2012-07-06 / Community News

Community News

Library to host Reuters correspondent

Scarborough Public Library will host Richard Valdmanis, deputy chief correspondent for Reuters’ West and Central Africa bureau at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 for an evening of conversation on the evolution of democracy in West Africa.

Supporters of democracy have hailed the flowering of frequent elections that accompanied Africa’s general shift away from dictators and one-party states since the late 1980s.

In recent years, they have started to sound the alarm about what they see as a deterioration of these gains.

What have the recent elections in Liberia, Senegal, Guinea, and Congo – along with the recent coups in Mali and Bissau – said about the region’s ability to uphold and advance a positive spread of multi-party political pluralism since the end of the Cold War more than two decades ago? And what are the implications for the West? Valdmanis will share his coverage of these issues, illustrated by photos he took at recent elections in Liberia, Bissau and Niger.

Valdmanis is based in Reuters’ Dakar bureau where he has helped lead coverage of two dozen countries in West and Central Africa since September 2009. He previously ran Reuters’ energy coverage in the Americas as a senior editor based in New York.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event or other programs offered at the library, visit www.scarboroughlibrary.org or call 883- 4723, option 4.

Gym Dandies pizza fundraiser is planned

A benefit dinner for Scarborough Gym Dandies is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, July 17 at Flatbread Pizza Co., in Portland. Flatbread Pizza is located 72 Commercial St.

The event will feature Gym Dandies participants in grades three through 12 riding unicycles, juggling and spinning plates while guests eat.

Land trust names new officers to board

Scarborough Land Trust recently named new officers on its board of directors: President, Paul Austin, owner of Whole Home Resource; Vice President, Jack Anderson, retired securities lawyer; Treasurer, Patrick O’Reilly, accountant at Macdonald Page and Co.; and Clerk, Rick Shinay, attorney at Drummond Woodsum.

Other directors elected at the annual meeting were Mark Follansbee, toxicologist at SRC, Elizabeth Peoples, Esq., Alexander Timpson, senior vice president, Wachovia Securities and Jeremy Wintersteen, owner of Conservation Outcomes.

Scarborough Land Trust is celebrating 35 years of land conservation. The trust has protected more than 1,000 acres through purchase and easements, from properties along Scarborough Marsh to upland acres that feature open fields, woods, rivers, streams and active farmland.

Four properties have public trails: Libby River Farm behind Camp Ketcha, Fuller Farm on Broadturn Road, Sewall Woods on Ash Swamp Road and Broadturn Farm. Trail maps can be downloaded at scarboroughlandtrust.org.

Visit the land trust’s table at the Scarborough Farmer’s Market on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.

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