License plates would support Barbara Bush Children's Hospital

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PORTLAND — Fundraising for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland could become more visible with the introduction of a specialty license plate.

The Maine Secretary of State has approved the design of the plate, a collaboration between the hospital and Joe and Kim Westrich, who credit hospital staff with saving their daughter’s life.

In order to present the license plate for approval by the Legislature, 2,000 residents with active vehicle registrations must sign up to get the plate by Sept. 1. The fee is $25, and the public can sign up online at

Once approved, those who signed up will receive the plate. Each plate sale and renewal will generate $10 for the hospital.

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Specialty license plates to support Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland have been approved by the Secretary of State, but 2,000 drivers need to sign up for them by Sept. 1 before the Legislature can add its approval.