2016-01-22 / Community

Community News

Berkshire Hathaway sets up rental division in Kennebunk

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices N.E. Prime Properties, is expanding into the rental market. The new rental division will be located at 1 Fletcher St., Kennebunk.

The rental team will be managed by Sue Breidenbach, of Maine Seacoast Rentals. Breidenbach brings 12 years of experience in the rental business.

DAR Rebecca Emery Chapter schedules February meeting

Rebecca Emery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its next meeting 1 p.m. Saturday Feb. 6.

It will take place at Atria Kennebunk, 1 Penny Lane, Kennebunk. The program will be the presentation of awards on the chapter level to the student winners of the DAR American History Essay Contest and the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest.

Also honored at the meeting will be the chapter winners of the 2015-2016 DAR Good Citizen Contest for seniors from area high schools.

Refreshments and a silver tea will be served in honor of these students. For more information, call 985-1223

Valentine’s dance benefits Ronald McDonald House

The ninth Oldies Benefit Dance is scheduled for Sat. Feb. 13 from 7 p.m. to midnight. The dance will be held at the Eagles Hall at 57 Birch St. in Biddeford.

Ticket sales are limited to 200. The proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House of Portland. To date the annual event has raised more than $25,800.

The dance will be rock ‘n roll music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s provided by Oldies R Us. There will be prizes for a dance contest, trivia questions and oldies videos shown.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Bruce at 284-4692.

Kennebunk Free Library schedules activities

Play video games at the Kennebunk Free Library on a projector screen. Wii gaming console, controllers and games will be provided. Role-playing games, table-top games and personal device games are also welcome. Teen Gaming Night will be held in Hank’s Room, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Friday in January. Open to grades six to 12.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

• Studying and Stress-Busting will provide an opportunity for students to complete schoolwork and gather with friends in a relaxed and supportive environment. Group study sessions and project work are encouraged. There will also be a variety of stress-busting activities available such word games, coloring sheets and other creative projects. Melissa West, teen librarian, will be on hand to assist with tricky homework questions and research needs.

The event will take place in the Reference Room at Kennebunk Free Library 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 27. Snacks will be provided. Open to students in grades six to 12.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information, call 985-2173.

Kindergarten registration is set for Friday, Jan. 22

Kindergarten registration will be held at Kennebunkport Consolidated School and Kennebunk Elementary School on Friday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for any child who will be 5 years old on or before Oct. 15.

For children who will attend Kennebunkport Consolidated School, call Kathy Hirst at 967-2121. For children who will attend Kennebunk Elementary School, call Linda Mattuchio at 985-4402.

RSU 21 cafeterias receive Gold Award

Regional School Unit 21 (Arundel, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport) announced that all RSU 21 school cafeterias received the Let’s Go Smarter Lunchroom Gold Award.

The Let’s Go Smarter Lunchroom program honors school lunchrooms that implement best practices to help reduce waste, increase participation and nudge students to make healthier choices.

Gold Award is specifically awarded to school programs that have implemented a clear district wellness policy that supports healthy behaviors.

Receiving the award at Let’s Go Celebration Event were Karen Leach, Sea Road School cafeteria manager; Jonquil Norton, Middle School of the Kennebunks cafeteria manager; Janine Hutchins, Kennebunk High School cafeteria manager; and Ellen Demmons, RSU 21 Food and Nutrition director (accepting for Jolene Hirst, Consolidated School cafeteria manager and Deb Katon, Mildred L. Day cafeteria manager).

United Way names communications manager

United Way of York County recently hired Fiona Robinson as manager of communications and donor development. In this role, Robinson is responsible for overseeing all facets of United Way’s communications and marketing efforts, including print, digital, and social media. In addition, she will assist with enhancing current and building new donor relationships and connections.

“We are very fortunate to have Fiona joining us at this time,” said Barb Wentworth, president and CEO of United Way of York County. “Compelling communication is critical in telling our story of improving lives through support from the larger community.”

Prior to becoming the manager of communications and donor development, Robinson worked as a freelance writer and editor. She has a background in publishing, and most recently was the editor and associate publisher of SeaFood Business magazine for 17 years. She serves on the board of directors of Sea- Share, a Seattle nonprofit that works to provides seafood to food banks nationwide. Robinson is co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 1056 in Kennebunk and volunteers with the Food 4 Thought Backpack Program, a service of Community Outreach Services in Kennebunk.

“Fiona brings a great combination of skills and a deep knowledge of York County that will be invaluable to our work,” Wentworth continued. “It’s a win-win for our United Way and the York County community.”

For more information about United Way of York County’s community impact work and 2014-2020 strategic priorities, visit www.buildcommunity.org.

York County Shelter Programs changes name

The board of directors has unanimously voted to change the agency name from York County Shelter Programs, Inc., to the Donald H. Gean Center for Human Services, to honor the man who founded the agency 30 years ago.

It was in 1985 that Gean took the helm of what was then known as the York County Alcoholism Shelter. The day he walked through the door of the crumbling old York County Jail, he inherited a handful of old men down on their luck, who needed a lot of help in addressing the causes of their homelessness, and an agency that was falling apart at the seams and about to lose its only funding source.

He quickly realized that his mission, at that moment, was to address what was causing Ray, Ray, Charlie, Charlie and George to remain homeless. He set into motion a series of actions that eventually resulted in enabling all five of those original fellows being able to die with dignity in the permanent housing the agency built under his leadership – at home. That was his vision –that every single person, regardless of their past and bad luck, deserves a home.

It is with that passion that Gean blazed a trail through the maze of conventional human services to make a positive difference for the folks he cares so much about; the thousands of Rays, Charlies and Georges who come to Shaker Hill in search of hope and someone to believe in them.

Brick Store Museum receives federal grant

The Brick Store Museum announced that it has received a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for its project to digitize its archival collection of Kennebunks and York County photographs, to be used by the public.

More than 5,000 photographs, glass plate negatives, dageurrotypes, stereographs, and newspapers on microfilm will be included in the project. The images represent the history of the Kennebunks and York County as a whole, but have not yet been preserved digitally.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. For more information, visit www.imls.gov.

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