2017-03-10 / Community

Community News


Durward Parkinson Durward Parkinson National group honors Parkinson

Bergen Parkinson announced that Durward Parkinson was accepted into the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN). NADN is an association whose membership consists of professionals distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil and commercial conflict resolution, and by their commitment to the practice of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Membership is by invitation only and limited to attorney mediators and arbitrators who have proven experience in the field. All Academy members have been thoroughly reviewed and found to meet stringent practice criteria. Members are amongst the most in-demand neutrals in their respective states, as selected by both peers and local litigation firms.

Durward’s alternative dispute resolution practice includes: mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluation. His mediation practice also includes deal making mediation where the parties work toward finalizing a business transaction. He is a CADRES rostered mediator under Rule 16 and for early neutral evaluation.

Raftopoulos honored in Forbes List

Nvest Financial Group, a financial planning and investment advisory firm, with offices in Kennebunk and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, announced that its founder, Nichole D. Raftopoulos, has been named to Forbes’ Top Women Wealth Advisors list for 2017. The inaugural list was published on www.forbes.com.

In 1995, Nichole began her career in the financial services industry before establishing Nvest in 2003.

Raftopoulos works with Nvest’s clients on all aspects of the personal financial life. The approach helps educate clients through all steps of the planning process.

Wayne Bloom, CEO of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Nvest’s independent broker/dealer–RIA, said, “Congratulations to Nichole on being recognized among this list of dynamic financial advisors. Nichole is a distinguished leader, dedicated to her practice and committed to bettering the financial livelihood of her clients. We value our partnership with Nichole and her individual contributions to the Commonwealth community, and we will continue to offer the support her business demands.”

“This honor is not only about me” said Raftopoulos, “but rather it takes a team of professionals who are committed each and every day in working so diligently with all of our clients. I’m fortunate to have wonderful people as part of the Nvest team.”

Pasco Lecture Series enters 11th year

The 11th year of Graves Memorial Library’s Pasco Lecture Series kicks off Sunday, March 12 at 2 p.m. The featured guest will be artist Suzanne M. Payne.

She will discuss her works, pastel technique and answer questions on how to get started. Payne is an award-winning artist residing in Kennebunkport. She attended Boston University’s School for the Arts where she received her bachelor’s degree in painting. She belongs to many art associations including the Pastel Painters of Maine (PPOM), where she has received signature membership status. She had also been secretary for PPOM in 2004- 2009, then appointed vice president in 2009. For five years she had served as co-chair for PPOM’s International Juried Exhibitions.

Other societies include the Pastel Society of America (PSA) where she is an associate member, the Pastel Society of New Hampshire (PSNH), the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod (PPSCC) and the Pastel Society of Connecticut (CPS). She participated in numerous shows, local paint outs and auctions as well as having taught summer workshops at Heartwood College of Art. She enjoys painting the local Maine landscape with both oils and pastels. Payne is inspired by nature and creates her works either plein air or in her home studio. Her work is represented by True North Gallery & Northlight Gallery both located in Kennebunkport.

The Pasco Lecture Series is sponsored by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, Kennebunk Savings Bank, and the Graves Library Snack Team. The library is located at 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport.

For more information, call 967-2778. Light refreshments will be served.

Third annual 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 have a table at the fair. Local businesses and organizations include those looking for full-time and part-time work, 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. The first class, designed for senior citizens as a refresher course on computers and returning to the workforce, was held Tuesday, March 7.

The second class, designed for students or those looking for their first job, will be held right after school at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Both classes, taught by Lisa Crothers of the RSU 21 Adult Education program, are free and open to the public, held at the chamber, 16 Water St., Kennebunk.

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

Art Guild of the Kennebunks accepts entries

Artists must preregister by Monday, April 3 to submit work for jurying for acceptance into the Art Guild of the Kennebunks. This is the only opportunity this year for artists to be admitted into AGK.

Preregistered artists must submit five examples in the same medium. Preregistration forms, guidelines and additional details are available from membership chairman Judith Kinsman by emailing her at judithkinsman@gmail.com or calling 229- 9659.

Artists may choose to submit work digitally via email submission to AGKjudge@gmail.com by Monday, April 3 or by deliver art on Saturday, April 15 between noon and 1 p.m. to the Brick Store Museum program center.

Artists must pick up their art at 3 p.m. the same day. The Brick Store Museum program center is located behind the museum with entrance at 4 Dane St. (across from Kennebunk Town Hall). Applicants will be notified by mail of the results of the jurying.

All types of art including sculpture and photography are welcomed. Artists should submit five original, recent pieces, not done in a class or workshop.

The work should be professionally presented. Two dimensional work should be ready for hanging. Mats should be neutral. Judges look for consistency rather than diversity.

The Art Guild of the Kennebunks offers exhibitions in which only juried members may exhibit. The guild presently has approximately 75 juried members. The guild also accepts non-juried associate members, who may not exhibit their art, but who may participate in all other guild activities.

The guild will hold several exhibitions this summer. As with all exhibitions and program meetings, the public is invited to attend free of charge.

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

Library road race planned for July 14

The 20th Edition Kennebunk Free Library Road Race is scheduled for Fri- day, July 14. The 5K run/ walk is a fundraiser for the library and includes dinner for all entrants, beer and wine garden, live music and raffle prizes. The race begins at 6 p.m.

The first 250 to register receive a race T-shirt and goodie bag. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. in Kennebunk. Register online at www.kennebunklibrary.org.

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

Atria schedules March events and concerts

Atria Kennebunk announced its Sunday concert series and health seminars for March. For more information, call 985- 5866. Atria Kennebunk is located on 1 Penny Lane in Kennebunk.

Concert series schedule:

 Sunday, March 12, 2 p.m. – Comedian Randy Riggle will perform, Nostalgia. Light refreshments will be served.

 Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m. – Rob Robbins performing vocals and soft melodies. Light refreshments will be served.

 Sunday, March 26, 2 p.m. – Sonlight Trio. Sonlight Trio Mary Kennedy, flute, Cindy Kalkhoff, cello, and Carol Ingraham, piano, play a variety of classical, Celtic and sacred music. Light refreshments will be served.

Health and music seminars schedule includes:

 Wednesday, March 15, 3:30 p.m. – DeeDee Grantz from Amedisys will present Oxygen Safety. The public is encouraged to participate.

 Friday, March 17, 2 p.m. – St. Patrick’s Day with Deborrah Wyndham Rag Time Pianist. Irish and Celtic music.

 Monday, March 20, 3:30 p.m. – Kindred at Home’s Barbra Domijan will present Arthritis and Accessing Home Health. The public is encouraged to participate.

 Wednesday, March 29, 3:30 p.m. – Travel to Scotland with Ron Falong! Authentic Atria Chef hors d’ oeuvres will be served.

United Way grants $640K to organizations

United Way of York County has awarded $640,000 in grants to various organizations throughout the community. A total of 37 nonprofits will receive investments this year for 63 programs addressing a variety of critical needs in the county. These investments support United Way’s strategic priority areas of Bright Beginnings, Healthy Foods, Connected Youth and Supportive Services.

“These vital programs support the best start for our youngest citizens, provide healthy foods for children and seniors, engage youth in meaningful service, and meet basic needs, all critical components of our collective efforts to build an even stronger York County,” said United Way of York County President and CEO Barb Wentworth.

New grants in the Bright Beginnings strategic area include “Count ME In,” which promotes elementary school attendance for school success, and York County Community Action Corp.’s “A Place for Us,” which provides support to strengthen families to allow them to support their young children. There are also two new grants in the Connected Youth strategic area, American Red Cross’ “Youth Volunteer Engagement” that increases the number of youth involved in their community; and Sanford Springvale YMCA’s “Y Interact Leaders Club” that promotes youth service and philanthropy as a path to leadership and civic responsibility.

Registration for Spring Into Action begins

Registration for Healthy Kennebunk’s Spring Into Health is open. This is the ninth edition of the walking program. A total of 220,156,652 steps have been taken since the program started in 2014.

Spring Into Health begins March 20 and ends May 28. More teams and individuals are sought for the upcoming challenge. Join the challenge for new prizes and more tips for healthy living.

For more information to register, visit www.healthymainestreet@kennebunkmaine.us.

Garden club accepting applications

The Seacoast Garden Club has up to $250 in scholarship funds available to any resident of Kennebunkport, Kennebunk or Arundel who is pursuing non-degree training in the areas of horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, conservation, forestry, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental control, city planning or other related fields.

Those interested may apply up to April 15. It is necessary to complete an application and submit a letter describing background and goals. The scholarship is awarded on merit rather than need.

Interested persons may contact Hillary Johnson at 985-4779.

Student art featured at Speers Gallery

An exhibit, Children’s Vision VIII, 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 from March 8 to March 31 in observation of Youth Art Month.

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 the community. The exhibit will be on display at Kennebunk Free Library throughout May and 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.

The arts enhance problem solving, risk taking and critical thinking. Art is a language of visual images. It provides opportunities for expressive language, ability to understand, respond to, and talk about visual images. The arts enable students to establish links between subjects and a variety of cultures. The Arts provide a vehicle to care about our communities and our environment.

High school hosts ‘Around the World’

Kennebunk High School will perform “Around the World in 80 Days” as the annual musical this year. The show will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings,

March 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. and March 12 at 2 p.m. The show will be performed at the Kennebunk High School auditorium.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.musicatkhs.com or at the door.

The artistic director is Michael Crockett with Julia Reinoehl as the musical director and Ben Potvin as the technical director.

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