Former Westbrook fixture nears new home in Arundel

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Don’s Lunch planning
new home in Arundel
WESTBROOK — Just weeks after losing his license to operate Don’s Lunch for failing to meet license renewal conditions, Craig Bernier has found a new location for the food truck.

Bernier said last week that he had been exploring a new location in Raymond, but that plan changed when he was contacted with an offer from Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel. 

“We chose Bentley’s over Raymond,” Bernier said. “I think Bentley’s is a better opportunity for us.” 
 
Bentley’s Saloon, located at 1601 Portland Road in Arundel, was founded in 2004 by former race car driver Warren Bentley.
 
The details are “still up in the air” in terms of how often and when the truck will be at Bentley’s, but Bernier envisioned that it could potentially be a four-day schedule. He also noted that Bentley’s is a seasonal business that does not remain open through the winter. 
 
Bernier said Don’s Lunch will continue to operate it’s food boat, Don’s H2O, on Sebago Lake. 

The move to Arundel ends a more than 40-year run in Westbrook. This business was started in 1976 by Don and Yvonne Richards. Bernier took over operation in 2015.

The business had been operating in the parking lot of Friendly Gas at 925 Main St., but after neighbors complained about noise and improper customer behavior, the City Council required Bernier to scale back his closing time on Friday and Saturday nights to 1 a.m. and construct a 8-foot high fence along the property line.  The fence was never constructed and in June, the City Clerk’s Office revoked Bernier’s business license.

Bernier said Don’s Lunch and Bentley’s still have “hoops and hurdles” to go through with Arundel in order to finalize the arrangement, but he is “trying to start ASAP.” 

Gorham School Committee
appoints new staff members
GORHAM — The School Committee in a special meeting Tuesday filled three positions.

Those appointed and their positions are Wayne Farrington, Spanish; Hilarie Fotter, school psychology; and Rebecca Ambrose, gifted and talented teacher. They were approved 5-0 with School Committee members Kyle Currier and Jennifer Whitehead absent.

The meeting adjourned in six minutes. “I’m working on being more efficient with the meetings,” School Committee Chairman Darryl Wright said with a smile after the meeting.

The first day of school for grades kindergarten, 6 and 9 is Wednesday, Aug. 29, and all other grades will return Thursday, Aug. 30.

Backpacks, school supplies
offered at Aug. 11 event
WESTBROOK — The Hope Assembly 28 International Order of The Rainbow for Girls is sponsoring a backpack and school supply giveaway for students entering third through 12th grades.

The backpacks and school supplies will be handed out Aug. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Saccarappa Lodge at 573 Main St. A free lunch, offered by the Men of Saccarappa Lodge, will include burgers, hot dogs, chips and a drink.

Rainbow is a non-profit organization that “strives to give girls the tools, training, and encouragement to let their individual spirits shine bright” through community services.

Hope Assembly is also looking for girls age 11 to 20 who “would enjoy developing lifelong friendships, participating in service projects and just plain having fun.”

For more information, contact Terri Caldwell at 415-3239 or terric0912@yahoo.com.

Presumpscot group to host
paddling lesson, excursion
GORHAM — The Presumpscot Regional Land Trust is holding two paddling events on the river on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Intro to Paddling the Presumpscot for Families will begin at 1 p.m. Meet at Shaw Park in Gorham, where kayaks and canoes will be available for rent for a one-hour lesson on paddling in flat water. The lesson on the Sebago to the Sea Trail is family-friendly and especially designed for ages 6-15.

At 2 p.m., Paddling the Presumpscot will begin, also at Shaw Park. Spend the afternoon exploring the nature and history of the river from the water. Boats will be available at the park.

Both events are free, but space is limited and registration is required. Go to www.prlt.org to register.

Husson Westbrook campus
to offer leadership course
WESTBROOK — Beginning next month, Husson University’s Southern Maine campus on County Road will offer a course aimed at giving students the skills to be successful leaders.

The 15-week leadership certificate course, The Art & Science of Leadership, will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., begins Wednesday, Sept. 19.

The course will be taught by Vince Pelote, whose professional career has been focused on developing the capacity of leaders. For more than 30 years, Pelote has been working executives and organizational leaders, according to a press release about the course, “on creating engaged, energize and motivated work environments.” Since 2012,  Pelote has coached more than 200 clients.

Local leaders will participate in the program as guest speakers, Pelote said. The program also uses “360-degree feedback” to allow participants to get feedback from those they report to, those who report to them and other stakeholders, he said.

Information sessions about the course will be held Wednesday, Aug. 22, and  Thursday, Sept. 3, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Those interested in attending should fill out a form at husson.edu/southern-maine/leadership-certificate-course/leadership-certificate-course-information-session.

To enroll, visit Husson.edu/southern-maine or contact William Watson at 874-5801 or  watsonw@husson.edu.

After losing its license in Westbrook, Don’s Lunch is planning a move to Arundel.

The Presumpscot Regional Land Trust is offering two paddling events Aug. 18, both beginning at Shaw Park in Gorham.