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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 11:41 am

Sorority honors Labrecque

Joan Labrecque of Westbrook was named Woman of the Year by the Greater Portland Beta Sigma Phi City Council on Sunday at a function at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant in Portland.

“A big surprise,” Labrecque, a sorority member for 58 years, said on Monday.

She was honored with gifts, including an engraved clock and a check for $100 for a charity. Labrecque presented it to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Westbrook. 

“I love animals,” she said before handing the check to Patsy Murphy of the shelter.

Labrecque is known for feeding birds, ducks, squirrels and chipmunks.

Besides the sorority, she is active in several city organizations that include Westbrook Historical Society, Westbrook Woman’s Club, Westbrook Senior Citizens, Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church and the Festival of Trees.

Community spirited, she also volunteers with the Bruce Roberts Fund, Salvation Army at Christmas, Toys for Tots, and the food pantry.

Her hobbies include boating, camping, traveling and golfing. She participates in Senior Olympics.

She and her husband, Don, both retired from S.D. Warren. They have four children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

“I’m thrilled she got the award,” Carolyn Holman, sorority city council president, said on Monday.

Food train weekend

The second annual Food Train sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church, 612 Main St., is rolling this weekend to collect food for Westbrook Food Pantry.

The train will be parked 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the skateboard park at the corner of William Clark Drive near Hannaford. Food and monetary donations will be accepted.

On Sunday, the food train and individuals will march along Main Street from Trinity Lutheran with stops at Westbrook First Baptist and Westbrook-Warren Congregational churches to collect donations.

“This is our second year and we are doing it on a much bigger scale and involving the area businesses,” Brenda Orach, a spokeswoman for Trinity Lutheran, said.  

Tuttle, Russell art winners advance

Roberta Morrill of Westbrook Woman’s Club said Chelsea Tuttle, a Westbrook High School freshman, won second place and Samantha Russell, a Westbrook High School senior, received honorable mention in the recent General Federation of Women’s Clubs District 1 Art Show in Gorham on April 13.

Morrill said artwork by Tuttle and Russell now will be entered in the art show at the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Maine Spring State Convention  at the Merry Manor in South Portland on Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10.

Rodrigues earns Latin honors

Cheverus High School sophomore Julia Rodrigues of Westbrook, recently has been honored in the 2013 National Latin III exam.

Bates earns D.C. trip

Marissa Bates of Westbrook, Maine, a fifth-grader at Westbrook Middle School, is receiving $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., as one of Maine’s top two youth volunteers for 2013 in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program

Bates came up with the idea of a “mitten tree” to distribute mittens and warm hats to needy students. 

To recognize her selection, Bates was presented an engraved silver medallion on April 20 at the Elks Club in Waterville.

As a state honoree, Bates will join 101 other top honorees from across the country for several days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 of them will be named America’s top youth volunteers for 2013.

Westbrook performers in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ 

Three Westbrook dancers are performing in the upcoming Maine State Ballet productions of “Alice in Wonderland” at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

Shows are at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12. Dancers from Westbrook are Marie-Claire Owens, Abigail Tompkins and Emma Tompkins.

They are among nearly 100 Maine State Ballet dancers under the direction of artistic director and former New York City Ballet member Linda MacArthur Miele. 

Tickets are $20-$40 and discounts are available for groups, seniors and children. Tickets on sale through Porttix at 842-0800, online at or at the Merrill Auditorium box office. 

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Westbrook named Tree City USA

The Arbor Day Foundation has named the city of Westbrooka Tree City USA for 2012. The designation is designed to honor the community for “commitment to effective urban forest management,” according to the foundation.

This is the 36th year that Saco has earned the designation. It was cited for having a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Saco make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. 

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