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L. Arthur Randall of Westbrook received the Beef Producer of the Year award from the Maine Beef Producers Association at its annual meeting Jan. 19 in Augusta. The association’s newsletter said Randall was recognized for breeding and merchandising high quality Hereford and crossbred feeder cattle.

Jazz benefit at WHS

The Westbrook High School Music Department will present an evening of jazz song and dance with Maine-based Opus One Big Band under the direction of Doug Kennedy on Sunday, Feb. 24. The musical event, at the middle school gym,  will be coupled with a silent auction, all to benefit the WHS Chamber Singers’ upcoming competition trip to Boston in April.

Opus One is made up of top jazz performers from around the state who are also music educators.  The group was founded more the 25 years ago by Dale Perkins, proprietor of Perkins Music House of Skowhegan, as a way to introduce students to the big band era while also providing fundraisers to support local school music programs.   

They will be offering selections from the greats such as the Count Basie Band, The Tonight Show Big Band and Duke Ellington, as well as vocal favorites from Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Bublé.

A silent auction opens 5 p.m. with a dance lesson at 5:45 p.m. and music from 6-8:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, available through the music department and online through Bull Moose. Tickets at the door will be $12 and $7. Donations also are accepted with checks payable to Westbrook High School Music. For more information, call 318-6637.

Sister city exhibit

A 60-photo exhibition, “Bridges of Friendship,” commemorating the 30th anniversary of Greater Portland’s sister city agreement with Archangel, Russia, will open Friday, March 8, at Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main St.

Half of the photos are by members of the Portland Camera Club and the other half are by members of Photo Club Spolokhi of Archangel.

Dan Glover of Westbrook was instrumental in establishing the sister city arrangement in 1988.

The photographs can also be seen on the Portland Camera Club website,  www.portlandcameraclub.org.

Westbrook-Gorham Rotary was pleased to make a recent donation of $1,500, along with a batch of snacks, to My Place Teen Center.