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Community News – Students at Holy Spirit Parish assemble care kits for the homeless

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Middle school students attending faith formation classes at Holy Spirit Parish (St. Martha’s Church in Kennebunk and St. Mary’s Church in Wells) will collect and provide needed items to a group in need.

The Holy Spirit Parish College Outreach Project is underway, with students collecting items (until March 6) to assemble care kits for the homeless in their communities.

“Nursing kits are gallon-sized take-out bags filled with basic necessities that can be distributed to people in need on the streets, at homeless shelters and at soup kitchens” said Carolyn Houston, director of religious education at the parish, in a Feb. 15 news release.

Community members and parishioners are asked to bring new and unopened items to St. Martha’s or St. Mary’s and place them in the large collection baskets located in the narthex (lobby) of both churches.

“My hope for these wonderful students is that their experience engenders in them a deep desire to always be involved in service,” Houston said. “Projects like these teach them to be the body of Christ and to see Christ in others and allow them to mature spiritually and come closer to Jesus.”


The most needed items are:

Regular socks for men and women
Men’s and women’s deodorant
Soap (individually wrapped)
Toothbrushes (individually wrapped)
Bandages, wipes, hand sanitizer, lotion and travel tissues
Lip balm
Granola bars and fruit snacks (individually wrapped)
Feminine hygiene products (individually wrapped)

$5 gift cards to Dunkin’s, McDonald’s, or Wendy’s (gift cards should be placed in an envelope labeled “Faith Training” and placed in the collection basket or dropped off at the parish or church training offices faith; envelopes can be slipped under the office doors if the office is not open).

For more information about the project or ways to help, call the parish at 207-646-5605 or 207-985-6252.

Journalism scholarships available for Maine students


Maine students interested in a career in journalism are invited to apply for post-secondary scholarships through the Maine Community Foundation’s Guy P. Gannett Journalism Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship honors businessman and entrepreneur Guy P. Gannett, who launched his career in the press in 1921 with the purchase of two newspapers which he merged with the Portland Press Herald. In 1998, when the family sold Guy Gannett Communications, its media reach spanned several states with three daily newspapers in Maine and seven television stations.

Gannett’s granddaughter, Maddy Corson, and her uncle John Gannett established the Guy P. Gannett Scholarship Fund in 2000 to pay tuition and expenses for Maine students who dream of a career in journalism. Since then, the initial $3 million scholarship fund — the Maine Community Foundation’s largest — has helped educate nearly 150 students with more than $3.8 million in support. In 2021, 16 students received $332,000 in scholarships.

The Gannett Scholarship provides revolving support for students majoring in journalism or a reasonably related field, including print, broadcast or electronic media. The fund helps pay for tuition to attend an undergraduate, graduate, trades, or technical school.

Applicants must be Maine high school graduates or Maine homeschoolers in their senior year of high school. Students are chosen based on their demonstrated interest in journalism through their choice of courses and extracurricular activities, as well as their financial need and academic achievement. The application deadline is April 1, 2022. Apply online at www.mainecf.org. For more information on the Gannett scholarship, visit https://www.mainecf.org/find-a-scholarship/available-scholarships/guy-p-gannett-scholarship-fund, and listen to former Gannett scholars at https ://www.mainecf.org/2020/11/maines-eyes-on-the-world/.


The Maine Community Foundation is headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional staff in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, Rockport, and Mars Hill. For more information about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.

Library Announces Featured Artist

The Kennebunk Free Library has announced its next exhibition at the Speers Gallery, Watercolors, by Bob Lown, which will open March 5. The exhibit features watercolors of the local architecture, beaches, parks and landscapes of the greater Kennebunk area.

Cherries by Bob Lown, the March featured artist at the Speers Gallery in the Kennebunk Free Library. Courtesy Image

The public is invited to attend an artists’ reception on Saturday, March 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Speers Gallery.


Lown has been painting since 1960. In his younger years, when his time was filled with work and family, his painting had to be put between other priorities. Upon his retirement in 1995, he was able to paint more regularly.

Although mostly self-taught, Bob was able to take lessons from various artists while on vacation and in retirement. Some memorable teachers were George Shedd, Carlton Plummer, Phoebe Flory, Russell Whitten, Carl Schmaltz and Dewitt Hardy.

Lown is an active member of the Art Guild of The Kennebunks and has previously exhibited several times at the Kennebunk Free Library.

The public is invited to view the exhibition in the library’s Speers gallery from March 5 to 31. The library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. The exhibit may be viewed during normal library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs. For library hours and gallery access, visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Resident named on the Dean’s List of Norwich


Tobias Mouser Macedo, from Kennebunk, has been recognized on Norwich University’s Dean’s List for the fall semester 2021.

Kennebunk Land Trust announces new executive director

The Kennebunk Land Trust board announced in a February 28 press release that Sandy Gilbreath had been named executive director.

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“We are beyond excited to have Sandy join our organization,” Lori Beath, chair of the land trust’s board of directors, said in an email. “She brings with her immense knowledge of conservation, her passion for protecting vulnerable spaces, and we look forward to partnering with her as Kennebunk Land Trust celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.”


Prior to joining Kennebunk Land Trust, Gilbreath worked with the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission, where she led projects related to climate action, environmental sustainability, long-range planning and community setting. objectives for the benefit of local communities. According to the press release, “Sandy also brings with her a strong ethic of environmental conservation, a passion for creating engagement opportunities for community members, and skills for bringing people together around shared values ​​in order to make sure all voices are heard”.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Kennebunk Land Trust and look forward to working with the board, staff and volunteers to support our mission to protect important natural areas in the Kennebunk area. “, Gilbreath wrote in an email. “As a member of this community, I know firsthand the impact protected and accessible land can have, and I look forward to building on the success of Kennebunk Land Trust so that we can continue to be a community leader in the protection of important land and wildlife habitats in the region.

Gilbreath is a dual graduate of the University of Southern Maine, having earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy and a master’s degree in policy, planning, and management with a focus on food systems planning from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public. A service.

She has spent a lot of time as an environmental educator – working on farms in Maine, tidal pools and swamps, during the winter in the Rocky Mountains and in the rivers of Appalachia. Gilbreath was also an adjunct professor in the food studies program at the University of Southern Maine.

“We have received many applications for this position,” said Beth Sandmire, former Board Chair and Interim CEO. “Sandy stood out among all of our nominees, and we are excited about what the land trust can accomplish with her at the helm, especially as we look forward to our next 50 years. »


Having recently moved to the area, Gilbreath lives in Arundel with his partner and will join the land trust from March 21.

A mangled lobster trap was laid on the rocks along Great Hill Road in Kennebunk during a February northeast. A few days later, another storm appeared to retrieve the trap. Photo by Dan King

Photo by Dan King

Contrary to appearances on Friday, February 25, baseball/softball season is fast approaching and registration for Little League is underway. Photo by Dan King