2016-02-19 / Community

Community News

Sierra Club to host Pingree and film

The Maine Sierra Club and the Maine Farmland Trust will present the film “DIVE: Living Off America’s Waste” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk.

Following the film, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree will speak on her proposed Food Recovery Act.

Dessert and coffee will be served at 6:30 p.m. The film is free and open to the public.

Inspired by curiosity about our country’s careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi-award winning documentary “DIVE” follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster-dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousand of dollars worth of good, edible food – resulting in an inspiring documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action.

Pingree will speak about her proposed legislation to attack the problem of food waste.

“About 40 percent of the food in the U.S. is wasted. That costs us money, is bad for the environment, and means people are going hungry when perfectly good food is ending up in a landfill,” Pingree said.

The bill will address wasted food in stores and restaurants, in institutions such as schools, at the consumer level, and on the farm.

Fifty million Americans are food insecure, Pingree points out, and reducing food waste could make a big difference to them.

Realtor receives commission award

Randal Simon of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices N.E. Prime Properties was named 2015 recipient of N.E. Prime Properties’ Number One Agent for Highest Total Gross Comission Income out of 17 offices in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

“We applaud Randal on this achievement, which highlights his exceptional results in 2015. He is dedicated to providing top-notch service so that his customers have the best home buying or selling experience,” said Branch Manager, Julie Grady, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices N.E. Prime Properties. “Randal has achieved this award and many others during his career in real estate, and his outstanding track record helps make our company the best in the area.”

Maine Foodie Tours plans giving campaign

Maine Foodie Tours, the company that has brought culinary walking tours to Portland, Kennebunkport, Bar Harbor and Rockland, announced it will host a 12 Months of Giving campaign.

Each month, a portion of ticket sales purchased for Maine Foodie Tours will be donated to a different Maine charity or organization.

“We want to take advantage of our position as a popular tour provider to elevate awareness of charities and organizations in Maine among our tour guests,” said Pamela Laskey, owner of Maine Foodie Tours. “Our company mission is to showcase the Maine entrepreneurial spirit, hard working habits and culinary talent in Maine, and with this new campaign, guests will learn how Mainers also help one another working with some amazing organizations and charities.”

The charities and organizations that Maine Foodie Tours has chosen to support in 2016 are statewide or located within the four communities in which they currently operate.

Charities and organizations included in the 12 Months of Giving are:

Gulf of Maine Research Institute; Preble Street; Cultivating Community- South; “Let’s Go” Nutrition Program – Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital; Making Communities Happen (Meals on Wheels); American Lung Association – Maine Chapter; Good Shepherd Food Bank; Share our Strength – No Kid Hungry – Maine Chapter; Hardy Girls, Healthy Women; Maine Lobstermen’s Association; American Diabetes Association – Maine Chapter; and Friends of Acadia.

Additionally, the Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk is the recipient of all profits from the Doggie and Me six-legged tours offered each season in Kennebunkport, offering eats for the owners and treats for the furry friends.

“It’s no surprise that Maine is home to so many world class restaurants. Some of the best and most nutritious food is grown, raised, or fished here. What is surprising and distressing, though, is the fact that, despite this bounty, our state has the third highest rate of hunger in the nation,” said Mark R. Swann, executive director for Preble Street. “We depend on donations from businesses, like Maine Foodie Tours, whose generosity enables us to serve more than 1,200 meals each day to hungry people at three soup kitchens and a weekly food pantry, and work to improve food access across the state through the Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative.”

For more information about the 12 Months of Giving, call Pamela Laskey or contact Kate McCann at 412-952- 0633 or thekatemccann@gmail.com.

Grief Support Group offered at The Center

The Center in Lower Village Kennebunk will host support group meetings for those dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Carol MacLeod, recently retired advanced practice nurse in psychiatry, leads a Grief Support Group at the Center, 175 Port Road, Kennebunk, on Thursdays at 11 a.m. For more information, call The Center at 967-8514.

Students are stars of March art exhibit

An exhibition titled Children’s Vision VII by students from Sea Road School, Kennebunk Elementary School, Mildred L. Day School and Consolidated School will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery March 3-31.

Visual arts teachers Darlene Nein of Sea Road School and Mildred Day School, Christina DeFilipp of Kennebunk Elementary School and Consolidated School and Audrey Grumbling of Consolidated School have gathered a collection of student work grades K-5 to share with our community.

The exhibit is a sampling of a variety of mediums that students explore, design and create within their specified art programs.

As art educators, Darlene, Christina and Audrey contribute to learning through knowledge, production, and critical analysis of art. The program aspires to meet the needs of all students, instilling personal success, stimulating spoken and written literacy, and promoting a sense of global awareness.

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