Community News – South Portland Public Library to host Passamaquoddy Language Keeper

The South Portland Public Library will host a presentation by Passamaquoddy Language Guardian Dwayne Tomah on Wednesday, October 26. Tomah is a teacher of the Passamaquoddy language and culture and the youngest speaker of the Passamaquoddy tribe in the world. He will host a discussion at the South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Dwayne Tomah Courtesy Image

Tomah will begin with a Passamaquoddy song, guide attendees through the history of the Doctrine of Discovery and how it still unfolds today, then move into a safe space to answer questions for a modern-day Passamaquoddy man .

He has dedicated his life to working on the preservation of language and culture and is currently working with the Library of Congress on the translation of the Passamaquoddy wax cylinders, which are the world’s earliest recordings of native languages.

The program is sponsored by the South Portland Public Library, the Friends of the South Portland Public Library, and the Maine Humanities Council.

Elks Lodge organizes a collection of school supplies

Over the past month, a school supply drive has been undertaken at Portland Elks Lodge 188. Three elementary schools in Cumberland County have been contacted and asked what supplies would be helpful for teachers in their classrooms.

Brown Elementary School representatives, left to right, Natalie Dunn, school secretary, Lisa Burns, principal, and Beth Dolley, school counselor, accept donations of school supplies from Stephanie Ingraham and Barbara Pileggi, members of the Portland Elks Lodge Board of Directors 188. Courtesy picture

The three schools, Longfellow School in Portland, Sacarrapa School in Westbrook and Brown Elementary School in South Portland all responded with items that would be helpful: crayons, washable markers, crayons, sticks glue, pencils, erasers, Kleenex, hand wipes and snacks.

Lodge 188 members received the list and were asked to donate by September 30. At the same time, the lodge applied for a Beacon grant of $4,000 to purchase additional supplies (electric pencil sharpeners, sets of dry-erase markers, construction paper, copy paper, bulk snacks) and clothing. warm winters. Members of Elks Lodge 188 brought in hundreds of items as well as cash donations.

Deliveries to the three schools took place on October 12 and 13, and the three schools received a total of $6,000 in school supplies and warm winter clothing.

Ketcha Outdoors Hires New Executive Director

The Ketcha Outdoors Board of Directors has announced that Laragh Kavanaugh will be the organization’s new Executive Director. According to an October 14 press release, “Laragh brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to the role of Executive Director, both as an outdoor educator and as a director of an international nonprofit organization. non-profit. Whether guiding youth wilderness expeditions for Outward Bound, leading international programs in India and Ghana, or running operations for the Maine-based Council on International Educational Exchange, l Laragh’s breadth of experience in nonprofit management and youth development will serve the Ketcha community well.

“Ketcha Outdoors plays an important role in our community and nurtures caring, confident young people who respect the natural world,” Kavanaugh said in an email. “I am committed to providing safe, high-quality programming, improving communication, and building inclusive communities. Growing up in Maine and since becoming a parent, I understand the positive impact of the natural world on young people and the importance of access to quality outdoor programs for Maine families and communities.

Since 1964, Ketcha Outdoors has provided children of all ages with a connection to the land and the confidence to create a sense of belonging in the world. The year-round non-profit outdoor education organization is best known in the community as Camp Ketcha in Scarborough. The Scarborough location offers a summer day camp, preschool and preschool programs, after-school care, and other nature-based programs for youth. The organization also administers the Portland Gear Hub, a non-profit bicycle and outdoor gear store in downtown Portland that improves access to the outdoors through affordable, reliable gear and the ‘education. The Gear Hub offers free bike-winning programming for youth and adults, teaches bike maintenance classes, and sells refurbished bikes, camping gear, and cross-country skis.

“Having received over 70 applications for the position of Executive Director, the Ketcha Outdoors community feels very fortunate that Laragh Kavanaugh has accepted this exciting challenge to lead the Scarborough and Portland campuses in our next chapter of service to the greater Portland community. “said Jay Evans, Ketcha. Chairman of the outdoor council, in an email. “With Laragh’s thoughtful leadership and strategic mindset, Ketcha is well positioned to serve the children, families and individuals of Maine for many years to come.”

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