Zumwalt’s Capt. Kirk is honored by local chamber

The Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber honored Navy Capt. James A. Kirk with the Joshua L. Chamberlain Award at its annual meeting in January.

Kirk is the commanding officer of the yet-to-be-commissioned guided missile destroyer Zumwalt, stationed at Bath.

Since his arrival in Bath 18 months ago, Kirk has built a relationship between Maine communities and the ship’s crew. He also has raised awareness of the advanced naval technology being incorporated in the construction of the ship by Bath Iron Works.

Chamber officials spoke of their appreciation of Kirk’s influence and efforts to bring the military and civilians together.

The Zumwalt’s crew has assisted with honoring veterans at the Togus VA hospital; supported preservation efforts at the Seguin Island Lighthouse; assisted Habitat for Humanity with construction of a local home; and volunteered to coach middle school soccer teams and to help at the Bath Food Bank.


Business & Community Expo exhibitors invited to apply

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is accepting exhibitor applications for the annual Business & Community Expo, set for April 8 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

The event will showcase the latest products, services and technologies available from local and regional companies and offer networking opportunities. The expo will also feature non-profit organizations

The expo is open to the public and admission is free. A Business After Hours reception, sponsored by the Samoset (cash bar), will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more details, call Alicia Bagnall at 596-0376 or email [email protected]

Exhibitors can register for the event at


Keeping Seniors Home gets $15,000 grant from bank

York County Community Action Corporation has received $15,000 from The Huntington Common Charitable Fund for Seniors, a program of Kennebunk Savings Bank’s charitable giving division.

The grant will fund a portion of the activities of YCCAC’s Keeping Seniors Home program, which provides home repairs and modifications, such as roof or furnace repairs, installation of ramps or railings and mold remediation to enable homeowners to remain in their homes.


Host families sought for Cheverus students

Gphomestay has partnered with Cheverus High School to offer cross cultural opportunities to area families through hosting international high school students.

Cheverus plans to accept about seven foreign students this fall and is seeking to match them with host families who live within a 30-minute drive to the school.

Host families will receive a monthly stipend of $850 and have access to ongoing support from a local residential coordinator from gphomestay. Students arrive with their own insurance and spending money.

Judy Wilson, who participated in the program last year, said she intends to do so again.

“My students have truly been a joy to me,” said Wilson. “They are polite and helpful, have brought energy and life back into my home. We experience lots of activities I haven’t done in years, and travel together on any long weekends and breaks. I am definitely participating in the program next year!”

Interested hosts can email [email protected], call (781) 996-0429 or download an online application at


School vacation day campers to explore wildlife in winter

The Damariscotta River Association is accepting registrations for its February Nature Day Camp to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16-20.

This camp will give children, ages 5 to 10, opportunities to explore, learn and enjoy the outdoors with the guidance of a naturalist and it will focus on wildlife in winter.

Attendees will look for animal tracks and signs with a naturalist, go dog sledding, create art projects, play nature-inspired games and much more.

The fee is $220, or $195 for DRA members. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 9. Limited scholarships are available.

Participants should bring two snacks and a lunch each day and come prepared to be outside for most of the day. A health form will be required for all participants. For more details, call 563-1393, email [email protected], or go to


Five conservation groups discuss collaborative effort

Five midcoast conservation organizations are exploring the possibility of forming a regional organization that connects to the communities they serve.

The Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Pemaquid Watershed Association, Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association and Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance are working to offer a greater range of educational and recreational opportunities, without diminishing the essential grassroots connection of each organization.

In 2013, some of the executive directors of the organizations began meeting to share ideas and help each another solve problems, such as overlap among their missions and the towns they serve.

The collaboration is expected to create efficiencies by eliminating duplicative efforts, allowing staff to specialize in key program areas.

Any changes for the organizations would require approval by their boards and members.

The group plans to continue exploring potential collaborative options through early spring and intends to present possible recommendations shortly thereafter.

For more details, call Jody Jones at 549-3836 or email [email protected]


Volunteer drivers sought for Maine cancer patients

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers in Maine to provide free rides for cancer patients to get to their treatment appointments.

An estimated 9,270 Maine residents will learn they have cancer this year; however, getting to their appointments may be a challenge. A cancer patient requiring radiation therapy could need anywhere from 20 to 30 trips for treatment in six weeks.

Those interested in offering their services for the Road to Recovery program should call Elisa Madore at 462-6307 or email [email protected]