2018-10-05 / Community

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Deacon Darrell Blackwell, center, was recognized as Deacon of the Year for the Diocese of Portland by, left, Deacon Peter Bernier and Bishop Robert Deeley. (Courtesy photo) Deacon Darrell Blackwell, center, was recognized as Deacon of the Year for the Diocese of Portland by, left, Deacon Peter Bernier and Bishop Robert Deeley. (Courtesy photo) Blackwell named Deacon of the Year

For his service to the Diocese of Portland, Deacon Darrell Blackwell of Wells has been named the 2018 Deacon of the Year.

The award was presented by Bishop Robert P. Deeley and Deacon Peter Bernier, director of the Office of the Diaconate for the Diocese of Portland, during the diocese’s annual Deacon Assembly held at St. Joseph Church in Brewer on Sept. 29.

“He is a person of integrity, a person who cares deeply about others, and a person who exercises his diaconal ministry with passion, in a spirit of humility and in simplicity, all anchored through the underpinnings of a rich prayer life that is centered on Christ,” said Bernier in a press release. “I have come to know him as a person who possesses a deep faith, a faith that bears an authentic witness to the Gospel through his words and ministry.”

Ordained on May 10, 1996, in the Diocese of Newark in New Jersey, Blackwell and his wife, Marla, moved to Maine in 2001 and he has served here since that time. His ministry has been centered at St. Martha Church in Kennebunk, part of Holy Spirit Parish.

In addition to proclaiming the word of God at Mass and serving at the altar, his ministry includes home visitations and monthly visits to nursing homes, offering residents holy Communion as well as a listening ear.

“It’s a grace for me to be the servant face of Christ. That comes more alive for me when I go to visit the nursing homes,” Blackwell said. “It’s a huge grace for me and a blessing that they let me enter their story.”

“As a colleague of mine, I can attest to his genuine goodness, his faithfulness, his authentic love for others, his willingness to enter into lives of others, and his desire to serve Christ in all things for the glory of God,” said Bernier.

Blackwell also serves as a board member for the Beacon Corporation, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide financial support to people who are struggling economically.

In addition, he is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and he was instrumental in the establishment of the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel in Saco, where he continues to regularly participate in adoration, seeing it as an opportunity to encounter the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

“Before this, there wasn’t much heard about adoration at all. You heard about it on first Fridays and that was it,” Blackwell said. “So, it was a blessing and a privilege to be able to help the people put that together.”

A musician with decades of participation in music ministry, one of Blackwell’s newest endeavors is the formation of a guitar ensemble. He and three other men who make up the quartet are hoping to perform at Masses, prayer services and other events.

Blackwell said winning the Msgr. Charles M. Murphy Deacon of the Year Award was an unexpected honor.

“It’s a blessing and a privilege to have been selected,” he said. “I’m always grateful and blessed that I can be of service to the people, and it also means a lot coming from my peers.”

Blackwell credited Marla for being his greatest source of support and inspiration, saying “they have journeyed together as a couple.”

“When you really see the diaconal ministry come fully alive is when you see that the husband and wife share it,” he said.

Marla, who has also long been active in the church, first in music ministry and more recently training lectors, said her husband brings to his ministry the same beautiful qualities that led her to fall in love with him.

“He’s just as real as he can be. If you know him, you know him. And I just love that about him,” she said.

The Monsignor Charles M. Murphy Deacon of the Year award is named for the diocese’s former, longtime director of the diaconate. The award has been given out annually since 2006 to recognize a permanent deacon’s ministry of service. There are currently 51 permanent deacons in the Diocese of Portland, including those in active ministry, those retired from active ministry, and those who serve during the summer months.

Fifth annual Veterans Day 5K is scheduled for Nov. 10

The Wells Chamber of Commerce will host is fifth annual Veterans Day 5K on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. The 5K run/walk will start and end at the Wells Elks Lodge, 356 Bald Hill Road in Wells. Proceeds for the event will benefit Honor Flight Maine.

Avita of Wells is the primary event sponsor.

The first 100 registrants will receive a free long-sleeve T-shirt. The Wells Elks will have food and beverage for sale after the race (bring identification). Prizes will be awarded to male and female in the following categories: Overall, under 20 (male/female), 20-29 (male/female), 30-39 (male/female), 40-49 (male/female), 50-59 (male/female), 60-69 (male/female) and 70-plus (male/female).

For registration information, visit www.wellschamber.org call 646-2451 or visit www.runsignup.com/race/me/wells/vd5k.

Antiques on Nine to host book signing on Saturday

Bob Marier grew up, was educated and spent his professional life in the Kennebunks. He has tapped his local knowledge to write a murder-mystery set in the coastal Maine village of Somers Beach. Could that be Kennebunk Beach?

Visit Antiques on Nine, 81 Western Ave., Kennebunk, on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. to find out.

Wine and cheese will be served and Marier will be available to sign copies of his book, “Tidal Pools.”

“Tidal Pools” begins with the body of a cantankerous lobsterman washing up on a small island, sparking an arrest, two trials and unexpected plot twists. The character of Maine people is at stake during the struggle of a black man desperately trying to prove his innocence with the aid and skill of a newly-graduated lawyer.

The book is selling at Antiques on Nine, Mail It Unlimited, Mainely Murders Bookstore and HB Provisions in Kennebunk; Colonial Pharmacy and Fine Print Booksellers in Kennebunkport; and Farm + Table in Cape Porpoise. It is also available from Amazon as a print or ebook.

For more information, call 967-3609.

Graves Libary plans book discussion

Tickets are now on sale at the Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport for a book discussion with author George C. Daughan.

Daughan, author of “Lexington and Concord : The Battle Heard Round the World,” will visit the library at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Daughan has received the Samuel Eliot Morrison Award from two different organizations: one from the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and the other in New York from the Naval Order of the United States New York Commandary. He is the only person to receive both Morrison awards.

The book gives an account of the Battle of Lexington and Concord challenges the prevailing narrative of the American War of Independence. It was, Daughan argues, based as much in economic concerns as political ones. When Massachusetts militiamen turned out in overwhelming numbers to fight the British, they believed they were fighting for their farms and livelihoods, as well as for liberty.

Benjamin Franklin was not surprised by this widespread belief. In the years prior to the Revolution, Franklin had toured Great Britain and witnessed the wretched living conditions of the king’s subjects. They wore rags for clothes, went barefoot, and had little to eat. They were not citizens, but serfs. Franklin described the appalling situation in a number of letters home. In the eyes of many American colonists, Britain’s repressive measures were not seen simply as an effort to reestablish political control of the colonies, but also as a means to reduce the prosperous colonists themselves to the serfdom described in the Franklin letters.

Another factor in the outcome of this historic battle, according to Daughan, was the scorn British officers had for colonial fighters. Although the British officers had fought alongside colonial Americans in the ferocious French and Indian War, they failed to anticipate the skill, organization, and sheer numbers of the colonial militias. Daughan explains how British arrogance led them to defeat at the hands of motivated, experienced patriot fighters determined to protect their way of life.

Tickets to the discussion are being sold at the library. Price includes the talk, a wine and cheese reception and discussion with the author. All proceeds benefit the Capital Campaign for the new Mothers Wing. Copies of the book will also be available for sale and signing. Limited seating available.

For more information, call 967-2778.

Businesses prepared for Halloween festivities

Trick-or-treaters are invited to visit local businesses in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel between 4 and 6 p.m. on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31. There are no set hours for residential trick-or-treating.

The Chamber of Commerce is organizing the efforts, and all local businesses are invited to participate. Interested shopkeepers should expect several hundred trick-or-treaters, depending on weather and their specific location. Based on RSVPs, the Chamber will compile an ongoing list of participating businesses on its website and deliver orange balloons to them on Halloween.

To RSVP as a business or volunteer, call 967-0857 or email events@gokennebunks.com.

McClelland Foundation to host barbershop chorus on Saturday

The Downeasters Barbershop Chorus, some 30 members strong, returns to The Church on the Cape in Cape Porpoise on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. The Maine-based chorus is one of the top men’s musical performing organizations in New England and has just returned from an international competition.

The chorus is part of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Their singing is four-part close harmony with melodies designed to captivate their audiences. They sing ballads, swing songs, traditional hymns and up-tunes where the performers move on the risers with a stage presence unique to choral performance.

Their credo is, “If we sing a little more, the world will be a better place.”

The program is presented by the Keith McClelland Community Music Foundation, whose mission is to bring quality music to the Kennebunks. A donation is suggested.

Kennebunk Free Library announces event offerings

Talk about anime, learn to draw favorite characters, watch favorite anime films and TV shows on the projection screen and everything anime in-between on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Kennebunk Free Library. The event will be held at the library at 4 p.m. It is open to students and teens ages 10 and older.

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

 Kennebunk Free Library Junior Science

Science experiments can often be messy, gross and funny, but they are always amazing. Visit the library Monday Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. and test spy messages. The kids will learn easy ways to send secret messages and how to decode complex codes. The program is open to kids ages 5 and older and registration is required. For more information and to register, call 985-2173 or visit visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

 Lego Club at Kennebunk Free Library

The library is offering a Lego Club for children ages 4 and older. Lego Club will meet on Wednesday Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. Come and build new and imaginative creations or ask the librarian for a challenge to complete. All Lego blocks will be supplied. Please leave personal blocks at home. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call 985-2173 or visit visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

 Visit the library on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a new service, Tech Time. Attendees will work one-onone with a librarian to answer technology questions.

Technology is becoming more complicated and the library can help. Having difficulty downloading the Cloud Library app? Got a tablet and need help setting it up? In order to best assist, please make an appointment by contacting the library at 985-2173.

Please bring devices. October Tech Time dates are Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. For more information and to register, call 985-2173 or visit visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

 Teens Friday Fun

Looking for something to do after school on Friday afternoons? Come to the library at 3 p.m. every Friday for crafts, activities and experiments. For teens ages 10 and older. On Oct. 5, secret compartments in book boxes will be featured, followed by flashlights (Oct. 12), rubber band powered cars (Oct. 19) and experiments with dry ice (Oct. 26). For more information and to register, call 985-2173 or visit visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Book Sale at the Kennebunk Free Library

 Friends of Kennebunk Free Library will host a book sale on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in conjunction with Kennebunk’s Harvestfest.

The sale will be held in Hank’s Room. Come and support the library and receive deals on gently-used books and movies. The event will feature dozens of coffee table art books, many in brand new condition as well as several sci fi and fantasy paperbacks.

For more information, call 985-2173 or email kfl@kennebunk.lib.me.us.

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