Friday, May 4, 2012

Wells Student Heads to Environmental Summit in Virginia

Emilee Wooldridge, a Wells High School student, has been selected one of 250 National Youth Delegates to attend the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) held at George Mason University from June 24 to June 29. Mason is hosting this event with partners the National Zoo and the National Geographic Society.
“I can’t wait,” said an excited Wooldridge who added that she has never been to the Washington, D.C. area before. WYSE delegates are either high school sophomores or juniors who apply to attend.
“Wooldridge was chosen based upon academic accomplishments, demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies,” read a statement from George Mason University regarding Woolridge’s selection and the program.
“With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment offers scholars and student leaders an unparalleled experience.”
Wooldridge is a sophomore at Wells High School. She is a member of the WHS Band Color Guard and is a captain on the Winter Guard. Earlier this year she was the Assistant Director and Stage Manager for the 2012 spring musical at WHS, ‘Anything Goes.’ Regarding her future beyond Wells High School, Wooldridge indicated that she has not researched any colleges that she would like to attend. Emilee Wooldridge is the daughter of Janice Wooldridge in Wells. George Mason University is located in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. This article was written by Reg Bennett.
Photo caption: Emilee Wooldridge is heading to Washington D.C. for meeting on environment (photo by Reg Bennett)

Ride for the Troops Raises Money and Spirit

The 5th Annual Ride for the Troops cruised through York County this past Sunday. Sponsored by Patriot Riders of New England – MA Chapter #1 and Patriot Riders of America – Maine Chapter #1, the beautiful scenic ride through coastal towns raised money for local veterans. The ride started at Inn on the Blues at York Beach, and ended at Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel, where there was a ceremony honoring our veterans with great music, food, and raffles. (Photos courtesy of Dan Brennan)

Cinco de Mayo With a Purpose

May 5, a traditional Mexican holiday, is typically celebrated as a rite of passage. This year, join Daisy’s Children as they celebrate a night of promise at Jonathan’s Restaurant in Ogunquit.
What began as a simple desire to care for three children in a small mountain village in Honduras has rapidly grown to provide nutritious meals, clean drinking water, educational uniforms and supplies, as well as medical care for more than 100 children in this village, under the guidance of founder Sharon Beckwith and her Honduran partner, Maria Elena Plaites Manzano.
Cinco de Mayo has a far deeper meaning to Beckwith as well as Joyeis, Carla and Roberto. May 5, 2008, was the day that Deysi Suyapa Madrid Chavez died in Concepcion del Norte due to complications of malnutrition. This 24-year-old mother gave her life because she chose to feed her young children rather than herself.
This year, Jonathan’s Restaurant partners with Daisy’s Children to host a celebration of all that has happened in honor of Deysi. A night filled with laughter and joy, coupled with a south of the border flair will commence with a cocktail hour at 7 p.m. A cash bar will feature specialty margaritas, sangria, Corona and more. Appetizers will include a Latin flair. A silent auction will be held throughout the cocktail hour and into dinner, featuring many fine local and Honduran items brought back from the village area. Dessert will be coupled with Honduran coffee and select live auction items.
Throughout your meal the wait staff will muster up their comedic timing to raise a grand total in tips to cover our First Annual Gringo Trophy. Come prepared to tip them well knowing that each dollar you spend will feed a child two meals and a healthy snack. Guests may also bring along a bag of props to entice their waiters to perform in order to incur a higher tip!
This event is open to the public. Tickets are on sale now by calling 207-646-4777. Tickets are also available at The Hair Shop in North Berwick, and Lucy’s Art Emporium in Dover, NH. For more information, please visit
Photo caption: Daisy’s Children works to provide sustenance, education, and medical support to the disadvantaged children of Honduras. ( photo)