2019-02-08 / Community

Community News

Hope Woods recipient of challenge grant

Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization, has contributed $50,000 as a challenge grant to support the Hope Woods Conservation Initiative.

The project will fund acquisition of a conservation easement with public access on the 72-acre Hope Woods property in Kennebunk.

The challenge grant is offered as part of MCHT’s ongoing support to local land trusts.

“MCHT works with landowners, towns, and conservation partners to conserve land that provides places for recreation, habitat for wildlife, and supports the natural features that make the Maine coast extraordinary,” said Land Protection Project Manager Keith Fletcher in a written statement. “Hope Woods is one of those important places. We want to make sure southern Maine develops in such a way that we still have amazing places for kids and adults to visit, and also room for the critters that depend on the land.”

Friends of Hope Cemetery and Woods and Kennebunk Land Trust announced the $1,400,000 campaign to support the Hope Woods Conservation Initiative in 2018.

“This challenge gift from MCHT, brings us to within $144,000 of meeting our $1.4 million goal and permanently preserving this valued community asset.” said George C. Harrington, Friends of Hope Cemetery and Woods board president and campaign co-chairman.

“Donors now have an opportunity to secure a two to one match with their gift, with every dollar contributed matched with a dollar from KLT and a dollar from MCHT.” Sarah Stanley, KLT director, said. “We’re so close, thanks to the generosity of our community.”

For more information about Kennebunk Land Trust, visit http://kennebunklandtrust.org/. For more information about Friends of Hope Cemetery and Woods Conservation Initiative, visit https://hopecemeterykennebunk.com/friends/

Learn self-care during the month of love

On Thursday, Feb. 28, Wendy Abcunas and Steven Ladd of Happier Ever After will present Loving YOU, a self-care program designed for women of all ages and career stages.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., upstairs at Batson River Brewing and Distilling, learn the love language.

Learning to understand the best way for to receive love will help develop a self-love menu that will truly nourish. A self-love menu is a list of self-care items anyone can pull out to use on stressful and busy days, when self care is needed the most.

The program is part Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s DRIVEN Women program designed to educate, inspire and empower women of the Kennebunks.

Admission is $20 and includes one cocktail, light fare and the program. Seating is limited and admission is by RSVP only. For more information or to reserve, call 967-0857 or email events@gokennebunks.com.

Medical Equipment Loan Closet receives grant

The Kennebunk Medical Equipment Loan Closet, a subcommittee of the town’s committee on aging, received a $1,000 grant in November from Kennebunk Savings Bank to purchase six transport wheelchairs in conjunction with York Hospital.

Transport wheelchairs are in high demand due to the fact that they are lightweight, portable and can be easily maneuvered while traveling.

“We started to get a lot of requests for these lightweight wheelchairs by members of our community because they are easy to get in and out of a car and weigh so much less than a traditional wheelchair,” said volunteer Donna Curtis-Binette in a written statement. ”We did not have many to loan and as soon as one would come in, it would be spoken for.”

Through a partnership with York Hospital, the committee will use the grant to purchase six transport wheelchairs to add to the inventory.

“We are extremely grateful to both Kennebunk Savings Bank for awarding us the grant and to York Hospital for leveraging their institutional discount to allow our dollars to really go far,” said Marti Hess-Pomber, a volunteer with the Closet responsible for writing the grant.

The Medical Equipment Loan Closet recently celebrated one year in operation, having opened for business in October of 2018.

Since then, more than 150 individuals have borrowed more than 200 pieces of equipment, all of which were donated to the Closet, at no additional cost to taxpayers.

The Loan Closet serves residents of Kennebunk but has also fostered a reciprocal collaboration between the general assistance offices of Arundel and Kennebunkport.

“The committee on aging should be congratulated for all of their hard work visioning this amazing resource to our community,” said Karen Winton, general assistance administrator for Kennebunk and staff liaison to the committee on aging. “The three main volunteers with Loan Closet, Donna Curtis-Binette, Marti Hess-Pomber and Susan Aubuchon, not only answer calls to loan equipment and receive donations, but they evaluate each piece of equipment and thoroughly clean it using methods recommended by Kennebunk Fire Rescue to ensure the equipment is properly cleaned and sanitized. They selflessly give of their time and energy and truly care about matching the correct piece of equipment to the resident and their need. They embody the spirit of volunteerism and are excellent examples of the many quiet individuals in our town working to take care of others.”

Those in need of a walker, crutches, a cane or other medical equipment, or willing to donate a piece of equipment can call 251-3097.

For more information, visit www.kennebunkmaine.us/loancloset.

Israeli dance classes offered by Congregation Etz Chaim

Congregation Etz Chaim, Biddeford, is hosting jIsraeli Dance classes.

Barbara Merson, executive director of the Maine Jewish Film Festival and avid Israeli and international folk dancer will teach the classes.

Classes will be held 2:30 to 4 p.m. on the following Sundays, Feb. 24, March 3, 31, April 14 and 28.

On Sunday, May 5, the Casco Bay Tummlers will join the class for a dance party. Classes are $10 each to drop in or $55 to sign up and submit payment by Feb. 24.

For more information, contact Beth at 590-1368 or email cantorstrassler@gmail.com.

Congregation Etz Chaim is located at 36 Bacon St., Biddeford. Payments can be mailed to Congregation Etz Chaim/ Attn Israeli Dance, P.O. Box 905 Kennebunk, ME 04043.

Republican committee plans meeting in Wells

The York County Republican Committee monthly meeting will be held at the Wells Activity Center, 113 Sanford Road, Route 109, Thursday, Feb. 14. Doors open at 6 p.m. for socializing and Valentine’s Day treats, followed by a business meeting at 7 p.m.

After years of holding meetings in the Alfred Town Hall upstairs meeting room, which lacked handicapped accessibility, the decision to permanently relocate monthly meetings was made.

Under the direction of newly elected chairman Jonathan Kinney, the meetings are scheduled for the refurbished Grange Hall that was repurposed as the Wells Activity Center in 1996. All Republicans are invited to participate in the inaugural meeting in the group’s new location. Legislators will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information, email ycrcsecretary@gmail.com.

Compiled by Dan King, editor@kennebunkpost.com.

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