2018-04-13 / Community

Community News

Farmers Market set to open May 5

The Kennebunk Farmers Market will open for the 2018 season on May 5.

The market will feature locally raised meats, fresh greens, seasonal vegetables, fresh herbs, Maine maple syrup, veggie and flower seedlings, baked goods, free range eggs, baked goods, a variety of herbal products and more.

The market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Garden Street parking lot (1 Garden St., Kennebunk) every Saturday from May through November.

Kennebunk Free Library’s annual Fairie Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 5. Kennebunk Free Library’s annual Fairie Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 5.

Faerie Festival returns to Kennebunk Free Library

It’s time to welcome the faeries back to Kennebunk Free Library. Join the library on May 5 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for faerie crafts, games and fun.

Certificates for faeries houses will be awarded at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear faerie finery.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Open call for string ensemble

Community string ensemble No Strings Attached is looking for violin, viola, cello and bass players interested in joining its spring session beginning April 19.

No Strings Attached welcomes string players who want to play music with an informal group simply for the joy of it. Repertoire ranges from medium easy to medium advanced.

Members include recent beginners and those who played earlier in life and are starting up again, to lifelong dedicated amateurs and a few pros.

The group meets about every other Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk.

New members are welcome to try out the group for an evening before registering.

For more information or to register, email Pamela Doughty at pdoughty74@gmail.com or call 232-9778.

Plant and Pie Sale planned for May 26

Seacoast Garden Club’s annual Plant and Pie Sale is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26 at Port Hardware in Lower Village Kennebunk. In the event of rain, the event will be held next door at Washington Hose Firehouse.

The annual sale features hundreds of homegrown plants, donated by club members, at reasonable prices and dozens of homemade pies. Proceeds benefit club programs and contributions in the community.

For more information about the sale or Seacoast Garden Club membership, contact Elsa van Bergen at 423-3781 or email ejvanbergen2@gmail.com.

Seaglass Chorale seeks singers for season

Seaglass Performing Arts Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Jean Strazdes, is looking for singers to join its musical community in preparation for its June 2018 concert, Happy Birthday, Lenny.

The concert celebrates what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. Music will include selections from “West Side Story,” “Wonderful Town,” “On the Town” and others.

There will be two performances, June 2 (Christ Church, Kennebunk) and June 3 (Wells High School).

The first rehearsal was Sunday, April 8 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Storer Street in Kennebunk.

For more information, call 985-8747 or visit www.seaglassperformingarts.org.

Tech Time held on Fridays at library

Join Kennebunk Free Library on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon for Tech Time. A librarian will work one-on-one with participants to answer technology questions.

Having difficulty downloading the cloudLibrary app? Got a tablet for a birthday and need help setting it up? Make an appointment by calling 985- 2173.

Participants are asked to bring their tech devices. Tech Time dates are, April 13, 20 and 27.

The service is free and wheelchair accessible.

Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information, visit kennebunklibrary.org.

Kentucky Derby themed auction benefits trust

Kennebunk Land Trust’s 18th Annual Auction is scheduled for Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m. The weekend of May 4 aligns with the Kentucky Derby and therefore, the trust has adopted a Kentucky Derby theme for this year’s auction.

The auction features Kentucky Derby themed hors d’oeuvres as well as a signature cocktail. Live music from the Dock Squares will create a fun atmosphere for the evening.

The auction, the trust’s largest fundraiser of the year, will take place at Johnson Hall Museum, 2713 Post Road, Wells, ME 04090. Ticket prices rise after April 20.

In an effort to go paperless, the trust designed this year’s auction to incorporate mobile/electronic bidding the night of the event as well as an opportunity for mobile/ electronic bidding several days in advance of the auction night. In addition, those who cannot attend the event, can continue to utilize mobile/electronic bidding while off site until the close of the auction.

The trust asks attendees bring a mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet to the event. However, those who do not have a mobile device please contact the trust office in advance as the organization plans to have a few devices that attendees can borrow for bidding the night of the event.

Original artwork, jewelry, local beer, fine wines, a paddleboard and several luxury vacations represent a few of the items available for bidding at the auction.

Items were donated by many local businesses, artists and other individuals. To view a sampling of auction items, purchase tickets for the auction, register for mobile bidding and view the list of sponsors, visit www.biddingforgood.com/ kennebunklandtrust.org.

Primary Sponsors for the auction are Avita of Wells, HM Payson and Kennebunk Savings Bank. The auction proceeds will benefit Kennebunk Land Trust and land conservation in Kennebunk, Arundel and Lyman.

For more information about the auction or if interested in donating, call 985-8734 or email info@kennebunklandtrust.org.

Pancake breakfast begins May Day Festival

Planning continues for Kennebunk’s 20th annual May Day Festival. The festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 5 in downtown Kennebunk.

According to a leading health website there are five reasons to eat breakfast:

1.) Lose weight: eating breakfast gives the body a sense of fullness and reduces cravings for sweets and starches.

2.) More energy: food literally provides energy for the present day’s activities.

3.) Perform better: eating breakfast provides the nutrients for the brain cells to work properly, giving focus and concentra- tion therefore, improving performance.

4.) Meet nutritional needs: the body needs proper nutrition to function at its best.

5.) Family bonding: eating breakfast routinely together as a family enhances connections.

The festival committee thinks there are six.

6.) Doing a good deed: eating breakfast at Duffy’s Tavern and Grill on May 5 helps to support Kennebunk’s May Day Festival. Doors open at 8 a.m. and breakfast is served until 10 a.m. The all-volunteer staff will serve pancakes, bacon, juice and coffee.

May Day Festival planning meetings are generally held on weekday mornings on the third floor of Kennebunk Town Hall. These meetings are open to the public. For more information, email Linda Johnson at magicj@gwi.net for the next meeting date and a copy of the agenda.

Plixer acquired by Battery Ventures

Plixer, a company that specializes in network traffic analytics and incident response, announced that it has been acquired by Battery Ventures, a global, technology-focused investment firm.

Plixer is known for its flagship product, Scrutinizer, which collects, visualizes and reports on rich metadata gathered from the existing wired and wireless network connections through to private, public and hybrid clouds. The network traffic analytics system, which is able to scale to any enterprise environment, delivers rich data context and provides the fastest reporting in the industry. Organizations like those in the financial, government, tech, retail, healthcare and education markets rely on Plixer to reduce risk, improve operations and lower cost while improving application performance.

As part of the transaction, Jeff Lindholm, former senior vice president of Brocade, Arbor Networks, and Juniper Networks, has joined Plixer as its new CEO. Mike Patterson and Marc Bilodeau, who founded the company in 1999, will continue to participate as members of the corporate leadership team.

“With customers across 108 countries, Plixer has proven itself to be a leader in high performance network traffic analytics for fast, efficient network and security incident response as well as enriched busi- ness intelligence,” said Lindholm. “Battery’s investment in Plixer will allow the company to further innovate and expand its product line, align with new technology partners, aggressively attract new clients, and further enhance the value delivered to our existing customers.”

Battery, which was founded in Boston, has invested in many industry-specific software companies such as Plixer, a category of companies which offer customers highly specialized products as well as industry-leading support and services. The firm does traditional venture-capital investing as well as larger private-equity deals and has raised over $6.9 billion since inception. The firm is now investing its latest funds with a combined capitalization of $1.25 billion.

Beyond Tots art featured at library

An exhibition of artwork by preschool age children from Kennebunk Recreation Department’s Beyond Tots Adventure Club will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery April 3-28.

The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours.

The exhibit is in recognition of The Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. The 2018 Week of the Young Child is April 16-20.

The public is invited to attend a reception on Tuesday, April 3 from 4 to 6 p.m.

High school’s Murray earns Principal’s Award

Kennebunk High School Principal Susan Cressey announced that senior Mia Murray is the recipient of the Maine Principals’ Association’s MPA Principal’s Award for 2018.

The criteria for this award are academic excellence, outstanding school citizenship, and leadership. Annually, Maine high schools belonging to the MPA select one outstanding senior for this recognition.

“Mia is one of the most capable, involved and positive people in the school,” Cressey said. “ She is committed to doing her best in the classroom, on the playing fields and in her relationships with her peers and teachers.”

Murray is an active member of Peer Helpers that focuses on helping all students get involved and find their place in the school. She is a member of National Honor Society, Environmental Awareness Club and received the Smith College Book Award as a junior and the DAR award as a senior.

Murray is one of the captains of the unified basketball team that forms relationships between regular education and special education students. In 2016, she attended the Western Maine Conference Student Athlete Summit as a representative of KHS to talk about how students can be better leaders in all aspects of life.

International Baccalaureate History of the Americas’ teacher, Paul Gaylord, said, “Mia is not only one of the most positive role models I have had as a teacher, she is one of the best IB history students I have ever had. She is smart, dedicated, sets high standards, and meets them.”

IB Spanish teacher, Karen Moore, said, “Mia Murray is an outstanding young woman. She has it all: she’s a scholar-athlete, a warm and caring human being, a natural leader, and a positive influence on everyone she meets. Mia has a wonderful sense of humor and strikes a perfect balance in class. She is a pleasure to know and a delight to teach.”

Murray was honored, along with recipients of the MPA Principal’s Award from all high schools in Maine, at a ceremony at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor. on April 2.

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