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Celebrating a Legacy

Friends of Deborah Pulliam gathered in Castine to celebrate the late philanthropist’s life and legacy. Here, Karen Stanley, chair of the Maine Community Foundation’s Hancock County Committee, presents Will Rosborough, board president of the Tree of Life food pantry, with a special $1,000 grant. Pulliam’s Belvedere Funds at MaineCF support a wide range of initiatives, from traditional crafts and animal welfare to historic preservation and the Maine Humanities Council’s “Let’s Talk About It” program. Photo by Paige Lily, Castine Historical Society

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West Quoddy Keepers

Set on the most easterly point in the United States, the West Quoddy Head Light was first built in 1808. The lighthouse is known for its distinctive red stripes which help it stand out against the snowy backdrop of a Lubec winter. The West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association’s endowment, managed by the community foundation since 2005, enables it to maintain a center for visitors to learn more about the lighthouse, the community of Lubec, and maritime history.

Image: Jude Valentine, West Quoddy Headlight, soft pastel on paper, 2013, courtesy of the artist

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A Passion for Learning

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone was ranked the best public high school in New England and #13 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. See a WCSH-TV news story about MSSM, whose endowment is managed by the Maine Community Foundation.

Image: Screen capture from WCSH video

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Journalist and Artist

“Richard Norton Belfast: 1978-1988 and Invitational” will be on display at Waterfall Arts in Belfast from June 14 through August 23. A central figure in the art and journalism world of Waldo County in the 1980s, Norton (1947-1988) was a founder of Artfellows Gallery and the Waldo Independent.

More than 100 hand-printed black-and-white photojournalistic images and a selection of large kinetic color photographs are featured, along with contemporary work by several midcoast Maine artists who were his friends. The exhibition received support from a Maine Community Foundation donor-advised fund, the Theodore Arts Opportunity Fund.

Photo: Drill Team by Richard Norton, courtesy of Denise Remy and Waterfall Arts

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Caring Canines

“Having a service dog can be so freeing for people with disabilities,” says Kathy Hecht, program instructor at the University of Maine at Machias. With support from the Maine Charity Foundation Fund, disabled individuals in downeast Maine are learning how to train service dogs.

 If your organization is looking for funding to support dog and cat programs, the community foundation's Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund is currently accepting grant applications. Photo by Tom Walsh/Bangor Daily News

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Camp Time

The newly named Bangor YMCA Wilderness Center at Camp Jordan on Branch Lake in Ellsworth will be expanding its offerings, thanks, in part, to a grant from the community foundation's Penobscot County Fund. In a video interview, camp director Emerald Russell describes the camp’s revamped mission. Image: Screen capture from Bangor Daily News video

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The Spirit of the Community

The Rig in Camden was established by older teens as place to "hang art, make music, talk about things that matter, sometimes with adults, sometimes not." A grant from the community foundation’s Knox County Fund helped launch the space. The fund is marking its 20th anniversary of grantmaking this year. In honor of the anniversary, an anonymous donor has offered a $20,000 challenge grant to help build the fund. Photo courtesy of Penobscot Bay Pilo

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