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Elm City Pier

@ VOL 27 ON APR 27, 2018

What is Waterville’s past? It's the pedestrian city. The walkable city. The one where hard-working individuals commuted by foot to the historic mills that defined the city’s landscape and character. And the one that was fractured by concessions to the car. Ahead of us, we see a Waterville that not only compensates for that fracture, but invigorates the city more than ever. We need a way to honor these roots while empowering the people to reclaim the city.

Imagine a more connected Waterville that draws upon its tradition as an accessible community. A place catered towards walkers, shoppers, art-aficionados, and nature-enthusiasts alike. We want to look to the Waterville’s past to guide us when thinking about its future; Waterville is evolving, but that doesn’t mean it has to lose its spirit. Our idea, the Elm City Pier, is an elevated, pedestrian-friendly footbridge offering public art, green space, lounging areas, pop-up stores, and local food vendors that safely links existing Waterville communities while also attracting new visitors. We envision a public project that first and foremost satisfies existing community needs while bringing beauty and business to Waterville. The Pier can be a platform for people to take in the river and new skyline, but also for Waterville to thrive: it is a foundation that creates new social possibilities while also incubating new economic and artistic prospects. Built over the Spring Street Intersection, with entrances accessible in multiple neighborhoods, the Pier benefits current residents with its practicality while also serving as a showcase space and a point of city pride.

With construction on projects downtown and seemingly more to come, the growth of Waterville is inevitable. But we want to ensure that it is guided by the will of its citizens, not by profit. The city and its infrastructure should serve its people, not the other way around. We hope to construct a celebration of Waterville’s cherished collective identity that breeds further cohesion and invites others to come experience the city we love.

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An International Service Life

@ VOL 27 ON APR 27, 2018

I want to present a story about the excitement of exploring the international scene both from my own personal and professional perspective and from the point of view of Rotary’s international service. I will start with pictures from my youth in Nigeria, through my adventures in the Bahamas and Bermuda (where I met my Winslow wife), through to what was once known as "Our Peaceful Russian Connection” with the city of Kotlas (my first venture with the support of the Waterville Rotary Club), and then a variety of water and other projects in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Guatemala. There will also be a photo from the Rotary International Conference in Singapore where I met my match, a man who played the Chinese violin (I play the Stradivarius variety). I will end with a garden scene with me and my grandson.

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The Story of Story Corps

@ VOL 27 ON APR 27, 2018

As part of the Waterville Public Library's Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal win, StoryCorps came to visit WTVL in the fall of 2017. TheSanborn family was one of 15 groups who shared their story at the library. 

StoryCorps Interview at the Waterville Public Library in Waterville, Maine

November 30, 2017

“All the things in your life you can do on your own, you just don’t know it.”

Spouses Sandra "Sam" Sanborn and Alan Sanborn speak with their daughter, Serena Sanborn about growing up in the hippie movement, their decision to build their own house without any prior construction knowledge, the theater they founded, and the antics they got into as young hippies.

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Health, Fitness, Lifestyle, Performance, Sleep

@ VOL 27 ON APR 27, 2018

Athletes get the BEST of everything in order to be the BEST they can be at competition.  Those modalities and techniques that keep athletes young and healthy can also be applied to the general population.  Although many people would believe they don’t have the money or the resources to achieve optimal performance, I am going to go over simple habits people can do to optimize their performance and stay young.  I will be covering things like sleep, nutrition, exercise, supplementation, and also mental health.


The narrative I will be giving are accounts from my work with my mother and other clients/athletes I have worked with.


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Rotary is my yoga mat

@ VOL 27 ON APR 27, 2018

I am currently walking around the question of leading a volunteer organization, the Waterville Noontime Rotary Club, as President for its Centennial year, starting in July. This has brought me through some soul searching around why people gather in ways that they do, and the meandering path that led me to this opportunity and decision. I would like to share my internal process in a way that is useful and fun, when one thinks about 100 years of anything.

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Being in the Creative Flow

@ VOL 27 ON APR 27, 2018

I have made art in many different forms. Sometimes not even in a physical way, but just in an observation, a prayer of gratitude. A joy welling up in my heart. Now after years of designing greeting cards, watercolors, free sketching, and channeled art for Fiber Art and quilting, I am embracing the Color of Women Method of intuitive painting. A 13 step Method of accessing your Wisdom (Muse) with magic brushes on canvas and paper.

What drew me to this method is the integrated flow of the process of intention, sacred ritual, feminine and archetype symbolism with journaling to call forth parts of my sacred self for healing and communication.  I share and teach this method to assist woman and girls on their path to more self worth and joy.
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Keeping Tech in Check

@ VOL 27 ON APR 27, 2018

Ben Greeley presents techniques how people can create balance in their lives between the digital and natural worlds to return to a time when life wasn't dictated by smartphones and digital distractions. Working from home and being guilty of contributing to the creation of this digital universe, I plan to review techniques I use to create work/life balance to ensure I'm returning to a healthy natural mental state instead of being 'plugged in' 24/7. For a general narrative I'm thinking of walking through my upbringing and how connected I currently am to the digital world in my working life and walking through simple yet powerful ways to make sure that digital world isn't overrunning my life.

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Let's Go....a health initiative that works

@ VOL 26 ON JAN 19, 2018

Dr. Gavin Ducker shares an inspirational story about 5210; and how Inland Hospital has initiated this and other programs in the Waterville area to help fight childhood obesity. 

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Teaching in Haiti

@ VOL 26 ON JAN 19, 2018

Miranda Phelps shares her experience on teaching in Haiti 

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Making a fabulous pizza

@ VOL 26 ON JAN 19, 2018

Jonathon Rosenbloom shares his journey from home pizza maker, to being trained in Naples to make authentic pizza.

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Making Quilts

@ VOL 26 ON JAN 19, 2018

Laurie LaBar shares her story of making a recreation of a historic quilt. 

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Capitol Area New Mainers Project

@ VOL 26 ON JAN 19, 2018

Chris Myers Asch shares the story of the Capital Area New Mainers Project; and how they are helping both new mainers, and the communities that they are moving into with this transition.