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Mayor Michael Sanphy recognized Jim DiEmedio of Westbrook's Public Services Department as the city's employee of the year. He is pictured greeting City Council student representatives Ranya Al Obaidi and Maura Rielly, right. Sanphy says DiEmedio is a hard worker and the award well-deserved.

Mayor Michael Sanphy recognized Jim DiEmedio of Westbrook’s Public Services Department as the city’s employee of the year. He is pictured greeting City Council student representatives Ranya Al Obaidi and Maura Rielly, right. Sanphy says DiEmedio is a hard worker and the award well-deserved.

A benefit for Ron Richard, who is recovering from a stroke last fall, raised $1,250 in a collection bucket at Corsetti’s in Westbrook where he worked. Pictured in the front are Jami Pinette and Jen Fecteau and in the back, from left, are Krist Sarchi, Bri Barlow, Emma Berry, Ron Richard, Lela Ferguson, Callie Gorham, Beverly Garrigan, Anthony Rosa, and Tina Lisenbury.

Drama festival at WHS

Westbrook High School is hosting a Regional Class A Drama Festival in the Westbrook High School Auditorium on Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10.

Rick Solomon, director Westbrook High School Drama Club, said nine class A schools will compete including Falmouth, Windham, Westbrook, Scarborough, Fryeburg Academy, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Gorham and Morse.

The festival is broken into 3 sections with Portland, Windham and Morse performing at 6 p.m. on Friday; Fryeburg, Gorham, Cape Elizabeth, performing noon on Saturday; and Falmouth, Scarborough, Westbrook,  performing 6 p.m., Saturday.

Tickets are $5 for students and $8, adults.

Lombardo ‘Poetry Out Loud’ finalist

Emma Lombardo, a Westbrook High School junior, is one of 10 finalists in the state’s Poetry Out Loud competition at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, in the Waterville Opera House.

The competition is sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission. The public is invited and admission is free.

Poetry series continues

The Lowry’s Lodge Poetry series continues at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at Continuum for Creativity, 863 Main St., Westbrook.

The event features Jenny Doughty, British poet and chair of Maine Poets Society, and Andrew Rosen, once Maine poet and Cafe Review editor and Boston Globe journalist. The series is hosted by Jim Donnelly and Anna Wrobel.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s with the Irish national pastime – poetry. Suggested donation is $4 and light refreshments will be served.