2015-05-08 / Community

Community News


A large audience watches as students from the Portland School of Ballet perform a traditional Maypole Dance Saturday in Kenenbunk’s Lafayette Park. (Kevin A. Byron photo) A large audience watches as students from the Portland School of Ballet perform a traditional Maypole Dance Saturday in Kenenbunk’s Lafayette Park. (Kevin A. Byron photo) Senior Center to unveil new look, programs

The Senior Center at Lower Village opens its doors Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an open house. The center has a new look to show off and programs for adults 55 and over to have fun and meet new people.

Members and nonmembers are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 967-8514

Community garden plots available

The Kennebunk Community Garden, located on Holland Road in West Kennebunk, has plots available for a nominal rental fee. This includes 10-foot by 10-foot seasonal and 10-foot by 20- foot permanent plots. Plot availability is limited and all plots are available on a first-come-first-served basis.


The Ketchfish Band performs at Lafayette Park during Kennebunk’s May Day Festival Saturday. From left are Tom “Ketchfish” Ingliss, guitar, bass and vocals; Elissa White, vocals; Leo Chalmers harmonica and bass; Kevin Byron, drums; and Bill White, lead guitar, bass and bocals. (Photo by Tricia Reed) The Ketchfish Band performs at Lafayette Park during Kennebunk’s May Day Festival Saturday. From left are Tom “Ketchfish” Ingliss, guitar, bass and vocals; Elissa White, vocals; Leo Chalmers harmonica and bass; Kevin Byron, drums; and Bill White, lead guitar, bass and bocals. (Photo by Tricia Reed) If interested in applying, complete an application with the town clerk, located on the second floor of town hall, 1 Summer St., Kennebunk. Residents and nonresidents are welcome to apply.

Renters are required to donate six to 12 hours of time (depending on the size of the plot) over the 2015 growing season to help plant and harvest produce for Maine Harvest for the Hunger. This is an all-organic garden managed by the Kennebunk Community Garden Committee under the auspices of the town of Kennebunk and in cooperation with the Animal Welfare Society.


Gail de Wildt of Wells shows her Avon merchandise to Ann Doiron of Berwick at the Waterhouse Center during May Day Saturday in Kennebunk. (Kevin A. Byron photo) Gail de Wildt of Wells shows her Avon merchandise to Ann Doiron of Berwick at the Waterhouse Center during May Day Saturday in Kennebunk. (Kevin A. Byron photo) For more information, visit the town of Kennebunk website at www.kennebunkmaine.us. Click on government, committees.

High school to present ‘Twelve Angry Jurors’

Kennebunk High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Department will stage “Twelve Angry Jurors,” Thursday through Saturday, May 21 – 23, at 7 p.m. This is the same script as the Reginald Rose courtroom classic, “Twelve Angry Men” and one of the top 10 most frequently produced high school plays in America.

This fast-paced drama shows the legal system in action: 12 ordinary people are locked in a room and given the power to decide a young man’s fate – guilty or innocent? His life depends upon their verdict. The 1957 film continues to be shown in business and law schools as an example of perfect argument.

The ensemble cast features seniors Zanna Spinney, Linda Line, Maia Mulcahy, Caroline Smith, Jay T.S. Huskins, Alexander Berry and Ben Broughton; juniors Kobi O’Reilly and Katie Charlton; sophomores Logan Zandry and Kyle Ryan; and freshmen Piper Kingston and James Sutton.

Madison Shmalo assists director Valerie Kuhn Reid as student director/stage manager.

All tickets are available the night of the performances at the door of the Alexander Economos Auditorium at Kennebunk High School. There are no reservations for the show.

‘Scaling Wind’ to be screened at First Parish Church

The Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club will present a short documentary entitled “Scaling Wind” along with a talk on “Renewable Energy: Benefits and Costs” by David Littell, Maine PUC Commissioner, at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15, at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk.

Coffee and dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. The Social Justice Committee is co-sponsoring the event.

“Scaling Wind” profiles people championing the vision of 20 percent wind energy in the U.S. by 2030 and explores the primary barriers to the achievement. The 30-minute film was directed by Michelle Nunez and produced by Greentech Films.

The film shows how the goal started, with a 2006 State of the Union address by George W. Bush. His suggestion of getting 20 percent wind energy by 2030 was one solution to getting off fossil fuels. Afterward, a 2008 US Department of Energy report laid out a road map for politicians and policymakers to reach this target, while recognizing potential concerns.

As the film moves on, “Scaling Wind” blends case studies of three states (Iowa, Utah, and Montana) and analysis from experts, showing the successes and concerns facing the ambitious goal.

David Littell was appointed to the Maine Public Utilities Commission in 2010.

From 2005 to 2010, he served as Maine’s Commissioner of Environmental Protection, where he managed more than 400 scientists, financial and environmental specialists and engineers and approved a record investment in Maine’s capital and energy infrastructure. Littell was the second chairman of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), was vice-chairman twice and is currently the treasurer – making him the longest-serving officer in RGGI. He chaired the New England Governors’ Committee on the Environment and cochaired the New England Governors’/ Eastern Canadian Premiers Committee on the Environment.

Littell represents Maine on the Eastern Interconnect States Planning Committee (“EISPC) and chairs the EISPC Energy Zones Workgroup that is mapping clean energy resource zones, and sensitive bird and wildlife and ecological areas. He serves as vice chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Task Force on Environmental Regulation and Generation, is on the board of National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI), chaired the Environmental Council of the States Cross-Media Committee and serves on The Climate Registry (TCR) Executive Board. Littell was named a Distinguished Policy Scholar by the University of Maine in 2010.

Artisans and crafters sought

On Saturday, Aug. 1, the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk will host its first-ever Steampunk Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors to the fair will have access to the fairgrounds – the museum’s campus – to view products and makers of Steampunk-inspired crafts and artwork both indoors and outdoors; and tour the museum’s galleries.

The museum is seeking crafters, makers and artisans interested in joining the fair to exhibit their products. Applications are available on the museum’s website at www.brickstoremuseum.org/events/steampunkfair.

Space rentals include table, chairs, and snacks.

All crafters and makers are invited to apply for space; Steampunk-inspired products or antiques are encouraged, but not required.

For more information, visit the above website or call 985-4802.

Pecha Kucha Night set for Atlantic Hall

Pecha Kucha Night – the international sensation of short, creative presentations – returns to Atlantic Hall on Thursday, May 7 in Cape Porpoise.

The evening’s presenters include a photographer who recorded the beauty of our recent winter, a woman who interviews Maine’s immigrants on her weekly radio show, an adventurer who has traveled the world with Captain Ahab – a 3-foot tall, 40 pound, bright yellow wooden fisherman, and several more fascinating, creative people.

Kennebunk’s Joe Foster, a retired English teacher and local celebrity, returns to emcee the event.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7:20 p.m.

For directions or more information, call Linda Ward at 967-3804 or email leward@roadrunner.com.

New owner at women’s boutique

Fresh Start Women’s Boutique has a new owner. Margaret Woods is not new to the consignment business, owning a consignment store in New Hampshire. She sold the store and moved to Maine.

Finally, realizing she missed her store, she purchased Fresh Start at 29 Main St. in Kennebunk.

The store has women’s clothing for all age groups, jewelry, gifts and accessories, both new and consigned.

New items are always arriving; consignments are accepted by appointment.

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