AUGUSTA – Birds are often the first casualties in an oil spill, but trained personnel dispatched in a timely fashion can limit the impact of oil on wildlife.

Volunteer are needed to join the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Emergency Response Team for oiled wildlife. If interested in becoming a trained volunteer, attend the training session at the University of New England’s Marine Science Education and Research Center, Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26. The International Bird Rescue Research Center and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will conduct the one-day session.

Volunteers participate at every level at the rehabilitation center and, potentially, in the field as well. For details call John Kenney of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at 941-4448.

Colby speaker

WATERVILLE – Hadassah Lieberman, daughter of Holocaust survivors and the wife of Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Colby College. She will deliver the annual Berger Lecture on the Holocaust and discuss her family’s historic journeys, from the concentration camps of Europe to the presidential campaign trail. The event will be held in Wadsworth Gym of the Alfond Athletic Center. It is open to the public free.

Lieberman was born in 1948 in a Czechoslovakian refugee camp to Rabbi Samuel and Ella Wieder Freillich. Her mother survived the Dachau and Auschwitz concentration camps. Her father, drafted into a Jewish slave labor camp, organized the escape of 20 men during a forced march toward Auschwitz in 1945. In 1950 Lieberman’s family fled Eastern Europe and established themselves in Gardner, Mass., where Samuel became the community rabbi.

Greyhound rescue

BRIDGTON – The Maine Greyhounds Placement Service will celebrate its 10-year anniversary at an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, at the center, 30 Mt. Henry Road. All dog lovers and breeds are welcome.

The day will include an agility playground, Maine State Police K-9 demonstration, doggie day spa, veterinarian presentations, behavior consultations, adoption center tours, games, contests, raffles, food and dog wares.

Greyhound adoption information will be available. Admission is $5 for adults, children under 14 free. All proceeds will go toward greyhound adoption efforts. For more information or directions, call Andrea at 783-7440 or visit

Do not bring small dogs to the event. All dogs must be leashed. The open house will be held rain or shine.

Funds for disabled

AUGUSTA – Elsie S. Bellows donated a Charitable Fund to UCP National in the amount of $4.3 million to provide assistive technology devices to individuals with disabilities in financial need.

The annual income is utilized to purchase assistive technology for individuals with disabilities not covered by insurance, school systems or vocational rehabilitation. UCP of Maine has $2,050 available for Bellows Fellows Grants. The grant does not pay for training time to use the necessary assistive technology.

For information about how to apply, contact UCP of Maine at 941-2952. When applying, have insurance refusal or denial letters available. Applications are due no later than May 1.

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