2017-02-03 / Community

Community News

Blood drive planned for Feb. 7 at fire station

RE/MAX Realty One and Red Cross will host a blood drive 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Washington Hose Fire Station.

Washington Hose is at 159 Port Road in Lower Village Kennebunk. There is an urgent need for blood. To make an appointment online, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED-CROSS.

For more information, call RE/MAX Realty One at 967-6777.

Sarah Stanley Sarah Stanley Land trust names development manager

The Kennebunk Land Trust announced that Sarah Stanley has been named development and administrative manager.

“Sarah brings a unique blend of attributes, skill, experience and enthusiasm to her new position” said Gordon Collins, the trust’s executive director. “We look forward to everyone welcoming her to the trust”

Stanley is a registered Maine Guide, is certified in CPR and wilderness first aid and holds a private pilot’s license and seaplane rating.

“I am eager to contribute to the work of the Kennebunk Land Trust” Stanley said, “and am excited to join such a welcoming organization and community”

She graduated from Bates College where she double majored in environmental studies and politics and minored in geology. While at Bates, Stanley was a chairman and member of several committees, including the college’s Institutional Planning Committee.

Her previous background in environmental program development and public education gained during her time with both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as well as with Maine’s Department of Parks and Lands.

As an intern with the Maine Department of Park and Lands, Stanley not only spearheaded several environmental programs which drew more than 100 participants to Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park, but she also created methods to promote the work of the organization through social media, radio and print; she plans on applying these strategies at the land trust.

Historical society to host author

The Arundel Historical Society will host author David Arenstam on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the new library at the Mildred L. Day School on Limerick Road in Arundel.

Arenstam is a writer ,journalist and teacher at Thornton Academy in Saco. A graduate of Bates College, he has recently received his master’s in journalism at Harvard University. He is also a finalist for the Maine Teacher of the Year Award.

He will speak on his novel “Homecoming (A Soldier’s Story of Loyalty, Courage and Redemption).” He spent months interviewing Vietnam veterans, two of them being former pilots, one from Old Orchard Beach.

Signed copies of “Homecoming” will be available for sale after the talk. Refreshments will be served and there is no admission charge for the presentation. For more information, call 283-9699.

Series focuses on a ‘better downtown’

Learn proven rules and ingredients that drive downtown success, marketing and tourism in a two-night webinar series, hosted by the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerice and the town of Kennebunk, and sponsored by Kennebunk Savings. Sessions will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, and Thursday, Feb. 9, at Kennebunk Savings’ operation center at 7 Alewive Park in West Kennebunk.

The Roger Brooks International video series focuses on “the 20 ingredients of an outstanding downtown,” in three parts, each lasting approximately 45 minutes: introduction and property owners in the first part; public sector in the second part; and downtown merchants in the third part. Moderated discussion will follow. The workshop is free and open to the public. The series is especially designed for volunteers serving on local committees and those who play a role in making their hometown a better place to live in or visit. Roger Brooks is a speaker who offers honest advice, real solutions and case-studies of towns and cities throughout the country.

To reserve a seat, call the chamber at 967-0857 or email events@gokennebunks.com.

Scout completes community project
Nick Burgess (Boy Scout Troop 304) completed his Eagle Scout project, dog-friendly playgrounds items, for the Kennebunk Dog Park. The Dog Park Committee thanked Burgess for his efforts at its Jan. 31 meeting. (Courtesy photo) Nick Burgess (Boy Scout Troop 304) completed his Eagle Scout project, dog-friendly playgrounds items, for the Kennebunk Dog Park. The Dog Park Committee thanked Burgess for his efforts at its Jan. 31 meeting. (Courtesy photo)

In November of 2015, Boy Scout Nick Burgess (Troop 304) approached the Kennebunk Dog Park Committee with the idea of creating dog friendly playground items for the park as his Eagle Scout Project.

The community service project took many months of conceptualizing, meeting with the park committee, getting approval from the town of Kennebunk, fundraising and building, following very specific and detailed guidelines set by the Boy Scout Organization of America. Burgess was finally able to install the completed elements on Thanksgiving weekend of 2016. A year of hard work resulted in several permanent structures now located within the dog park that were immediately being enjoyed by all the dogs who frequent the park.

The Kennebunk Dog Park Committee met Tuesday, Jan. 31 in town hall to formally thank Burgess and finalize his required paperwork for the Boy Scouts Association.

Land Trust to participate in Paint the Town Red

Kennebunk Land Trust, Boulangerie - A Proper Bakery and Rambler’s Way invite citizens to a Soup and Stroll event at the trust’s Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary, located at the end of Water Street just before the treatment plant. Parking is available 50 yards before the trailhead.

The 38-acre preserve has more than 2,400 feet of frontage along the Mousam River and is convenient to the downtown area. The trail is three-quarters of a mile one way and can be described as an easy to moderate walk. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather.

The stroll is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, weather permitting. Following the stroll, participants can warm up with a cup of soup at Boulangerie. To promote the red theme associated with Paint the Town Red, Rambler’s Way has donated a red men’s and a red women’s shirt to be raffled off at the event.

Call Kennebunk Land Trust at 985-8734 no later than Friday, Feb. 10 to make a reservation and provide payment. Participants may call the trust with credit card information; check or cash will be accepted day of the event. Follow Kennebunk Land Trust on Instagram for updates or cancelations.

Celebrating its 45th year, Kennebunk Land Trust has preserved more than 3,500 acres of forest, fields and waterways in the towns of Kennebunk and Arundel.

For more information, visit www.kennebunklandtrust.org or follow the trusts on Facebook and Instagram.

Library to host ‘Coming to the Edge’

Helen Rousseau will be at the Kennebunk Free Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18; she will read an excerpt from her new book at 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“Coming to the Edge” is an interactive book. There are 50 poems divided into three sections: Struggle, Transformation and Dance, the circle of life that we go through again and again.

After each poem are prompts to encourage the reader to reflect on their own experience as expressed in the poem. They can then write, draw or doodle their response.

This is followed by an affirmation that can carry the reader through the day. Helen firmly believes in the “change your thoughts, change your life” philosophy.

“Helen’s poems and passionate words guide us not only through her journey of struggle and growth, but invite us to stand in reflection of our own steps on the path to wholeness. She ultimately comes to a place of claiming her own sacred power while encouraging us … to dance in your freedom for all you’ve regained,” said Marsie Silvestro, poet and author and Fierce advocate against domestic violence.

Rousseau, a Catholic nun for 30 years, is now an ordained interfaith minister. Rousseau’s poems and writings are about her journey from dogma to interior spiritual freedom and from an abusive relationship to exterior freedom and joy. Rousseau is also certified in the Amherst Writers and Artists program for leading writing groups.

WinterFest scheduled for Saturday

The town of Kennebunk will be celebrate Winter- Fest Saturday, Feb. 4.

Activities include free horse drawn wagon rides, skating at the Waterhouse Center with Kennebunk High School ice hockey players, fire baton twirling and a special figure skating performance by Kennebunk High senior and festival committee member, Samantha Abelson.

Abelson competed at the New England Regional Figure Skating Championship held in Burlington, Vermont skating at the Senior Ladies level.

“I am excited to be participating at Kennebunk’s WinterFest. I love skating at the Waterhouse Center,” Abelson said. She will skate to “The Prayer” by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli.

The Soup Contest is back again for the eighth year but this year the committee retired the trophy that has been won several times by Chef Rich Lemoine of The Village Tavern.

Instead, they have invited Chef Lemoine, along with Chefs Brian and Shanna O’Hea of Academe at the Kennebunk Inn, to be judges for the new chef’s choice category.

There will still be a people’s choice and the category kid’s choice has also been added.

All categories are blind tastings so the people will not know which restaurant they are voting for. There is no charge for children younger than 5.

The day starts at Kennebunk Free Library where the Cabin Fever Book Sale and free Bird Feeder Craft Project will be held. Stop by Waterhouse Center for the activities there including the name the snowman suggestion box. The snowman is the new mascot of WinterFest.

The evening wraps up with the annual Alumni Variety Show at town hall.

Job fair set for Monday, March 13

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce and the town of Kennebunk will hold the third annual Job Fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 13 at the Kennebunk Town Hall auditorium. Both employers and those seeking jobs are invited to attend.

Chamber members or not, all local businesses in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel may reserve a table at the fair. Local businesses and organizations include those looking for full-time and part-time workers, both season and year-round. Organizers have invited employment agencies and local businesses, as well as local high school students. Even small businesses with only one job to fill can tap into a larger pool of candidates.

Prior to the event, the chamber in conjunction with the RSU 21 Adult Education of the Kennebunks and Arundel will hold work-force training workshops, designed individually for both teens and retirees returning to the workforce.

The fair is free of charge for job seekers. To reserve a table, email events@gokennebunks.com or call the chamber at 967-0857.

Grants available for York County nonprofits

Nonprofit and public organizations seeking funding for projects that draw on the strengths of the community and foster collaboration are encouraged to apply to the York County Fund through the Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant Program.

A volunteer committee of York County residents and business leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding. The deadline for applying is Feb. 15. Application and guidelines are available at www.mainecf.org.

In 2016, the York County Committee awarded more than $40,000 in grants to seven nonprofits. Grants included:

 $7,500 to the Center for Grieving Children for outreach to volunteers and families in need of grief support in York County

 $7,000 to Heart of Biddeford to build capacity for volunteer engagement and management

 $5,000 to Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford to support literacy tutoring for women at the Southern Maine Re-Entry Center.

With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people.

For more information about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.

Pecha Kucha Night is back on Feb. 9

Pecha Kucha Kennebunk returns Thursday, Feb. 9 at Atlantic Hall in Cape Porpoise.

Pecha Kucha nights are informal gatherings for people to share ideas, work and thoughts, often with diverse subjects from finding a muse, to clothespins, to the art of creating a wedding cake. Stories are told using a rapid-pace presentation format of 20 images, 20 seconds each.

For more information, contact Ruth Dater at ruthdater@yahoo.com.

Library announces featured exhibition

An exhibition titled “Perceptions in Wax” the encaustic works of Joanna Gould will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery from Feb. 1-28.

Gould is a Maine artist working in the ancient wax encaustic technique. Fusing oil pigments and found objects with layers of translucent beeswax and damar resin, she creates works of art which have been described as dreamlike and mystical with a purest light. Highly influenced by place, her paintings are lyrically obtuse. Light and dark dance with seasonal hues and shapes suggesting nature in its most modest form.

An encaustic painting involves heated wax and a process of fusing the layers. The pigment is suspended in the wax medium, and heat acts as the invisible solvent, much as turpentine acts as an evaporating solvent with oil paints. Once the wax is molten, the colors are mixed on a hot palette and when applied to the pictures are fused with heat to bind and set them.

Gould started her creative career over 15 years ago studying graphic design at the Art Institute of Boston. Her professional design career started in corporate branding and evolved to publishing and then advertising. She later studied Landscape Architecture at The Arnold Arboretum Landscape Institute at Harvard University and at Boston Architectural College. For the past six years she has proudly taken on the role of a full-time mother and wife.

Four years ago she attended a private workshop exploring encaustic painting and the myriad varieties that use this ancient medium. She has been exploring, experimenting and playing in wax ever since. She is a member of Maine Women in the Arts and Sanford/Springvale Art Association.

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