Coastal Studies for Girls tours set

Coastal Studies for Girls will hold an open house at its campus, 308 Wolfe’s Neck Road in Freeport, Sunday, Nov. 2, from noon-3 p.m. Tours of the school will run every 20 minutes.

Coastal Studies for Girls is a Semester School for 10th-grade girls. Each semester,15 girls from across the country study together and live in the school’s farmhouse. The school features an integrated marine science and leadership curriculum based on field work and experiential learning. In addition to producing original marine science research and completing semester-long leadership training, students earn high school credits in literature, history, math and foreign language. The school’s admissions team and Semester 10 students will be available to answer questions. For more information, see www.coastalstudiesforgirls.org.

Author luncheon features King, Conley

Yarmouth-based author Lily King, whose novel, “Euphoria,” last week won the first-ever Kirkus Prize for Fiction, and Susan Conley, cofounder and executive director of The Telling Room, will both be featured at an author luncheon Friday, Nov. 7, at the South Freeport Congregational Church. The lunch runs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Community Hall of the church, 98 South Freeport Road, and begins with the authors speaking about their experiences and their works.

King is the author of several novels, including “Father of the Rain,” which was a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year and the winner of the Maine Fiction Award. Conley, a Maine native, is a novelist, memoirist and creative writing professor. The Telling Room is a nonprofit creative writing center for students ages 6 to 18. Her latest novel, “Paris Was the Place,” was an Amazon Fall Big Books Pick for fiction, an Indie Next Pick and an Elle Magazine Readers Prize Pick.

The cost is $15 per person and tickets must be purchased by the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 5. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the church office at 865-4012.

Community Services seeks volunteers

Freeport Community Services is looking for volunteers in these areas:

Work in the Thrift shop as a customer service volunteer, where the most help is needed. Flexible shifts are available.

Help in the food pantry as a substitute.

Help in the FCS Furniture Annex Thursdays from 2:30 – 5 p.m.

Become part of the Free Lunch Friday team, every third Friday of the month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sign up to be on call for special projects, such as Holiday Helpline, quarterly blood drives and organizing and filling Thanksgiving food boxes.

For more information, call Debbie Daggett at 865-3985, ext. 206 or email [email protected].

Writer to talk on Popham Colony novel

R. deVillers Seymour will speak Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., at Freeport Community Library, about his first novel, “Beyond: Popham: The First English Settlement in New England.”

Thirteen years before the Mayflower, five Native Americans are kidnapped and taken to England. One of them, Skidwarres, spends two years learning all things English. His tutor, Richard, a young Oxford educated gentleman, sails back with him to the New World, along with 140 English soldiers, craftsmen, and adventurers. At the mouth of the Kennebec River, in what is now Maine, they erect the first English settlement north of Jamestown. Little is known and much is speculated about this earliest of colonial footprints. In his book, Seymour weaves historical fact with adventure and romance.

The author has practiced clinical psychology in Maine for over 25 years, has been a professor and teacher and has written and produced for television.

Photographer Strout to exhibit at library

Freeport Community Library will feature the fine-art photography of Jon Strout during the month of November in its Main Reading Room, Monday through Saturday during normal business hours.

Strout grew up near Brunswick, where he currently lives. The natural beauty of Maine has always inspired him. Photography has become his passion, and since his recent retirement from his dental practice, he has the freedom to photograph what inspires and excites him. Landscapes and figure work are his favorite areas of interest and prefers to work in black and white.

His photography has been exhibited throughout Maine, including Bowdoin College, and at shows in Portland, Falmouth, Freeport, Yarmouth and Brunswick. Strout teaches the marine photography courses at the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin.

Holiday art sale and auction

The Art Guild of Freeport’s annual Art Show & Sale is being held on Saturday, Nov 8, from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center. Along with paintings for sale, there will also be a silent auction table with proceeds going to Freeport Community Services. For more information, contact Christy DeVeault, president of the Art Guild of Freeport, at 865-3040.

‘Emma’ is group’s next book

The next Freeport Community Library book group will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m., with a discussion of Jane Austen’s “Emma,” a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. The novel was published in December 1815. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the library sunroom year round, and discussions typically last until 7:45 p.m. with light refreshments provided by group members.

Self-improvement classes scheduled

RSU 5 Recreation and Community Education is offering self-improvement classes this fall. Included are Foot Massage (Thursday, Nov. 6, 6-8 p.m.) and Head, Neck, and Shoulder Massage (Thursday, Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m.) with Barbara Pearl Fudala, a nurse and licensed massage therapist. She has been a wellness practitioner in the Freeport area for some 26 years with a practice in massage therapy and energy therapies.

Upcoming travel workshops include Finding Great Travel (Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6-8 p.m.), which will explore traveling on a budget; and Living La Vida Loca: Working Overseas (Saturday, Nov. 22, 2-5 p.m.).

For more information on course offerings, visit www.rsu5-rce.org or call 865-6171.

Annual report wins award

The town of Freeport’s 2013 annual report was awarded second place honors in this year’s Maine Municipal Association Annual Report competition. Competing in the: 5,000-plus population category, the report came in second only to the city of Caribou. Copies of the report are still available in print at the Town Hall, and can be accessed online at http://www.freeportmaine.com/inc/scripts/file.php?fileid=7124.

Caroline Pelletier, assistant to the town planner, is largely responsible for coordinating and editing the annual report each year.

FEDC board position available

Freeport Economic Development Corp., a private nonprofit organization that performs the Freeport community’s economic development functions, is seeking qualified applicants to fill a vacancy on its board of directors. Directors serve as volunteers, and are nominated and elected by the existing board for a three-year term. Those with a passion for public service, close ties to the Freeport community, and relevant experience are encouraged to apply. For more information, see www.freeportecon.com, or contact Keith McBride, FEDC executive director, at 865-4743, ext.117.

Freeport free movie day

Freeport residents are invited to enjoy a film at the Nordica Theatre for free on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Proof of residence in the form of a license, ID or school ID is required to receive a free ticket to any available showtime. Tickets are limited to seating capacity and there will be no rain checks. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Freeport Players.

Election, ballot info

On Nov. 4, the polls will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. in the gymnasium at the Freeport High School, 30 Holbrook St. The election will have many elements on the ballot.

Detailed information and sample ballots for Freeport districts are available under municipal news on the town website, www.freeportmaine.com.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot from the town clerk is Thursday, Oct., 30, at 6 p.m. The office hours are 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. For more information, call 865-4743, ext. 123.

Election Day bake sale

The Freeport Woman’s Club is having its fifth annual Election Day benefit bake sale on Nov. 4 at the Freeport High School just outside the voting area. Proceeds support the organization’s Step-Up Grant for a woman needing help with education to improve or procure a new job. The club’s specialty is homemade pies, but many other baked items will be at their table.

Trivia Challenge next week

The Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce will be holding its second annual Freeport Trivia Challenge on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Freeport Grill, 175 Lower Main St. Trivia master Cole Tamminen will again be the emcee for the event.

Teams of four can enter for $150. The winning team receives $200 cash. General questions will be interspersed with those about Freeport’s past and present. There will be door prizes and free light snacks.

Teams can register by contacting Sande Updegraph, 847-5240, ext. 1, or emailing [email protected].

Tea tasting Nov. 1

Jacqueline’s Tea Room, 201 Main St., Freeport, will have its monthly tea tasting on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 6-7 p.m. Customers can sample five different teas at no charge. For more information, call 865-2123.

Fall fundraisers at FHS

Students at Freeport High School are selling holiday items to raise money for their class expenses, including the Prom, Senior Week and Project Graduation. Items will be available for sale at the polls on Election Day or students can be contacted directly. Seniors are selling citrus fruits. Juniors are selling wreaths and swags. Sophomores are selling poinsettias and freshmen are selling pies. For more information, see www.fhs.rsu5.org, or contact Liz Andrews at 865-0931 or [email protected].

Health management workshops

Living Well for Better Health, a nationally recognized organization, will offer a six-week workshop that will help give the tools to help manage ongoing health challenges. The workshop will be held Tuesdays, from 1-3:30 p.m., Nov. 4-Dec. 16, at Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Road.

Participants learn real-life skills to live a rewarding life while managing their health. The interactive workshop will help participants to deal with frustration, fatigue and other emotions. Topics include eating and exercise for better health, personal goals and communication with family, friends and health professionals. For more information or to register, call Maria DeFabritiis at 396-6583.

The author of “Beyond: Popham: The First English Settlement in New England,” R. deVillers Seymour, will talk about his book Nov. 5 at the Freeport Community Library. 


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