wheels clients such a wonderful gift. Thank you to all who were involved.” said Jo Ann McPhee, nutrition manager at SMAA.

The cookies will be distributed to area Meals on Wheels clients in the upcoming weeks.

Local automotive students compete

Twenty juniors and seniors representing 10 high schools across Maine will meet at the New England Dragway in Epping, N.H., on Saturday, May 3, to face off in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition.

The students will race the clock to correctly identify and repair intentionally installed bugs in identical Ford vehicles. After properly diagnosing and repairing the vehicle, teammates must drive it across the finish line, where their accuracy and workmanship will be judged.

In addition to receiving scholarships and prizes, the winning team will represent Maine at the national finals in June at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.

Local students taking part are David Dutton of Scarborough, Matthew Sanderson of Westbrook and Chazz Hansen of Gorham.

Blood drive at Wentworth Intermediate

Wentworth Intermediate School in Scarborough will hold its fourth annual blood drive on Wednesday, May 14, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at the alumni gym at Scarborough High School.

The goal of the event is to help students at Wentworth provide service to their community. The kids will also participate in the Red Cross’s Pint Size Hero program, which is designed to teach them the importance of giving blood.

Call 800-733-2767 or log onto www.redcross.org to make an appointment, or just drop into the blood drive at any time that is convenient.

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