2018-01-12 / Community

Community News

Geography bee to visit middle school

Middle School of the Kennebunks will host a qualifying competition of the 2018 National Geographic Bee from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. The event will be held in the cafeteria.

For the 30th year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in the fourth through eighth grades in thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U.S. territories, as well in Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world.

The champion of the Middle School of the Kennebunk’s National Geography Bee will advance to the next level of competition, a qualifying test to determine state competitors.

All school champions are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $50,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour II.

The national championship is scheduled for May 20-23, in Washington, D.C.

The National Geographic Society developed the National Geographic Bee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over three decades, 1,583 state champions have traveled to D.C. to participate in the finals and more than $1.5 million in college scholarship money has been awarded to winners of the competition by the National Geographic Society.

For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org/bee.

Dinner raises funds for Town House School

A full complement of party goers recently filled Academe at Kennebunk Inn for the second annual Festive Holiday dinner fundraiser. Folks arrived to enjoy the Christmas decorations, decorated trees and food.

They were served a meal of either salmon or prime rib, complemented with a salad and chocolate dessert delight.

Sandy Severance, chairman of the event, welcomed all and noted that the fundraising had reached more than $443,000 and that the Friends of the Town House School now only await the final OK from the Kennebunkport Historical Society and the joint committee so that the final request for proposal can be sent to local contractors. Severance thanked all for their support throughout the past two years and said that everyone looks forward to finally moving ahead with this great historical project.

Three door prizes were awarded , two baskets and a colorful print.

Another fundraiser, Fashion Show, by Carla’s of Kennebunkport, is scheduled for June at Arundel Yacht Club.

Donations can be sent to Friends of Town House School, P.O. Box 7, Kennebunkport, ME 04046.

Birding seminar scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 7

Kennebunk Free Library will host a birding seminar at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. The snow date is 6 p.m. Feb. 21. Naturalist Josh Fecteau will give a presentation, A Celebration of Maine Birds: Photos and Stories from a Birder’s Big Year.

How many species of birds can one see in a year in Maine? Fecteau sought to answer that question in 2017 and in the program he’ll share photos and stories of a statewide journey of avian appreciation. Along the way, he’ll pass on some essential bird seeking strategies.

Fecteau is a wild food enthusiast and avid birder who maintains a website and natural history blog at joshfecteau.com and shares his love of the wild with others by leading walks and workshops and presenting to audiences large and small.

This program is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. For more information, call 985-2173 or email kfly@kennebunk.lib. me.us.

Winter wildlife tracking workshop planned for Jan. 20

On Saturday, Jan. 20, York County Audubon will host a winter wildlife tracking workshop with Dan Gardoqui at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Snow date with Sunday, Jan. 21.

Gardoqui is a co-founder and executive director of White Pine Programs, a nature connection nonprofit based in York. He has been studying naturalist skills, wildlife tracking, bird language, and mentoring for more than 25 years.

He has a master’s in natural resources, is a certified wildlife tracker, registered Maine Guide and served as science faculty at Granite State College for more than a decade. Through wildlife tracking, he has contributed to wildlife studies and served as science editor for the bird language book, “What the Robin Knows.”

Group size is limited to 12 and advance registration is required. Register by going visiting www.yorkcountyaudubon.org.

Participants should be dressed to be outdoors for the entire three hours – regardless of temperature. Dress in layers. Bring snacks and a drink. Program runs regardless of snow cover. For adults and teens.

The workshop will be presented again on Sunday, Feb. 25, sponsored by Wells Reserve.

Simple living coach plans visit to Kennebunk Free Library

Feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with too much stuff at home and in life? Those ready to simplify, join simple living coach and consultant Lisa Luken for a presentation on 6 Steps to SIMPLE at Kennebunk Free Library on Monday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

The snow date is Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Luken will share a SIMPLE 6-step process to get focused, take action and find freedom and joy in the home and life. She will share simple living principles and decision-making questions that focus on the overall goal of creating a simpler home and life while also sharing practical how-to organizing tips.

Luken helps others simplify their homes, photos and lives. She works with clients across the United States, empowering them to create and embrace simpler, more joy-filled lives.

For ideas, inspiration and to learn more about Luken’s personal simplifying journey, visit her website and blog at www.SimpleJoyLiving.com.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. For more information, call 985-2173 or email kfl@kennebunk.lib.us.

Annual MLK breakfast features author and musician

Shay Stewart-Bouley will be the keynote speaker for Kennebunk’s 15th annual breakfast in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday, Jan. 15 at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church.

Warren McPherson will provide vocal and keyboard music.

Stewart-Bouley’s fame is spreading fast through her blog and website, Black Girl in Maine, which she introduced in 2008.

The blog often focuses on matters of social justice and systemic racism. Her writing on race and diversity also has been featured in a variety of Maine and national publications.

Born in Chicago, she had to learn a bit of Yankee ingenuity when she moved to Maine in 2002. She bridged her work with the homeless in Chicago to working with low-income and at-risk youth in southern Maine.

As executive director of Community Change Inc. in Boston, she organizes and educates for racial equity. Even though she works in Boston, she resides in the Portland area.

McPherson, of Portland, hails from Jamaica. After winning a prestigeous scholarship to study piano in Alberta, Canada, he completed his studies in Jamaica then in 2009 came to the University of Southern Maine, where he excelled in piano performance.

He tours nationally, plays in several bands, and is music director of the Green Memorial AME Zion Church in Portland.

The event is being offered by the Social Justice Committee of the church. First Parish side door will open at 8 a.m., and at 8:30 a.m. a breakfast of quiche, sausages, blueberry buckle, fruit, coffee and tea will be served.

The program will be held in the upstairs sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. A chairlift is available.

Tickets are being sold online at www.uukennebunk.org. To pay by check, call Martha at 985-1411.

High school theater department announces winter musical

The Kennebunk High School theater department, in collaboration with The Public Theater in New York, and Kennebunk’s own MaineStage Shakespeare, announced that this season’s high school musical will be “As You Like It.”

Fresh off its world premiere in September of this year, presented by The Public, at the Delacorte Theater in New York, William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, created by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery, is coming to Kennebunk High for its first production outside of New York City.

The creators of the show, along with actors, designers and musicians, will mentor, rehearse and perform with KHS students and community members.

The newly completed KHS theater opened its doors to audience members for the first time last month with a red-carpet gala and sold out opening night performance of “The Crucible.”

“As You Like It” opens at Kennebunk High School on March 1. Additional performance dates are March 2, 3, 9, 10 and 11. Tickets for all performances will be available online in January. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

Kennebunkport announces dog registration guidelines

It’s time to renew dog licenses. According to state law, all dogs kept within the state of Maine must be licensed.

An owner of a dog that is six months of age or older and kept in Kennebunkport must obtain a license from the town clerk between Oct. 15 and Dec. 31.

The fee to license a dog is $11 or $6 if the dog has been spayed or neutered.

Owners must bring proof from a veterinarian that the dog has received a rabies vaccine. Also, if licensing the dog for the first time and the dog has been spayed or neutered, a certificate provided by the veterinarian after the surgery must be presented.

If applying for a dog license after Jan. 31, a late fee of $25 (in addition to the annual license fee) will be charged per dog. This is state law and the fee cannot be waived.

Town clerk hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration also can be done via mail. Mail the current rabies certificate and check to: Town Clerk, PO Box 566, Kennebunkport, ME 04046; Or online at www.maine.gov/dog_ license.

Festival of Style on display at Brick Store Museum

The Brick Store Museum presents two brand-new exhibitions for November: The Festival of Style, in which local organizations and individuals selected over 20 pieces of clothing from the museum’s costume collection to be placed on display; and The Golden Age of Radio, in which two local radio collectors have shared parts of their personal collections of early radios. The exhibitions will be on display through January.

The Festival of Style is presented by the Captain Lord Mansion, with additional support from Nvest Financial Group. It features costumes spanning 200 years of local history, and includes pieces selected by local companies Boulangerie, Gorham Savings Bank, Cloth Interiors, and more.

The Golden Age of Radio investigates the beginnings of radio in the early 20th century. The exhibition features early radios and artifacts like Atwater Kent radios, Radiolas, a spark gap transmitter, and more.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover how the science of radio waves inspired a nation to develop wide-ranging communication that still exists today.

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