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  1. KENNEBUNK, Maine – The RSU 21 Board of Directors is inviting students, their families and residents of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel to share what they would like to see in a new superintendent of schools.The search for a new superintendent is well underway, and the board anticipates hiring for the position in June. The successful candidate would start in July.“You are invited to take an anonymous online survey, where you can share your opinions about [...]
  2. The large barn in South Berwick, Maine, where Fannie Sprague was murdered on May 1, 1900, is gone. So is the nearby house where Fannie lived and worked briefly as housekeeper to Samuel Locke. And so too, for the most part, is the memory of her short life and gruesome death.Two local men saw smoke billowing from Locke’s barn and extinguished the fire. The victim’s partly charred body was discovered under a heap of burning rubbish in an unused horse stall. Her head had [...]
  3. PORTSMOUTH — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seacoast Rotary Club of Portsmouth will extend the deadline for 2020 grant application submission to April 17.In its 11th year, the Seacoast Rotary Allocations Program is open to 501c-3 organizations serving Greenland, New Castle, Newington, Portsmouth and Rye. Similar to 2019, organizations who received funding in 2019 are ineligible to submit an application for funding until 2021. Application information can be found at [...]
  4. PORTSMOUTH – The Seacoast Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol recently presented the Emilia Earhart Award to a squadron member.The award went to C/Capt. Seth Cornell, who has been a member of the squadron for 5 1/2 years. The award was presented by N.H. Wing Commander Col. Darin Ninness.The Amelia Earhart Award is the second major milestone in the CAP cadet program. It is named in honor of the late famed aviatrix, pilot and pioneer who was lost while [...]
  5. The Old York Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution announced its 2020 DAR Good Citizens: Katie Plourde, Wells High School; Natalie Ouellette, Noble High School; and Sydney Fogg, York High School.Sydney Fogg also is the Old York Chapter’s selected winner of the DAR Good Citizens Essay Contest. In her patriotic essay, Sydney emphasizes the importance of “energizing America’s youth to engage as effective citizens. [...]
  6. Hi there! My name’s Beverly and I sure am happy to make your acquaintance! Hey, do you like exploring? How about walking, hiking, hunting? Well, I like to do all those things and I am looking for some fun-loving and active people to do it with me. As I’m sure you can see, I’m a hound dog and it’s in my blood to work so all day long I find myself thinking, “hey, what’s that smell? Hey, where’s that squirrel going? Hey, what’s over here?” I [...]
  7. FARMINGTON – This is a crazy time for everyone. Everything has been canceled or delayed but our community is doing what it can to help one another through this hard time. Thank you to the Farmington Preservation and Improvement Organization for lighting up downtown to help cheer us up through these next few weeks.SBA AssistanceThe U.S. Small Business Administration is now offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to the [...]
  8. MADBURY — Due to the COVID19 outbreak town officials are adjusting how services are provided to reduce exposure to both residents and town employees.Until further notice, the Madbury Town Offices will be closed to the public. However, staff will do their best to continue to provide all necessary services, some on a case by case basis. As appropriate, town employees will maintain their regular office hours, but limit contact with the public through the closure. [...]
  9. CAPE NEDDICK, Maine — Since school is closed, consider letting the Center for Wildlife help make your children’s time at home educational and fun, through daily virtual sessions with the center’s wildlife ambassadors.The organization is hosting a “Morning Meeting” on Facebook Live at 10 a.m. each day, highlighting one of the center’s ambassadors or neighbors and giving participants the [...]
  10. FARMINGTON – The coronavirus has everyone being cautious about attending events likely to draw a crowd so watch for updates on postponements and cancellations of events listed here. The Friends of Farmington event, An Authors’ Afternoon, has been postponed until the fall.Grace Community Church offers helpIf you’re in a population that’s more at risk of severe complications from coronavirus, which are people who are 60 years of [...]
  11. SANFORD, Maine — Waban has postponed its 49th Annual Telethon to ensure the health and safety of its supporters.In light of recent guidance from Gov. Janet Mills and other public health officials regarding COVID-19, the decision was made to postpone the Telethon until June, when the fun and excitement of the event can be shared in its standard fashion: together as a community.“As many folks know, our Annual Telethon is one of our most cherished events, so [...]
  12. GREENLAND – The Great Bay Stewards’ 16th annual Art of Great Bay fine art exhibit and sale will take place April 3-5 at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center at the Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road.The show opens with a public reception with the artists on April 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. and continues April 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 50 local and well-known artist and makers of fine crafts will be represented at the event, which is a fundraiser for the [...]
  13. DOVER – Portsmouth Christian Academy senior Manogna Dumpala, 16, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.The award, under each United States Administration, honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action. Manogna’s recognition was certified by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a PVSA-certifying organization. [...]
  14. DOVER – Emma is looking for a new loving home without children or cats.Emma is 3 years old, 50 lbs., and white with brown patches. Emma is looking for an adult-only household where she can do her favorite thing, play with toys. Emma can be shy as she is nervous around new people.Emma is still young and eager to learn and would benefit from further training. For those who are interested in adopting Emma and already have a dog or dogs at home, Emma must meet them [...]
  15. ROCHESTER – Rochester Main Street will host its Annual Meeting and Downtown Awards on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:45 a.m. at the newly renovated Creteau Technology Center of Spaulding High School in Rochester. The local nonprofit organization will provide 2019 results and 2020 expectations to downtown stakeholders, then recognize outstanding businesses and individuals who positively impacted the district in 2019.Those with a vested interest in downtown Rochester are invited to [...]
  16. LACONIA, N.H. - Three professional development workshops will be offered starting March 21 at the Laconia Airport. The workshops are being provided by the certified teacher education staff of WinnAero, the education non-profit based at the airport and using the themes of aviation and aerospace to teach hands-on STEM education.The March 21 workshop is titled Rocketry; March 28 will be Intro to Flight and April 18 will be Aircraft Systems and Airport Operations. Interested teachers [...]
  17. Editor’s Note: This dinner has now been cancelled due to concerns about the spread of Coronavirus.FARMINGTON – At 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, March 14, the First Congregational Church in Farmington will be hosting an Irish meal prepared by the Irish Colleens of the FCC Women’s Fellowship.Wear your best green clothes and enjoy corned beef and cabbage while listening to Irish music. Desert and drinks will also be available along with homemade pies that will [...]
  18. AUGUSTA — There’s a new option for Mainers to get answers to questions about the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 at any time, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and 211 Maine.The service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailinginfo@211maine.org. Calls, texts, and emails to 211 are answered 24/7 by a person here in the state.The 211 Maine service is free and confidential. [...]
  19. FARMINGTON, N.H. – There’s a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner this weekend at the First Congregational Church. Also coming up, the Goodwin Library and Henry Wilson Middle School have teamed up to offer a graphic novel book club. In other news, congratulations to Kathy L. Seaver on her service to the town and her upcoming retirement.Kathy L. Seaver to retirePlease join us to celebrate Kathy Seaver’s 45 years of service to the Town of Farmington and to [...]
  20. YORK — The state of Maine turns 200 this month, and Old York Historical Society kicks off a year-long series of celebrations with a festive evening in historic Jefferds Tavern on Friday, March 13, at 6 p.m., hosted by Wiggly Bridge Distillery of York.Enjoy a taste of local craft spirits, try an old-fashioned switchel, or raise a glass of Bicentennial Punch. Using their small-batch spirits and historic recipes, the gang from Wiggly Bridge will mix up some traditional drinks, [...]