2016-06-24 / Community

Community News

KHS sophomore wins postseason accolades

Rosemary Campanella finished her first season playing as first singles for the newly sanctioned Maine Principal Association Kennebunk-Wells girls’ tennis team.

Campanella finished her first regular season with a 10-1 record and completed her run as the Maine state runner-up finalist. Campanella won the MVP award for her outstanding first season performance and being selected first team Western Conference All-Star.

White Columns plans summer children’s story hour

The Kennebunkport Historical Society will sponsor a children’s story hour during June, July and August at White Columns, the society’s museum house at 8 Maine St. in Kennebunkport.

The readings will begin on Saturday, June 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. As a special guest reader, Mrs. Claus will read to the children on that date. It is not widely known, but Santa and Mrs. Claus spend a week in the Caribbean at this time of year. Santa has gone on ahead, and Mrs. Claus is stopping here to read.

Subsequent story hours will be held on Wednesdays, from 2 to 3 p.m. at White Columns. The story hours are free and open to all children ages 4 to 10 years, and we will have various guest readers throughout the summer.

On Your Mark, Get Set… READ! at Kennebunk Free Library

With the Olympics scheduled in August, Kennebunk Free Library will focus on getting active with this summer’s programming theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set … READ!” Events will be held throughout the summer, including magician Norman Ng, a visit from members of a Maine Roller Derby team and baseball writer Carl Johnson.

Registration for the children’s Summer Reading Program began on Tuesday, June 21. Every child who enters will receive a voucher for a Sea Dogs ticket. Children entering grade 5 and younger will receive an Olympic Ring Activity sheet and a Bedtime Math Star Chart at registration. By completing four of the seven activities listed within each Olympic Ring, children can earn a prize. In addition to reading, activities include singing songs, drawing stories, and attending library programs.

Research has long shown that children need to continue reading over the summer so they don’t lose the skills they’ve gained during the school year. New research is showing that math skills are also subject to “summer slide.”

For that reason, Kennebunk Free Library is incorporating the Bedtime Math program into its summer reading program.

Bedtime Math offers a daily math challenge via its website and downloadable app, at bedtimemath.org. Three challenge levels, from simple counting to multiplication, are offered. These are not math drills; the topics are fun and funny. Recent topics include reasons to eat ice cream, questions about doughnuts and cookouts, and wind speeds on Mount Washington. There is no login, no score-keeping and the answers are given.

Researchers from the University of Chicago found that children who completed Bedtime Math challenges just once a week improved their math skills. Children of math-phobic parents had the greatest gains.

“Children who keep their minds active during the summer will enter school in the fall ready to learn and succeed,” said Youth Services Librarian, Bernie Alie. “We’ve long known the value of keeping children reading over the summer months. This year, we’re excited to branch beyond the typical reading program, and include other activities including music, art and math.”

Events in the Children’s Room of the Kennebunk Free Library are free and wheelchair accessible. Some programs will require pre-registration.

For more information, call 985-2173 or visit www.KennebunkLibrary.org.

School, museum team up for project

Sea Road School and the Brick Store Museum are pleased to announce a partnership for learning that has resulted in two field trips to include all Sea Road students this year. Kennebunk’s Brick Store Museum is offering these programs free of charge thanks to the generous donations provided by members and friends.

In the fall, fourth-grade students learned more about the history of the local economy through photographs and exhibits to extend their classroom understanding of the Maine economy.

This spring, fifth-graders will participate in a walking tour and simulation to understand Kennebunk’s role in the various stages of the Industrial Revolution.

Fifth-grade teachers worked closely with museum staffers Leanne Hayden, Cynthia Walker, and educational programming assistant Liz Williams to design programs that would support learning standards while also connecting students to local history.

Beach to Beacon adding high school mile event

The TD Beach to Beacon is adding a competitive High School Mile event to race weekend this year that is expected to attract top high school runners from across Maine, race officials announced last week.

The TD Beach to Beacon High School Mile will take place at Fort Williams on Friday, Aug. 5 starting at 4 p.m. The two-loop course will begin near the Portland Head Light and finish across the official TD Beach to Beacon finish line.

The event is open to all Maine high school runners entering their senior, junior or sophomore years who met the following qualifying standard during the 2015-16 school year: for boys, 5:00 (or sub 17:30 for the 5K), and girls, 6:15 (or sub 20:30 for the 5K).

Interested and eligible athletes can apply beginning June 15 through June 22 at the race website at www.beach2beacon.org. The top 20 boys and girls from the pool of applicants will then be invited to participate based on verification of the times they submit. Runners will be seeded and compete in four heats of 10 runners, two for boys and two for girls.

The High School Mile is open to spectators and will precede the annual Kid’s Fun Run on the soccer field at Fort Williams.

For additional information, high school athletes and track coaches are asked to contact TD Beach to Beacon High School Mile Coordinator Morgan Lake Adams at mlakeadams@gmail.com and/or TD Beach to Beacon 10K Race Director Dave McGillivray at dmse@dmsesports.com.

Christ Church to host ice cream social

On Saturday, July 2, Christ Church in Kennebunk will present a concert of patriotic music along with a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar. The concert begins at 3 p.m.

Christ Church Music Director Maestro Warren King has gathered musicians and singers in the area to perform a varied program of patriotic music, with opportunities to sing along.

Performing with King will be piccolo virtuoso Diana McNulty, professional reeds musician John Kupp and vocalists John Manzo and Owen and Schuyler White, as well as Christ Church Cabinet Chair and member of Seaglass Chorale, Beverly Heald.

For more information, visit www.christchurchkennebunk.org, or call or visit the office at 6 Dane St. (985-4494).

Collins named to County Courthouse Committee

Sen. Ron Collins (R-York) has been selected to serve on the York County Courthouse Site Selection Committee. The committee, created through LD 1528, “An Act To Modernize and Consolidate Court Facilities,” is charged with selecting the location for the new courthouse that is funded through the legislation.

“I am pleased that I will have the opportunity to serve on this committee and help with the decision of where to locate the new courthouse in York County,” Collins said. “It is not a decision to be taken lightly, as there are many important factors to consider given the amount of public business that is conducted in a courthouse each day.”

The committee is made up of 17 members representing a cross-section of York County and legal and judicial interests. It will make its recommendation for a location to the chief justice by Jan. 1, 2017.

Story time Break at Kennebunk Free Library

Kennebunk Free Library story times will take a break through June 27. Families are welcome to continue to visit the library, borrow items, and play with the train and other toys.

Summer Story times will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. from Tuesday June 28 until Thursday Aug. 11. All ages are welcomed to join in with singing, movement and books geared to a wide range of ages, from babies to grandparents.

All story times are free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information, call 985-2173, ext. 5 or visit www.KennebunkLibrary.org.

Solo exhibition featured at Arundel Farm Gallery

The inaugural summer event at Arundel Farm Gallery is a solo exhibition of works by award winning printmaker and watercolorist, DeAnn L. Prosia. The exhibition is titled “Scenes of Solitude” by which the artist perceives solitude as peaceful, insightful moments rather than loneliness.

The artist has been exhibited and extensively collected in Europe and throughout the United States. Some new works will be created for the event and will include monotypes as well as etchings and watercolors.

Opening reception is June 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

A master lecture will be presented on the exhibit’s closing day, July 23 at 11 a.m. There is no charge, but reservations are recommended by calling the gallery at 561-702-6396.

Julie and Paul Feingold opened Arundel Farm Gallery to fulfill Julie’s lifelong dream.

The gallery is located just 1.5 miles from Dock Square in Kennebunkport at 76 Arundel Road in Arundel.

For more information, visit www.ArundelFarmGallery.com or call 561-702-6396.

Kennebunk’s SummerFest is scheduled for July 2

The Kennebunk Festival Committee announced the date of SummerFest for 2016. Mark calendars for July 2 this year. In the 19th century, Old Home Week began as a New England tradition for towns and villages to invite people who grew up there as children to come back and visit the “Hold Home” or homestead. For years we’ve used the name Old Home Week here in Kennebunk. This year the Festival Committee is consolidating the event into one fun-filled day. The traditional parade begins at 10:30 a.m.. Groups or organizations are invited to enter a float in the parade. The committee is also inviting children to decorate their bicycles using any theme, but sticking to the colors red, white, and blue.

Other events are the crafter exhibits at Waterhouse Center. Applications for crafters are available online on the Town of Kennebunk SummerFest page.

The pie-eating contest is always a huge hit. Horse and wagon rides, face painting, bounce houses, food vendors, rock wall climbing, and so much more will be available for SummerFest. The lineup of events will be announced soon. For more information, visit http://www.kennebunkmaine.us/ summerfest.

SMHC Auxiliary awards pair of memorial scholarships

Denise LaRoche, president-elect of the Southern Maine Health Care Auxiliary, announced at the annual meeting of the auxiliary that SMHC employees Jennifer Burgess, RN-BSN and Keely Stanhope, nuclear medicine technologist, were chosen to receive a $1,000 Carolyn F. Walker Auxiliary Scholarship for Employee Recognition for 2016.

Now in its sixth year, the scholarships will be used for expenses and tuition from enrollment in a credit bearing post-secondary course.

Burgess graduated from St. Joseph’s College, and has been employed by SMHC for five years. She is currently enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at St. Joseph’s College while working full time on the mental health unit of SMHC.

Stanhope, nuclear medicine technologist, has been employed by SMHC for 20 years. She is a member of the Hospital Emergency Response Task Force, the SMHC Ethics Committee and Operational Ethics team. Stanhope is currently enrolled in courses towards completing her BS in nuclear medicine.

Artists juried into Art Guild of the Kennebunks

The Art Guild of the Kennebunks juried two experienced artists into the group: Sculptor Peter Blanchard of Vero Beach, Florida, and Wells; and painter and illustrator, Christopher Grieco of Kittery.

Award-winning sculptor, Blanchard holds a master’s degree from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Over the past 25 years he has exhibited in a wide variety of venues throughout Florida including numerous showings at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, the Maxwell King Center in Melbourne, Florida and the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit.

He writes of his art, “You take a block of stone ... and you shape it into whatever the stone tells you. … The stone comes alive.”

Grieco graduated from the Vesper George School of Art in Boston. For over 25 years he operated a successful advertising and graphic design business in Massachusetts. He produced illustrations and designs that have appeared in national trade publications, elementary school textbooks, trade shows and other prominent venues such as billboards on Boston’s expressway and arena signs in the Boston Garden. He taught advertising design and cartooning courses at U-Mass Lowell. His work can be seen in the York Village Gallery, Kittery Art Association and the York Art Association.

Farmers’ Market returns for its 23rd season

Kennebunk Farmers’ Market is open for its 23rd season. The market will be return to the Garden Street Municipal Parking Lot. There will up to 30 vendor members offering a variety of locally raised, baked, preserved and foraged products. In addition guest vendors will be attending at various times to add to the variety. Patrons will find fresh produce, meat, baked goods, butter, eggs, plants, garden seedlings, preserves, fresh pasta, herbals, soaps, flowers, maple products and more. Visitors will even be able to get knives and garden tools sharpened.

Chamber golf tournament scheduled for June 27

Save the date for the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s 27th annual benefit Golf Tournament: Monday, June 27, at Webhannet Golf Club in Kennebunk.

The scramble tournament has a shotgun start at noon followed by dinner and awards. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the putting green will be open. Contests will be held throughout the afternoon with awards, raffles and lots of great prizes from local businesses.

Registration is open to everyone. Players may register as an individual or put together their own foursome of friends and colleagues. Sponsorships opportunities are available at www.gokennebunks.com.

For more information or to register, call 967-0857.

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