2012-05-25 / Community

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During The Rev. Ruth Merriam’s trip to Antarctica, everyone in the group was required to wear bright orange jackets to make sure no one lost sight of each other. The Merriams were also joined by photographers from National Geographic, some of whom are seen here. (Courtesy photo) During The Rev. Ruth Merriam’s trip to Antarctica, everyone in the group was required to wear bright orange jackets to make sure no one lost sight of each other. The Merriams were also joined by photographers from National Geographic, some of whom are seen here. (Courtesy photo) Pastor to give trip review on June 1

The Rev. Ruth Merriam, pastor at the Church on the Cape in Cape Porpoise, will host a slide show presentation about the three-month-long trip she and her husband, Rick, took to Antarctica.

The presentation will be 7 p.m. June 1 at at the Church on the Cape.

Merriam said the trip was not only a lifelong goal of hers, but also a chance to study leadership in the toughest of situations.

“What influenced me was the leadership,” she said. “As clergy, we’re facing bleak stats. Lowering numbers is tough sledding in terms of leadership. How did people lead in times like this?”


The Rev. Ruth Merriam said she “wanted to experience the cold” and was the first one to take the plunge into the near-freezing ocean waters during a trip she and her husband took to Antarctica. (Courtesy photo) The Rev. Ruth Merriam said she “wanted to experience the cold” and was the first one to take the plunge into the near-freezing ocean waters during a trip she and her husband took to Antarctica. (Courtesy photo) The trip was funded by a Lily Endowment Foundation Grant Merriam and her husband had applied for after learning about it three years ago. After some waiting, the Merriams were approved for a $50,000 grant.

Merriam also said a total of 149 people went along with them, including National Geographic photographers.

“We would love to go back,” Ruth said. “I wasn’t expecting the beauty, the close contact with wildlife.”

Documentary nominated for award

A Kennebunk video production company’s acclaimed documentary on the dangers of underage drinking and driving has been nominated for a YouTube Telly Award.

Now, it’s up to the public to decide if “Point of No Return” is worthy of the People’s Choice Telly Award.

Video Creations initially released its 30- minute documentary for Kennebunk High School in 2010 in a modern approach to the dangers of underage drinking.

Today, approximately 600 copies have been sold across Maine and other states, including New Hampshire, Florida and Idaho.

“The Tellys are the Oscars of our genre,” said L. Blake Baldwin, president of Video Creations. “There’s a real possibility we might get some recognition.”

According to a press release, the Telly Awards are given out annually to films, commercials and programs receiving the highest votes from YouTube viewers. Founded in 1978, the Tellys have grown to be sought-after prizes for this genre, said Baldwin.

The Video Creations team of Lee Cote, Denise Dupuis, Sheryl Burns and Baldwin recently took their video on a screening tour at southern Maine high schools. The tour included Kennebunk, McCauley, Bonny Eagle, Wells, Thornton Academy,

Biddeford and Sanford. The video was also screened at the University of New England in Biddeford. “Some people got really affected,” Cote said. “We hope (this video) makes a difference.” Baldwin also said how important this topic is in regards to the recent rise in fatal accidents in Maine. “This state seems to have a proclivity for bad accidents,” he said. “This is definitely an issue.” View an excerpt of “Point of No Return” and vote for the video by following the link www.youtube.com/tellyaward s?x=XrxuEfClUuk and clicking on the “thumbs up” icon. Voting ends June 8. Copies of “Point of No Return” can be purchased at Video Creations by calling 985-5105. Kennebunk High School will also be screening another showing of the film 7 p.m. June 4 in Gymnasium A.

Lebanon man charged in Federal Jack’s assault

Brandon Millard, 29, of Lebanon, was charged with aggravated assault after he turned himself in to Kennebunk police on May 15 for allegedly assaulting Andrew Lavallee, 24, of Kennebunk on Feb. 18.

Millard turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest. According to police, Millard assaulted Lavallee in the parking lot of Federal Jack’s Brew Pub and Restaurant in Kennebunk.

Police also stated Millard initially fled to North Carolina following the aggravated assault charge before returning to Maine.

According to police, Millard’s bail was reduced from $50,000 to $1,000 by a judge because he turned himself in and is considered less of a flight risk. Millard is scheduled to appear in court sometime in June.

– Compiled by Staff Writer Adam Chabot

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