Category Archives: Community Events

The students arrive and the real work begins.

The school buses sat idle for most of the summer, but bright and early this morning, ninth-grade students who live in Saco, Dayton, and Arundel stood sheepishly along the side of the road as they waited for the first bus ride to their new school. Driving to work, I saw more than one parent trying to […]

Maine Marathon Training – Week Two – The Lido Shuffle and a little bit more.

Te The training schedule that I am using (a combination of advice from Jeff Galloway and Jenny Hadfield) called for an 8-mile run at the end of the second. My week was as busy as ever at school, but I managed to complete my shorter runs, and I even did some hiking with my students […]

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.