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KENNEBUNK — A fundraising website for 7-month-old Zoé Paul, who is in need of a liver transplant, has been set up through the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. The site can be accessed at cota.donorpages.com/PatientOnlineDonation/COTAforZoeP/.
Paul was born with biliary atresia, a condition of the liver that causes significant injury to the organ as the common bile duct between the liver and the small intestine is blocked or absent.
Doctors found that Paul was in need of a liver transplant after a surgery called the Kasai procedure, an attempt to restore bile flow from her liver to her small intestine, was unsuccessful.
The baby’s family is facing mounting medical bills, has already had a number of hospital stays, and is anticipating the costs of surgery. COTA supports families who are in need of a transplant but face financial need.
Choral festival to feature ’50 Voices’
CAPE PORPOISE — The 50 Voice Choral Festival celebrates the role of choral music in faith. The chorus will consist of some 50 voices from around New England producing a sound usually found in cathedrals.
The Festival will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5.
The guest conductor will be Dr. Ed Willmington, director of the Fred Block Institute of Music, Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts, at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.
The guest organist will be Kenneth Grinnell, who has served the First Congregational Church of Manchester, N.H., as minister of music and organist since 1976.
The concert will take place at The Church on The Cape, 3 Langsford Road, Cape Porpoise. This performance is to be presented by the Keith McClelland Community Music Foundation, an outreach ministry of The Church on The Cape. A free-will offering will be accepted.
Brick Store Museum hosts shipbuilding tour
KENNEBUNK — From 1766 to 1867, there was a thriving shipbuilding industry in the Kennebunks. Ships built at local yards sailed to ports as diverse as London, Gottenburg, Macau, Rangoon, Singapore and the Caribbean, carrying passengers and cargo. Local yards built barks, ships, and schooners — some of impressive size. The Golden Eagle, built in 1856, was more than 188 feet long and 38 feet broad.
A program aimed at educating the public about the area’s shipbuilding past will include a special, narrated trolley excursion that will take participants to local sites associated with shipbuilding along the Kennebunk River in the 1800s. The program will begin at the museum with an illustrated overview of life in the shipyards and the vessels that sailed the globe from Kennebunk. After the trolley tour, visitors are invited to view related museum collections and enjoy refreshments.
Space is limited and reservations are required by Aug. 12. Tickets are $30 per person, $25 for museum members. Call 985-4802 to reserve tickets or for further information.
Kennebunk River Club to host art show
KENNEBUNK — The 57th annual Art Show at the Kennebunk River Club will take place Sunday, Aug. 12, and Monday, Aug. 13. The show is an opportunity for local artists throughout Maine to display their artistic talents.
The show is being hosted by the Kennebunk River Club in its historically significant Casino building and Boathouse at 115-116 Ocean Ave. in Kennebunkport. Both venues serve as beautiful backdrops to the fine works of more than 80 contributing artists working in a variety of mediums, including oils, acrylics, watercolor, sculpture and photography.
The Casino show is a juried exhibition, and prizes will be awarded for Patron’s Prize and Best In Show, along with Honorable Mention ribbons in several categories. This year’s distinguished judges are Mark Bessire, director at Portland Museum of Art; Anne Gable Allaire, pastel artist recently named a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America; Paul Bonneau, watercolor and acrylic artist, juried member of the Art Guild of the Kennebunks and recipient of several awards for his paintings; and Berri Kramer, fiber artist and president of the Heartwood College of Art in Kennebunk.
The River Club Casino Art Show will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13.
Additionally on Sunday, Aug. 13, from 1 to 5 p.m., a non-juried artist and crafters show will occur in the Kennebunk River Club Boathouse, across the street from the Casino building, including prints, paintings, photographs, sculpture, nautical art, jewelry, table decor and more.
Admission is $2 and includes entry to both shows on Sunday. All works are for sale.
Earn trolley rides for life in naming contest
KENNEBUNKPORT — The Kennebunkport Resort Collection recently launched the first evening trolley service to Kennebunkport, as a safe and convenient option to enjoy the coastal town’s vibrant nightlife.
Available to both locals and visitors, the Dinner Trolley will circulate between all six KRC properties and other well-known neighboring hotels and establishments.
Historically, local trolleys have been named, giving them a personality all their own. In the spirit of giving back to the community and generating some local buzz and excitement, the KRC is holding a Name the Dinner Trolley contest. For every submission, KRC will donate $1 to the local historic landmark, the Seashore Trolley Museum. Founded in 1939, the Seashore Trolley Museum is the largest electric railway museum in the world, with more than 250 transit vehicles on display. Visitors can explore three carbarns that show the progression of transit vehicles over time. They can also view restoration being done and enjoy the chance to ride a streetcar on a rebuilt portion of the Atlantic Short Line Railway.
Submissions for trolley names can be made on the trolley, which runs from 5 to 10 p.m. seven days a week through Sept. 3. The winner will be given a $100 gift card to the Kennebunkport Resort Collection and a lifetime of free trolley rides. The contest will run through Aug. 15 and a winner will be announced Aug. 16.
The trolley travels between downtown Kennebunkport and out to the Goose Rocks Beach area, stopping at Hidden Pond, The Tides Beach Club, Cross St. in Kennebunkport, the Nonantum Resort, The Colony Hotel, Old Fort Inn, Village Cove Inn and the Cottages at Cabot Cove on an hourly route. For guests of KRC properties, the cost of the trolley is included in their hotel fee. Locals and those getting on at other stops will be asked to pay $5 for a one-way ticket, in cash, to the trolley driver upon boarding, or tickets can be purchased at any participating hotels. To view the trolley’s route and schedule, visit www.destinationkennebunkport.com.
York County Fund grants awarded
KENNEBUNK — The Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant Program recently awarded $37,095 in grants to nine York County nonprofits, including two in Kennebunk.
The Child Abuse Prevention Council of York County, in Kennebunk, received funding for The Nuturing Program, a 10-week parenting class to help families build strong, healthy relationships. Habitat for Humanity York County, also in Kennebunk, received funds for start-up capital to open a ReStore in York County.
A volunteer committee of York County residents and business leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding through the York County Fund and York County Children’s Aid Society Fund. The majority of grants in York County are directed to programs that assist vulnerable youth.
The next deadline for applying to the York County Fund is Feb. 15, 2013. Applications and guidelines are available at www.mainecf.org.
Graduation ceremony to air on television
WELLS — The June 13 Wells High School Class of 2012 commencement ceremonies are being broadcast on Time Warner Channel 3 in Wells and Ogunquit.
In Wells, the graduation ceremony will air at 9 a.m. Monday-Friday until Aug. 13; on Thursdays and Fridays, it will also air at 8 p.m.
In Ogunquit, the graduation will air at 7 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10.
Fire Rescue receives donation from EMS
KENNEBUNK — Kennebunkport EMS has made a generous donation of $2,500 to Kennebunk Fire Rescue for continued support and cooperation with their agency, their generosity in assisting with the loan of Rescue 4 during a mechanical issue, and the prompt and professional mutual aid KFR provides to KEMS.
Rescue 4 experienced minor mechanical issues after its return to KFR, which Chief Shawn Sullivan and the board of directors of KEMS wished to assist in paying for through the donation, said EMS Division Chief Andrew Palmeri. The remaining balance has been requested to assist in the purchase of equipment to outfit the new Fire/EMS command vehicle recently approved by the Kennebunk Board of Selectmen.
The new command vehicle, an F-150 4×4 pickup, is expected to be delivered the first week of September from Arundel Ford.
Kennebunk Fire Rescue hopes to use the donation to provide the new vehicle with state of the art storage and incident command capabilities.
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