2018-08-03 / Community

Community News

Nominations sought for 2018 annual awards

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for its annual awards.

Each year the Chamber of Commerce honors certain businesses/individuals with six awards. It’s a highlight of the year, and a wonderful way to recognize people who go above and beyond to make this community special.

Winners will be announced at DRIVE, the Chamber’s annual meeting-dinner awards night. This year it will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at a location to be announced. Nominations are now being accepted through Aug. 15.

Business of the Year Award: This award recognizes a business which has made significant investments to support the region’s economic growth, has set a new leadership standard for business innovation and quality, or has expanded employment opportunities through the establishment of a new business or business expansion.

Volunteer of the Year Award: The Volunteer of the Year is an inspiring individual whose character and timeless commitment to the welfare of others and the betterment of the common good have gone above and beyond the expected. This Chamber member has proven via extraordinary actions and deeds that excellence in volunteerism improves the lives of all and enhances vitality in each and/or all the communities the Chamber serves.

Nonprofit Business Award: This award recognizes a nonprofit organization which, through the efforts of staff and volunteers, has made a significant contribution in their domain, through fund raising, employing innovative business concepts to create a flourishing environment in which all businesses can grow.

President’s Award: This award recognizes individual or group effort which, through professional or civic deeds, has made a significant contribution to the high quality of life in the communities, or the enhancement of community or regional assets. This award recognizes accomplishment achieved through non-profit organizations, public sector activities or business efforts.

Municipal Award: This award recognizes an individual/department who offers exemplary service and makes a different in the community in which he/she/they serve.

Outstanding Achievement Award: This award recognizes an individual or group for going above and beyond in contributing to the three towns, one community the Chamber serves.

To vote, visit www.gokennebunks.com and click on the DRIVE Nominations Due” button on the homepage.

First Church in search of Talent Night participants

First Church in Kennebunkport is continuing its series with Drowned Valley performing Old Time Bluegrass and Gospel on Monday, Aug. 6 and Roric Cunningham, cellist from the National Youth Orchestra of the United States taking the stage on Monday, Aug. 13.

The attention, however, is set to turn the tables with a new call for talent.

On Monday, Aug. 20, First Church will host its first Community Talent Night. Music Director Joyce Painter Rice is inviting singers, instrumentalists, story tellers, readers and other performers to gather their talents, families and friends.

“This is not about a Hollywood audition, but about sharing your voice, a passion, or a particular skill you have developed,” Rice said in a release. “I am hoping siblings might play duets on instruments they studied as children, or friends offer dramatic readings of famous works. The more eclectic the program, the more dynamic the evening will be.”

Rice has no particular design in mind for the program, but is curating all of its final content. She hopes to have at least 10 different participants and will work with each on final performances.

“I have no pre-conceived notion of what this evening might become,” Rice said. “But in my experience I am always stunned by the incredible talents many people simply dismiss. A special evening like this can be inspiring and delightful.”

For more information, email Rice at joyceorganist@aol.com.

Museum accepting exhibit applications

The Brick Store Museum is accepting applications to exhibit at its upcoming artisan fair, titled William Barry’s Vintage Fair, that will focus on historic and traditional crafts and art, vintage-modern and retro antiques and current works, and local artistry and organizations sculpting the culture of the area today.

The fair will take place in the museum’s courtyard 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

The Vintage Fair celebrates the area’s wealth of history and innovation, showcasing current artists and makers that employ history and historic methods in their current work.

Antiques, traditional craft, retro-inspired creations, collectibles and foodways are all included. Applicants can visit the museum’s website, www.brickstoremuseum.org/programs to submit an application to exhibit at the fair.

Library announces upcoming events

Kennebunk Free Library’s Summer Art Sale will take place from Monday, Aug. 6 through Saturday, Aug. 18 during regular library hours.

The art sale will include select works, priced to sell. The works will be displayed throughout the library.

Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. in Kennebunk.

Hey Now, You’re a Rock Star

Get ready to rock at Kennebunk Free Library. Come dressed as a rock star, then transform a librarian into one, too.

On Thursday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m., youth ages 7 and up are invited to channel their inner stylist and give Miss Krissy a fabulous look for the day. Make a funky backdrop, bedazzle some props and come prepared for pictures. Registration is required.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information and to register, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Vendors needed for yard sale

Rental space is available at Kennebunk Free Library’s Community Yard Sale on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Applications and fees are due by Monday, Aug. 13. Applications and additional information can be picked up at the library or found on our website. For more information, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

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.

Participants sought for Arundel’s Heritage Day

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.

Land trust offers virtual walks through preserves

Kennebunk Land Trust engaged in a project with Google that allows the public to virtually experience many of the trust’s preserves. The land trust used the Google Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system. The Trekker is worn and walked through pedestrian walkways or trails on foot, automatically gathering images as it goes. That imagery is then stitched together to create the 360-degree panoramas seen in Google Maps. Staff and volunteers walked several of the Kennebunk Land Trust’s most visited preserves, using the camera to record the walks.

Anyone from across the globe can now virtually experience these areas as a result of this collaboration with Google. The goal of this project is to enhance access to the natural environment and foster new connections with a broader audience. The virtual trail system will aid in ensuring that these preserves can be enjoyed by all, regardless of age, ability or distance.

Sites that were recorded include: Alewive Woods Preserve, Oxbow Preserve, Wonder Brook Preserve, Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary, Butler Preserve, The Secret Garden and Hope Woods.

Though not a land trust preserve, Hope Woods was selected because of the land trust’s new partnership to protect the woods through a conservation easement. All of the walks were recorded in autumn to highlight fall foliage.

For more information, visit www.kennebunklandtrust.org or call 985-8734.

Volunteers offer free non-medical rides

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 nplhmaine@gmail.com.


Hemlock Covered Bridge is one of the works by Donald LaRochelle that will be featured during Kennebunk Free Library’s August artist exhibit. (Courtesy image) Hemlock Covered Bridge is one of the works by Donald LaRochelle that will be featured during Kennebunk Free Library’s August artist exhibit. (Courtesy image) LaRochelle is August’s featured artist

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.

LaRochelle and his wife, Ann, live in Wells. They have six children, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

History Hopper app offers new type of tour

The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk always looks for new ways to bring history to life. Now, with its free History Hopper app (available on the App Store and GooglePlay), it invites visitors and locals to share in the history using a smartphone.

The app was designed to bring local history to life and make the museum’s collections more accessible to a greater number of people, according to an announcement from Cynthia Walker, executive director of the museum.

The History Hopper app, which is free to download for iPhone and Android, allows smartphone users to digitally journey into the past of the Kennebunks.

From harrowing encounters between settlers and Indians, to shipwrecks, ghosts, U.S. Presidents and colorful characters, users share an open the door to the museum’s rich collections through their smartphone. The app features more than 60 stories, illustrations, photos (including some rarely seem before) and videos that are tagged to specific locations within the Kennebunks so users can see where the events took place.

“We’re truly excited about the capabilities and usability of this app,” Walker said in a written statement. “One of the greatest challenges facing museums, nationally, is finding relevance in a digital world. We’ve been looking for innovative ways to make our collections more accessible to the greater public and History Hopper fits the bill. It’s fun, fascinating, and informative and you can use it anytime. It literally places the history of our communities in your hands while at the same time encourages users to visit the museum to see the actual pieces they read about.”

The app was developed by Dietz Associates Inc., a Kennebunk marketing and design firm, which created, researched, coded and launched the app in partnership with the Brick Store Museum team.

Walker said the museum board chose to make the download free as a gift to the community.

To download, go to the App Store on iPhones or GooglePlay on Android phones, tap the search icon on the bottom of the page, search for History Hopper, select History Hopper by tapping the name and click install.

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

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