Tranchemontagne receives Best Friend award

The Mission Possible Teen Center on Feb. 1 awarded its first Best Friend Award to Westbrook restaurateur James Tranchemontagne.

In the presentation, he was cited as an unsung hero. “This hero, James Tranchemontagne, his wife, and the crew at the Frog and Turtle, laid it on the line for Mission Possible,” Donna Dwyer, executive director of the teen center, said in presenting the award.

The award was presented as the center’s teens have been performing 26 acts of kindness in honor of those teachers and students who lost their lives in the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut on Dec. 14. The Westbrook teens have served meals in the community, delivered pizzas to Good Shepherd and Wayside, and made goodie bags for 19 elderly citizens.

The teens’ 26th act of kindness was presentation of its Best Friend Award. “Mission Possible teens thus present you with our first annual Best Friend award. Because indeed, James, you surely have been, and are, a best friend and hero to us, ” Dwyer said.

90th honors for Honor Sanville

More than 100 family and friends gathered on Jan. 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook to help Honor Sanville celebrate her 90th birthday.

Family members from as far away as Iowa traveled to Maine to attend the party and guests made speeches, ate birthday cake and shared stories about Sanville.

Music played in the background and a slideshow of photos depicting Sanville through the years entertained the guests.

Everyone at the party had something to say about Sanville. Jinny Christiansen said, “Honor is one of my oldest friends who loves to play “remember when,” and Merilee Bryant described her as being “a first-grade teacher who taught more than first grade.”

The Rev. Karen Indorf, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, said, “She’s the sweetest 90-year old I know.”

Her grandson, Joshua Christensen, told the partygoers that she is well known for her generosity and honesty, and great-granddaughter Sierra Cameron summed it up: “Granna has been there for me every second since I was born. Whenever we needed her she’d drop everything to help the people she cared about.”

Sanville has lived in Westbrook since 1945, moving here from North Dakota with her new husband, Jack Christensen. Throughout her years in town, she has been an active member of her church.

She participates in the retired teachers organization and has served on its scholarship committee for many years. She sings with Paul’s Pals, volunteers at Spring Brook, plays bridge with a number of different groups, visits many of her friends less able to travel about, and is a dedicated user of the Walker Memorial Library.

After returning to college to earn her degree, she taught for many years in area schools including the Levey Hebrew Day School in Portland and for many years at he Dyer Elementary School in South Portland.

Ecumenical Ash Wednesday

An ecumenical Ash Wednesday worship service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 612 Main St.

The service will be led by clergy and a joint choir from nearby churches. It will include imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.

There will be a brief service of confession and forgiveness with imposition of ashes at noon. All are welcome.

Poetry series features Rielly, Aldrich

Ed Rielly, Saint Joseph College professor, and Linda Aldrich, poet and teacher, will read at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Lowry’s Lodge Poetry Series at Saccarappa Art Collective, 861 Main St., Westbrook.

Jim Donnelly and Anna Wrobel will host the event that includes refreshments and a question and answer session.

A $3 donation is suggested.

Lincoln Club banquet reminder

Phyllis Bailey of Westbrook said the Lincoln Club would hold its annual dinner at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland.

The dinner is preceded by a social hour with cash bar and music at 6 p.m. Professor Patrick Rael of Bowdoin College, a specialist in African-American history and an author, will be the guest speaker.

Tickets are $30 with a limited number available at the door. For more information or reservations, call Bailey, corresponding secretary, at 854-2469.

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