2017-08-25 / Community

Community News


“Scarlet Monarda,” and enhanced photograph by Deb Meserve, will be raffled during Art Guild of the Kennebunks annual awards exhibition. The exhibition is scheduled for Sept. 8-10 at South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport. (Courtesy photo) “Scarlet Monarda,” and enhanced photograph by Deb Meserve, will be raffled during Art Guild of the Kennebunks annual awards exhibition. The exhibition is scheduled for Sept. 8-10 at South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport. (Courtesy photo) Art Guild schedules annual exhibition

The Art Guild of the Kennebunks will host its annual awards exhibition Friday, Sept. 8 through Sunday, Sept 10.

The exhibition will be held at the South Congregational Church Community House at 8 Temple St. across from the Kennebunkport post office. The hours of the exhibition are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

A meet the artist reception is scheduled Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited and admission is free. Donations are welcome and will go toward the guild’s scholarship fund.

Ronald Kullaway of Kennebunkport will serve as awards judge. A graduate of Yale University, he studied art with Joseph Albers and received a Fulbright Scholarship in painting at London University. He taught painting in colleges and universities across the country, exhibited and won numerous awards from Soho, New York, to Los Angeles, to Marblehead and Boston, Massachusetts. He is presently represented by Mast Cove Gallery in Kennebunkport.

Guild member, Deb Meserve, owner of the Shutter Gallery in Kennebunk, donated her enhanced photograph, “”Scarlet Monarda,” that will be raffled off during the season to benefit the scholarship fund. The drawing will be held at the end of the September exhibition. The winner does not need to be present.

Herb Noble Memorial Ride set for Sept. 16

The ninth annual Herb Noble Memorial Motorcycle Ride to benefit the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center will take place Saturday, Sept. 16 at Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel.

The donation-registration cost includes a ride T-shirt. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the ride taking place at 10:30 a.m. There will be a post ride gathering at Bentley’s Saloon after with a 50/50 raffle, music and dancing.

Dwight “Herb” Noble, of Kennebunkport, was a lifelong Mainer, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and avid biker and outdoorsman. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 17.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Herb-Noble-Memorial-Motorcycle-Ride-62059217259/timeline/.


Members of the ad hoc Kennebunkport Senior Advisory Committee, from left, are Susan Gesing, Susan Boak, vice chairman, Penny Gruen and Bill Leffler, chairman, work on final draft of a questionnaire to be distributed to all Kennebunkport residents 65 years or older. Not pictured, committee members Dean Auriemma and Loreta McDonnell. (Courtesy photo) Members of the ad hoc Kennebunkport Senior Advisory Committee, from left, are Susan Gesing, Susan Boak, vice chairman, Penny Gruen and Bill Leffler, chairman, work on final draft of a questionnaire to be distributed to all Kennebunkport residents 65 years or older. Not pictured, committee members Dean Auriemma and Loreta McDonnell. (Courtesy photo) Questionnaire sent to Kennebunkport seniors

The Kennebunkport Board of Selectmen established the six-member ad hoc senior advisory committee in January for a one-year period.

The committee is charged with assisting the selectmen in the development of a vision and plan for meeting the needs of older adults in Kennebunkport.

The committee hopes to use the information gathered from the questionnaire to develop a list of programs, services and facilities that could be offered or enhanced in Kennebunkport. The committee invites all Kennebunkport residents 65 years of age and older (approximately 30 percent of population) to complete the questionnaire for the benefit of our entire community.

The questionnaires was mailed to all residents with annual tax bills (the week of Aug. 16) and can be returned either in person to the town office at 6 Elm St. or by mail to: Senior Advisory Committee, P.O. Box 566, Kennebunkport.

Additional questionnaires will be available at Graves Library and the Cape Porpoise Library. There will be a downloadable version on the town website at www.kennebunkportme.gov/senior-advisory committee.

The deadline for return of completed questionnaires is Tuesday, Sept. 26. The Senior Advisory Committee encourages all eligible residents to participate.

Kennebunk Baptist to host concert

Virtuoso trumpeter Thomas Kremser and organist Maestro Warren King will present a concert of classical and not-so-classical music to celebrate the renovation of the church pipe organ at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 at Kennebunk Baptist Church.

The renovation was completed by organ-builder Robert Faucher of Biddeford, including a new console. Faucher began his apprenticeship with a major New England pipe organ company in 1975 and has been involved in the building and installation of over 200 instruments – mechanical as well as electro-pneumatic and electric-actioned. In 1979, he was awarded the title of Journeyman Organbuilder by the American Institute of Organbuilders.

In 1987, he established his own company.

Kremser was born and raised in Pennsylvania, a part of the Moravian Church, where he studied trumpet from the age of 10. His appreciation for classical music led him to attend Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor of music degree.

Admission is by free-will donation. Any amount is supports the missions of Kennebunk Baptist Church.

Education foundation grants totalled more than $110,000

The Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel provided an update Aug. 17 on its grant awards for the 2016-2017 academic year, totaling more than $110,000 in funding.

“RSU21 teachers come to us with intriguing and exciting grant proposals each month during the school year. These staff members are finding innovative, effective ways to engage with their students through programs both in and out of the classroom. Their commitment to educational excellence is incredibly inspiring,” said Jackie Teguis, President, Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel. “It has been an exciting year for the EFKA. We were able to fund over $110,000 in a wide variety of grants this year – thanks to the generous support of individuals, families, and businesses from our community.”

During the school year, the foundation also launched a new micro-grant program, creating a streamlined application process for grants under $750. The new program, which was based on feedback from RSU21 educators, successfully funded seven grant requests and the EFKA expects the program to grow over time.

“Our new micro-grant program was developed based on input from RSU21 staff members, who wanted the ability to fund programs that may have tight deadlines or are smaller projects,” said Teguis. “We are pleased we were able to streamline our process to enable our educators to take advantage of these great opportunities.”

McClelland foundation to host Nashville quartet

The Keith McClelland Community Music Foundation will host the Mark209 Gospel Quartet from Nashville at The Church on the Cape on Friday evening, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.

Based in Nashville and utilizing some of Nashville’s top writers and musicians, Mark209’s repertoire consists of time-proven classics as well as new country grace favorites.

Library plans Lyme disease prevention presentation

Annie Watts will visit Kennebunk Free Library on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. to teach about how to treat clothes, body and pets as well as other preventative measures as a means to avoid Lyme Disease.

Watts will discuss the disease that is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. She will bring specific products to present as we enter some very dangerous months in the woods and being exposed to deer ticks.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 985- 2173, ext. 4 or visit www.KennebunkLibrary.org.

‘Grisha’s Loop’ explores Slavic roots

The Kennebunk Free Library genealogy group will host author, Marsha Denison at the Kennebunk Free Library on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m.

Denison will discuss her book “Grisha’s Loop: My Slavic Saga.”

Intended for all, “Grisha’s Loop” is a story of courage and survival. The book chronicles the life of Gregoire Ivanovich Samoylenko (endearingly called Grisha), and shares his journey as a little boy growing up into a young man through his participation in the Russian Revolution as a member of the Tsar’s army. As he fulfills his duty to his country, he abandons his plans to continue his education at Petro- grad University to pursue a peripatetic journey through Russia and around the Black Sea.

Denison was born in Boston and grew up in the nearby suburb of Newton. She has two daughters and three grandchildren and since her retirement from health care in Connecticut, she and her husband retired to their beach home in Ocean Park. Although she has written other published articles, this is her first book; an attempt to record, share and encourage others to cherish the written word and memories of years gone by.

The genealogy group is open to the public and meets nine times a year.

This program is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 985- 2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Chamber awards dinner planned for Sept. 14

Honoring the past while looking toward the future. That’s the idea behind this year’s DRIVE, the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner, meeting and awards gala celebration, this year on Thursday, Sept. 14. This year’s surprise location was revealed at the chamber’s after hours on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

The annual dinner and meeting is a night of celebration. This year’s event will be a tented affair, decorated with pumpkins, mums and fall harvest festooned with white lights, torches and fire pits. The night includes a cocktail hour with live music, dinner by Destination Catering, live music, video-recorded award presentations created by Video Creations, plus dessert.

At the dinner, the chamber also traditionally honors those who have excelled in serving our community. The nonprofit organization recognizes one business of the year, a volunteer of the year, a nonprofit of the year and a municipal organization of the year.

The President’s Award honors an individual or group effort that goes above and beyond to serve our community, and the Joel Stevens Award Community Spirit Award recognizes a deserving person who, over a number of years, have made a significant contribution in advocacy, member support and regional image development.

A ticket purchase includes two cocktails and dinner by Destination Catering.

For event information, call the chamber at 967-0857. To reserve tickets online, visit GoKennebunks.com.

Sign up now for CONNECT fair

All local nonprofit organizations are invited to join CONNECT: Experience all community has to offer, a fair to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the South Tower at the Livewell Center in Kennebunk.

Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and the Livewell Center tenants, the fair will feature nonprofit businesses and services located within Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel.

Admission is free and all nonprofits serving the Kennebunks and Arundel are invited to participate.

Participation for local nonprofits is free with an RSVP on a first-come, first-serve basis at 967-0857 or events@gokennebunks.com.

Designed for both new residents and those who may have lived here for years, the nonprofit fair is also about increasing awareness of a wide variety of services and opportunities available to all ages in the community.

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