2018-05-10 / Editorial

Did You Hear?

by Alex MacPhail


Biddeford residents, from left to right, Sophia Gilbert, Krystalyn Hernandez and Gabriella Gilbert took advantage of the warm weather last weekend and set up a lemonade stand near the intersection of Graham and Crescent streets in Biddeford. (Alex MacPhail photo) Biddeford residents, from left to right, Sophia Gilbert, Krystalyn Hernandez and Gabriella Gilbert took advantage of the warm weather last weekend and set up a lemonade stand near the intersection of Graham and Crescent streets in Biddeford. (Alex MacPhail photo) Did you hear? With the warm weather Saturday, May 5, Graham and Crescent streets in Biddeford were alive with early summer activities as 7-year-old Sophia Gilbert, 9-year-old Kryslatlyn Hernandez and 11-month-old Gabriella Gilbert started the season off by opening their lemonade stand near the intersection. With Sophia’s dad, José Gilbert, of Biddeford, overseeing the young entrepreneurs, the girls dished out the refreshing beverage to area residents who arrived on foot and stopped along the roadside in their vehicles. According to Gilbert, the girls wanted to earn extra money and be involved in something positive. When asked what they are going to do with the jar of money that was fast building up, Sophia mentioned she wants to donate some of the money earned to charity, as does Hernandez.

“I have a friend in school that has cancer,” Krystalyn said. “When we cut my hair they were able to make a wig for her out of it, so we can do something good with this too.”

With a solid business plan for the coming summer months, the girls also allowed for the possibility of a Beanie Boo toy.

Later that day Second Congregational Church, which is also located on the corner of Graham and Crescent streets, held the first of its monthly community pot roast suppers to be held this summer. The meal, organized by the Rev. Catherine Anglea of Biddeford, and Deacon Ron Zellers of Saco, included pot roast, potatoes, string beans, rolls and dessert and was served by congregation members as a way to help support the many costs associated with upkeep of the church and hall, which is home to the Bon Appetite Community Food program, a nonprofit organization that feeds more than 75 hot meals a night, five nights a week, to residents in need. According to Anglea, the community dinner, which will run through September, is one of many church fundraisers that are vital to help keep costs as low as possible for the many groups that use the church space, which include AA groups, Al-Anon, a local Biddeford Girl Scout Troop and an African language congregation held on Wednesdays, which previously had to drive to Westbrook for services. As Anglea’s granddaughter, Mykala Mira, 11, who sings in the choir at Biddeford Intermediate School, sat close by, Anglea explained, “It’s important for the community to have a place to meet and with the free Sunday breakfasts we provide (which at times feeds more than 100 people), worship, and being home to many nonprofit groups, we have become a mission of sorts, and the community as a whole benefits from these services.”

Upcoming events include a concert Saturday, July 7 that will feature Second Congregational Church organist and Musical Director John Sullivan and his niece, opera singer and Metropolitan Opera Encouragement Award winner, Katherine Sullivan. For more information on upcoming events, services and more, visit www.secondcongbiddeford.org.

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