2015-12-11 / Community

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A chorus – including a very young vocalist – performs Christmas classics in Dock Square before the start of Saturday’s Hat Parade. Later, a Lyricora Christmas Concert was held at South Congregational Church. (Kevin A. Byron photo) A chorus – including a very young vocalist – performs Christmas classics in Dock Square before the start of Saturday’s Hat Parade. Later, a Lyricora Christmas Concert was held at South Congregational Church. (Kevin A. Byron photo) Board schedules town manager evaluation

At their Nov. 24 meeting, the Kennebunk Board of Selectmen adopted a new form to be used in the annual evaluation of Town Manager Barry Tibbetts. That form will be pressed into use during a special meeting called to conduct that evaluation, set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15. That meeting, to be held in executive session, is expected to last about 90 minutes.

Selectman Christopher Cluff, who developed the new form, said that while it does include a point system, the format “is set up to more narrative and less point scoring.”

However, some selectmen questioned what should become the basis for each section of the evaluation form.

“The only thing I’m having a problem with is what kind of a benchmark are we evaluating him against,” Selectman Ed Karytko said, citing a lack of goals on the form.

Sill, Cluff said there’s a reason for not evaluating Tibbetts on which goals for the year he did or didn’t achieve. And that, he said, is because the board has never set any.

However, Tibbetts does keep his own set of annual goals and of about 100 items worked on last year, about 60 were completed, he said. Still, Cluff said he hopes the new form will lead to the board creating its own set of annual goals in the future.

“That would make for a good workshop,” Chairman Kevin Donovan said.

Salon receives hair-raising recognition

Fringe Hair Art, located on Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport, has been named to Elle magazine’s Top 100 Salons in American List. Although a Texas barbershop has made the list in each of the past seven years, and claims to be the only barber on the list, Fringe Hair Art owner Michael Rideout said in a press release Monday that his studio is “the only salon in the nation to have received this coveted award five years running.”

“We are so happy and extremely proud to have made Elle’s Top 100 Salons list once again,” he said. “We pride ourselves in exceptional service, and it is a wonderful feeling to have our hard work and high standards consistently recognized.”

The five-time listing is notable considering Fringe Hair Art has only been open for a little more than six years. New Hampshire native Sheryl Miller-Rideout founded the salon in 2009, following five years as assistant to industry icon Paul Mitchell and a 15-year career, after his death, training his staff of stylists all over the world.

– Compiled by Staff Writer Duke Harrington

Library announces activities

Celebrate the release of the most recent Star Wars installment with activities at Kennebunk Free Library. Activities will include Star Wars-themed trivia, creative craft interpretations of iconic characters and the force’s favorite tool: duct tape. The event will be held in Hank’s Room, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Open to grades six to 12. Snacks will be provided.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

The library will host Teen Movie Night on Tuesday, Dec. 29. A contemporary classic to celebrate the holiday season will be shown. The movie is rated PG. Please contact the library for movie title information.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

For more information, call 985-2173.

Elves seek volunteers, donations

Elder Elves are a group of volunteers who prepare holiday gift bags to deliver to seniors living in Kennebunkport, Kennebunk and Arundel who are alone at Christmas.

Elder Elves is accepting suggestions of seniors who would enjoy a gift bag or donations from the community. Welcome items are non-slip socks, gloves for men, pet food and toys, and Hannaford food cards. Please drop off items at the Center, 175 Port Road in Kennebunk, by Dec. 14. Please contact the Center at 967-8514 with holiday bag requests.

Carols On Ice at Waterhouse

The Waterhouse Center in Kennebunk will be the setting for Carols on Ice, a sing-a-long and skating party on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Join local musicians and choral groups, including soloist Katrina Swift, choirs from Kennebunk High, middle and elementary schools, and the Warren King Singers for an afternoon of holiday music and skating.

The afternoon event, free and open to all, will include a sing-a-long to favorite Christmas carols and a skating exhibition by members of the North Atlantic Figure Skating club.

Refreshments, including hot chocolate and a selection of treats, will be available. For more information, call 985-2102, ext. 1641.

York County Hanukkah potluck scheduled

The annual York County Hanukkah Party and Potluck Supper will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 at Congregation Etz Chaim, 36 Bacon St., Biddeford.

Participants are asked to bring a dairy or vegetarian entrée to share. Latkes will be served fresh from the kitchen. Dessert and drinks will be provided. Music and dancing with the Casco Bay Tummlers will be enjoyed by folks of all ages. Parking is available on the street or in the nearby Biddeford Police Station parking lot. For more information, call 282-2461.

South Congregational to present ‘Magnificat’

During the Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 a.m., on Dec. 20, the Adult Choir of South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport, along with a string quartet and organ, will present a special musical presentation of “Magnificat” by Giovanni Pergolesi.

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