2017-04-07 / Community

Community News

Library a host site for identity theft program

Kennebunk Savings Bank will present Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft at Kennebunk Free Library on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The program is one of more than 5,000 free financial programs offered nationwide during Money Smart Week, April 22-29.

KFL is a participating library bringing financial awareness to our community.

Learn about identify theft and why it is important to protect personal and financial information. Participants will also learn the necessary steps to take if they believe they are the victim of identity theft.

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program is active in all 50 states through national partnerships with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Cooperative Extension and the American Library Association.

To learn more about Money Smart Week visit www.moneysmartweek.org.

Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information please call 985-2173, ext. 4 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

KBIA accepting summer registration

Registration is open for the 107th season at the Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association. This summer, KBIA will offer eight weeks of summer recreational and enrichment classes for ages 2 to 17, starting June 26.

KBIA will waive the membership fee for all Week 1 participants (June 26-30) as a way for first-time families to try out KBIA with no commitment.

The nonprofit summer camp offers swimming, sailing, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, diving, golf, tennis, drama, arts and crafts, sailing trips and woodworking among its 50-plus course offerings. Other popular options include counselor-in-training classes, marine biology, reading, pottery and sculpture and beach games.

All classes are open to KBIA members and membership is open to the public. Participants register by the week and classes are offered a la carte or as a bundle for morning and/or afternoon sessions.

Family memberships include twice-daily open swim for children, weekly beach bonfire and barbecues followed by movie night, open sail/kayaks on most weekends and a Seaside Celebration for adults.

For class schedules, pricing and information, visit www.kbia.net or visit KBIA on Facebook. KBIA is also on Instagram at kbia1910.

In addition to youth recreational and enrichment offerings, KBIA will again sponsor community events for all ages: the 26th annual A Day at the Beach road race on July 9 benefiting Kids Free to Grow, and the eighth annual Reid Sacco Regatta on Aug. 12, as well as guided Cove Walks on June 17, July 1, July 15, July 30 and Aug. 12. All are open to the public.

Auction fiesta benefits Kennebunk Land Trust

Kennebunk Land Trust’s 17th annual auction will be a true fiesta this year. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, May 5. The day is recognized as Cinco De Mayo and will feature Mexican themed hors d’oeuvres as well as a signature cocktail.

The event, the trust’s largest fundraiser of the year, will take place at The Barn of the Kennebunks, Toroso’s, located on 149 Port Road in Lower Village Kennebunk. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the land trust office at 985-8734.

Primary Sponsors for the auction are Avita of Wells, HM Payson and Kennebunk Savings Bank. The auction proceeds will benefit the land trust and land conservation in Kennebunk, Arundel and Lyman.

Original artwork, brewery tours, fine wines, a paddle board, kayak and several vacations, such as an African Safari and a retreat at a Rainforest Beachfront EcoLodge in Costa Rica, represent a few of the items available for bidding at the auction.

Items were donated by many local businesses, artists and individuals. To view a sampling of auction items as well as descriptions of the trips offered, visit www.kennebunklandtrust.org. For more information, visit Kennebunk Land Trust on Facebook and follow kennebunk_landtrust on Instagram.

Public invited to naturalization ceremony

Middle School of the Kennebunks will welcome Maine’s newest citizens on Friday, April 28, at 11 a.m. This will be the school’s third ceremony.

In addition to the guests of honor, the newest Maine citizens, Bonita Pothier, regional representative from the office of Sen. Angus King, will make welcoming comments. She will also show a video message from the senator. Other highlights of the event will include the distribution of citizenship certificates and the recitation of the oath of allegiance.

In attendance will be the administration, staff and student body of the school, friends and families of the new citizens. The public is welcome.

The ceremony is organized in cooperation with the United States Customs and Immigration Services. Immigration services works with residents who have decided to become naturalized citizens to process their legal paperwork and take their citizenship tests. Once applicants have successfully passed these measures, they are invited to celebrate their decision at a formal ceremony such as the one the school will offer.

Katie Hawes, superintendent of the Regional School Unit 21 said, “RSU 21 is proud to host a naturalization ceremony at Middle School of the Kennebunks this year. It is our district mission to develop productive global citizens by building knowledge and character. To that end, it is incredibly compelling for our students to realize how hard people work to gain citizenship and to see an international presence in Maine.”

“Holding the Naturalization Ceremony at the Middle School of the Kennebunks provides our students a first-hand experience of what is required to becoming a citizen of the United States,” said Assistant Superintendent Phil Potenziano. “Aside from our indigenous peoples, every American’s story is an immigrant’s story and by having students witness the Naturalization Ceremony we will affirm our commitment to the practices of International Baccalaureate Middle School Years Program which encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.”

Dutch Elm to host alumni golf outing

The eighth annual Kennebunk Kennebunkport High School Alumni Association golf tournament is scheduled for June 23 at Dutch Elm Golf Course in Arundel.

The team scramble tournament begins at 8 a.m. with all proceeds going to the Alumni Scholarship Fund. For more information or to make reservations, call Mary Lou Bernier at 985-6038.

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