2016-09-09 / Community

Community News

Community welcomes family into new home

Habitat for Humanity of York County, community leaders, donors, supporters and volunteers gathered to celebrate the completion of construction on the Veterans Build at a dedication ceremony in Kennebunkport on Saturday, Aug. 27.

During the ceremony, Doro Bush Koch represented her father, President George H.W. Bush, and spoke of his commitment to volunteerism, assisting those in need of support, and service to our country. Thirteen veterans organizations and a Veterans Steering Committee assisted with the Veterans Build. Mike McInnis, Manny DeAmaral, and Jim Batchelder spoke at the ceremony and the Patriot Riders formed a Flag Line for the dedication. Selectmen from the town of Kennebunkport were able to welcome and present the ceremonial keys to the new homeowners: the Holbrook family.

Following the dedication ceremony, attendees were able to tour the new energy-efficient three-bedroom home, which was made possible due to generous sponsors, donated materials, volunteer labor, and the dedication and commitment of the homeowner family.

Major sponsors for Habitat’s first-ever Veterans Build include President George H.W. Bush (Honorary Chairperson of the Veterans Build), William Bolinder and Heather English, The Genworth Foundation, People’s United Foundation, Pratt & Whitney, the Town of Kennebunkport, the Bauman Family Foundation, Prudential, Home Depot, Richard Roy Masonry & Excavating, Lovejoy Wiresmith, Inc. and AMVETS Post#3. Many area businesses or individuals including R.H. Brown Inc., Dayton Sand & Gravel, Dube Drywall, Hissong Group, Kennebunk Ace Hardware, KW Architects, P.C., Joe Gaddis, Mark Robinson, Thibodeau Landscaping, Steadfast Homes LLC, Seacoast Garden Club, and David Ferguson donated or discounted their services to assist with the build. Other sponsors included American Legion Post #19, Kennebunk Savings Bank, Eagle Development Partners, and York County Federal Credit Union.

“Many of these sponsors have been longtime supporters of Habitat for Humanity of York County, and thanks to their passion, commitment and generosity we have been able to make the dream of safe, affordable homeownership a reality for the Holbrook family,” said Amy D. Nucci, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of York County.

All Habitat homeowners contribute a minimum of 400 hours of “sweat equity” working on the construction of their homes and the homes of others and participated in educational programs designed to strengthen the entire family and help to ensure their success as new homeowners. The new homeowners will make monthly payments on an affordable mortgage, which in turn will go toward building more Habitat homes in York County.

Another Habitat home will soon be built on Cole Road in West Kennebunk. Habitat has many opportunities to volunteer on the Cole Road Build, at the ReStore, on a salvage, in the office or assisting with weatherizations. Anyone interested in participating or donating to Habitat is encouraged to call the HFHYC office at 985-4850 or visit the website at www.habitatyorkcounty.org.

Habitat for Humanity York County, the local affiliate of Habitat International, was incorporated in 1985 as a non-profit builder of affordable homes in partnership with low-income families, community volunteers, and local businesses. Our mission is to work towards the elimination of poverty housing and homelessness in York County and to stir the hearts and minds of others to take action on this issue.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity York County visit our website at: www.habitatyorkcounty.org.

Self-guided Village Art Walk continues this week

The Village Art Walk, coordinated by Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce and local art galleries, will continue Friday, Sept. 9, in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.

The free self-guided walking tour of art galleries, studios and organizations of Kennebunk’s Lower Village and Kennebunkport’s Dock Square and Ocean Avenue is held on the second Friday of the month in the warmer months, plus during Christmas Prelude on Dec. 9. Admission to all galleries is free and open to the public.

This month, the Sue Rioux Gallery will present live music by Lisa Mills and her Ocean Ave. band outside the gallery in Lower Village, sponsored by the Kennebunkport Resort Collection.

The Village Art Walk is made possible by the generous sponsorship of The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport 1802 House Bed & Breakfast, Captain Jefferds Inn, Captain Lord Mansion, Inn at English Meadows and the Maine Syat Inn, as well as H.B. Provisions, Salt & Honey, Hurricane, Pedro’s and Old Vines.

Participating galleries include the Chris Becker Gallery, the Galleries at Morning Walk, Landmark Gallery, Maine Art, Mast Cove Galleries, Morph Gallery & Emporium, River Tree Arts, Rusty Fly Gallery, The Sharpe Gallery (closed for September event), Sue Rioux Designs, and Wendy Webster Good Fine Art, The Port Gallery. The W. Robert Paine Gallery, once part of Village Art Walk, is now only open during regular business hours due to family illness.

For information, call The Chamber at 967-0857 or visit gokennebunks.com.

Guitarist Bethany Waickman, flutist Nicole Rabata and fiddler Ellery Klein will appear in West Kennbunk when Fohla kicks off the fall season of Concerts in West K! (Courtesy photo) Guitarist Bethany Waickman, flutist Nicole Rabata and fiddler Ellery Klein will appear in West Kennbunk when Fohla kicks off the fall season of Concerts in West K! (Courtesy photo) Music trio kicks off Fall concerts in West Kennebunk

The fall season of Concerts in West K! gets underway with a return appearance by the popular Irish music trio, Fodhla. Comprised of flutist Nicole Rabata, fiddler Ellery Klein and guitarist Bethany Waickman, Fodhla (Foh–la) previously performed to an enthusiastic audience in the West Kennebunk series in March, 2015. The concert takes place at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, at the West Kennebunk United Methodist Church.

After 15 years of performing together and recording on each other’s solo albums, Rabata and Klein decided that forming a group was long overdue. With the addition of Waickman on guitar, the trio forges a sound rooted in traditional Irish music, with influences from their experience playing a wide range of musical styles.

Fódhla have been well received at festivals such as Portland’s Saltwater Festival, the Maine Celtic Celebration, and the Boston Celtic Music Festival. Their debut recording, Notes from Millpond, was released in December 2015 to a sold-out show at Acoustic Artisans in Portland.

The West Kennebunk United Methodist Church is located at 160 Alfred Road in the village of West Kennebunk. Admission to the concert is by donation at the door. Suggested levels: $15 adults, $10 youth and seniors (under 18/over 65), with a $35 maximum for parents with children. For more information, contact Paul Wells (207- 985-2831).

Museum’s Fall Third Thursday Talks announced

The Brick Store Museum announces its final two Third Thursday Talks for 2016. On Thursday, Sept. 15, Portland food writer and historian Kate McCarty will present “Distilled in Maine,” a lecture detailing temperance and alcohol in Maine’s history. For those over 21, the presentation will include a gin tasting provided by local distillery Round Turn Distilling. The program will begin at 5:30pm.

The final Third Thursday Talk of 2016 will take place on Thursday, October 20 at 5:30pm. Professor Patrick Rael of Bowdoin College will speak on his latest book, “88 Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777-1865,” which focuses on the slow process of the American struggle against slavery, starting with Vermont writing slavery out of its state constitution in 1777 and ending with the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery nationwide in 1865.

The Brick Store Museum’s Third Thursday Talks serve to bring a new topic to the community every third Thursday of each month, and are supported by the Maine Humanities Council, with additional support from the Captain Lord Mansion. Founded in 2015, the program offers lecturers from throughout New England that will speak on a variety of subjects in the Brick Store Museum’s Program Center. Single lectures are $10 each; by joining the Museum for as little as $20, members are invited to attend every lecture for free. Every lecture starts at 5:30pm, with light refreshments served.

Tickets may be purchased on the Brick Store Museum’s website, brickstoremuseum.org/programs, or at the door.

The Brick Store Museum is located at 117 Main Street in Kennebunk’s historic district. For 75 years, the Museum has been dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the region’s cultural and artistic heritage. Its galleries and research archives are open to the public year-round: Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 – 4:30 and Saturdays, 10 – 1. Admission: $7.50 adults, $6 seniors, $3 children (6-16), $20 family. Visit brickstoremuseum.org or call 207-985-4802 for further information.

Annual celebration of Arundel set for next weekend

The 4th Annual Heritage Day will be celebrated in Arundel on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Chapel Common site at the corner of Rt. 111(Alfred Rd.) and Limerick Road.

There will be exhibits and events from past Heritage Days such as crafts, spinning wool, quillpen writing, wagon rides in the fields, working old engine demos, agricultural displays , as well as petting animals for the kids, food, music, local vendors, canning info, and much more.

New this year will be a “wellness tent” and due to the popularity of the beanhole beans cooked up by the Boy Scouts last year, there will be a bean supper starting at 4 p.m.

There will also be a pie baking contest this year to be judged by discriminating palates. Also returning will be the “reminisce tent” which has historical displays and artifacts from Arundel’s past. This tent has proven to be a favorite gathering place for friends and neighbors to catch up with each other.

Other than a donation for the bean supper this family event is free and open to the general public and parking will be available as always.

For any info call 283-9699.

Free Library looking for youth knitters for Sit & Knit

Youth in grades 4-8 are invited to sign up for a free series of knitting classes at Kennebunk Free Library. True beginners and those with some experience are equally welcome. Over the course of six weeks, students will learn the basics of knitting, how to knit on four needles, and how to make a hat. All materials will be provided.

The six-week series will be held on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 29 through Nov. 3. Space is very limited. Please register no later than Thursday, Sept. 22, to ensure enough supplies can be ordered.

Sit & Knit is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information or to pre-register, please call 985-2173 x-5 or visit the website kennebunklibrary.org.

Tail Waggin’ Tutor returns to Kennebunk Free Library

Jack, a Tail Waggin’ Tutor, returns to the Kennebunk Free Library on Sat. Sept. 10 from 10 to 11 a,n, to listen to children read. Children of all ages and abilities are encouraged to sit with Jack, and experience the pleasure of reading to such a non-judgmental listener. Children often relax in a manner they might not when reading to an adult or sibling. Practice gained by reading to a dog has been shown to help students increase reading fluency.

Jack is a certified therapy dog, and will be accompanied by his favorite humans, Ursula and Kate Roese. He also volunteers at the Kennebunk Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

No pre-registration is needed to participate. The program is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information, please call 985-2173 x-5 or visit the website www.kennbunklibrary.org.

Kennebunk graduate earns college scholarship

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty awarded its second annual Frederick W. “Rick” Griffin Memorial Scholarship to Olivia Sandford, who graduated from Kennebunk High School in June and will be attending Bates College. Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty created a memorial scholarship fund totaling $25,000 to provide a $2,500 scholarship to a college-bound Kennebunk High School graduating senior each year for 10 years.

“We are so pleased to present this very special scholarship to Olivia,” said Christopher Lynch, President of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. “The Rick Griffin Scholarship Fund is committed to identifying students who champion all that is special about the Kennebunks, and this year we have a terrific individual. In addition to her academic success, Olivia was also a three sport varsity team captain and all around highly accomplished person.”

Olivia Sandford was selected based on academic success, personal achievement, leadership and commitment to the community. The scholarship was intended for individuals who are recognized by teachers, school administration and peers as one who personifies and embodies all that is “special” about living in the Kennebunks. They are students that exhibit their passion through academic, athletic, and community involvement while demonstrating a commitment to making the Kennebunks a better place to live and work.

“Rick Griffin was an amazing person and member of our team. He personified a passion, enthusiasm, and deep appreciation for his family, friends, and the whole community,” Lynch said. “I am hopeful that Olivia and future recipients will return after college to continue to have the same positive impact on the community that earned them the scholarship.”

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Kennebunk, Portland, Brunswick, Damariscotta, and Camden is Maine’s leading luxury and lifestyle property company with more than 70 agents and five offices serving Maine coastal communities from York County to Hancock County as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast.

22nd Annual Strut Your Mutt planned for Sept. 11

Strut Your Mutt, now in its 22nd year, remains the single largest fundraiser for the Animal Welfare Society. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11 on Mother’s Beach in Kennebunk.

The event covers a two-mile walk along the beach, and is attended by more than 250 people and their four-footed companions. Walkers are encouraged to collect pledges from friends, family and co-workers.

Underwritten by Kennebunk Savings, the event raises a significant amount of funding needed to cover medical care of pets in need. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent annual on veterinary-related expenses for AWS pets awaiting adoption and pets in need in the community.

The annual fundraiser brings in more than $70,000 toward medical expenses, and walkers have a great time participating.

“Activities, including dog games and contests, vendor booths, kids’ activities and a live band, really make the walk a festive event,” said Kerrie Leclair, director of development at the shelter and one of the event organizers. “One of the best parts about the walk is seeing so many very loved pets having a great time on the beach,” she said.

Activities, day-of registrations and event check in kicks off at 9 a.m. and the walk steps off at 11 a.m.

Other headlining sponsors of this year’s event include IDEXX and Dr. Stephen Askin, the shelter’s chief veterinarian.

For more information, or to get involved, visit www.animalwelfaresociety.org. Walkers can even create their own fundraising web pages. Registration fees include a T-shirt and goody bag.

DAR schedules first meeting of 2016-2017 season

Members of Rebecca Emery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their first meeting of the 2016-2017 season at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. It will take place at the LeBlond camp in Buxton. There will be a discussion about Constitution Week, which is celebrated annually from Sept. 17-23. A business meeting will follow and refreshments will be served.

For more information or to RSVP, call 985-1223 by Sept. 8.

Two speakers planned for The World in Your Library series

With support from the Maine Humanities Council, Kennebunk Free Library will host two speakers for The World in Your Library series. Dr. Hong Zhang will present Globalization and Outsourcing: The cost of cheap labor in China at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Dr. Hong Zhang obtained her Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University. She is currently associate professor and department chairman of East Asian Studies at Colby College, where she teaches both Chinese language and Chinese culture courses. Her research interests include changing family life and marriage patterns, gender and intergenerational relations, impact of one-child policy and new eldercare patterns in China, the emergence of Chinese labor NGOs and the politics of satire and humor in contemporary China.

Scott Erb will present on The Syrian Crisis: ISIS and Refugees at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The talk will examine the crisis and its long-term implication focusing on the situation in Syria and Iraq, the impact on the European Union and the potential role of the U.S.

Erb is a professor of political science at the University of

Maine at Farmington, specializing in international relations, foreign policy, and the European Union. Scott earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1994 and has been at Maine-Farmington since 1996. His research focus is on Germany and the EU and he has published a book, “German Foreign Policy: Navigating a New Era.” His current research project involves investigating how the European Union can be a model for politics in the era of globalization.

The World in Your Library is brought to the community through a partnership between the Maine Humanities Council, Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and the Mid- Coast Forum on Foreign Relations.

The events are free to the public and wheelchair accessible.

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

Chamber’s annual meeting, dinner and awards fast aproaching

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, dinner and awards will be held at Motorland in Arundel.

The local chamber is driving on down the road toward its goal of 500 members and will celebrate the year past and look ahead at its annual dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15.

Tickets include two cocktails and dinner by Destination Catering featuring prime rib, herb-crusted chicken, butternut squash ragu (vegan and gluten-free) and more.

There will be live music by The Waiters, a red carpet to walk and party favors to take home.

The theme is black and white, and we’re asking everyone to dress accordingly in the spirit.

An after party will take place at 8 p.m. at the community house at the Cape Arundel Cottage Preserve, just down the road from Motorland on Route 1.

For more information, call 967-0857 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com and search for DRIVE.

MedHelp looking for volunteers for prescription asssistance program

The health of a great many Mainers is at risk because these individuals cannot afford their medicines. MedHelp Maine is seeking volunteers to help expand prescription assistance programs throughout Maine, as well as to create a specialized pharmacy to collect unused prescription drugs for needy patients.

For information about these volunteer opportunities, contact MedHelp Maine at 793-4462.

Story times return at Kennebunk Free Library

Story times return to Kennebunk Free Library the week of Sept. 12. The schedule will be: Mondays 10:15 a.m., Peek-a-Book Babies (birth to age 2); Tuesdays 10:15 a.m., Family Story Time (all ages); and Thursdays 10:15 a.m. Time for 2’s & 3’s (toddlers).

Age-appropriate toys are brought out at the end of Peek-a-Book Babies. Families are invited to spend some time interacting with other parents while engaging their children with the toys.

All story times are free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, please call 985-2173, ext. 5.

Art Guild of the Kennebunks to host annual awards exhibition

From Sept. 16-18, Art Guild of the Kennebunks will host its Annual Awards Exhibition at the Community House across from the Kennebunkport Post Office on Temple Street.

The Gallery hours are Friday, Sept 16, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The artist reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept 16. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The public is encouraged to support the Art Guild Scholarship Fund by purchasing raffle tickets to win an oil painting by award-winning Kennebunk artist, Nadine Schoepfle. Schoepfle served as a past president of the Art Guild of the Kennebunks for many years and was awarded status as an honorary AGK Board Member Emeritus. The title of her oil painting is “Garden Party.” The drawing for the raffle winner will take place shortly after the end of the exhibition on Sunday. The winner need not be present to win.

The judge of the exhibition will be Susan Roux of Roux and Cyr International Fine Art Gallery. Roux was educated at Rhode Island School of Design. She has been painting and teaching oil painting for many years. Her fascination with other cultures led her to travel to meet and exhibit with artists all over the world from Ireland to Russia. She has exhibited in countless places including Saint Petersburg, Russia and Gassin, France.

For more information, email Ann Legg at alegg@roadrunner.com or call 251-8439.

The New School to host Rocktoberfest

The New School is hosting its second annual gathering of musicians with two stages: a full band side and an acoustic/open-mic side. Showcase skills all during the festival with brick oven pizza, cider press, pumpkin carving, stone soup, henna art and much more.

How to participate in Rocktoberfest:

Submit a bio, including music style, facebook link if applicable and a picture of musician/band for the programs to thenewschool@tnsk.org.

This is an opportunity to showcase young musicians. Maximum age is 20. The show is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at The New School in Kennebunk.

For more information, call 985-3745.

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