2017-09-08 / Community

Community News


Bruce Molsky will open the fall season of Concerts in West K! on Sunday, Sept. 17. Molsky will play southern old-time music from 3 to 5 p.m. at West Kennebunk United Methodist Church. The church is located at 160 Alfred Road in West Kennebunk. Admission is by suggested donation at the door. For more information, call Paul Wells at 985-2831 or email pfwells51@gmail.com. (Courtesy photo) Bruce Molsky will open the fall season of Concerts in West K! on Sunday, Sept. 17. Molsky will play southern old-time music from 3 to 5 p.m. at West Kennebunk United Methodist Church. The church is located at 160 Alfred Road in West Kennebunk. Admission is by suggested donation at the door. For more information, call Paul Wells at 985-2831 or email pfwells51@gmail.com. (Courtesy photo) Fall season of concert series begins Sept. 17

Bruce Molsky, one of today’s well-known players of southern American old-time music, will be featured in the first show of the fall season of the Concerts in West K! series in West Kennebunk.

The concerts are sponsored by West Kennebunk United Methodist Church. Molsky will take the stage 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. The church is located at 160 Alfred Road in West Kennebunk.

Molsky is a self-described “street kid” from the Bronx who bailed on college and big city life to follow his passion for authentic Appalachian mountain music.

He moved to Virginia to learn at the feet of the music’s legendary pioneers, old masters who are now long gone. He learned his lessons well; he is now acknowledged as a master musician in his own right, equally accomplished on fiddle, banjo and guitar. He is regarded as the classic musician’s musician.

For decades, he’s been a globetrotting performer, playing at venues ranging from tiny folk taverns in the British Isles to huge festival stages.

A dedicated educator, Molsky is a visiting scholar in the American Roots Music program at Berklee College of Music in Boston and teaches at workshops and music camps throughout the U.S.

As a performer, he seduces audiences with a combination of instrumental virtuosity, warm, powerful vocals, and relaxed conversational wit. His humanistic, downhome approach can make Carnegie Hall feel like a front porch or parlor jam session.

Although he often tours as leader of Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, a trio in which he is joined by other virtuosos of old-time music, he will perform as a solo act in the West Kennebunk show.

In addition to his live performances, Molsky is a recording artist with an expansive discography. He has recorded seven solo albums, and has collaborated with other artists on over a dozen other projects.

Two of his collaborations have garnered Grammy nominations. He has earned high praise from a wide range of fans and collaborators, such as Linda Ronstadt, Mark Knopfler, Celtic giants Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine, jazzer Bill Frisell and dobro master Jerry Douglas.

Knopfler has said of him: “Bruce Molsky is one of those great players who ‘gets it’: has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it.” Mother Jones magazine dubbed him ... “one of the nation’s most talented fiddlers [who] transports you ... geographically, historically, and most of all emotionally.” Famed singer Linda Ronstadt noted that Molsky has “… incredible power of history and tradition in his vocals.”

The Concerts in West K! series is sponsored by, and produced for the benefit of, the West Kennebunk United Methodist Church. Admission is by donation at the door.

For more information, contact Paul Wells at 985-2831.

US. Cellular seeks candidates for Most Valuable Coach program

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.themostvalubablecoach.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 community.”

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.

Land trust plans annual community reception

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 plan overdose recognition training

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 offert 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@kennebunkmaine.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.

Noble ride benefits children’s hospital

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/.

Senior advisory group sends out questionnaire

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.


“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 announces exhibition dates

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 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.

Baptist church to host trumpet, organ 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.

Chamber’s annual awards gala is 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.

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.

‘Grisha’s Loop’ explores Slavic Roots at library

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 Petrograd University to pursue a peripatetic journey through Russia and around the Black Sea.

Denison was born in Boston and grew up in the suburb of Newton, Massachusetts. 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.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible.

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

CONNECT nonprofit fair accepting registration

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.

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

The experience in the event name is key to the goal to engage the public in our community. All participants must bring an activity that represents their mission.

Last year, for example, MaineStage Shakespeare actors performed scenes from well-known Shakespeare plays and asked guests to name that play. Lucky Pup Rescue brought adoptable puppies and the Animal Welfare Society hosted a catnip-toy making station. More than 35 other nonprofits were present at the event.

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

Brick Store Museum seeks help with auction

The Brick Store Museum is one of only 21 museums in the United States to be opened by a single woman. American artist Edith Barry (1884-1936) founded the museum in 1936.

It has since become the only privately funded museum in the state of Maine that is open regular hours, year-round. In order to deliver the museum’s mission of igniting personal connections to local history, art and culture through education, it must raise significant funds each year to continue this work.

The museum’s staff and trustees seek the public’s participation in its new annual auction, which will take place as an online auction between Sept. 30 and Oct. 20.

The museum is seeking consideration for donations of a service, gift, piece of art or object or an experience to the auction. Current donations include a landscape painting by a local artist; VIP tickets to a popular museum; a go-kart experience; dinner for two at a Portland restaurant; and gift cards for the Holy Donut; and antiques and pop-culture materials that are sure to delight bidders.

“The auction’s success depends on strong community support, like we’ve always experienced here in the Kennebunks,” Director Cynthia Walker said.

Donations will be recognized as in-kind and tax-deductible. Before, during and after the auction (via Biddingfor- Good), donors will be recognized before, during and after the Museum’s online auction as a partner in the Museum’s educational mission in the community.

Food items, experiences (visit to a museum, weekend stay, dinner for two, etc.), antiques and other unique items are the most popular gifts. Anything will be considered.

Send ideas for auction item to Walker at 985-4802 or email cwalker@brickstoremuseum.org.

Donations will be acknowledged with a tax receipt stating the full value of your gift.

Book discussion group meets fourth Tuesdays

Come one, come all to adult book discussion at Kennebunk Free Library. Discussions take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m.

The sessions encourage different perspectives and strive for a variety of genres including classics, science fiction, historical fiction, graphic novels, psychological fiction and more.

Attendees are also welcome to provide input for future book discussion titles. Also, check out the non-fiction book group held the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Copies of the books will be available to check out.

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