The Maine Young Birders Club is seeking two young birders to participate in birding programs for teens on Hog Island and Borestone Mountain in the summer of 2022. The club and York County Audubon are offering the scholarships. Applications and complete details are available at www.yorkcountyaudubon.org/scholarships. Applications are due by March 15. Applicants must be 14-17 years old to attend.
The first program is titled Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens and the session will run from June 19-24. The six-day, five-night program on Hog Island allows young birders to work with some of the country’s best-known birders and ornithologists on field identification, bird ecology and conservation. Program details and descriptions are available at http://hogisland.audubon.org/bird-studies-teens. Thanks to support from Friends of Hog Island, the scholarship covers 100 percent of the recipient’s cost to attend.
The second program is titled Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens and the session will run from June 26-July 1. The five-night program will cover boreal to coastal bird species in Maine. Teens will spend part of the week at Maine Audubon’s Borestone Mountain Sanctuary looking for northern Maine bird species.
The remaining part of the week, teens will stay on Hog Island and explore the coast for shorebirds, nesting species and puffins. Program details and descriptions are available at https://hogisland.audubon.org/programs/mountains-sea-birding-teens. The scholarship covers 80 percent of the recipient’s cost to attend. Applicants will cover the remaining 20 percent.
The Maine Young Birders Club provides a safe environment for youth in Maine to experience the wonder of birds and nature with other teens through birding-related events and activities and to promote engagement with our natural world by empowering young Maine residents to study and enjoy birds and birding. To find out more about the club and our monthly outings, visit www.mainyoungbirders.org.
University of Maine announces fall 2021 dean’s list
The University of Maine recognized 3,101 students for achieving dean’s list honors in the fall 2021 semester. Of the students who made the dean’s list, 2,024 are from Maine, 1,009 are from 39 other states and 68 are from 25 countries other than the US
Local residents named to the dean’s list include:
Arundel: Evan Dickson, Keeva Jacques and Meg Noble.
Kennebunk: Brianna Adams, Nick Barry, Caleb Congdon, Julia Connolly, Nate Cripps, Colby Ellis, Danielle Gassman, James Jarvis, Henry Kindler, Ian Martin, Sean Radel, Corinna Rec, Ashley Robinson, Osiris Thomas and Sam Vaccaro.
Kennebunkport: Jessica Dupler, Robbie Sanders and Trevor Sutton.
Museum hosts mental health discussion series
The Brick Store Museum is continuing its focus on mental health using its historic archives in its Winter Discussion Series sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council. Archival letters and diaries written by historic citizens will be used to highlight the importance of mental health. The museum is partnering with the Maine Humanities Council to present this unique discussion series, running one Thursday a month between March and June.
Registration is free and open to the public, though limited to 15.
The series of virtual discussions (via Zoom) will be grounded in letters and journals from the Brick Store Museum’s collection, plus two published books, “Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness” by Kristin Radtke and “Wait: Poems from the Pandemic” by 55 Maine poets.
Each session will take place at 6 pm and are scheduled for March 10, April 14, May 12 and June 9. The sessions will feature archival texts as well as a companion text, with discussion led by trained facilitator Dr. Lacey Sparks, assistant professor of history at the University of Southern Maine.
Participation is free and all materials are provided. Those interested are asked to register by Feb. 25. To register, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org/calendar, or contact Cynthia Walker at [email protected] or 207-985-4802.
Astronomical society schedules March meeting
The Astronomical Society of Northern New England will hold its monthly meeting 7:30 pm Friday, March 4 at The
New School, 38 York St., Kennebunk. A business meeting, also open to the public, commences at 7 pm
The March meeting agenda includes: Bernie Reim’s What’s Up for the Month and Astro Shorts, where attendees and
members share questions, activities, news and observations. The Astro Shorts meetings give way to many discussions.
The Astronomical Society of Northern New England is a local association of amateur astronomers that meets monthly at The New School. Meetings are on the first Friday of each month. All those interested in astrophotographers are welcome, from stargazers and hobbyists, to serious observers, astrophotographers, and those interested in astronomical theory. The general public is also invited and welcome.
The society also hosts Star Parties at its own Talmage Observatory at Starfield on Route 35 in West Kennebunk.
For meeting status as it pertains to weather or pandemic considerations, email [email protected] For more information about the society, including directions and events, or to contact the club, visit www.ASNNE.org.
Ameriprise combine for Seacoast Financial Planning
Jeffrey Bonney, private wealth advisor and Karrie Shaw, financial advisor, with Ameriprise Financial in Kennebunk, recently announced that their practice joined with a fellow Ameriprise practice led by Private Wealth Advisor Charles Beynon. The combined team, that will operate under the name Seacoast Financial Planning, manages more than $1 billion for clients across the country out of their six office locations: Kennebunk, York, Cumberland Foreside, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Derry, New Hampshire and Boston.
Bonney and Shaw, who have more than 50 years of combined experience serving clients, assessed practices for several years before deciding to join with Seacoast. According to a Feb. 4 news release, “They were looking for a practice that could offer more capacity to serve their large client base and shared their passion for providing comprehensive financial advice to clients in a personalized way. They felt confident Seacoast was the best fit after seeing the team’s deep commitment to putting clients first. In a recent client satisfaction survey, Seacoast was rated 4.9 out of 5 in overall satisfaction based on 19 reviews.”
“Helping our clients create a comprehensive plan to achieve their financial goals has been the focus of our business, and it will continue to be,” Bonney said in the email. “We look forward to this next chapter with Seacoast Financial Planning.”
“It’s an honor to align with Jeff, Karrie, and their team,” Beynon wrote. “They have spent decades building their strong reputation one client meeting at a time, and we have a bright future together.”
The team at Seacoast Financial Planning includes financial advisors Mary Gail Sycamore, Nicolas Curtis, J Ali Alimi, Gregory Vallee, Cole Parlin, Kelly Kingsbury Roskilly, Andrew Lane and Patricia Everett. Also on the team are support staff Lisa Trudeau, Jeri Wallace, Angela Ciani, Allison Michaud and Joanna Shumway.