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    MAMM Slam Final: Maine’s High School Rock Off!

    Six teenage music acts competed in the 2017 Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM) Slam Finals at Empire in Portland on May 13. The field included MaineToday Wildcard Winners Spacehaven, The Rubber Band, The Asthmatic, Liam Swift, Yard Sail and Mikayla Gallows. The grand prize, including a recording contract and MECA scholarship, went to girl band Yard Sail: Emma Ivy, Skyler Cummings, Eve and Zoe Gagne and Emse Howland.

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    Mr. Longfellow’s Cocktail Party

    Mr. Longfellow's Cocktail Party drew history buffs to the historic State Theatre in Portland on May 12. The Maine Historical Society fundraiser capped off with the big reveal of sites included in the city-wide Magical History Tour on May 13.

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    Toast on the Coast

    The sixth annual Easterseals Toast on the Coast was an evening of fine wine and gourmet food at Portland's Ocean Gateway. But, more than just an opportunity to sip and sample, Toast on the Coast was a fundraiser for Veterans Count Maine. A program of Easterseals of Maine, Veterans Count helps Maine veterans find housing, employment and needed services. For more information: www.vetscount.org/maine

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    Varsity Maine Awards 2017

    A dozen awards were given to athletes from across Maine at the Varsity Maine Awards--#VMEA17--at the University of Southern Maine on May 2. Dozens of nominees were honored at a high-energy celebration and swag bags from Olympia Sports. The winning athletes, teams, coaches and fans going home with custom Winterstick snowboards. "Male Athlete of the Year" went to Austin Lufkin of Brewer High School for his achievements in football and track, while "Female Athlete of the Year" went to Lily Posternak of York High School for her achievements in field hockey and basketball.

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    United Way’s United We Thrive awards lunch

    The inaugural UNITED We Thrive luncheon at the Westin Portland Harborview April 28 honored some of the United Way of Greater Portland's most devoted supporters: organizations and individuals, volunteers and donors. Honorees included individuals Chris Emmons, Sara Ewing-Merrill and David Smith as well as Gorham Savings Bank, L.L. Bean, Unum, Baker Newman Noyes, Horizon Solutions, Dead River Company and Freeport Community Services.

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    Patriots Day Race for the Kids

    The Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine hosted a Patriots Day Race for the Kids that was "all new" despite it being its 88th year. The 5-miler course route was new, starting at Ocean Gateway and ending at the Boys and Girls Club. And there was a 5K as well for the first time, with the same start and end points but in a more direct route. In all, 390 registered for the annual fundraiser (60 more people than last year).

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    Planet Dog Ball

    The inaugural Planet Dog Ball was held on April 8, 2017 at the Westin Harborview Hotel. In celebration of Planet Dog’s twentieth anniversary, community members and their dogs joined together¬†to honor two important organizations: America’s Vetdogs and K9s On The Front Line. WCSH-6 TV’s meteorologist Keith Carson hosted the benefit, and all proceeds from the…

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    The Source Sustainability Awards

    The Maine Sunday Telegram presents the 2017 Source Sustainability Awards – a celebration honoring the people, nonprofits and businesses connecting Maine to its roots and making the state a healthier place to live. Awardees include Alfred Padula, Jackie Lipsky, The Sunrise Guide, Manomet U360, Dental Lace, Glenn Taylor, AMC & The Maine Woods Initiative, Elizabeth…