2017-04-28 / Community

Community News

BlixxHorses to host Derby Day party

On Saturday, May 6, Kentucky Derby Race Day nonprofit BlixxHorses of West Kennebunk will host a Derby Day party on Saturday, May 6 on the day of the Kentucky Derby. The celebration will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include the educational organization’s two horses, Bint Ali Alexxis (Lexxie ), a Polish Arabian mare, and Another Fritz, known simply as Fritz, a Hanoverian Warmblood crossed with thoroughbred.

The first of the horses to represent the nonprofit, Think Blue, was a rescued thoroughbred racehorse born in Ireland then transported to the U.S. to begin a career that would last to the age of 10. Blue died in 2008 but his story is similar to many horses that, regardless of breed, end up neglected, abused, over-used and broken down physically and mentally. At 17, Blue was lucky, but many are not. The pre-derby event will include the glamour, the fun and a hat contest for all. By reservation, guests will enjoy the horses in their natural environment, safari style, at 20-minute intervals. Wear a derby dress and hat or jacket and fedora, enjoy a BlixxHorses mint julep, silent auction and enter the hat contest.

The 2017 Derby Day party is dedicated in the memory of Barbara Duncan.

For more information, call BlixxHorses at 985-1994.

Federal Jack’s hires general manager

Federal Jack’s announced the hiring of Erin Marcotte as general manager. Marcotte comes to Federal Jack’s with a background in the hospitality business. He spent the last three years as general manager of House of Blues venues in Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas and the Oakdale Theatre and prior to that spent many years with Wentworth by the Sea Country Club and Hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel Boston.

He started his restaurant management career with Buckhead Life restaurant group in Atlanta in the late 1990s. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and grew up in the seacoast area of New Hampshire.

Marcotte is taking over for Meredith Ganz, who has accepted a senior operations and systems management position with the parent company.

St. David’s hosting end-of-life series

Saint David’s Episcopal Church at 138 York Street (Route 1 south) in Kennebunk will offer a six-week series on end of life issues. The series began April 23 following the 10:30 a.m. worship hour (start time approximately 11:45 a.m.).

The second topic to be presented on Sunday, April 30 at same time will be the Spirituality of Dying, presented by the Rev. Andrew D’Angio White, rector at Saint David’s, and the Rev. Stephen White, retired priest and hospice chaplain with Hospice of Southern Maine.

The schedule for the four remaining topics are Sunday, May 7, Planned Giving presented by Bob Pagano, Sunday May 21, Planning a Funeral presented by Bill Rhines, June 4, Elder Law presented by Sara Nealt, attorney with Bergen and Parkinson, and finally June 11 Burial Options presented by Jeanne Kita Burke, chair of Saint David’s Memorial Garden, and by Doug Whitmore from Bibber’s Memorial Chapel.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 985-3073.

Nonantum hires director of marketing

The Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport announced the hiring of Rob Labelle as its new director of marketing. Labelle, of Dover-Foxcroft, joined the Nonantum family in the beginning of April this year. He earned his MBA in marketing from Husson University in Bangor.

Prior to working at the resort, Labelle worked in the marketing field in a wide variety of industries in Maine and most recently specialized in digital marketing.

Shorebird presentation set for Wells Reserve

York County Audubon will host From the Arctic to Brazil by Way of the Coast of Maine, presented by Dr. Shiloh Schulte. The presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 16 at Mather Auditorium at Wells Reserve.

Shorebirds are showing the most dramatic declines of any group of birds. Species that undertake hemispheric migrations rely on specific habitats and food sources to survive, but these resources are increasingly under threat from human disturbance, habitat loss and degradation, over-harvesting, increasing predation and climate change.

Schulte, a Kennebunk resident, has been on the forefront of the Manomet Shorebird Recover Program. He has worked with the American Oystercatcher, a distinctive shorebird which has become the poster child for conservation success. However, the recovery program is not stopping with the American oystercatcher.

Schulte will address work with shorebirds we see more commonly on our beach walks. Semipalmated sandpipers were once the most widespread and abundant shorebird in the Western Hemisphere. In recent decades their numbers have declined sharply, particularly in the Eastern U.S. and Canada. Schulte will discuss recent research into why they are declining and how to help. The program is free and open to the public.

YCCAC seeks volunteer financial coaches

York County Community Action (YCCAC) was selected as one of five organizations nationally to participate in a pilot initiative by Points of Light to implement the Financial Opportunity Corps program. The Financial Opportunity Corps recruits and trains volunteers as financial coaches who help people from low- and moderate income households achieve financial stability.

With the support of a Financial Opportunity Corps Fellow, financial coaches help participants develop strategies to reduce debt, improve credit, start saving for emergencies, access benefits and build assets for long-term financial health.

Interested volunteers receive training on financial coaching and do not need prior experience to participate. York County residents interested in receiving a financial coach may call the YCCAC financial coach line at 324-5762 ext. 2933 or toll free in Maine, 1-800-965-5762, ext. 2933.

William Pusey William Pusey Kennebunk native earns state trooper badge

Maine’s eight newest troopers received their badges recently in ceremonies at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The new troopers completed 10 weeks of specialized state police training, which is in addition to the 18 weeks of training required for all Maine police officers. State police continue to have 19 trooper vacancies out of their 330-person compliment, even with eight other trooper recruits enrolled in the basic police school, also taking place at the academy. The new troopers will now patrol with a veteran trooper before patrolling on their own.

Administrating the oath of office was the Chief of the State Police, Col. Robert Williams, who told the new troopers, “You will have a huge impact on the communities you serve. People will call you because they expect you can solve all of their problems and sometimes your presence is all that is needed. Treat everyone with respect and dignity.”

Among the new troopers assigned to Troop A – York County, is William Pusey, who grew up in Kennebunk and graduated from Cheverus High School in Portland. He also is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and is a member of the Army National Guard.

Library to host ‘Revolution on the Hudson’ author

New England author, George C. Daughan, will visit Graves Library in Kennebunkport on Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m. to read from and discuss his new book “Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the War of American Independence,” published in 2016.

After receiving a PhD in American history and government from Harvard University, Daughan spent three years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Most of the time he taught at the Air Force Academy, where he was director of the master of arts program in international affairs. Upon returning to civilian life, he taught at the University of Colorado, the University of New Hampshire, Wesleyan University, Connecticut College and Harvard University. He now resides in New Hampshire.

“Revolution on the Hudson” recently won the award for being the best book on the Revolution in 2016 presented by the New York American Revolution Round Table.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Books will be available for sale and signing after the reading. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 967-2778 or visit us www.graveslibrary.org. The event is free and open to the public.

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