December 23, 2013



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The Widows Sons Maine Grand Chapter presents a $500 check to Maj. Bryan Smith, commanding officer of the Salvation Army in Old Orchard Beach, for the work the organization does during the holiday season.

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New exhibit traces history of town for bicentennial

A new exhibit is on display at Town Hall chronicling the town’s history, dating from 1713, when Berwick separated from Kittery, through South Berwick’s incorporation in 1814.

Presented by the Old Berwick Historical Society, the small exhibit, titled “Becoming South Berwick: Surviving the Revolution,” is situated by the elevators on the second floor.

The exhibit is being offered in conjunction with South Berwick’s upcoming bicentennial observances in 2014.

Historical society member Cari Quater developed the display, drawing on an array of historic objects, illustrations and maps from the Counting House Museum collection. She was assisted by Norma Keim, who guided the project and research.

The society has also posted new articles about South Berwick history on its website.

Beginning in January, the society will welcome the public to monthly public lectures, tours and other programs focused on the history of the town in the 1800s and 1900s.

A larger bicentennial exhibit at the museum is planned for summer.

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Elementary school unveils mural of underwater scene

A recently installed art project at Kennebunk Elementary School is expected to far exceed the display time of any past student art exhibit on the school’s walls.

Last week, the school unveiled the students’ handiwork: a massive ceramic and glass tile mural, featuring an underwater scene of a large octopus surrounded by starfish, turtles, sea horses and other aquatic life.

The project began over a two-week period last spring, when 470 kindergarten through grade 3 pupils (including current Sea Road School grade 4 students) worked with KES artist-in-residence, Rob Rossel (owner of Symmetry Tile Works of Epping, N.H.), and his assistant Greg Thibodeau to create the 256 individual tiles that make up the ocean scene.

The students worked in pairs designing and glazing the tiles while learning about global sustainability.

They exclusively used eco-friendly ceramic clay and recycled glass along with rocks, shells and sand dollars found at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport.

More than 120 former KES students recently returned to KES for the first of four planned unveiling and dedication ceremonies for the mural that hangs in the forum known as the “gathering area.”

The project was jointly funded by the Kennebunk Elementary Parent Teacher Association and the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel.

For more details, call KES Principal Ryan Quinn at 985-4402.


Downtown association announces contest winners

The Brunswick Downtown Association announced the following winners of its Holly Jolly Holidays Window Display Decorating Contest for Maine Street area businesses:

Timeless Cottage won first place and a $500 cash prize; Trendy Closet won the title of Most Sparkle Power and a $250 prize; It’s All Good, won the title of Most Creative display and a $100 prize.

Honorable mentions went to Norway Savings Bank for creativity and Morning Glory for Sparkle Power.

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Masonic group gives $500 to local Salvation Army

The Widows Sons Maine Grand Chapter recently presented a check in the amount of $500 to Maj. Bryan Smith, commanding officer of the local Salvation Army, for the work the organization does within the community during the holiday season.

The Widows Sons, founded in 1998, is an International Masonic Motorcycle Association comprised of Freemasons, which exists to aid and assist widows and orphans of Master Masons.

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