2017-09-01 / Community

Community News

Susan Hopkins, left, and her registered therapy dog, Finnegan, have become regular visitors to Atria Kennebunk Senior Living. Hopkins is one of four therapy dog owners that stop in to visit residents at Atria. (Courtesy photos) Susan Hopkins, left, and her registered therapy dog, Finnegan, have become regular visitors to Atria Kennebunk Senior Living. Hopkins is one of four therapy dog owners that stop in to visit residents at Atria. (Courtesy photos) Therapy dogs bring more than wagging tails to Atria Kennebunk

Volunteer and Florida native, Susan Hopkins has been bringing her registered therapy dog, Finnegan to Atria Kennebunk Senior Living for the past two years.

She is one of four therapy dog owners that visit the community and the rewards these programs continue to bring Atria’s population is significant.

Hopkins came up with the idea of a presentation called Who’s Finnegan to provide information to Atria’s residents about the differences between service and therapy dogs, rough to smooth hair collies, and the story of Finnegan’s journey to becoming the therapy dog he is today.

Finnegan, a purebred smooth collie champion, is recognized by the American Kennel Club as a registered therapy dog.

The club is the governing body of purebred dogs, sanction shows and issue titles for confirmation such as beauty, performance, obedience and agility. Finnegan scored high in all these areas, but was meant to be a herding dog.

He quickly showed his owner along with several onlookers that he was more interested in people! Several trainers complimented his friendliness toward humans and said, “Susan, he is a born therapy dog.” And so it began 2½ years ago in Miami, Finnegan began visiting several adult living facilities and libraries to bring peace and wellness to the participants as a certified therapy dog.

“It means a lot to have Finnegan, Briggs, Darwin and Tucker visit. My day is better because of them. They bring me a lot of love and I’m a better person for that.” said resident Joyce Hutchins.

Finnegan also visits Atria’s memory care population.

Resident Service Director Sharron Mayberry said, “It is incredible to watch our life guidance residents light up when they see dogs like Finnegan. It helps them become more open and social. They start to strike up a conversation with you and are completely aware of the connection they are having with these animals.”

Hopkins and Finnegan will travel back to Florida for the winter months beginning in November and will return to Atria in the spring. There, he will continue to make people happy with a friendly paw shake, a sniff and a wag of his tail.

U.S. Cellular seeks nominations for Most Valuable Coach contest

U.S. Cellular’s Most Valuable Coach program returns to honor high school coaches who lead by example, strengthen their teams and give back to their communities. The winning coach will receive a $50,000 donation to the charitable organization of their choosing or their high school athletic department, trip to Orlando, Florida, and on-field recognition at the Under Armour High School All-America Game.

Beginning Sept. 11, the communities can visit www.themostvaluablecoach.com to nominate a favorite current high school coach who is an inspiring leader not just among their players, but also in a school and city.

“At U.S. Cellular, we want to celebrate the positive impact that high school coaches have on students and players and the communities that come together to support their teams,” said Matt Kasper, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in New England. “As a company that strives to be a part of our local communities, we look forward to hearing inspiring coaching stories from the communities.”

U.S. Cellular is teaming up with Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Kurt Warner, to help identify the Most Valuable Coach. Warner will be part of a panel of judges who will choose the Most Valuable Coach based on leadership qualities and the positive impact they have had on their community, school and players.

“I have had the privilege of working with influential coaches who have motivated me to excel as a leader both on and off the field,” Warner said. “As a current high school football coach myself, I understand the importance of leading by example and teaching our youth the value of making a positive impact beyond the game. I am honored to be working with U.S. Cellular, to celebrate the impact these men and women have in their communities.”

Following the nomination period on Sept. 11, U.S. Cellular will evaluate each nominee based on the positive impact they have had on their players, school and city as well as their leadership qualities. The top 50 coaches will be announced on Sept. 19 and marks the beginning of public voting to select the Final 15 coaches, ending on Oct. 9. U.S. Cellular will award the school of each Final 15 coach $5,000 to use however they choose, host a local event to celebrate and create a short video that shares the coach’s story.

Public voting to help select the winning coach begins on Oct. 12 and runs until Nov.14. The winning coach will be announced at noon on Nov. 20.

For more information and to view the official program rules, visit www.themostvaluablecoach.com.

Legacy Porperties announces third Griffin Scholarship recipient
Emma Murphy, second from left, was named the third recipient of the Frederick W. Griffin Memorial Scholarship by Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. Murphy is a 2017 graduate of Kennebunk High School and is attending the University of Vermont. Pictured with Murphy, from left, are Martha Griffin, her daughters, Alexis and Lydia, and her granddaughters. (Courtesy photo) Emma Murphy, second from left, was named the third recipient of the Frederick W. Griffin Memorial Scholarship by Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. Murphy is a 2017 graduate of Kennebunk High School and is attending the University of Vermont. Pictured with Murphy, from left, are Martha Griffin, her daughters, Alexis and Lydia, and her granddaughters. (Courtesy photo)

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty awarded the third annual Frederick W. “Rick” Griffin Memorial Scholarship to Emma Murphy.

Murphy graduated from Kennebunk High School in June. The memorial scholarship fund totaling $25,000, will provide a $2,500 scholarship to a college-bound Kennebunk High School graduating senior each year for 10 consecutive years.

“Rick Griffin was a great friend, a warm and generous colleague, and a true leader in the Kennebunk community,” said Christopher Lynch, president of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. This is the third year the scholarship has been awarded. “The Rick Griffin Scholarship Fund is committed to identifying students who champion all that is special about the Kennebunks, and this year we have a terrific individual.”

Murphy was selected based on academic ability, achievements, leadership and commitment to the community. The scholarship was intended for individuals who are recognized by teachers, school administration and peers as one who personifies and embodies all that is “special” about living in the Kennebunks. They are students that exhibit their passion through academic, athletic and community involvement while demonstrating a commitment to making the Kennebunks a better place to live and work. Murphy will attend the University of Vermont in pursuit of a degree in physical therapy.

“We are proud to offer this scholarship in Rick’s honor and look forward to sharing his story with the Kennebunk High School seniors for several years to come,” said Lynch. “I am hopeful that Emma and future recipients will return to the Kennebunks after college to continue to have the same positive impact on the community that earned them the scholarship.”

“I am so pleased and thankful to be the recipient of such a special award. It was particularly meaningful to meet his family during this process” Murphy said. “I am sorry I never had the chance to meet Mr. Griffin, but I can tell he was a very special person to many, many people.”

Land trust plans annual ‘Thank You to Community’ on Sept. 13

Kennebunk Land Trust’s annual Thank You To Community reception will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Brick Store Museum’s Program Center. The event is free and open to the public and is designed to allow the trust to share with the community the work that the organization has engaged in this year.

In addition, the evening provides an opportunity for the land trust to thank its members, volunteers and friends for all of the support provided the organization. Kate and Tom Chappell, land trust members and founders of Tom’s of Maine, will be the guest speakers for the evening.

Light food and refreshments will be provided. To accommodate for guests, an RSVP to the event would be appreciated, but is not necessary. To RSVP or for more information, call the land trust office at 985-8734.

Police to train Rotary Club members on overdose response

The Kennebunk Police Department, in partnership with the city of Portland Public Health Division’s Overdose Prevention Project, announced the members of the Kennebunk Rotary Club will be trained in recognizing and responding to an opiate/heroin overdose on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the West Kennebunk Fire Department. The fire department is located at 80 Thompson Road in West Kennebunk.

The training is in response to the opiate epidemic sweeping across the country, where Maine and its communities are not immune. Maine saw 376 drug-induced deaths statewide in 2016, 317 opioid related.

The Kennebunk Rotary Club, along with Rotary District 7780 recognizes the need for to work together as a society to make a difference and help fight the epidemic. Rotarians will be trained in how to recognize the signs of an overdose, how to perform first-aid, to include chest compression only CPR, as well as how to administer naloxone (the drug which reverses the affects of opioids).

The goal of this training is not only for life-saving purposes, it will hopefully help reduce the stigma attached to those with substance use disorder.

The training will be offered to community members in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. Police will also look to offer the training to 40 Rotary clubs within District 7780 and then to communities those clubs represent in Maine and New Hampshire.

For more information, contact Police Chief Bob MacKenzie at the Kennebunk Police Department or email rmackenzie@kennebunkmain.us.

For more information about obtaining naloxone or to schedule an Overdose Recognition and Response training with Portland’s Overdose Prevention Project, contact Bridget Rauscher at 874-8798 or email bridget.rauscher@portlandmaine.gov.

Art Guild schedules annual awards show

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 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

A meet the artist reception is scheduled for 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 slated 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/.

Questionnaire sent out to K’port 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 the town’s part in 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 were mailed to all residents with annual tax bills 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.

Organ, trumpet concert at Kennebunk Baptist

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.

Library to host Lyme prevention discussion

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 of- ten 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 at library discussion

The Kennebunk Free Library genealogy group will host author, Marsha Denison at 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 Petrograd 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. For more information, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Chamber of Commerce awards dinner is 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 will be revealed at the chamber’s after hours on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. in downtown Kennebunk.

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.

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