Reina Metivier of Westbrook, 96, is spending the winter in Arizona with her two sons and their wives. Pictured are five generations. From left in front, grandaughter Michelle Grover of Wiscasset holding great-great gandson Spencer Grover, and Reina. Standing are son Paul Metivier and great-grandson Nicholas Grover, Wiscasett.
Rotary stoves aid Guatemala families
The Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club sponsored an international project that will have a lasting impact on the health of the women and children in Guatemala.
The project built 12 “eco-stoves” in the jungle village of Cuatro Cayos. The village women have cooked over open fires in their homes. “They inhale creosote and smoke particles resulting in a 17 percent lung cancer mortality rate,” the Rotary club said in a press release.
The eco-stoves feature a simple design created from loose bricks, a metal plate and stovepipe. “The stoves’ chamber system creates outstanding heat on the cooking surface, and vents the deadly smoke outside of the home,” the club said in the release. “Dubbed Eco-stoves because of the 70 percent less wood requirements, these stoves are inexpensive and very efficient.”
The cost is $65 per stove and an effective health-care project, the club said.
“Another feature of these stoves is the reduced ambient temperature of the entire home. With outside temperatures commonly passing one hundred degrees, the old fire pits generated indoor temperatures that were intolerable,” said project leader and Westbrook-Gorham Rotarian Bill Chadwick.
The stoves were built in conjunction with the Los Amates Rotary Club of Guatemala. Ten Rotarians spent three days teaching the villagers how to build, maintain and operate the stoves. According to local Rotarian Dr. Wayne Lopez, “The women loved them.The old fire pits were removed causing some concern, but once the new stoves were fired up, the cooks were very happy.”
Bank promotes McGovern
Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution has promoted Betty McGovern, assistant branch manager in Westbrook to assistant vice president.
McGovern has been with the bank for almost 12 years, and recently transferred from South Portland to Westbrook.