2014-07-10 / Community News

Community News


A police dune buggy on Old Orchard Beach June 26 became bogged down in the sand but two nearby lifeguards rushed to the rescue and got it free. (Brad Woodward courtesy photo) A police dune buggy on Old Orchard Beach June 26 became bogged down in the sand but two nearby lifeguards rushed to the rescue and got it free. (Brad Woodward courtesy photo) Museum offers waterpark tickets

Old Orchard Beach Historical Society, through the generosity of the Hurst family, will offer full day tickets to Aquaboggan Water Park, 980 Portland Road (U. S. Route 1) in Saco. The tickets are available for sale at a discounted price at Harmon Museum, 4 Portland Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Proceeds from the discounted tickets are used for research, the acquisition, preservation and exhibition of local artifacts and programs at Harmon Museum.

Harmon Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission to Harmon Museum is free; donations are accepted.

Saco resident to participate in race

Peter Cairns from Saco will participate in the 35th annual Pan-Mass Challenge Aug. 2 and 3, the largest single athletic fundraising event in the country. Cairns will be among 5,800 cyclists who will ride with the collective goal of raising $40 million to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund.

Cyclists range in age from 13 to 90. Some are seasoned tri-athletes while others are weekend warriors having trained for this event alone. Many participants ride in honor of a family member or friend lost to, or being treated for, cancer. The average cyclist trains for three months, solicits 40 sponsors, and raises more than $6,500. Doctors ride alongside their patients; grandparents ride with their grandchildren; and others show support from the sidelines in the form of donations and cheers. More than 300 riders are cancer survivors or current patients.

To become a virtual rider or make a financial contribution to a rider from the area, visit www.pmc.org.

Finding God retreat begins Aug. 16

A week-long retreat for the religious and laity, “Finding God in Our Human Experience: An Incarnational Spirituality,” with Brother Michael Laratonda, will be held Aug. 16 to Aug. 23 at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford Pool.

The retreat will focus on a person’s call to live out of the Incarnation as they find God at work and at play in their daily lives.

For more information and to register, call 284-5671 or visit our www.mariejosephspiritual.org.

Rotary welcomes new president

Outgoing President Greg Cloutier of the Rotary Club of Saco Bay inducted new President Christopher Jacques on June 26.

Rotary meets weekly on Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at Captain's Galley Restaurant in Old Orchard Beach. In addition to fellowship during breakfast, members have programs about community activities, international topics, Rotary's Four Avenues of Service or a topic of particular timely interest.

For more information, visit http://sacobayrotary.org.

Panel to discuss ‘SELF/ selfie’ exhibit

As part of the exhibition “SELF/selfie: a visual investigation into the reflection of self,” Engine, located at 265 Main St. in Biddeford, will host a panel discussion entitled, “From self portrait to selfie. Need to be seen” at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 10.

The panel will include the exhibition curator Donna McNeil, social media expert Rob Gould of Social Social, Maine College of Art 2014 graduate and creator of #ProjectSelfi ePride Sabrina Volante, writer of BlackGirlinMaine Shay Stewart-Bouley, curator of contemporary and modern art at Portland Museum of Art Jessica May, photographer Nathan Eldridge and Dr. Julie Longua Peterson, assistant professor in the psychology department at Universi- ty of New England.

The panel will be moderated by Joshua Bodwell, co-founder of Engine and director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.

Alumni association gives scholarships

The St. Louis Alumni Association announced its 2014 scholarship awards. Recipients from Biddeford High School were Ammara Thy, Corey A. Brown, Jacob Blanchard, Danica Lamontagne and Kassi Bailey. Thornton Academy graduates included Kayla Tremblay, Allison Hamel, Mayson Picard, Morgan Dube, Olivia Shaw and Aaron Tull, along with Cheverus High School’s Alexander Grant-Roy.

“The Alumni Association is proud to recognize the academic achievements of local students through our scholarship program,” said Alumni Board President John Thibault. “The scholarships are the highlight of our annual efforts to support area youth in their pursuit of post- secondary education.” For more information, visit sites.google.com/site/stlouisalumnibiddeford/.

Party leads annual fishing tournament

A kick off party for the third annual Alec Cyr Fishing Tournament will be held 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 11 at Aquaboggan Water Park on Route 1 in Saco.

Money raised benefits the backpack food program and other charities in the Saco, Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach communities. Club members, Cyr’s family and area Interact Clubs are selling raffle tickets for several large prizes that include a Yamaha Outboard Motor valued at $2,000, a Sea Kayak and a $500 VISA gift card.

The event includes an all-you-can-eat and drink meal catered by Famous Dave's BBQ. Those entered in the fishing tournament get a free ticket to the event but the general public can also buy tickets. The event also includes a live auction and wellness booth promoting the benefits of early detection for colon cancer.

The fishing tournament will be held Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded on Sunday afternoon.

For more information, visit www.sacobayfishing.org.

Books to be given to patients at So. Maine Heath Care

Linda Pattillo, a co-founder of Project Pink, recently donated 100 copies of the book “Pink Tips” to Southern Maine Health Care’s Center for Breast Care. Penned by Maine journalist, author and Project Pink co-founder Ann Murray Paige, “Pink Tips” helps women cope with cancer in a step-by-step, easy-to-read format. The books will be given to newly diagnosed patients.

“In 2012, Ann Murray Paige visited the breast cancer support group at SMHC’s Center for Breast Care,” said Nurse Navigator Helene Langley. “She spoke openly about her own battle with breast cancer, and shared excerpts from her book and one-woman show ‘Pink Tips,’ which was really inspirational to the group. We appreciate this donation from Project Pink, which will be so helpful for our patients just beginning their cancer journey.”

Museum and director win national award

The American Association for State and Local History announced that Saco Museum and its executive director, Leslie Rounds, are the recipients of an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History

Leadership in History Awards for the exhibit "I My Needle Ply with Skill: Maine Schoolgirl Needlework of the Federal Era.”

The Leadership in History Awards, now in its 69th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

In the 2013 exhibition, “I My Needle Ply with Skill,” the Saco Museum assembled 120 embroidered samplers from across the country, creating the first-ever exhibit of such a large collection of needlework pieces made by Maine girls and young women of the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibition included a full-color book with photographs of all the samplers and information about the makers and their teachers.

Grant available for schools that recycle

Ecomaine seeks applicants from area schools to receive up to $5,000 in grant money from a total of $20,000 in available funding.

The money will be used begin or grow existing recycling or sustainability efforts.

Any school located or serving students within ecomaine’s service area is eligible to apply. The grant application rules and an application form can be downloaded from ecomaine’s website.

“This is a way for us to advance recycling efforts in our schools and help teach students about recycling and why it’s important,” ecomaine Recycling CEO Kevin Roche said.

“These grants represent a means of encouraging recycling and sustainability within our communities. All of the students who benefit from these grant dollars will carry what they have learned with them out into their communities. This isn’t just about being green, this is about the bottom line; every resource we can reduce, reuse or recycle is a resource we don’t have to buy. That’s just common sense.”

The $20,000 award package represents a doubling of the grant funding from the previous year.

The members of ecomaine’s board of directors, Roche said, decided to double the funds because last year’s grant program yielded strong results.

Pecha Kucha is July 16 in Biddeford

Engine, a Biddeford arts organization located at 265 Main St., will hold PechaKucha Night Biddeford Vol. 6 at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16. It will include seven presentations that consist of people with stories to tell.

An informal question and answer session for the presenters will be held immediately following the last presentation at Elements Books, Beer, and Coffee, next door. The evening is sponsored by PeoplesChoice Credit Union and Banded Horn Brewery.

The presenters are Olena Babak, Michael Macomber, Scott Marcoux, Donna McNeil, Todd Richardson, Micki Whelan and Molly Delight Whitehead.

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