September 30, 2013


Enroll in a weatherization program/New trustees at the Kennebunk Free Library/Rockland Kiwanis Club raises $15,000, and more news from our communities.


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Former Sen. George J. Mitchell meets Jonathan Poole at Google headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Poole, son of Charlie and Elizabeth Poole of Yarmouth, is a 2013 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and recently began a year of study at University College Cork as a Mitchell Scholar.

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Peggy Belanger

Time to enroll for help with weatherizing home

The deadline to enroll in the Keep York County Warm winter weatherization program has been extended to Friday.

The community-based program brings volunteers together to install various weatherization kits for low-income and disabled homeowners.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco, Biddeford Regional Center of Technology, the Landing School in Arundel and St. George's Episcopal Church in Sanford each had teams of volunteers build the window inserts last year.

For the first time since the program launched in 2008, United Way of York County is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to Keep York County Warm.

Each weatherization kit saves about $50 worth of heating oil, with many homeowners receiving as many as six inserts. In 2012, the volunteers built 125 window inserts, saving about $6,250 for 39 home- owners.

Eligible homeowners may be sponsored through the purchase of one or more weatherization kits for $110.

More information about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities can be found at or call Meaghan Arzberger, manager of volunteer engagement at United Way of York County, at 985-3359. 

United Way campaign kicks off with loaned executives

United Way of York County kicked off its 2013 campaign recently, with more than 100 local business leaders and supporters gathered at the University of New England's Harold Alfond Forum.

United Way's loaned executive team will coordinate about 120 workplace campaigns in York County. Team members include Tricia Walsh and Matt Purinton, loaned by Unum; Brandy Bourassa of Hannaford Supermarkets; Maryanna Arsenault of HomeHealth Visiting Nurses; and Link Stevens, sponsored by Kennebunk Savings, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, Sanford Institution for Savings and Southern Maine Medical Center.

The loaned executive team's goal is to raise $1.31 million to benefit United Way of York County.


Kennebunk library offers resume-creating tool

Kennebunk Free Library recently acquired Cypress Resume, an online tool that helps to generate professional-quality resumes. The program covers almost all professions, grouping job types by core tasks.

Users just type basic information about themselves and the program will compose descriptive statements detailing their abilities and formatting the resume as they choose.

This program may be accessed with home computers or library computers by logging on to the program at and creating your own account using your patron card number.

For more details, call 985-2173. 

Five new members join library board of trustees

The Kennebunk Free Library Board of Trustees has elected five new members.

Pat Carls, Lise Dewar, Molly Hoadley, Sam Hull and Jeanne Peckiconis will fill the library's 13-seat board.

The board has also elected its 2013-14 officers: Alan Shepard, president; Debbie Redding-Sampson, vice president; Mark Sternman, treasurer; and Risa Oganesoff Heersche, recorder.


Kiwanis Club raises more than $15,000 for its causes

The winner of the Rockland Kiwanis Club's 2013 Grand Raffle was Keith Drew, an Allstate insurance agent in Rockland who donated $100 to purchase one of the 425 tickets.

Kiwanis members sold 85 percent of the tickets, which allowed the club to net over $15,000 in the annual fundraising event. The money raised supports the club's charitable efforts, including scholarships for Knox County high school graduates; Special Olympics of the Midcoast; Trekkers and other youth programs, such as the Oceanside East High School Key Club.

Other beneficiaries will include Rockland District Nursing Association; LifeFlight of Maine; local EMS programs; the Kiwanis International and World Health Organization's effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus; and the New England Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute.


Neighbor Helping Neighbor helps to support food bank

Proceeds from the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Family Festival held at Library Park recently were delivered to the board of the Bath Area Food Bank.

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