Local trio cited at annual soccer banquet

Ben Danner (left), Carter Lambert (center), and Isaac Lambrecht

by Dan Cassidy

The Maine Soccer Coaches held their 45th Annual Maine Soccer All-Star Banquet Sunday in Bangor.

Presentation of Awards included the 24th Maine Soccer Coaches Senior Bowl MVPs, Northern and Southern Maine Regional All-Star teams, Northern and Southern Maine State teams, Maine Soccer “Coach of the Year” Awards, United Soccer Coaches “Coach of the Year Nominees, Class “Players of the Year” Awards, All Region Awards and All American Awards.

Over 200 high school boys soccer students attended the banquet from throughout the state of Maine.

Local awards were presented to Northern and Southern Maine Regional All-Star teams that included senior Carter Lambert, a keeper from Messalonskee High School, in Oakland, senior Ben Danner, mid-fielder from Waterville High School and senior Isaac Lambrecht, forward from Winslow High School.

Kennebec retired educators provide necessities

Pictured from left to right, Pastor Mark Wilson, Gail Morris, Carl Daiker, and Lora Downing organize items and volunteer in the Essentials Closet, located at the First Congregational Church, Eustis Parkway, Waterville. Contributed photo

‘Tis the season for giving, and educators certainly know the truth of that statement as they choose to spend their lives serving thousands of needy students throughout Maine.

Members of Kennebec Retired Educators Association (KREA) and Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International recently donated a variety of items and funds to The Waterville Essentials Closet at the Waterville First Congregational Church on Eustis Parkway, Waterville.

Pastor Mark Wilson explained, “A few years ago our church sought the alignment of God’s dream for our church in our community and how we could help the needy the most. After meeting with community leaders, it was noted that we have the local soup kitchen, evening sandwich program, the food pantry, and homeless shelter.

“However, in none of those places are people able to obtain the essential items – laundry detergent, toilet paper, dish detergent, shampoo, paper towels, tissues, bath soap, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, diapers, baby wipes, and toothpaste.

“We find that people really appreciate the laundry detergent and shampoo, although young families are always looking for diapers,” explained Lora Downing, director of the program with her husband Pete of Sidney. “These items cannot be purchased with EBT cards and state assistance programs.”

The program depends on 20 volunteers, “and we are always looking for more,” says Lora. Volunteer Carl Daiker, of Waterville, says he greets the patrons when they walk in the front door and logs their names and contact information. They are then directed to another volunteer who is in charge of distributions.

“We are hopeful,” says Carl, “when we do not see a patron returning month after month to the closet. To us, that could be a sign that the patron’s situation has changed to the point where they no longer need the assistance provided by the Essentials Closet. I know that working as a volunteer gives me a good feeling and a sense of contributing to the welfare of my community.”

Pastor Wilson noted that the church also offers the Evening Sandwich Program, Laundry Quarters, Reading Changes Lives, and other ministries that have “helped to transform our church to a more outward-facing mission stance of being the church in action serving others.”

The Essentials Closet is open the last two weeks of every month—Mondays, 5 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. “We have served more than 900 people and average about 200 people per month from all over Central Maine,” said Lora.

KREA represents retired educators from 60 schools in 31 cities and towns in Kennebec County. KREA President George Davis of Skowhegan cites the generosity of members who “donate funds to local charitable agencies in two of our six meetings each year.”

Donations to the Essentials Closet may be dropped off at the church office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information interested folk may call the church at 872-8976.

Annual Parade of Lights on tap for Friday

Young elves participate in the annual parade last year.

The 13th annual Parade of Lights is scheduled for Friday, November 23, at 6 p.m., in downtown Waterville. The annual parade will assemble at Head of Falls, and travel down Main Street, and will continue to Castonguay Square where the giant spruce tree will be lighted for the holiday season.

Santa will arrive at Kringleville and get ready to welcome children leading up to Christmas.

The event is now under the stewardship of the Children’s Discovery Museum.

The parade takes place rain or shine.

Veterans Day observed locally

Members of the Bourque-Lanigan American Legion Post #5, and Forrest J. Pare VFW Post #1285, in Waterville, joined together on Sunday November 11, for a special Veterans Day ceremony at Castonguay Square, in downtown Waterville, in front of city hall. (Photo by Central Maine Photography)

Waterville’s Earl Smith publishes new book

Earl Smith

Earl H. Smith, Dean Emeritus, Colby College, publishes Water Village – The Story of Waterville, Maine in partnership with Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.

Waterville author Earl Smith is scheduled to present a reading from Water Village on Thursday, November 15 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Waterville Opera House. The evening will commence in the foyer in Waterville City Hall. Light refreshments and appetizers representing the diverse culture of our city will be served. Books will be available for purchase. A book reading by Mr. Smith will follow at the Waterville Opera House and he will be available to sign books at the end of the evening.

To preorder Water Village contact Brittnae DeRoche, marketing director at marketing@midmainechamber.com. Books are available for $29.95 + tax.




Kaitlynn Pelletier graduates from Lebanon Valley College

Kaitlynn Pelletier, of Waterville, was among nearly 500 students who received degrees as part of Lebanon Valley College’s 149th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 13, in Annville, Pennsylvania. This year 382 undergraduate students were eligible to participate in Commencement.

Pelletier received a bachelor of science and bachelor of arts in music education and music.

Pelletier is a graduate of Messalonskee High School.

Gaining some ground

Waterville Youth Football third and fourth grade team member Ethan Sirois breaks for a sizable gain in a game against Skow­hegan on Sep­tember 23, in Waterville. (Photo by Tawni Lively, Central Maine Photography staff)

Ducker graduates magna cum laude

Pierce Ducker, of Waterville, was among more than 1,700 candidates for graduation from Adelphi University, in Garden City, in New York. Commencement ceremonies took place in NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on May 18, 2018. Pierce graduated magna cum laude earning a bachelor of fine arts in theatre arts.

Football is in the air in central Maine – from youth to an old rivalry

Winslow’s Marek Widerynski (2), attempts to block for ball carrier Cody Ivey (22), while Waterville’s Anthony Singh (21), Kody Vallee (23), and Jack Lloyd (73), move in for the tackle. Winslow won the annual Battle of the Bridge, 54-23, on September 15. (Photo by Tawni Lively, Central Maine Photography staff)

Kennebec Timber Framing PAL player Noah Cole, 7, of Benton, runs for a touchdown during Super Sunday on September 2 at the PAL Field in Fairfield. (Photo by Tawni Lively, Central Maine Photography staff)

Winslow’s Bryce Gunzinger (32), sweeps for a touchdown against Waterville on September 15, with Waterville’s Trent Andreozzi in pursuit. (Photo by Tawni Lively, Central Maine Photography staff)

Area Students Enroll at Colby College 2018

The following area students have enrolled at Colby College, in Waterville, for the 2018-19 school year.

Benjamin J. Amalfitano, of Oakland, is a graduate of Messalonskee High School. He is the son of Neil and Kimberly Amalfitano, of Oakland.

Benjamin K. Bernier, of Waterville, is a graduate of Waterville Senior High School. He is the son of Daniel and Jennifer Bernier, of Waterville.

Jacob T. Burton, of Oakland, is a graduate of (high school unknown). He is the son of Thomas and Lisa Burton, of Oakland.

Jarret T. Mayo, of Fairfield, is a graduate of Lawrence High School. He is the son of Thomas and Tammy Mayo, of Fairfield.

Luca R. Thamattoor of Waterville, is a graduate of Waterville Senior High School. He is the son of Dasan and Davida Thamattoor, of Waterville.