2019-01-11 / Community

Community News

Foley to serve on two legislative committees

Maine State Senator Robert Foley (R-York) has been appointed to serve on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee during the 129th Legislature.

Foley is currently serving his first term in the Maine Senate after serving two consecutive terms representing District 7 in the Maine House of Representatives. While serving in the House, Foley served on the defunct Insurance and Financial Services Committee.

“One of the top issues I heard as I went door-to-door last year was that folks are having trouble finding affordable health coverage,” Foley said. “I look forward to using my 40 years of experience within the insurance industry to find financially-responsible solutions to bring the cost down for all Mainers. Regardless of party affiliation, I know we can all agree that affordable health insurance should be within reach for all Maine families looking for coverage.

“I also look forward to serving on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Clean air, clean water and pristine wilderness sets Maine apart and is part of the reason we are known as ‘vacationland’. Our environmental health plays a big role in Maine’s economy and the high quality of life here. I am glad to have the opportunity to serve on this important committee.”

Prior to serving in the legislature, Foley served on the Board of Environmental Protection as Chair.

Foley represents District 34 which includes Acton, Kennebunk, Lebanon, North Berwick, Wells and part of Berwick.

Brick Store Museum is ‘Opening Doors’

The Brick Store Museum is opening new doors to the future. Opening Doors is the theme that will propel the Brick Store Museum forward to reach new audiences and build broad outreach across our communities.

Opening Doors means new digital tools that will capture the attention of the smartphone generation; and providing high tech tools to help students capture the history of our town with sophisticated 3D modeling.

Opening Doors will allow scholars to research the 70,000 items in the museum collection online; and access the museum spaces with extended hours and more educational programs. Opening Doors brings concerts, lectures and community events throughout the year. Opening Doors is an investment in the future.

The Brick Store Museum is seeking to raise $2 million in a capital campaign to expand its museum services just as they are needed the most.

On Dec. 14, the Brick Store Museum officially opened its new front door – on Main Street – with a holiday party that celebrated the extensive physical renovations that have been made to improve the exhibit space in its first building, and to mark the start of the public phase of the Open Door Capital Campaign.

Nearly 50 percent of the goal has already been raised through the generous donations of community leaders. The Museum now needs the community’s help to raise the final $1 million.

“The museum is a place for many things,” said David Moravick, museum board president. “We have developed a smart phone app to bring the historic district to life.

“We’ve added a new gallery in the Dane Street building specifically to provide a space for local artists to exhibit. We are taking the museum to community centers, businesses and schools with traveling exhibits. Our collections are being photographed so that they can be made available to anyone in the world online. And we have been able to finally provide a front entrance to the museum on Main Street.”

Executive Director Cynthia Walker agreed.

“There is so much more we need to do to be a sustainable, essential community history and art center that will inspire a better future for everyone,” Walker said. “This campaign looks specifically toward the future and the museum’s long term goals.”

The Brick Store Museum opened in 1936 in a general store built of brick, which sits at the top of Main Street in the heart of Kennebunk. Over the years, the museum has expanded down the block and now has six galleries and an educational program center. The Brick Store Museum is a nationally-recognized and accredited museum by the American Alliance of Museums (one of only a few in the state of Maine).

To learn more about and donate to the Open Door Capital Campaign, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org, or call Walker at 985-4802.

Parade, block party to highlight bicentennial

Kennebunk will celebrate its 200th anniversary with a parade, community block party and more on June 27, 2020, in downtown Kennebunk.

“It’s our goal as a committee to bring this milestone anniversary celebration to the streets of Kennebunk, for the people of Kennebunk,” said Kathy Ostrander Roberts, chairman of the town’s Bicentennial Committee. “We plan to celebrate our community pride and recognize our town’s history with all of the many activities we have planned.”

To date, there are plans to have a parade on June 27, complete with floats, antique cars and marching bands, followed by a community block party on Main Street that evening, which will include a series of tables running the entire length of Main Street, live music, entertainment and more.

Some of the other events and activities that may be included:

 Bicentennial quilt.

 Time-capsule.

 Patriotic bunting, decorations, flower plantings and banners.

 KHS student scholarship.

 Interactive history map.

 Costumed history interpreters.

 Plein air art demonstration and sale.

 Designation of a new Historic Register District to commemorate the freed slave settlement of Kennebunk.

 Art installations in all three villages.

 Commemorative bicentennial stamp and first day cancel event.

 Bicentennial coin.

 Publication of a commemorative bicentennial booklet.

 Special bicentennial souvenirs.

The Bicentennial Committee has been meeting to plan the celebration. The committee is made up of seven voting members, two alternate members, two selectmen liaisons, a community outreach coordinator and the director of the Chamber of Commerce.

Several sub-committees have also been formed to spearhead different aspects of event planning.

Sponsorships are available for the event by contacting the town clerk’s office at 604-1326 or bicentennial@kennebunkmaine.us.

The committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the town hall and welcomes ideas and suggestions. Volunteer opportunities are available.

Annual MLK Breakfast scheduled for Jan. 21


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The Rev. Jeffrey M. McIlwain, pastor of the North Star AME Zion Church, Newington, New Hampshire, and chaplain of the Cumberland County Jail, will give the keynote talk at this year’s breakfast honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The event will take place on the holiday, Monday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church. During his talk, McIlwain will draw on his 22 years of experience at the jail and his concerns about injustice.

The audience will also hear him play bass and sing with the North Star Gospel Jazz Ensemble.

McIlwain entered the ministry in 1992, when he served as associate minister at Green Memorial AME Zion Church in Portland, his home church. He volunteered at the jail for four years before becoming chaplain in

2001.

A breakfast including quiche, sausage, blueberry buckle, fruit and coffee will be served in the Parish Hall at 9 a.m.

The program will follow at about 9:45 a.m. in the upstairs sanctuary. Tickets for the breakfast and program are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets for just the program are $10 for adults, free for students. Tickets are available online at www.uukennebunk.org. To pay by check, call 985-1411.

Next AFIO meeting is scheduled for Jan. 19

The next meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Brick Store Museum’s program center at 4 Dane St. in Kennebunk. The featured speaker will be John Doughty, who is a veteran scholar, researcher and analyst of global affairs.

Compiled by Dan King; editor@kennebunkpost.com.

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