City’s first public art
to be unveiled Oct. 13
WESTBROOK — After receiving a $50,000 grant from the Warren Memorial Foundation for public art, Westbrook Arts & Culture is ready to unveil the city’s first public art installation downtown.
The group will unveil “Cascade,” a sculpture by Vermont sculptor Miles Chapin, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Vallee Square. Inspired by Saccarappa Falls, the artwork is carved from a 26,000 pound millstone quarried in Maine, according to Caren-Marie Michel, Westbrook Arts & Culture’s treasurer.
“We felt his experience and the general concept design piece suited what we were looking for and rose to the top of the list of finalists. We had many good finalists. It was a difficult decision,” Michel said.
Chapin, who was born in Maine, has connections to the Westbrook area and graduated from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. Other work of his is displayed at the Brunswick Station Visitors Center and the village green in Calais.
Michel said she hopes this is the first of several public art pieces in the city.
Council OKs policy
for smaller donations
WESTBROOK — Donations to the city will be handled a little bit differently after the City Council adopted a new policy last week on unappropriated funds.
Under the new policy, effective immediately, only donations, grants or unappropriated funds of more than $1,500 will be presented individually to the council for action. Smaller donations will be accepted by staff, accumulated and brought to the council every quarter.
City Administrator Jerre Bryant said the city regularly gets donations or small grants for various city departments, and under the old policy, each had to be brought to the council for approval. While that make sense for large donations and sizable grants, it doesn’t make sense for smaller donations, such as the case when someone donates $25 to the library for a new book, Bryant said.
“The council needs to accept them because they have not been appropriated as revenue and then it has to be authorized so the purchase can be made,” Bryant said.
City Councilor Victor Chau said he hopes the city continues its habit of sending out thank you notes for each and every donation.
Portland in search of
big tree for Christmas
PORTLAND — The hunt is on for a Christmas tree for Monument Square.
City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said the city and Portland Downtown are looking for a 45- to 60-foot tree to be the centerpiece of the holiday season in town.
An evergreen, spruce or fir tree from the city, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Gorham, Westbrook, Falmouth, Cumberland or Yarmouth will be accepted, Grondin said.
The tree must be relatively accessible, free from power lines, and will be removed at no cost to the property owner. The owner will also receive VIP tickets to the annual tree lighting in Monument Square and tickets to Merry Madness on Dec. 6.
The deadline for submitting a tree to www.portlandmaine.com/tree is Nov. 1.
Rotary club donates
to Recovery Liaison
WESTBROOK — The Westbrook Gorham Rotary Club has donated $318 to the Westbrook Police Department’s Westbrook Recovery Liaison Program.
The program, funded by a state grant, was started in 2017 to help connect those struggling with opioid use in Westbrook, Gorham, Buxton and Windham with agencies that provide treatment, medical services, food, shelter and other basic necessities.