Waterville South End Festival a success

Sophia Poulin, 2, of Winslow, checks out the firetruck with firefighter Scott Holst during the South End Festival.

by Jackie Dupont, Chairman of South End Neighborhood Association

In 2001 a group of concerned residents and supporters became the group now known as the South End Neighborhood Association (SENA), a group driven to revitalize the neighborhood. Along the way community champions and partners rose up to support the work of SENA, to promote a brighter future and invigorate pride and community spirit through programs, activities, and advocacy. These endeavors would not be possible without investment from neighbors, local businesses, and community groups.

Their contributions to the festival enable SENA to continue making a difference such as:

A bigger and better bike repair and swap where close to 100 children received bikes, learned rider safety, and connected with adults in meaningful ways that foster better self-esteem;

Expanding the readership of the community newsletter, on and offline, through 11 different locations throughout the city and the neighborhood;

Bradley Dickey, 12, of Waterville, enjoying the rock wall climbing at the South End Festival, on August 1. Photos by Mark Huard, owner
of Central Maine Photography

Community events such as WinterFest, Halloween Block Party, South End Officer Meet and Greet, and the Annual Clean Up, engaged residents of all ages inside and outside of the neighborhood.

Crime watch signs were replaced, a walking trail was established on Leeman Island, and playground equipment was improved at Green Street Park.

When we look back on all of our accomplishments we can not help but see the reason why we all love this neighborhood and this city. It’s because we work together to lift each other up. The South End Neighborhood’s family friendly events reached over 600 people this past year and that number continues to grow. The South End Festival is the largest event held in collaboration with KVCAP and the city of Waterville. Close to 500 people attend this festival!

We continue to work with the Waterville Police Department and the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program and dozens of community partners to provide this event each year, free of charge so that all of our neighbors and their children can participate. Over 70 percent of the families and elderly residents in the South End live at or below the poverty line. Business contributions help to ensure that everyone can enjoy the event, including games, activities, and BBQ, sponsored by our local police and fire departments and health and civic groups.

Mark Serbent inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Mark Serbent, of Waterville, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Serbent was initiated at United States Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland.

WATERVILLE: High Hopes, police play whiffle ball

On July 28, members of the Waterville Police Department, family members, Chief Joe Massey, Deputy Chief William Bonney, and members of the High Hopes Clubhouse got together for a whiffle ball game. They even received a celebrity visit from Waterville City Manager Mike Roy. High Hopes Clubhouse exists to improve the quality of life for those adults who experience mental illness by providing social, educational and employment opportunities. Contributed photo

Waterville family gives city child a breath of fresh air

Waterville resident, Weldon Black, has opened his heart and home to Alvin, age 13, of Brooklyn, New York, through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program since 2016. Weldon first learned about The Fund when a local volunteer leader, Lynne Dailey, came to speak in his town. Weldon has been hosting for seven years and is looking forward to spending his second summer with Alvin later this month.

The brightest parts of Weldon’s summers are when his Fresh Air son comes to visit. During last summer’s visit, Alvin joined Weldon in mini golfing, building campfires, and kayaking on Lake Androscoggin. “I hope I’ve been able to show him everything that Maine has to offer,” Weldon said. “It’s a different way of life here.” Weldon loves being able to rediscover his home state by showing Alvin all the fun to be had outdoors.

Weldon says that being a host parent has taught him a lot. “I’ve learned to be more open and accepting of other people’s experiences and ways of life,” Weldon explained. His time with The Fresh Air Fund has been “fulfilling and fun,” and he hopes that Alvin has learned as much as he has from the experience.

Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free, enriching summer experiences and academic programs for more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income neighborhoods. Each summer, thousands of Fresh Air children visit suburban, rural, and small town communities across the East Coast and Southern Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program.

To learn more about how to become a host family in North Central Maine, please call Susan Brooks at 207-453-2762 or visit www.freshair.org.

Katherine Thompson on Emmanuel College dean’s list

BOSTON, MA (06/08/2017) — Katherine Thompson of Waterville was named to the Emmanuel College Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester. To earn a spot on the Dean’s List, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for a 16-credit semester.

Area students on Roger Williams University dean’s list

Select students have been named to the Spring 2017 dean’s list at Roger Williams University, in Bristol, Rhode Island. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the Dean’s List that semester.

Area students include Jordan King, of Liberty, and Michael Oliveira, of Waterville.


New England 11U Cal Ripken tourney slated for Waterville

In one week Purnell Wrigley Field, in Waterville, and the Waterville Cal Ripken program will be hosting the 11U New England Regional Tournament. This is the largest tournament in the nation for 11U Cal Ripken baseball players, with the winner being crowned the top 11U team in New England.

Opening ceremony is Friday, July 28, at 4 p.m., followed by skills competitions. Pool Play Games are Saturday, July 29, Sunday, July 30, Monday, July 31. Quarterfinals playoffs are on Tuesday, August 1. Semi finals are on Wednesday, August 2, and the championship game is set for Thursday, August 3, at 5p.m.

A big thank you to the following tournament sponsors: Best Western Plus Waterville Grand Hotel – Host Hotel Sponsor; Central Maine Motors – Tournament Sponsor; Cappza’s Pizza, opening ceremony/luncheon sponsor; Joseph’s Sporting Goods, home run derby sponsor; Bangor Savings Bank, around the horn throwing relaycompetition sponsor; Mount Saint Joseph Residence & Rehabilitation, playoff game first pitch sponsor.


WATERVILLE: New Dimensions car show raises $12,000 for cancer program

From left to right, Ryan Poulin, president/CEO, New Dimensions Federal Credit Union, in Waterville, Lincoln Nye, winner of both the People’s Choice and Best of Show awards, and Sylvio Normandeau. Contributed photo

New Dimensions FCU hosts its 4th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show to benefit The Maine Children’s Cancer Program

Saturday, June 3, started out a bit cold and rainy and certainly wasn’t looking like a great day to host a car show. You can imagine our surprise and excitement as the flow of participants began showing up one-by-one for the 4th Annual Cruisin’ for a Cure Car Show at the Faith Evangelical Free Church parking lot in Waterville. There were nearly 100 participants who had the option to enter into one of 22 classes, which included various makes and models ranging from antiques to Mustangs; special interest to street rods – just to name a few. Once the sun came out, the parking lot quickly filled with spectators who came to see the spectacular automobiles and to enjoy lunch with friends and family.

The annual fundraiser benefits the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, which is based in Scarborough. The program provides state-of-the-art medical care to children with cancer and blood disorders. Similarly, they provide support for the patient and family members who are experiencing the impact of childhood cancer. With the help of the participants, local sponsors, residents and spectators, as well as the many donations that were received, a total of $8,071.64 was raised.

Additionally, the Co-Op Financial Services donated an additional $3,960.67 to benefit the MCCP, bringing the total amount raised to $12,032.31. The $1 million annual Miracle Match program matches contributions raised by credit unions for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Although, 66 trophies would be awarded to different classes, everyone was vying to take home the title of Best of Show or The People’s Choice. Once all votes were cast and tallied, Best of Show as well as The People’s Choice trophies were awarded to Lincoln Nye, of Rome, for his 1960 Chevy Impala Convertible.

Next year’s 5th Annual Cruisin’ for a Cure Car Show will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the same location.

Mark Serbent inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Mark Serbent, of Waterville, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Serbent was initiated at United States Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland.

Kahl inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa

Sydney A. Kahl, of Waterville, was inducted into the St. Lawrence University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.

Kahl is a member of the class of 2018 at St. Lawrence University, in Canton, New York, and is majoring in environmental studies. Kahl attended Plymouth Regional High School.