2018-06-28 / Editorial

Did You Hear?

by Alex MacPhail


Eight-year-old Hayden Conway, of Dayton, Janessa Johnson (8), of Saco, as well as St. Andre’s Director of Nursing Allyson Thornton (left to right) were three of the many participants in St. Andre’s special Paint Nite, that was held this past Thursday as part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day fundraiser campaign. The fundraiser is held each year on the Summer Solstice. (Alex MacPhail photo) Eight-year-old Hayden Conway, of Dayton, Janessa Johnson (8), of Saco, as well as St. Andre’s Director of Nursing Allyson Thornton (left to right) were three of the many participants in St. Andre’s special Paint Nite, that was held this past Thursday as part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day fundraiser campaign. The fundraiser is held each year on the Summer Solstice. (Alex MacPhail photo) Did You Hear?

This past Thursday, June 21, on the longest day of the year, St. Andre’s Health Care facility, located on Pool Road in Biddeford, participated in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day fundraising campaign by holding a special Paint Nite, as a way to raise money and support for those afflicted by the disease.

According to Director of Recreational Therapy, Jessica LeClerc, the Longest Day campaign is a yearly fundraiser held on the Summer Solstice (hence the Longest Day name) by the Alzheimer’s Association as a way of helping raise much needed funds for research and support for those afflicted and their families.

“We coordinated with the Alzheimer’s Association and had to pick something we love and use it in a fundraiser, and people here love painting, so we decided to do a paint night,” LeClerc said.

According to registered nurse Tricia Johnson, soon to be Conway, LeClerc arranged for mobil Paint Nite program operator Nicole Buerhus to come down from Augusta and teach the full class. The event, which Johnson assisted with while her daughter participated, included beverages, snacks, music, and a tutorial painting on a fresh canvas in the St. Andre’s community room.

“Nicole brought everything down and provides a great experience, it’s a lot of fun,” said LeClerc, “but more importantly, it’s for a good cause and highlights an important issue.”

In other community news, did you hear, the Old Orchard Beach Surge is partnering with the American Cancer Society, for its upcoming home game this Saturday, June 30, with a portion of all ticket sales going to the national group? The Old Orchard Beach Surge is an independent baseball team who call The Ballpark on Emerson Cummings Boulevard home. The Ballpark is located behind the Old Orchard Beach Police Station.

The Surge, who compete in the Empire Baseball League against teams from New York, New Hampshire and Puerto Rico, provide a playing environment for baseball players who may have graduated college, or have not been drafted by a major league organization, but still have continued hopes of playing professional baseball.

This Saturday’s game will be played against the New York Bucks, from Canton New York, and begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Ballpark, former home to professional baseball, features concessions, a beer tent and autographs and photos with the players.

For schedules and more information on Ballpark events, visit www.oobballpark.com.

Alex MacPhail is an ad representative for the Courier and Chaiman of the Saco Conservation Commission, President of Friends of The Ballpark, a member of the Saco Main Street Executive Board, Saco Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, HOB River Jam Committee and a former member of the Saco River Corridor Commission.

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