2018-07-27 / Community

Community News

Holy Cross Blueberry Festival is Aug. 11

Holy Cross Lutheran Church will host its 11th annual Blueberry Festival, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church on the corner of Lord and Storer streets in Kennebunk.

The event is held each year to raise funds for a good cause.

Quilted items, bags, aprons and other hand-crafted items will be for sale at the festival. The church will also offer homemade doughnuts, blueberry pies, cookies and other treats for sale.

Blueberry shortcake topped with fresh whipped cream, the festival’s namesake dessert, will also be available.

All proceeds from the festival will benefit the In-A-Pinch Non-Food Pantry located in Biddeford. The pantry provides personal care/cleaning supplies to families without means to purchase them.

Crafters for a Cause — comprised of Holy Cross Lutheran’s social concerns committee and other members of the congregation — work all year to create crafts for sale at the festival.

Each year the social concerns committee reviews community needs to select the recipient of Blueberry Festival proceeds. For more information, call 985-4803.

Land trust plans ice cream social for Aug. 7

Kennebunk Land Trust will host a free ice cream social 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Wonder Brook Preserve in Kennebunk.

The trust encourages people to learn more about the work of the land trust and enjoy a treat while exploring one of Kennebunk Land Trust’s preserves.

Guided naturalist walks will be available, but individuals are also welcome to walk the properties independently.

Big Daddy’s will donate the ice cream for the event.

Wonder Brook Preserve is located a half-mile east of downtown Kennebunk at the end of Plummer Lane. Parking is available at the trailhead. For more information, call the land trust office, 985-8734.

AWS earns highest rank from Charity Navigator

For the sixth consecutive year, the Animal Welfare Society (AWS) has earned a 4-star ranking from Charity Navigator, the leading independent evaluator of nonprofits. AWS’ ranking, the highest possible, is based on fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability.

“Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Animal Welfare Society exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work,” wrote Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator in a press release. “Only 6 percent of charities we evaluate have received at least six consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating Animal Welfare Society outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Animal Welfare Society apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

AWS joins only 24 other charities in the state of Maine in the coveted 4-star category in 2018. In addition, AWS is one of only five Maine charities to earn the designation six years in a row, joining nonprofits such as Preble Street and Jackson Laboratory.

“Every day, we strive to use our community’s generous support in the most effective manner,” said Abigail Smith, AWS executive director. “As the only animal welfare organization in Maine to earn this 4-star designation, our Charity Navigator ranking shows our supporters that we take our responsibility seriously and put all donations to use in the best way possible to support our mission.”

Resource officers selected for schools

The town of Kennebunkport, RSU 21 and Kennebunkport Police Department announced two new School Resource Officers.

Ashley Sargent will serve at Kennebunkport Consolidated School and Jason Hafner will serve at Mildred L. Day School.

Patrol Officer Sargent has been with the Kennebunkport Police Department for five years.

Patrol Officer Hafner has been with the Kennebunkport Police Department for 11 years.

Following an affirmative vote by the Kennebunkport selectmen on May 24, the Kennebunkport Police Department posted the positions as anticipated internal openings.

An interview team comprised of school administrators, town and police department officials and an existing school resource officer interviewed four candidates.

On July 12, finalists Sargent and Hofner met with Chief Craig Sanford and Superintendent Katie Hawes for a second interview and were subsequently offered the positions.

RSU 21 voters supported a school budget that included 75 percent of the cost for four additional resource officers, one for each elementary school.

With the intention of using these officers during the summers and vacation weeks in place of hiring reserve officers, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport selectmen each voted to support 25 percent of the cost in the 2020 budget development process.

On May 14, the Arundel selectmen voted for Kennebunkport to provide an officer for Mildred L. Day School. Both Kennebunk and Kennebunkport officers hold statewide jurisdiction and a memorandum of understanding is being developed to support the school resource officer role at Mildred L. Day.

The two new resource officers will join Nate Jones, Kennebunkport officer serving Middle School of the Kennebunks and Mark Carney, Kennebunk officer serving Kennebunk High School, Audra Higgins, serving Kennebunk Elementary School and Jason McClure, serving Sea Road School.

The team will attend a national school resource officer training this summer in Oakland, Maine. They will meet regularly to develop cohesive and aligned services in our schools.

Assistant principal named at Middle School of the Kennebunks

Regional School Unit 21 announced that Margaret (Meg) Parkhurst is the new assistant principal of Middle School of the Kennebunks.

Parkhurst is entering her 17th year in education. She spent 11 years in RSU 57 teaching grades 2, 3, 5 and 6 before joining Sea Road School as a fifth-grade teacher. After four years teaching grade 5 at Sea Road School, she transitioned into the role of instructional strategist at Consolidated School and Sea Road School.

For the past six years, Parkhurst has also worked as an educational consultant in RSU 4 (Sanford) and RSU 6 school districts, providing coaching and professional development for teachers.

Parkhurst holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in economics and education and a master’s degree from the University of Southern Maine in educational leadership.

She obtained her building principal certification in 2017 through the University of Southern Maine. That experience included a year-long principal internship with Dr. Steve Marquis. Parkhurst is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern Maine.

She lives in Kennebunk with her husband and three children. Next year her children will attend Kennebunk Elementary School, Sea Road School and Middle School of the Kennebunks.

Participants sought for Arundel’s Heritage Day 2018

The Arundel Historical Society is looking for participants for its Heritage Day 2018 scheduled for Sept. 15.

Heritage Day is an annual celebration of Arundel that highlights its past as a rural community. This year’s event will include a Civil War re-enactment, annual meeting and demonstrations by the Spinner’s Guild, along with historical displays, agricultural exhibits, craftspeople, food, Southern Maine Ukes performing music and many other activities.

The historical society is looking for participants, vendors, craftspeople or people who demonstrate traditional skills.

For more information and sign-up forms, call 284-6622.

Graves Memorial Library to host ‘Bound for Gold’ author

New York Times best-selling author William Martin will visit Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 to launch his new book, “Bound for Gold,” published by Forge Books.

“Bound for Gold” continues Martin’s epic of American history with the further adventures of Boston rare-book dealer Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline Carrington. They are headed to California, where their search for a lost journal takes them into the history of Gold Rush. The journal follows young James Spencer, of the Sagamore Mining Company, on a spectacular journey from staid Boston, up the Sacramento River to the Mother Lode. During his search for a “lost river of gold,” Spencer confronts vengeance, greed and racism in himself and others, and builds one of California’s first mercantile empires.

In the present, Peter Fallon’s son asks his father for help appraising the rare books in the Spencer estate and reconstructing Spencer’s seven-part journal, which has been stolen from the California Historical Society. Peter and Evangeline head for modern San Francisco and quickly discover that there’s something much bigger and more dangerous going on, and Peter’s son is in the middle of it. Turns out, that lost river of gold may be more than a myth.

Martin will present his research and writing of the “lost river of gold.” Tickets will be sold at the library beginning Aug. 1. Price includes the talk, wine and cheese reception and a discussion with the author. All proceeds benefit the Capital Campaign for the new Mothers Wing. Limited seating available. For more information, call 967-2778.

Annual Blueberry Fair is scheduled for July 28

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Main Street in Kennebunk will hold its 42nd annual Blueberry Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28 rain or shine.

The long-standing fair will feature 43 artisans and crafters from all over New England. There will be a variety of art objects; paintings in different media as well as sculpture, photography, pottery, porcelain and stoneware ornaments, hand-painted silk scarves and clothing, soaps, wood products and more. There will be local musicians and Kennebunk Free Library will sell fiction and non-fiction books.

Lunch will be served in the Parish Hall between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and feature New England fish chowder, crab meat rolls, organic hot dogs and, of course, blueberry pie . Outside offerings will include organic hot dogs, vegetarian wraps and herbal iced tea, blueberry buckle and muffins, coffee, and soft drinks all day.

A raffle will be held for a 16-foot Chesapeake kayak. Entry to the fair is free. For more information, call 985- 3700.

Volunteers provide free rides for older adults

The volunteers of No Place Like Home offer free rides to older adults in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. The organization is supporting older adults who would like help to stay in their homes and to stay engaged with the community.

Volunteers will do small tasks around the home and are now offering rides around town to seniors for non-medical activities. Volunteers will help by moving furniture, putting in light bulbs, promoting the program and recruiting new volunteers, among many other things.

Seniors interested in receiving assistance or those who would like to support older adults, should contact No Place Like Home at 558-2270 or email.

Library’s featured artist for August is announced

Kennebunk Free Library announced its August exhibition, Urban and Coastal Structures By a Retired Engineer, the oil paintings of Donald LaRochelle.

The public is invited to view the exhibit at 112 Main St., Kennebunk, during regular library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.

LaRochelle was born in Lewiston. He received art training from the Sisters of Mercy at St. Joseph’s Elementary School and then was instructed as a member of the art club at Lewiston High School. In 1953 he graduated from the University of Maine with a BS in civil engineering and a minor in structures.

After retiring in 2007, he received landscape oil painting lessons from Dennis Poirior through Wells High School Continuing Education. LaRochelle has taken two courses at the Maine School of Art: The Coastal Landscape in Oil and Personal Practice. Diane Forde of the Seeds Studio in Wells taught LaRochelle color mixing and still life.

All this has culminated in this exhibit, which uses perspectives in depicting buildings, covered bridges and the waterfront in Maine, New Hampshire and Italy. He has previously exhibited at Kennebunk Free Library, Conway Library (New Hampshire) and Wells Public Library.

Farm to Fork Dinner at Wardbrook Farm, Aug. 9

Tickets are available for the Farm to Fork Dinner at Wardbrook Farm, hosted by Community Outreach Services of the Kennebunks and benefitting neighbors in need.

This is COS’s third annual Farm to Fork dinner and already promises to top last year’s sell-out event. Wardbrook Farm in Kennebunk is again the site for the event and Details Event Staging will design the evening. The night will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres starting at 5:30 p.m. in the farm’s barn, live music by local band Stealing North, a silent auction and, of course, a three-course meal, created by local chefs including Germain Lucarelli of Ports of Italy, Joel Souza of Old Vines, Michael Somerset of The Spirit Restaurant and Jake Peterson of Crotux at Garden Street Bowl. The meal is laid out, family style, on Kennebunk’s largest farm table in the midst of the farm’s rolling fields.

Seating is being expanded this year, but is limited. To order tickets, visit www.coskennebunks.org/farmtofork or call 632- 6767.

Annual Steampunk Fair scheduled for Aug. 4

Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk will host its fourth annual Southern Maine Steampunk Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.

The fair offers demonstrations of artwork and craft-making; meet-and-greets with Steampunk authors; a Steampunk Tea Duel; wandering performers; and Victorian lawn games, all with a futuristic twist.

New this year is a Steampunk High Tea, hosted by the Guild of Extraordinary Gentlewomen, at 1 p.m. Meet authors Joy Reed and Leanna Renee Hieber and attend presentations on Steampunk fashion and historical fantasy writing.

A Maker Station offers make-your-own jewelry. Also offered this year is a glimpse at a Tea Duel and how-to corset fittings.

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