2017-10-20 / Community

Community News

Public forum on Question 2 scheduled

The York County Republican Committee, in conjunction with the Wells Republican Committee, will host a Town Hall Forum on ballot Question 2 at Wells High School, on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The forum is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This November, Maine voters will decide if taxpayers should expand welfare Medicaid (MaineCare) to non-disabled, working age adults and non-citizens 21 and under. A panel consisting of legislators and health care experts will discuss the impact this expansion will have on both those in the current Medicaid assistance program and those on waiting lists as well as the financial impact on the state budget.

There will be a question and answer period following the presentations. For more information, call Jim McCarthy, chairman, of the York County Republican Committee, at 205-7321.

Workshop prep for Pajama Shopping Day

What’s the secret to optimizing Pajama Shopping Day for retailers? Come learn from someone who makes the most of the local Small Business Saturday event (Saturday, Nov. 25) at a workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at KBS Shipyard Store below Federal Jack’s in Lower Village.

Becky Burritt of KBC Shipyard Store will share her experiences participating in the first two seasons of Pajama Shopping Day, started by the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce and its merchants in 2015.

KBC Shipyard Store has beat-the-clock type discounts starting at 7 a.m., has festive music and munchies, markets their festivities in advance and more. She will host the workshop at her store and it will be an experiential, hands-on opportunity.

Admission is free with RSVP. For more information, call 967-0857 or email events@gokennebunks.com.

AWS works with All Sato Rescue in Puerto Rico

The Animal Welfare Society (AWS) last week participated in a transport mission to bring nearly 200 dogs and cats to Maine and Massachusetts, from Puerto Rico. The Animal Welfare Society had team members on site to collect 10 of the dogs to bring to the Kennebunk campus.

With disasters comes high risk; shelters throughout the country prepare for instances like this. However, it can be important to be patient.

“Many of the animals displaced in occurrences like Harvey, Irma and Maria, have loving families that also lost their homes,” said Abigail Smith, executive director for AWS. “The shelters and rescues on the forefront are able to assess the situation, and then move their adoptable animals to other facilities so there is room for animals affected by the storms. That is what is happening here. We’re not taking anyone’s pet away.”

The animals from All Sato Rescue were already looking for adopters and living in foster homes before Hurricane Maria struck the island.

Transporting animals already in foster care allows rescue organizations to focus on returning the animals that became displaced during the devastating storm to their families. All Sato Rescue worked with shelters, rescues, and State Veterinarians throughout New England to organize the transport, chartering a plane to fly from Puerto Rico to Worcester, MA.

AWS’ veterinarians will be working with each dog to prepare them for adoption. “Our community believes in adoption and second chances; that is exactly what we are able to provide for these dogs. We’ve been waiting for the right moment to take action in these lifesaving efforts, partnering with All Sato Rescue was the right time,” Smith said.

The Animal Welfare Society expects some of the dogs from Puerto Rico to be available for adoption tomorrow.

Interested adopters should check the AWS website (www.animalwelfaresociety.org) for information about animals available for adoption and how to adopt from AWS.

Library announces November exhibit

An exhibition entitled Beauty Hiding In Plain Sight the photographs of Kathryn S. B. Davis will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery throughout November. The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.

“Over the years since, I have logged hundreds if not thousands of hours exploring places were beauty comes into being and passes away,” Davis said. “Simply exquisite fleeting beauty is all around us.”

Davis began a daily practice of photographing in and around Kennebunk about 10 years ago. With no expensive camera and no elaborate photo editing system, she gathered simple straightforward images with her phone. She shared them with friends and family in hopes that they, too, would enjoy what she was discovering – ever changing light, an abundance of good and beauty in neighbors and neighborhoods in our small coastal town.

“Although wandering further afield these days, I carry the gems of first discovery wherever I go,” Davis said. “No matter what might be troubling us (in our nation, in our town, or between our family members or friends), in any given moment, we can pause, breathe, look around and find some visual, some-small-bit-of-beauty that can give us a moment of peace and simple joy. This is available right here and right now.”

Davis studied at Maine College of Art, Maine Media Workshops, Haystack Mountain School, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, local arts organizations River Tree Arts and Engine and Waterfall Arts and with other local artists. She currently has a studio at Running with Scissors Artist Studios in Portland.

Church plans Hymn Preludes on Nov. 5

First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport will host a Hymn Sing and Hymn Preludes Concert on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. Joyce Painter Rice, music director at First Church, will accompany the hymns and play hymn arrangements on the organ and piano.

The Hymn Sing is the first Sunday afternoon music event at the church this fall. In tribute to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and its leader Martin Luther, three Lutheran hymns will be included. Two hymns by New England poets will illustrate that hymn writing can be an everyday occurrence.

The organ in First Church was built in 1854 by the E. and G. G. Hook company of Boston. The church has received donations from the congregation and community and the organ will be restored next spring. The church’s piano was built by Steinway in 1905.

In addition to the hymn sings, concerts, suppers and other events hosted by church members, interim minister the Rev. Jim Henry and the congregation welcomes the public.

For more information, call the church office on Tuesdays at 967-3897.

Final Third Thursday Talk scheduled

The Brick Store Museum’s October Third Thursday Talk, the final lecture of the year, will feature Angela Raup, manager of guest experience at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor. The Abbe Museum is one of the only museums in the Northeast that showcases the indigenous narrative, and is a leader in the practice of decolonizing its museum practices.

The program will take place in the museum’s Program Center on Thursday, Oct. 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m., offering an interactive discussion on the Abbe Museum’s decolonizing efforts and will address the role museums play in cultural preservation. It will also highlight the different forms of Wabanaki basketry, how baskets are made, why they are culturally important, and will touch on the current threats to the basketry tradition. Raup will be bringing along some pieces from their education collection so that participants can handle baskets and basketmaking tools.

For more information, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call 985-4802.

Library announces upcoming events

 PTSD: Kennebunk Free Library has been selected by the American Library Association and WETA Washington, D.C., to receive a programming kit for The Vietnam War, a 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

As part of the award, the library will host University of New England professors Michael Burman and Craig Owens on Monday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. and their presentation on PTSD: the Biology, Causes, and Treatments. Burman will outline the brain systems underlying trauma, fear and anxiety and how they are altered during PTSD. Owens will present information on PTSD susceptibility, symptoms, and current trends in best practice and treatment options. The presentation is open to everyone including veterans and the public.

Burman is an associate professor of psychology. Having studied the neurobiology of anxiety and fear for over 15 years, his lab at the University of New England has received more than $2 million to study the intersection of trauma, memory, anxiety and pain with a focus on the long-term effects of neonatal pain and trauma. A member of the DANA Alliance for Brain Initiatives, he is committed to enriching the public’s understanding of the brain and brain health.

Owens is an assistant clinical professor with the UNE School of Social Work. Prior to joining UNE, he served in director positions with two southern Maine nonprofit community mental health agencies. He has been in clinical practice since 2002 and specializes in crisis stabilization, trauma, addictions and aging with dignity. He is a practitioner of narrative theory and the empowerment and healing this modality offers individuals, families and communities.

Public screenings will follow the above program (dates and times to be announced soon), after which the 18-hour documentary series on DVD will be made available for the public to borrow. The companion book, “The Vietnam War: An Intimate History” by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns is also available.

For more information, call 985-2173.

 Digital records access: Kennebunk Free Library Genealogy Group will host Paul Klebauer on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. Klebauer will discuss how digital records can be accessed now that Family- Search has ended its microfilm program.

FamilySearch ended preserving records through microfilm this September after doing so since 1938. Their goal is to have all information accessed digitally and to have this project completed by 2020. Klebauer will also touch on how to access the microfilm images that have yet to be digitized.

The Genealogy Group is open to the public and meets nine times a year.

Transgender Identity: Join Kennebunk Free Library on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. when we welcome “Revolutionary” author, Alex Myers. A discussion will take place followed by book sales and signings.

In 1782, during the final clashes of the Revolutionary War, one of the young nation’s most valiant and beloved soldiers was, secretly, a woman. When Deborah Samson disguised herself as a man and joined the Continental Army, she wasn’t just fighting for America’s independence — she was fighting for her own. “Revolutionary,” Myers’s richly imagined and meticulously researched debut novel, brings the true story of Samson’s struggle against a rigid colonial society back to life — and with it the courage, hope, fear and heartbreak that shaped her journey through a country’s violent birth.

Myers is a writer, teacher and speaker. Born and raised in Paris, Maine, Myers was raised as a girl (Alice) and left Maine to attend boarding school at Phillips Exeter Academy. At Exeter, Myers came out as transgender, returning his senior year as a man after attending for three years as a woman and was the first transgender student in that academy’s history. After Exeter, Myers earned his bachelor’s at Harvard University, studying Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

Myers was also the first openly transgender student at Harvard and worked to change the university’s nondiscrimination clause to include gender identity. Subsequent to earning a master’s degree in religion at Brown, Myers has pursued a career in teaching English at secondary schools.

He completed his master’s of fine arts in fiction writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he began his work on “Revolutionary.” He currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two cats.

For more information, visit alexmyerswriting.com.

Atria Kennebunk recently recognized its staff members for outstanding service. (Courtesy photo) Atria Kennebunk recently recognized its staff members for outstanding service. (Courtesy photo) Atria celebrates staff members in October

Atria communities across the country are recognizing hourly staff for their achievements and longevity with the company with their own Atria rewards parties in October. The long-tenure anniversary gift is a bonus check that’s presented to those hourly employees who’ve been with the company 10 years (and another for every five years thereafter).

More than 200 employees are being rewarded with the gift this month. Other components of Atria rewards are the customer satisfaction award, career commitment hourly reward, healthcare savings reward and quality enhancement reward.

Atria Rewards has paid out more than $84 million to employees since the program began in 2007. At Atria Kennebunk, two outstanding employees were given anniversary checks; Linda Rowe in housekeeping for 15 years of service and Michelle Elie CRMA for 10 years of service. Both employees said the reason for their longevity is the residents.

“Helping them every day gives our job meaning and purpose. We love seeing their smiles each day and making their lives better, “ Elie said.

The morning also included a homemade breakfast for staff, games, prizes and Atria Trivial Pursuit. Employees also wore pink during the party to help raise funds for breast cancer awareness month and were visited by regional maintenance director Dana Marro and regional vice president Anthony Fucaloro.

Sleep out will raise funds for Preble Street

School Around Us will host a sleep out Thursday, Oct. 26 to raise awareness for homelessness and collect donations for those in need. The event will include guest speakers from Preble Street in Portland.

The sleep out is part of a national movement where people with homes step out of their warm spaces to sleep outside for one night in support of those who have no choice. It is not to pretend homelessness, but to raise awareness, money and in kind donations.

The School Around Us is requesting donations of new or gently used adult sized gloves and/or socks. Monetary donations are also accepted.

All donations can be dropped off at School Around Us by Oct. 26 and will go directly to Preble Street. For more details about the event and how to support it, contact The School Around Us at 967-3143.

Brick Store Museum online auction is open

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.

Through CharityAuctionsToday.com, the museum is running its first annual Fall Online Auction through Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Visitors to the site, www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/brickstoremuseumfallauction-3017, will find over 50 items, services and gift cards up for auction. Items include Park Hopper tickets to Disney World, original artwork by local artists, meals and gift certificates to local restaurants, antiques, home décor, IKEA gift cards, travel, collectibles, event tickets and even a pen-and-ink custom drawing of your home.

“The auction’s success depends on strong community support, like we’ve always experienced here in the Kennebunks,” Execustive Director Cynthia Walker said. Visitors can also visit www.brickstoremuseum.org to find a link to the auction’s official website.

Users will be asked to register on the site prior to bidding and are invited to call the museum at 985-4802 for assistance. Bidding will close Friday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m.

Kennebunk Land Trust walks with naturalists

Kennebunk Land Trust will host a naturalist walk for the public on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary. The 38-acre preserve has over 2,400 feet of frontage along the Mousam River. The trails can be described as easy to moderate in terms of level of difficulty. The guided walk with certified master naturalists is a rain or shine event. Participants should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. The walk is free to the public.

Directions: From Route 1 in Kennebunk, turn onto Water Street. The entrance to the sanctuary is on the left just before the Kennebunk Treatment Plant. Please park along the side of the road on Water Street.

For more information, call 985-8734.

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