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This year ’60 years later’
Last summer, Kennebunk residents celebrated the legacy of American illustrator Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) in a three-day affair promoting new artworks that interpret, rather than duplicate, his art.
The celebration proved so popular with locals that a follow-up event is planned for Aug. 14-16.

Monsanto documentary to be shown at library
The documentary film ”The World According to Monsanto” looks at the company’s controversial practices. It will be shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., and a discussion will follow.
The event is free and no registration is required. For details, visit http://www.midcoastreads.com/ or call 725-5242, ext. 237.

Historical Society to hear talk about Ku Klux Klan
A presentation about the Ku Klux Klan will be presented by Old Berwick Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at the South Berwick Town Hall Auditorium. Admission to the lecture is free, and refreshments will be served.
The lecture, ”A Summer Walk Down Main Street, USA,” will be given by Joe Doiron and Paul Auger and will focus on the national and regional events that led to a 1924 summer rally and cross burning in Sanford.

Historical Society to offer talks Monday and April 6
The Yarmouth Historical Society is offering two talks highlighting the town’s history.
”The Power of Water,” to be held on Monday, will detail power supplied by area water sources and mills, and ”Main Street Stories,” to be offered on April 6, will tell the stories of faces and places associated with the downtown area.
The society also will talk about volunteer opportunities available within the organization, at a session be held on April 13.
All programs will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Cabin on Main Street.
For more details, call 846-6259.

Neglected Edwardian inventor ‘made 1920s death ray’
The achievements of eccentric inventor Harry Grindell Matthews’ who came up with a prototype mobile telephone and a ‘death ray’ are being revived by a science teacher….

Challenge to Landmark Law Worries Preservationists
CHICAGO — Carol Mrowka considers her East Village neighborhood here attractive, comfortable — and ordinary. So when the city deemed the area an official landmark, Ms. Mrowka found it absurd and went to court………

Bones may be from US grave of 57 Irish immigrants
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Researchers may have discovered a mass grave for nearly five dozen 19th century Irish immigrants who died of cholera weeks after coming to Pennsylvania to build a railroad….

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