2013-11-22 / Community

Community News

Seacoast Garden Club members recently dug out the old and planted the new at Monument Garden at Dock Square in Kennebunkport. From left are Desiree Kennedy, Marlene Clark, Delta Fuller and Elizabeth Spahr. Each spring a new garden is designed and planted by members of the club. For more information about gardening or about the club’s monthly meetings, call Annette at 967-3353 or Betsy at 985-2627. (Courtesy photo) Seacoast Garden Club members recently dug out the old and planted the new at Monument Garden at Dock Square in Kennebunkport. From left are Desiree Kennedy, Marlene Clark, Delta Fuller and Elizabeth Spahr. Each spring a new garden is designed and planted by members of the club. For more information about gardening or about the club’s monthly meetings, call Annette at 967-3353 or Betsy at 985-2627. (Courtesy photo) Village committee to host Thanksgiving dinner

The West Kennebunk Village Committee will host the fifth annual Thanksgiving Day dinner on Thursday, Nov. 28, from noon to 2 p.m.

The complimentary turkey dinner will be held at the Dorothy Stevens Community Center located at 80 Thompson Road in West Kennebunk. All are welcome.

For more information or to make reservations, call Barbara at 985-2272 or Carol at 985-4571.

Christmas concert to feature Christ Church music director

Gail Arnold Gail Arnold The Old Orchard Beach United Methodist Church, at 6 Fountain St., will present a Christmas concert with carols to benefit its food pantry, which now serves 450 people a month. The concert is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

A love offering will be collected and will be donated to the food pantry, which operates in partnership with the York County Food Rescue Program, the Good Shepherd Food Bank and others. Nonperishable food donations are also welcome.

The concert will feature maestro Warren King playing the historic Hastings and Hook pipe organ, with flutist Rachael Barter and trumpeter Thomas Kremser, as well as plenty of sing-along carols.

King is music director at Christ Church in Kennebunk and has been presenting concerts in numerous genres throughout the Kennebunks and beyond since his 2004 arrival in Maine.

Joan Patricia Sharpe Gray, a member of the church, is sponsoring the event.

For more information on the concert, food pantry or church, call 934-5553.

Free Library announces Thanksgiving week offering

Kennebunk Free Library will offer programs for children during Thanksgiving week. On Monday, Nov. 25 at 10:15 a.m., Peek-a-Book Babies, a story time geared for ages birth to age 2, is offered. On Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 10:15 a.m. Family Story Time for all ages is offered. Both story times encourage drop-in visitors.

On Friday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. Kennebunk Free Library will host an afternoon children’s movie. Due to the terms of the broadcast license, the title cannot be publicized in the press, although library staff can answer questions on the phone.

The movie stars Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin as a 9-year-old girl growing up in Cincinnati during the Great Depression. When her dad loses his job and has to move to Chicago to find a new one, she helps her mother run a boardinghouse and the adventure begins.

The movie is rated G. Children are encouraged to bring cousins and friends; the library will supply popcorn.

For more details, call the library at 985- 2173, ext. 5.

On Saturday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m., children ages 5-8 are invited to join Ms. Susan at Kennebunk Free Library for Music and Movement. Children will learn simple dances, circle games, call and response games and will explore instruments and free-form dancing.

Remember the fun of playing “bluebird, bluebird” and other school yard games and songs? Remember singing silly songs with your parents and grandparents in the car? Do you appreciate the music of favorites such as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Raffi, Rick Charette, and Lois, Sharon and Bram? If so, maybe your children will too. Space is limited. Call 985-2173, ext. 5 or email ys@kennebunk. lib.me.us to preregister.

Library will be open Wednesday, Nov. 27

Kennebunk Free library will be open Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. It will be closed all day on Thursday Nov. 28, so library staff may enjoy Thanksgiving with their families.

All events are free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information, please call 985- 2173, ext. 5 or visit the website www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Realtor earns state association award

Gail Arnold was recognized as Maine’s Realtor of the Year at the National Association Realtor Conference and Expo in San Francisco, Calif.

Arnold, of Kennebunk Beach Realty, Inc. in Kennebunk, was selected by the Maine Association of Realtors to be the 2013 Maine State Realtor of the Year. She was one of 53 Realtors out of 1 million members of the National Association of Realtors eligible, which is an honor in the real estate industry. Arnold’s accomplishments were recognized by colleagues, fellow Realtors who understand firsthand the role Realtors play in building communities and opening the door to hope and prosperity to Americans everywhere.

Arnold shared the stage with 52 other Realtors of the Year and keynote speaker Hillary Clinton.

Fourth annual Fire and Ice event planned

On Friday and Saturday evenings, Dec. 13 and 14, from 5 to 10 p.m., the Nonantum Resort will host the fourth annual Fire and Ice event.

The Tony Boffa Big Band (Dec. 13) and Amy Allen Band (Dec. 14) will provide live music.

The main features of both nights include hand-carved artisan ice bars and a bonfire. A portion of the proceeds of the event will benefit Make-AWish Foundation and The Education Foundation of the Kennebunks.

“This event is the perfect ending to a perfect Christmas Prelude season” said Nonantum General Manager Tina Hewett-Gordon. “Guests at this event will have the opportunity to relax in an Adirondack chair by the River near a fire pit and enjoy gazing at the stars while enjoying special holiday drinks. Many folks tell us it is their favorite Prelude tradition.”

Kennebunkport Marina, the River Club, and the Colony Hotel will provide satellite parking options.

Trolley transportation will be provided by the Intown Trolley.

This is a 21-and-older event. Tickets are available at www.fireandicekport.com. All tickets must be ordered in advance online. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Free Library adopts new long-range plan

The board of trustees of Kennebunk Free Library recently voted unanimously to approve a new five-year long-range plan developed and presented to the board by the Governance and Policy Committee. This strategic plan for the future of the library is the result of nearly two years of work. It is intended that the long-range plan will help guide the decision-making of the board and the staff as they work to develop, shape and build services for the community.

The committee recognized the visionary work that went into the making of the former Long-Range Plan and adopted the same template. Staff, trustee and community input were collected over several months and via various formats. Advances in technology made data collection more efficient and included an online survey. Eight forums were held on and off-site to gather information from staff, patrons, families, senior citizens, business people and the community at large. A community profile was created using the 2010 census (and other sources). The resulting data helped to frame trends that may impact the library.

The general purpose of the planning process was to ensure that the community’s needs and vision for the library align with the mission statement (revised October 2011). Planning allowed the board to answer the following questions: 1.) Where are we now 2.) Where do we want to go based on our community’s needs 3.) How do we get there 4.) What timetable will move us most effectively and 5.) How can progress be measured.

“The Committee highly values and is grateful for the input it received from the community. We have identified the top priorities based on the community survey, trustee and staff workshops, and community focus groups while also taking into consideration logistical and budgetary restraints,” said Deb Redding-Sampson, chairman of the governance and policy committee.

The long-range plan is available online at www.kennebunklibrary.org or hard copy at Kennebunk Free Library.

Justice for Mary invites public to bench dedication

The group Justice for Mary invites members of the public to attend a bench dedication ceremony in memory of Mary Ellen Tanner.

Tanner was a Kennebunk High School student who was murdered in July of 1978. Her case remains unsolved, though it has recently been reopened. Craig Tufts, a former Kennebunk resident, donated the funds to purchase a bench and plaque in Tanner’s memory.

A ceremony to dedicate the bench will be held Sunday, Dec. 1 at Rotary Park in Kennebunk at 4 p.m. Hot cider and doughnuts will be served and paper lanterns in memory of Tanner will be released.

Silicone “Justice for Mary” awareness bracelets will be available for a donation and a limited number of Justice for Mary T-shirts will be for sale. All funds raised will go toward the Mary Ellen Tanner Memorial Scholarship fund.

To make a tax deductible donation directly to the Mary Ellen Tanner Memorial Scholarship Fund, send to Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Alumni Association, P.O. Box 272, Kennebunk, ME 04043. Make checks payable to the KKAA with a notation on the check that the money is for the Mary Ellen Tanner Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Those with information that may lead to solving the case of Mary Ellen Tanner’s murder, should contact Maine State Police Detective Corey Pike at corey/p.pike@ maine.gov or call 1-800-228-0857.

For more information on the group Justice for Mary, visit the Facebook page Justice for Mary.

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