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November 2017

An exclusive magazine serving the residents of Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise, Wells, Biddeford Pool, Kennebunk and Arundel.

Like Father, Like Son: Krouse Family Practices the Zen of Timber Framing

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REMEMBERING THE TURKEY-LESS THANKSGIVING OF 2014

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BY ROBERT COOK

As we welcome November, our thoughts begin to drift toward Thanksgiving, that purely American holiday where families gather to eat, drink and be merry, watch football and rejoice in each other’s company. Our house is no different. For several years now, my wife, Mary, and I have hosted the annual Turkey Day feast with members of our family and good friends. It always feels great to put together another great Thanksgiving Day dinner with a fresh bird and a cornucopia of mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce and home-made stuffing. And of course, home-made apple pie, pumpkin pie and a pecan pie for good measure.

lot of people around town who had similar stories of surviving a turkey-less Thanksgiving. It was almost as bizarre as the time it snowed on Halloween in 2012.

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I guess the biggest takeaway from this turkey-less Thanksgiving of 2014 is that as long as our loved ones are near, we can bear any burden. Just don’t kill the power until after we have had our feast, please.

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But as many of us can attest, sometimes the best laid Turkey Day dinner plans go awry. Such was the case in November 2014. Did we leave the turkey in the oven too long? Did we screw up the mashed potatoes or fail to bake our pumpkin pie properly? No, no. What happened was that Mother Nature decided to give us a freak snow storm that left just enough snow on the tree limbs to leave thousands of our fellow South Berwick residents without power on the night before Thanksgiving. Blast!

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To make matters worse, this was the first Thanksgiving that we were able to have one of my best friends from college, John Fitzgerald, who hails from the Berkshires, join us at our table. I picked up John at the Dover train station where he disembarked the Downeaster. We planned to treat John, Mary’s mom, her Aunt Donna, and our son, Patrick, to a feast par excellence that would trump (no pun intended) all of our greatest Thanksgiving Day dinners combined!

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We had it all, including a fresh 17-pound turkey form Spiller’s Farm over in Wells. Mary had also whipped up an amazing pre-Thanksgiving Day meal of a sweet potato chicken and corn chowder in the trusted crock pot with fresh baked rolls. As soon as we finished dinner, the lights began to flicker and before we knew it, the house went dark. We broke out the candles and the lanterns, huddled in the living room and did our best to make light of the situation. I kept hoping the power would just come back on as I rued my decision not to break down and buy a generator like my next door neighbor, who seems to have everything. …9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m., no power. We went off to bed and were grateful for our propane gas stove that kept everyone warm. The next morning, Thanksgiving Day, no power, no Macy’s Parade to watch on TV, no meal preparations, no football and worst of all, no coffee. No coffee!!! I knew it would be pointless to make a run to South Berwick’s only Dunkin Donuts. They usually run out of everything very fast when the power goes out. The same goes for the local gas stations. They usually experience a run from people who own generators that rivals the Energy Crisis of the 1970s (yes, I am old enough to remember that). So I went out on the deck and fired up the propane grill so I could perk a fresh pot of coffee for everybody. In that moment of desperation, I decided that we should seek out a church supper. A quick Google search yielded few results except for the venerable Turkey Day dinner served up at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in nearby Portsmouth. We headed out in two cars and gathered with a lot of other folks. My friend, John, made me feel a little better when he said, “Hey Bob, this is what Thanksgiving is really all about.” He was right because despite everything we had experienced that day, everybody enjoyed gathering with other members of the community who fully appreciated the time and work put in by a legion of volunteers who whipped up the turkey feast. The next morning, John decided to head back to the Berkshires a day early as power had still not returned. Then a few hours later, our electricity was back! We ended up having our traditional Thanksgiving Day feast three days later on Sunday and it was so good. I ran into a 2

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November Feature Today his son Chris joins him. Chris returned home to Arundel where he was schooled after he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Montana State University so he can design and build timber frame homes and structures with his dad. In the few years he has been home, Chris has developed an impressive portfolio of projects. Together, father and son and a core of dedicated craftsmen have taken their continued roles and moved forward in advancing the Art of Timber Framing.  The level of their work is one of excellence! Their commitment and desire to never stop finding new ways to perfect their craft has certainly not been lost on some of their customers. “I cannot say enough good things about Richard and his family,” said Janet Surrett of Goose Rocks Beach, one of the Krouse family’s customers. “We have been in our timber frame home for 22 years and love it as much today as the day we moved in!  Most everyone who comes to our home loves it and says it is the coziest, 'funnest' house they have been in.” She added, “even the stairs are a sturdy work of art.” Terry and Eric Estochen of Shapleigh are very pleased their home includes some of their own trees. “We love that several massive pines from our property were incorporated into the frame making for a more personalized touch,”Terry said. One of the most interesting aspects of the Krouse family’s approach to creating these

TIMBER FRAMES BY R.A. KROUSE CREATES ‘HISTORY IN THE MAKING’

Every timber frame project utilizes the same time tested, traditional, centuries old building timber frame joinery as well as advanced joinery  techniques developed in the last quarter century to support more complicated design and building solutions for today’s customers.  This company utilizes Maine native timber (eastern white pine), as well as other native hardwoods. The methods of timber framing differ greatly from the modern day 2X – modern stick frame construction. Instead of using machine processed 2X lumber and nails, timber frames structures are from harvested large timber which are mill sawn and planed.  The trees are  harvested and hand selected to fit desired dimensions of the building for each customer. 4

The timber frame structure is joined without the use of nails. Some of the joinery techniques were commonplace in the 19th century and earlier. To put this even in greater perspective, the joinery and craftsmanship used by this company mirrors the way Maine’s first settlers constructed their homes and buildings in the 1600’s, which gives every project and instant connection to American Colonial history. Timber framed joined structures dot the landscape throughout New England, New York and Pennsylvania. Simply joined structures without the use of nails utilize joinery techniques which originated in early Europe. “With the advent of the industrial age these techniques and this type of building died out but, in the last 35 years there has been a revival, which is now considered ‘the Art of Timber framing,’” said Toni. The Krouse built house and other structures are traditional in their joinery and the terminology of the olden days still exists in the building structures. Today’s structures are still without the use of metal fasteners or nails. They also continue to use mortise and tenon joinery and

He elaborated, “We choose our trees by size, specifically selected to fit the desired dimensions of the house.” “Because of the way we build, there is very little waste. As a company, we pay close attention , and are environmentally conscious of our Carbon foot print,” Chris said. Further evidence of the company’s commitment is their unique insulating method. “Almost all of our timber frame structures are enclosed with SIP’s  (structural insulated panels, which are a manufactured insulated system). This is a green way to enclose the structure allowing for an R-factor (resistance to heat flow) which is a higher R-factor than in conventional building practices,” Richard added.

When you walk into to one of our structures and look at the beams and see how it is carefully built by hand, you can understand the connection to the whole structurally and really gain a deeper understanding,” Chris said.

“Our buildings are investments for our clients, the environment and future generations.

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dove tail with housed joinery and scarf joints. Other terms like King posts, collar ties, Queen posts, summer beams, knee braces still identify parts of the structures of today’s timber frame structures as they did back then.  

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As part of the revival it has been necessary for the joinery to advance which allows the timber framer to meet the needs of modern structures and more complex structural designs. Complex joinery also connects the timbers and corners, hips and valleys. At times, timber might connect with more than two adjoining timbers. Everything mentioned here supports the “systems of joinery” that are designed with structural integrity allowing the structure to stand the test of time.      

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As a young man, Richard became enthralled with the craftsmanship that is involved with timber frames and devoted the rest of his life to making timber frames. The artist emerged and the drive that ensued aligned him with customers with like minds. “I learned the value of the hands-on craftsmanship as a whole using assembly by wooden pegs, mallets, chisels and razor blade techniques from old timers, the way they learned the craft,” he said.

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“All of the work for our buildings is done right here in our shop and then assembled and raised on-site,” Chris explained. “We use primarily hand selected, Maine white pine, which is locally harvested as well as other Maine wood species. We work strictly and directly with loggers who practice sustainable forestry and actively re-plant, not clear cut. The wood we use goes from a tree growing in the forest, to the mill, to us.”

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Founded in 1984 by Arundel residents Richard and his wife, Toni, Timber Frames by R.A. Krouse is now a second generation, family run timber frame company providing exclusive homes, barns, commercial buildings and other structures. Their portfolio includes several impressive projects located throughout Maine, New England and across the United States.

customized timber frames homes is that so much of the work is done at their Titcomb Lane shop in Arundel.

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an antique building which holds special meaning to them.” The Weeks timber frame home is just one of many examples of what Richard and Chris bring to the table.

in 2011, were very impressed with every aspect of their project from start to finish. “At the time, very few timber framers were doing real timber frames. John really liked the idea of old school craftsmanship and we talked to Rich and we really liked what he had to say,” Melissa recalled. “He clearly not only knew what he was doing, but he was very passionate about making us happy and doing high quality work.” She also liked that he included them in the process and that they had a role when it came to hiring subcontractors. “We could just see from the get go that Rich was very thoughtful and that he gave us a

range of things and options and then we were able to make the choice. This happened during every aspect of the build. He also made sure other contractors such as the sheet rockers and the painters did their work properly,” Melissa said. Melissa also remembered how Richard helped them conduct a ceremony where you take a branch from a tree used in the project and you say, “We thank the tree from which it came.” Closer to home, the public can experience the R.A. Krouse craftsmanship firsthand in Maine locations such as Buck’s Naked Barbeque in Windham, the main exhibition hall at the Common Ground Fair in Unity

and at the company’s showroom on Titcomb Lane in Arundel. Perhaps what really distinguishes Timber Frames by R.A. Krouse from others is the fact they are building homes and other structures that incorporate each client’s vision, purpose and personality in a tangible way. “Oftentimes we hand select a tree or trees from the customer’s own property to include in the building, or we can include an antique beam from a disassembled Timber Frame structure that has significance to them in some way,” Richard explained. “It could be from a disassembled 200-year-old barn from a property where they grew up, or from

“Our mission is to provide our customers, whether simple or more complex, with craft based in a clear understanding of the materials used and developed with their vision,” Toni observed. “A synergy of art craft and our customers.” “At the same time focused on sourced materials, current efficient building products, ‘whole house’ modern technologies. The simplicity allows the truth and beauty of each project to exponentially grow. The years in this industry and paying acute attention to the details and the creative work adds more value than the final dollar illustrates,” Toni concluded.

Janet Surrett clearly sees the connection between the art and dedication to the timber frame craft that her home represents. “We love our Timber Frame house, and all the R.A Krouse family and business encompasses, and the fine work is definitely a combination of art and love.” FMI: 207-251-9518 www.mainetimberframes.com   Shelley Wigglesworth is a freelance writer who lives in Kennebunkport, Maine. Do you know a neighbor who has a story to share? Nominate your neighbor to be featured in one of our upcoming issues! Contact us at swigglesworth@bestversionmedia.com.

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KCT Feature

Recipe Corner

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I'm always looking for different delicious ways to make chicken and this recipe is definitely a keeper. Like its brother recipe chicken Marsala it can either be served alone over a bed of rice or over any pasta that you choose my pick for this recipe is egg noodles. With its succulent mushrooms and its tangy wine sauce it certainly is a repeat in our home. So let's get this recipe started!

Bring this mixture to a rapid boil and then turn down to let simmer. This will create what we call a Marsala wine reduction sauce. This should take 8 to 10 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 tbls salt

12 oz of sliced fresh mushrooms

1/2 tbls pepper

1/2 stick of butter

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

You are then going to spread the mozzarella and parmesan cheese over the top and finish off with your diced up green onions.

1 1/2 lb of chicken tenderloins

1/2 cup grated parmesan

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup Marsala cooking

1/2 cup of chicken broth

2 green onions

Pour the reduction over the mushrooms and chicken.

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Bake in the oven uncovered for 45 minutes on 350°.

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Without a doubt, 2017 has been one of the busiest years to date for the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. We’ve had little time to reflect on all that was accomplished and how much our organization has grown. In taking pause now that things are quieter, one thing is quite clear: there is no one thing that makes the Trust succeed. It is a combination of wonderful people, special places, fun events, and generous supporters that sets KCT apart from other organizations and makes us so proud. So in this time of reflection, we want to give thanks.

We are thankful for the people who have donated land to the Trust for all to enjoy.

We are thankful for our dedicated volunteers who work on our trails, islands, office and fieldtrips.

We are thankful for our members who support us financially so we are able to do the work that we do.

We are thankful for the founders of the Trust who had the vision of preserving the joy and beauty of Kennebunkport.

We are thankful for the sights and sounds of people enjoying themselves on KCT properties.

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Finish off by placing over a bed of egg noodles and always remember to pour some of that delicious reduction over the top after you build your plate.

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We are thankful for our Board of Directors and Board of Trustees who help guide our organization.

We are thankful for a beautiful headquarters that we can share with the community.

We are thankful for the opportunity to get children outside learning in nature.

1.When your boil in your pasta, place a wooden spoon across the pot to stop any pot from boiling over.

We are thankful for the opportunity to bring nature to seniors who can no longer get out on the land.

2. Whenever using parmesan cheese, always do so by the block and grate it yourself. Not only does it last longer, but it's a much fresher taste. Always save the rind of the block of parmesan for your soups. It adds such a robust flavor that it intensifies the taste of all the ingredients.

We are thankful for continually learning more about our community’s history and how it connects to the land.

We are thankful that we have fun while we work and can laugh our way through the most hectic days.

Debbie Meier grew up in Canada and has always had a passion for culinary arts, cooking and sharing the delicious foods she prepares with others. She is well known in the Kennebunks for her delectable meals. Her focus is on simple and easy tips that save time and money in the kitchen. Look for her monthly feature “Deb’s Culinary Tip of the Month” right here in Neighbors of the Kennebunks magazine.

We are thankful for our beautiful gardens and the bee, birds and butterflies that visit them.

We are thankful for Goat Island Lighthouse and for how much magic it brings to thousands of visitors each year.

We are thankful for the excitement that comes with each changing season.

We are thankful that our trails provide a beautiful and peaceful place for our community.

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We are thankful for the smell of the sea, feel of the sand and wonderful sights at Goose Rocks Beach.

We are thankful that our grandchildren will be able to love this place as we do now and share the same joys that we experience today.

You are then going to place them in a bag with the flower. Shake till the flower is evenly distributed on the tenderloins. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a frying pan. Place the floured chicken tenderloins in the pan. You are going to just brown them slightly on both sides. Remove them and place them in a casserole dish that is large enough to be able to lay all the chicken tenderloins out flat, then set them aside. Put 2 more tablespoons of butter in the same pan. Put the mushrooms in it and cook until just browned. Once they are brown take them out of the pan, put them on top of the chicken set them aside. In the same pan once again place 2 more tablespoons of butter, the half a cup of the Marsala wine, the chicken broth and salt and pepper to season.

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In anticipation of December and the Christmas gift-giving season, we’ve rolled out our annual benefit Holiday Auction in November! Think dining gift certificates galore, for example, and a picnic lunch at Goat Island, a dozen lobsters, handyman and home improvement services, spa-getaway weekends, Red Sox tickets, catering services, concert tickets, massage, car detailing, gift baskets, media subscriptions and so much more. The online bidding is now live through 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13. Prizes will be available for pickup starting on Nov. 14. We save the top 5-10 items for our live auction, which is part of our November After Hours, this month on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Weirs Buick GMC in Arundel. This is both a fundraiser for your local nonprofit chamber, but also a great showcase of donated local goods and a great way to do some holiday shopping for a good cause! We have more than 100 businesses donating awesome good, services and “experiences,” and  auction is one of the Chamber's major fundraisers that helps support its mission to serve local businesses, residents and tourists of our three towns, one community. Like to shop? The retail fun continues in November with our annual Pajama Shopping Day on Saturday, Nov. 26. Roll yourself out of bed and come as you are — pajamas are the dress of choice! While the rest of the country calls the Saturday after Thanksgiving “Small Business  Saturday,” we call it Pajama Shopping Day! This second annual event at participating shops in

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Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel starts early, like 7 a.m. when the deals are the best. Specials sales and activities continue throughout the day, but the idea is to get out early and make a marathon day of it! Meet your friends, gather the family, and get out to shop local and support local business! We’ll also have a winter market of artisans and crafters around the Waterhouse Center, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the ice rink will be open for skating to the holiday tunes. That night, of course, is also Kennebunk’s Annual Downtown Tree-Lighting Ceremony, so it will be a full day from sun-up to sun-down! The Chamber coordinates this event as a way to kick off the holiday season, promote local business and create a little fun in the process! Last year we had 35 businesses sign up to participate (personally I got some amazing deals and more than half of my Christmas shopping DONE – in November) and we’re hoping even more shopkeepers will join us to make it a bigger success! We have heard such events in Maine and around the country have been hugely successful in supporting local businesses and creating a fun atmosphere which, in turn, builds community and customer loyalty. All shops are invited to participate; we have begun compiling shop names and discount details to be listed on our website, and our deadline (to be included on our printed map) is  Nov. 14. Contact our office for more details and check them out on our website,  www.gokennebunks.com.  

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As always, you can find us at the Chamber, 16 Water St., Kennebunk. Stop by anytime, follow us on facebook and Instagram (we’re working on pinterest) and be sure to join us — in your pajamas!

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Laura Snyder Smith is the marketing and events manager at the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce. She may be reached at events@gokennebunks.com.

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He values those relationships as much as he does his red 1970 P 1800 E Volvo that was up on the lift getting some TLC. He recalled that he purchased that car in 1982 and 360,000 miles and 35 years later, the sportscar still runs like a champ.

Don takes great pride in how his mechanics are able to show customers exactly what type of repair work is needed and why it is needed. He takes every customer relationship to heart, which is why he has such a loyal following of customers.

But Roy’s business is clearly his passion. His love affair with Volvo’s in particular began when he was in high school when he bought a 122 Volvo S model. “When everybody was into muscle cars, I was into Volvo’s. I have always loved them.” Besides the Volvo’s style and performance, Roy said he has always valued the Volvo’s safety record. This came into focus when Roy was involved in a head on crash in 1974 just as he began attending the East Coast Aero Technical College. He was driving a van loaded with equipment for a job he was doing and the accident put him out of commission for 1 ½ years.

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After he was laid off in 1994 as part of the Navy’s reduction in force, Roy decided to take his passion for Volvo’s to the next level. “I had been doing automotive repairs for 13 or 14 years in my personal garage when I got laid off,” Roy said. “I took my federal retirement and I bought the property here.”

expanded their business by providing full service on BMW’s and Mini-Cooper’s. He believes in offering his customers as much transparency as possible when he agrees to work on their cars. “I work with my hands wide open.”

As he gained more and more loyal customers, the word about his expertise and customer care spread throughout the Sanford area and the Kennebunks. Roy took his personal mantra of “treating people the way I would like to be treated” and made it the cornerstone of his business. In 2010, Roy’s Motorsports

He also puts a premium on working with the best car parts and he takes his relationship with his customers very seriously. “You’re my boss and I don’t like to get fired.” Don has also imbued those same values and work ethic to Tony and Vaz, who he regards

Roy describes his two technicians as automotive Savants who now have more knowledge about the cars they service than their Volvo Zen master. One day, Roy would like to see Tony and Vaz carry on the business he started whenever he retires. At 61, that day is a long way off for Don Roy. When you love what you do and do what you love, why stop?

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as the two sons he never had. He recalled that Tony was just 15 years old when he started working for him. Vaz, who emigrated to the U.S. with his parents from Russia 19 years ago, was also 15 when Roy hired him. Roy said Tony and Vaz have spent their entire working lives at Roy’s Motorsports and he cares a great deal about them.

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Roy’s overall curiosity about the Volvo’s engineering continued even after he worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery for 16 years. “I started in a one-bay garage in my residence. At the time I was moonlighting,” he recalled.

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Portland Museum of Art, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, The Portland Observatory, Seashore Trolley Museum, Brick Store Museum, Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, N.H., and Maine State Park vehicle passes are available, courtesy of the Friends of KFL. Cost: Free FMI: www.kennebunklibrary.org

Franciscan Monastery Nature Walks

For children 0-24 months with a caregiver, this program offers special lap rhymes, finger plays and books to introduce your child to language and socialization. Time: 10:30-10:50 AM Cost: Free

Women and Horses Workshop @After Mustang Rescue, 463 West St., Biddeford Time: 6 PM to 7:30 PM Cost: Call FMI and to register, 284-7721

TUESDAYS IN NOVEMBER:

Manicured gardens and riverside woodland trails with religious statues throughout. Designed by: Fredrick Law Olmstead @28 Beach Ave., Kennebunk Time: From sunrise to sunset-year round Cost: Free

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Nature Walks-Self Guided @Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Route 9, Wells Time: Dawn to dusk Cost: Free FMI: 646-9226

MONDAYS IN NOVEMBER: Mother Goose Group @Wells Public Library

Memory Café

@Huntington Common, Bradford Bistro, Kennebunk A place for families dealing with Alzheimer’s to gather, play games and connect Time: 2:30pm Cost: Free

THURSDAYS IN NOVEMBER: Morning Yoga

SATURDAYS IN NOVEMBER: Pancake Breakfast

@The Senior Center in Wells All you can eat regular or blueberry pancakes, two sausages, orange juice and coffee. Cost: $5 FMI: 207-646-7775

@First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Main Street, Kennebunk Moderately paced Hatha Yoga by Patrick Conner. All levels welcome. Time:7-8:15am Cost: Donation

@Kennebunk Free Library All levels of knitters welcome, Please bring your own needles and yarn. Time: 11 AM Cost: Free

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@Wells Public Library For children 2-5 years with a caregiver, this program features books, songs, and movement activities all designed to help develop your child's language skills. There will also be an optional craft at the end of the program. Time: 10:30-11:00 AM Cost: Free

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@Kennebunkport Inn Live band in the bar with no cover charge. Time: 7 – 10 PM

@Graves Library, Kennebunkport Stories, finger plays, songs and crafts for ages up to 5. Time: 10 AM and 1:30 PM

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@Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport Treats for kids on the final day of our regular season! Cost: $12 for adults, ages 16 to 60; $10 for adults older than 60; $9.50 for children ages 6-15; $5 for children ages 3-5; free for children less than 3 years old.

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Trick-or-treating at local businesses in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, 4-6 p.m. (no set time in residential neighborhoods)

SAT., NOV. 4 West Kennebunk Holiday Fair Where: Dorothy Stevens Community Center. Time: All Day! Cost: Free

Annual benefit Holiday Auction in November

Think dining gift certificates galore, for example, and a picnic lunch at Goat Island, a dozen lobsters, handyman and home improvement services, spa-getaway weekends, Red Sox tickets, catering services, concert tickets, massage, car detailing, gift baskets, media subscriptions and so much more. The online bidding is now live through 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13. Prizes will be

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Downtown Kennebunk to light the Christmas tree. Christmas Caroling will take place and refreshments will be served. Time: 5:30pm Cost: Free

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@American Legion Post 159, Kennebunkport Time: 1 PM - 3:30 PM Proceeds go to the American Legion Post 159 scholarship. Join us for an afternoon of family-fun. Door prizes, 50/50 and raffles. Cost: Free

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“Project Pilgrim” Community Harvest Dinner St. Martha’s Church, 30 Portland Road (Route 1) Kennebunk Time: 12 noon to 2 p.m. Cost: Free

FRI, NOV. 24 Light the House

@Nonantum Resort, Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join in a social hour with hot cocoa as you anticipate the lighting of the Nonantum Resort’s lighthouse. Enjoy Christmas Carols by River Tree Arts performers and entertainment. Then warm up inside with comfort foods. Special pub menu available after the lighting.

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Southern Maine Cyclists and Families Ride for Autism at KCT BY KATELYN MICHAUD

On an unusually warm fall day, 118 bicycle riders were welcomed back to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust by the cheers of 3-year-old Keegan. Surrounded by his family, Keegan is one of the reasons over 100 people came together to raise over $20,000 for the 11th Annual Ride for Autism. Recently diagnosed with Autism, Keegan’s family was a first-year participant in the event with four riders and an even larger team cheering on riders as they finished their ride. They raised $900 for the Autism Society of Maine. According to Autism Speaks, a national Autism research and advocacy group, Autism is a neurological disorder that typically appears in the first three years of life. In 1993, the National Centers for Disease Control reported Autism rates of one out of every 10,000 children. Today, that statistic has ballooned to one in every 68 births. With over 1.5 million people in the United States living with some form of Autism, there’s a good chance that you or someone you know also knows someone with Autism. With the prevalence of Autism on the rise in Maine and nationwide, the need to provide individuals with the neurological disorder and their families with the support they need continues to grow. Events like the annual Ride for Autism is geared toward providing some of that support. Held annually in September, the Ride for Autism is one of two events that raises money for the Autism Society of Maine. For over 40 years the Autism Society of Maine has provided education and resources to support the lives of individuals on the Autism spectrum and their families. Cathy Dionne, organizer of the Ride for Autism, said “the money raised from today’s event will go to our programs, like the Autism Society of Maine’s Annual Family Retreat at Saint Joseph’s College, two Children’s Summer Camp Programs, and our Autism Information Specialist Program.” The Ride for Autism offers three distances, 10, 25, and 50 miles, that winds through much of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel. While some riders are serious cyclists looking for a fun way to give back

to their local community on their regular training rides, most were riding to support friends and family members with autism. year. Every April the Society hosts five Walk for Autism events throughout the state, including at the University of New England in Biddeford. Collectively, the five events raised over $57,000 in 2017.

Nathan Poore of Kennebunkport is one of the event’s founding volunteers and has ridden in the Ride for Autism all 11 years with his family. His son, Marston, has Autism and cheered his team on at both the start and finish of the ride. Once again, his team, Team Marston, was one of the top fundraisers, raising over $3,500 for the Autism Society of Maine.

All dollars raised by the Ride and Walks go to four programs the Autism Society of Maine runs, including the Children’s Summer Camp Program known as Camp Summit. Every summer, the Autism Society of Maine holds a summer camp for children ages five to 15 with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Held at Camp Summit in Farmington, the summer camp program is a free program that gives children the opportunity to make friends, make crafts, and go on field trips. This year, a new summer camp for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder was held at the University of New England in Biddeford.

Unlike the 2016 Ride for Autism, the 2017 ride happened on a beautiful sunny day. Over 118 people rode the various routes before celebrating with a BBQ lunch and prizes. One lucky rider won a brand new bike.

For many children, like Keegan and Marston, the Autism Society of Maine provides valuable resources and programs to help them grow and thrive in their communities. For more information on the Ride for Autism or the Autism Society of Maine, visit their website at www.asmonline.org.

The Ride for Autism isn’t the only Autism Society of Maine’s fundraising event throughout the

Katelyn Michaud is a Portland-based freelance writer. She recently traveled to over 38 countries and has returned home to Maine. You can follow her adventures around Maine and the world at diariesofawanderinglobster.com.

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Giving Back

‘Project Pilgrim’ Offers a Bountiful Feast of Great Food and Fellowship

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Can it be possible not to dream of a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner when emergency assistance include: fuel and utility payments, car repair, the calendar reaches November? No need to dream. Community Harvest apartment security deposits, clothing needs and transportation. invites individuals and families to enjoy a complimentary Thanksgiving This program assists approximately 40 families annually. Day Dinner, called the “Project Pilgrim.” • College Scholarships – two $500 college scholarships are awarded each year to Kennebunk High School graduates who have The meal features turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and all the holiday trimmings. The next “Project Pilgrim” dinner takes place on demonstrated a commitment to volunteering throughout their Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, Noon to 2 PM at St. Martha’s high school years. Church, 30 Portland Road in Kennebunk. “The holiday season is our busiest time here at Community Harvest. We The meal is prepared and presented by a professional chef, volunteer cooks and servers. Last year, more than 350 area residents participated in this popular event. “Project Pilgrim” has become a tradition for many families in the area, and is a wonderful way for neighbors to get to know each other while enjoying a delicious holiday meal.

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are getting ready to work with more than 100 volunteers to welcome approximately 500 people to our Project Pilgrim and Noel Dinner meals. We could not do this without the generosity of so many donors in the Kennebunk area. These are truly community events,” said Kerry deBree, Community Harvest’s executive director.

Guests can attend the meal or request delivery of meals to their homes. Community Harvest is a nonprofit organization based in Kennebunk. Community Harvest started by presenting the first “Project Pilgrim” in 1999. While the assistance programs are designed for residents of Kennebunk, In the holiday spirit, the staff of the former Windows on the Water restaurant Kennebunkport and Arundel, the meal programs attract individual and raised funds to prepare and serve the dinner. Since then, Community families from surrounding towns as well. All meal programs are free of Harvest has grown, and over the course of a year, it serves approximately charge and do not require a reservation. For more information about Community Harvest call 207-967-1911 or In addition to the annual “Project Pilgrim,” Community Harvest meets the visit: www.communityharvestonline.org. needs of its neighbors through food sharing, fellowship and financial Steve Hrehovcik is a freelance writer and artist in Kennebunk. He can be contacted at 207-590-7751 or visit his website: www.kennebunkartstudio.com. assistance with the following programs: 1,500 meals and supports 40 families with financial assistance.

Harvest Café – a monthly free community meal for Kennebunk residents on the 3rd Thursday of every month at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2 Lord St., Kennebunk. The meal features four courses and is served restaurant-style to an average of 75 attendees each month. Guests enjoy a hot meal and a friendly social night out. This program provides approximately 900 meals annually. The next Harvest Café takes place on Thursday, November 16, 5:30 p.m.

The Noel Dinner – an annual Christmas Day Dinner and festive celebration for the community held at St. Martha’s Church in Kennebunk. Volunteers cook and serve a traditional holiday meal for more than 150 local residents. Residents can attend the meal or request pick-up of take-out meals. The next Noel Dinner takes place on Monday, December 25 at 1 p.m.

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