Category Archives: Community Events

A Maine teacher’s perspective on school shootings, gun control, and student activists

Like many of my colleagues, I watched in horror as a mentally unstable 19-year-old walked into a Florida high school opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle, an AR-15. By the time he left the building, hiding in plain sight with fleeing students and teachers, 17 people were fatally wounded. Now, one week later, like most […]

Eric Marston – a teacher whose lessons may last a lifetime

If you’ve read any of my recent stories, you no doubt have seen me write about Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K road race. Both events are near and dear to me and in an important and significant way, they have helped a community and a number of families heal. What follows is one student’s […]

Unified Basketball – it’s good for the heart.

Winter is traditionally the time when high school students, their families, and friends trudge through the slush and snow to watch teenagers compete against rival schools on the basketball court. For some students, those with physical and intellectual disabilities, the chance to wear their school’s colors and don a uniform seems almost nonexistent. For students at Thornton Academy, […]

Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K – 20 years of hope, healing, and a dream for a better future.

For the past two decades, a small number of people have met regularly in Saco to plan a charity walk and run to commemorate the life of Mary Kerry Libby. Together they have created Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K road race and along the way, they changed the springtime landscape of their hometown.

Volk Packaging Corporation to create a wall commemorating military personnel.

Derek Volk

Even with the snow on the ground, and a good portion of the winter still ahead, Derek Volk, the president of Volk Packaging Corporation, has visions for building a commemorative wall to honor those who have served in the armed forces of the United States.

Hoops for Hope: a slam dunk for raising funds to support those fighting cancer

SACO – The Thornton Academy Girls’ Basketball program will host their third annual Hoops for Hope Charity event at Linnell Gymnasium on February 8, 2018. During the past two years, the Hoops for Hope event has raised nearly $50,000, including more than $20,000 raised directly by the players. Head Coach Eric Marston was inspired to […]

Preparations for the fall play are nearly complete – Come and see “You Can’t Take It With You!”

By David Arenstam and Lauren Mesley SACO – It must be getting close to opening night. The empty set is nearly ready for the actors to take the stage at the Harry S. Garland Auditorium and the performances of “You Can’t Take it With You!”  This year, the Thornton Academy Players’ fall production of “You […]

Thornton Academy Boys Soccer – A winning tradition continues

By all measures, the 2017 edition of the Thornton Academy Boys Soccer team has had a successful year. Last June 12 senior boys graduated and left the program with some pretty large shoes to fill. On Saturday, October 21, the boys from TA did just that as they took to the pitch at Hill Stadium and won their first-round playoff game, 1-0, defeating the Marshwood Hawks, improving their overall record to 9-5-1.

Just when you thought patriotism might be an idea lost to history

OLD ORCHARD BEACH – Each evening, from Memorial Day until Veterans Day, a small group of citizens from Old Orchard Beach, a town known more for its honky-tonk reputation and the hordes of tourists who stream south each summer to spend a week or two by the shore, hold a quiet flag raising ceremony to […]

Sometimes the simplest Memorial Day celebrations are the best.

ARUNDEL – Memorial Day means a variety of distinct and often contrasting events to people across the state and across the country. For some of the residents of Arundel, Maine, the Sunday before Memorial Day begins not with a parade, not with a barbecue, or even with the promise of a round of golf. For […]